One night was all it took for everything to change.

From college student to guardian in a single breath.

My siblings became my world.

 

No time for date nights or romantic dreams.

I traded quiet weekends for sleepless nights.

Giving my all to make sure they were cared for.

 

But Griffin had a brokenness that called to me—one that mirrored my own.

Gruff and just a little bit reckless.

He was the last thing I needed. But everything I wanted.

 

Only someone isn’t happy about this new life I’m building.
Deciding to set fire to everything I hold close.

And when the smoke clears, there might be only ashes left behind… 

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