She slid out a photograph, bent and worn around the edges. In faded color, it
showed the two of them playing on the tire swing that still hung from the tree in the McGee backyard. She sat on top of the swing, clinging to the rope for dear life, and he stood on the swing, one leg on either side of her, his head thrown back in an obvious war cry. They looked incredibly happy.
Back to Six Sentence Sunday… or Sunday’s Seventh Sentence: Then he’d jumped on behind her and together they had whooped and laughed until the swing had slowed down.
They’re two people caught between friendship and something more; they can’t move forward, and they can’t let go.
Drawn together from early childhood, Sean McGee and Melanie Mitchell seemed destined for each other. But at age thirteen, Melanie was wrenched from the people she loved and forced onto a path she loathed. Sean was no stranger to people leaving, but losing Melanie devastated him. When she suddenly reappeared in Orson’s Folly, Sean was overjoyed. The Melanie who came home, though, wasn’t the same girl. She’s got a harder edge and she’s obviously hiding something, but Sean no longer knows how to reach her.
Returning to Orson’s Folly as an adult, all Melanie wanted to do was forget the years she spent away. But she soon learned that going home didn’t mean she could return to her old life—or her childhood sweetheart, Sean. Even their mutual attraction to one another hasn’t rebuilt the bond of trust and closeness they once shared. It’s been seven years since she returned and now everything Melanie wants to forget has broadsided her. She must confront her demons and relive her past in an unexpected way or risk losing the only man she’s ever loved. But even if she succeeds, Sean might be lost to her anyway.