Valdez, the bleak town in Alaska that I put in my rear-view mirror a decade ago, is calling me back. My mother is dying, and I’m the only one left who can take care of her.
Returning to my home town after building the life I wanted for myself and my daughter in Florida won’t be a walk in the park. It holds memories that I have been trying to forget for a long time, memories of a beautiful raven-haired girl.
She is the only good thing that could possibly be left in Valdez, and she hates my guts. I abandoned her all those years ago and never looked back. I couldn’t.
Now, I know we’ll come face to face again. It’s only a matter of time. Valdez is a small town with no places for me to hide, and even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to see her. Time has changed me from a boy to a father and the owner of a billion-dollar oil company. I can only imagine what ten years have done for the woman I left but never forgot.
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