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Wearing an off-the-shoulder eyelet dress, she admired herself in her mirror. At forty-eight, she still looked good. More than just good— great. Losing twenty pounds enhanced her curves. Another five or ten pounds would be perfect. Definitely a work in progress, she thought, gazing at her reflection. With blonde hair and baby-blue eyes, Angie’s incredible smile would sweep a person away like a Caribbean wave.
The special day finally arrived—her and Jay’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, and the couple would be repeating wedding vows. Standing in as maid of honor and best man, Maddie and Kevin never looked prouder.
Although grown, Angie still viewed the twins as her babies. They waited patiently in the gathering space, ready to walk Angie down the aisle. Jay’s last-minute business trip and delayed return flight had tightened everyone’s nerves. As the altar boy peeked his head out of the sacristy, Angie’s heart pounded. With everything perfect, she smiled as her twins walked her down the aisle. Angie and her twins marched arm in arm between the pews in that small Philly chapel. As they nodded to family and friends, she felt her life couldn’t have been better.
Standing next to the pastor, a man in a dark-gray suit held tightly to a manila envelope with her name printed across the front in big, bold, black letters. Staring at the mysterious envelope, Angie’s heart pounded.
The man’s face, stern and pale, reminded her of the funeral director at her father’s memorial. It was the same frightening look she endured when her father died. Something isn’t right. Taking a few more steps, her perfect life detoured her straight into hell.
business degree in accounting from City University, NY. Soon after I
found myself working in insurance and financing and went on to marry
my wonderful husband. We moved to New England.
lived and worked in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. For the
past decade, I have served as a Eucharistic minister at my local
Catholic church, bringing the Eucharist to community nursing homes.
After raising a family in CT, my husband and I became Florida
Residents though continue to spend time in CT where I continue in my
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