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All I Need

Rod & Daisy, Book Two

A. D. Justice

Contents

ALL I NEED

1. CHAPTER ONE

2. CHAPTER TWO

3. CHAPTER THREE

4. CHAPTER FOUR

5. CHAPTER FIVE

6. CHAPTER SIX

7. CHAPTER SEVEN

8. CHAPTER EIGHT

9. CHAPTER NINE

10. CHAPTER TEN

11. CHAPTER ELEVEN

12. CHAPTER TWELVE

13. CHAPTER THIRTEEN

14. CHAPTER FOURTEEN

15. CHAPTER FIFTEEN

16. CHAPTER SIXTEEN

17. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

18. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

19. CHAPTER NINETEEN

20. CHAPTER TWENTY

21. CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

22. CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

23. CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

24. CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

25. CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

26. CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

27. CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

EPILOGUE

Afterword

Books by A.D. Justice

About the Author

Acknowledgments

For my love

ALL I NEED.

Copyright © 2021 A.D. Justice.

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are a product of the author’s imagination. If the location is an actual place, all details of said place are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to businesses, landmarks, living or dead people, and events is purely coincidental.

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ALL I NEED

Right time. Right place. Perfect woman.

Can a leopard really change its spots?

Normally, I’d say there’s no way.

But then, she has been the exception to my rule from day one.

We weren’t supposed to see each other again.

We weren’t supposed to fan the spark into an inferno.

There’s no turning back now.

All I have to do is convince her of one thing: Right time. Right place. Right Man.

All I Need is the second book in the compelling All of Me Series and should be read after All I Want.

CHAPTER ONE

Rod

The Past

The truth today is the same as it was back when we were kids. There’s not much I wouldn’t do to protect my little sister.

Life put that sentiment to the ultimate test just a few months before I turned twenty-one. Everything changed during what would normally be a time of celebration—my senior year in college—when I could go on an all-night bar crawl with my friends. Well, legally, anyway. I was looking forward to my graduation the following spring and making plans for a future of my own.

“Rod, there’s something I need to talk to you about.” Mom pushed a chair out from under the kitchen table with her foot and motioned for me to sit.

“You know, in the entire history of the world, no wanted conversation ever started with those words.” I sighed heavily and plopped down in the chair. Yes, I was the typical twenty-year-old guy who had better things to do and more exciting places to be in what little spare time I had. The talk she wanted to have stood between my almighty plans and me.

The sad smile on her face didn’t give me any comfort, but I sat to hear what she had to say. Arguing would’ve only further delayed my departure. If I wanted to get away anytime soon, I had to put my plans on the back burner and take it like a man.

“There’s no way easy way to say this, so I’ll just tell you the same way I was told.” She took a deep breath, then blew it out slowly. “I have stage four ovarian cancer. The doctor said it’s already advanced past the point of stopping it, Rod.”

"I don’t understand. Have you been sick and didn’t tell me?” My head was spinning. How did I miss the signs?

“I’ve been having some medical problems for a while now. Nothing specific that screamed, ‘Hey Debbie, you have cancer.’ I’ve had a variety of symptoms I thought were all separate—just the result of working too much, not eating right, and not getting enough sleep. Turns out, I should’ve considered all the symptoms were related… a lot sooner than I did.”

“Mom.” I ran my fingers through my hair, trying to think of something intelligent and comforting to say. But that’s not what happened when my mom announced she was dying. I couldn’t think straight, and the thoughts swirling in my head were all terrible. “What… what’s next? What are they going to do about it?”

She shook her head and pinched her lips together. “Nothing, son. There’s nothing they can do now to cure me because it has already spread to my spleen.”

"How long?” I couldn’t make myself look at her face at that moment. Asking the question was almost more than I could manage.

“We’re looking at a year at the most, May be less than that. Rod, I know this is a lot to put on you and I’m so sorry. You’ve carried such a heavy load on your shoulders since the night your dad left.”

Her words finally sank in, forcing me to stop staring at the floor. “Wait—what? Why are you apologizing to me? You’re the one who has cancer. We’ll go to another doctor for a second opinion. Chemotherapy. Surgery. Whatever they need to do. This is about saving you.”

“This is about you living your own life and enjoying it while you’re young. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I think it’s best if your dad’s parents take guardianship of Juliana when I become too sick to care for her. I wish my parents were still here to help both of you.”

“Stop talking like that. And Dad’s parents? Really? There’s no way I’ll let that happen, Mom. Juliana will never go live with them. They’ll try to shove Dad

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