Forbidden Forever by M. James EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: M. James
- Language: English
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- Genre: Gothic Fiction, Saga Fiction, Family Saga Fiction
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For a moment, I can’t move. I can’t register what’s actually happening or
reconcile it in my head.
I’ve heard gunshots before. Of course, I have. Most of them have terrified
me. Some, like the one I heard when Viktor put a bullet through the head of
the man who violated me, have made me feel good. Relieved. Happy, even.
There’s nothing good about this sound.
Part of me thinks I’m hallucinating it. That I’ve finally, completely lost my
mind. That it broke when Max walked out of the library, a ring in his pocket
for another woman.
I don’t know how long I sat on the floor, crying, but I know that by now, he’s
in the ballroom at the other end of the house. Maybe he’s asked her to marry
him already. Adriana, the beautiful brunette who can never be a threat to his
vows because he doesn’t want her. He doesn’t love her.
Not like he wants and loves me.
Maybe he hasn’t had a chance yet. But one thing I’m sure of, as I sit there
shaking, is that the gunshot came from there.
If I sit very still, if I don’t move, maybe none of this will be real. Maybe it’s
all a nightmare, and I’ll wake up.
I’ve thought that many times before. A coping mechanism, my therapist calls
it. I’d thought it when rough hands held me down over shipping crates,
tearing at my clothes, when flesh that I didn’t want touching mine invaded
me anyway. I’d thought it when I felt the bite of leather cracking over my
thighs again and again, tearing at my flesh, welting it, making me hurt and
burn and bleed.
I’d thought it when I held two crying children in a cold upstairs bedroom,
waiting to find out if the men who’d come to save me–us–would succeed in
Max was one of those men. And even though I know that, if that gunshot was
meant for him, there’s probably nothing I can do to save him, even though I
know that I’m nothing against the kind of evil men who are after him and me,
I find myself struggling to my feet anyway.
I feel wrung out, drained, after crying so hard and for so long. My chest feels
empty, as if my heart has dissolved and leaked out of me drops at a time. I
feel numb as I walk unsteadily towards the door of the library, unsure of what
I’ll find outside of it, like emerging from a bubble back into the world.
When I step out into the hall, I hear screams. Shouts. Cries.
Another gunshot, more screams. I feel myself shrink back, pressing myself
against the hard wood of the wall, my heart racing with a fear that I’d almost
managed to make myself forget.
Max wouldn’t want you to go that way. He’d want you to run. Escape. Save
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