"It's a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realized what's changed is you."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
gray mat·ter /ˈɡrā ˈˌmadər/ noun
the darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord, consisting mainly of nerve cell bodies and branching dendrites. Also an informal derivative of intelligence, intellect, cleverness, and wit.
Kennedy McAlister knew she had to go home eventually. After graduating from UCLA, and unable to find a job in California, she's forced to return to her small Alaska hometown of Finnick Island to help her mother run the coffee shop they own.
Kennedy's mother always said there was something about the air there. Something cleansing, something that rejuvenates parts of the soul that you forget you have. The problem is Kennedy doesn't need to be cleansed, and the only thing she wants is to forget. But with handsome, mysterious Grey Fischer still hanging around town, a living embodiment of all Kennedy's guilt and grief that she left behind on Finnick Island, the Alaska air is nothing more than suffocating.
This book will have mature themes such as strong language, some (but not explicit) sexual content, as well as mentions of mental illnesses and drug use.
Please keep in mind these characters are not perfect, just like none of us are. They may say things and make decisions you don't agree with. They make mistakes, just like we do. That doesn't make the story stupid, it makes it realistic.
And most importantly, as with any of my stories, happy endings are not guaranteed.
- I've always been in love with Alaska, I think so much of it is so untouched and beautiful, and I've always wanted to write a story that takes place there. Y'all know I have a soft spot for small towns, troubled romance, and complicated characters, so for those who enjoyed Crash Into Me this will be along the same vein of storytelling.
- As always, this is a first draft - meaning it is checked for spelling and grammar, but plot, voice, and stylistic continuity will be edited when the story is complete. This story honestly needs a fuck ton of work and I will edit it when I'm ready.
- As of now this is a novella, meaning it's a short story on purpose. This will also probably change when I start editing it.
- Started January 8, 2019 | Completed August 5, 2019
Copyright 2019 Taylor Rae (moonraess) | All Rights Reserved
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This is a work of fiction. Any and all characters, locations, and situations are a creation of my own. Any resemblance to real people or places is purely coincidental.
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Grey Matter | ✓Romance
Kennedy McAlister knew she had to go home eventually. After graduating from UCLA and unable to find a job in California, she's forced to return to her small Alaska hometown of Finnick Island to help her mother run the coffee shop they own. Kennedy's...