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424 pages, Kindle Edition
First published May 25, 2021
A person was born clean. But I believed they died with the stains their parents gave them.
“Christ, baby, I can’t get it out of my head. I go to sleep, thinking about you dancing. I wake up, and the first thing I see before I open my eyes is you looking at me after that dance.
"You make people feel when you dance. You make them gasp. Your dad’s been a dick to you all your life, he messed with your head, hurt you, and your loyalty to blood doesn’t break. Your art, babe, we haven’t even gotten to that. Fuck, we haven’t even scratched the surface of you.”
“The last guy I date was somewhat a long time ago and he was really boring in bed.”
“I’m sorry, honey,” Axl replied. Though, in saying this, he looked both sorry and like he thought something was funny. I homed in on the last part.
“Bad sex isn’t funny, Axl,” I told him the God’s honest truth.
“I know, baby. Christ, you poor thing,” he soothed at the same time teased.
“Is there … making up?”
“Yeah,” he confirmed.
“Don’t you have to kind of be together to make up?”
“Hattie, this is the longest non-relationship relationship in history. We’ve been together since the first time you shot me down for a date and I think you know that better than me.”
“One kiss and a whole lot of mindfuck and we’re here. We’re here because we both want this, we both know it and we both know how bad we want it.”
I’d never really noticed how magnificent lips were when they moved.
Especially lips like Axl’s.
“Do you wanna kiss me?”
“Then, baby, kiss me.”
“I can dare to dream. Because I have what I need. I know who I am. And the thing that makes it safe is that I’m in love with a really great guy who also loves me.”
“—and i hope you aren’t the kind of woman who can’t handle the man in her life having female friends.”