What We Built With All These Pieces Of Ourselves

by Stephen Hoppa

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"Delicate. That was the word that described Ethan. I had to hold him so carefully sometimes. There was always the constant fear that I might rip him to pieces without even realizing it.

The day his dad had died, there was nothing I could do, but watch him crumble. Of all the things I'd destroyed in my life, I'd never once figured how to put anything back together. I didn't know how to help him. I'd never felt so powerless."

This is a 10,000 word novelette based on the characters from Everything Between Us by Stephen Hoppa. It takes place during the years between the final scene and the epilogue. These scenes were originally stripped from the main book for reasons stated in the preface, however, for the readers who wanted more insight into how Ethan and Nate "figured it out" — this is for you.