Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Water Bearer (Southern Skies Collection Book 1) by Wendi Christner

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Southern Skies Collection Book 1


One last summer together forever changes the lives of best friends in a small Southern community. These unforgettable characters and their moving story linger long beyond the final page.

Southern Skies Collection Book 1


“You want to do anything this summer before you leave?” Jared leaned back against the faded red vinyl of their booth at the Tastee-Freeze.

Across from him, Cassidy swirled the straw in her double cherry Coke. “Not that I can think of.”

“Come on. We’ve got to do something.” His calves grazed hers beneath the table. Warmth crept into her stomach, and sadness weighed on her chest. She was going to miss him, and every day she was beginning to realize a little more just how much.

“Maybe we can float around in space for a while so I won’t feel so small when I get to Tampa.”

“Willetta’s probably got an herb for that.” He stretched both arms along the back of the booth and dodged the sugar packet she tossed at him.

“You’re going to be fine,” he said. “Trust me, if the city swallowed you up, it’d spit you out pretty quick.” His knees settled on either side of hers and held her tight. “You don’t have to go, you know. We’ve got colleges close to here.”

The door to the Tastee-Freeze swung open, and after a loud hello to Cecil at the grill and Delores behind the cash register, Dusty Miller made his way to their booth. He grinned at Jared and slid in next to Cassidy. “Hey, we still on for Friday?”

Cassidy glanced at Jared. “Sure.”

“Don’t worry about him.” Dusty reached for her glass. “I’m sure Jared’s got some old lady to take care of.” He laughed at his own joke and downed half her Coke. “You don’t mind if I borrow Cassie for a night do you, buddy?” Dusty gave Cassidy a smile and handed her what was left of her drink. “Got to get back to work. I’ll pick you up at seven.”

He grabbed a couple of to-go bags off the counter, tossed some bills down in front of Delores, and waved at Cecil.

Even the muscles in Jared’s face strained as he watched Dusty leave. He turned back and caught Cassidy staring at him. She wrapped both of her legs around one of his and rocked it from side to side. “You really are jealous!”

“You can do a hell of a lot better than him.”

“Like who?”


Cassidy put her finger over the top of her straw, lifted it out of the glass and released the Coke into her mouth.

Jared stood up. “You ready? I need to get back.”

She followed him out to the truck. “Did you mean that, or are you just trying to keep me from going out with Dusty?”

He held the door while she climbed in. “Go out with him if you want to. Just try not to make a habit of it.”

“I won’t be here long enough to make a habit out of anything.”

He caught her knees before she turned around. The look in his eyes squeezed her heart and made her temperature climb. He had meant it.

“Do you really have to go?” he asked. “Have you even looked into the programs Florida State’s offering at the Panama campus?”

She draped her arms over his shoulders and studied his face, like she didn’t already know it by heart. The ache of missing him would carve a crater in her soul, but she couldn’t let that change her plans.

Jared knew her better than anybody, but he didn’t understand how badly she needed to get out of Caton County. He had no idea how it felt to wake up every morning and face the worst mistake you ever made over and over again.

She leaned in to rest her cheek against his neck. “Come with me.”

He hugged her, and she wondered if he could feel the way it made her heart pound to be close to him or if he had any clue what he’d been doing to her lately.

Meet Author Wendi Christner… WendiChristner

Wendi Christner is the author of Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Competition winner “Throwing Stones,” a fairy self-help book, and several novels written under various pseudonyms. Her gritty, emotional stories tend to have a Southern voice born of her roots in the Florida panhandle. She currently lives in Tampa with her husband, son, and their fur family.


Links to Wendi’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://goo.gl/4863fA

Website: http://www.WendiChristner.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WendiChristnerAuthor

Twitter/Instagram @WendiDarlin

Thank you, Wendi, for sharing your story with us. Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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