Excerpt/ Reveal: Status by JA Huss

STATUS (Social Media #4)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Novella (115ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance
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MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #DirtyHeaven is mine tonight.
Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher I own #DirtyHeaven, bitch. #VaughnAsherIsMyBitch
MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #FlashbackTime Get ready.
Grace @FilthyBlueBird
Come here and take off my lip gloss @VaughnAsher #OnMyKneesWaiting
MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #Flashback to last night. Oh, you weren’t wearing lip gloss. But you are now. #GetOnYourKneesAndWait
Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher – Dabbing lips with a napkin. #ThatAllYouGot?

Finally… Grace sees me in a different light. The banter is flirty,
the sex is fun, and the future looks fabulous.I just hope she feels the
same way when she finds out what I did.

Can
his life really have been so charmed? That he has no fear of losing anything?
God, what would that be like? “I don’t think I understand you, Asher.”
“Asher?”
he asks, sitting up a little straighter so he can look at me. But I turn my
head so he can’t. “Why the hell are you calling me Asher now? What did I do?”
“I
just can’t relate. And even though I shouldn’t hold it against you, I do. I’m
fucking pissed that my life is so fucked up and yours is so perfect.”
“Perfect?”
He laughs. I can feel it through his chest. “You know, my whole life people
have thought that about me. I’ve heard it so many times I stopped listening.
But coming from you, shit. That kinda hurts.”
I
scrunch up my face in confusion, but I stay still. I know it’s wrong to assume
his life is perfect, but from my perspective, it is. There’s just no
comparison.
“You
want to know my demons, Grace? Do you need to know my secrets to be able to
accept that I’m capable of understanding what you feel? What do you need?”
Do
I? Do I need for him to be damaged for me to accept this… whatever this is? And
if I do, what does that say about me? That I can only relate to the lost and
the tragic?
“Because
if that’s what you need, then fine. I have never really articulated it in words
before. I’ve never had to,” he says in a whisper as he gives me a squeeze. “No
one ever wanted me to justify my personal trauma to prove that I can understand
them. But I will.”
“Wait.”
I stop him with a hand on his chest. I push myself up so I can look him in the
eye. “If this is really fucked up of me, then no.”
“Grace,
why does it matter if it’s fucked up? Why do you care what I think of your
request?”
“Because
I don’t want you to think I’m…” I let out a long sigh. “That he… ruined me.
That I’m damaged and dirty and unlovable.”
“Do
you think he ruined you? Do you feel damaged and unloved?”
“Yes.”
I exhale and then immediately take a huge gulp of air. “Yes, I think all that
stuff.”
“Then
why do you want to hide that?”
“Because…”
“Because
you think I won’t love you?”
“How
can you?”
His
brows knit together, his confusion so real, painted so clearly on his face, it
sets me back a second. “Jesus, I’m not that shallow, Grace. I am a human
being.”
“I
didn’t mean it—”
“No,”
he says, cutting me off harshly. “Enough with the didn’t mean it bullshit. OK?”
his eyes dart back and forth as he searches for my intentions.
What
are my intentions? “I just…” I have to swallow hard and look away. “I just…
need reassurances.”
He
shakes his head. “Try again, sweets. I’m not interested in lies, and maybe you’re
not lying to me, but you’re lying to yourself. And if we’re in a relationship,
that’s the same thing.”

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