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With the arrangement made for the trip home, Bette reached across her desk to pick up her handbag when a long white envelope caught her attention.
A post it note was attached to the front of the envelope. A message from her assistant Diana etched on the note –
This arrived via special delivery post just before I left the office.
You may want to take a look. It could be important.
See you in the morning.
“What the hell is this?” Bette’s rich voice filled the room. Her brows arched as she reached down and picked up the letter.
Diana, her personal assistant, must have placed the letter there before she had left the office earlier in the evening.
It was addressed to her and from the Stonington Institute.
Bette reached for the letter opener on her mahogany wooden desk and dropped it into her handbag. She would open it in the car on the way home and examine its contents. As she moved, a sense of dread began to form in the back of the doctor’s mind.
Little did she know that this very letter would set in motion events that would forever alter the lives of 2 families, their closest friends and colleagues.
Their worlds would never be the same.
They would all need all the hope they could muster . . .
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Present Day – Late Tuesday Afternoon – Kennard Home, USA
Back in Philadelphia, Tina and Ashley slowly made their way into the ground floor bedroom in Tina’s home.
Hope dwindling rapidly and running short on time for a therapy treatment for Ashley.
Being older, Tina naturally felt responsible for her kid sister. Wanting to shield Ashley from any harm, sorrow or illness in life. But that wish was being severely tested. The frail woman’s body was growing weaker and fragile. The disease was slowing robbing her of strength, her health, courage and most of all – hope.
Through the doorway and once in the bedroom, Tina carefully led Ashley towards the double bed and gently sat her on the edge of the mattress.
“Oh god.” Ashley immediately whispered and grabbed for her sister’s arm, “Sis . . . oh . . .”
“Ash.” Tina turned towards her sister and saw the pale pallor on her face. Her eyes were glassy too.
“I . . . I don’t feel so well.”
“Ash.” The blonde saw the tremor in her sister’s limbs. “Ashley, what’s the matter?”
“I . . . feel . . . light headed.” Ashley said, her voice sounded like an echo. It felt like her head was spinning. Her vision suddenly came blurry. It was difficult for her to focus. A cold shiver shot through her body. She held onto Tina‘s hand tightly for support.
“Can you lay down?” Tina asked, her own voice slightly raised in alarm. True concern on her facial features as she regarded her sister.
“I . . . I’m . . . really . . . dizzy.” Was all Ashley got out before she suddenly collapsed backward and fell onto the bed.
She was out cold.
“ASHLEY.” Tina screamed. She was in shock. “ASHLEY.” Tina swiftly turned to her side and grabbing her shoulders she shook her sister, trying to wake her and calling her name.
But she couldn’t wake her.
There was no response.
She leaned over and checked that Ashley was breathing.
“Oh my god. Was she?” The question shot through Tina’s mind. Panic rising.
“ASHLEY!!!” . . . .
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Hope you enjoyed this start to the story.
Lots of questions to be answered I know & those answers are to come as we read along and the story unfolds further.
Stay tuned for the next chapter.
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