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|Witness (standard:mystery, 2674 words)|
|Author: Sarah Spenser||Added: Dec 22 2007||Views/Reads: 1783/943||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Gwenna Grayson moves to a new town and starts life anew. She marries and has two children. Her husband Steve has no idea that Gwen was in the Witness Protection program. Her life begins to unravel when her chidren are kidnapped, and Gwen is forced to reve|
Witness By Sarah Spenser Book Jacket Information Gwenna Grayson changes her name and moves to a new town. She settles in to a comfortable life and marries Dr. Steve Singer. But almost a decade later, Gwen's past threatens her life and her two children Ethan and Emily. When her children are kidnapped, Gwen is forced to reveal who she really is to her husband. Putting her children's lives in jeopardy. 1. Calm before the Storm The sun streaked in the window, illuminating the room. Gwen opened her eyes sleepily and glanced at the clock. It was nearly 6:30 and she had to get up and start her day. She rose unsteadily from bed and searched for her slippers. She smiled as she put them on; Steve had given her blue suede slippers for her birthday. She padded down the hall and peaked in on Emily and Ethan. She smiled as she saw them sleeping peacefully; they looked so much like Steve. Emily had a shock of red hair and freckles that framed her delicate little face. Ethan looked like Gwen blond hair, brown eyes and Steve's prominent nose. Gwen tiptoed from the room and went to turn on the coffee pot. Steve had worked a late shift at the hospital and wasn't home yet. He was a highly skilled and respected ER doc, it was grueling but he loved it. His compassionate heart and lust for life preceded him, and everyone loved him. Gwen looked at the photos that adorned their country style kitchen. Photos of their wedding day, the births of Emily and Ethan, and the kids' first birthdays. Steve was a handsome man, tall with red hair and blue eyes. They met on a blind date that Gwen's best friend Margo Martin had set up. As the coffee brewed, Gwen remembered the first time she met Steve. He was the most intelligent and charismatic man she'd ever met, and his heart was as big as Mother Nature herself. Gwen had arrived in town just a month earlier. She had shed her old identity, changed her name, and left behind everything and everyone she'd ever known. All because of one fateful night. The authorities had told her it wasn't safe for her to leave the Witness Protection program, but she adamantly refused to have it control her life anymore. She was not allowed to contact her family or friends. Not only would it give away Gwen's location, but it would also put her loved ones in danger. The person she once knew as herself was gone. In Lucinda Layton's place was Gwenna Grayson. She had seen the name Gwenna on a program featuring women scientists. She loved the name Gwenna, and one of her favorite actor's last name was Grayson. It was a far cry from her identity in the Witness Protection program. Alice Miller was the name she had chosen for herself. She cried when Officer Shawn Hastings handed her the phone book and had told her to "Pick a name." He said it as if he was ordering a ham sandwich from the local deli. Gwen tearfully scanned the phonebook and saw the name Alice; it was her grandmother's name. Miller just went well with Alice, and her new identity was born. Alice Miller was a respectable single woman who recently moved from Oregon. The story the authorities wove was a tale of a tragic car accident. Alice's parents had been killed, leaving her as the sole survivor. That would explain the lack of relatives in case anyone asked. Alice had met many wonderful people, but felt dishonest in not telling them about her past. There was a man whom she loved dearly. His name was Graham Bentoncourte. He was kind, gentle, funny and sophisticated. She was instantly enamored, and Graham was enchanted with her ass well. They had a whirlwind romance; he introduced her to his parents, and two sisters. His family loved her, but Gwen felt that if Graham knew about her past, he wouldn't feel the same way about her. She was speechless the night he proposed. He took her to Henry's Hideaway a romantic Click here to read the rest of this story (165 more lines)
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