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Gemma, Weston, and the Taylorton Boy’s story continues in Splintered Trust


Trust: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength

of someone or something.

What happens when the one you irrevocably trust betrays

you in the worst possible way? That trust is shattered.

Annihilated. Nada. Gone

I had surrendered and gave in. I opened myself to endless

possibilities only to be suffocated by my own worst fears. I

let him love me, and in turn I let him destroy me.

This is my story after the bliss faded away. They say what

doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well, I didn’t need to

be stronger. I needed him.



Who cares if I fell in love too soon?

Who cares if I make rash decisions?

Who cares if the world sees me as blissfully naïve?

I don’t care, so why should anyone else?

It’s my love to give, my decision to make, my chances to

take. In the end, it’s my life to live and possibly my life to



I stumble to the attached bathroom, regretting drinking so

much soda. I nearly scream when I come back out and Leo

is in the chair next to the desk. Has he been there the whole

time? Watching me? I clutch my chest in an attempt to

calm my nerves. He sits there watching me. I don’t know

what to do. He doesn’t take his hungry eyes off me. My

skin burns every place his gaze touches. Leo slowly rises

from his seat and approaches like a lion stalks its prey.

“My son thinks you are going to be his. He is sadly

mistaken. You are going to be mine, and mine alone. He

wants to make you his Queen. The thing is, in order to do

that he would have to be the King. And…that’s me. The

King. If anyone is going to make you a Queen, it’s going to

be me,” he says as his breath passes across my lips. He

quietly walks out of the room. The door closes behind him

with a soft click. I slump down on the bed bringing my

fingers to my lips. He didn’t touch me, but he might as well

have. I squeeze my eyes shut and wish it all to go away.

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