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Home is where the hurt is.

Hello.  I’m Jane Hunnicut, aged twenty-eight.
I grew up in Accident, Alabama but I’ve lived the past few years in London, England with the man I followed there from college.  To say I’ve distanced myself from my upbringing would be a bit of an understatement.  I love being a city girl and I’ve had my share of good fortune, but lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump.

I’m a novelist whose first book sold gangbusters, but the second book—notsomuch.
My relationship with my fiancé was flying high… until it wasn’t.
And to top it all off, my best friend disappeared... like before.
When I was at my lowest, the phone rang and in an instant, my life changed—
my family needed me.

After escaping the suffocating situation of my childhood, I am reluctant to return, especially since I’m already late on a big deadline.  In the small town where I grew up, I never quite fit in, but now after years away, I’m really going to stick out. And I’m not ready to face the ghosts of my past.

Meanwhile, my family and friends in Alabama think my life is perfect.

I’m in dire need of a comeback.  But my plan didn’t include coming back home.

Something tells me my life is going to get worse before it gets better.



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December 18, Tuesday

HUGH’S EYES bugged out of his head.  “This is like something out of the Twilight Zone!”

I nodded, still numb.

“So this sicko guy held her captive all these years?”

“Uh-huh.  For over ten years.”

He grimaced.  “He wanted a sex slave?”

I’d thought as much too.  “No, thank goodness.  As strange as it seems, he didn’t abuse her sexually, not after he kidnapped her.”  That was some consolation, at least.  There were no pregnancies, no children.

“He just wanted to keep her?”

“I suppose so.”  Not unlike the woman who’d kidnapped Trudy, I realized.  In Eddie’s twisted mind, Deidre was well-cared-for… except for the whole freedom thing.  He’d wanted her, so he’d taken her, and he hadn’t wanted to give her back.  I shuddered.

Hugh was still shaking his head.  “I just can’t believe it.”

“I’m still trying to process it all myself,” I admitted.

“Jane, I’m coming back to Accident right now.”

I shook my head.  “Don’t.  It’s a circus here.  I’m holed up at Mom’s and getting lots of rest.”

“And you’re taking care of her, too?”

“We’re taking care of each other.  And Will—”  I broke off.

“What about Will?”

“He’s been… helpful.”

Hugh frowned.  “I still don’t understand why you called him instead of the police.”

“He had a canoe,” I said, as if that explained everything.

Hugh squinted.

“I should go,” I said.  “I’ll keep you updated.”

“Wait—are you still coming home at the end of the year, Jane?”

I gave a little laugh.  “Are you kidding?  I can’t wait to leave this place.”   ~

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