Welcome back to another Tuesday's Tales This week I'm sharing a clip from Megan, a WIP that has been on the go for several years, and is the 2nd story following the Hawke family siblings. The first being Duty Calls, published in 2011 by Black Opal Books.
(Info- Widowed Megan learns that someone is contesting her late husbands will. Here Megan and her lover, Vince, are questioning the grandmother of the contester.)
“What can I say to convince you?” she asked into the silence. “For a couple of years I managed to keep track of my daughter’s movements. It wasn’t easy and I had to use my late husband’s influence to pull a few strings. Then Marie Ann crossed the border into Mexico and I lost track of her. For four years I heard nothing; then out of the blue she turned up with a baby girl. She told me she was destitute that the father of her child left her when he discovered she was pregnant and she couldn’t afford to keep the child and would put it up for adoption if I didn’t take it in and look after it.”
“Was she married to the child’s father?” Vince asked, his gaze flicking to Megan, where she sat of the arm of the settee her hand resting on her brother’s shoulder. She shifted uncomfortably then settled again and waited for Esmy response.
“She told me the father wanted to remain in his hometown and refused to travel with her when she wanted to return to the States. So she brought the child back with her and dumped it on me and then within the week disappeared again.”
“When was that?” Megan’s quiet voice startled everyone.
“Let me see.” Esmy thought back, trying to remember exactly how old the babe had been when her daughter left it behind. “She was no more than a few months. Three? Perhaps four. To be precise, I’d have to look at the adoption papers.”
“And how old is your granddaughter now?” Megan held her breath. Had her beloved Michael been married to two women at the same time? She couldn’t bring herself to believe it.
Megan released her breath and smiled down at the two men on her settee.
“Does your grand daughter’s birth certificate name the father?” Luke asked the woman seated opposite him.
“I don’t remember. I don’t think so.”
“Where was the child born?” Vince asked.
“Vegas.” Came the prompt response.
“I’d like to see the certificate and take a copy.” Vince stated. “Do you know how and when she left Mexico and whether she was alone?”
“No.” Esmy shook her head.
Picking up the jug of cold coffee Megan returned to the kitchen.
“Are you prepared to take us to your house and allow us to look at the documents appertaining to your granddaughter.” Vince asked.
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