TWO

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A/N> Thank you @meghan_billis_ for the beautiful cover!

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The brunette ran around her apartment, trying to get herself together. She pulled her hair into a ponytail, grabbed her jacket, and bolted out the door. 

A few minutes ago, she received a phone call from her hysterical cousin. He was in tears, rambling about how his life was over. Eva didn't have the slightest clue about what was going on, all she knew is that her cousin needed her.

Her husky barked, confused about her change of attitude. She had been petting him minutes before the call.

She dashed downstairs, nearly tripping and meeting an early death.

She then hopped into her car and began the hour-long drive to her cousin's house.

Eva was young, 25. She shared her ratty apartment in New Jersey with a huge dog that carried enough energy to power a planet.

She was not that badly off for a student who had recently graduated college. While she was drowning in student loans, she knew that after a couple of years of hard work she would be able to afford herself something more decent.

She couldn't complain about her current situation or her upbringing. Her parents kicked her to the curb only days after she was pulled out of her mother's womb. Thankfully, her aunt took her in. She made sure that Eva never went a day without love or cookies. That woman sure loved to bake.

Her childhood was full of laughter, playground injuries, baked goods, and mischief. Her cousin- Sammy, was with her every step of the way. Life with Sam was never dull.

Eva loved her small family- her support system. 

And she protected what was hers.

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An hour later Eva was in New York, beating down her cousin's door. "Sam, I'm here, please open the door. Please!"

She wanted to hug him and assure that everything was going to work out. Just like he had done for her on so many occasions.

She heard shuffling from the other side of the door. It was eventually pulled open, revealing a red-eyed Sam.

He didn't greet her and made his way to his couch. The living room was obliterated. It was littered with cans of beer, papers, and tissues.

Eva sat beside him and worriedly eyed the dump his apartment had transformed into. "You need to tell me what's wrong. I can't help if I'm left in the dark," she tried to reason.

Sam lifted his head and skittishly looked into her dark brown eyes. "I'm so ashamed of myself. I've messed my life up," he sighed.

"What did you do? I'll try my best to help you, I promise." She assured and ran her hand over his back, trying to soothe him.

He shook his head. "You can't, nothing can be done. I angered some powerful people. The only thing that can get me out of this is money. Money that I don't have."

Eva was confused and grew more worried. If it was money he needed, then she was going to be useless. She owned more bills and debts than dollars.

Sam reached down to the floor, retrieved a paper, and handed it to her. Eva grabbed the paper and read it over.

"What is this? Why are you showing me this?"

"I wrote that. Lana Miller was my ex. She broke up with me so I published it out of spite" he sobbed. Eva gripped the paper and grimaced.

"Everything on that article is a lie. I didn't think of the consequences, I just wanted her to feel some sort of pain, the pain I felt. I was expecting to get fired, I was fine with that. But I wasn't expecting her to sue me," he choked and placed his head on his hands.

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