Family reunion

CHAPTER EIGHT FAMILY REUNION I heard the guard unlock my cell in solitary confinement. “Let’s go,” he said. “Your lawyer’s here.” Wearing an orange jumpsuit, I was handcuffed and led to a dingy little room that was like a palace compared to my 4 x 6 cell. I’d had plenty of time to think and…

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Too much time to think

I felt like a wounded animal that someone had kicked in the head. Back in my cell, I dropped onto my bed and closed my eyes. Pain throbbed from a place so deep that I couldn’t feel it most days. Being in prison had left me feeling vulnerable – a dangerous situation where my family…

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Prison Yard

If I got out of prison and chased money like a god again so I could spend it on attorneys, I knew what would happen. The last vestige of humanity would be stripped from my soul. The way I saw it, the decisions I made here in prison would determine what I did for the…

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Kentucky Home

KENTUCKY HOME I pulled the car seat as close to the steering wheel as it would go. That old Ford jerked and shuddered as I drove away. I had no idea how to get to Kentucky. I just knew it was somewhere to the east. Turning my back on Ontario and all the misery I’d…

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Tumbling down

Crystal champagne flutes clinked amid conversation on the terrace of the country club where lights twinkled in the trees. We’d taken Luann’s parents to dinner where, following a round of toasts, my mother-in-law slipped her arm around me.“I’m so proud of you,” she said. I smiled, but in truth I almost passed out.“That means a…

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The Answer To Everything

StevieRay Hansen - A Long Journey Home

I bought a pretty little ranch near Chino, California and continued working in the oil business with Robert. D’Angelo still wanted Luann back. Maybe he thought that control, manipulation and terror tactics were romantic. I had no idea. I couldn’t figure out how he thought anything he was doing would endear himself to her. Of…

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ALONE AGAIN

I pulled up next to the cruiser and rolled down my window. When she looked up at me I said two words. “You’re leaving.” I drove home and started boxing her belongings. She walked in the door looking like a kid who’d been caught with her hand in the candy jar. “This is best,” she…

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ON THE RUN

Luann crept into the girls’ room to check on them while I turned off the lights and made sure the doors were locked. Then I dropped into my favorite chair and let out a long sigh. My mind was swimming. Looking around the house, a part of me was stunned that Luann was willing to…

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