Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.
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“Do you want to hear some stories from my first year of teaching?” I asked.
When he nodded, I told him about a pair of first graders in my room.
“You’d think they were an old married couple the way they carry on,” I said. “But when you figure they’ve been in special classes together since they were three, I’m sure you can imagine.”
They sound funny, he wrote.
“They are,” I said. “You’re looking tired again. Try to sleep for a while. I will stay right here.” I held his hand and sang a few of our favorite songs as he drifted in and out of sleep for the next couple of hours.
He woke up as one of the nurses came in to check on him.
“It may not be my place, but I just wanted to say you’ve got a sweet lady there,” she told Brendan and then left.
He nodded and looked over at me, his eyes even more weak than they were before. I felt a tear run down my cheek. I wiped it away quickly.
“Sorry, I didn’t want to cry today,” I told him. “I wanted this to be easy, but it’s just not.”
No, it isn’t. But I’m glad you came.
“So am I, Brendan. I always will be.”
This is goodbye, isn’t it?
Marcie Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn’t writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites.
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