Photographer: Cassy Roop with Pink Ink Designs
Cover Designed by: TE Black Designs
Change. It’s change and how well you handle it which defines a person.
Three times in my life, I have been faced with such changes. Once when I was fourteen. Again, at eighteen. And now again at twenty-eight.
Twice, she was there.
Ten years ago, I gave up everything, including her. At the time, it was the right thing to do, for both our sakes. Walking away from her isn’t what I wanted, it’s what had to be done.
Now, she’s here. People like me don’t always get second chances, this happens to be mine. That’s if she’ll have me. If she’ll accept why I left and the fact, she’ll always be second.
You see, I have a secret. It could change everything when she learns the truth. She may be the one walking away this time.We’re about to find out.
“Don’t you understand? I can’t love you.”Turning to her, tears fall from her eyes unrestrained.
“Of course, I understand. I see it every time she’s around. When you say her name. Hear her voice. I see it in your eyes when you think of her. But I can’t stop my heart from wanting what it wants. It wants you, Brannon. Always has. Always will.” With her fists to her side, she walks away and I let her.
Leaona, also known as Lea, lives with her husband, cat and two dogs near Myrtle Beach. She was born and raised in WV by her parents whom she adores before attending Marshall University. A small business owner and mother of three, she enjoys Carolina Panthers and Marshall University Football, reading, writing, gardening, crafts, NASCAR, TWD, hot rods, and surf fishing.