Slow Hand Quickens
By Allie Mathews
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Growing up in an apathetic household with an abusive family friend, Kristen Weatherly doesn't know life can be better or that she even deserves it. When all your life you're told to be grateful for what little you have, no matter how awful, how do you know that your life can be more fulfilling?
This was my life. That was all there was to it. I'd grown up this way. This was how life was. It was hard, but it was a life. What other choice did I have? If I'd made it to my senior year in high school, I could make it through, too. I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. This was the hand I was dealt, and I was strong enough to handle it. Sometimes I had to remind myself that I was going to make it out and it would be okay. I'd picture myself at a bus station, or a train station, hell, an airport, and I'd have a ticket in my hand. I'd look behind me and I wouldn't see anything. Because I was starting over. I was going to get on that bus or train or airplane and I'd get to be Kristen Weatherly. I wouldn't be Krissie. I wouldn't be someone's mistake of a child. I'd be my own.
I scratched behind my ear and looked out at the backyard. Empty, but it had life to it. Sort of how I felt.Screw it, I wanted the chocolate chips. Who cared about peanut butter?
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