I sit here
A slave to your manipulation
Emotionally abused
Mentally raped
While you tell your lies to others
Your friends all think I’m crazy
While you look as if to be
The sane and calm one
You and your friends
Make fun of me
Making jokes on me
I feel I need to hide from you
I wish I could go far away
Somewhere you can’t find me
Will I ever escape the hell
You put me through
I thought divorce would end it all
But even after divorce
Your abuse still reigns
I feel like I’ve lost control
My will to live
My strength
My hope
My faith…
Will I ever find love
Or will I always be the crazy insane one
While you remain the sane calm one
Yet, always the victim
To my manipulation????




Cassidy Jenkins hadn’t seen her childhood friend, Daniella Thompson, since their high school days. When she suddenly receives a call saying that she is coming for a visit, Cassidy is overjoyed. But Daniella has learned of Cassidy’s recent marriage to Tyler Jenkins, and is jealous of Cassidy’s happiness. When Daniella tries to come between Cassidy and Tyler by making advances towards Cassidy’s husband, Tyler. When Cassidy discovers Daniella’s secret and the real reason Daniella is here, can Cassidy forgive her friend?

Chapter 1

“Hello?” Cassidy Jenkins answered her cell.
“Cassidy?” Daniella asked.
“Daniella?” Cassidy asked surprised to hear from her childhood friend. “I was just wondering about you?”
“I just want to let you know that I was coming for a visit.”
“You are? That’s great, Daniella! You can meet my new husband, Tyler!” Cassidy exclaimed excitedly.
“Yeah, that would be nice!” Daniella replied in a somber tone.
“Well, Daniella, I hate to break off our call, but I have to be getting to work now.” Cassidy told her.
“Yeah, sure! See you in a few days!” Daniella said, hanging up.
Cassidy hung up and began to get ready for work as a paralegal in her father’s law firm, she couldn’t believe she would see Daniella again. It’s been so long—too long! One thing bothered her though—their rivalry over the quarterback James Mitchell, whom both Cassidy and Daniella both had eyes for. It had been an ugly rivalry to which Daniella won the heart of James when the two married right after they graduated high school. Cassidy never heard from Daniella again—until now!

Daniella had packed her few belongings that James had let her have. When Daniella and James first married, it seemed the two were inseparable. They were the picture of happiness—that is for the first two months. Then James changed. He became possessive over Daniella. He controlled her every move, from the friends she had to the family she could talk to.
Things escalated further when James began beating Daniella and leaving bruises on her, even putting her in the hospital a few times. Daniella thought she was a dead woman—until a month ago when Daniella finally had enough and shot and killed James when he was sleeping.
The next morning, she woke in a daze to the news of Cassidy’s marriage to celebrity architect to the stars, Tyler Jenkins. After Daniella’s ordeal the last 10 years, Daniella seethed with anger toward Cassidy. How could she end up happy when she was miserable? It wasn’t fair that Cassidy got what she wanted and she ended up in a nightmare of a marriage. Daniella blamed Cassidy for her marriage woes. After all, Cassidy gave up on James way to easily, and Daniella wanted Cassidy to pay.
That’s when Daniella made up her mind to ruin Cassidy’s happiness at all costs. Daniella intended to steal Tyler away from Cassidy and make Cassidy pay for everything she went through. Her troubled life was Cassidy’s fault.

Chapter 2

“Dani!” Cassidy shrieked with excitement when she spotted her friend in the airport while waiting for her.
“Cassi.” Dani shrieked with fake excitement as she gave her friend a hug, while secretly eyeing Cassidy’s husband, Tyler.
“Oh, Dani, it’s been so long.” Cassidy said sadly. “How did we ever lose touch with each other?”
“I know.” Daniella lied. “I’m sorry for everything.’
Daniella and Cassidy talked about old times while waiting for her luggage at the baggage claim. When it finally came out, Daniella pointed it out and Tyler, like the true gentleman, picked up Daniella’s luggage and carried it to his and Cassidy’s car. Daniella was amazed that they had a driver. No, more like jealous!
As Max drove Cassidy, Tyler and Daniella back to Tyler and Cassidy’s mansion, Tyler poured Cassidy and Daniella a drink from the mini bar in the limousine. As the three enjoyed the drink, Daniella thought about her revenge on Cassidy and how to make the moves on Tyler. He was a man Daniella could fall for with his rugged good looks and chiseled features, those gorgeous blue eyes the color of the ocean—Daniella could get lost in them forever.
“Dani?” Cassidy spoke, breaking Daniella free of her thoughts.
“What? I’m sorry Cassi. I must have been lost in thought.” Daniella lied, as she continued to think about having Tyler all to herself.
“What do you want to do first when we get home?” Cassidy repeated.
“Oh, surprise me!” Daniella told her friend.
“Well, why don’t you two take a swim out in our pool while I make you two some lunch.” Tyler suggested.
“That’s sounds good, honey.” Cassidy said, giving him a kiss on the lips.
Max had just pulled into the drive of Cassidy and Tyler’s mansion. Tyler grabbed Daniella’s bags and followed Cassidy and Daniella up the front steps to the front door as Cassidy pushed the code for the security alarm.
Once inside, Cassidy led Daniella to her room—actually wing—that she would have all to herself. Amazed as she was by Cassidy’s success, Daniella couldn’t wait to take all of this from Cassidy for payment for all her hurt.
Daniella still couldn’t believe that Cassidy managed to get everything while she lost all she had.
“I’ll wait for you out by the pool.” Cassidy said to Daniella.
“Okay. I’ll get dressed and be out there in a few.” Daniella promised.
But first, Daniella had to put the first part of her plan into motion.

Chapter 3

Daniella dressed in her sexiest bikini…a blue bikini…and threw on her coverup. Daniella held her long locks up as she tried to decide whether she should put it up or let hang loose around her shoulders. After a few minutes, she decided she looked sexier with it hanging loose around her shoulders. Satisfied with her look, Daniella grabbed her cell and headed downstairs to meet Cassidy and Tyler out by their pool.
“What took you so long?” Cassidy asked her when Daniella finally emerged from the sliding glass door.
“Oh, just had to get ready.” Daniella expressed as she flung her coverup into the lounge chair and flipped her locks in Tyler’s direction.
“You. . .look nice.” Tyler commented, trying not to get excited by Daniella’s appearance, as hot as he thought she looked.
“Yeah, Daniella, you look great, as always.” Cassidy said, a bit jealous.
Daniella’s performance brought Cassidy back to their high school days. Daniella always seemed to get the guys, even the ones that Cassidy was interested in. She remembered how Daniella took advantage of the fact that she also liked James Mitchell and managed to land James before she could tell him how she felt. Now that she was married to Tyler, it seemed to Cassidy that Daniella was trying to do the same? But Cassidy shook it off thinking that Daniella was above that now. . .we were all adults. . .no time to play childish games we played back in high school.
Daniella went in the pool giving a show for Tyler. And as Tyler loved Cassidy, he couldn’t help but look at Daniella. She was hot and sexy, not that Cassidy wasn’t either. But there was something about Daniella. . .something that he couldn’t take his eyes off of her. He felt guilty for the way he looked at her. . .like he was cheating on Cassidy. . .but. . .he just couldn’t take his eyes off her.
Daniella swam in Cassidy’s pool, all the while, watching Tyler. She liked that he couldn’t take his eyes off her. . .her plan was working. Soon, Tyler would be all hers. And Cassidy would be left out in the cold. . .just as Cassidy deserved. . .
Cassidy, not wanting to watch Daniella’s obvious game, made an excuse to go into the house and get some snacks for them to munch on. When she got into the house, Cassidy opened up the refrigerator and took out the ribs that Tyler would barbecue for their dinner. Cassidy knew Daniella liked barbecued ribs. She placed the ribs on the cart along with the barbecue sauce for the ribs, the spatula, and salt.
When she brought the ribs outside for Tyler to start grilling, she couldn’t help but notice Daniella was hanging all over Tyler as he fired up the grill. Even after a swim, Daniella looked great. She couldn’t help but think that Daniella was after Tyler. . .she hoped she was wrong. . .but she just wasn’t so sure.
“So, Dani, what brings you out here?” Tyler asked, trying to keep his eyes off her gorgeous body.
“My husband died recently and I needed a break.” Dani explained. “I haven’t seen Cassie in awhile so I thought ‘why not?’”
“Well, I think Cassie is glad to see you. . .and catch up.”
“So how did you and Cassie meet?” Dani asked with mock enthusiasm.
“Our jobs.” Tyler explained. “I was an architect to the stars and Cassie was an interior designer we were both working for the same celebrity on their house.”
“Was it love at first sight?”
“No, Cassie couldn’t stand me at first.”
“Oh, really?”
“It took me months to get Cassie to warm up to me.”
“Yeah, Cassie always did seem to be like that.” Daniella reflected back on their high school days.
“But I finally won her over and I couldn’t be happier.”
“Yeah, Cassie does seem quite happy.” Daniella remarked, a hint of jealousy in her voice.
Cassidy came out with the cart so Tyler to begin grilling the ribs. She couldn’t help that Daniella seemed a bit too comfortable chatting with Tyler.
“Hey, you two. . .are you hungry?” Cassidy asked, as if trying to break the ice.
“Yeah, it’s about time you brought those ribs out.” Tyler joked.
“Mmmmmm, my favorite.” Daniella remarked.
“I know. And Tyler makes the best ribs.” Cassidy told her.
“I can’t wait to try them.” Daniella licked her lips seductively, catching a glimpse of Tyler eyeing her.
After twenty minutes of uncomfortable silence watching Tyler grilled the ribs, Tyler finally brought the ribs to the table where Cassidy and Daniella were sitting.
“Ribs are ready!” Tyler announced.
“Yeah. I can’t wait!” Daniella said as Tyler put a rib smothered in barbecue sauce onto Daniella’s plate.
“Mmmmmm.” Daniella said, as she took a bite immediately. “These are so-o-o-o good, Tyler. Cassidy is right. You do make the best ribs.”
The three of them enjoyed dinner and spent a few more hours by the poolside before turning in for the night. As Cassidy watched Daniella head up to her wing, Cassidy and Tyler got into a heated spat.
“Really, Tyler?” Cassidy accused. “You couldn’t take your eyes off of her!”
“What do you mean, Cassie?!” Tyler defended himself.
“The way you looked at her?”
“She’s a beautiful woman, but that doesn’t mean I want her?!”
“She was doing it on purpose!” Cassidy accused. “She wants you! It’s our high school days all over again!”
“Oh, come on, Cassie! You’re paranoid!”
“I don’t think so!” Cassie warned Tyler. “She has an agenda and you’re it!”
“Don’t be silly, Cassie!” Tyler told her. “You know I only have eyes for you!”
“But you couldn’t take your eyes off Dani all afternoon!”
“I can’t take your accusations!” Tyler said, storming off.
Cassidy couldn’t help it. She knew Daniella was up to her old tricks. She couldn’t believe that Tyler couldn’t see it.

Chapter 4

Daniella couldn’t be happier as she listened to Cassidy and Tyler fighting. All she cared about was that her plan was working perfectly. Cassidy was making the usual assumptions she did back in high school. And Tyler didn’t believe her. Soon, Tyler would be all hers. . .and Cassidy would be left out in the cold. . .just where she belonged.

As Daniella made her way downstairs to work on the next plot in her scheme, Cassidy fumed upstairs after Tyler had marched out of their room and into one of the other rooms.

Tyler, on the other hand, decided he wasn’t going to lose any sleep over Cassidy’s paranoia. It was ridiculous that Daniella was coming on to him. She was just his wife’s friend from high school. He had no interest in her. Why couldn’t Cassidy see that?

As Tyler tried to sleep, he heard the door open and someone come in.

“Cassidy?” Tyler questioned the intruder coming in. “Come to your senses, did you?”

But there was no answer, and assuming the intruder left, Tyler tried to go back to sleep. But instead, he felt a warm hand caress his body, and assuming it was Cassidy, turned over and planted a kiss on her.

“I’m sorry, Tyler.” Daniella lied. “I had no idea there was anybody in here.”

“What are you doing in here?” Tyler said, when he realized it wasn’t Cassidy he just kissed.

“I had to find another room to sleep in.” was Daniella’s excuse. “The sheets in my bed were all wet when I went to pull down the blankets.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, Dani.” Tyler apologized.

“I’ll go check out what’s wrong.” Tyler told her. “Just to make sure there’s no leak.”

“No, you don’t have to do that.” Daniella told him. “I’m sure the sheets will be dry in the morning.”

“It’s no problem, really.” Tyler offered. “I pride myself on having a leak-proof home and if you have a leak, I need to fix it.”

“Can’t you do it in the morning?” Daniella asked him, hoping to buy some time before she could get back to her room.

“Okay, I will wait until morning.” Tyler promised her.

“Thank you, Tyler. You’re such a doll.” Daniella said sweetly.

“I think I will go sleep in my own room with my wife, where I belong.” Tyler said.

As Tyler went back up to his and Cassidy’s room, Daniella made her way back to her room and crawled into the bed, knowing it wouldn’t be long before she had Tyler right where she wanted him. . .and Cassidy would be alone. . .just like her.

Chapter 5

Cassidy woke to find Tyler sleeping next to her, snoring as loudly as ever. It kept Cassidy awake and she couldn’t sleep ever since Tyler came back into the room. Not wanting to give into Tyler, Cassidy got up and put on her bathrobe to prepare breakfast. Cooking always managed to make Cassidy feel better.
But when she got downstairs to the kitchen, Daniella was already there dressed in a sexy black dress, cooking breakfast.
“Daniella, what are you doing in my kitchen?” Cassidy demanded.
“Well, I saw how busy you and Tyler were, so I wanted to help out a little.”Daniella told her sweetly.
“Well, I don’t need your help.” Cassidy spat out. “Especially with you looking like that!”
“What’s wrong with how I look?” Daniella asked innocently.
“That dress?!” Cassidy raged. “How many people cook in a sexy black dress?!”
“Well, I had a prior commitment so I got ready and thought I would make you and Tyler dinner before I left.” Daniella explained in her sugar-sweet voice.
“Yeah, I bet!” Cassidy screamed at her. “Why don’t you admit you’re trying to take Tyler away from me!”
As Cassidy threw out accusations, Daniella continued cooking, remaining calm. Cassidy’s ranting woke Tyler, who was still asleep upstairs, came downstairs to see what all the commotion was.
“What is going on down here?!” Tyler exploded.
“I was just making you two some breakfast and Cassie just flew off the handle?” Daniella said in her sugary sweet voice. “And she flew into a rage.”
“Cassie, what is wrong with you?” Tyler asked. “She’s just making breakfast.”
“Dressed like that!”
“I told your wife that I had somewhere to go, but thought I would make you two some breakfast before I go.” Daniella explained as sweetly as possible.
“There, Cassie, she’s just making breakfast for us.” Tyler tried to get Cassie to be rational.
“She’s trying to take you away! Who makes breakfast in that attire!”
“Cassie, she just told us she had somewhere to be after making breakfast.” Tyler continued to reason with Cassie.
“You know what, Tyler, I’m leaving.” Cassie yelled. “If you’re going to take her side, you can have her!”
Cassidy stormed out of the house and to her car and drove off. She had to get out. Drive somewhere—anywhere, but at home. Daniella was ruining their life and Tyler couldn’t see it.
Meanwhile, Daniella had breakfast ready and on the table when Tyler came back. She was sitting at the table waiting for Tyler and Cassidy to join her.
“Breakfast is served.” Daniella told Tyler when he came back to the kitchen after failing to reason with Cassidy.
“Thanks, Daniella.” Tyler told her as he sat down to eat.
“Where’s Cassie?” Daniella asked him, secretly happy inside.
“She left.” Was all Tyler said.
“I’m sorry, Tyler.” Daniella said as she squeezed his hand.
“It’s not your fault.”
“Is there anything I can do?”
With Cassidy gone, it was time to make her move. Daniella soothed Tyler’s hand, as she inched her hand further up his arm, rubbing it soothingly. Enjoying the touch, Tyler let Daniella caress him, as he was hurting from Cassidy’s tirade.
Still hurting from Cassidy leaving so angrily and her irrational behavior, Tyler kissed Daniella. Daniella had Tyler right where she wanted him. Tyler grabbed Daniella and kissed her, as the two ended up in a passionate kiss.
While Daniella and Tyler were getting passionate, Cassidy was driving so fast as thoughts of her argument came back to her, making her more angry that Tyler would side with Daniella. The past was coming back to haunt her.
Daniella was coming between her and Tyler just like when they were in high school when Daniella came between her and any guy she was interested in.
Cassidy, seeing the oncoming car through her angry tears, swerved to the side of the road and went off into a ditch.

Chapter 6

As Daniela was busy seducing an unsuspecting Tyler, Cassidy lay unconscious in her car in the ditch with her head on the steering wheel.
A passerby who was making his usual jog, found Cassidy’s car and called 9-1-1 to get the paramedics on the scene.
Then he checked Cassidy’s wrist for a pulse and found one, although very faint.
The paramedics arrived on scene within 10 minutes and rushed to see how Cassidy was. They check her vitals: Temp—98.9, Pulse—110, Respirations—24, Blood Pressure—190/99, O2 sats—70 and falling fast.
The paramedics put an oxygen mask on Cassidy to help get more oxygen to Cassidy’s brain. They reported Cassidy’s condition to the hospital via radio before putting her in the ambulance for transport to the hospital.
“Do you know this lady?” the paramedic asked the jogger.
“No. I found her car while out on a jog.” The jogger asked.
“Well, does she have any identification?”
“I saw a purse in the car.” The jogger told the paramedic. “It said Cassidy Jenkins.”
“Thank you sir.” The paramedic said. “We will give her husband a call.”
As Cassidy was on her way to the hospital, the paramedic riding in the ambulance gave Tyler a call.
Back at Tyler’s home, Daniela was about to unbutton her blouse to give Tyler a show after kissing him passionately when the phone near the bed began ringing.
“I’m sorry, Daniela, but I must get this. It could be my employer.” Tyler said, feeling guilty about what he was about to do with his wife’s friend.
“Hello?” Tyler said, after picking up the phone by the bed.
“Mr. Jenkins?” the paramedic said.
“Yes, this Tyler Jenkins.”
“I’m afraid to tell you, but your wife is being taken to the hospital.”
“The hospital? What happened?” Tyler asked the paramedic.
“There’s been an accident. Your wife is holding her own, but is unconscious.”
“I’m on my way!” Tyler said, hanging up and pushing Daniela off the bed and putting his pants and shirt back on, making Daniela a little ticked off.
“Can’t you forget about Cassidy?” Daniela said selfishly.
“Who the hell are you?” Tyler accused. “I thought you were her best friend?”
“Oh fine. Have it your way.” Daniela said with irritation.
As Tyler left Daniela alone on the bed, Daniela felt hurt that Cassidy always seemed to win.
“Damn you, Cassidy!” Daniela said. “You won’t win this!”

Strawberry Wine Summer


18-year-old Regina Crimson, having just graduated from high school, is looking for one last fling before starting off for college in the fall. After a week of partying and having fun on the beach, mysterious bottle of strawberry wine appear on the beach at her favorite spot. Intrigued, Regina spends the summer wanting to know who has been sending the bottles of wine and why? When Regina finally finds out who it is, is it a match made in heaven, or Regina’s worst nightmare?

Chapter 1

“C’mon, Parker, let’s enjoy this last night before you go off to the air force?”
Regina pleaded with her boyfriend. She had been dating Parker since they were freshman and had known each other since they were in diapers playing in the sandbox together.

“I’d love to Regina, but I really must pack and get some sleep for my flight in the morning.”

“So, that’s it?! No celebration send off before you leave?!” Regina said disappointed.

“I’m sorry, babe, but I can’t be hung over from drinking when I show up for boot camp tomorrow.” Parker apologized. “Hey, I tell you what. I will get a week after I complete my boot camp training at the end of summer. How about we spend it on the beach alone when I come back here then?”

“Okay, sweetheart.” Regina said, softening to Parker’s promise. His promises always seemed to have a way to soothe Regina with his promises.

“Oh would you look at the time.” Parker said, glancing at his watch. “I best be going.”

He gave Regina one last kiss before leaving her front porch. As disappointed as Regina was at the prospect of being separated from her boyfriend for the summer, Regina had hopes for a glorious reunion when Parker came back at the end of summer after his boot camp training.

She watch Parker leave in his beat up old jalopy. The was the one thing Regina loved about Parker. His family had money. He could afford to have the best car, yet, he loved that old jalopy. He was always fixing it up and adding new features to it.

After Parker left, Regina went inside her home and went upstairs to her bedroom.

She dialed her best friend, Alice’s, cell to see if she was up to having some fun.

“Hello, Regina.” Alice said after seeing Regina’s name on her cell.

“Hey, Alice! Are you up for a night on the town?”

“Wish I could!” Alice said bummed. “The parents went out and I’m on babysitting duty.”

Alice’s parents just had a new baby, just 3 months old. Alice was always busy having to watch her baby sister. She never seemed to have any time for Regina anymore.

This was turning out to be the worst summer of all. The last summer they would be able to enjoy before they start their lives as adults. Parker was off at boot camp training for the summer and Alice was always watching her baby sister. Regina was left all alone.

Well, Regina decided in the morning, she was going to make the most of this summer. Even if she had to go it alone by herself. She decided she would spend it on the beach drinking her favorite Strawberry Wine. This was going to be the best summer of her life, even if she had to be by herself, Regina vowed.

Chapter 2

Regina woke up the next morning, the sun streaming in through her bedroom window. What a glorious day it was going to be, Regina thought, as she jumped out of bed and retrieved her clothing that she had picked out—her 2-piece purple bikini that she would put on under her clothing, a white cotton blouse with pink flowers and a pink mini-skirt, complete with pink Crocs. After getting dressed, Regina went into the bathroom and washed and dried her face and put her long blonde tresses into a messy bun tied with a pink scrunchy.

After finishing up with her hair, Regina went downstairs to join her family for breakfast. But when she got to the table, no was there. Instead, there was note from Regina’s mother:


Had to take your sister to the hospital as she come down with the flu. Your father went off to work. Eggs and bacon on the stove. Enjoy your breakfast. See you soon.

Love, Mom

Yep! That was her family! Always on the go! They never found any time to hang for just one meal! Feeling rejected again, Regina gobbled down her now cold breakfast and fixed a sack lunch of her mom’s fried chicken, potato salad, grabbed a bottle of her favorite strawberry wine. Then she locked the house and hopped into her car and drove to the beach for a little fun, even if she would be alone.

Regina pulled into the parking lot of her favorite beach and parked her VW Bug in a parking spot away from the other cars as she didn’t want to risk her car getting dinged by another car door. Regina got out of her car, grabbed her picnic lunch and walked a half-mile to her favorite spot.

As she walked, Regina loved the feel of the sun on her face. She took off her white blouse revealing the purple bikini and let herself get tanned as she walked to her favorite spot on the beach. When she got there, there were a group of teens already there.

One boy motioned for her join them and Regina decided to do just that. She set her lunch on her blanket and joined the others in the water.

While Regina was having fun playing in the water, she was unaware of someone watching her. The mysterious figure watched Regina the entire time, about 5 hours, as Regina swam and sunbathed on the beach, drinking her Strawberry Wine. It was as if the stranger was getting to know Regina’s habits.

Chapter 3

The group of teens had already left after a few hours, leaving Regina alone on the beach. Unbeknownst to Regina, the mysterious stranger who had been watching her, was still there. Regina went for one last dip in the ocean before deciding to leave herself.

As Regina started packing her belongings and headed for her Bug, a guy about 20 stopped her.

“That was some fancy paddling earlier.” The guy complemented Regina on her swimming.

“Thank you?” Regina replied, not really knowing what to say. “I need to be going.”
“Hey, where are you going?” the guy asked her.


“Can’t you stay?” the guy pleaded with her.

“Excuse me?” Regina asked. “I don’t even know you?”

“It’s Jaden.” The guy introduced himself.

“Well, Jaden, it’s nice to meet you, but I really must be getting back home.”

“Please?” Jaden begged her as he grabbed her arm.

“Let go of me!” Regina nearly screamed, but came out a whisper as she yanked his hand off her arm.

“I’m sorry.” Jaden apologized. “I just want to be a friend.”

“OK, if you’re really serious. . .” Regina began. “. . .Meet me here tomorrow afternoon.”

“It’s a date!” Jaden exclaimed.

Regina got back to her VW Bug, flung her bag inside and got inside and startd the ignition. When she looked into the rearview mirror, she put the Bug in park and reached into the backseat to pick up a bottle of her favorite Strawberry Wine.
“I wonder where this came from?” Regina said to herself as she put it into her bag, then put her Bug into drive and drove home.

Chapter 4

Regina came home to a empty house and a note from her mother telling her that she had to go into the office and would be home late, her sister, Kaidence, would be working late and then a late date with her boyfriend, Jenkins, and her father left for a week on his business trip.

After reading the note, Regina walked into the kitchen to find that her mother had left her favorite casserole, Chicken Divan, in the refrigerator. After eating the cold casserole, because Regina didn’t feel like warming it up, Regina went up to her room and laid on her bed. She picked up the novel she was reading, “Little Women,” her favorite and had read over and over, turned to the page she bookmarked, and began reading. But within minutes, Regina was fast asleep.

The next morning, Regina woke to find Kaidence had finally come home, but were sleeping after hrt late night, but her mother had not arrived. Dialing her mother’s cell, a man’s voice picked up:

“Hello?” the voice answered.

“Yes, I was calling Robyn Crimson?”

“Just a moment.” The voice told her, handing the cell to Regina’s mother.

“Mom, are you still at work?”

“Yes, honey.” Regina’s mother covered as she looked at her supervisor and lover. “I was tired after working so late, so I just crashed on my desk.”

“Oh, OK.” Regina replied. “Well, I have plans at the beach today, so I won’t be home after work.”

“OK, honey. Have fun.” Regina’s mother said, hanging up and kissing her supervisor, Tom.

Meanwhile, Jaden had arrived at the spot Regina had told him to meet her a little early to drop off the strawberry wine before Regina found him there. Jaden felt bad not telling her he was watching her, but he couldn’t tell her why? Not yet anyway.

After a half an hour later, Regina came walking to find Jaden waiting for her.
“Hello.” Jaden greeted her.
“I’m here, Jaden, like I promised.” Regina replied to his greeting.
“Yes, you are.” Jaden said, noticing her new bathing suit, a lavender bikini that looked great on her.
Jaden extended a hand and helped her sit down on the blue and white checkered blanket that was spread out with a picnic meal of fried chicken, potato salad, and strawberry wine.
“I think I want to go for a swim before I eat something.” Regina replied, as she got up and headed for the water, Jaden following closely behind.

Regina and Jaden frolicked in the invigorating water for about a half hour when she noticed another bottle of Strawberry Wine, unbeknownst to her, left by Jaden, by the rocks by their picnic area. As she got out of the water to go pick up the bottle of wine, Jaden followed her.
“What did you find?” Jaden asked, not letting on that he was the one who left it.
“A bottle of Strawberry Wine.” Regina said, showing it to him.

“Hmmmm. . .you have a secret admirer?” Jaden mused.

“I don’t know, but they left one in my car yesterday when I went home.” Regina added in wonder.

“Well, let’s add it to our picnic.” Jaden suggested. “Besides, after that swim, I’m famished.”

“OK.” Regina agreed as they walked over to their picnic area to eat the wonderful meal Jaden had brought.

Regina was having a wonderful time with Jaden, but it was stopped short when it was stopped short from a call from Regina’s boyfriend, Parker, who had managed to get to a phone and surprise her.

“I’m sorry, Jaden, but I must get this.” Regina apologized when she noticed the call. “Parker, what a surprise?”

“Hey, babe, I was able to get a phone and give you a call.” Parker said. “How are you?”

“I’m good.” Regina said, not letting on to Parker that she was with someone.

“I miss you so badly.” Parker told her.

“I miss you too.” Regina said, feeling guilty for being with Jaden.

“Well, I have to go, sweetheart. I just wanted to give you a call and tell you I love you.” Parker told her before hanging up.

“I lo—–“ Regina started to say, but the call went dead.

“My . . .” Regina start to say, but felt guilty not telling Jaden she had a boyfriend.

“Boyfriend?” Jaden asked, as if finishing her sentence.

“Yes.” Regina said, regretfully.

“It’s OK.” Jaden told her.

“You don’t mind that I’m involved with someone already?”

“No, we’re friends, right?” Jaden reminded her.


Regina relaxed as she enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with Jaden. She liked him. There was an air of mystery about him, not to mention, she enjoyed talking with him. It was as if he understood her.

It was getting late and Regina had to be to work at the office early in the morning.
“I had a nice time, Jaden, but I must be going home.” Regina said. “I have an early day tomorrow.”

“Have a safe drive home.” Jaden told her as he watched her pick up her bag and head for her VW Bug.

When Regina was out of sight, Jaden drove to the office building where Regina worked as secretary to the CEO, and left another bottle of Strawberry Wine on her desk.

Chapter 5

Regina woke the next morning and picked up her cell that doubled as an alarm clock. Usually Regina rose at the first alarm—rarely did she push the snooze button, but this morning she failed to hear the alarm. After realizing that she was late for work, Regina hurriedly got dressed for work and quickly made some toast with butter.
Afterwards, Regina grabbed her bag and jetted out the door and into her VW Bug. Turning on the ignition and backing out of her parking space, Regina failed to see car behind her and ran into the side of the car that was passing by.

“I’m sorry sir.” Regina apologized as she dug into her bag to pull out her cell to enter the driver’s information for her insurance.

“Well, you should look where you’re going!” the irate driver berated Regina.

“Should we call the police?”

“Oh, heavens no!” the driver said.

“Ok. How can I take care of this matter?”

“Don’t worry about it.” The driver said. “It’s already been reported.”

“Huh?” Regina asked.

“I’m a cop and I took down your license plate with the police station.” The driver said.

“A cop?” Regina berated herself.. “Just my luck to run into a cop in an unmarked car.”

“Well, the way you just acted. Like I ran into your baby?”

“Oh, just my cover. I’m an undercover cop.”


“Well, just go about your day and the PD will give your information to your information to your insurance.”

“But you do—“ Regina started to say, but the driver was back in his car and had taken off.

Without questioning the guy, Regina drove to work, pulled into a parking space and hurriedly walked into the office and to her desk just as her supervisor had stepped out of the office.

“Oh, good Regina, you’re finally here. I need you in the conference room taking notes in 5 minutes.”

“Yes, sir I’m on it.” Regina said, hurriedly getting her pen and notebook in order.
As Regina was about to leave, she noticed the bottle of Strawberry Wine sitting on her desk with no note attached.

“Another one? I wonder who is sending these?” Regina thought to herself.

Regina didn’t time to wonder now due to the meeting in the conference room. But she vowed to get to the bottom of it as soon as she got off work today.

When Regina got back from the meeting and hearing her supervisor rant about when he wanted the meeting’s notes, Regina took out her cell as soon as her supervisor was out of sight and saw a text from Jaden.

“Had a gr8 time last nite.”

“Come by Ur place 2nite?”

Smiling when she read Jaden’s text, Regina text back: “Sure.”

“Be there at 8.” Jaden text back.

“K. C U then.”

While working on the meeting’s notes for her supervisor, thoughts went to her boyfriend, Parker, who was away. It was alright to hang with a friend who just happened to be a guy? Regina wondered. Jaden and her were just friends? Regina thought.

Later, after finishing her work for the day, Regina left to get ready for her visit with Jaden. She arrived home to her apartment to find another bottle of Strawberry Wine waiting for her on her kitchen table. But this time, the admirer left a clue to their identity as Regina walked through the apartment to her bedroom to get ready for Jaden’s visit: the same sterling silver bracelet she had seen Jaden wearing. Is Jaden the mystery man leaving these bottles of Strawberry Wine? Regina thought to herself.

Just then Regina heard the doorbell ring. “Omigosh!” Regina said to herself. “That’s Jaden. I lost track of time.”

Regina answered the door to let Jaden in, all the while still wondering if Jaden was the mystery man.

“I brought over Strawberry Wine as I know it’s your favorite.” Jaden said holding it out for her. “I knew it was your favorite and we drank all the wine last night.”

“Thank you, Jaden, but you didn’t have to.” Regina said thankfully. “I have two bottles.”

“Huh? How is that?” Jaden said cleverly not to let on he left them there.

“Well, one was left on desk at work, and another one on my table when I came home from work.” Regina explained.

“Gee, the mystery man strikes again?” Jaden smiled.

“Yeah, and this time he left this?” Regina said showing him the sterling silver bracelet.

“Oh, he left a bracelet too?”

“Isn’t this yours?”

“No, mine’s at home on my dresser where I left it.” Jaden covered.

“Oh?” Regina said confused.

“Well, how was work?” Jaden said, changing the subject.

“It was ok. I was weirdly late for work this morning.”


“Yeah, my alarm on my cell didn’t wake me up this morning. I’m usually pretty good at waking.”

“Well, maybe you were just tired and needed the extra sleep.”

“Yeah. Oh dear, my pot roast.” Regina said, running into the kitchen to check on her dinner.

Regina came out a few minutes later to tell Jaden the news.

“Jaden, dinner is ruined.” Regina said, slumping down in the chair next to Jaden.

“I burnt the pot roast and the potatoes are mush.”

“Hey.” Jaden said taking her hand. “I have it covered.

A few minutes later there was a knock at Regina’s door.

“Who could that be?” Regina asked confused.

“I’ll get it.” Jaden said as he rose to get the door to find the pizza delivery guy standing at the door with a delivery.

“How much do I owe you?” Jaden asked the delivery boy.

“20.45.” the pizza delivery boy replied back.

“Here you go. Keep the change for a tip.” Jaden said, taking his order of 2 pizzas and breadsticks and a 2-liter of soda.

“I can’t believe how you saved the day.” Regina exclaimed.

“Hey, we have to eat.” Jaden said picking up a slice of pepperoni pizza.

As Regina also picked up a slice of pizza, some tomato sauce dripped down her chin and without hesitation, Jaden picked up napkin and gently wiped Regina’s chin.

“Sorry. You had some tomato sauce on your chin.”

“Thank you.”

Jaden leaned in for kiss as Regina nearly allowed him to kiss her until memories of Parker came flooding back and pushed him away.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to impose.”

“No. I’m just not ready right now.” Regina lied.

“Well, I had better be leaving.” Jaden exclaimed. “I have a long day tomorrow.”

“Sure. I’ll call you when I get home from work.”


Regina watched Jaden get into his car. She was sure the bracelet belonged to Jaden. She remembered seeing it on his arm the other day.

Later, Jaden got home to work on the next phase of his plan to win Regina’s heart. It was a good thing he covered for the bracelet he dropped in Regina’s apartment when he slipped the Strawberry Wine earlier before he arrived for the date. He had to be smarter. Regina couldn’t find out it was him—not now at least.

Chapter 6

Regina went to bed and dreamt of Jaden. After waking up to the sound of her cell ringing, Regina groggily looked at the caller to find it was Parker.

“Parker?” Regina said surprised, feeling guilty about the dream she woke up to.

“Hey, beautiful.” Parker said cheerfully when he heard the sound of Regina’s voice.
“Happy birthday, love.”

“Omigosh!” Regina said surprised yet thankful. “I completely forgot about my birthday!”

“Been busy working?”

“Yeah. The boss is a real slave driver!” Regina lied.

“Well, cheer up baby. I have good news!”

“Really? What is it?” Regina said happily.

“I get a weekend leave this weekend. So I’ll be home to celebrate your birthday.”

“That’s great, Parker.” Regina exclaimed.

“I have big plans for you, baby.”

“I can’t wait.” Regina said with worry, but trying to hide it so Parker wouldn’t notice.

“Well, kisses until this weekend love.” Parker said.

“You too.” Regina said before Parker hung up.

Parker will be here by the end of the week. What was she going to do? What will she tell Jaden? She would just have to come up with an excuse to tell Jaden while Parker is visiting.

Regina needed a break so she decided to head for the beach and look for Jaden. But when she got to the her and Jaden’s private spot on the beach, she was surprised to see a private party set up with a picnic basket full of delicious fried chicken, potato salad, and the same strawberry wine on a purple blanket complete with candles and a ghetto blaster that was playing her favorite Air Supply tunes.

The mystery guy with the strawberry wine, Regina thought. She was sure it was Jaden.

“Looks like you have an admirer!” Jaden said, nearly scaring Regina and causing her to fall into his arms.

“Jaden!” Regina said surprised to see him. “Did you do this?”

“No.” Jaden said, knowing he did but not wanting to reveal himself as the mystery guy.

“I wonder who it is?” Regina said with curiosity.

“Who cares?” Jaden said. “Let’s just enjoy it.”

Jaden needed to gain Regina’s trust before he revealed himself to her as the mystery guy sending her the Strawberry wine. He need to be sure that she was all his and no one else was in her life.

Regina and Jaden enjoyed the picnic lunch that, unbeknownst to Regina, had left for her. Although the lunch, Regina decided to tell Jaden that she would be out of town this weekend so Jaden wouldn’t see Parker in town.

“Jaden?” Regina began. “I have to go out of town this weekend.”

“Oh? Where are you going?”

“I have to visit my grandmother for her birthday up north.” Regina lied.

“Okay. When will you be back?”

“On Monday.”

“Okay, then we can get together then.” Jaden said.

Regina and Jaden enjoyed the rest of the afternoon swimming and lying on the beach and eating the most perfect fried chicken Regina ever tasted.

“Well, Jaden, I had better go.” Regina hated to tell him. “I have an early morning tomorrow. I have to get packed for my trip to my grandmother’s.”

“Okay,” Jaden said, giving her a quick peck on the cheek. “I’ll see you on Monday when you get back.”

“Sure was sweet for that mystery person to leave all this?” Regina said.
“Yeah, it sure was.” Jaden replied.

“Well, see you on Monday.” Regina said packing her bag and heading to her car.
Jaden watched Regina head back to her car and started packing up the picnic lunch he had set out before Regina arrived. He hated lying to her, but now was not the time to reveal himself to her.

Chapter 7

Parker knocked on Regina’s door. There was no answer.

“Hmmm. That’s weird?” Parker mused. “Regina knew I was coming?”

Parker tried the door knob to find it was unlocked. When he walked inside, he found Regina still sleeping.

“Baby?” Parker whispered in her ear. “I’m here.”

“Parker?” Regina woke with a jump at feeling guilty that she was dreaming of her time with Jaden last night.

“Babe. Why you shocked? I told you I was coming?” Parker reminded her.
“I’m sorry, Parker. I stayed late at work last night.” Regina lied, knowing she was with Jaden.

“I’m sorry Babe. But I missed you so much.” Parker said as he kissed her.

“I missed you too, Sweetheart.” Regina replied as she pushed his lips away from hers.

“I’m sorry. You don’t like kissing until you’ve brushed your teeth.” Parker apologized.

“Yea. So let me go get dressed and we will go out. Wherever you want.” Regina promised.

As Regina got up to go get ready to leave, Parker turned on the TV and flipped through the channels.

“Nothing on.” Parker said bored. But something in Regina’s apartment caught his eye: the Strawberry Wine that was sitting on the kitchen table. Parker knew Regina had a weakness for Strawberry Wine, but there was so much of it, like Regina had been saving it.

“Okay, Parker, I’m ready to go.” Regina came out dressed in her light pink bikini and a white mini skirt with white flip flops and her hair pulled back in a ponytail with a pink scrunchy.

“You look awesome!” Parker said, as he kissed her on the lips. “I see you have Strawberry Wine? Care to bring some along on our outing?”

“Sure.” Regina said as thoughts of Jaden came to mind.

“I’m glad you have some of this. I wanted to surprise you with a few bottles, but funny thing is, the store I went to was all sold out.”

“Really? I can’t imagine a store being out of stock?”

“They said some dude came in and wiped them out of their entire stock.” Parker explained.

“Well, bring some along.” Regina told Parker.

Parker and Regina left the apartment and got into Parker’s jalopy. Parker wanted to take Regina to a special spot on the beach. He just didn’t know it would be the same spot Regina had been spending with Jaden.

“Parker, why are we here?” Regina said when Parker parked his jalopy.

“I found this spot when I came back. I thought you and I could christen it as ours.”

“That’s sweet, Parker, but can’t we go somewhere else?” Regina told him.

“What’s wrong with this spot, Babe?” Parker asked confused by Regina’s attitude. It wasn’t like her not to like his ideas.

“Please, Parker, this place gives me bad memories.” Regina lied.

“I’m sorry, Babe. I didn’t know.” Parker apologized. “What happened?”

“I don’t care to get into it.”

“Okay.” Parker said as he got back in his jalopy and started the engine. “I know another spot.”

As Parker drove to his other spot, Regina thought about Jaden. She hated lying to him. How could she tell him about Jaden? Not to mention, she lied to Jaden about going to her grandparents because Parker was going to be in town.

Suddenly Parker turned around and drove Regina home.

“Parker, why are we home?” Regina asked when she realized Parker had taken her home.

“It’s over, Regina!” Parker said all of a sudden.

“What? I don’t understand?”

“I know all about him.”

“I’m sorry, who are you talking about?”

“Your new guy!”

“My new guy?” Regina inquired. “There is no one else, Parker.”

“Lies. I saw you with him yesterday.”

“Are you telling me you were here yesterday and you were watching me?”

“Yes, and it’s a good thing too!”

“So you took me on this great date only to dump me afterwards!”

“That was the plan, yes.” Parker confessed. “That is, until you told me you wanted to go somewhere else other than that spot on the beach.”

“So, you knew the whole time!”

“Yes! Yes, Regina I knew. I wanted to break up then, but I wanted to make you pay for betraying me while I was gone.”

“Well, now that you’ve had your fun, have a nice flight back to the base!” Regina yelled at him. “Now, get out and don’t ever contact me again!”

“Fine!” Parker yelled back as he got back into his jalopy and sped off.

Regina couldn’t believe that Parker played her the way she did. Yeah, she knew she was probably wrong for hiding Jaden from Parker, but Parker hid the fact that he was back early only to spy on her. It was like he didn’t trust her. Well Regina was glad that Parker was out of her life. As far as he was concerned she never wanted to see him again.

Moments later, there was a crash just down the street as Parker was hit head on by a drunk driver. He died instantly from injuries sustained from the crash, while Regina had just walked into her apartment to find the same Strawberry Wine and a note waiting for her:


Tonight’s the night. Meet me at the beach spot. I reveal myself tonight.

Your Mystery Man

Chapter 8

Jaden waited at his and Regina’s special spot waiting for Regina to show up. He wanted to reveal himself to her as her mystery man. But Regina never showed. He didn’t understand?

Meanwhile, Regina was sitting in her apartment crying when Parker’s mother came by to tell her that Parker had just been killed by a drunk driver in an auto accident. The news hit Regina hard when Parker’s mother came by to tell her the news of her son’s death.

“Sweetie, I know how hurt you are by Parker’s death.” Parker’s mother told Regina as she held out her arms to her.

“I can’t believe he’s dead!” Regina bawled in her arms.

“Sh-h-h-h-h! Let it all out!” Parker’s mother said holding Regina and comforting her in her arms.

“It’s not that!” Regina let out in between sobs.

“What is it honey?”

Regina just kept silent. How could she tell Parker’s mother that she and Parker had broken up just moments before his death?

“Nothing.” Regina said, drying her tears.

“It’s okay, Regina. I know Parker loved you.” Parker’s mother told her. “He showed me the ring he was going to give you.”

“Parker was going to propose?” Regina asked feeling guilty.

“Yes. He was going to ask you to marry him after he finished basic training.”

“I don’t understand?”

“He had everything all planned out. The Army was shipping him to France after basic training.” Parker’s mother revealed. “Parker couldn’t be without you. He wanted to take you to France with him as his wife.”

“So, that’s why he did it?” Regina said to herself.

“I’m sorry, Parker did what?”

“Oh, nothing. I was just talking out loud.”

“Oh, dear look at the time. I have to be at the funeral home to discuss what to do about Parker’s body.” Parker’s mother said. “Are you going to be okay?”

“Thanks, but I’ll be okay.” Regina told Parker’s mother as she saw her out.

After Parker’s mother left, Regina thought about Parker and her last few hours with him. Was he really going to propose to her? Why did he break up with her? Did he really arrive early and see her with Jaden? As Regina mulled this over, there was a knock on her door.

“Jaden?” Regina said surprised to find him standing in her doorway.

“You didn’t show up?” Jaden asked her.

“Huh? Show up?”

“At our spot?”

“I was supposed to show up at our spot?”

“Yes, the note that I left you yesterday telling you to show up?”

“Jaden, the only note I got yesterday was from that mystery man telling me. . .”

Regina said, as she realized it was Jaden who had been leaving the bottle of Strawberry Wine. “You?”

“Yes. I am your mystery man.” Jaden revealed.

Chapter 9

“Jaden, I can’t be with you right now.” Regina told him sadly. “I’m going through something right now.”

“I’m sorry. Is there anything I can do to help?” Jaden asked with concern.
“No. I have to be alone right now.” Regina told him.

“Okay. Give me a call as to your decision?” Jaden said as he walked out of Regina’s apartment.

Regina closed the door and sat down on her sofa and cried after Jaden left. She didn’t want Jaden to know about Parker. And she couldn’t believe that Jaden was her mystery man. But the one thing Regina knew, she had to end it with Jaden. She couldn’t be with him. She knew in her heart she couldn’t be with him or anyone. Her heart still belonged to Parker, even if he was dead! Now that she knew who Jaden was, their friendship or whatever was between them. . .had to end.

Several days later, Jaden left several text messages and calls but Regina ignored them. He didn’t understand why she was ignoring him. He went over to Regina’s apartment and knocked on the door.

“Hello?” a gentleman answered the door.

“I’m sorry, but is Regina home?” Jaden asked the gentleman.

“I’m sorry, sir, but who is Regina?”

“The tenant who lives here.” Jaden told him.

“I just rented this apartment two days ago.” The gentleman told Jaden. “There’s no Regina who lives here.”

“What?!” Jaden asked, confused. “where did she go?!”

“I’m sorry. I just rented this from some guy. He just said the last tenant suddenly abandoned the apartment without no notice.”

“Well, thank you sir.” Jaden told the man, as he went on his way.

Jaden got in his car and drove to his and Regina’s spot. He didn’t understand. Where could she be? Why the sudden turnaround now that he revealed himself to her? He had to find her. He had to convince her to be his girl. He couldn’t live without her.

Meanwhile, Regina was being shown around her new digs as she checked herself into Serenity Springs, a mental hospital, for some counseling. She had to rethink her life now that Parker was dead and Jaden had revealed himself as her mystery man, the one who had been sending the strawberry wine.

Chapter 10

Regina had to get a message to Jaden so he wouldn’t worry. She managed to get an aide who had been kind as to lend her her cell phone so she could leave a voice mail on Jaden’s cell:

“Jaden, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you. I am at an undisclosed location rethinking my decisions. I need time to think about some things. I hope you understand.”

“Thank you, Geri.” Regina told the aide who had lent her her cell. “Now I can rest easy.”

“I am glad to help.” Geri the aide told Regina. “If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask.”

“I will remember your kindness.” Regina said before she settled in her bed to sleep.

Minutes later, Jaden had just noticed a voicemail on his cell. He pushed the button to retrieve the message and heard Regina’s message to him. He looked at the call log to see where Regina had called from and dialed the number that showed up.

“Hello? “ Geri asked when she swiped the phone to answer her ringing cell.

“Yes, I got a call from a friend from this number.” Jaden asked.

“Oh, you must be the guy my patient called?”

“Regina is your patient?” Jaden inquired confused.

“She’s staying at the facility I work at.” Geri told Jaden.

“Facility?” Jaden asked. “I don’t understand?”

“I’m sorry but that’s all I can tell you and I’m afraid I may have breached too much already.” Geri told him.

“Please, you have to tell me where Regina is.” Jaden pleaded. “You’ve told me so much already. I won’t tell anyone it was you. I need to find her.”

Geri contemplated telling Jaden where Regina was, and trusting that Jaden’s word, she went ahead and told him.

“Okay, sir, I will tell you.”

“Thank you.”

“She’s at Oakville Haven.” Geri revealed to Jaden hoping she wouldn’t regret doing so.

“Thank you, ma’am.” Jaden told her. “You’re a life-saver.”

Jaden got some things together and drove the 100-mile trip to talk some sense into Regina, whatever she was in there for. He needed her in his life and he would die convincing her.

Chapter 11

After Jaden left, she felt bad for giving him the wrong institution where Regina was, but she had made a promise to not tell anyone where Regina was.

Jaden arrived at Oakville Haven and asked for Regina’s room but the girl at the front desk said that there wasn’t a Regina at the facility.

“Ma’am, it’s imperative I see her.” Jaden pleaded with the girl.

“I’m sorry, but I’ve looked over the patients here and there is no Regina in this facility.” The girl told Jaden.

“Okay. Sorry to waste your time.” Jaden said sadly.

Jaden didn’t understand what was going on? That lady said Regina was here. If the girl said she wasn’t then where was Regina?

Jaden got back in his car and drove the 100-mile trip back home, just as Geri watched him leave. There was no way she was going to let Regina move on after what she did to her son Parker.

Meanwhile, Regina had just got back to her room at Serenity Springs after being in therapy and checked her cell to see if Jaden had left a message. But there was no message. She had tried to reach him regarding where she was going, but couldn’t. She didn’t understand why Parker she had not heard from Jaden.

Regina was interrupted when the aide came into her room to tell her she had a visitor waiting in the dayroom for her.

“Tell them I’ll be there in a few.” Regina told the aide.

Hoping it would be Jaden, Regina combed her hair and spruced herself up before heading down to the dayroom.

But she was shocked to find Geri, Parker’s mother waiting in the dayroom instead.
“Geri?” Regina said surprised.

“Regina, I came to see how you were doing?” Geri lied. She wanted Regina to pay for Parker’s death. Regina was to blame after cheating on her son with that Jaden fellow.

“I’m doing alright.” Regina informed her. “I’m in therapy.”

“Good.” Geri said, but making an excuse to leave. “Oh, gee, look at the time. I’ve got to go.”

“Geri, you just. . .” Regina started to say before Geri rushed out unexpectedly, then started back to her room after Geri’s hasty exit.

Geri , disguised as a nurse, made her way into the med room and found Regina’s meds and switched them with other meds. Then she walked out of the med room unseen by staff and walked out of the facility with a smile on her face.
“Have a good recovery, Regina!”

Chapter 12

Regina overdosed on her medication that the nurse gave her, unbeknownst to the nurse that they had been switched by Geri, who was posing as a staff member, but was really Parker’s mother, who wanted revenge on Regina for Parker’s death.

Regina flatlined and was clinically dead for 3 minutes before her heart started beating again. After being revived, Regina was rushed to ICU where she was put on life-support.

By this time, Jaden found Regina and was watching at the window when doctors where working to revive her.

“Can I see her?” Jaden asked a nurse, who ignored Jaden as they rushed Regina to ICU.

Jaden, feeling discouraged went to the nurse’s station to see if he could see Regina.

“I’m here to see Regina Crimson?” Jaden asked a nurse, who was too busy to respond to Jaden.

“I’m sorry, but only immediate family only for Ms. Crimson.” The nurse said on her way to answer an emergency.

Frustrated, Jaden waited to until he could see Regina, but was unknowingly being watched by Geri, who was seeking to find out if Regina was dead.

“Excuse me, sir.” Geri asked a saddened Jaden.

“Yeah, what do you want?” Jaden said irritated.

“I couldn’t help but wonder. . .you were waiting for Regina Crimson?”

“So, what of it?” Jaden told the intruder.

“Did she make it?” Geri inquired.

“Who are you? Why do you need to know?”

“She’s a friend.” Geri lied.

“She’s in ICU.” Jaden told Geri.

“So, she didn’t die?” Geri said sounding disappointed.

“You wanted her to die?” Jaden said, sensing her disappointing glance.

“I didn’t say that.” Geri defended herself.

“I watched the doctors finally revive her. She’s in ICU.” Jaden told Geri, who seemed happy to get the information.

“Thank you, sir.” Geri said slipping off.

As Jaden waited to see Regina, Geri slipped into Regina’s room hoping to pull the plug on Regina’s life-support system.

Chapter 13
“Sir, you may go in and see her.” The CAN told Jaden, but as he was about to go in and see Regina, the life-support machine started beeping.

“Code blue, Room 320!” the CNA called over the PA system, as nurses and doctors headed into Room 320 to try to revive Regina, as a horrified Jaden watched from outside Regina’s room.

“Regina just had to be alright.” Jaden silently prayed to himself, as Geri snickered in the background, knowing Regina was going to die, after the deadly drug that she released into Regina’s system.

“Serves you right, Regina!” Geri said to herself. “It’s payback for letting my Parker die!”

Doctors worked frantically to revive Regina. But she was gone!

“Time of death, 3:35 p.m.” the doctor said sadly, as he started to cleanup.

As everyone looked on at Regina’s body, for like seemed like hours, but was actually just about 3 minutes, Regina started breathing on her own.

“Doctor, come quick!” the nurse yelled out, as Jaden prayed for Regina to be alright.

“Yes?” the doctor asked.

“She’s got a pulse and is breathing shallowly.” The nurse told the doctor.

“She’s come back to us.” The doctor said, checking Regina’s vitals. “Get her to x-ray, stat!”

As Regina was wheeled to x-ray for tests, Jaden smiled to himself, as he thanked the Lord.

Geri wasn’t happy as she silently cursed God for bringing Regina back.

Chapter 14

After tests on Regina were done, the doctor found the deadly drug inside Regina and called for the antidote to be administered to Regina to heal her. Then he reported the scene to administration, who then reported to the authorities where an investigation was being led by police to see who poisoned Regina.

Jaden was glad that Regina was okay and even more glad when he was finally able to see her.

Entering Regina’s hospital room, she looked like a sleeping princess as he walked over to her bedside and held her hand.

Regina woke up to Jaden’s touch when he held her hand.

“Jaden?” Regina said groggily.

“Shhhhh!” Jaden told her. “Just take it easy.”

“What happened?”

“You flatlined for a few minutes.” Jaden told her.

“You mean I was dead?”

“No, baby, you stopped breathing, but you came back to us.” Jaden rejoiced.

“I just wanted to die!” Regina said.

“You tried to kill yourself?” Jaden asked, confused.

“It was the old woman at the mental health center.”

“Old woman?”

“Yeah, she gave me some pills and told me to take them.” Regina explained.

“She said they would help me leave this world, if that’s what I wanted.”

“So, someone poisoned you?” Jaden said.

“I just couldn’t take the guilt.”

“Guilt?” Jaden asked her.

“Over Parker’s death.”

“Who’s Parker?”

“My boyfriend.” Regina confessed. “Before you and I began to see each other.”

“He died?”

“Yes. A car crash. After he broke up with me because I wasn’t sure I wanted to marry him.”

“This Parker proposed to you?”

“Yes. He went away to the Army. That’s when I met you.”

“Oh, you had a boyfriend who was away when you met me.”

“When he was killed, I felt so guilty. That’s when I pulled away and ran away.”

“I’m so sorry, Regina.” Jaden said, as he held her close. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I was scared you would leave me if you knew I was involved with someone else when we met.”

Regina and Jaden enjoyed a blissful afternoon as Jaden lie next to Regina in her hospital bed. Geri, on the other hand, was bitter and vowed to end Regina’s happiness at all costs.

Chapter 15

Regina got happy news that she was able to go home. She worried that she would have to go back to the clinic, but the nurse informed her that would be going home, not the clinic.

“I can’t believe I’m going home.” Regina said elated, as Jaden wheeled her out of her room and down the hospital corridor to the nurses’ desk to sign out.

“Well, milady.” Jaden said, as he held his hand out for her to grab, as he walked her out to his car and helped her get in.

Regina was quiet on the ride home, which made Jaden a little worried.
“Penny for your thoughts?” Jaden asked her, worried.

“I was just reflecting on my life the last few months.” Regina said, reassuring him.

“No regrets?”

“No regrets. Just thankful.” Regina said, as she held his free hand and squeezed it tight inside hers.

Regina and Jaden enjoyed each other’s company for the rest of the drive home to Regina’s apartment. Jaden pulled into Regina’s parking spot about 30 minutes later, and grabbed Regina’s bag while she headed inside her apartment.

Regina lay on her bed, thankful to be alive. Jaden laid down beside her as they both fell asleep in Regina’s bed, tired from the last couple days.

A few hours later, there was a knock on Regina’s door, alarming them both. It was the delivery boy, delivering Jaden’s surprise. Jaden completely forgot about the surprise he had delivered to Regina’s apartment on this day.

As Jaden signed the delivery boy’s pad, he tried to hide it from Regina. He didn’t want to stress her on her first day back, but Regina wanted to know what it was and took the box from Jaden, and opened it up to find a diamond stone with two garnet stones on each side.

“Oh, Jaden, it’s lovely.” Regina exclaimed.

“I totally forgot I had this delivered today.” As he got down on one knee. “Regina, I know this probably isn’t the right time, but will you…..”

“Yes.” Regina said ecstatically before Jaden could finish his proposal.

“But I didn’t finish my proposal?” Jaden said, who was met with happy kisses across his face.

“I don’t care.” Regina exclaimed. “I will marry you. As soon as possible.”

Regina and Jaden rejoiced in their happiness as someone watched from outside the window. Little did they know, their happiness would be short-lived.

The Mysterious Cookie Caper


Sarah Roberts had just started her job as a paralegal at the law firm in her small hometown of Casper, Wyoming, when one morning, a cookie is mysteriously left on her desk. It continues for several months, and Sarah begins to scope out who keeps sending these mysterious cookies, until one day, a different object is left along with a note. Who is leaving these cookies and what will be Sarah’s surprise?

Chapter 1

Sarah was excited to start her first day on the job as a paralegal at Crawford & Son Attorneys at Law. It was the most prestigious law firm in Casper, Wyoming and Sarah had only dreamed of working there since she began her studies as a paralegal. So a month before she was to graduate with honors in her BS degree as a paralegal, Sarah sent her cover letter, resume and references to the law firm hoping to get her dream job. In less than a week after sending out her resume, she got a reply from Mr. Crawford himself, asking for an interview. When the interview was a success, Mr. Crawford offered Sarah the job and without hesitation, Sarah accepted.

Sarah arrived at Crawford & Sons and reported for her first day. She met Mr. Crawford’s son, Terrence, or Terry, as he preferred to be called.

“May I help you?” Terry asked, when Sarah had came into the law firm. Terry was sitting out front until the new paralegal had arrived.

“Yes, I’m Sarah Roberts. I was reporting for my first day as the paralegal.” Sarah told Terry.

“Ah, Miss Roberts. Glad to meet you.” Terry greeted Sarah with flashing smile.

“I’m really glad to meet you, Mr. er—-“ Sarah said but didn’t know the gentleman’s name yet.

“I’m sorry. I’m Terrence Crawford. But you can just call me Terry.” Terry told Sarah.

“Nice to meet you, Mr. Craw— er, Terry.” Sarah told Terry.

Terry oriented Sarah on her duties in the office before heading back to his own tiny office in the back of the law firm. Terry’s father, Terrence, Sr. got the best office up front, as he was the owner of the firm. Terry hoped one day that same office would be his, as his father promised him when he decided to retire.

Terry slipped out of his office and told Sarah it was time for her to go for lunch. So Sarah slipped off to the diner down the road, Dave’s café, where she had text her friend, Maliah, to join her earlier that morning.

Sarah had a nice lunch with Maliah telling her all about her new job. Sarah was nearly late getting back from lunch, and made her apologies to Maliah for plans later in the week, as she hurried back to the law firm, hoping Terry wasn’t mad.
But neither, Mr. Crawford, or Terry were in the law firm when Sarah had arrived back from lunch. As she sat down at her desk at the front of the office, she noticed a cookie laying on her desk.

“Who could’ve left this?” Sarah said to herself, as she took a bite of the delicious cookie.

Chapter 2

Sarah arrived the next morning at the law firm to find another cookie lying on her desk. Taking a bite as she logged into the company computer to view the day’s tasks, Terry came out of his office to ask her type out his notes from a client’s case.

“Sure, Mr. Crawford. I’ll get right on it.” Sarah told her boss.

Terry went back into his office to work on a case when Sarah knocked on his door.
“Come in.” Terry said.

“Mr. Crawford.” Sarah said peeking inside the office.

“What is it, Sarah?” Terry said a little impatiently.

“A Mr. Anderson is on Line 2…something about a deposition at the courthouse today?” Sarah said.

“Oh shoot, I forgot.” Terry reprimanded himself. He never forgot a client’s court appearance. “Tell them we’re on the way.”

“We’re on the way?” Sarah asked confused.

“Yes. I want you to come along to take notes.”

“Right away, Mr. Crawford.” Sarah said as she went to pick up her tablet to take notes.

Terry left a voicemail with his father that he and Sarah were headed out of the office to the courthouse for Mr. Anderson’s deposition.

Sarah was waiting by the front door to the office when Terry walked out of his office.

The ride over to the courthouse was quiet as Sarah found it uncomfortable being alone with her boss.

“So, this is your first out-of-office assignment.” Terry said, breaking the ice.

“Yeah.” Was all Sarah could summon to say.

“How do you think you will like it?”

“It might be interesting.” Sarah said, a little uncomfortable.

Terry pulled into the parking lot and into a parking space near the courthouse and turned off the ignition. Terry helped Sarah out of the car and they walked together into the courthouse where Mr. Anderson was waiting for them.

“Mr. Anderson, I’m so sorry I’m late.” Terry told his client.

“It’s okay.” Mr. Anderson said.

“Well, shall we head inside.” Terry said as he, Sarah and Mr. Anderson headed to a room down from the courtroom to the deposition.

Sarah took a seat next to Terry and Mr. Anderson so she could take notes on the deposition.

The deposition being a success after they were through, Mr. Anderson went home and Sarah and Terry headed back to the office.

Terry went immediately to his office to work on a case while Sarah went to her desk to transcribe the notes she took on the deposition before handing them into her boss.

It was then that she found another chocolate chip cookie sitting next to her PC waiting for her to eat it.

“Another one?” Sarah said. “Just who is this person leaving her these cookies?”

A $Billionaire$ for Savannah (Coming Soon!)


Savannah Ridges is a self-made woman, a successful writer and novelist, who is famous for her romance novels. When she meets the handsome billionaire prince from Barcelona, Spain, Sebastian Mateo Santiago, it’s love at first sight for Sebastian, but for Savannah, she is immediately put off by the sauve prince. Savannah does her best to ignore Sebastian’s advances, but when an accident befalls the prince, will Savannah give her heart to Sebastian?