** Part two of a three part serial ** The choice is steep: Stay on the ledge and steal Van's painting or take the leap and sacrifice her sister. It's another decision in a long line that she's had to make in her life, and though it's easy to make, it's impossible to execute. Jade won't let Cory go until she gets what she wants, but the price for Cory is high. It's never been hard to steal, to lie, but Van changed all the rules. It was the last thing she wanted to do to him. But as much as that choice is agony, there's really only one to make. Betrayal and pain. Love and loss. Decisions and consequences. The edge Cory walks is razor sharp and sky high, but she can't look down. Not until she makes it to the other side.
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
I'm a mess. A puddle of pain and anguish, hate, and longing.
My heart has been tossed to the ground, thoroughly stomped and shredded. Aching for a clean, safe resolution for Cory and Jill. Pining, crying, and dying for Van. I'm left wondering how there could possibly be a HEA.
So... I sit in the dark, broken. Waiting, wanting. Cory has crawled under my skin. Her suffering is mine. Her need is mine. I physically ache thinking of what comes next. How Cory could possibly explain her desperation. How Van could accept what has happened. How they could ever- maybe never be together again.
Hold on, guys. The ride just got bumpier- and a lot darker. In what was already an emotionally charged story, Staci has crafted another gritty, gut wrenching episode sure to leave you lying bleeding and hanging by a thread, and anxiously waiting for more.