Chapter 4 -Sad News

Early Saturday morning, Frank began his day at Fanny’s Corner Café to grab breakfast – the same place Mr. Simmons had taken him years before. The place Frank heard the cockamamie story of Simmons being his biological father. Frank bit his lip. Uneasiness settled over him as he found a booth in the opposite corner of the one he once shared with Mr. Simmons.

I came to put things behind me; to conquer my past. That’s what Anne wants me to do. That’s what I need to do. He picked up the local newspaper, ordered ham and eggs, and tried his best to concentrate on the real reason he came back to Tekamah. Continue reading Chapter 4 -Sad News


Chapter 3 – Alarm

Ben snuck up behind his wife and wrapped his arms around her protruding belly.

“Where are you, Dol?” The child within kicked his hand. He patted the spot and then kissed Dol on her neck. “Are you in another world?”

Dol jumped as he touched her. She hadn’t realized she’d been staring out the kitchen window for the last few minutes engrossed in the past. “Oh, Benny. You scared me. I didn’t even hear you come in. Just deep in thought, that’s all.”

“Everything okay?”

She leaned into his embrace. “Sure. I’m fine. It’s nothing.” Unconsciously, she rubbed at the sore spot on her lower back.

He gave her another kiss on her neck and rubbed the spot where she had put her hand. “Baby boy’s jumpy today, huh?”

“Boy? You’re so sure, are you?” she smiled.

“I can hope. Well, supper smells delicious, Sweets. Sure glad I won the bet when I got you.” He winked.

Dol gave Ben a little push and giggled. “Benny Ryan! I’m surprised you’d think of that now,” she laughed. “You always know how to cheer me up. Go relax now. Supper is almost ready. I’ll call you when it’s done.”

Ben turned to leave the room when he heard Dol gasp for breath. He whirled around in time to catch her before she sunk to the floor. Continue reading Chapter 3 – Alarm