Release Boost – Breathe – Amber Lacie



Sometimes love is fated in the stars. You know

you are destined for each other. Your souls entwine and you can’t imagine your

life without them.

Sometimes it’s found when you’re not looking

for it. It peeks around the corner when you least expect it, sweeping you off

your feet, carrying you off into the sunset.

Sometimes, there are a lucky few who get to

experience both. I was one of the lucky ones.



A grunt escapes my lips, as I try to roll

over. It’s late. I’m not sure what time it is exactly, but I know it’s late.

The lights on the pole are lit up, sending random colors reflecting off the

windows and the mirror of his dresser. It’s calmingly beautiful. Holden is

spread across the end of the bed with his long legs hanging over the side. It

takes a few minutes for my eyes to adjust to the darkness.


Lifting the blanket off of me, I kneel on the

bed, leaning towards Holden, attempting to see if he’s awake. My heart does a

little flip when I notice a small brown, worn looking stuffed dog. I cannot

believe he has kept it all this time. We were ten years old and we thought we

owned the world, as we walked around the state fair.


I had forced Holden on every ride and he was

paying for it with a massive headache. I kept teasing him about being weaker

than me. I must have taken things a little too far because he wouldn’t look at

me. Knowing I had hurt him, I grabbed him by the arm and dragged him behind me,

until I found a game I knew I could win.


There was a rather obese man with greasy hair

wearing a red shirt, juggling baseballs in front of his stand. Plates were

lined up awkwardly on shelves behind him. All I had to do was break three

plates and I would win the huge stuffed bear hanging on a wall full of smaller

prizes. It took me eleven tries before I finally broke two plates.


I guess the guy must have felt bad for me

because he handed me a small, brown stuffed dog with a white heart on its nose

and told me to move along. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, but I gave it to

Holden anyways. My reward was the tiniest of kisses on my cheek.


Giggling to myself, I lay back down. I’m not

sure he would want me to see him sleeping with a stuffed animal, but I’m glad

that I did. An idea pops into my head, just as I start to relax again. My eyes

peer around the room until I find what I’m looking for. Sneaking over to his

dresser as quietly as I can, I grab his camera and tiptoe back over to the bed.


The camera flashes when I snap his picture,

causing me to immediately regret my decision. Afraid he might wake up and catch

me, I grab the Polaroid picture and put the camera back where I found it. I

slip back into bed and pull the blanket over me just in time. He rolls over and

sits up a bit. My heart is frantic, as I watch him look across the room. I see

his head turn and I quickly close my eyes.


“What are you doing?” His voice is raspy,

almost menacing. Shit. I don’t answer, instead I pretend to be asleep. “I know

you. I know when you are up to something. I also know you are awake. Being that

it’s the middle of the night, I’m going to pretend I don’t know anything and

I’m going back to sleep. Goodnight, Carsten.”


“Night.” Shit. Did I just answer him? I hear

him laugh as he rolls over. Shit. I did answer him. Maybe he will forget, at

least I hope he does. I wait a few minutes to make sure he’s sound asleep

before I grab the Polaroid, shaking it a few times. There’s a glare from the

flash. It almost looks as though Holden has a golden light surrounding him. I

can barely make out the dark lump tucked under his arm. A grin spreads across

my face, as I slide the picture into the pillowcase under my head.






I grew up in Chicagoland and now live in

quaint little town in Northwest Indiana. I have two beautiful children and

husband who worships the ground I walk on (or at least he should). I’ve always

loved reading. Now I’m expanding that love into writing and look forward to

producing many books.


I’m a huge geek and proud of it. Books are my

life. I love reading, especially fiction. It doesn’t matter the genre or age

group. I will read anything from comics to novels. I read at least one book a

day. If it wasn’t for my kindle, my living room would be overflowing with





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