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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Sample: Blue 52

Welcome to Saturday Sample. For the past few weeks I've been sharing samples from Blue 52. So far we've learned that President Richard Lovinggood was murdered by his wife who then committed suicide. Their son Hank was raised by his grandfather Senator Henry Lovinggood. A new high speed train is coming through the cemetery where President Lovinggood is buried, and Hank has made plans to open the coffins once they are disinterred so he can see his parents. He was only 3 when they died, and he doesn't really remember them. His grandmother is totally against his plan and has just told him so in no uncertain terms. Shaken, his grandfather told me that his father took after his grandmother, and his volatile personality caused the Senator a lot of problems. The 'he' in the first paragraph is Hank's father. The senator is the first speaker.

A ghost of a smile crossed his grandfather’s face. “Did I ever tell you about the time he and I got thrown out of the hospital?”

Hank shook his head. “What happened?”

“You know when he worked for the FBI, he rescued your mother and me when we got kidnapped, right?”

Hank nodded. “Yes, I know about that—some guy trying to get revenge on Dad for arresting his brother.”

“That’s right.” The senator groaned and stuffed a brocade cushion behind his back. Hank knew his grandfather’s arthritis had been bothering him lately. “Your mother was wounded when she deliberately took a bullet meant for me. Richard, your grandmother Lane, and I stayed all night with her at the hospital, and the next morning while your dad was taking a shower, Elizabeth’s old fiancĂ© showed up to visit her.” 

We'll pick up here next week. The scene at the hospital reveals Richard's character very well.  Blue 52 is available at http://www.whiskeycreekpress and

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