The Boy With a Secret


1. Summer of '97

 It was a hot July day. An expecting young woman sat in her apartment. She was all alone. Her former boyfriend had walked out once he heard the news. The only thing he said that he would do would be there when it was time. The woman, Shannon, looked at her big stomach. A tear ran down her cheek. She didn't know how she'd make it work. She was terrified to become a mother. Every scenario ran through her mind, to losing the baby to how she would pay for son or daughter to go to college. She felt her dress begin to get wet. She quickly picked up the phone and called her former boyfriend.

 At the hospital, she was rushed into a room to give birth. After 15 hours of labor, a baby boy was born. As she held her newborn son, she immediately knew something was different about him. She couldn't quite put her finger on it.


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