This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.
Wake up. I tell myself this a few times before I know what I’m saying. Just wake up. I’m not sure what time it is, but all I can think is wake up. Then I hear a car horn blaring, seconds before tires screeching. My eyes shoot open as I gasp and I instantly regret it.
The bright lights cause my head to ache more than I ever thought possible. I quickly close them and then slam my head back down on the pillow. But as the headache subsides, the pain in my heart takes its place. Memories from the last twenty four hours shatter my heart and leave a vile taste in my mouth.
I open my eyes, looking around the room. My eyes suddenly feel dry and start to burn as tears form. I would give anything to erase the last twenty four hours. Anything. The curtains are open, but the only light in the room is coming from my lamp. My eyes follow the lamp stand down to its base. Or rather, the picture sitting next to it.
My stomach lurches and I can’t take it anymore. I jump out of bed, still fully dressed from last night, and run to my bathroom. I figure I don’t have time to lift the lid, so the trashcan will have to do. I don’t know how long I sat there on the bathroom floor, but it felt like forever. And then when my small trash can was full, I had just enough time to move to the toilet.
I think back to the party last night. To the alcohol and the boys and my friends with their stupid drinking game…and my sister. I see her face in my mind, lost and confused, knowing she didn’t belong there. But I convinced her to come with me. When I’ve lost everything in my stomach, I start crying. I was instantly sobbing, harder than I ever have.
I lean my back against the wall next to the toilet, pulling my knees up to my chest. I shove my hands against my eyes, knowing I can’t stop the tears. I give in to it. Let it take over. All the grief, sorrow, regret…I let them consume me until there’s nothing left of me worth fighting for, worth saving.
What I did I can never take back and my sister paid the ultimate price for my stupidity. What I did can’t be undone…it can’t be forgiven…it won’t be forgotten…and the pain will never go away. But I hope it doesn’t. I hope it follows me to the end of my days, haunts me beyond the grave. I deserve it. Because of me my sister is dead.
The words echoed through my head refusing to go away. And just when I think I couldn’t possibly cry any harder, I do. I don’t stop it. I just simply feel the aching pain in my throat and chest, accepting this as my new normal, my sentence.My back slips against the wall and I crash to the ground. My eyes feel heavy and close without me telling them to as the darkness consumes me. If this is Hell…you can have me.
Ben Gauger: Kudos go to Liz Aguilar, author of To Have And to Hold a fast-paced, gripping, adrenaline rush from start to finish, one of perhaps the finest pieces of writing I've ever read, in particular because of its' telenovela-like feel, May she continually find success as an author. Bravo my dear, bravo!
Janaki Sundararaman: The frame of the story has a beautiful structure on which the narration is spun with twists and turns tolook forward with lots of expectations about the coming chapters.There are many characters in the story line,all woven into intricate style to speak the story in its own way.The protagonist is ...
Anno_Dominii: So I have read this twice now so I can give the best review!First, I really loved this. I couldn't stop reading it the first time, it was spellbinding. The story moved at a good pace, not too fast and each chapter caught the readers attention with some new development or twist. I loved Aurora an...
Carolyn Hahn-Re: I really liked this story! The writing was well done, and the plot was suspenseful. I couldn't stop reading chapter after chapter, on the edge of my seat! The characters were well developed, and true to form. Thank you so much for this wonderful read.
ianwatson: The comedy is original and genuinely funny, I have laughed out loud many times reading this book. But the story and the plot are also really engaging. The opening two or three chapters seem quite character-dense but they all soon come to life and there is no padding, filling or wasted time readin...
annabellewilliams123: I loved this novel I read it all in one.sitting, the story made me put back into perspective my own life and how I wasnt as bad off as I think sometimes.I loved that they had such a strong love and it's what any person hopes to find. and such a strong loving family
RodRaglin: Sounds like an interesting story, LesAnne.Here are some things you might want to consider when you revise this draft."Show don't tell." You've probably hear this before and wondered what's the difference? Well, the difference is as a writer you're telling your reader what's happening rather than ...
aleesamarshall1113: This is my first book reading on here and I absolutely loved it! If you like a book that'll keep you up late at night then this is your go to. What makes this novel so special is that it shows that even if your not blood related some people would put your needs before there's.
Lea Sutherland-Doane: I love this story and it hurts me that it is on a cliff hanger. Please write the next story fast so I can enjoy more of your wonderful writing skills. Your writing skills are amazing and I cannot wait to read the sequel, I promise that this is the best book I have ever read and I love it will al...
Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...
FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"
Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."