by Joz Maxel
    Release Date: August 3rd


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    Have you ever loved a woman with your heart and soul, just to watch her slip away?

    I had her.

    I broke her.

    I left a piece of me behind.

    My best friend put her back together.

    Cherished her.

    Loved her the way she deserved.

    My time for absolution has come.

    And I’ll stop at nothing until I get it.

    Now I’ll have to fight my way back to what I left behind.


    “Hey, you. This seat taken?” She takes the seat next to me on the bench. I
    just stare into the fire, not saying anything. “Thought you could use some
    Jim Bean by now.” She holds out the tumbler of amber liquid in front of my
    face. Without thought I grab the glass, drink its entire contents and hand
    the glass back to her. “Looks like I was right.” She offers me a subtle
    curve of her lips that I catch out of the corner of my eye. I’m too numb to
    care about how anything about her affects me.

    “What are you doing out here Nova? Don’t you have a husband to fuck or
    something?” Jesus, I’m an asshole.

    “I know this is hard for you, Corey. But taking it out on me isn’t gonna
    make things better!” She stands up to leave when I grab her arm. Her
    features are highlighted from the fire and all I can think of is how god
    damn beautiful she is, and I can’t fucking have her.

    “Please don’t go,” I plead as I stand up too fast and almost lose my
    balance. “I’m sorry.”

    Nova places her hand on the side of my face and caresses my unshaven cheek.
    I close my eyes to savour this moment. “What’s going on in that head of
    yours, Corey?” 

    I open my eyes and stare into her watery ones. “Nova, you need to stop.” I
    place my hand over hers, still resting on my cheek. “My head isn’t in a
    good place right now.”

    She moves herself to stand toe to toe in front of me. “Maybe I don’t want
    to.” She looks from my eyes to my mouth, biting down on her bottom lip.
    “Corey…” was all she got out before I took her face in both my hands and
    brought my lips to hers.

    It was a sweet touch between two people that knew every scar, every smile,
    every dream of each other but it quickly turned to something
    more…something we weren’t prepared for. Nova moved her hand from my cheek
    to just over my heart and I was done. I pulled her closer to me and kissed
    her with all that I had. If this was the only moment I had with her like
    this then it would be one that we both would never forget. 

    But it ended as fast as it started when Nova pushed me away, touching her
    lips with her fingers. Before anything could be said I could hear Dane
    coming around the building, calling out her name.


    Joz hails from Western Canada. She’s a hockey loving, tattooed adorned
    sassy bitch who is renewing her obsession of skateboarding.

    Writing is an experience that I lost along the way. Finally in a place
    where I can write about the things I love and share it with you.

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