Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1) Crave The Night (Midnight Breed #12)

That day seemed so long ago now.

She laughed again and shook her head. If anyone else said that, I wouldn’t believe them. But you’ve always been the hero. Continue on with your crown of sainthood and go about your life. I made it through hell and was rewarded with that little girl sleeping in there. She’s all I need.When she reached for the door this time, I didn’t ask her to stop. My question had been answered. My guilt wasn’t relieved, and I knew it never would be. Just like she would never forget the pain this town put her through.

If you ever need a friend, I’m here, I told her as she stepped out of the truck.She didn’t laugh this time, but I could see a smile that didn’t reach her eyes. Sure you are, Brady. But I’m not a charity case. I’m strong, and I don’t need anyone.As she walked back to the house, I watched until she was safely inside before I started my truck. Tonight I hadn’t made myself feel better, and I realized that was exactly why I had come here to begin with. I had wanted to ease my mind.

I was more weighed down than before. Riley was a good person. Life had been unfair to her. This town had been unfair to her. She’d been raped by an older guy, then ridiculed when she needed support. I had been one of those who turned on her. I couldn’t change the past, but I was going to change the future.Riley Young was going to be my friend. I wasn’t sure how I would make this happen, because she obviously didn’t like me. Hell, I doubted she had even an ounce of respect for me. But I would make it my mission to earn her friendship just like I had earned her hate. The girl we had all turned against hadn’t crumbled. She had found a strength inside herself and survived. I admired that. I wanted to believe I was that strong. But if I was faced with a real crisis in my life, would I be able to overcome it like she had? I didn’t want to doubt it, but I did.

Human Nature Isn’t Always Pretty

Mom was smiling at me when I walked back into the house. She thought she had achieved something. All she’d achieved was Brady getting to ease some guilt. I’d probably never see him again unless it was in passing when I was walking Bryony to the park. He had his answers. He believed me. But it meant nothing to me.Summoning every ounce of willpower I had, I pulled away, breaking the kiss.

"What are you doing?" he asked, his voice dripping with frustration and desire."What does it look like?" I took a step back and smiled at him. "I’m giving you blue balls. Now we’re even."

With that, I stepped toward the door and left the rock god alone with his boner.An incessant beeping woke me up the next morning. I kept my eyes closed, trying to silence the noise through mind power alone.