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Tara’s marriage began to deteriorate soon after it began. As her fifth wedding anniversary arrives,
Tara is determined to fix the damage and rekindle the love affair.
Brad could not wait for his military deployment to end so he and his fiancé could begin their lives together. His future plans crumbled the afternoon he found his fiancé in the arms of another man.
Unwilling to risk further heartache, Brad abandons his dreams of starting a family and focuses his energy on his career. Elizabeth struggled with infertility for years. Her obsession with having a child almost cost her the love of her life. After a brief separation and personal heartbreak, Elizabeth is ready to start anew.
Tom has made a lifetime of bad decisions. After years of dishonesty, he’s prepared to clean up his past and move forward with the woman he loves.
A late-night accident yanks all four characters out of their comfortable lives and into a world of secrets, lies and heartbreak. Will the deceit destroy their happiness? Will any of the relationships survive?
Laura waved Tara and Charlotte past the scene in the waiting room and led them into the elevator.
The three women did not speak until they arrived to the administrative wing.
“Come on in,” she said.
Laura’s office contained an oblong glass desk covered with folders and computer equipment. Nestled in the corner of the room were a dark, wooden table and chairs. Tara and Charlotte each took a seat at the table while Laura relocated a large, silk floral arrangement from the center of the table to the floor.
She removed a legal pad from her desk drawer and joined the two women at the table. “Mrs. Steffen,” she looked at Charlotte. “How are you related to Thomas Steffen?”
“I’m his mother.”
“Do you have your driver’s license with you?”
“Sure.” Charlotte opened her purse and dug through her wallet. “Here it is.” She handed it to Laura.
“What is your relationship with Thomas Steffen?” She asked Tara.
“I’m his wife.” She removed her driver’s license from her wallet and slid it to Laura.
The women sat in silence for several minutes while Laura copied information to the legal pad.
“Do you require this information for insurance reasons?” Tara asked. “My husband’s boss is in the waiting room. He can provide medical insurance details.”
Laura folded her hands on top of the legal pad and stared at Tara and Charlotte. “Three people came to the Intensive Care Unit claiming to be Tom’s family members.”
“What?” Charlotte and Tara responded in unison.
Laura nodded. “Rest assured your husband is safe. A guard is stationed outside his door and the people are banned from visiting.”
A line formed between Tara’s brow. “This is crazy.”
“I have never experienced this type of situation and wanted to take safety precautions.” She slid the driver’s licenses back to the two women. “I apologize for the inconvenience.”
“I’m glad you are on top of this matter,” Charlotte said. “Why would someone do such a thing?”
“The man who confronted you on the way to your office, is he…”
“I can’t provide the identity.” Laura interrupted.
“Some whack-job is trying to gain access to my husband. What if he approaches me or Charlotte outside the hospital? We could be in danger.”
“I will permit you to park in the doctor’s parking lot and assign security guards to escort you to your car each night.” She bit her lip. “If your gut warns you to keep away from the man we encountered in the waiting room, go with it.”
“One more thing you should know,” Laura told them. “The man’s wife offered to submit to a paternity test. Considering Tom is an adult, her request is ridiculous. Should she pursue this matter with the courts, we’re obligated to comply.” Laura waved her hand. “Not that I expect her to take the matter to court.”
Tara sighed. “We won’t have a problem getting into ICU for visiting hours tomorrow, will we?”
Laura shook her head. “No. I requested you stop by my office tonight, so you won’t have a problem tomorrow.”
Tara stood up and shook Laura’s hand. “Thank you.”
“I don’t know what to think,” she told Charlotte on the way back to the ICU waiting room. “This whole situation is crazy.”
Charlotte stopped and turned to face her daughter-in-law. Her eyes sagged and her mouth hung slack.
“I have something to tell you.”
Katie McKnight lives on Long Island with her husband, three sons, two rescue dogs and a few turtles. She successfully completed writing programs through Piedmont Community College and Queens College. Her writing achievements include a television interview on “The Writer’s Dream”, a spot on a Top Ten Best Seller’s List and two nominations for Best of Long Island under the category of Author.
Katie offers writing programs for school-aged kids; she teaches drama and works as a dog trainer. She also volunteers at a local Animal Shelter. When she is not spending time with family and friends (human and furry), she is working on her next novel.