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Chapter One




Darci opened her eyes slowly and let them focus. She felt pressure on her chest and looked down to see her car’s airbag deflated in her lap. Her mind was working slowly as she tried to figure out where she was. It took a few minutes of sitting there before the dazed and confusing fog left her. She remembered her baby that was strapped in her car seat in the back seat. She unbuckled her seat belt and looked back to see how her baby was. The baby was not crying, but she had her eyes open and was looking around. Darci tried to turn her body but found she could not move her legs. Her purse was on the floor and she stretched to reach it. She pulled out her cell phone and dialed her friend’s number.

Carole answered with a cheerful hello and Darci cried, “I have been in an accident and I can’t reach the baby!”

Carole listened and asked, “Who is this?”

Darci!”

Carole immediately asked, “Where are you? Are you hurt?”

Hadley Corner! I don’t know! Get me an ambulance!”

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