Kellie placed a hand on her stomach for what seemed like the hundredth time. Every time there was a movement, she felt herself whispering the same chant over and over…

“Please, dear God, not this time…not this time.”

Even after the specialist showed her the test results, Kellie found it hard to let herself believe. Every time it ripped a little more of her heart to have to say goodbye to the dream.

She felt the ripple again and wrapped both arms around her swollen abdomen. It was so hard to not have hope even after the many times that same hope was crushed with the reality of a life lost. As the ripples turned into beginning waves of pain, Kellie hugged herself even tighter and whispered again, “Please, dear God, just this once let everything turn out right. For Jackie’s sake.”

Kellie slowly eased out of the chair and waddled over to the door. It was time to leave.

She had loved this little one for nine months. Now it was time for someone else to take over. The phone only rang once before Jackie picked up.

“Is everything okay, Kel?” She could hear the heavy breathing on the other end.

Even through the newest ripple of pain, Kellie managed to smile through the tears.

“Yeah, sis. Meet me at the hospital. I think I’m about to become an aunt!”


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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Ship of Dreams, will be available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers on October 14th, 2019.

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Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

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