The Boy on the Bridge Read Online Sam Mariano

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Total pages in book: 241
Estimated words: 234779 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 1174(@200wpm)___ 939(@250wpm)___ 783(@300wpm)
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The Boy on the Bridge

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Sam Mariano

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The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.
My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.
There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.
The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.
I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull. I didn’t know, but now I do.
Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.

***The Boy on the Bridge contains mature, adult content and is only recommended for adult readers.
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Sam Mariano



“I always loved you, and if one loves any one, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be.”

-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Part One

Chapter One

Riley

14-years-old

As I amble along the path toward the footbridge, I adjust the heavy backpack threatening to leave a permanent indent on my shoulder.

My backpack broke earlier this school year, but my mom stitched the strap back on. It has held up just fine for a while, but today Mom had to work so she couldn’t pick me up from school. That means I have to walk home.

Apparently, all the extra jostling popped the threads, because about a mile ago the darn thing gave out. Now I’m trying to lug this heavy sack of books on just one shoulder and that shoulder isn’t thrilled about it.

Movement ahead startles me and I gasp, clutching the backpack strap instinctively.

Someone is sitting on the footbridge with their feet dangling over the edge, palms braced on the aged wood. They’re looking down into the water, not paying me any mind, so my grip eases up and my racing heart begins to slow down.

Normally, there’s no one else on this path, and I feel uneasy that someone is now. Like they’ve found a place that was supposed to be secret and shown up uninvited.

I guess since I stopped walking—or maybe it was my gasp—I catch the attention of the stranger on the bridge. Only when he turns his head to look at me, I see it’s no stranger at all.

Hunter Maxwell is the intruder sitting on my favorite bridge.

We go to school together, but we’ve never spoken. He’s kind of a popular jerk who comes to school just to hang out with his friends, and I’m kind of a quiet bookworm who actually shows up to learn. I can’t imagine we would have anything to say to one another.

He must agree, because as soon as he recognizes me, he looks away—back down at the rippling water beneath the footbridge.

Something unpleasant turns over in my tummy. It feels like rejection, but that’s silly. I don’t care if Hunter Maxwell dismisses me. I didn’t want to talk to him, anyway.

Lifting my chin and bracing the strap on my shoulder, I set about ignoring him right back. I march across the distance between us, then march right past him.

Before I make it off the bridge and onto the dirt path toward home, his low tone interrupts the mutually held silence. “Don’t tell anyone you saw me today.”

I stop abruptly, frowning as I look back at him. “Excuse me?”

His sigh is impatient, but he repeats himself anyway. “The school thinks I’m out of town. No one normally comes this way.” Now he turns his head to look at me. “You know this is private property, right? Mine. You shouldn’t trespass.”

I’m so surprised, I only really hear the first part. As soon as he turns his head, I get a better look at the side of his face I didn’t see the first time he looked at me.

The skin around his left eye is agitated and swollen. It kinda looks like he got hit in the face.

The distance between us on the social hierarchy falls away and concern for him swells up inside me. I rush forward, dropping my backpack on the footbridge as I sink to my knees and lean in to get a better look. “Oh my gosh, what happened to your eye?”

“Nothing,” he says defensively, swatting my hand away.

My eyebrows rise. “This is definitely not nothing.” My long dark hair falls in my face, so I shove it back behind my ear. “Did somebody hit you?”

“It doesn’t matter. Mind your own business,” he mutters.

“It does matter,” I argue. “It looks terrible. Did you put anything on it? If you ice it, it will help with the swelling.”

“I’m fine,” he informs me. On impulse—I think—he pushes me hard in the chest to get me away from him.

I lose my balance and fall backward on my butt. It’s hardly a far fall so it doesn’t hurt, but I don’t appreciate being shoved to begin with.

“Fine,” I snap, pushing up to my feet and retrieving my bag. “I was only trying to help.”

“I don’t need your help.”

“Good, then I won’t give it to you,” I tell him, hoisting my broken backpack on my shoulder and stomping away from him.

I hear a loud sigh, then the telltale patter of sneakers against wood. “Wait,” he says, his voice less hostile.

“No,” I toss back without stopping. “Don’t follow me.”

“I’m sorry,” he says, all rushed as he catches up to me. “I didn’t mean to shove you. You were just making me mad.”

“There are better ways of expressing anger than shoving people,” I inform him, a bit primly. “Try words sometime.”

The corner of his mouth tugs up and he tucks his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Thanks for the solid life advice.”


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