Your Gravity Excerpt
“Oh, Jax.” I reached out to him.
“Nicole, don’t. Please.”
I placed my hands on his chest anyway.
“No. I’m not leaving you alone. And what we have isn’t over. I’m here for you. I’ll always be here for you. I love you, damn it! Do you hear me? I. Love. You!”
Light flickered in his eyes.
“Nicole,” he breathed.
This was it. I was standing at the crossroads with a decision to make. I could walk away from the one man I’d waited for my entire life, the only person who filled the empty space inside of me, or I could fight, fight for his love, fight the demons that held him back from loving me.
“I love you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can show me your dark side, and I’ll still love you. Nothing will ever change that. Even in your darkest hour, I’ll be by your side, loving you. I know for a fact that you’re nothing like you father, and I can prove it.”
“How?” he choked.
Cupping his face gently, I slid my thumb across his cheek, wiping away a tear.
“This tells me you’re not the monster your father is. You’re not ashamed to cry. You’re not afraid to act silly or tell lame knock-knock jokes just to make a little girl smile. That’s how I know. So you got mad and you finally fought back. Fine. Get mad. But don’t shut me out. Don’t run away from me and hide because there’s nothing to hide. I get angry too. The only difference is that my entire life I’ve held that anger in. I guess it was because I’d never had anything I really wanted to fight for. Now I do. I have you. I have Caroline. And I’m going to get angry at anyone who hurts you, including yourself. So go ahead and show me your worst because I’m not leaving.”
Standing on my toes, I drew him closer. His lips were a breath away from mine. “I don’t scare away easily, mister.”
He sucked in a breath when I gently kissed his swollen lips.
“I love you,” I kept repeating as I kissed his chin, his cheeks, his neck.
He let out a soft moan as he slowly pulled away. “You can’t love me.”
“I do.” I held on to him tighter. I’d traveled back in time to find him. And I was never letting him go.