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I my mountain bike onto the rack on the back of my SUV. As I
tightened the straps holding it in place, my phone buzzed in my back
pocket. I slid it out and unlocked the screen.
Mom: Will you be at dinner tomorrow?
There was nothing especially unique about the text. Nothing rude or
harsh. But I could feel the silent pressure of the words. The weight of the
judgment I’d face if I went. I should’ve done what my eldest brother,
Beckett, had. Run. Escaped to some far-off country without cell service. Of
course, Mom always welcomed him home with open arms. I doubted I’d
get the same treatment.
My fingers hovered over the screen before I typed out a response.
Me: Sorry, I have a shift.
I waited, knowing it wouldn’t be long.
Mom: I don’t ask you for much, Hadley. But I’d like my family together
for Sunday night dinners.
I didn’t begrudge her that. Yet, if Hayes had a shift at the sheriff’s
department, or Shiloh took off on another of her trips, they wouldn’t get
chewed out. I was the only one who was a massive disappointment. There
was nothing I could say. Instead, I powered off the phone and climbed into
Tossing the device into the cupholder, I started the engine. That telltale
itch started at the back of my neck. Soon, my skin would feel too tight for
my body. I needed to move. To feel that hit of adrenaline. The rush that
reminded me I was free, and no one could steal that freedom from me.
I started down my dirt drive and headed for national forest land. The
trip didn’t take long, less than thirty minutes. But by the time I pulled into
the makeshift lot, my hands were trembling. I shook them out, hoping it
would make them stop. I needed every ounce of control I could find if I
were to pull this off.
I turned off my SUV and climbed out. A whistle sounded from my left.
“Easton,” Toby called.
“Hey,” I greeted as he made his way to me.
He pulled me into a back-slapping hug. “You ready for this?” Toby’s
massive grin told me he couldn’t wait.
“Always thinks she’s such hot shit,” Jinx said as he walked up.
Calla followed him, finding her way to Toby’s side.
I rolled my eyes at Jinx. “I learned from the best.”
“Damn straight.” He grasped my hand and pulled me into a half-hug.
I sent Calla a smile. “Sorry you had to put up with these two alone.”
She ducked her head. “They are kind of annoying.”
“Hey,” Toby complained, pulling her into his arms and kissing her
soundly. “That’s not nice.”
I scoffed. “It’s the truth. It’s a miracle Calla hasn’t left your ass in the
Jinx sent Calla a wink. “You could always leave that loser and take up
with a real man.”
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