Innocent by Khloe Summers EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Khloe Summers
- Language: English
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My mom always says, ‘Why fit in, when you can stand out?’ It’s a nice
sentiment for someone like her. She’s tall, thin, elegant, and somehow
managed to be exceptionally smart as well. To this day, at nearly sixty,
everyone she knows is still envious. For her, standing out was a good thing.
For me, not so much.
I spent most of my childhood being bullied for wearing my hair too short
and playing video games with the boys. I won’t apologize for enjoying the
escape act of diving deep into a world that doesn’t exist and pretending to be
someone else for a while, but it hasn’t exactly led me to popular waters.
“Are you off to work, sweetheart?” My mom kisses my head as she walks
by me in the kitchen. It’s seven p.m. and she’s still dressed like she’s
expecting an important visitor. I’d ask her if she was, but this isn’t new for
her. She stays perfectly primped until she crawls into bed at night. She knows
I’m not that girl, though. Usually, the second I get off my shift at the library,
I sling off my bra and toss on the longest, biggest oversized tee I can find.
Tonight, I uncomfortably sit in a short black dress and a pair of Spanx so
tight that I’m sure I’ll have heartburn later. She knows something’s up.
“Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. I’m a little nervous. Mark was telling me
that this place is swarming with people this time of night and I’m not sure
I’m ready for that much socialization.”
“I gotta say, Janie, I was surprised when you took the job. You have all
those hours at the library and you’re still finishing up your online classes at
the university.” Her eyebrows crinkle as she pours herself a cup of tea. “And
the tattoo shop doesn’t seem like your thing.”
I bite the inside of my cheek and stare at her blankly. I knew this question
was coming, and I’ve been mulling over a good response in my head for
days, but I haven’t found one yet.
I shrug. “Pushing myself outside my comfort zone, I guess.”
My mother glances up at me, then back down at her tea, squeezing a
smidge of honey into her cup. “I love you with all my heart, dear, and I’m all
for you getting out of your comfort zone, but the tattoo shop? Your ears
aren’t even pierced. You did a final paper in eighth grade English about how
tattoo ink causes allergic reactions and should be avoided at all costs.” She
grins after she says it. I know she’s razzing me, but I’m not in the mood. My
nerves are too frayed.
“It’s only for a couple of days while Mark is visiting his girlfriend in the
city. I’m just setting appointments and answering phones. It’s no big deal.” I
hop down off the stool, unrolling the top of my Spanx that have rolled down
my stomach. These stupid things are a pain in the ass. I have no idea why I
wear them. Well, technically, I do. My dress won’t zip if they’re not on. So,
there’s that. “I’ll see you in the morning. I won’t be home until after eleven.”
She smiles. “Okay, hon. Be careful, and have fun. You look great, by the
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