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ABRAM--Feeling sorry for myself wasn’t a foreign feeling. In fact, I’d spent the better part of the first year with Jim and Pat, wishing I was dead. But I’d had a moment of realization one night as I laid on my back, staring at the water-stained ceiling. I wouldn’t be fourteen forever. One day, I’d be a grown man. One who could live where he wanted; work where he wanted. Once I had my mind set right, I stayed focused. Every now and then, I’d slip, but mind over matter had become my mantra.
SOPHIA--I turned around to run as fast as I could, when something hit me so hard in the head, it felt like it cracked my skull. My ears rang and a blood-curdling scream stuck in my throat. My lungs stung with the air trapped inside of them. I clenched my teeth at the sharp, intense pain shooting down my neck from the right side of my brain.
As dizziness took over, my body crumpled to the floor and my sight left me. The last thing I remembered was the slow trickle of warm liquid running down my temple and seeping into my ear. It muffled my hearing just before everything faded to black.
ABRAM--Her small body was the perfect size, and folded into me with ease. It felt so warm and safe having someone to hang on to. I had never felt like this before. Granted, I’d never been in a situation like this before, but there was something different about her. I felt like I could actually trust her, and that was huge. Add in the fact she considered me her hero, and I was done for. I wasn’t dumb though. I knew I was all she had, but it still affected me. It made me wish for something more between us, more for myself, and that was unsettling. Wishing for more wasn’t something I was familiar with. My world up until this point had been based on survival, not planning a future with a white picket fence.Carrie Thomas is the author of young adult and new adult romances. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her traveling the U.S. or stalking her favorite bands. She lives in the South with her husband and two sons. Aside from traveling, any time spent with her family she considers a good day. She’s a firm believer that book lovers should stick together.