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By DelSheree Gladden
“How’s Coma Guy?”
Gretchen really hated Carl’s nickname for John, but the edge to his tone sent a shot of guilt straight through her.
“He’s, uh, not in a coma anymore,” she said, hoping the good news would soften his frustration with her.
Carl’s eyebrows rose. “He woke up?”
Not sure of his feelings on the matter, aside from his obvious surprise, Gretchen kept her answer basic. “Yep. Last night.”
Relief eased his posture. “It’s about damn time. Now you can finally stop babysitting him, right? I’m sure they called his family to come pick him up or whatever.”
Slowly getting out of her car, Gretchen knew exactly how he’d react to news of John’s condition.
“What’s going on, Gretchen? He’s awake. That should be the end of it,” he said, “but clearly it’s not.”
Gretchen felt her exhaustion clear down to her toes. “He can’t remember anything.”
“What?” he asked. “Who cares? So he doesn’t know what happened to him or who did it. That’s for the police to sort out. Not you. Leave it alone, okay? You’ve already gotten more involved than you should have. This has drugs or gangs written all over it.”
She rubbed at her eyes before finding the energy to explain. “He can’t remember anything. Nothing. Not a single thing. Whoever attacked him is the least of his problems right now.”
Carl dragged his hands down his face before saying, “You’ve got to be kidding me. Amnesia?”
Gretchen shrugged, a weak answer, but all she could muster when she could sense his frustration building.
It was several long seconds later before he shook his head. “Doesn’t matter. Still not your problem.”
“How can you say that?” Gretchen demanded. “Who else has he got to look out for him?”
Carl didn’t have an immediate answer, but that didn’t stop his brows from pinching together in irritation. “I don’t know, but it doesn’t have to be you. You don’t have to let one chance encounter derail your entire life.”
Even though Gretchen appreciated how much he cared, he had no right to criticize her decisions. Not that she had even come to one yet.
“Nobody has any idea what might happen with John,” she said without looking at Carl, “least of all me.”
Sighing, she felt him move closer, his body heat attempting to reassure her. “Maybe not, but I know you too well to believe you’ll walk away without knowing this guy is all right.”
Irritation flushed through her. “You’ve known me for all of seven months,” Gretchen snapped.
“Seven months of spending most evenings together. Seven months of being by your side as you’ve worked through whatever baggage drove you from Colorado. Seven months of being there for you when you were alone and didn’t know another soul. Seven months of being your friend,” he said, his voice soft yet edged with anger that she would deny his knowledge of her. “Tell me you won’t go back, that he’s someone else’s problem now. Tell me that and I’ll drop the issue.”
Her silence was more than enough of an answer.
“This is a mistake,” Carl said, almost a whisper.
Gretchen’s chin was trembling, because she was on the verge of agreeing with him, but John’s frightened eyes called to her. She knew she couldn’t abandon him to whoever might be willing to offer him charity. Maybe it was chance. Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was exactly what she needed.
About Memory’s Edge
Driving out on some of the long stretches of New Mexico’s highway gives you plenty of time to think. You see all kinds of things as you drive… scrub brush, roadkill, cows… but what if you saw something else. A body. Would you stop?
Crazy wonderings like that were the inspiration for this series. John and Gretchen are about to embark on a journey that they have no idea where it will end, and they invite you along for the ride!
The Memory’s Edge Series will be a two-part series. The second book, which be titled Memory’s Edge: Part Two (keeping it simple!), will cover what happens to John, Carl, and Gretchen after the end of part one.
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