Chapter 64: In the Hot Seat

Richard was lying across his bed, when a soft knock on the door notified him that it was his turn to go downstairs and be interviewed by Officer Foster. It came sooner than he thought it would. Richard was instantly annoyed. For a few fleeting moments, he gave serious consideration to getting out of it by pretending that his migraine […]

Chapter 62: Possession

Richard saw the momentary change come over Officer Foster, when he looked at Harriet. The officer’s usual smug, self-assured expression had slipped. It looked like Foster recognized and was surprised to see his sister. Richard looked over at Harriet, in time to see the switch. Samentha had assumed control of her body again. He could tell, because Harriet’s posture changed […]

Chapter 61: Small World

The doorbell rang again. Rachel, Harriet, Joshua and Richard exchanged dismayed looks. Officer Foster was not going to leave. They would have to face him. Joshua led the way downstairs. Harriet had a sudden attack of nerves and ducked into the bathroom. Rachel and Richard settled themselves on the couch, while Joshua answered the door. Officer Foster entered and greeted […]

Chapter 60: Family Ties

Richard washed the last of the breakfast dishes and placed it on the draining board. Rachel was absentmindedly cramming a kitchen towel into a cup and twisting it. He turned and leaned against the counter, watching her. “Hey, did mom ever tell you how Harriet and I were adopted,” Richard asked hopefully. “No, she never really talked about it…or if […]

Chapter 59: More Questions Than Answers

Richard instantly regretted even hinting to Rachel that anything unusual had occurred in her absence. She never let anything go. Now, he had to talk about it. Richard hesitated, struggling to find the words to convey things he still didn’t understand. What actually happened last night? Was it all real or part of some nightmare brought on by his migraine? […]

Chapter 58: No Rest For The Weary

Joshua waited for Richard to join him and their sisters at the breakfast table, before sharing the news that Officer Foster would be paying them a visit that afternoon. The reason given was the need to get more information about the allegations made, regarding the death of their mother. It sounded harmless, but Richard was instantly suspicious. He suspected Foster’s […]

Chapter 57: Past Echoes

Richard awoke and lay still, cautiously sifting through his dim recollections of the previous day. The loss of his mother was still razor sharp. Everything else was disjointed and distorted by a haze of migraine pain. He recalled the shock of a stranger looking out at him through Harriet’s eyes and realized that he had seen that strange look in […]

Chapter 55: The Ultimatum

It had been an exhausting afternoon filled with hard truths and tough decisions.  Dealing with Rachel’s drama had aggravated Joshua, but it also enabled him to put off dealing with his immense sense of loss. On the drive back to the nursing home, reality abruptly intruded on his thoughts.  Joshua pulled into the nearest spot on a grocery store parking […]

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