When I married Walker Smithson it was the happiest day of my life. My family was there, we had a bright future ahead of us, and the world was ours for the taking.
Then the storms started coming.
First, there was the one that took my family.
Then, there was the one that took my husband.
Moving to a new town, new state, and a new life was never on my agenda until I couldn’t take the ghosts, both living and dead, that haunted my every waking moment in the town I’d been born to, grown up and always thought I’d die in after living out my happily ever after.
I’d been wrong about my life before.
Wrong took me to Cedar Falls, West Virginia and left me on the doorstep of the same motorcycle club that had failed me before.
It took me to a place where my future was waiting for me.
If only the past would let go of us so that we could be happy.
If only tragedy and storms would stop following in my wake.
If only the weather would turn, so my happy could commence. If, for once, wrong could prove to be absolutely right.
Smoke and the Flame
I was all those things.
Never did I expect to add old man, husband, or father to the mix. Not this soon.
From the moment I saw her, I knew things would be different. I knew she’d change everything. Now, we just have to weather the storms she brought with her. Rains are supposed to put out the flame, but this time, I’m going to burn hot enough for the both of us.
This isn’t a retelling of our story. This is me, explaining how she burned so brightly I became the ash at her feet before rising in her arms a new man.
A better man.
A Biker, firefighter, brother, uncle, father, and hers forever.