It feels like nothing is ever going to change for Ali Morgan and then she meets Damien. He’s the opposite of everything her parents have hoped she would find, which makes him all the more attractive. The more involved Ali becomes with Damien, the more her parents try to separate her from him. Their actions cause Ali to ignore her parents and jump even further into a world she has been sheltered from.
But now that she has found her confidence thanks to Damien, Ali isn’t going to blindly follow the rules her parents have tried to force upon her. Will Ali’s parents be able to convince her that Damien isn’t the one for her or will Ali discover something much different all on her own?
ʺI know you’re in there! Open this door, or I’m going to call the cops and let them open it for me! ʺ I heard my dad’s voice yelling from the other side of Damien’s front door.
ʺOh no. That’s my dad, ʺ I said, feeling a paralyzing cold start at my feet and spread upward through my body.
ʺI figured,ʺ Damien said.
I watched as his face, open and loving only moments before, closed off. The hardened mask he showed the world slowly slipped into place as he picked me up and placed me on the couch. He slowly stood up and went to the door.
As soon as Damien opened it, my father stormed through. He looked from me, sitting on the couch in clothes other than my own, to the half‑dressed state of Damien. I could almost see my dad make the completely wrong assumption.
“Dad, let me explain before you say something really stupid!” I said, as I jumped to my feet.
“Something stupid? I think you’ve already accomplished a level I never imagined. Sneaking out of the house! Coming here and doing… I don’t even want to imagine what the two of you have been up to,” my dad said.
“Dad, please stop. I can explain,” I said.
“Don’t. Just stop before you even start. Do you have any idea what your mother and I went through when we woke up and found you gone?” my dad asked.
ʺMr. Morgan, none of this is Ali’s fault,” Damien said, as he walked over to where I was standing.
“I don’t want to hear a word you have to say about my daughter! Ever since you entered her life, nothing has been normal. She’s completely changed, and I don’t even feel like I know her anymore,” my dad said.
“I’ll admit I haven’t been the best influence on Ali, but she hasn’t done anything she didn’t want to do. I haven’t once forced her to do something,” Damien said.
I was sure the look my dad leveled on Damien would be enough to reduce him to a pile of embers. It was full of fury, and I watched as my dad balled his hands into fists.
“Dad! None of this is Damien’s fault. He’s telling the truth about not making me do anything. I’m a big girl, and I can make my own decisions if you and mom would just get out of my way. I’m not a little girl anymore!” I yelled at my dad.
I felt Damien put his arm around my shoulders and then press a kiss to my hair just above my temple. He was doing it to show he supported me, but my dad didn’t see it quite the same way.
In horror, I watched as my dad ripped Damien away from me and pushed him to the ground. I threw myself on top of Damien in a futile attempt to protect him from my father, or my father from him. I didn’t know, but what I did know was this wasn’t how I had wanted the night to end.
“Ali, get out of the way!” my dad yelled.
“It’s okay, Ali. I’m not hurt, and you can stop crying,” Damien said quietly at my ear. “Everything’s going to be just fine.”
When had I started crying?
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J.J.Nite lives in North Alabama with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 5 goldfish. She writes young adult sweet romance for Clean Reads and loves reading as much as possible. J.J.’s also found that if she doesn’t write something every day, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation. Don’t worry though, the children have learned to let Mommy write a little before approaching.