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This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real people or places is purely coincidental.



Greendale, Texas 1997

Madelyn Cooper shivered in the air conditioned doctor's office, wearing only a cloth gown as a shield against the cold. But it was more than the temperature making her shaky. Being not quite eighteen, pregnant, and the daughter of a murderer seemed to have the same effect.

The examining room door opened and Doc Myers walked into the room, a frown on his face. "Maddie," he said with a quick nod.

She tried to smile, but just didn't have the energy.

"I see you're complaining of exhaustion. Have you been taking your prenatal vitamins?"

"Yes, every day." She hated them. They made her nauseous, but so did everything these days. Her whole damn life made her sick.

Doc wrote on her chart, then set it aside to check her blood pressure. As he squeezed the bulb and cut off her circulation, he asked, "Have you given any more thought to what we talked about last time?"

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