At eighteen, I walked away from the small beach town I had grown up in, for good.
My parents had just been murdered, and I know it was because of me.
I was young, scared, and stupid, and it cost me the love of my life—Kyler Wiley.
Four years later, I’m back. They found me, but this time I’m not running away.
My parents had a dream, and I’m going to make it come true.
Back to where we met, fell in love, and planned a future.
The one where he is now a cop, just like my dad.
I never expected to run into him the same day I got back to town, but I did, walking the same beach where our dreams began and ended.
One look at him and the old memories rush through my head. My chest aches at the loss, the emptiness.
I yearn for him to pull me into his arms and tell me everything will be alright.
I’m not the scared teenager I was—intimidated by the notes, the unknown. Desperate to escape this small town, determined to save him from harm.
But he’s learned to guard his heart, and trust won’t come easily.
How do I tell him I lied?
I never stopped loving him.
I just needed them to think I was.
I had to keep him safe.
Maybe one day he will forgive me, and we can be friends again.