by Amber Fast
When tragedy strikes the life of twenty one year old Annabelle Martin the only thing she knows to do is run. She takes her best friend Harper Reed and moves to a small town in Tennessee. The two began starting a new life in the country not expecting to fall in love. When Anna met Paisley he was everything she had ever wanted in a man, Harper fell for his best friend Ryder and life was perfect for them, until something terrible happens. Will Anna ever get to experience her happily ever after or will the tragedy of her past haunt her forever?
The sound of the highway was all I could hear, it’s all I wanted to hear. I was going to run and, never look back. I couldn’t look back, not now. The events that recently took place in my life will forever haunt me. I was going to the country and I would never return to New York. I was lost in thought and enjoying the quiet that I hadn’t heard in days when I hear Harper singing along to Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. Boy if she only knew the notes she hit could make dogs bark. I let out a little giggle and reached over to pull the headphones out of my best friend’s ears.
“We're almost there Harp!” Harper sat straight up in her seat pouncing up and down.
“I am so excited Anna! A new life, a new start, and I know it’s going to be hard for you, but were going to make the best of it!”
I sat there in silence for the next couple of miles. All I was seeing were flashes of a nightmare I was hoping to forget. As we pulled into the Union Station Hotel all me and Harper could do was look at each other and smile in utter shock. It was beautiful!
“Damn Annabelle you went all out didn’t you?” Harper said with a huge smile as she jumped out of the jeep.
“Well it’s going to be home until we can find a place to buy, might as well make it a nice one,” I said with a smile.
We opened the door to the suite and I’d swear Harper was going to have a flat out panic attack. “Anna, oh my gosh, this is amazing, look at the bathroom, the beds and oh my gosh look at the view of Nashville. I don’t know about you, but I am in Heaven.”
I gave my best friend a smile. “I’m glad you love it.” I knew she would. I wanted to be excited, but given the circumstances of me being here to begin with I found it hard to be happy.
Harper must have sensed the hurt in my voice, she walked over to me as I sat on the bed. “Oh Anna how could I be so insensitive? I know you hurt so badly, and I wish more than anything I could take it all away sweets.” Man I loved my best friend I don’t know what I would do without her.
“I’ll be fine harp,” I smiled as I stood up. “I’m ready for a bath and bed, lots of house hunting to do tomorrow!”
As I walked to the bathroom, Harper jumped up, and with a giggled shouted, “And maybe some country boys!” I looked back gave her a wink and shut the bathroom door.
I laid in the tub and just let the jets beat on my back as I tried to relax. I can't help but replay that vision in my head over and over again. Oh how I wished I could just stay here in this tub and never get out. I was sure that I would never heal. I would never be the old Annabelle Martin. The care free one that never had a worry, captain of the volleyball team, more friends than I could count girl. I had to start a new life, and become a new me that's the only way I knew to move on and try to forget my past.
When I came out of the bathroom I could hear Harper on her cell. “Yes mom we’re fine. This is what Anna needs, and I'm going to be here to help her through it” Just then she noticed me standing there. “OK mom, Anna is out of the tub I have to go, love you,” she clicked the end call on her phone. “Oh my gosh Anna, that woman makes me nuts! Anyway get dressed and all dolled up I’m going to jump I the shower then we are going out!”
I looked at Harper I knew she was only trying to have a good time, and take my mind off things, but not tonight I just couldn’t do it. “Harp I was kind of hoping we could order a ton of room service, stuff our face, watch movies and maybe Google some local real estate agents tonight. Would that be OK?” Harper let out a huge smile.
“I would so rather stuff my face with my best friend. Sounds great sweets I’ll be right out.”
I waited until I heard water running, and ran out on the balcony to catch my breath, I knelt down against the glass doors, and the tears started to pour. “Why me? Why did I have to be the one this happened to? I had such a wonderful life back in NY until it was all taken away from me. What did my family ever do to deserve this?” I sat and let the tears flow until I thought they couldn’t come any more. I heard Harper come out of the bathroom and quickly wiped my face and went in. “OK sweets you ready for a movie? Magic Mikes on. I know how you love that Matthew McConaughey, and well I’ll just keep my eyes on Mr. Tatum,” she giggled. I couldn’t help but giggle back after all she is right I love that Mr. McConaughey. We ordered room service, stuffed our faces, and watched some movies before drifting off to sleep.
I'm sweating, screaming, and throwing my hands. “No this can't be real no! No!” I screamed. I then felt the familiar touch of my best friend.
“Anna sweets are you OK? You must have been having a nightmare.”
“No Harp. No I'm not. It's real, it's all real.” I threw my head in Harper’s arms and sobbed.
About the Author:
My name is Amber Fast I call West Virginia home. I have four amazing kiddos. Payten, Hannah, Landen & Izabella. I married my best friend on 11/11/11. I have a passion for writing and singing. My first book called "The Escape" was published on August 13th 2013. I am currently working on my second book titled "The Million Dollar Affair" I read all different genres but I write Erotica Romance :)