Next To Never by Penelope Douglas (The Fall Away Series) EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Penelope Douglas
- Genre: Women’s Short Stories, Women’s Sagas, Women’s New Adult & College Fiction
- Publish Date: 17 January 2021
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
“Move it, Quinn!” I hear Jax bellow, clapping his hands. “Come on!”
I race between two other players, shuffling the soccer ball between my
feet and feeling my black and orange jersey sticking to my back.
I love soccer. I love soccer. I love soccer.
No, I don’t. I hate soccer. I’m thrilled it’s the end of my senior year, and
this is my last game.
“Over here!” I spot Maya Velasquez out of the corner of my eye, calling
I swing back my right foot and shoot the ball over to her just as I see
someone dive into my space.
“Suck dirt, Caruthers.” And then all I see is a green jersey crashing into
me and shoving me to the ground.
“Ugh,” I growl, wincing.
Damn it! A silvery ache shoots through my ass and my back as I peer up,
squinting against the sunlight. Simone Feldman, from the Weston team,
smirks down at me with a gloating expression in her green eyes.
But then, much to my enjoyment, someone knocks into her, making her
stumble. She falters, but she doesn’t fall, and I laugh, seeing her knocked off
her high pedestal. Thank you, Dylan.
I glance to the left and see exactly who I expected to see. Dylan, my
brother Jared’s daughter, who’s only two years younger and on the same
team as me, runs backward, toward the goal, grinning at me.
Simone and everyone else move on, leaving me behind, too.
“Get up, Quinn!”
I hood my eyes and groan, recognizing the voice behind me. Standing up,
I spin around to see Madoc as he tosses his black suit jacket on a bleacher
and loosens his light blue tie. He must’ve rushed here after work to see the
“Shake it off!” he orders, clapping his hands like Jax. “Let’s go!”
I roll my eyes and turn back around, powering on. There are a million
other things I’d rather be doing—journaling, cooking, swimming . . .
homework, laundry, getting a cavity filled—but Madoc, Jax, and my dad, for
that matter love having their kids in sports. For my brothers, it’s exercise and
good, clean fun. For my father, it’s trophies on a wall and another
extracurricular for my college resumes.
Not that I need soccer anymore, anyway. My admission to Notre Dame
next fall is secure.
“So.” Madoc comes up after our win, hooks an arm around my neck, and
plants a kiss on the top of my head. “I had this great idea where you could
maybe intern with my campaign over the summer.”
“You mean you had this great idea where you could get free, easy labor.”
I hear him tsk like that’s sooooo not what he was thinking, but I know
Madoc. He’s my most fun-loving brother, he’s easy to talk to, and I always
feel most at ease around him, but he’s also used to getting anything and
everything he wants.
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