Black Tangled Heart – Play On Read online Samantha Young

Categories Genre: Angst, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Suspense Tags Authors:
Total pages in book: 116
Estimated words: 112470 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 562(@200wpm)___ 450(@250wpm)___ 375(@300wpm)
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Black Tangled Heart - Play On

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Samantha Young

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B088PWKD4Y
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To my siblings, Jane was a friend. A pseudo-sister, the girl we grew up with. To me? She was everything. Our passion consumed us.
When our world fell apart, I thought our love would be the thing that held us together. She was the love of my life. But she abandoned me when I needed her most. And I'll never forgive her.
For years I've been planning my revenge against the people who took everything from me. Jane won't be an exception. I’m coming for her. She knows it.
She says she wants to help me serve my version of justice on the people who hurt me. I'll let her. She probably thinks it will save her from me.
It won't.
*This is a complete standalone. The Play On series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters.
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Samantha Young



When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

—Confucius

Part I

The Past

1

JANE

Thirteen years old

The smog was a pain. Willa sometimes let me go with her when she drove into the city, but it was a bad smog day, which meant we were staying at our apartment in the nice complex in Glendale. I was bored. Willa was too busy with my younger foster siblings to care about my boredom. Flo was eighteen months old and fascinated by sockets and switches. Tarin was three and interested in destroying everything in sight.

His screaming and Flo’s yelling was not fun.

“Can I help?” I asked from the hallway.

Willa waved me away as she lifted Flo up into her high chair. “It’s the summer, kid. Go be with your friends.”

Willa and Nicholas Green were the nicest foster parents I’d had. I’d been with them for over two years, and I hoped I’d get to stay with them until I was eighteen. That was five years away, so I knew I should get used to the constant nerves in my belly, waiting for my social worker to turn up and tell me I was being moved again.

Hoping Willa and Nick would keep me around, I tried to be as helpful as possible.

They were kind of busy with the younger kids, which was why Willa still hadn’t realized I didn’t have any friends. But they didn’t drink, they didn’t cuss at me, and they’d never hit me.

“Are you sure?”

My foster mom shot me a flustered smile. “You’re not hired help, Jane. It’s summer vacation. Go be a kid.”

Nodding, I turned toward the small bedroom at the back of the apartment. Nicholas worked as a production manager for one of the big film studios, which was why we lived in a nice apartment. It was one of the bigger three-bedroom units. The little ones shared a room and I had the smallest room.

Willa and Nick might not give me a lot of their time, but they buy me books and art supplies. Grabbing my sketch pad and a tin of charcoals, I swiped a bottle of water from the refrigerator and stepped outside. It was like walking into a bubble of heat, the air sticking to my skin as I wandered along the balcony. It overlooked the pool, and I saw a few neighbors on loungers while some kids from school splashed around in the water.

Those kids weren’t my friends. I’d never been very good at making friends.

As I passed my neighbors’ apartments, I could hear loud voices coming from the last unit by the staircase. They had interesting accents, like they might be from Boston, and they were shouting to be heard over their music playing.

I noted their door was wide open.

“Lorna, we haven’t finished unpacking. Get up, Lor. I want this finished by dinner. You can park your butt on the couch for the rest of the evening once it’s all done.”

I slowed. She said “park” like “pahk,” which was definitely Bostonian, right?

“I’m bored unpacking,” a girl replied in the same accent. “Can we take a break?”

“But once it’s done, it’s done. Your brother has already unpacked all his stuff.”

They continued to argue while I sat down on the first step and opened my sketch pad. Their conversation became background noise as I sketched my neighbors at the pool.

Like always, I zoned out. Sketching made everything else go away. The loneliness. My fears. The separation I felt from almost everyone else. Drawing was my way to connect, but from a safe distance. I liked the rasp of the charcoal against the vellum, the way it smudged my hands. The freedom of using the smudge to create interesting shadows and curves. It gave life to the kids splashing around in the pool. Movement. Energy. Made me feel as if I were a part of them.

So lost in creating, I didn’t hear her approach until she was sitting down beside me on the step.

“You’re wicked talented.”

I jumped, startled, and a charcoal line scored through my drawing.

“Sorry about that.”

I looked at the girl, who wore an apologetic wince. She had eyes the color of the ocean and short, light brown hair.

“Your drawing.” She pointed to it. “It’s wicked good.”

“It was okay,” I murmured as I tried unsuccessfully to rub out the charcoal line.

“Where did you learn to draw like that?”

I shrugged because, truthfully, I didn’t learn. I just … drew.

“What’s your name?”

“Jane.”

“Jane. I’m Lorna McKenna.” A hand appeared above my sketch.

The small hand had stubby fingernails painted with a bright pink, glittery polish. I smiled and looked up at Lorna. She seemed determined to get to know me. Usually my shyness pushed would-be friends away.

I showed her my charcoal-covered palm and fingers.

She shrugged, her chin jutting out with determination. “Then shake it with your other hand.”

I did. Her hand was cool, as if she’d been sitting beneath the AC inside her apartment.

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