CAST AWAY HEART by Sarah J. McNeal
An abandoned piano, rejected love, and hope
After her fiancé humiliates her and breaks her heart on what was to be their wedding day, Ella Dubois has vowed never to open her heart again.
Nickoli Vesa, a Romanian pianist, has loved Ella for years, but she sees him only as her best friend.
How can a deserted piano heal a shattered spirit and inspire it to sing again?
There it stood like a brave soldier, silent in its despair and covered in snow. One of the ornately carved legs had rotted away and lie on the ground beside it causing the piano to list to that side. It resembled an old ship that had taken a huge wave and, as the water began to fill its hull, was sinking slowly into the sea. The wooden underside of the keys had begun to swell and dislodge from the smooth white pads. The black keys had eroded into splinters and the top of the piano had caved in on the piano wires.
Ella choked back a sob at the sorrowful sight. How could that awful man watch this happen to such a beautiful instrument? The piano could have brought the joy of music to so many. How much hatred could he possibly have to find delight in watching the destruction of his wife’s piano? What a despicable human being.
Nickoli drove the car to the side of the road and stopped. He turned to Ella and gathered her up into his arms. “You must stop mourning, inima mea. Until you stop longing for things to be different, you cannot change your future. You cannot let happiness in. You understand, yes?”
She knew he was not talking to her about the piano. He was talking about Mark. There was no way for him to understand the pain she still felt from Mark’s rejection. The memory of her standing there at the front of the church with her friends and family all present as her father announced there would be no wedding that day was still sharp enough to cut into her heart. “I need time, Nick. I can’t just let it go like it never happened.” She pushed back from his embrace and met his eyes. “It’s the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
He did not take his eyes from hers. Removing his hands from around her, he moved back into his seat. “All is required, you let go. Stop looking back or you cannot see where you are going.”
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