"Music is a Moral Law, It Give Soul to the Universe" - Plato
Sometimes it doesn't matter how long you know a person. The effect they can have on you can happen after four seconds or four years.
In Chase Taylor's case - it's both.
Avery McGuire doesn't just flip on a light inside of her - he set a blaze to everything holding her back. After only a week together he has to leave, but he strikes a match before walking away that won't easily burn out.
Four years later, Chase finds herself face to face with the boy - now rock star - who changed everything. The same one she still can't admit to falling head over heels in love with. She has no idea that her world is about to get rocked, in more ways than one.
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I don't remember telling my feet to move, but before I knew it, I was behind the heavy black curtain, listening to the muffled sounds going on around me. Instead of performing acoustically, Baird talked me into performing with a band. Some of the guys from the headlining act surprisingly agreed to play my backup. They all smiled at me, giving me thumbs up as I took my spot behind the microphone.
I grabbed onto it with both hands and closed my eyes, concentrating on anything other than the thudding of my heart against my chest. I could feel the sweat rolling down the side of my forehead, but I didn't dare move my hands to wipe it away. I vaguely heard my name being introduced, and some light applause as I felt a gentle gust of wind against my face from the curtain being moved. I kept my eyes firmly shut as the beat of my first song started. I took a deep breath and let it out infinitely slow, counting down until my first lyric came up and then it felt like my whole body was on fire as the words flowed effortlessly from my tongue.
I started my short set with “Smooth Criminal.” Even in this Texas crowd, I knew the tune would be appreciated, and everyone seemed to be instantly impressed with my selection. It had taken me a while, but I had changed the arrangement around. I upped the tempo so that the song was a little more rock and roll and paired nicely with my fiery alto voice. I finally opened my eyes about halfway through the song and instead of scanning the room for fear of lighting my nerves up again, I looked straight down to find Vic. She was dancing like a mad woman, and I couldn't help but smile.By the time the last note rang out, I felt incredible. I would always remember the way it felt to be in that moment. Completely alive with no one to hold me back or hide me away.
About the Author
L.A. Bressett is a simple, city-country girl that love chocolate chip cookies, Erik Northman, and laughing until her stomach hurts. Her love for books began in diapers and has only grown over the years. She spends her days listening to music, watching her two kiddos grow up way to fast, and watching an obscene amount of TV with her main man. You can catch her on Facebook, avoiding her household chores, anytime.