Disclaimer: All characters were created by Stephenie Meyer. However, the plot and words are completely mine. They are not to be copied and distributed elsewhere without my consent. This applies to all preceding chapters as well.

WARNING: The following story is rated M for a reason. This story is NOTHING like What If. There will be lots of references to drug/alcohol abuse as well as sex (not always romantic). If any of these offend you or if you are not able to buy cigarettes, then please do not continue on. You have been warned.

I've been walking in the same way as I did
And missing out the cracks in the pavement
And tutting my heel and strutting my feet
"Is there anything I can do for you dear? Is there anyone I could call?
No, and thank you, please madam, I ain't lost, just wandering."

Round my hometown, memories are fresh
Round my hometown, ooh, the people I've met
Are the wonders of my world, are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of this world, are the wonders and now

I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque
I love it to see everybody in short skirts, shorts and shades
I like it in the city when two worlds collide
You get the people and the government
Everybody taking different sides

Shows that we ain't gonna stand shit
Shows that we are united
Shows that we ain't gonna take it
Shows that we ain't gonna stand shit
Shows that we are united

Round my hometown, memories are fresh
Round my hometown, ooh, the people I've met

Are the wonders of my world, are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of this world, are the wonders of my world
Of my world, yeah, of my world, of my world, yeah

"Hometown Glory" - Adele


Hometown Glory

Summary: Where flowers bloom, so does hope. A man with a difficult past who knows he's not worthy. A woman who lives in anguish and doesn't think she can ever love again. "I wish someone like you could love someone like me."

Prologue

Love can be wicked.

Love can destroy. Love can take what you've always believed in and shatter it into a million tiny pieces. It can make you question anything and everything. Love can be blinding. It can confuse all logic while going against true facts. Love can be brutal. It can physically hurt you and be emotionally damaging. Love can twist and turn and grow and diminish. It can lie to you. It can play with you. It can chip away pieces of you. Love can take and take and take and never give. It can make the strong weak and the weak even weaker. Love can bruise.

Love can heal.

Love can lift you up. Love can make clear what you've never been able to see. It can withstand storms and terrors beyond any threshold. It can build bonds lasting forever. Love can be eternal. Love can be wordless. It can happen in an instant but be everlasting. It can make you feel secure. It can travel with you wherever you go. Love can be simple. It can be the greatest experience you can never explain. Love can start lives.

Love never fails.


The first chapter will be up tomorrow. Are you ready for this?