The Only Exception (A Road to Wonderland Story)
by L.J. Stock and Victoria L. James
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𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙜𝙤.
I’d been pining for her for more than a decade, and thought I’d messed up.
𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙥𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙙𝙤𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙥.
I went to her, faster than lightning, desperate to taste her kiss.
𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙄 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚.
She offered me her trust, and I took it in my hands, desperate to hold on tight.
𝙃𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜.
I’d do anything for her.
𝙃𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢.
I wanted to be in all her fantasies.
𝙈𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙢𝙮 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙨𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙢.
I was born again with her, no longer the recovering addict. No longer a mistake.
𝙏𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚.
Together, we learned how to live.
𝙄’𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙒𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙤 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙮 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙.
She made me believe in our story. She made me want to rewrite my own.
𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚…
We forgot to keep our eyes open to the things around us.
𝙒𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙩 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙮.
We made mistakes.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙪𝙨 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙀𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝.
Just when I thought I was winning, I was forced to fight again.
𝙏𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙜𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙣𝙤 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄’𝙙 𝙙𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙀𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙠𝙚𝙧.
Those ghosts underestimated my love for Izzy Moffit.
𝙏𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙨. 𝙏𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨.
She had no idea what I was willing to do, who I used to be, and what I was capable of when it came to protecting those I loved. She had no idea the lengths I’d go to to give her a happy ever after. My girl had no idea at all.
Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you don’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.
L.J. Stock has always lived in a world of her own, continuously lost in her imagination. Whether in the forests that backed up to her home in Aberdeen when she was only six years old, the unique landscape of Singapore she discovered at eight, or the rolling woodlands that rolled up to Dartmoor during her teen years, there have always been new worlds to explore.
Now an adult living in Houston, Texas, there’s more concrete in the jungle surrounding her, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories to tell. She now has too many. When she’s not writing, Louise can be found hanging out with her family, crazy pup, or at the computer lost in her creativity of her successful graphic design business, L.J. Designs.
The Only Exception could be read as a standalone, but in order to fully understand their history and backstory, we strongly, strongly advise reading The Trouble with Izzy and/or A Fight for Ethan first, both of which are available for #FREE in Kindle Unlimited.
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