By Amanda Dick
Jack McKenna is a guy with very specific pasts. One ended with a automobile coincidence concerning his female friend, best friend, and a split-second selection with bad results. wanting to break out the guilt, he disappears, starting a brand new existence - 4 years of hiding within the shadows, battling strangers for cash and punishing himself for now not having the braveness to return to her. One previous choked with love and friendship and kinfolk, the opposite packed with violence and disgrace and constant loneliness.
Ally Connor’s existence used to be cut up in - sooner than the auto coincidence that shattered her backbone, and after Jack’s surprising disappearance. leaving behind her whilst she wanted him so much, supplying no rationalization, she fought demanding to make it again from the edge. The face she exhibits to the area is robust and brave, yet at the back of the masks, the ache is burrowing deeper.
Then, destiny threw a curveball that neither anticipated. A funeral, a homecoming and a trip of self-discovery that may swap either their lives - in the event that they enable it.
Suddenly, the secrets and techniques they need to conceal from one another are the very secrets and techniques which could cause them to complete back.
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The disk was decorated with engraved crosses, inset amethyst stars, and archaic lettering weaving between the symbols, spelling out words Lucia could not read. It, and a small portrait of himself, had been betrothal gifts sent to her from Vlad of Wallachia, and in the letter that accompanied the gifts he had asked her to wear the pendant always, to think of him, and to keep herself pure. Everyone had always told her to keep herself pure, but no one had clearly explained pure from what. She knew it was something about her thoughts and her body, though.
And then what? How would he explore her petals? "I am past ready to be wed, I think. I should like to know what it is to be a wife. " Teresa made a noise of distress in her throat. "Only God can answer that. " "How does the child come from my body? " She remembered seeing a baby when she was younger but could not trust her memory of its size, and she did not know how old it had been. "Surely a baby can be no bigger than an onion when it is born, else I don't know how it would find a way from my body without killing me.
The symbols that covered its surface were indecipherable to him, and he did not know what meaning the amethysts and their placement had, but now that he saw the thing he knew that this was the source of his inability to touch Lucia. Damn Vlad Draco. He must have given the amulet to Lucia to protect her when Theron came to exact his revenge. Vlad must have intended all along to renege on the deal. The sunblasted lying son of a whore… Had Vlad known, too, that the amulet would keep Lucia's desires pent up inside her like lightning in a thundercloud?
Absolution by Amanda Dick