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This is the start of the second book in the Fermosa Bay series. It’s Ethan’s story – I’m jumping ahead again a little. Apologies if that causes any confusion.
Today's prompt is: KEY
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Addy locked her car and grabbed the mail from the letter-box before heading towards the door. When her phone buzzed, she juggled the mail, the phone, and her keys as she answered.
Recognising the number, she answered the phone. “Hi mum.”
“Hello darling. How are you?”
Addy smiled. She missed her mother and was looking forward to her visit over the weekend. As much as she loved living in Fermosa Bay, being away from her parents was hard to get used to. Although she reminded herself that at mid-twenty she shouldn’t fret so much for being away from her parents, she liked to think that it was because of their great relationship. After all, she was the only child. Her mother was unable to have more children after complications during her birth.
“I’m doing well. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday night.”
Her mother let out a small sigh. “Not happy?”
The question took her by surprise. Yes, she was happy in Fermosa. Of course, she didn’t expect to make half a dozen of friends over night, but she missed a bit of company. Images of Ethan popped into her mind, and she smiled. She’d seen him a couple of times when picking up his son, but unfortunately her mind had gone blank every time when he was close, with a stupid smile all she was able to come up with. She hadn’t broken up all hope, however, to have another conversation one day.
It was her time to sigh before she finally answered, “Of course, I’m happy. The children are gorgeous and the other teachers really nice.”
“Mu-um. That doesn’t happen overnight, but yes, I’ve been out with some girls and will start going to a book club next week.”
“Anyway, mum, I only just got home. Was there anything in particular you want to talk about?” She added with a soft laugh, “‘Cause I haven’t even made it into the house, yet.”
“I’m sorry darling. No, just called for a chit chat. You get inside and I’ll see you on Friday. Can’t wait. Love you, Addison.”
“Love you more, mum.”
Addy hung up and placed her phone into her bag. She was about to insert the key into the door lock when she stopped dead. Standing there motionless, she waited and listened. With goose bumps crawling up her spine, she stared at the door, a flicker of fear rushing through her as she gave the door a little push. Her heart began to beat erratically, pulsing in her throat. Panicking, she rushed back to the car while she retrieved the phone from her bag. Her hand shook as she dialled 000. With her heart still pounding, Addy huddled behind the car as she gave the police all the information.
Experiencing chills down her spine, she let out a long sigh of relief when she finally heard the police siren approaching only a few minutes later.
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