You're Mine (A Mafia Story) (#Wattys2016)
The world is truly only yea big, regardless of contrary belief.
My entire life was littered in struggles, yet I've always been the person who looks for the rainbow after the storm. It's been only thing to keep me going since I can remember, and even that wasn't enough. Just when I tried to stop looking for that rainbow, it found me and grounded me. Here.
"Finally, you're mine."
Regina has had a terrible past. A sick mother, a gambling and abusive father, and -no one. She had no friends because of her struggle to make something of herself; cool kids didn't study all the time. Even for her age, she's sacrificed everything in hopes of earning a scholarship so that she can take her mother out of their decrepit state of living. Crestfallen when she fails, her family is driven into poverty soon after. Her mother dies of illness and her father abandoned her. She has to pinch and grind to make it every day.
So can you imagine how she feels when the savior she dreams of comes along? Neither can she, for she never expected him to be so-so....