Bully & Exit

Bully & Exit

by Brigham Vaughn

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Nathan's voice was soft when he spoke, gentle as it'd always been. "Caleb Stockwell. I've been looking for you."

Caleb cleared his throat and ignored him, tipping the bottle up for another long drink. He licked the spiciness from his lips as he debated making another run for it. There was a shrub blocking his way in one direction and a hockey player in the other. Even if he hadn't been drinking, the odds weren't in his favor. "Nathan Rhodes," he managed.

"Damn, I can't believe it's you!" Nathan leaned in, and Caleb pulled back, uncomfortable with him being so close.

Caleb laughed bitterly. "It's me. Now that you've satisfied your curiosity, you can run along." He motioned with his hand, encouraging Nathan to leave.

"It's really good to see you," Nathan said, ignoring him. He took a seat on the pile of discarded construction materials, his knees brushing Caleb's as he lowered himself down. Caleb pulled away as if scorched.

"Yeah? Too bad I can't say the same," he muttered, his head swimming as the alcohol began to hit him. He eyed Nathan's long, long legs and the way he was pinned in by them, remembering the way they'd felt tangled with his as they came, panting shallowly against each other's skin. It brought it all back: the scent of Nathan's cologne, the taste of his skin, the way Caleb's heart raced in his chest when Nathan held him close. It brought back the memories, the ones he'd worked so hard to run from. The good and the bad. The sharp, intense happiness of falling for Nathan. The aching, crushing hurt that paralyzed Caleb for months after Nathan was no longer in his life. Everything he'd buried four years ago and vowed never to touch again.

He caught the first glimpse of doubt on Nathan's face. "Are you okay, Caleb?"

"Oh, I'm motherfucking peachy," he snarked and took another long drink. "I've made it through four fucking years trying to ignore the fact we're on the same campus, and with barely a month left in my senior year, I thought maybe I'd managed to pull it off. But, no, Lowell had to drag me to this goddamn party, and, of course, you showed up too. Just my luck."

He raised the bottle again, but Nathan wrapped a hand around the neck and tugged. He was stronger than Caleb, so Caleb let go, afraid he'd end up getting pulled onto Nathan's lap if he didn't. Nathan took a drink and passed the bottle back, licking the taste of rum off his lips before he spoke. "You're so angry at me."

"Ya think?" Caleb snarled. "Didn't it ever occur to you I would be? What the hell makes you think you can waltz in here and pretend like all the shit that went down between us didn't happen?" He tried to stand, but Nathan's dark denim-clad knees were on either side of his, pinning him in place. The bottle was pried from his suddenly limp fingers and set aside.

"I don't think that," Nathan protested. "I was just glad to see you, and I... I wanted a chance to apologize. I didn't ... I wanted ..."

Caleb's lips parted in surprise as cool fingers framed his face, and for the first time in four long years, Nathan's lips were pressed to his again. Involuntarily, Caleb's eyes closed, feeling a rush of heat wash over him, taking him right back to the first time. Before Nathan broke his heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151113786
Publisher: Brigham Vaughn
Publication date: 07/10/2015
Series: The Midwest Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 961,155
File size: 578 KB

About the Author

Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.

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Bully & Exit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
I am just going to jump out of the gate by saying this story is amazing and the characters are perfect. Now, I know what you're thinking "perfect? Where is the fun in that?" Well, I guess it depends on your definition of perfect. To me perfect is not about being a "utopian" character it's about having flaws, surviving and flourishing because of those flaws. And that's exactly what Caleb and Nathan have, flaws. You will definitely hate or at the very least despise high school Nate and you will most definitely want to shake college Caleb more than once. Plain and simple this is a story about making amends. We all did at least one stupid thing in high school that we regret, that we would love to have a chance to step into HG Well's Time Machine and set right, but life doesn't work that way. We live with those mistakes and so does Nate but now that he has "grown up" he wants to make things right. Going back and forth from past to present gives us a rich blend of who they were and who they are. Some times not letting go can be as damaging as the event we refuse to deal with. This is one amazing story that shows what great things can come from acceptance of both, past events and who you are. The story of Nate earning and Caleb finally giving that chance is one you really don't want to miss.