It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just
about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and
believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also
seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that
by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because
I only feel complete when I’m with her.
The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones.
Any insecurities I have vanished with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel
invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave.
Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.
He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could
weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.
Harper is an NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in
Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books,
hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a
book in hand.