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Take it away
Take it away
Leave Yesterday Behind by Lauren Linwood
Callie Chennault vaulted to fame on the nighttime soap Sumner Falls, but after a decade of playing the same role, she is ready for a new acting challenge. When Callie is attacked by a stalker on the streets of New York, she takes a leave of absence from the show and returns to her roots in Aurora, Louisiana, to heal both physically and emotionally and determine her next career move.
Former professional baseball pitcher Nick La Chappelle has also come to Aurora to lick his own wounds after a messy divorce. A Cy Young winner and one-time ESPN broadcaster, Nick longs for the quiet of a small town in order to write murder mysteries under a pen name.
Sparks fly when Callie believes Nick is taking advantage of her great-aunt’s hospitality, but they resolve their differences—and surprise themselves by falling in love. Their bond is tested when both Nick and Callie become the focus of a serial killer nicknamed Lipstick Larry. Can they outwit a murderer bent on seeing them dead and survive to build a lasting relationship?
He was dragging her. Callie was aware enough to feel her hip bumping along the concrete pavement. Her eye had begun to swell, but she saw they’d entered an alleyway. They went a few yards into it before he lifted her, slamming her into the wall.
Panic flooded her as he pressed against her, holding her wrists as he forced his tongue inside her mouth. She gagged and began to struggle.
The stinging was almost incidental. An afterthought in the back of her mind. Something was terribly wrong, but her brain couldn’t process the information.
Her legs went rubbery. Callie slid down the wall. Simon moved away from her, and the cool of the night hit her. Her vision started to blur as a burning sensation began along her side.
“You’re like all the rest. You’re not really Jessica. You just pretend to be Jessica. You aren’t perfect at all.”
She recognized the contempt in his voice as he walked away, his hand swinging by his side, the knife dripping. She was confused. It was blood. Her blood. It hit her. He’d stabbed her. More than once.
She reached a hand up and touched herself. Blood flowed. Sticky. Messy. She needed help. Callie had never been more helpless—alone, in the dark, the thunder rumbling angrily as the rain continued to come down now in sheets. She could hear the rats scrambling through the garbage behind her.
Things began to fade to black. Not good. She needed to move where she would be seen. Could she stand?
She tried and almost passed out. But she could crawl. She pushed herself to the alley’s entrance and collapsed on the sidewalk. She was so tired. So cold. Every breath hurt. She had to force herself to do it. Breathe. In. Out. In. Out.
But it hurt like hell. The air came in shallow spurts, like a panting dog in the sweltering heat of a Louisiana summer.
She quit struggling. It didn’t matter anymore. She wouldn’t make it. And it pissed her off to think that every obituary would shout that “Jessica Had Died.” Not Callie Chennault. Every picture accompanying every article would be of Jessica. Not her. She’d lost her identity in a character so long ago that no one knew the real her anymore.
Even if someone passed by on foot, they wouldn’t stop for a bloody, limp Callie. She was a stranger, not the sophisticated beauty on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, the cool blond with the fiery lips and temperamental attitude.
No, she would die alone on a New York sidewalk. A no one.
Callie took one last, painful breath and gave up.
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