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Chapter One

Helen sat on the couch, doing a crossword puzzle. She kept her feet tucked beneath her, in her typical thinking pose.

“A separation of partners, seven letters...” She whispered to herself. She glanced over at her husband, considering for a second asking him if he knew. But his scowl as he skimmed his court notes told her everything she needed to know.

Greg had not been exactly ‘friendly’ of late, and sometimes Helen worried their relationship was failing. She pushed that thought out of her mind, as she did every time it reared its ugly head, and turned back to her puzzle.

Her thinking was cut off by a horrible scream, echoing throughout the house. It was soon followed by a second.

Helen lept up in alarm. “Sophie...” She breathed, recognizing her daughter’s voice immediately. She rushed to her daughter’s bedroom, banging her shin on the table on the way. She had to try three times before the doorknob would turn, but finally, she swung the door open.

Her heart stopped.

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