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Cuffed (Everyday Heroes Book 1) by K. Bromberg

Cuffed (Everyday Heroes Book 1) by K. Bromberg

Author:K. Bromberg [Bromberg, K.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Everyday Heroes Series, Book One
Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC
Published: 2017-10-20T18:30:00+00:00


“Head up. Wings out. What does that mean?”

I smile at Grant’s question and lean back on my hands as my legs dangle off the tailgate of Grant’s truck. “It was something my mom used to say to me. Originally, she told me that if I keep my head up and put on a brave face when I’m afraid, then the angels will put their wings out and use them to protect me.” I smile at the memory. “Over the years, it became shortened to head up, wings out. The first time I jumped, she made me carry it on a piece of paper in my pocket, as if it would ensure I made it safely back to the earth . . . so from then on, I said it before every jump. When she died, it kind of became my way of reminding myself she’s looking out for me. That it’s her angel wings keeping me safe.”

“Head up. Wings out,” he murmurs. “I like that.”

Silence falls between us for a few moments. “This is my favorite time of day to be here,” I muse as I stare at the lights of the runway

“Why’s that?”

“Because it’s quiet. There’s typically no one around, and if there is, it’s because they’ve filed a flight plan ahead of time and I already know about it. There are the lights of the runway and the rustling of the trees from the breeze. It’s even better when the moon’s full and the shadows are everywhere.” I fall silent, feeling silly but, for some reason, wanting him to know about one of the places I find peace.

“I can understand that. I have a place I like, too. It’s up in the hills, and when I go there, I can stare at the city’s lights below and the stars above for hours.”

There’s the baying of a dog in the far distance and then a reciprocated one from its echoes. This feels so normal, and I’m not sure why I’m not panicking that this is too close to breaking one of my rules, the one that demands I don’t do anything that seems like a date. But there’s a comfortable silence that I’m not used to, so maybe that’s why the anxiety seems to be missing.

Though, I did feel the same way—normal—at the Malone house tonight, which was far from quiet. With Luke and Moose and their little boy-big dog relationship, the constant ribbing between three brothers close as night but different as day, and the constant love felt between all members of the family, it was the most welcoming chaos I think I’ve ever seen.

“Who would have ever thought the three of you would be what you are today—a police officer, a firefighter, and a rescue pilot,” I muse, only realizing I’ve said it aloud when Grant’s chuckle rumbles through the night.

“I’m thinking I should be offended by that comment.”

“No. Not at all. It’s just . . . kind of cool.” My mind fills with memories I forgot I had.



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