The Sophomore

College Years Series

Things I wanted to say to my family, but never could.

Things I wanted to tell my friends, but never got the chance.

Things I wanted to confess to you, but wrote in my journal instead.

Whit Lancaster burst into my life like a storm. Dark and thunderous, furious and fierce. Cold, heartless and devastatingly beautiful, like the statues in our prep school gardens. The school with his family name on the sign. He can do no wrong here. This is his domain.
He’s a menace on campus.  Adored and feared. Hated and respected. His taunting words carve into my skin, shredding me to ribbons. Yet his gaze scorches my blood, fills me with a longing I don’t understand. I count down the days until we graduate. And then I’ll never have to see Whit’s smug, beautiful face ever again.
When I stumble upon him one night alone, I find him broken. Bleeding. My instincts scream to leave and let him suffer, but I can’t. I sneak him into my room. Clean him up. Fall for his lies. Let him possess every single part of me until I’m the one left a gasping, broken mess.
When he leaves me alone in the dead of night, he takes my journal with him.
Now he knows all my secrets. My desires. My hate. My truth. And he promises to use my words against me. He gives me no choice but to do what he says, or he’ll expose me completely. And I can’t have that. I’m the good girl. The shining hope of my family. I’ll be ruined.
That’s when I strike a bargain with the devil.
I’ll let Whit Lancaster ruin me behind closed doors instead.

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