It's easier to lose your reputation than you'd think.
And when you do,
It's harder than ever to get it back.
Mary Mason may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her newborn babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her. When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.
ONE GREAT WAY TO DESTROY A REPUTATION IS BY
Mary couldn’t argue with that, but she also wanted to see her frightfully small twin babies again. She’d only seen them for a few minutes yesterday. They needed to know they weren’t alone, that they had a mother who loved and wanted them more than anything in the world.
After the nurse left, Mary painfully pushed herself from the bed and waddled slowly to the closet. She stared in confusion at the polyester leopard skin tube dress. Where the hell were her clothes? And her purse? Her eyes frantically searched for her belongings, but the bare white closet held nothing but a dress that even a hooker might shun for it’s bad taste.
She leaned her head on the frame of the door and cursed. How much blood did these women need? Wasn’t it enough they had gotten her fired, killed her dog, and nearly caused her to lose her babies? Hadn’t she paid enough for her stupidity?
Honest to God, if she had a do-over, knowing what she knew now, she’d have driven a letter opener into their husbands’ chests before she let them touch her. She pulled the hooker-wear from hanger and painfully returned to the bed.
She pushed the nurse’s call button and waited. And waited.
After fifteen minutes, she gave up and pulled the tube dress on, cursing through the pain and indignity.
GETTING ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION
WOULD CAUSE MARY TO LOSE HER BABIES.
FOR THE FATHERS ARE WEALTHY, WELL RESPECTED MEN.
Captain Chad Danton was driving home when he heard the call to check out a complaint of prostitution occurring at the library. Since he was one block away, he picked up the com unit. “I’ll take it.”
He pulled in behind the SUV and checked it out as he walked by. All it contained was two pissed off ladies with teased and tidy hair.
He continued to the bench.
The woman didn’t seem to notice him until he sat down beside her.
He leaned forward trying to catch a glimpse of her face. “Do I know you?”
She jumped an inch at the first sound of his voice and glared at him.
“No,” she said and looked down the road, as if hoping for someone to come.
“You waiting for someone?” He kind of felt sorry for her. While she looked haggard and worn out just now, he suspected she’d once been a beauty and her auburn hair reminded him of the old time movie stars. It glistened and rolled in unified waves over her shoulders.
She didn’t respond to his last question, so he began a line of chatter that had proved very successful at getting the pros to make him an offer. He activated the recorder in his shirt pocket as he fished out a pack of gum and offered her a piece.
She shook him off.
“Look, I can see you’re in a bad place right now, but maybe I can help.”
She looked at him as if she were about to take his offer, but then shook her head. “I’m waiting for someone.”
THANKFULLY, CAPTAIN DANTON REALIZED THAT MARY NEEDED MEDICAL CARE, NOT ARRESTED.
SO HE RETURNED HER TO THE HOSPITAL
AND ENSURED SHE GOT TO SEE HER TWO PREMIES, SO INCREDIBLY SMALL...
Mary began with the nurse’s comments that a judge was certain to agree she was an unfit mother and ended by stating her fear she might lose her children. “I was hoping you could tell me if they could really do that.”
His continued frown worried her. “Had they successfully gotten you arrested for solicitation, then yes. Fortunately, I got there first. However, if you’re right about this being Danny’s plan all along, then you’re still in trouble, especially if he and Charles work together as their wives are doing. They can make you out to be as unfit as they want, and with two of them, the judge will probably side in their favor.”
Mary lost the ability to breathe. She felt like a fish out of water, and no matter how hard she gasped, no air would fill her lungs.
Follow Mary as she struggles to do the impossible feat of keeping her babies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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