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Walking Away

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Jan 26, 2018
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9781370451777
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When Leah Harris moved in with Ty Williams, she thought it was the right move. She thought that being with him was the best thing she could do. When she realized it wasn't and tried to leave, it was a lot harder than she thought. She needed a knight in shining armor to save her.
Blaze Hamilton was every woman's dream man. He was the defender, the lover and the bad boy all wrapped up in a country music package. He'd been looking for so long for that right woman. A chance meeting and one look at Leah and he was head over heels. Who knew a whirlwind could end up like this? A love of country music, good men and Nashville. Who could ask for more?

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Sue Langford started out with a dream. She'd been writing since she was young and always dreamed of seeing her books in a book store. When she finally gave in and got her first novel published, it hit the racks and was snatched up by everyone. When she made her first trip to Nashville, she was completely hooked. From that point on, her books were inspired by country music and the artists she loved.When she took on the topic of Anti-Bullying in her newest series - The Revenge Series - she found even more exposure than she could have imagined. The first of it's kind, she proved that everyone no matter their size, shape, opinions or even career deserves to be bullied. If you think she's stopping there, you will be happily surprised. She takes on a current topic with every book and every series. An author to watch and a bestselling one at that, Sue is a one of a kind author that all of us should check out.

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Chad’s.

Chapter 2

About time, Chad said. Didn’t know we had plans, Leah said. You up for the studio, he asked. Chad, I appreciate the help, but I just can’t… He turned the radio up. And the new release from Leah Harris. It’s burning up the charts and it’s only been out a day or two. Can’t wait to hear the rest of her CD. We’re told by her rep that the CD is in the works and we might get a chance to see her on stage in the coming weeks. Here’s the most requested song of the day. Wanted by Leah Harris, the DJ said on the radio. You were saying, Chad joked. I’m not doing performances. Not with him lurking around, Leah said. He can’t get near you. There’s nothing to worry about. Chad, the answer is no. He handed her an omelette and bacon and sat down with her. He can’t come after you. Security’s gonna cover you. Chad, just stop. Give me a chance to get past it before you push me into a damn concert, Leah said. They had breakfast then he cleaned up. Come and sit, Chad asked. Why? What else are you trying to talk me into, Leah asked.

I know you didn’t tell me everything last night. I know you have a reason why. I get being scared Leah. I do, but you can’t let the history with him stop you from doing what we all know you’re amazing at. Nobody can stand in your way Leah, Chad said. I get you trying to help Chad, but all I wanted was to write. That’s it, Leah replied. There’s songs that I found that I thought you might like. Just take a listen alright? Chad. For me? She rolled her eyes and shook her head. Will you back off if I do, she joked. Never. He smirked and put the CD of demos into his stereo. Every song was her style. Every one of them she liked. Didn’t mean she was recording them. Well, he asked. Fine, but you have to give me a chance to get used to all of this, Leah said. One other thing. When you decide that you’re in a going out mood, I’m taking you on a real date. Might as well get used to that too, he teased.

Leah and Chad went down to the studio and got another song recorded, met up with the stylist and hit the mall. Anything you prefer, the stylist asked. Beat up blue jeans, but that’s probably not what they’re going for, Leah said. They walked into one of the stores that the label had suggested and Leah spent an hour trying on outfit after outfit. They headed out with two suit bags of clothes. They got a few more things then went to head back when they stopped at one last store. I was asked to make sure you got 3 pairs of cowboy boots and a few pairs of shoes to go with the clothes. You alright with that, the stylist asked. Leah agreed. Four pairs of Stetson boots and 5 pairs of heels later, they headed out and went back to the label. The blue jean idea is good. We just need a little something to dress things up. A few skirts to throw in with the regular clothes. The photo shoot is tomorrow anyway. Try to get some beauty sleep tonight, the stylist suggested. Leah nodded. Just as she was about to leave, she saw Chad. You ready, he asked. For what, Leah asked. He slid his hand in hers and walked her out to his truck. Where’s my truck, Leah asked. Parking lot at the condo. Saves us some time, Chad said.

They got down to the restaurant and headed in, grabbing a table on the upper level away from the mass of people. Better, he asked. You can let go of my hand anytime now, Leah teased. What if I don’t want to, Chad joked. She slid her hand out of his and went through the menu. You can quit the smirk while you’re at it. You didn’t win, Leah said. Got you out on a date with me. Good enough for me, he joked. Why are you so determined to take me out? With all the drama I’ve had with Ty, you’d think you’d have enough smarts to run the other way, Leah said. Call me a wannabe hero, Chad joked. Not funny, Leah said. They had dinner then headed outside. They got in his truck and headed back towards the condo. Instead of pulling into the parking lot, he kept driving. Chad, Leah said. We’re going for a drive. That alright? Figured you needed fresh air for a while, he said. Chad, I need to just go home and relax, Leah said. They went to pull back down the road to the condo and saw cop cars. Chad, Leah said. All she saw was Ty being put in the back of a cop car and her hands started shaking. She couldn’t hide it. Chad backed up into a driveway and drove off. He took her up to the Loveless café for a coffee.

Chad saw her hands still shaking. You need pie, he joked. They had pie and coffee then walked a bit. Leah, Chad said. I knew he was gonna do this Chad. I knew it, Leah said. Then stay at my place tonight, he suggested. She walked back towards his truck. Leah, talk to me. Let’s just go, she said. What aren’t you telling me, he asked. He’s never gonna go away. Restraining order or not. He’s not gonna leave me alone, Leah replied.

Why? Because he thinks we’re married, Leah said. She got in the truck. He sat down on the front bumper. She wasn’t wearing a ring. There was something else to the story and he knew it. He got in the truck and headed back to the condo building. They got into the elevator and he stopped it a quarter of the way up.

Chad, Leah said. He walked towards her and kissed her. Whatever he’s doing, I’ll protect you, Chad said. Let go, Leah asked. He kissed her again, wrapping his arms around her and pulled him to her. The kiss turned into a make out session and it felt like the heat was cranked up. She broke away from him and pressed the stop button. The elevator started back up. They got to their floor and Leah went out and went straight into her condo. Leah, Chad said. She closed the door and locked it.

Leah sat down on her sofa and tears fell down her face. She was never gonna be safe again. Somehow, someway Ty was going to drag her back to Virginia. Take control of her and her life all over again. No piece of paper was going to stop him and she knew it. She had a drink and tried to calm herself down, but just the thought of going back to Virginia was scaring the crap out of her. When her phone buzzed, she almost jumped 10 feet in the air.

What did you want Chad, Leah asked. Open the door, he asked. Chad, I need to be alone alright? No. He’s not gonna come after you. I’m right here. He can’t hurt you, Chad said. Just give me tonight alright, Leah asked. Open the door, he said. Leah

opened the door and saw Chad in a sweatshirt and track pants. What, Leah asked. He kissed her. He walked her over to the sofa and sat down with her. What, Leah asked again. Here, he said handing her an old movie. Chad, I would prefer some alone time. You need sleep. I’ll hang out here and you get sleep, Chad said. And how am I supposed to do that, Leah asked. First off, put your pajamas on. Second, get into bed and close your eyes. Funny, Leah said. Go. I’ll hang out down here, Chad said. She shook her head. You need to sleep. Even I know you haven’t slept in days. Go. You need me, I’m down here.

Leah walked upstairs, had a hot shower and put her pajamas on. She slid into bed, turned her alarm clock on and curled up in bed. In minutes she was asleep. She tossed and turned and ended up in another nightmare, face to face with Ty. She woke up minutes later with Chad’s arms around her. It’s alright. I’m here, Chad said. What are you doing in here, Leah asked. You were screaming in your sleep. I ran up here. She tried shaking it off and pushing Chad away. Leah, just tell me. Tell me what is scaring you, Chad asked. She shook her head. Leah got up, splashed cold water on her face and went and poured herself a drink. Leah, talk to me, Chad said. One drink down, she turned and looked at him. I can handle this alone Chad, Leah said. Talk.

He’s dangerous Chad. Guns and Ammo dangerous. A stockpile of swords and handguns and shotguns dangerous. Every time I tried to stand my ground, he scared me into giving in. When he wanted something I didn’t, he pushed me into it. I was a possession to him. He keeps saying he loved me. How can you love someone you treat like that? That’s supposed to be his idea of love? Parading me around to the entire town like he’s flaunting me around. Like he’s showing off his new car or something. He’s not a sane man Chad. He answers the door with a sword in hand, Leah said. He’s not getting to you anymore. He’s not gonna be face to face with you ever again, Chad replied. You don’t know that. If he wants something, he doesn’t care what he has to do to get it, Leah said. Chad picked her up and carried her back upstairs and leaned her onto her bed. Chad. I’ll sleep on the blankets, you sleep under them. I’m here okay? I don’t need… Just for tonight. He turned the light off and curled up with her just as he’d promised.

Leah woke up at 8am to the smell of breakfast. Fresh coffee and breakfast. She had a shower, got dressed and walked downstairs. Chad was in jeans and a t-shirt. Don’t you have work, Leah asked. Good morning to you too beautiful, Chad said. What’s all this, Leah asked. Power breakfast. The photo shoot is at 10. Chad, I can’t do it, Leah said. You can. Leah, he’s never getting that close to you again. You have me. I’m not letting him that close. She sat down and had a quiet breakfast with him. She cleaned up the dishes and Chad pulled her into his arms. Nobody is ever hurting you again. Not on my watch, Chad said.

They headed over to the photo shoot after breakfast and put her into hair and makeup.

Chad went and talked to security and talked to his boss and let him know the situation.

We need to keep her safe or she’s not gonna do the CD. The guy is off his rocker. Personalized straight jacket level. What can we do, Chad asked. Bodyguard, his boss suggested. We need to take care of it, Chad said. I’ll get Callie on it this afternoon. Just get her through the photo shoot, his boss asked.

Leah came out in makeup and had her hair done. The beat up blue jeans were just right. The photos turned out perfectly. No matter what she had on, Chad could tell that she was meant to be right there. As soon as she was done, she got changed and they headed over to the studio and got to work. Nobody got in or out without a security pass. Leah finally calmed down and got another song done. When she heard the playback, she was almost crying. Told ya, Chad joked. Leah got up and went to leave. Where are you going, Chad asked. She walked out of the studio and started walking back towards the condo. Chad got in the truck and went after her. He stopped at the light and got out to go after her. Get in the truck, Chad said. Leah shook her head. He walked her over to it and got her in, then took off. Leah, you can’t just walk off. Security needs to be with you, Chad said. Just take me home, Leah asked. What’s wrong, he asked. I can’t do this Chad, Leah said. He went to pull into the parking garage at the condo and she got out. She went inside the building, got up to her unit and went inside, locking the door behind her.

Leah went up to her bedroom, got changed and had a hot shower, trying to wash off the feeling that she was getting. All she knew was Ty was closer than she thought. Closer than anyone knew. She always got that feeling. When she thought she’d finally managed to be alone, she’d always known when he was getting closer. Leah stepped out of the shower, pulled on her track pants and sweater and curled up on the sofa with her guitar and notebook.

An hour later, she warmed up her leftovers and had dinner. She spent the rest of the evening working on song after song. She finished a few then did her dishes. She looked over and there was a note under her door. She grabbed it and opened it.

Leah,

Come over when you get this. I get you’re upset, and I understand why. I was trying to keep you safe. Please just come over so we can talk. Don’t make me sit here worrying about you all night.

Chad

She poured herself a drink and sat down on the sofa, turning the TV on to one of her favorite shows. A half hour later, Chad was at her door. Leah, open the door, Chad said. She got up, opened the door and went back to the sofa. Leah, what is going on, Chad asked. Nothing, she replied. You’re full of it and you know it. Just talk to me. Leah turned the TV up. He grabbed the remote and turned it off. What, Leah asked. "What’s

going on Leah? I know he’s out. Don’t ask me how I know, but I know. He’s not gonna back off until I do something, Leah said. Meaning what, Chad asked. Leah turned the TV back on. Leah, what are you doing? What do you think you’re gonna do, Chad asked. I need to take care of it on my own. A stupid piece of paper isn’t gonna stop him from coming here. I need to do something, Leah said. Like what? Leah, you’re my responsibility now. Chad, just go. Leah, tell me what you’re up to. Tell me you aren’t putting yourself in danger. Chad, I need to take care of it. Just let me do what I need to, Leah said. Which is? Don’t worry. I’ll be at the studio tomorrow. She walked over to the door and opened it. I’m not going anywhere. Not until you tell me what’s going on. What is going on in that head of yours? Just go. I have something I need to do," Leah said. He closed the door and pulled her to him.

He kissed her, leaning her against the door. His hands slid down her back. He devoured her lips, then slid his hands to her backside and picked her up. He slid her legs around his torso and headed for the stairs. Chad, Leah said. He kissed her again, walked up the stairs and walked into the bedroom. He pinned her onto the bed and leaned on top of her. What are you doing, Leah asked. He kissed her again and slid his hands under her shirt. Chad. He silenced her, kissing her again and peeled her shirt off. He took his off and kissed her again. He went for her skinny track pants and she tried to stop him. He peeled them off and saw what looked like a brand on her hip. She tried squirming away. Leah. She got up and grabbed her robe. Where are you going, he asked. You need to go Chad. Just go. What was that, he asked. Just go. He grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him. Tell me, he asked. Just go Chad. He grabbed his shirt and walked downstairs. He tried to talk to her but she clammed up and wouldn’t say anything. He went back to his place, but she was still on his mind.

The next few days flew by and Leah managed to get a few more songs done. She worked on other songs at night and didn’t hear a word from Chad. After a week and a half, he finally stopped to try and talk to her again. Hi, Leah said answering her door. Can we talk? As long as you don’t ask what it was, Leah said. He walked in. The second the door shut, he kissed her. What are you doing, Leah asked. I missed you, Chad said. He picked her up and walked her to the sofa, peeling her tank top off. Chad, stop. He kissed her again and leaned her onto the sofa, sliding on top of her. We…. "Leah, I’m

not gonna ask. When you want to tell me then tell me, Chad said. He kissed her neck, pulling her legs around his waist. I can’t do this, Leah said. He kissed her lips, devouring them and trying to make her forget whatever pain was hurting her. He took his shirt off, undid his belt buckle and slid his jeans off. Chad, we… He kissed her again. Nothing was stopping him. He peeled her shorts off and saw the mark again, trying to ignore it. A foil packet slid out of his hand and his kiss got more intense. Not here, Leah said. He kissed her again and she tried to get up. Get back here," he teased.

Their bodies meshed and he wanted more. Every inch of her skin was silky smooth. He wanted every inch of her body wrapped around him. They had sex on the sofa, then the

stairs, then in her bed. After, he laid down beside her and pulled her to him, spooning her. You alright, he asked. Leah nodded. Then why are you being so quiet? What’s going on, he asked. Nothing, Leah said. He linked their fingers. If you want to talk, you know I’m here right? Leah nodded.

It was the first time in what felt like forever that she’d been that close to anyone. Part of her missed it. She missed the way that she’d been with Ty when they first met. They were so in love they almost didn’t make it out the door most days. That was all before the illness took him over. Back in the days where she believed him, trusted him and believed in the stories he’d told her. That they were destined to be together. Back before she realized that every word was a lie, every story was based on stupid folklores. Back in the day where she’d believe anything. Before she realized that she belonged somewhere else. Before the plans to disappear in the night. Before the sneaking of the suitcases into the truck.

When Chad saw her start to tear up, he knew something was really wrong. Asking her would be like asking why someone would’ve branded their initials onto her skin. It was a topic that she wasn’t ready to talk about and would be hiding from for a long time. Instead, he just let her cry in his arms and tried to fake being asleep but something was eating at him. He had no idea what else to do. He snuggled in closer to her and kissed her shoulder. Thought you were sleeping, Leah said. I’m in bed with a woman I’m falling for and you expect me to sleep, he joked. He saw her wiping the tears away. Just say it, Chad said. Say what? When you’re ready to talk about it, just say so alright? I don’t want you upset. She turned towards him. Talk about what, Leah asked. He did that didn’t he, Chad asked. Leah nodded. He kissed her. I’m not gonna ask. When you’re ready you can say whatever you need to, Chad said. He wasn’t bad when I met him. At least I don’t think he was. Things just went really bad really fast. That’s all, Leah said. I’m not that kind of person. You know that right, Chad said. Leah nodded. All I’m gonna do is try and keep you safe. I promise you that.

She kissed him and he curled back up with her. So what do you think about doing that performance on Friday night, Chad asked. Are you sure the band is alright to do it, Leah asked. They will. I just want to make sure you’re alright. Security is gonna be there. He’s not gonna get in, Chad said. Even if he does, I know what I need to do Chad. Leah, tell me it isn’t something illegal. If he shows, wherever he shows, I’ll deal with him. Just give me the space so I can alright? As long as you don’t get hurt. Leah nodded. Get some sleep. We have a long day tomorrow, Chad said. Guess you’re staying, Leah joked. Can’t get rid of me that easily, he teased.

The next morning, he woke up to an empty bed. He walked downstairs and breakfast was on the counter. Her purse, cell and keys were gone but there was a note beside the plate:

I was right. He’s out. Going to do what I have to. If you don’t hear from me by 10, go on this site and use this login. Thank you for everything last night. Was nice getting a full night of sleep. Left you a kiss too. – Leah

He looked at his watch and it was almost 9:30. He went to his place and got a change of clothes and got showered and ready for work, then went back to her place. There was still no call. He went onto the site and saw that wherever she was, she wasn’t in Nashville. He zoomed in and she was halfway back to Virginia. He called the police and took off after her.

As Ty was headed down the back route to go home, three officers came after him, pulling him over. License and registration, the officer said. What’s the problem, Ty asked as he white-knuckled Leah’s arm. Can both of you step out of the vehicle please, the officer asked. What’s the problem, Ty asked again. He let go of Leah, giving her a look like ‘If you even think what I know you are I’ll kill you.’ The officer walked over to Leah. Do you have anything in the vehicle, the officer quietly asked her. Purse, keys and cell. The officer grabbed them from the truck, handed them to her then walked her to the waiting black SUV. Ty was put in the back of the cruiser and the tow truck followed the police car back to Nashville. What’s going on, Leah asked. They handed Leah a cell phone.

You alright, Chad asked. What are you doing? Did he hurt you? No. I was handling it on my own Chad. And going back to Virginia was handling it, he asked. Leah hung up. She handed the phone back to the officer that was driving her. Where did you leave your truck, the officer asked. Parking lot at the studio I was recording at, Leah said. She leaned back and tried to relax, but she couldn’t. Her cell rang again. Yep, Leah said. Now you’re mad at me? I said I was dealing with it. There’s only one way to do it and if you had let me do what I needed to, he would’ve backed off. Now I have to go back on my own and do it, Leah said. Which is what? Do what he wants? Let him think he’s winning? You need someone to protect you. Stop getting mad because I’m trying to, Chad said. I’m doing the show on the weekend. If he starts again, you have to let me go and deal with this. You’re not going there alone. Leah hung

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