I spent my childhood at the mercy of destructive adults.
I wore the dysfunction of my childhood as easily as my favorite jean jacket.
No amount of sweetness and smiles could mask the stench of despair.
I carried the self-doubt, the pain, the longing to find a place of my own.
Until roller derby.
For the first time, I was more than the product of my defunct childhood.
I found respect and belonging while on eight wheels.
The derby saved me.
I won’t be the key to Cain Bishop’s unlikely redemption.
I refuse to be his false start.
I may not wear the skates, but the roller derby lives in me.
It pumps heavy in my blood.
My great-grandmother was among the first women on the track.
And every generation of women that came after her followed in her footsteps.
All I ever wanted was to be involved in the sport that shaped my favorite people.
Coaching revealed the good… and the bad.
Getting too close, becoming too invested, it cost me everything.
But now my sentence is up.
With the resurgence of roller derby worldwide comes my only chance for redemption.
The opportunity to shed light on the truth.
Maisy Flynn’s a fighter, just like the women I admire.
Cain has a difficult past of his own which not only had him withdrawing from coaching but leaving town as well. He is back on a temporary basis to be there for his family who despite his concerns is convinced to help out Maisy and her team however keeping their relationship strictly professional may be the biggest challenge of all.
Whenever Maisy and Cain are together the sparks fly but it is the way they help each other accept and heal from their pasts that makes their relationship so special.
And she thanks every last one of you who picks up one of her stories.
Casey is done talking about herself in the third person now