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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Violated:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 4:47 AM PACIFIC TIME
Paige was standing in the window of the hotel room, looking down on the town’s streets and watching people carry on with their lives. Sam was still asleep, and last she looked, he was on his back with one leg under the sheets, one over. It felt good to get away from her job, but this vacation wasn’t really for pleasure. Sam had tried to convince her they could also have some fun while in Valencia, but Paige had only one thing on her mind: confronting the man who had destroyed her friend Natasha’s life.
It had happened twenty-two years ago when they were on spring break in Mexico, but the repercussions had lasted a lifetime. Natasha had been gang-raped by a group of four guys they had met at the resort. It had led to a suicide attempt a year later that resulted in Natasha losing all brain activity, and after all this time, Natasha’s mother had finally decided it was time to say good-bye to her daughter. The funeral service was unbelievably rough on Paige, but it provided her with the one lead she needed to find the group’s leader. That was the real reason she was in California…
She turned to find Sam lying on his side now, braced on his elbow. She walked over and sat next to him.
He placed a hand on her back and maneuvered to look at the clock. She followed the direction of his gaze. “What are you doing up so early?” he asked.
“I couldn’t sleep.” She wasn’t going to get into everything with Sam. Like how she had slipped out last night and took a trial run past the rapist’s house, how she had followed him… Some things were best left unsaid.
“You don’t have to see this Ferris guy, you know. I would understand if you changed your mind.”
She pressed her lips together and nodded. “I know, but we’ve come all this way.”
He took her hand and tapped a kiss to her fingertips. “It’s never too late to just turn this into a fun vacation.”
The words stung. A fun vacation. She felt as though she had cheated him. They each only had a few weeks of vacation time a year, and she’d talked him into using his to follow her out here. “I never should have asked you to—”
“Hey.” He struggled with the sheets a bit as he sat up. “I wanted to come. Remember?”
She stared into his eyes, trying to determine if he was telling the truth, reliving the moment when she had asked him to come along. Maybe she had been wrong to include him in this. He was relatively new to her life; they’d met only a couple of months ago, and with the distance between them—him living in North Dakota and her in Virginia—they had only spent a few weekends together.
“You didn’t make me come here,” he reiterated. “And I’ll be by your side the entire time.”
Paige rose from the bed and crossed her arms. It was warm in the room, but suddenly chills rippled through her. After bringing him all the way here, how could she tell him that she had changed her mind and wanted to approach Ferris on her own?
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