Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
OnceUponATimexox would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Man's Sky

By OnceUponATimexox All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Romance

Blurb

Zachary has been strumming his guitar and singing with his blissful voice for the past two years. Having just begun making his debut album, he finds himself lost in the real world as well as the world of music. Each day that passes by is only much more boring than the day that came before until he meets one stubborn girl that needs his help more than anyone he has ever known. A troubled girl is new to alcohol and the responsibilities of adulthood, still pretending to be the mature woman she knows she really isn't. With therapy and no real motivation to work, all she wishes to do is move away. Finally, having reached a decent fund, she's ready to jet off to Italy for the rest of her life. But, how can she leave her drastically ill mother and her only friends behind her to start all over again?

Chapter 1. Musical Debut

Zachary

Music is bliss to my ears - a treasure that forever lightens my heart with each beating rhythm. However, being forced into a business is never bound to be a good move, whether you enjoy the activity or not. Choice is a splendiferous thing in the world that everyone should have with no forceful methods. I don’t get to choose anything any more.

As a child, people get to choose the basic things; who their friends are, what game they want to play, what club they want to join. But, in adulthood, choice should be a million times easier - career choice, choice of love interest and a choice of life path.

My choices are merely down to my parents, my father more so. He knows I’m capable and smart enough to make my own decisions but, most I assume he’s afraid I’ll leave him at misfortune.

Misfortune - quite the word I don’t hear much of. Success and achievement is all I hear around me with my qualifications and strive for a good life. Yet, it isn’t so much my strive either. I’d rather have comfort, a life with someone I love to reassure me everything is okay. I don’t need the finance or the career, to be happy. It’s not what I want.

Many girls have crossed my path over my life: each one more beautiful than the one before them. But, with their beauty comes their wealth and over confidence. Something about a woman’s confidence is attractive, but too much of it could drown any man in their image.

I ask a lot to want a woman with the right amount of self confidence and the right personality for me. In many ways it makes me feel, no matter what kind of woman my dad places in front of me, that I will never marry the woman I’ve been searching for. Maybe I will never find the woman and maybe I am destined to live a lonely and unhappy life.

“Zachary,” the Irish voice brings me back to reality. “She’s a lovely girl.”

Dominic Grey has been my trusty best friend and loyal manager for the past two years and he has never done me wrong. He landed me this deal and now, because of him, I’m making my debut album. He’s quite the wealthy specimen himself. But, then again, my father would never dream of employing anyone in a poor financial state. Obscure, I know.

“I’m sure she is,” I say in response as I rise from my seat. Walking to the window, I shove my hands in my jeans pockets and continue, “But, Emilie has never interested me in the slightest.”

“Come on Zach, you’ve hardly given the girl much chance.” I don’t have to look at him to know he rolls his eyes. He probably alters his jet black hair as though to make himself seem more... correct.

“I gave her plenty chance. She’s just the same; a foreign gold digger with plenty of money already in the bank. My dad’s idea of love is very different to mine.” I look out the window at the spring flowers that begin to bloom. The birds chirp in the sky and their freedom only leaves me puzzled. Freedom looks beautiful from where I stand but beauty seems to come with a price every time. No matter how easy it is to reach.

“Your ideas may be different but, don’t you believe that you could love the next girl he puts in front of you?” he stands next to me now, a dark eyebrow raised. “If you don’t, how are you ever going to fall in love with any woman?”

“That’s easy for you to say. You’re engaged.” I chuckle as he smiles at my comment. “You’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted.” I don’t intend for the words to bring a depression upon us but, they do almost immediately. “No, I’m happy for you, I really am.” And the words are true. Dom deserves every happiness - big or small.

“Watch Zach, it will come around the corner before you can say Babooshka.” He smiles, walking back towards the sound board.

“Ba- what?” I chuckle at his weird ways with words before following him.

“Exactly. Now, come on, let’s get song writing.” He points to the notepad and pen sitting on the desk in front of my chair. As I sit down, I feel a new wave of inspiration - a song we will make our very first success.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

star_powered: Off Pitch is a fun and sexy lesbian romance filled with incredible humour (one of the few stories that has ever made me laugh out loud), heart-wrenching drama, and lots of fluff. The story respects and normalizes the wlw experience and doesn't resort to victimizing the main characters for plot de...

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

Mourn8220House: When first reading "Avarice," I thought it would be another fairytale but I was taken back the author's approach and choice of ending. There is little to be said for the story and overall plot besides the sudden twists and speculation, other than that I do not want to ruin a fantastic tale, you m...

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

Alkira Joan: Great story, I found it hard to read especially the dialogue. You just need to fix up some spelling errors and the gramma .I enjoyed this book. was a little hard to get though.,.,..,.,.,,..,.,.,, , , , ,.,, , , , , , , ,., , ,.,,,,,

sarahsweet898123: I loved the story ... its was fascinating. ... cant put it down.... the way it was written....was so beautiful. .. the details. .. especially the characters. ..I loved them so much ... Garrick and mairi... every time there was some kind of attraction. ... just cant help it .... no words to express

Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...

romboili000: As I read this book it made me realize the importance of trusting big God. And believing that you can love even when it feels impossible. This story definitely has made me what to become a better person in Christ and just life. So thank you that's all I have to say because you wrote this story so...

Maciej Rybczynski: I got into this book yesterday and could not stop reading. Good to have it finished as there is plenty other pressing matters. :) The flow of action is excellent. The author managed to keep all the boring parts outside of this book. Really enjoyed reading it.

More Recommendations

vanellesapp: It was so amazing to read this book each part was entertaining.It is that kind of love every body will like to have.I will have like the explanation on how they did it the first time to be more explicit but apart from that it is perfect

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

Katharine Southworth: I think this is an important love story. The author tackles the highs and lows of a romantic relationship and I truly empathized with both characters. As one descends into depression the other must find ways to cope with watching their loved one suffer. This is a heartbreaking struggle that I hav...