When she was seventeen years old, Taylor Ford stood in front of a gunman in a school shooting and lied about her identity to save her younger, more promising sister.
She told him to shoot her.
A year later and Taylor has survived, but with a terrible cost. She's lost an eye, her best friend, and the rest of her life seems to be following in a rapidly declining way. She's her little sister's hero and a town celebrity, smothered with a past she can't escape. She's idolized and depressed, and she wants out.
But standing on a bridge, about to jump, she meets Jason Cole, a nineteen year old social outcast who happens to be the brother of the boy who shot Taylor. He too is tired of living in the shadow of his past, and talking Taylor off the bridge, he sees a potential kindred spirit, sparking the idea to flee town together in an attempt to shake off their pasts and re-find themselves.
But life is a complicated thing, and if you add love into the mix, it can only get more complicated.
© Claudia Lennox, also known as RavenAndAWritingDesk, 2014.