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I have published three short stories in Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine. Currently working on Secrets of Windwood, the first in a series.

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Chapter 37 of the book Secrets of Windwood
Simon Reads Calvin's letter to Andrea
"Letting Go" by Jackreese

Sutton and Jenna continue to plot while Joshua fights for his sanity. Simon comes to terms with his past.

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Lila turned away in disgust, kicked open the van doors and exited the vehicle, stepping over the carcass of her comrade. She felt bad she didn't know his name or where he came from or why it affected her so much that she was crying.

"Where are you going?" Channing barked.

"I need to get some air." She wiped away the tears with the back of her hand.

"Here, take this." He handed her a wooden stake tipped with silver. "There could be more."

Reluctantly, she took them and walked away.

Lila didn't know where she was going and didn't care. All she knew was she had to get away from him.
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Later that day, a broken Simon returned from the morgue where he had to identify Andrea's body. He went to her room and sat at her desk. On top was a photo album opened to a picture of him and Andrea taken at his wedding while they were dancing.

Simon hated her, yet his heart was being torn to pieces at seeing the two of them so happy. The tears hit the plastic covered pages as he flipped through the images of his life. The past he wanted to forget was being revealed through these pictures.

"There you are. I was looking all over for you. Thought maybe we could go catch a movie," Georgia asked from the door frame.

With tears dripping down his face, he looked up at his wife no longer able to contain his emotions. Without a word, she moved to the desk and comforted her man. She stroked his head as he sobbed placing the book back on the desk. He hooked his hands around her waist.

"I'm good now." He said dryly and letting go of her.

"Is this you?" She asked, handing him a few tissues that were by the desk lamp and picking up the book and motioning to the top picture.

"Let me see." He turned in the swivel chair and knocked the book out of her hands and on to the floor. The clasp broke and the pictures went everywhere.

Georgia began to pick up the prints, when she found the unopened letter Calvin left Andrea in the mess.

"Can I see that?" He tore into it immediately.

"My dearest Andrea,

It's been a long time and if you're reading this, I've passed. It's been over thirty years since we spoke and I wanted you to know that I've forgiven you and in all our years apart you remained the great love of my life which is why I must tell you that Simon is still alive.
Sutton and I, with the help of Georgia, kept him from you for your protection and his. I'm telling you this now, so you may let go of the past, he was always your favorite and it showed in the way you doted on him. Andrea, I never got to see my boys again. Don't make the mistake I did. Forgive yourself and Simon and be a family.
Love always,

The tears began to flow again, only this time they were happy tears. He folded the letter and smiled.

"What'd it say?" Georgia asked, looking over his shoulder.

Simon sighed, "That I wasn't forgotten. I really had a family. They were here the whole time." Simon sniffed loudly, clearing his nose. "You still wanna catch that movie?"
Joshua continued to sleep upstairs. It had been over 24 hours, but Toni thought it best he remain out of it until she figured out what to do about Donna, Sutton, and Jenna. As of today, there was no change in Brandon's condition, either. Fortunately, while she was in the boy's hospital room, she was able to slip some silver in his I.V. or she'd have another werewolf added to the mix.

"How long have you known, Martha?" Gideon asked, coming into the parlor. Toni looked puzzled as Gideon poured himself a drink and sat beside her on the sofa. "We know each other quite well." He said taking a sip of bourbon from his glass, acknowledging Toni's confusion.

"I don't understand." Toni groaned.

"I am over 300 years old. I was here at Windwood in 1912 when Martha was released the first time. I knew what she was and vice versa. I needed an ally, so I would protect her during the day, and she would look after me when I changed. If it wasn't for her, I would be trapped with the others in that underground prison." He said, remembering the past as if it were yesterday.

"And you are just telling me this now?" She said annoyed.

"Hey, it's not like you mentioned to me that you were protecting a vampire, either." He shot back.

"The less people who knew about her, the better. Let's just call it even and I'll forget about you not telling me Channing got out." She smirked as he glared at her.

"Here we go again. Thirty years pass and you still can't let that go? I'm not apologizing again."
A sound out in the foyer stopped them from continuing the disagreement.

"What was that?" Toni whispered. Gideon placed his forefinger over his mouth to keep her quiet. He thrust open the door to see Joshua had fallen down the stairs.

"I must find, Martha." Joshua uttered as he tried to pull himself up by the banister. He was still too weak and collapsed again.

"He is starting to remember." Toni had become visibly upset.

"Remember what?" Gideon asked, looking puzzled.

"Just help me get him back upstairs and I'll explain later."
Sutton and Jenna were holed up in the lower level of Lord Mausoleum. There was no way Sutton could return to his job now that they knew what he and Jenna had been up too. After sleeping in the park, the mausoleum was the Ritz.

"We need to figure out what to do next?" Sutton said, sitting down on one of the marble slabs. "This is no place for a little girl."

"You know better than that." Jenna replied as she closed her eyes and rested her head against a statue of some Lord ancestor.

"I just meant..." She cut him off.

"The only way this stops, is if Martha and the rest of that family are wiped from this planet. You want to end this sooner, I suggest you get busy and figure out a way to eliminate them."

"This has gone way too far. I never wanted any of this. I'm done and I'm gonna turn myself in in hopes they will go easy on me..." He jumped up and stormed over toward the exit.

"No, you're not. You are going to do exactly what I tell you or I'll make sure your fate is worse than anything you can imagine."

"I don't care." He continued to the stairs.

Jenna fixed her gaze on him. He heard a buzzing in his head began to throb. He fell to his knees as blood began to trickle out of his nose. Sutton cried in pain as it spilled out of his ears.

"Alright! Enough! I'll help!" In a matter of seconds, the pain she inflicted was over.

"I knew you'd see it my way. Now let's get some rest."

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Author Notes
Joshua Lord-Heir to Lord Shipbuilding and Windwood. Father of Brandon and Jenna. Married To Donna.

Jenna Lord- Joshua and Donna's youngest. Plagued by dreams of a witch being hung she also hears voices

Toni Corsini- Descendent of the witch, Zita, who has grown to love Donna and the Lord family like her own. Member of a secret order of supernatural beings bound by duty to protect the Lord's and the town of Solomon's Wake.

Simon Lord-Joshua's older brother. Simon was born a werewolf because of a curse and was shot by his mother, Andrea, for being a werewolf. After 20 years in a coma he wakes up. Everyone believes him to be dead.

Georgia Lord- Simon's wife. Georgia was born from two werewolf parents and can change at will, unlike Simon who can only change by the full moon.

Gideon Blake- Centuries old werewolf, father of Ginny and Georgia. Hates the Lord family and is another member of the order.

Channing Blake- The son of Gideon and Iris Lord who, was imprisoned under the lake with most of his pack. His only goal in life is to make his father suffer and to kill his sister, Georgia.

Aaron Sutton- Trusted and revered butler who has served the Lord family for decades
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