Excerpt from Prodigal in the City, a Christian suspense novel
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stood, staring out the window of his room in a D.C. rooming house. It
was his 45th birthday, and all he could think about was he
He barely noticed the dark and overcast August morning, the phalanx of
pedestrians heading to work, the seemingly eternal clog of vehicles on
the nearby freeway. During this moment, a rerun of several such past
moments, his mind was overrun with images of blissful times, long since
passed. The images were vivid to him, almost as if he were experiencing
them and living them at that moment. Mavis
greeting him on birthday mornings, with a wide smile and breakfast in
Mavis calling him during the day at work just
to say “I love you” and perhaps to utter some sensual words that would
help him through his day.
His mind focused on
the day of his 37th birthday, eight years ago. It was one of the best
days of his life; second only to the day that he married Mavis on a
sunny April day twenty-three years ago. Mavis had greeted him after work
with a big kiss and a smile. Afterwards, she had led him to the dining
room, where his favorite meal of lightly seasoned prime rib, collard
greens seasoned with smoked turkey, and macaroni and cheese sat on the
table next to a homemade birthday cake and an unopened bottle of Pinot
Grigio. She had then coyly announced that she had conveniently arranged
for their kids, Erica and Michael, to spend the day and night at
Samuel’s mother’s home. She would then flash a sly smile and lift her
eyebrows to let Samuel know that it would be a memorable evening.
Then one year later, suddenly, she was gone. To the media, she was just
another statistic, the 257th murder victim of the year in D.C.
It comforted him to remember the good times they shared together.
Gracious, how he loved that woman and everything about her, especially
her sweet personality and easy-going manner.
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