Series: Chasing #2
Published by Self-Published on July 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult
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I was always the life of the party, the happy one.
Until Preston killed my soul.
When he came into my life, he destroyed me. I was a shell of my former self, pretending to be fine while wishing I wouldn't wake up the next day. I never dreamed my best friend would come back into my life...and bring Brad Nicholson with her.
I never dreamed the homicide detective with the cocky attitude could show me my worth again. He could show me that my life could be amazing every day.
Until the day he found out about my past with Preston. Then, I was sure he'd see the real Miranda and ditch me for good.
From a young age, I made a decision.
I knew what I wanted to do with my life and from that point on, my work molded me. Everything became routine. Casual. Until Mackenzie walked into my life, bringing her best friend, Miranda, with her.
From the first moment I saw Miranda, I knew she could be someone special. I didn’t have time for relationships, but she was different. She was a piece of the puzzle that could be missing. But she was broken, I could see that. And all I wanted to do was turn her into the girl I knew she really was beneath her perfectly placed mask.
I turned and exited the vehicle, almost sprinting to my door. I couldn’t get away from him and my shame fast enough. Once inside, I padded down the hall to my bedroom, a part of me breaking with each step.
I tossed my purse on the floor and threw the covers back before falling into my bed. I clutched the covers and brought them up to my chin as the silent tears fell. Preston was right—I was stupid and pathetic. Why would anyone want me?
I was an addict.
I allowed someone to abuse me for drugs.
Everything that had happened was on me.
It was my penance to pay.
And I would always be paying.
I cried myself to sleep that night and stayed there most of the next day.
I was nothing. Absolutely nothing. I asked myself why I hadn’t given up. Wondered why I hadn’t cut myself open completely and let the vile inside of me bleed out along with my life.