Breaking Down(The Garage Series Book 2)(6)

By: Holly Renee

“What’s on your mind?” Johnny’s voice broke through my thoughts.

“Oh.” I hadn’t realized that I quit eating. “Nothing. Just thinking.”

“It’s going to be okay. You know that right?”

I looked up into his eyes, and I knew that he could see straight through me. I had no doubt that he knew how terrified I was to see Gabe again.

I nodded my head at him.

“I know.” My voice was quiet as I tried to keep the pain out of it.

Johnny stared at me for a long time and then smiled softly. “Alright. We can watch Harry Potter.”

I couldn’t stop the smile that overtook my face before I threw my head back laughing.

The wind flew by me as the engine rumbled beneath my body. It felt weird as shit to be passing by the familiar buildings that I hadn’t seen in months. As happy as I was to be back, I knew this wasn’t going to be a big happy reunion    .

Erica hated me.

She had every right to. Fuck. I would hate me too, but that didn’t change the feeling I got in my chest every time I thought about it.

I pulled into Blake’s driveway and parked my motorcycle. My hands shook from the miles of holding the handle bars and from nerves I had been trying to hold back. I pulled my helmet off my head and ran my fingers through my hair that was in a desperate need of a cut. It hadn’t been at the top of my priorities over the last few months.

Taking a deep breath, I walked up to the front door of my best friend’s home. I didn’t know why I was so nervous, but I was worried about what they all would think about me. I knew that I hadn’t just hurt Erica. Blake told me how upset Kat had been with me. It killed me. Kat was one of my best friends, and I didn’t want to fuck that up too.

Before my knuckles hit the wood to knock, the door flew open and Kat burst through. I was so startled that I almost didn’t catch her as she launched herself into my arms.

“Hey, sweetheart,” I said against her hair that was smashed against my lips.

She leaned back to look at me and a small smile graced her lips. Blake walked out of the door behind her. I placed her on the ground and leaned into Blake to give him a hand shake and hug that we had mastered over the years.

“Hey, man. We’re glad you’re finally here.” Blake stepped back beside Kat and pulled her into his side.

“Me too,” I said awkwardly. Even though I’m sure he had told Kat where I had been, I didn’t want to get into it in front of her. I didn’t like anyone knowing that part of my life.

“What’s with the beard?” Kat cocked her head to the side as if she was picturing me without it.

I scratched the thick beard on my jaw and chuckled. “Don’t worry. I’ll shave before the wedding. I need a haircut too.”

“You shouldn’t. It looks hot.” Kat squealed as Blake smacked her ass. “What? He does.” She giggled.

“Thanks, sweetheart.” I winked at her, and Blake glared at me.

I loved being around Kat. She could always make me feel lighter somehow. She just had that personality.

“Well come on in.” Blake waved his hand toward the door as he scowled down at his still giggling fiancé.

I chuckled as I walked into the front door. What happened next took me by complete surprise and literally almost knocked me on my ass. I didn’t even see him coming until his fist landed on my face.

I was so startled at first that I didn’t react. Then I looked into one of my best friend’s eyes and saw fury staring back at me. I pushed Johnny hard in the chest as I tasted the blood that was pouring from my lip.

“What the fuck is your problem?”

“My problem?” His voice shook with anger. “What the fuck is your problem? Don’t think that you get to come back and fuck with her again. You stay the fuck away from Erica.”

My temper that was already at its breaking point, bubbled over, and I lunged at him. My shoulder hit him in the stomach, and we crashed into some sort of furniture before he slammed against the wall. I raised my fist to pound into him, but Blake’s arms came around me and jerked me away from Johnny before I got the chance.

“You don’t get to talk to me about Erica.” I pointed at him. “You don’t know shit.”

“Don’t I?” He tried to storm toward me but Cash had a firm hand against his chest. “Who do think has been holding her as she cries herself to sleep over you? Who do you think makes her smile when all she does is walk around with nothing but pain in her eyes?”

Pain sliced through my chest as anger raced through my veins.

“You’re with Erica?” My voice was so cold I almost didn’t recognize it.

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