away from me, and I didn’t see her again for three long years.
take her away from me again.
it didn’t beat again until I knew Matt was safe. But even as my prayers were
answered, my heart hurt for him.
could stop my father from destroying the MC.
“AURORA? HONEY, IS THAT YOU?”
whether or not to go in. My mom had been bedridden for the last three weeks.
When I saw her the day before, she had looked even more fragile than the day
before that. She was getting sicker by the day—by the damn hour—and it hurt to
see her that way.
doctors said there was nothing they could do. It had been left too long, and it
had already spread. If she was lucky, she would have six months. At least, that
was what they had said four weeks ago. But that was before Sabrina Michaels
hadn’t been able to get out of bed. It was before she had started vomiting
blood at the end of every day. It was before she had given up.
sure the new live-in nurse my father had hired knew what to do in case something
long my mother had, and it was breaking my heart.
for years, her own little slice of heaven that only a few people in the
universe were allowed to share with her. I was one of the lucky few, but that
privilege didn’t extend to my father. They had kept separate rooms since before
I was a teenager.
additions to the décor of the room. There was a heart monitor on a rolling cart
beside the bed, along with an IV stand, pushing fluids and blood into Mom. She
had a feeding tube in now because eating just wasn’t possible these days.
a thin hand.
of the hospital bed that practically swallowed up the tiny woman. “Matt took me
out to this old field, and we watched stars for a few hours.”
thick blanket. He’d held me close while shooting stars had fallen across the
sky, but my eyes hadn’t been on them. They had been wet and swollen as I had
cried out my grief for my mother against his chest.
back and let me cry it all out because he knew how much my mom meant to me. He
knew how much I was going to lose when she took her last breath. Sabrina wasn’t
just my mom. She was my best friend, and when she passed away, it would be just
my father and me.
his way for years now, ensuring that I had my own life, that I could be free
from him and his manipulations. Once she was gone, though, that would change.
We all knew that.
this time, I was telling her a full-blown lie.
some serious trouble if we weren’t careful. And being a part of the Angel’s
Halo MC probably didn’t make him a “good boy,” not when both my father and
Creswell Springs’ DA were constantly trying to arrest someone from the
motorcycle club. I wasn’t stupid; I knew Matt probably did illegal things when
he was off on “runs” that took him away from me for days at a time.
cared about was that he stayed loyal to me, that he only ever loved me, and
that it was my mouth he kissed like he couldn’t get enough of my taste when he
got home. That was all that mattered to me. I could live with the rest.
me with that question in her eyes. “We want to wait until the time is
knew I would have willingly handed over my virginity to him the first time I
had seen him at Hannigans’ the night I’d gone in on a dare. But like everyone
else in Creswell Springs, he had known exactly who I was. Which meant he knew
just how old I was, and while some of the brothers in his club were into
jailbait, he wasn’t one of them.
fuck off, he had asked to see me again. He called me every day, texted me all
the time, and we saw each other as much as possible without my father finding
out. Because if Derrick Michaels ever figured out that his only child was
dating one of the MC members, he would lose his mind—and then arrest
repositioning herself until she could find a small semblance of relief.
automatically dispense the powerful narcotics that would ease her pain.
damned meds. They confuse me, and I want to focus on you right now.”
replaced the button and sat back, filling her in on everything that had
happened since I had seen her the evening before. There wasn’t much to tell her,
so I told her more about my date with Matt.
with the yellowing of the whites from jaundice and the pain she was in
constantly. But they brightened just a little when I told her about Matt. “He
really does sound like a good boy, Aurora.”
anyone other than Matt, but it felt good to tell her.
when I’m gone,” she murmured weakly, leaning her head back and closing her
the sea. “Don’t talk like that, Mom. We still have plenty of time
eyes, the look in them told me that. “It won’t be long now, my baby. I can feel
myself fading a little more every hour.”
thing to ever happen to me. You are my greatest joy and my greatest sorrow.”
Two fat tears fell from her eyes, but she didn’t seem to have the strength to
lift her hands and wipe them away.
own. “I love you too, Mom. You are my best friend. You’re my favorite person in
the world, and I don’t want to lose you.”
care of you and watch over you.” Her icy fingers wrapped around my wrist and
tightened so hard I knew she was using the last of her energy to do it. “When
you turn twenty-one, you won’t ever have to worry about anything. I’ve made
sure of that. Just try to put up with your father until then, Aurora. After
your twenty-first birthday, you can walk away from him and never look back, I
barrier and spilled free. “I would give up everything if I could keep you,
lashes, soaking into her silky nightgown. “Shh, my baby. It will be okay. I
promise. You’ll be just fine.”
author. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be
possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013.
Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who
Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker… series featuring the
sinfully delicious members of Demon’s Wings. The Rocker… Series is now
complete with 12 books and the occasional novella. Other books by Terri Anne
include the Angel’s Halo MC Series, as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella
Series, The Vitucci Mafiosos Series, and The Tainted Knights Rocker Series.
demons—err, children–and a hyper Frenchie named Grunt.
Angel’s Halo: Fallen Angel
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