November 13, 2015

I’m writing this to my daughter. Little one, I’m sorry you didn’t get to know me. I wish I could have stayed longer. Just know that I wanted you with all my heart. We will meet one day. I hope to see your mother on your face. There is not a more beautiful woman. I …

November 12, 2015

Day 50 continued Daniel handed me several books that he insisted that I should read before showing me to the guestroom. “Do you think it would be a bad time to take a nap?” I asked as I flopped onto the bed. “No, I probably should go down to start the negotiations with my parents,” …

November 11,2015

Day 50 continued We were sitting at the dining table eating cereal when the Epsteins’ walked in. The smiles slid from their face when they saw me. We’d prepared breakfast in silence, both of our minds too busy for conversation. Daniel seemed nervous, and I didn’t really understand why. His mother seemed kind, maybe a …

November 10, 2015

Day 50 On Christmas morning I woke to the sound of a gurgling engine or faint machine gun. My head seemed to have gained ten pounds since the day before and the machine sound reverberated in my eardrums like bees. My eyes fluttered open with difficulty, of the ten pounds my head had gained each …

November 9, 2015

Day 49 The plan did involve some sneaking. It was Christmas Eve and Rob believed that I was helping the Eppsteins’ host a party. Daniel’s parents were staying the night at a hotel downtown. He’d talked them into taking a date night for themselves. I got home from work early so that I would have …

November 8, 2015

Day 40 Continued His finger lifted up to trace a greening line across my collar bone. “You promised!” he whispered. I opened my mouth, but didn’t have any words to argue back. Tears were welling up in his eyes as he looked down at my body. He rested his head on my shoulder his tears …