Keri and Shane learned how to overcome adversity after their father took her and some of her younger siblings cross-country. His non-custodial parental abduction, and the terror she survived had an impact on not just Keri, but also her twin. Can they move on from the past and create a better future with their closest friends?
Almost two months have passed since the nightmare of non-custodial abduction that Keri and Shane endured. She still suffers from nightmares and a deep-seated fear of repeating the experience. He can’t help trying to make her life easier, better in the hopes that she’ll relax.
Keri & Shane fought back in Lost & Scared. Can they now look forward to a New Futureon the most romantic night of the year?
The craziness that was the lives of my family is still long from over, but I’m trying to forget all that tonight. Today is Saturday. The date is February 14, the most romantic day of the year, and I’m more than ready to celebrate with my bestie and our boyfriends. Specifically, my bestie will show up at my house with my guy, to meet her guy and me for a romantic dinner. Oh, did I mention how her guy just happens to be my twin?
“Hey.” Shane darts in the back door, a dozen grocery bags dangling from one hand. “Smells fabulous. What is it?”
“A surprise.” My hands shake as I slice into the strawberries that I’ve picked out of the basket I got at the fruit market this morning. “If this part works.”
“Hey.” He covers both my hands with one of his. “It’ll work, little sis. Don’t push yourself so hard.”
He’s still very overprotective of not just me but of Kenny, Jimmy, and Stacy. We still have nightmares from the four-month long captivity we went through when El Creepo took us from our family. It’s only been a little under two months since we came home. Mom is the only person who agrees with my idea for tonight. She took the four younger kids to her parents for a night of fun while Shane and I prepare a meal that cements the relationships we feel we can finally move forward with, without the worry that our dad willmess things up.
“I’ll be okay.” My voice says that but my hands still shake at the worst possible moment. “Maybe.”
“Let me do those.” He takes the knife from my hand and begins the delicate task of creating fans from the berries. “Dipping these in chocolate?”
“Yeah.” I point at a small pot of chocolate on a back burner of our new stovetop. “They’ll go on the dessert once they’re cool.”
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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