Here’s a teaser from Kaydence’s story. Enjoy!
“Nah, I don’t regret our time away from each other,” Blue says without a hint of regret in his voice. “I think we both needed that time away from each other to focus on ourselves. I only regret not finding you six months sooner so I could’ve been there for you through everything with your mom.”
I can’t believe he just admitted that to me. And although Jared had been there with me through it all, a little part of me wishes it had been Blue, too. “That’s okay,” I tell him. “Jared’s been great through all of this.”
“You call leaving you alone to deal with the aftermath of your mother’s death great?”
His tone is so abrasive I’m almost offended. “Blue, he has other responsibilities, other obligations. Besides, I’m a big girl I can take care of myself.”
“Trust me, I know you can take care of yourself, but this isn’t about that. You lost your mom. The one person that’s been everything to you, and if he really cared about you, he would understand that you really need him right now. When you love someone, I mean really love someone, their needs take precedence over everything.” He reaches for my hand and presses it over his heart so that I feel his heartbeat. “That person that you care about becomes your main responsibility, your main obligation. If it were me, I would’ve stayed and wouldn’t have thought twice about it. My parents be damned. They’d just have to understand.”
What do you do when there are people living in your head that won’t leave you alone? Okay, I’m completely aware of how crazy that question makes me seem, but exactly 23 days ago that’s exactly what happened to me. A girl name Jules and a guy named Jake completely took up residence in my mind and wouldn’t leave me alone. They had a story they wanted me to tell and wouldn’t stop until I finally opened a new Word document and began to write. I wrote over 30,000 words in that first week and doubled that over the following two. Two days later, I finished the manuscript for No Place Like Home, and then I cried. Not because I believe their story is something profound. Hell, I’m not even sure anyone would care to read it. I cried because of the exhaustion these characters caused me, but more than that, I cried because I was so proud. I’ve written nearly a dozen stories by now, but never before have I been so completely invested in a group of characters the way I had been while writing this story. And after I wrote it, I read it. It was almost an out of body experience because holy hell, it didn’t even sound like me. I couldn’t stop reading page after page even though I knew exactly how the story ended…I wrote it! Anyway, I’m writing this post because I love all my characters, but these are especially important to me because this is the first time I’ve written something completing impulsively, and it lead to some of the most amazing material I have ever written. I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world. People may read it, and they may not. I’m not expecting much, but I hope they do. And I hope they love Jake, Jules, and the rest of the crew as much as I do.