The Need Boxset(178)

By: K.I. Lynn & N. Isabelle Blanco

I don’t know what’s going to happen to Brayden now. His father still pays for his college tuition. He’s going to kill Brayden when he finds out about this.

More tears leak out.

Afraid one of the girls will see, I try to surreptitiously wipe away the tears and turn my head to stare out the window. It takes me a while to even realize I’m hugging Brayden’s phone to my chest tightly.

Ashley rubs my shoulder soothingly again—her go-to comfort move. “Kira?”

“Hm?” I don’t look at her.

“I know there’s a lot of bad feelings between you and Brayden, that he hurt you really bad in the past. Even if you don’t tell us the details, it’s obvious.”

I have no idea where she’s going with this, so I remain quiet.

“Have you ever entertained the idea that . . .” She pauses, and I hear her take a deep breath. “Girl,” she says in a low tone. “I think it’s obvious you’re still in love with him.”

It’s like being stabbed in the chest, but it’s something I had already admitted to myself deep, deep down.

I still love that crazy, stubborn asshole.

It’s why I’m in this car heading to him. Why I, without responding to Ashley, beg Jenna to go faster.

It’s the most frightening, uncertain moment of my life.

For all I know, by tonight, the entire town will be filled with the rumor that I’m sleeping with my stepbrother.

By tonight, Brayden’s father might ruin his life further and decide to no longer help him with college.

This might go on Brayden’s record and fuck up a lot of his employment opportunities in the future.

I have no clue if I can forgive him enough to be good to him. If I can fix myself enough to stop mistreating him.

All I do know for a fact is that, yes, I still love him. And nothing, absolutely nothing, is going to stop me from being by his side.

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