The Maine Event

A novella by Alex Wilson

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 Alex Wilson

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As they sat, side-by-side, in the frigid burgled room, a hunkered-down-in-the-parka silence came over Josh and Dana. Although they were not that long since being total strangers, they were comfortable with one another. Not romantic. Not pretending-not lust. Yet, not passengers on a train, either. Comfortable. The fact that it was 3:12 am may have contributed to the lull. There would be no sleep this night. Each wandered into their own thoughts. What the hell had brought them here to sit bundled up in this big, dark mansion to await the sound of a muffled motor that might not come?

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Dana Ward

Dana Ward came from a warm and loving family. Her father, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Ward was a ‘lifer’ with the Maine Department of Highways. He signed on shortly after his release from the ‘Korean Conflict’ and has been there ever since. A steady, family–loving guy. Her mother, Jenny, was an excellent stay-at-home mom, as was the practice in those days. She raised Dana with humor and encouragement and was adored by her husband and daughter. Jenny died early of breast cancer. Despite – or perhaps because of – this forced assumption of early responsibility, Dana grew into a tall – six foot even – strong, reliable young woman. She was popular and accomplished in school and athletic enough to lead her volleyball team to state championships. She was also the anchor of her high school basketball team riding the then-new phenomenon of expanded sport opportunities for girls.

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