A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams Book 2) by Nowodazkij Elodie


A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams Book 2) by Nowodazkij Elodie

Author:Nowodazkij, Elodie [Nowodazkij, Elodie]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2015-07-30T03:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER 17 - EM

“Hi honey,” Mom says when I enter the kitchen. I haven’t even changed yet, and she frowns. “Hope you had fun yesterday. Luckily, Nick texted me to let me know you were staying over there.”

Oh, that’s why I didn’t have thousands of voice mails or frantic messages. “It was…interesting,” I reply and Dad raises an eyebrow.

“Roberto told us you and Nick ended up going to the fireworks by yourself. But he didn’t say anything about you spending the night. We didn’t know until almost midnight that you were going to sleep in his guest bedroom.” Dad emphasizes the word “guest.” “It was okay for you two to do that when you were ten, but you’re older now. I don’t think it’s such a good idea to spend the night at Nick’s.” Dad can’t even look me in the eyes.

Mom clears her throat. “What your father is trying to say…is…”

“Did you ever have that conversation with Roberto?” My voice sounds pissy, but I can’t help but fume. I didn’t have a good night's sleep. I can’t remember half of yesterday and no one wants to answer my questions. Dad must know more than what he lets on. And now this BS?

“Emilia,” Dad replies.

“I mean it. Roberto used to not come home for an entire weekend. And I only recall you telling him to be careful. And to have fun. Those were your words. Why can’t I be careful and have fun too? Whatever it is you meant?” My voice rises. “And let’s not tiptoe around every single topic. You don’t want me to hang out with Nick.”

“Em!” Mom protests. She shakes her hand. “We do want you to be careful. To be careful with your feelings. Nicholas is great, but…”

“Nick is the only one who’s speaking the truth to me. He’s the only who’s trying to help me find my real parents.” I look down, not wanting to see the way my mom flinches, not wanting to see the way my father’s eyes widen, not wanting to see how my words hurt.

“We told you we would help you. We are helping you,” Mom says, her voice faltering and my heart breaking.

“Em, do not use this tone with us.” Dad stands up. I’ve forgotten how tall and imposing he is, but I won’t back down. Not this time.

“Do you remember Claire Carter, Dad? And why does Nick’s father have documents about my adoption?”

Dad’s mouth gapes open for only a second, but I see it. I see he’s taken aback. Mom shakes her head. “What are you talking about? Nick’s dad helped us with some of the paperwork for your adoption. But that’s the legal part of it—he doesn’t know anything else.” She chews on her lip. “And Claire was your father’s assistant a long time ago; what does she have to do with anything?”

I cross my arms on my chest. “Yes, Dad. What does Claire Carter have to do with anything?”

“I don’t know what you and Nick think you



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