His Deceit. My Penance. Our Affliction.

I didn’t mean to fall in love with my sister’s friend.

You’d think I’d have known better when it came to Raphael Nelson. A boy so confused by his own thoughts and feelings, he no longer knew who he was.

It started innocently enough. A chance encounter leading to a real connection.

I was the boy who felt too much. He was suffering with demons from the past.

I only meant to help him.

To set him free.

Pity all of that was thrown back in my face.

Raphael tore me apart piece by piece, destroying everything between us. Stupid me went back for more each and every time. Now, when all is said and done, I can’t find it in me to forgive him. The scars he left me with run too deep. And I will spend forever in purgatory for loving a boy who I used me until I was naught but ashes in the wind.