Promises We Couldn't Keep

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: September 29, 2016

All my friends are heathens, take it slow Wait for them to ask you who you know Please don't make any sudden moves You don't know... Read Chapter

Chapter One

Submitted: September 29, 2016

-1-   The moon hung low, and swollen in the evening sky, as I briskly made my way down the sidewalk. Without turning aroun... Read Chapter

Chapter Two

Submitted: September 29, 2016

-2-   The next time I snuck out to Ethan’s place, my movements weren’t quite so hesitant. They were comfortable now, mor... Read Chapter

Chapter Three

Submitted: September 29, 2016

-3-   I stepped out of the hot bubble bath and pulled the plug. Reaching for my robe, I wrapped it securely around me before... Read Chapter

Chapter Four

Submitted: September 29, 2016

-4-     When I arrived at Ethan’s place, he was nowhere to be found, but, feeling comfortable enough at his place... Read Chapter

Chapter Five

Submitted: September 30, 2016

-5-     I froze at his sudden confession, but, remained silent. I had a feeling I didn’t dare want to know. The s... Read Chapter

Chapter Six

Submitted: September 30, 2016

-6-   The following morning, I woke up feeling slightly disoriented. I bolted upright, blinking nervously as I took in my su... Read Chapter

Chapter Seven

Submitted: September 30, 2016

-7-   I tipped the laundry hamper over, and started the mundane task of sorting through the small pile of clothes I had accu... Read Chapter

Chapter Eight

Submitted: September 30, 2016

-8-   I paced the front hallway, nervously checking the time on my phone until I could be sure I heard the distinct rumble o... Read Chapter

Chapter Nine

Submitted: October 04, 2016

  -9-     As we pulled into the parking lot of the small, nondescript diner, I couldn’t help but notice ... Read Chapter

Chapter Ten

Submitted: October 04, 2016

-10-   Ethan parked the car and turned to me. “Did you want me to come in?”    He stared up at the lar... Read Chapter

Chapter Eleven

Submitted: October 04, 2016

-11-   I sighed irritably, and flopped against the pillows of my bed. Agitated with the thoughts that plagued my mind, I kic... Read Chapter

Chapter Twelve

Submitted: October 05, 2016

-12-     Ethan didn’t answer the door when I knocked. He hadn’t responded to my earlier text, either. Not too u... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirteen

Submitted: October 05, 2016

-13-   “Feel like telling me what the hell that was all about?”     We were lying together in the dark... Read Chapter

Chapter Fourteen

Submitted: October 06, 2016

-14-     “Why are you looking at me like that?”    I was seated beside Ethan in his jeep, wat... Read Chapter

Chapter Fifteen

Submitted: October 06, 2016

-15-   “Are you having a good time?”    Ethan handed me a beer and positioned himself beside me on the... Read Chapter

Chapter Sixteen

Submitted: October 06, 2016

-16-   A few hours later, when darkness fell, the small group of us had spread out camping chairs and blankets to be closer ... Read Chapter

Chapter Seventeen

Submitted: October 07, 2016

  -17-   I woke up to the sounds of my phone chirping beside me on the bedside table. My mind was still thick with ... Read Chapter

Chapter Eighteen

Submitted: October 07, 2016

-18-     “Why does it smell like banana bread in here?” I asked, puzzled, as we made our way downstairs and int... Read Chapter

Chapter Nineteen

Submitted: October 08, 2016

-19-   I instinctively froze.    “Shit! You can’t be here right now Ethan, there’s no way I can expl... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty

Submitted: October 08, 2016

-20-   My eyes widened in surprise at the sight of him, and, I felt a quick sliver of panic churn deep within me. The b... Read Chapter

Twenty One

Submitted: October 10, 2016

-21-     It felt as though the air surrounding me suddenly became too thick to breathe. Like syrup, oozing, and cli... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Two

Submitted: October 10, 2016

-22-   ME: Where are you? I just need you to give me a chance to explain. Please?   I dropped the phone onto th... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Three

Submitted: October 10, 2016

-23-   I swept my hair up into a quick ponytail before assessing my image in the mirror. My clothes were creased from sleep,... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Four

Submitted: October 10, 2016

-24-   A darkness washed over him now. An anguish lay within him so deep, that I had only ever recognized it in myself. A ce... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Five

Submitted: October 11, 2016

-25-   I purposely kept my distance from Ethan over the course of the following month. I needed time to process and sift thr... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Six

Submitted: October 11, 2016

  -26-   All it took was four beers. Four beers and I was stepping into new-found confidence, swaying my hips on th... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Seven

Submitted: October 11, 2016

-27-   I thanked Rick again for the drinks and wished him a goodnight. I stood for a minute until the dizziness wore off and... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Eight

Submitted: October 12, 2016

-28-   Ethan brought me inside his house and led me down the hallway into the bathroom. Under the reflection of the lights, ... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Nine

Submitted: October 12, 2016

-29-   The following morning, my body hurt just as much as I had predicted it would. I groaned softly at the ache in my musc... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty

Submitted: October 12, 2016

-30-   As the hours ticked by, and evening fell, I pulled myself up from the comfortable position on the bed and gingerly st... Read Chapter

Thirty One

Submitted: October 13, 2016

-31-   Once I had convinced Ethan that I was perfectly capable of driving myself back home, he insisted that he was going to... Read Chapter

Thirty Two

Submitted: October 13, 2016

-32-   “Steven had returned home, late, of course, from another one of his business trips. It was almost midnight, and I w... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Three

Submitted: October 13, 2016

-33-   “Are you okay?”    Ethan’s voice was muffled through the door. I had locked it behind me. To ... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Four

Submitted: October 14, 2016

-34-   The phone rang just as I was about to take the cookies out of the oven. Their sweet aroma filled the entire house and... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Five

Submitted: October 14, 2016

-35-     It was Friday evening, and I found myself in search of something fun to do. My previous plans of babysitti... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Six

Submitted: October 15, 2016

-36-   Checking my phone, I could see that it was barely eleven in the evening. I suddenly felt tired, however. I had played... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Seven

Submitted: October 15, 2016

-37-   It would be nearly two weeks later, when I would find myself bumping into Ethan again. I was busy window shopping aft... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty Eight

Submitted: October 16, 2016

-38-     When Ethan’s soft knock sounded on my door, announcing his arrival, it was close to midnight. To say tha... Read Chapter

Thirty Nine

Submitted: October 16, 2016

-39-     He followed my lead into the living room, and sat beside me, careful to leave some space between us. I cou... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty

Submitted: October 16, 2016

-40-   When we were finished and breathless, I shakily unraveled myself from our embrace, and proceeded to redress. My ... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty One

Submitted: October 17, 2016

-41-     The following morning, as the sun snuck in through the curtains, I turned on my side, and watched as Ethan... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty Two

Submitted: October 17, 2016

-42-     It took Ethan a few moments to shrug the sleep off of him, before he turned, and sat up to face me. &n... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty Three

Submitted: October 17, 2016

-43-   After the tattoo incident with Ethan, I knew, without a doubt, that I loved him—was in love with him—but I was st... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty Four

Submitted: October 17, 2016

-44-   I knew he was masking his fear behind his anger, and I reached for his arm. He tensed at my touch, but didn’t pull ... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty Five

Submitted: October 18, 2016

-45-   True to his word, Ethan did reappear twenty minutes later, drink in hand, but when he reached the table, he held out ... Read Chapter

Chapter Forty Six

Submitted: October 18, 2016

-46-     After my aggressive stint on the dance floor, Ethan was nowhere to be seen. Rick slid a shot towards me as... Read Chapter

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