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Hi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I am back with Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), the sequel to Breaking the Cycle. 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate? 

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MMA cage

Rico strolled into Hard Drive, whistling the song he had just heard on the radio with each step he took.  He couldn’t remember the last time he whistled like this.  But then he couldn’t remember the last time he had been this truly happy.

He stopped dead in his tracks as a sobering thought crossed his mind.  He did remember the last time he was this content.  He was ten.  His mother had just tucked him into bed after reading a story to him.  It was a Hardy Boys mystery.  She kissed him on the forehead and wished him good night.  He could hear his father giving instructions to the sitter.  They were only going for drinks with friends from work.  They wouldn’t be long.  Rico snuggled into his pillow and drifted to sleep with a smile on his young lips.

He shuddered as he forced the memory to stop there.  Clenching his eyes closed, he forced his breath in and out quickly to calm himself.  Hard Drive was the perfect place to be.  Right now he needed to hit something repeatedly.  He glanced down at his scarred knuckles.  Maybe until they started to bleed.  Whatever it took to purge those memories from his mind.

Rico was startled by the soft song that played from his pocket.  He plunged his hand in to find his phone.  After rummaging in the fabric for a moment he pulled it free and glanced at the screen. Potato salad or fruit?

His face broke out in a warm smile.  The ghosts of his past disappeared as he typed the response.  Avery, sweetheart.  You are going to too much trouble.

A new bubble popped under what he had just sent.  That’s not an answer, Rico.  Potato salad or fruit?

He laughed as his thumbs flew across the screen.  Fruit would be great.  I’m heading in to work out now.

He waited instead of walking into the building.  He wasn’t disappointed.  Can’t wait to see you!

Rico slipped the phone back into his pocket as the tune returned to his lips.  Glancing at his knuckles his grin grew wider.  For the first time ever, other than the abuse they would suffer in practice, his fingers were safe.  Avery was truly amazing.  He opened the door and walked inside.  Setting his bag on the bench, he kicked his shoes off and nudged them against the wall with his toe.

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About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

Posted on May 12, 2014, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. I really love where this is going!

  2. Love the flashback and the way Avery helped him get his good mood back. Sounds like these two are going to be good for each other. What a lovely story!!

  3. I like him already! Great story so far.

  4. love her calming effect on his psyche…great TT

  5. I can’t wait to learn more about Avery. She seems to have a warm calming effect on him.

  6. This sounds like a wonderful story. Loving Rico and can’t wait to learn more about Avery.

  7. Love this line– The ghosts of his past disappeared as he typed the response

  8. He maybe an MMA fighter but still a softy at heart

  9. Beautiful scene. Well done.

  10. sherrygloagtheheartofromance

    Lovely scene.

  11. I love this one. I liked how you just lightly wove the flashback in making it seamlessly into the story, leaving hints of the memory without total reveal.
    And Avery’s response about that’s not an answer.

  12. What a lovely, tender memory for Rico to have. 🙂 Lovely.

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