Impact by Haley Jenner
English | 2019 | Romance | ePUB | 2.1 Mb
Impact: Warning: This book contains topics that may upset or offend readers, especially those who have previously experienced sexual violence.
a marked effect or influence
My life has been severed into two distinct origins.
You don’t need to know too much of my life before. It’s no longer relevant to my story.
The damage is mine. I’m a ghost. The shell of the girl from 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 striving to survive in the 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳.
Love. Life. Friendship.
I’ve pushed it all away in my fight to breathe another day.
Who am I?
Worse, I’ve lost sight of 𝘸𝘩𝘺 I continue to endure.
Until he reminds me of the girl of before.
“Eight months ago.” My words feel like stripped metal on my vocal cords. Jagged and useless. I clear my throat, refusing to look anywhere but at the words before me. “I had my whole life ahead of me. I was young. I was happy,” I continue. “Eight months ago, my body was mine. My mind was mine.” My voice shakes right before it cracks and I pause, clenching my teeth against the tremor in my jaw. I bite my lip, silencing the indelicate sob fighting to escape. Hints of it succeed, choking out in a stuttered breath.
“Moments of that night are faded, hazy in parts. But there are fragments, flashes, minutes that are so very clear. They’re my own living nightmare, and no matter how hard I try… I can’t escape.”
I glance up then, seeking refuge from the judge. A middle-aged white man with hair the color of snow. My lawyer assured me his allotment to my case was a good thing. His history, his long history, shows a clear bias toward women’s rights.
The weathered lines of his face give nothing away. Only watching on impassively as I speak, but I take solace in the kindness in his eyes, encouraging me forward.”