I’ve dreamed about saying those words. I’ve always thought that it would be a relief to finally say them out loud, to stop suppressing the one secret that haunts me every single night. Every single day. Every single second of my existence….
Chapter One 2014
I’m clearing the remains of this morning’s breakfast from the kitchen when my work phone rings, stopping me in my tracks. I see my assistant’s name flashing on the screen.
“Hi Jennifer, what’s up?”
“There’s this girl.” Her voice is coming in rapid pants. “She’s going to be slaughtered by the prosecution unless you take over her case.”
Cradling my phone between my ear and shoulder, I rinse Coco Pops from a cereal bowl. There’s no time to waste; I’m already running late.
“Ok, I’m listening.”
“I got in early to file the Preston paperwork. I was waiting for the clerk to come in and heard Sarah, from the public defender’s office, talking about this case”.
Jennifer pauses for breath.
“So, what is it about?” I urge.
“There’s this girl, Chloe. She’s fifteen and is being charged with attempted murder.” ….
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