Olympic Games Unraveled

Synopsis
Lyssa Anderson has trained hard for the upcoming Olympics in figure skating. Despite the fierce competition, Lyssa has a good chance on winning. But when Lyssa witnesses cheating from a member from the rival country of Russia the first day of competition, Lyssa is faced with reporting it or letting it go. Will Lyssa report the incident or just let it go?

Chapter 1
Lyssa was listening to her iPod tuned to her favorite country station after a hard day of practice. She had been training the last four years to be in the upcoming Olympics on her way home.
When Lyssa got in the front door of her family’s modest 3-bedroom home, her mother handed her a letter.
“The letter.” Lyssa said excitedly as she ripped open the envelope to read the contents of the letter.
Skimming through the letter while Lyssa’s mother waited for the news, Lyssa finally smiled, “I’m headed to Moscow, Russia for the Olympics!”
“Oh baby, I’m so proud of you!” Lyssa’s mother hugged her daughter. “You worked so hard for it.”
Lyssa went up to her room to text her friend, Sonja Walker. She too, had trained to head to the Olympics with Lyssa, only Sonja’s sport was snowboarding.
“Sonja, I made it!” Lyssa exclaimed when she heard her friend’s voice.
“You made it to the Olympics?! In Moscow, Russia!” Sonja said half excited, half saddened.
“Yes. My mother handed me the letter when I came home from practice.”
“That’s great!” Sonja said excited for her friend, but Lyssa heard the sadness in her friend’s voice.
“What’s wrong, Sonja?”
“I didn’t make it.” Sonja sadly reported to her.
“I’m sorry. I so was hoping we’d be headed together?”
“Well, you’ll just have to keep a diary of your experience in Moscow.” Sonja told her friend.
“You know I will.”
“Well, have a good time, Lyssa.” Sonja said, wishing her friend well in the Olympics.
“Yeah. I will.” Lyssa told her, sad that she would now be going alone.
As Lyssa hung up with Sonja, she laid down on her bed to read and fell asleep within five minutes.

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Writing Prompt: A Brave New World

As you close your eyes you feel as if you’re being lifted. Yes, higher and higher until you decide to open your eyes. You see a vast world before, one new to your eyes. A voice booms out: “This is yours now, craft it well.” How do you shape this world? What inhabits it? Are there sentient species? Have a ball!

Prologue
I went up. Higher. And higher. Tommy said a hot-air balloon ride would be fabulous. So I decided to go on one at the fair in town.
When I got into the balloon, the guy said it would last only a half hour. Then I’d be back. It was an hour and a half and the balloon ride was headed up…straight up to the sky…then I fell asleep.
When I awoke, I wasn’t in my hometown, let alone earth. I was in another world. This had to be a dream…
I pinched myself to see if I was still sleeping…ouch! It hurt! I must be awake…
I might as well make the most of it and explore where the hell I was………..

Ireland or Bust!

Synopsis
Travis Welland can’t finish his story and he has a deadline to meet. He decides he needs a change of scenery and heads to the airport where he finds himself in the gorgeous country of Ireland. As he takes in the sights, he finds inspiration to finish his book as well as a romance who doesn’t want him to go. Will Travis leave Ireland and the girl behind?

Chapter 1
Travis needed to finish the book. Tami, his editor, was already on his case to finish it as the deadline was fast approaching. Travis couldn’t tell Tami he had writer’s block.
A knock at the door and Travis was groaning, “Why can’t people just leave me alone!” as he got up to answer the door.
It was Cherri, a good friend from high school Travis still kept in touch with.
“Cherri.” Travis said glad to get a break from his writing.
“I wanted to tell you my news before I left.” Cherri told him.
“News?” I’m leaving for Ireland today.
“Yes, Tim finally proposed and we’re moving to Ireland to get married as well as live there.”
“Oh, Cherri, I’m so happy for you.” Travis said, as he gave her a hug for good luck.
“Thanks, Travis. I couldn’t leave without telling my best friend.” Cherri hugged him back.
“There’s Tim waving. I have to go.” Cherri said to Travis.
As he watched Cherri rush off with her fiance, Travis got an idea. He needed to get away. Maybe it would give him some inspiration to finish his book?
Travis went up to pack a bag and his laptop and jetted off for the airport.
“I need a ticket to Dublin, Ireland.” Travis told the ticket agent at the counter.
The ticket agent punched in Travis request and handed him his ticket. After, checking in his baggage, Travis sat down in a seat and waited to board his flight.

Chapter 2
Travis’ flight was announced to board the plane, and Travis picked up his laptop and headed for the gate.
As he was getting on the plane, Travis bumped into a cute, blonde woman, knocking her bag to the floor. As he kneeled down to help her pick it up, she snapped at him, “Don’t touch it!”
Not wanting to get into a fight, Travis did as she requested and went along to his seat, leaving the blonde woman to retrieve her things.
It was a long, 16-hour flight, so Travis opened up his laptop and tried to get to work on his book, when the same blonde woman sat down next to him.
Travis tried to ignore her, not wanting another situation with her, but the blonde woman just wouldn’t shut up. Travis couldn’t concentrate on his book with her incessant jabbering.
Closing his laptop, Travis tried to sleep, but that wasn’t happening either.
The flight attendant stopped by and asked the blonde woman and Travis is they wanted a drink and some peanuts.
“Yes, I’ll have one and peanuts too.” Travis told the flight attendant.
“Me too.” The blonde woman said.
As the flight attendant handed them their drinks and peanuts, Travis asked for introductions, but the blonde woman refused. Strange, how the woman wouldn’t shut up, but she refused to introduce herself.
Travis looked out the window eating his peanuts and sipping his drink.

A Moral Decision

Synopsis
While making a quick trip to the store for some coffee, Andrew Michaels is standing line at the grocery store when someone comes up behind him and pulls out a gun and holds the entire store hostage. Will Andrew’s quick thinking save him and the rest of the hostages from the crazed gunman?

Chapter 1
“Andrew, we’re out of coffee and creamer.” Andrew’s wife, Jessie tells him. “Can you go get some real quick?”
“Sure, love.” Andrew said as he flew out the door and got in his Mazda Protégé. Andrew knew how desperately Jessie needed her morning coffee to start her day as daycare owner of 12 children in their home.
Andrew arrived at the store. It should have been a quick trip—coffee and creamer—he should have been in and out within minutes, but he was delayed when a crazed gunman came into the front of the store waving his gun.
“Alright!” the gunman yelled. “Everyone put up your hands!”
Everyone screamed in panic as they waved their hands in the air. The gunman grabbed a little old lady who was beyond scared. The manager is new and doesn’t know what to do.
Andrew, standing in the checkout line, is contemplating what he should and how to subdue the gunman so as to protect everyone in the store.
The gunman suddenly lets the little old lady go and grabs Andrew from the checkout lane and pulls him to the front of the store.
“Don’t do anything heroic, or I will shoot you!” the gunman warns.
Andrew isn’t scared, but he is looking for a way to defuse the hostage situation as checkers are putting the money from their tills into the bag that the gunman handed them.
Back at Andrew’s home, Jessie is getting worried that Andrew isn’t home with her coffee. She texts him but she gets no reply.
After getting baby Jillian out of her crib, Jessie turns on the television to find that there is a hostage situation at the store. She shrieks in terror when she sees that gunman has a gun pointed at Andrew’s back.

Chapter 2
Jessie, holding baby Jillian in her lap, is watching frantically as the crazed gunman makes his demands to the store managers.
The store managers frantically get what the gunman wants as fast as they can so there is no casualties.
15 minutes later, the gunman, still holding a gun to Andrew’s back, gets antsy and slips with his trigger finger as the gun goes off.
Andrew is shot in the back as the hostages all start to scream. The gunman, scared he’ll go down, runs from the store as police arrive on scene.
The manager informs the police what went down as a cashier calls from her cell to get dispatch the EMT.
Jessie, having witnessed her husband get shot during the hostage crisis, grabs Jillian, and after putting a “Closed for Emergency” sign on her front door to alert clients bring their children to the day care, gets in her Subaru Brat, after strapping Jillian in her car seat, and heads for the store where Andrew was shot.
After arriving on scene, Jessie watches as police try to bring the crisis under control as EMTs get Andrew inside the ambulance and to the hospital. Jessie stop one of the EMTs and asks about Andrew’s condition, who is promptly told to head to the hospital to wait for Andrew’s prognosis.
Getting back into her Brat, Jessie heads to the hospital and waits with Jillian for news on Andrew.

30 minutes later, a doctor comes out of the ER to alert Jessie that they are taking Andrew in for emergency surgery as the bullet is lodged in his chest.
Jessie’s mother arrives after having been called by Jessie, to the hospital and sits vigil waiting to hear about her son-in-law.
While waiting, a police officer comes over to Jessie and asks about Andrew. He tells her how much of a hero he was to take the place of the little old lady the gunman first took hostage.

A Most Precious Gift

Introduction
Veronica James loved her job as a CNA where she worked at Paradise Hills Retirement Center in her hometown, Paradise Hills, California. She loved all the residents she worked for, but one in particular touched Veronica’s heart. When a resident takes a turn for the worse, it breaks Veronica’s heart. But when another CNA falsely reports Veronica of abuse of the resident, Veronica loses all hope and faith when she is dismissed from her job. Will the truth come out and save Veronica?

Chapter 1
Veronica James had been a CNA for 20 years and was as devoted to her residents as ever. She even won several Employee of the Month awards during her years at Paradise Hills Retirement Center. All the residents loved Veronica, but one resident in particular always looked forward to seeing Veronica come to work, Betsy Carlson—a 70-something lady in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Veronica was running late when she arrived at Paradise Hills 30-minutes late. Betsy was worried for Veronica and was in a frenzy as other staff members tried to calm her down. Nothing worked until Veronica showed up on the floor, wondering what was going on.
“What’s going on?” Veronica asked when she came onto the scene at the nurse’s station, only to find Betsy worked up. But she seemed to calm down when she saw Veronica.
“Veronica, you’re here.” Betsy said, wiping her eyes.
“You know I’m always here for you.” Veronica said, trying to reassure Betsy.
“I’m sorry.” Betsy exclaimed as Veronica took her in her arms. “Can we go somewhere quiet? I need to talk to you.”
“Sure, Betsy.” Veronica told her.
Veronica wheeled Betsy to her favorite spot in the fountain in the courtyard of Paradise Hills. Betsy loved the serenity of the flowing water. It gave her peace to be able sit there in her wheelchair and she loved Veronica taking time to be there with her, despite her heavy workload. It showed how dedicated Veronica was to her job.
“Don’t leave me, Veronica.” Betsy pleaded with Veronica, as they sat outside the fountain.
“I won’t Betsy, but what’s really going on?”
“I got news from my doctor. He told me my Alzheimer’s is getting worse.”
“Oh, Betsy, I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can do?”
“Just be there for me.”
“I will.” Veronica said, as she hugged Betsy. “You know I always will.”
“You’re the only one I have in this world.” Betsy told her.
“You have your children, Betsy.”
“They don’t come to see me anymore.” Betsy cried.
Veronica remembered that Betsy’s daughter, Cassandra, was just here last week. How could Betsy forget that? Then it hit her! Betsy’s illness was starting to get worse.
“Veronica, can you do something for me?” Betsy asked.
“Anything?”
“Can we go fishing?’
“Fishing?” Veronica asked. “I don’t think the facility will allow me to do that?”
“Oh, please. I miss fishing with my family.”
“I’ll see what I can do.” Veronica said, not being very optimistic the facility would allow that.
“Thank you.” Betsy said. “It would really mean a lot to me.”
“It’s almost time for dinner. Shall we head inside for a bite to eat?” Veronica said as she pushed a piece of Betsy’s short black hair from her teary eyes.
Veronica wheeled Betsy back inside Paradise Hills and into the cafeteria-like dining room. Betsy felt at ease and felt hope that Veronica would come through for her and give her her request.

Chapter 2
It hit Veronica hard to see Betsy going through such a trying ordeal. Then it came to her: Betsy wanted to go fishing. Veronica went shopping and found a virtual reality game that would allow Betsy to “go fishing” anytime she wanted. It was almost like the real thing.

Veronica arrived at the Paradise Hills and showed the game to Betsy.
“Why did you bring me that?” Betsy said bitterly. “A game on fishing? I hate fishing!”
“But Betsy, the other day-“ Veronica started to say but stopped short knowing it wouldn’t help to remind Betsy.
“Okay, I’ll just leave it here and let you visit with your daughter.” Veronica told Betsy before leaving Betsy’s room, to check on other residents.

An hour later, Veronica went to answer Betsy’s call light.
“I wish my family would visit more?! Don’t they care anymore?!”
Veronica just tried to reassure Betsy, knowing that telling Betsy that her daughter was here an hour ago wouldn’t help matters.
“Do you need a snack or something, Betsy?” Veronica asked Betsy hoping to take her mind off her troubles.
“No, I need to go to the bathroom!” Betsy said harshly. “My call light has been on for an hour and no one came!”
“Okay, let’s go, Betsy.” Veronica said to Betsy, knowing she answered Betsy’s call light right away.
As soon as Veronica helped Betsy with her activities of daily living (ADLs), she helped Betsy lay down in her bed to take a rest until dinner time. Sylvia, another CNA came in to take Betsy’s vital signs as Veronica was leaving Betsy’s room. But Veronica heard Betsy yell out in pain as the blood pressure cuff tightened around her arm.
Veronica peeked inside Betsy’s door while Sylvia spoke harshly to Betsy.
“Betsy, please, relax so I can get your vitals!” she told her impatiently.
“Get that thing off my arm!” Betsy said as she ripped the blood pressure cuff from around her arm and trying to get up but Sylvia shoved her back on the bed.
“Betsy, please, just lay down and relax.” Sylvia yelled at her and slapped Betsy across the face.
Stung by the harsh treatment inflicted on her, Betsy lay still fearing for her life.
Veronica was appalled by what she just saw Sylvia do. She was just about to report it to the Patti, the director of nurses (DON) when Sylvia came rushing out of Betsy’s room, suddenly aware that Veronica had witnessed the whole incident.
“Veronica!” Sylvia yelled after her.
“What do you want, Sylvia?”
“Don’t think you’re gonna tell on me!”
“You struck a resident, Sylvia! That’s abuse and I have to report it!”
“You’re going to be sorry if you do Veronica!”
Sylvia saw her chance to keep Veronica from reporting her.
“Oh, Veronica, could you check on Mrs. Campbell. She needed a change and she wouldn’t let me do it.”
“Yes, Sylvia.” Veronica said sweetly.
As soon as Veronica headed for Mrs. Campbell’s room, Sylvia headed straight for Patti’s office.
“Patti, I need to talk to you.”
“Yes, Sylvia, what is it?” Pattie asked.
“I don’t know how to say this, but I just witnessed something bad.” Sylvia told her.
“What happened?”
“I don’t know how to say this, but I think I just witnessed Veronica hit and shove Betsy and she harshly yelled at her.” Sylvia told Patti.
“Okay, I will handle this, Sylvia. Don’t tell anyone what you have just said.”
“Yes, than you.” Sylvia said with a sly smile on her face after leaving Patti’s office. “Good luck, Veronica. You’re going to need it!”

Chapter 3
Veronica was called into the D.O.N.’s (Director of Nursing) to answer some questions.
“Veronica, I know you are a good CNA, but I’ve got a complaint that you’ve been abusive with a resident?” the D.O.N. informed Veronica.
“Abuse? Are you kidding me?” Veronica said flabbergasted. She knew who did this. Sylvia. The CNA who abused Betsy while taking her vitals. “I don’t understand? Who is it I’m supposed to have abused?”
“I’m not at liberty to say since we’re investigating the case.” The D.O.N. explained to her. “I am putting you on suspension pending investigation. If the allegations are false, you’ll be back to work. If you’re found guilty, you’ll be terminated and lose your CNA certification.”
Veronica couldn’t believe that she was being accused of abuse? She had been a loyal employee for 5 years and she was on the verge of losing her job because another CNA reported her own abuse and accused her of her own crime.
As Veronica walked out of the D.O.N.’s office, she could see Sylvia looking sullen. But Sylvia was thinking to herself, “See what you get when you go behind my back, Veronica? Let’s see you get out of this one, bitch?”
Now that Sylvia had brought Veronica to her knees, she was the head honcho of CNAs. Veronica wouldn’t be able to rule the roust any longer.
But Veronica intended to oust Sylvia as the one who abused Betsy Carlson and frame her for the crime. Sylvia wouldn’t know what hit her!
When Veronica got home, she decided to use the time off work to do her own investigating. And she was going to start with looking into Sylvia’s past.

Chapter 4
While Veronica was on suspension, Betsy Carlson took a turn for the worse and was on life support and dying. When Sylvia came into check on her, Betsy whispered to Sylvia that she wanted to see Veronica.
Kneeling over the bed, Sylvia whispered into Betsy’s ear, “Veronica doesn’t work here no more. You only have me now.”
In Betsy’s delirium, she cried, longing for Veronica’s gentle touch. Sylvia didn’t care to hear Betsy whining and decided to put an end to Betsy’s pain, first making sure no one saw her, flipped the switch on the life support machine. As Betsy coded, Sylvia called out “code blue” as the floor nurse rushed in to see what was happening.
“Sylvia, I see you were first on the scene? Why didn’t you administer CPR?” the nurse asked.
“Gee, I’m sorry, I thought she was a no-code?” Sylvia defended her actions, knowing full well Betsy Carlson was a full-code.
“No, Sylvia, Mrs. Carlson is full-code.” The nurse reprimanded her.” “It’s even on the name plate outside her door. Don’t you ever notice the color-coded stickers outside the residents room.”
“I’m forgot.” Sylvia cried.
“Well, because you didn’t begin CPR, Mrs. Carlson is dead. I pronounce the resident dead at 3:47 p.m.” the nurse said, as the D.O.N. came into Betsy’s room.
“I’m sorry I’m late. How is Mrs. Carlson?” the D.O.N. asked.
“She’s dead. And Sylvia neglected to administer CPR which may have saved her life.”
“I thought she was a no-code.” Sylvia continued to repeat.
“Well, begin post-mortem care and I’ll call the mortuary to pick up the body.”
As Sylvia began post-mortem care on Betsy, she smiled slyly knowing Veronica would be the one in trouble for the death of Betsy Carlson. She intended to make sure Betsy Carlson died from the abuse that Veronica did.

Chapter 5
Veronica was still sleeping the next morning, when she received a call from the nursing center.
“Maybe they found out I’m innocent and I can resume work.” Veronica said to herself before answering the cell. “Hello?”
“Veronica, I’m sorry but the resident in question has died and you’re being terminated immediately. You won’t be returning to work. I’d get a lawyer, because now the charge will be for murder.” The D.O.N. informed Veronica.
Veronica dropped her cell as the D.O.N. hung up. Murder. She was being charged with murder. She would never work there again. If found guilty, she would be going to prison.
She had to get the proof that Sylvia did this.
Veronica opened up her laptop and typed in Sylvia’s name in the search bar of her browser.
What came up blew Veronica away……

The Navy SEAL’s Bride

Synopsis
The wedding of Navy SEAL Charles Buchanan and socialite Ashleigh Crimson begins and the bride is nowhere to be found. Did the bride leave on her own, or did something else happen? And will the groom find his bride-to-be?

Chapter 1 – The Bride’s POV
Ashleigh Crimson couldn’t be happier to be marrying the love of her life, Charles Buchanan, a Navy SEAL officer. But there was one thing Ashleigh still couldn’t get over…that he would be away for long periods while on duty with his SEAL Team.
Charles and Ashleigh had long talks about his SEAL duty and although she understood his duty to the mission, she couldn’t help but worry about his safety.
Ashleigh’s mother came in to see how her daughter was doing the night before her wedding. Her mother was always understanding of her daughter and Ashleigh knew she could go to her mother with any problem she had. Her mother never judged her for a decision Ashleigh made, even when her mother knew it was made in haste, like Ashleigh’s mother knew her wedding to Charles was.
Ashleigh’s mother didn’t like the fact that her daughter would be alone for long periods of time while Charles was on duty. But she didn’t persuade Ashleigh from going through with the wedding.
Ashleigh finished her foot soak, pedicure and manicure and got ready for bed. She wanted to be well rested when she walked down the aisle to start her new life as a bride to a Navy SEAL.

The next morning, Ashleigh’s mother came into her daughter’s room to wake her for her wedding. . .but Ashleigh wasn’t in her bed.
Mrs. Crimson searched the house and called Ashleigh’s friends, but Ashleigh was nowhere to be found.
Mrs. Crimson wondered if Ashleigh had come to her senses and decided against marrying Charles.

Chapter 2 – The Groom’s POV
Charles was saddened when Asheigh’s mother broke the news that Ashleigh could not be found. An extensive search was started but leads were coming up cold. Ashleigh had simply vanished without a trace.
Charles refused to believe that Ashleigh left on her own, as Ashleigh’s mother had tried to get Charles to believe. He knew Ashleigh wanted to marry him as much as he wanted to marry her. No, it just wasn’t plausible that Ashleigh left on her own. He was sure of it. Something else was going on…meaning, someone took her against her will. And Charles thought that maybe he might know who did.
Despite Charles being the prime suspect in Ashleigh’s disappearance, he drove to the police station to tell the police his suspicions.
But when Charles tried to voice his suspicions, the police interrogated him. After failing to give an alibi for the time Ashleigh disappeared, Charles was booked on suspicion of abduction and placed in a cell.
When Ashleigh’s mother heard who had been charged in her daughter’s disappearance, she was secretly happy. She knew that Charles had to have something to do with it. She didn’t really trust the guy. She even failed to post his bail to have him out so he could look for Ashleigh’s abductor.
Charles sat in his cell, unable to do anything to find Ashleigh.
Another officer, believed Charles’ story and decided to look up friends of Ashleigh, and came up with her bestie, Catherine Jorgenson.

Chapter 3 – The Bestie’s POV
Catherine Jorgenson, Ashleigh’s best friend since practically birth, raised as sisters by their mothers, who were inseparable as well. The two girls grew up together, went to school together, hung out with the same people. To the world, the girls were soul-sisters.
The Ashleigh and Catherine’s friendship changed when the girls began middle school and their classmates invited Ashleigh to their parties. Catherine felt left out of the loop. Ashleigh was the prettier of the two…Catherine the mousier one and nerdish too.
Before middle school, the two girls talked of books and tv shows they liked. But when middle school came, Ashleigh was often invited to parties and Catherine was not. Their classmates didn’t care for the nerdish girl. She cramped their style, so to speak.
To Catherine, Ashleigh had it all. Friends. Popularity. And all the boys were crazy about her. No boy ever dated Catherine. In fact, they all mocked her. Ashleigh, wanting to please her new friends, went along with the name-calling, despite feeling guilty for going along with it.
Catherine was reading one of her romance books when the doorbell rang. It was an officer from the police station here to ask her some questions about Ashleigh Crimson.

Chapter 4 – The Interrogation
After the officer spoke with Catherine about Ashleigh’s disappearance, the officer was sure Catherine had something to do with Ashleigh’s disappearance. He went to see Charles to see if he knew about Catherine Jorgenson.
Happy that someone knew there was something more to Ashleigh’s disappearance, Charles gave the officer everything he could remember about what Ashleigh told him about Catherine.
With the description of what Charles told the officer, he was sure that Catherine was behind the disappearance. It was perfect. The best friend…jealous of her friend’s success. Her wedding. And what did Catherine have. Nothing. No one. To Catherine, Ashleigh was all she had and she was leaving her to get married. They would have no friendship after the wedding. It would be just like middle school and high school. Everyone shunning her, including Ashleigh, just to fit in with the crowd.
Surveillance was set up to watch Catherine’s movements to see where she may have taken Ashleigh. But either the officer was wrong, or Catherine was on to them…because his surveillance didn’t find anything incriminating involving Catherine.

The Navy SEAL’s Bride

Synopsis
The wedding of Navy SEAL Charles Buchanan and socialite Ashleigh Crimson begins and the bride is nowhere to be found. Did the bride leave on her own, or did something else happen? And will the groom find his bride-to-be?

Chapter 1 – The Bride’s POV
Ashleigh Crimson couldn’t be happier to be marrying the love of her life, Charles Buchanan, a Navy SEAL officer. But there was one thing Ashleigh still couldn’t get over…that he would be away for long periods while on duty with his SEAL Team.
Charles and Ashleigh had long talks about his SEAL duty and although she understood his duty to the mission, she couldn’t help but worry about his safety.
Ashleigh’s mother came in to see how her daughter was doing the night before her wedding. Her mother was always understanding of her daughter and Ashleigh knew she could go to her mother with any problem she had. Her mother never judged her for a decision Ashleigh made, even when her mother knew it was made in haste, like Ashleigh’s mother knew her wedding to Charles was.
Ashleigh’s mother didn’t like the fact that her daughter would be alone for long periods of time while Charles was on duty. But she didn’t persuade Ashleigh from going through with the wedding.
Ashleigh finished her foot soak, pedicure and manicure and got ready for bed. She wanted to be well rested when she walked down the aisle to start her new life as a bride to a Navy SEAL.

The next morning, Ashleigh’s mother came into her daughter’s room to wake her for her wedding. . .but Ashleigh wasn’t in her bed.
Mrs. Crimson searched the house and called Ashleigh’s friends, but Ashleigh was nowhere to be found.
Mrs. Crimson wondered if Ashleigh had come to her senses and decided against marrying Charles.