I'd never had to make a single sacrafice in my life. I was sixteen and had it easy if I was being completely honest. I liked taking pictures and singing bad nineties songs in my purple-painted bedroom with my best friend, Jessa. We snuck out at ten p.m. just to get ice cream at the downtown CVS before the store closed. It was normal for us to spend the weekend never getting out of our leggings and graphic tees and reading magazines and watching Netflix until our eyes needed a break. It was normal to simply walk down Main Street and find little things to photograph that brought me joy when I wasn't on the soccer field.
I hadn't realized there were consequences to my ations or a negative side my all of my choices. My parents had dealt with my problems my entire life up until now. I leaned on them for all of my tough issues, like when I had cramps and wanted to skip soccer practice. Mom called Coach and said I had a cough and feer and excused me. Instead of soccer, we'd go shopping and eat shitty food and lounge on the sofa in our living room. In ninth grade I failed my math final and told Daddy that it was because the teacher didn't give me enough time to finish. He called out of work that night and took me to dinner to cheer me up, promising me one bad grade wouldn't ruin my life.
Life was good. Life was easy. I was content with everything I had going on.
I was only sixteen, living up my high school years with mild anonymity, a solid group of friends, average grades, and a pretty good penalty kick. I took decent pictures that I liked to think could win me a contest or two. I was fine with everything going on: floating by in a state of contentment.
Until Leo noticed me in the hall that one day.
To this day I didn't know why he stopped to talk to me in the hall that day or what drove him to glance in my direction and decide that I was his victim. Why did he decide to learn my name and use it against me? Regardless, meeting him was the biggest mistake of my life and dating him ruined me.
He broke me.
He changed who I am as a person and kicked the old me while I was down.
I am changed...
But I am worse.
I fell in love with Leo Daniels faster than you could say Leo Daniels. September 2016, I remember when it happened like it was yesterday. He was the seventeen-year-old, unattainable, lacrosse player who was way out of my league, but one day in the hall, he saw me.
I was fascinated with him, wanting to know why he pushed people away and why he acted so distant at certain times. He was strange and mysterious— and before long, he was mine.
Then we changed. Leo had a life that was foreign to me. In the town of Ridgebury, I was sheltered and accepted, and my family surrounded me with love. But Leo’s life was toxic. And his poison burned into me.
What was I supposed to do? Leave him to avoid what was sure to be a terrible ending, or stay by his side? I deserved better, but so did he. If I stayed, would we lose everything? What was the price of our love?
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
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-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
For The Love of Hockey | January 2016
The Price of Love | 2017