Beautiful Broken

By: Nazarea Andrews


Dane Journal Entry
I saw Scout today. Family day at rehab—Atti and I drove up. It was good. Nice to see Atti, spend a little time catching up. I won’t admit it to him, but I miss the bastard. We stopped and had lunch a this killer little mom and pop dinner about halfway to New Horizons. It was almost like old times—like Atti hadn’t left.

But that’s not the important thing. What’s really important is Scout. It’s the first time I’ve seen her in almost a month. She was furious, didn’t want anything to do with either of us.

Being there made me anxious. Dredged up too many memories of the past. I hate places like that—almost as much as I could tell she did.

I feel guilty about her being there. She blames me—without my prodding she would have gone. Some days, when I’m stuck in my own head too much, I think I screwed up. I should never have forced her there.

But the thing is—I remember Scout when she was clean. When she was sweet and lovely and innocent. That girl is why I made her go to rehab. That’s why she needed to get help. Because I haven’t seen that girl in years. And last time she arrived at my doorstep—she was so strung out she came on to me.

Scout doesn’t remember that, of course. She doesn’t remember that, of course. But I do. In all the years she’s used and run and come back, she’s never done that. And it scared me, because I know how upset she’d be. How much she would hate that she had done that.
She might hate me. She might never forgive me for this. It might not stick. But I have to try. For that girl that I grew up with.

Beautiful Broken by Nazarea Andrews
University of Branton, #2
October 2013
She’s been broken by her past. He’s been breaking for as long as he can remember.

Together, they can make each other whole–or destroy each other.

When his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn’t exactly a normal request. And with their history, it’s a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she’s drop dead gorgeous and he can’t touch her.

There are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He’s always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He’s also been the only man she’s never let herself want–screwing up their friendship isn’t worth one amazing night together.

They have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love–it might be worth the risk.

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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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