Pieces of Summer (A stand-alone novel)(113)

By: C.M. Owens

I was wrong about love. I once said it wasn’t worth it to love and lost than to have never loved at all. Well, if there’s a chance to find that love again, that is.

Tonight we’ll sit on the roof where it all started… The same rooftop we got married on ten years ago. Everyone thought we were crazy, considering Chase just made a few calls with no times, and everyone showed up to see us standing on top of the roof while someone called out our vows from below.

It was just the beginning of our best days.

The greater the struggle, the greater the reward.

My reward is wet and climbing up on the dock right now, and water is running down his chest and abs. It’s definitely something I like watching.

He winks when he catches me ogling him. It sucks that guys just get hotter with age.

My bikini shows the scars and the art he’s done, but I don’t hide it anymore. That’s because of him.

When he reaches me, he wraps his arms around me from behind, and rests his chin on top of my head as we watch the kids play in the lake. Whit and Aidan laugh with Kayla and Trey, while Hunter and Megan sit on the dock and kick water at them.

My head falls back against Chase’s chest, and he hugs me closer when we hear a car honk. Sounds like Blake just got here. It’ll be a busy first week, just like it is every year.

Chase waves at Blake as he walks by with a little curly-haired girl on his shoulders. He sits down and seems to daze off with a smile on his face.

I lower myself to his lap, and his arms wrap around me before he nuzzles my neck with his face.

“What are you thinking?” I ask him as he holds me tighter.

“I was thinking… I really love summer.”


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