Rock & Release Excerpt

Then Teagan's yelling at me, and I'm laughing again, but I don't know why. Maybe because she's got some freaking nerve to be the one yelling. She comes toward me, grabbing my arm and trying to drag me away. I yank myself from her grasp, and Gage holds my hand and tells her, way more politely than I would have, to calm down. She sneers at him and tells me I'm being dumb, and Vera appears, asking if everything's okay, and I decide on the spot, "I'm staying with Vera tonight, Teagan. You should just go."

A moment passes before Vera lifts a shoulder, as if to say sure, why not? Teagan gives her a dirty look and there's more yelling, mostly at me, and Jared arrives, telling her to leaveβ€”so she does, furious. There's some conversation about it all with Vera and Jared… And another drink. Or two. And Gage is giving me water and I'm spilling half of it on the ground and then time's flashing forward somehow and it's back to just me and Gage, and I'm wrapping my hands around his neck, dragging his face back toward mine. He protests again, but I lick the words from his mouth, and he lets me.

And he lets me.

        And he lets me.


Later there's more laughter and more people whose names I immediately forget and I never make it out of the patio to see Demi Jade on stage.

There's a cab ride.

A door unlocked.

A wall at my back and Gage's hands under my shirt, strumming my skin again until I can't keep quiet.

Another door opens and then closes behind us. I whisper what I want to do.

And he lets me.

        And he lets me.