“Anything to do with the Maddoxes is never boring.”
“I've had a lifetime of wrong. You're the only thing thats right.”
“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.”
“I have a bad case of awkward as fuck”
“I’ll help you get lost any time, Sunshine. The only deal is you have to promise to come back. I never want to lose you again.”
“Please?" he asked. He laughed once, nervous. "I'm in love with you"
After a long pause, I cringed at the words I was about to say. "If you knew what I know... you wouldn't be."
He shook his head. "I don't wanna know. I just want you.”
“I was just thinking now was as good a time as any to acknowledge that you’re perfect and it wouldn’t suck if you fell madly in love with me anytime soon. - TRENT”
“Don’t defend him! This is bullshit!” he said as he turned for the door, and then turned back to face me. “I’ve been sitting at work this whole time, staring at those fucking things. I wanted to calm down before I got here, but this is just . . . it’s fucking disrespectful, is what it is! I bust my ass trying to prove to you that I’m better for you than he ever was. But he keeps pulling this shit, and showing up, and . . . I can’t compete with some rich college boy from California. I’m barely getting by, with no degree, and up until a few days ago I still lived with my dad. But I am so fucking in love you, Cami,” he said, reaching for me. “I have been since we were kids. The first time I saw you on the playground, I knew what beauty was. The first time you ignored me was my first broken heart. I thought I was playing this right, from the moment I sat down at your table at the Red. No one has ever wanted someone as much as I want you. For years I . . .” He was breathing hard, and he clenched his jaw. “When I heard about your dad, I wanted to rescue you,” he said, chuckling, but not out of humor. “And that night at your apartment, I thought I’d finally gotten something right.” He pointed to the ground. “That my purpose in life was to love you and keep you safe . . . but I didn’t prepare for having to share you.”
“It’s good for him. No man should get every woman he wants. Keeps their douchebaggery to a tolerable level.”
“I hope you like cherry coke, baby doll, or we can't be friends.”
“We've already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the shit out of us.”
“The Maddoxes could sense trouble. At least it seemed that way, because whenever there was a fight, they had either started it, or finished it. Usually both.”
“I am the one, Cami. I’m it for you. I know because you’re it for me.”
“Because even if we were struggling, we had goals. It didn't matter that we weren't there yet. What mattered is that we both experienced setbacks, and full-blown failures, but we got up, brushed ourselves off, and kept going-and were making the best of it.”
“Is your ass jealous of the amount of shit that comes out of your mouth?”
“You know what I hate?” I asked.
Trenton had desperation in his eyes. “Me. I know. I just . . . I’m a selfish, insecure idiot.”
“You made it complicated! You can’t complain now!” I said.
“What the fuck does it matter if I kissed you?”
“Because! I have! A boyfriend!” I yelled into the phone.
“Will he even notice? You haven’t spoken to him in a week!”
“That’s none of your business!”
“Yes, it is! You’re my business!”
“You fuck off!” he yelled back. We were both quiet for a while, and then Trenton finally spoke. “I’m coming over after I get off work.”
“No, I like it ... a lot ... but that's a helluva tattoo for a virgin."
He popped the pen back in, freeing up his hand to move the mouse.
I smirked. "If I'm going to lose it, I want to be broken in right."
The pen fell from Trenton's mount to the floor.”
“His persistance was admirable as it was annoying”
“What is your deal? You tell me five times a day that we’re friends, and now you’re jealous of some girl I flirted with for two seconds.”
“I am not jealous!”
“Then what are you?”
“I know you don’t believe me, but I really have loved you since we were kids,” he said quietly.
“And now I get to love you ’til we’re old.”
My stomach fluttered. No one else had ever loved me as much as he did. “Promise?”
Trenton smiled with tired eyes. “Yes. And then I’ll promise you again after I dance around in a
thong to Britney Spears.”
“I know. I’m just trying to keep things simple.”
Trenton took a step toward me. “This isn’t simple. Not even close.”
“It is simple. Black and white. Cut and dry.”
Trenton grabbed me by the shoulders and planted a kiss on my mouth. Sheer shock made my lips
hard and unforgiving, but then they melted against his, along with the rest of my body. I relaxed, but
my breathing picked up, and my heart beat so loud I was sure Trenton could hear it. His tongue
slipped between my lips, and his hands slid down my arms to my hips, his fingers digging into my
skin. He pulled my hips against his as he kissed me, and then sucked my bottom lip when he pulled
“Now it’s complicated.” He grabbed his keys and shut the door behind him.”
“He’ll make it beautiful, won’t you?” I asked.Trenton turned on the machine, and then looked at me with a soft expression. “You’re already beautiful.”
“Cami, I could never hate you. Even if I wanted to. Trust me, I’ve tried.”
“Her personality was charming to those she loved, and repellent to those she didn't”
“Jesus Christ, Cami, please. I can’t do it. I can’t be here, thinking about you there, with him.”
“It means I'm a fuckup, but I'm going to get it figured out. I swear. Just...don't give up on me, okay?”
“I’m not her buddy. I’m her boyfriend, and I’ll knock you the fuck out before you can scratch the paint.”
“Goddammit! I ruined our whole night! I’m such a fuckin’ jerk, Cami! I was stressing because I wanted to get you flowers, but they’re all so damn expensive . . . and then that ridiculously gigantic bouquet shows up. I’m a dick. I’m an unreasonable, selfish, insecure dick who is so scared of losing you. It’s too hard to believe that you’re already mine.”
“All data leaves a trail. The search for data leaves a trail. The erasure of data leaves a trail. The absence of data, under the right circumstances, can leave the clearest trail of all.”
“And besides, the thing about committing yourself to a lie is that mostly you end up in twice the trouble, 'cause truth is like a whirlwind and you can't keep it in a box.”
“But then Klaudia's lips curled ino a conniving smile."Actually, Aria, I'm going to fuck your boyfriend. Tonight."
Aria started at her. It felt like Klaudia had just punched her in the throat. "Excuse me?"
Klaudia scooted closer to Aria. "I'm going to fuck your boyfried," she said again -in textbook-perfect English. "Tonight. And there's nothing you can do about it.”
“My stories are of gas chambers, shootings, electrified fences, torture, scorching sun, mental abuse, and constant threat of death.
But they are also stories of faith, hope, triumph, and love. They are stories of perseverance, loyalty, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and of never giving up!”
“The pictures do not lie, but neither do they tell the whole story. They are merely a record of time passing, the outward evidence.”
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