EXCERPT: Revenge Love by Kata Cuic

“I’m tired, too,” he sighs, closing his eyes. “I’m ugly. I get it. It’s something I had to come to terms with a long time ago. I can handle the stares, the whispers, people blatantly being assholes and saying shit to me.” His eyes flick open, pinning me with a gaze so piercing, it takes my breath away. “They thought I’d be excited to rape a woman tonight, Emma. Only monsters do things like that. Why does everyone assume I’m the villain just because of the way I look?”

I have known this man for five years. In all that time, not once have I ever heard him speak so freely about what his life is like. About what’s truly in his heart. He might be drunk, slurring his speech, and not even aware whom he’s confessing to, but I will remember this night for as long as I live.

It’s not often someone gives you a glimpse into their soul.

I tuck his accidental gift somewhere deep, promising to protect, cherish, and nurture what he’s entrusted to me without any begging necessary.

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