The Secrets of Longcrest

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  • Published: 15 Jul 2017
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#2 in Secrets Series (Secrets of Dunharrow House). Standalone book.
When Katy fell though the floor of her home, she died, her sister calling her name.
But when her siblings came back, they discovered something that shocked them to their core. Something that shouldn't have been possible.
So, what happened to Katy Dunharrow?


5. Home and Hospitality

I relocate from the hospital to Pastor Lee's home. He tells me, as Mrs. Daniels pushes my wheelchair, that their daughter, Leah, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, which they don't necessarily approve of. She doesn't come home much, so they're letting me use her room.

It's a bit awkward, but I settle in quickly.

I only spend a day there before Mrs. Daniels has me out of the house, and to quote, "To keep you from becoming young and bitter, dear."

On Saturday, at the end of summer, we go to the market, where everyone tries to not stare. I'm the town oddity: The girl with no name, practically adopted by the town pastor and his wife.

On Sunday, we go to the church and listen to Pastor Lee's sermon about gifts God gives us. It's nice to hear, but I feel that I can't really believe in a benevolent higher power at the moment, not until I know my past.

When autumn comes around, the Daniels discuss me. I eavesdrop from the kitchen.

"We can't just have her staying here all day," discusses Mrs. Daniels. "The girl needs a proper education."

"While I agree, Dottie, firstly, we don't know what she remembers from school. And secondly, we still need to find her parents."

"The effort to find her parents is fruitless," says Mrs. Daniels. Then, rather angrily, "And you'd think if they even cared for her, they'd look."

Pastor Lee sighs. "It is partially our fault. We've practically kept her hidden in this town."

"I think she's better off with us, Lee. You found her starved and wounded. That doesn't scream 'neglect' to you?"

Pastor Lee sighs again. "I don't know, but I do know that we need to keep making the effort to find her parents. She can't go on with the rest of her life with us. It's not right."

"Let's just agree to disagree, and I think we should at least enroll her in the middle school. She looks to be about that age, and she's a sharp girl: She can catch up easily."

"Fine, fine. I'll go talk to the middle school in the morning."

I silently roll away, becoming more conflicted. I don't know my past, but do I even want to?

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