Katieâs world came crashing down in an instant.
Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that sheâd come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it.
With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness.
Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. Itâs there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life sheâs reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost.
Will Katie ever begin to heal? Or will her secrets and loss be too much for her to overcome?
Perhaps, this is her kismet.
âI brought you something,â he says, pushing himself back with his legs, allowing himself room to dig into his jean pocket. After a moment he pulls out what appears to be a black string and dangles it between his thumb and forefinger. Three silver squares catch the remaining sunlight and I suck in a hasty breath, snatching it from him. Cradling it in my hands I look down at that all too familiar bracelet.
I revel in amazement. I completely forgot about this braceletâthe one that Parker gave me when I was six, during the first time episode of anxiety and mutism. Iâd just started school and had completely shut down. He gave it to me in the hope that it would give me the strength I needed. He even took the time to pick out the sterling silver squares with the letters K, T and P on them.
âI thought maybe if you knew that Tommy and I were always with you then you might feel a little stronger and you might start talking again,â he says as he ties the string around my wrist.
I smile as he fumbles with the strings. âDad made me change a lot of oil so that I could buy this for you, Katie. I hope you like it.â
I want to tell him I love it but I canât muster the strength, even though heâs tried to give me all he can. Instead, I thank him the only way I know how. Once heâs finished tying it, I throw my arms around him and hold on tight.
I vowed that day to never let him go. But I had, and my world went to shit because of it. He takes the bracelet from my hand and ties it around my wrist while I stare at him, completely dumbfounded. âWhen I got the call, I dug around for it,â he explains. My face flushes with embarrassment as I remember throwing it in his face not so long ago. âI thought maybe you could use a little strength today.â
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