SAVING QUINTON by Jessica Sorensen
(February 4, 2014; Forever E-Book; $4.99)
Nova Reed can’t forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She’s determined to find him and help him . . . before it’s too late.
Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he’s done. But there’s one flaw in his plan: Nova isn’t going anywhere . . .
“You can do this, Nova,” I say as back down the driveway and turn onto the road.
I continue to repeat the mantra in my head all the way to the coffee shop. I order two
coffees, not even sure if Quinton drinks coffee or how he takes it, but I make a guess.
Then I crank up a little “Help Me” by Alkaline Trio and drive to Quinton’s apartment,
trying not to get too upset at the sight of it in broad daylight. But I can’t help it. The sun
only makes it look more tragic and fills me with even more hopelessness, but I still park
the car. Then I take my phone out of my pocket, flip the video recorder on, and let out a
deep breath before I aim the screen at myself.
“Why am I talking to you…I really have no idea, other than that I find it
therapeutic,” I say to the camera. “Because when I’m talking to you, I can say what
I’m really feeling…and what I’m really feeling is…well, it’s a lot of things. Like for
starters, I’m scared, not just for myself, but for Quinton. That place he’s in…it’s horrible.
I knew people lived like this in movies and stuff, but seeing it with my own eyes…it’s
terrifying.” I pause, glancing at the building. “And I also feel hurt…I mean, he was so, so
upset with me last night for being here and all I want to do is help him…the only thing
that can get me past that is remembering…remembering how much my mom wanted
to help me and how much I shut her out. I didn’t want help, but looking back I think
deep down I really did want it, I just couldn’t see past all the dark stuff…until I watched
Landon’s video…the one he made right before he committed suicide…in a way, that
video woke me up. I’m hoping that Quinton is the same way—that there’s something to
wake him up. I have to believe there is, otherwise there’s no hope left. And I’m not ready
to accept that yet.” I pause, taking a deep breath before I add, “So here goes. I’m going
back in.” I stop talking and click off the camera, putting the phone back into my pocket.
Then I get out of the car, making sure to grab the coffees and lock the doors.
The area is eerily silent, like everyone sleeps during the day and only comes out
at night. I’m sort of glad, though. It makes walking to the stairs, going up them, and
walking to the door so much easier. The hard part comes when I get to the door. I stare at
the cracks in it, breathing in the stale air. I’m not sure what to do next, or if I even want to
do anything next.
What do I do?
About the author:
Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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