the sun, you have to withstand the storm.
poetic Casey Loughlin has had her fair share of rain, and she always manages to
see the silver lining. During her teenage years, when she met Toby Cardona, she
learned everything she ever needed to learn about love and loss—all in one
Casey, everything changed for him. The once caring and endearing boy, with
dreams and hopes of his own, became the cold, broken, money-hungry man he swore
he’d never be. Now, with Casey back in his life, it’s up to her to show Toby
that the second time around, love can still hurt, but it’s worth every painful
prick. Will Toby weather the storm, and embrace a second chance, with the woman
he’s always loved?
about what we talked about? Yer beach house won’t be open forever.”
not my home anymore—”
Loughlin, yer momma did not raise a fool, and right now, you’re bein’ one!” she
shouts into the phone, like she’s at the Kentucky Derby. I knew anything but a
yes would get her upset. My last visit, she’d been pretty insistent that I take
her up on her offer. Everyone has been handling my parents’ death with kid
gloves on. Eventually they’d stop; I just didn’t think they’d wait so long. So
here we were.
Just calm down, please—”
take that tone with me, girl. I would give you a good lickin’ if I were there,
so you won’t be disrespectin’ me by taking the Lord’s name in vain, you ’ear?”
sorry, Gran. I just … It’s just too hard,” I spit out.
Babygirl, but you got to be brave. Take life by the balls, because I won’t lie,
you got some big ones swingin’ right in front of you. I don’t want you goin’
through the rest of yer life regrettin’ you didn’t grab ’em. We all know, Danny
and I know, you’ve been dodgin’ ’em.” She goes quiet for a moment, giving me a
nice reprieve because all I can see are big hairy balls flying in front of my
face, now that she’s brought them up.
grab ’em, Babygirl. Not for me or yer parents, God bless ’em, but for yerself.
I want you back, and enough is enough,” she says resolutely.
talking about balls, please, I just—”
innocently. “Babygirl, I ain’t gettin’ younger. If you’re afraid of balls,
Please, just stop.” Big hairy balls are now flashing through my mind, and I
wince as I hear my gran whispering something about big balls being nice.
Leaning back, I take a few breaths as I stare at the ceiling. I make a mental
note that I need find a way to wipe the corners of the dust bunnies collecting.
“Babygirl, you there?”
“Yes Gran, I’m still
“I mean it, you
can’t keep doing this to yourself. They wouldn’t want that.”
calls Virginia home, she is constantly on the go. She’s got a constant case
of #Wanderlust; most of the time, you can find her traveling around
the world to see her book besties, or checking off her bucket list places. Her
second home away from home is Hawaii, where her family is from. The love for
the ocean runs through her veins. She also has a love of pugs, unicorns, and
anything chocolate. She and coffee have been having a love affair for many
years. And, if you don’t find her wandering around the world, she’s more than
likely hanging with her pug, Lani.