Talon had it all, or so he thought. A nice home, a great career, a wife whom he loved more than life itself. For most, it takes a lifetime to achieve your dreams, but for some, those dreams are achieved early with determination and hard work. That was Talon. But one tragic accident would strip him of everything.
Kimberlyn is a single nurse, who spent the last three years of her life scraping by to save enough money to buy her dream home. That dream home brought her to Talon. When Kimberlyn enters the picture, can she help put the pieces of Talon’s life back together? Or is he already too far gone?
I have to make sure she knows what I have been through, completely. I have to make sure that she truly understands what it has been like for me. How hard it is for me to trust anyone, but I need her to know that I trusted, still trust her. I take a breath before I speak again, still not looking at her out of fear of what I will see.
“I don’t think I am that strong. For two and a half years, I have dealt with people staring. People who want to ask but don’t. Why? I don’t know. Maybe they are afraid. Maybe I disgust them. I don’t want pity and that’s a lot of what I was getting. I couldn’t stand to see the fear, pity, and the looks making me feel like I was from another planet, anymore. My life changed, Kimberlyn. Everything I knew changed.”
I can feel my eyes misting. I don’t want to seem weak any more than I already do, so I do my best to keep the tears at bay. I try to take a deep breath and get my emotions in check. When I look back up to face Kimberlyn, her back is to me and she has moved to the other side of the room.
“Kimberlyn.” I whisper.
As soon as she turns around to face me, I see the tears glistening on her cheeks. I can’t stand seeing her like this. I don’t want to see her like this, but I am helpless to fix it. I don’t know what else I can do.
“Everything happens for a reason. Your wreck, Jayden leaving, me moving here. All of it, Talon. It all happens for a reason. It doesn’t matter to me that you lost your leg. It doesn’t matter to me that you have scars on your face. When I look at you, that isn’t what I see.
“What I see is a man who is stronger than anyone I have ever met. A man who, despite what he thinks, is the most handsome man I have ever seen. I see a man who has a heart of gold and who has a lot to offer. I see you, Talon. All of you. I see everything I have ever wanted but never found. Until you.”
Shevawn Michelle lives in a small town just south of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, three furbabies, turtle, and a hermit crab. When she isn’t writing, she is reading and blogging. She has a love for fishing, campfires and grilling out with family and friends.