Any Given Lifetime by Leta Blake

Any Given Lifetime by Leta Blake

Author:Leta Blake [Blake, Leta]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Tags: Romance, M/M, Fiction
ISBN: 9781626227781
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Published: 2018-09-12T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter Thirteen

Neil’s plan was to leave Barren River, call a car to take him to the Nashville airport, and catch the first flight out to Atlanta. It’d cost an arm and a leg, but what choice did he have but to stay here and travel with Dr. Peters the next day? But cars and taxis didn’t come out this far in the boondocks, so he couldn’t find a driver to take him to Nashville.

He cursed softly, throwing himself backward onto the hotel bed again. He was trapped here. And he needed to get out. He thought about renting a car—surely this town had a car rental service?—but then he started to laugh, because he wasn’t old enough yet. Hell, he wasn’t even old enough to go downstairs and order a drink at the bar. He was so fucking sick of being a kid.

Angry, he stood up, pulled on his coat, and walked out of the hotel room. He didn’t know where he was going, but he needed to move, and walking seemed better than pounding his fists against the pillows some more.

Neil realized his mistake as soon as he hit the parking lot. Every lap around the lot was just another circle of the same new, horrible memories: every word he’d said to Joshua, the way Joshua had looked, how he’d smelled, how it had all gone so wrong. He wasn’t usually one to call his mother when he was feeling low, mainly because he tried to stay too busy to ever get truly down, but sitting on the bench outside of the resort’s main building, he didn’t know what else to do.

“Two weeks,” Alice said as her greeting. “Two weeks since you called, and I hear from Derek today that you’re not even in the state!”

“Mom,” Neil said to cut her off, and then he was silent.

When she spoke again, her voice had changed. “Where are you? What’s wrong?”

He shook his head at himself, dreading telling her, knowing that this was the stupidest thing he’d done since he’d tried to race a semi-truck to save Magic and lost.

“Scottsville,” he said. “I’m in Scottsville.” Technically, Barren River was on the outskirts of Bowling Green, but whatever. Close enough.

“Oh.” There was a long silence at the other end of the line.

“We applied for that grant. The one I told you about. I failed to mention that the foundation in question was…”

“The Neil Russell Foundation,” she murmured. “Did you see him?”

“Yeah.” Neil rotated his shoulders like he was trying to shake his mood off. It was easier already, faking it for her. He let a long breath out between his teeth, and said, “Well, it’s better this way, I guess. Stupid is as stupid does. My genius card has been revoked.”

“Are thinking you’re a genius at life when all you are is a genius at science?”

“Gee, thanks, Mom. That’s the kind of encouragement I needed right now.”

Alice sighed. “You don’t need encouragement, Neil. You need to get out of Scottsville before you break your own heart.


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