âAhhh!â I pressed my hands to his chest. âWhy are you such an ass?â I couldnât believe Iâd said it, but it felt so good! Then I thought, How does he bring out the worst in me? I was not an angry person, and I didnât normally shoot out cuss words. Mom and Gamma had taught me better than that.
Unexpectedly, he gripped my wrists, moving them behind me, and drew me into him. My heart heaved in and out from being a breath away from his lips and from being exhausted from all the energy I was releasing. He set his eyes deeply into mine and exhaled. âEverything was just great until you walked into my life. I know who I am and my purpose in life, but you are making me confused. For the first time, I want more. The worst part of this is that I canât have you, even if you allowed it.â He paused, searching for words. âI want you to ____ me, âcause if I knew that you ever cared about me that way, I would give up everything just to be with you. I donât know why. And that scares me more than anything Iâve ever known. So there is the answer to your question. Satisfied?â
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her childrenâs chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.