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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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October 21, Sunday

I WAS SITTING IN THE TREEHOUSE, waiting to Skype with Hugh.  After a frustrating day with my mother, I needed a break.

When I heard the sound of Will’s truck coming up the driveway, I was torn.  I shouldn’t be so glad to see him when I was waiting for Hugh’s call.

On the other hand, Hugh had “suspended” our engagement.

On the other hand, Will had nothing to offer me but a life in Accident—he was committed to servicing the surrounding counties because of a scholarship he’d accepted.

On the other hand, Hugh was thousands of miles away.

I stood on the deck of the treehouse and waved to get Will’s attention from the driveway.  He saw me and grinned, then jogged across the field toward me.  “Hi there.”

I smiled down at him.  “Hi yourself.”

“Want some company?”

“I’m waiting for a long distance call.”

His eyebrows flew up.  “From your fiancé?”

I squirmed and knew this was my chance to tell Will I wasn’t engaged.

Before I could answer, he said, “Then I’m definitely coming up,” and climbed to the deck in record time.

I laughed.  “You’re going to get me in trouble.”

“That’s the plan,” he said.  “Hey, the guy in England gets lipstick?”

I pressed my lips together self-consciously.  “It’s for the screen,” I said lamely.

He pulled me in for a slanting kiss.

I counted to ten, then pulled back.  “Will, seriously, you can’t be here.  I need to talk to Hugh.”

“Has he found your cockapoo?”

“No,” I murmured.  “She’s still lost.”

He gave an exaggerated shrug.  “How can you like this guy if he can’t even find your dog?”

I gave a little laugh.  “That’s not fair.”

“All’s fair in love and war.”

I soaked that in for a few seconds—hm.  Then my phone lit up with the call from Hugh and I shooed Will away.  “You have to leave.  Bye.”

He pouted, then waved.  “Okay, but I’m not giving up.”

I waited until he descended the ladder before I connected the call with Hugh.  His happy face filled the screen.  “Hi, Jane.”

“Hi,” I said, trying to look equally happy.  “What’s new?”

He launched into a story about a work colleague, and I glanced over to watch Will walk to his truck and climb in.

“Jane?”

I looked back to the screen.  “Huh?”

He gave a little laugh.  “There must be something going on there more interesting than talking to me.”

“No, not at all,” I said in a high voice.

He leaned in and squinted.  “Your lipstick is all smeared.”

I mentally cursed, then used the back of my hand to wipe it off.  “I’ve been drinking a soda, that’s all.”

Hugh frowned.  “Soda’s bad for you.”

“Don’t I know it,” I replied.  ~



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