Heart Work – Chapter Four

The sun was high in sky as Collin pulled up to the dilapidated remains of his childhood home. He had known his mom had been struggling with some of the maintenance, he just hadn’t realized that meant all the maintenance.

Collin got out of the car and took in the peeling paint and front porch, which was struggling to hang onto the main house. Collin could see into the house through the holes in the siding and the roof didn’t look much better. Continue reading

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Heart Work – Chapter Three

The wheels of the rental car ate the miles between the airport and what appeared to be the middle of nowhere. Collin sighed as his hometown of Cottonwood came into view.

He was talking to his boss, Frank Phillips, on the phone, explaining who covering his cases while he was absent. Continue reading

Chapter 22

“How could you, you sick bastard! You disgust me, Thad. I can’t believe you of all people would attempt such a despicable crime,” Evelyn spat at him.

Thad’s face was thunderous, he grabbed Evelyn by the arm and threw her across the room into a wall, before pinning her there. “How dare you slap me, you little cock tease!” Continue reading

Chapter 21

A frantic knock one the door startled Pierce from his sleep. He quickly made his way to the door while Evelyn stirred in the bed.

Pierce opened the door to find a distraught Lisette, tears streaming down her face. “Lisette?” Pierce was surprised to see the woman. She usually sent some form of missive announcing her visits, however, she was clearly distressed. Continue reading

Chapter 19

Evelyn froze on the boards. “Keep going, Evie! She can’t find us,” Pierce hissed from behind her.

Evelyn was so distracted by her mother’s continuous knocking and commands, as well as her anxiety over being four stories off the ground, that she misstepped and started falling forward. Continue reading

Chapter 18

Pierce had watched Evelyn leave her box with Richard after her Mother’s remark. He went upstairs to his room to clean up and change. There were still a few hours before dinner, so Pierce decided to climb up his balcony onto Evelyn’s.

She was sitting in front of the fireplace looking pale and withdrawn with her arms around her legs. He could tell she had been crying. Suddenly her face crumbled and Evelyn started sobbing into her legs. Continue reading