Falling Away by Penelope Douglas EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Penelope Douglas
- Genre: New Adult & College Romance, Romantic Suspense
- Publish Date: 6 January 2015
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
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Two years later
Shelburne Falls was an average-size town in northern Illinois.
Not too small but barely big enough to have its own mall. To
the naked eye, it was picturesque. Sweet in its “no two homes
are alike” originality and welcoming in its “can I help you
carry your groceries to the car?” kind of way.
Secrets were kept behind closed doors, and there were
always too many prying eyes, but the sky was blue, the leaves
rustling in the wind sounded like music, and kids still played
outside rather than zoned out on video games all the time.
I loved it here. But I also hated who I was here.
When I left for college two years ago, I had made a
promise to spend every day trying to be better than I was. I
was going to be an attentive girlfriend, a trustworthy friend,
and a perfect daughter.
I rarely came home, choosing to spend last summer
counseling at a summer camp in Oregon and visiting my
college roommate, Nik, at her home in San Diego. My mother
got to brag about my busy lifestyle, and my old friends really
didn’t seem to miss me, so it all worked out.
Shelburne Falls wasn’t a bad place. It was perfect, actually.
But I was less than perfect here, and I didn’t want to come
home until I could show all of them that I was stronger,
tougher, and smarter.
But that shit blew up in my face. Big-time.
Not only did I breeze back into town much sooner than I’d
wanted, but my arrival was on the heels of a court order.
Awesome impression, K.C.
My phone rang, and I blinked as I came out of my
thoughts. Adjusting the covers, I sat up in bed and slid the
screen on my Galaxy.
“Tate, hi.” I smiled, not even bothering to say hello.
“You’re up early.”
“Sorry. Didn’t mean to wake you.” Her cheerful voice was
“You didn’t.” I swung my legs out of bed and stood up,
stretching. “I was just getting up.”
Tate had been my best friend all through high school. She
still was, I guess. During senior year, though, I’d changed our
friendship. I wasn’t there when she needed me, and now she
kept about two feet of personal space when I was around. I
didn’t blame her. I messed up, and I hadn’t manned up to talk
about it. Or apologize.
And despite my mother’s oft-repeated words of “wisdom,”
I should have. “Apologizing is lowering yourself, K.C.
Nothing is really a mistake until you admit you’re sorry for it.
Until then, it’s just a dif erence of opinion. Don’t ever
apologize. It weakens you in front of others.”
But Tate rolled with it. I guess she figured that I needed her
friendship more than she needed me to say I was sorry.
But all in all, I was positive of two things. She loved me,
but she didn’t trust me.
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