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A Song That Never Ends (Broken Love #3)
Author: Jordan Marie

 

 

Prologue

 

 

REED

 

 

“How is the best thing to happen to country music since George Jones?” Katie teases when I answer the phone. I roll my eyes.

“Damn, is this really you? How long has it been, Katie?”

“Too long, but if we’re keeping track, it’s been almost a year. Which, by the way, is not my fault. Turns out when you become a huge country music star, you’re hard to get in touch with.”

“Not really. You have my cell—you’re using it right now,” I point out.

“That goes both ways, Ryker Lane.”

“God, I hate that name,” I bellyache.

“I don’t know. It’s been good to you.”

“Yeah, it has,” I admit. I can’t really deny that. It’s been five years since Callie pushed me out of her life, and while I’d kept track of her through Katie and Jeff, the last year I’d let it go. There comes a time when you just have to say it’s done. That’s where I’m at. I kept hoping Callie would miss me enough that she would come back to me. If she could have just taken a chance…

She didn’t, and I had to let go completely. I didn’t have a choice.

“Which brings me to the reason for this call,” she murmurs. The tone in her voice sets off mild alarm bells.

“What’s wrong?”

“Why does something have to be wrong for me to call you, Reed?”

“It doesn’t, but it has been a year, and you seem to have something on your mind.”

She lets out a heavy, long, drawn-out breath.

“Katie?” I prompt, really starting to get worried now.

“Okay, fine,” she huffs, confusing the hell out of me. Until now, I’d been reclined back in my chair, legs kicked back on the top of my desk. I’m supposed to be picking out songs for the new album, but none of them are speaking to me. Honestly, and this sounds fucked-up as hell, music has lost its appeal the last couple of years. Trisha says I’ve gotten too accustomed to having money, and now that my accounts are full, I don’t care. That could be it, I guess. Nothing much seems to make me feel alive these days. The most at ease I’ve felt was when I traveled to Junie’s new digs to help her celebrate. She looked like a completely different woman and was extremely happy. I never thought she’d be the type to settle down with a cop, but it looked good on her.

I bring my feet to the floor and sit up, sensing this conversation with Katie needs more concentration than I anticipated.

“Are you going to spit it out soon? I feel like I’ve aged twenty years during this one conversation.”

“Jeff and I want you to come to our wedding.”

“Jeff and… Holy fuck, Katie! You’re getting married!”

“Yeah,” she laughs.

“But how? When? I thought you two broke up?” I ask, thoroughly confused.

“We did. But he was miserable, Lennon was miserable, and I missed him. We may not have a conventional relationship, but I love him.”

“And Jake?”

“Is a closed book. I saw him at Christmas. He barely spared Lennon a look. He can’t even remember his damn birthday.”

“To be fair, he thinks Lennon is just a nephew.”

“To be fair, Jake has been an asshole for a long damn time, Reed. I’m tired. I’m not getting any younger. I’m finally at the point where Jake doesn’t factor into my relationship with Jeff—and that’s always been his choice. This time the choice is mine. I want to be happy. After five years, I think I deserve that.”

“When’s the wedding?” I ask.

“In three weeks,” she adds, bashfully.

“Damn, thanks for the notice,” I criticize. “I kind of have commitments here, you know.”

“I know. I’m sorry. When we decided, it was kind of spur of the moment. I want Lennon to have a little brother or sister. I’d like it to be before they’re spaced apart so much that they hate one another.”

I could tell her it doesn’t matter how close their ages are, that could still happen. I don’t. I try not to think of Mitch at all. The only time I do is when I fly Mom out for the holidays. She lives in Florida now. Although she went a long time not talking to me, all that ended when she discovered the magic of having a multi-millionaire for a son.

It’s damn funny how that works.

“I’ll clear my calendar.”

“Good. Jeff will probably call you tonight when he gets in from work. He wants to ask you to be his best man.”

“Not Jake?”

“Nope. You were always his choice. Jeff did ask him to be a groomsman, but Jake told him he’d be in Cheyenne competing for the championship.”

“Okay. I’ll be expecting his call.”

“Uh…there’s one more thing, Reed.”

“What’s that?” I ask hesitantly.

“Callie is obviously my maid of honor. You’ll be required to be around her some…”

“It’s okay, Katie. We’re grown-ups, and it’s been five years. I think we can manage to get through your wedding.”

“Cool. In that case, I have one more favor.”

“Jesus, woman—”

“Will you sing a couple of songs at my reception?”

“Christ.”

“Is that a yes, Reed?” she whines, making me laugh.

“That’s a yes, pain in my ass.”

“Sweet! Okay, I’ll tell Jeff to give you a jingle. Love you, Reed! Mean it!”

“Yeah, yeah,” I laugh, clicking off my phone and tossing it on the table.

It looks like I’m going back to Macon. I’m not sure how I feel about that—or about the fact that I’m going to come face to face with the woman who nearly destroyed me—but strangely kept me going all at the same time.

 

 

CHAPTER 1

 

 

Callie

 

 

The spring wind slides through my hair. I close my eyes and enjoy the moment. There are times when I imagine I can feel change in the air. There’s a sense of anticipation around me. Of course, it could be that I’m just fooling myself. It’s not like anything great has happened to me since Reed left Macon.

It killed me when I let him go, but I did the right thing. Reed deserved better than me. He deserved everything good in this world, and I’m so happy that he seems to be getting it because no one has earned it more than him. I still think of him often. There’s no way not to. His songs are constantly on the radio, and there’s a big sign at the Macon city limits that reads, “Home of Ryker Lane”.

“Callie!”

I jerk when I hear my name. I look up from the flower bed I’m digging, putting my hand over my forehead to shield from the sun. I grin when I see Katie walking up my yard. Katie is sunshine. She has this light that breaks through the clouds and completely warms you up. She’s sass and fire. We couldn’t be more opposite. I wish I had some of Katie’s spirit. I do try to find it—I just can’t.

Truthfully, there are days I feel as if I’m fading in this world. As if, maybe, the world is swallowing me up. It’s a silly thing to imagine, but it’s true just the same. I’ve been working through that feeling—and many other things—with my therapist Dr. Carter. There are days I feel stronger. Sadly, there are the same number of days that I feel weaker. I know I’ve come a long way from the girl I used to be—the girl whose parents made her feel unimportant and unworthy of love. Dr. Carter has tried to make me see that the choices I’ve made in life stem from that strong need to be accepted and loved. I played into Mitch’s hand, and he took advantage of me. That doesn’t free me of blame and guilt, however. It’s accepting my part in the choices I made that hurt like hell. I can look back and see where I did something stupid based on the scars inside of me. I just can’t do anything to change it.

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