Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword or section
Like this
54Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Janice Kay Johnson - Whose Baby

Janice Kay Johnson - Whose Baby

Ratings:

5.0

(1)
|Views: 2,904 |Likes:
Published by taking_chances

More info:

Published by: taking_chances on Dec 16, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

06/18/2013

pdf

text

original

 
WHOSEBABY?JaniceKayJohnsonContents:123456789101112131415Chapter1O+Odoesnot=B.Sowhywassheevennervous?Oblivioustothesalt-scentedbreezeandthefamiliarwhooshofthebrokensurf,LynnChanakstaredattheenvelopeinherhand.
Openit 
,shetoldherself.
Thenyoucanquitworryingaboutnothin
.Andnothingwasjustwhatitwouldprovetobe.ThatPortlandlabhadmixedupsomebodyelse'sbloodwithShelly's.Itwasdumbtolettheresultsshakeherevenforaminute.PoorShellyhadhadtoendurebeingstuckwithaneedleagain,whichstillmadeLynnmad,butitwasdone,overwith,andnowwiththeresultsfromthenewlabshe'dbeabletorefuteherex-husband'sridiculousaccusation.Therewasnowayasecondlabwouldmakethesamekindofmistake.LynnandBrianbothhadTypeOblood;heavenhelpher,she'doncebeenfoolishenoughtothinkthatmeanttheyweremadeforeachother.WithbothparentshavingTypeOblood,Shellyhadtohavethesame.Sowhynotopentheenvelope?"Mama!"Lynn'sthree-and-a-half-year-olddaughtertuggedathersleeve."SeewhatIfound?"Thesmallhandcuppedaflame-red,wave-polishedchunkofagatethatbeachcombingtouristswouldhavekilledfor.
GeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html
 
Lynnsmiledindelightandhuggedherdaughter."That'saprettyone!You'vegotsharpeyes!"Shesatonagray,winter-tossedlogonthebeach,thepileofmailinherhand.ThiswasadailyritualfoherandShellywhentheshopwasclosed.Waitforthemail,donsweatshirtsagainstthesharpbreeze,andthenwalkthetwoblocksfromhometotherockybeach,famousfortheseastacksthatrearedoffshore.OtterBeachhadbeenatinylumbertownuntiltheOregoncoastbecameafavoritetouristdestination.Nowstreetswerelinedwithartgalleriesandantiqueshops,andprimebeachfrontrealestatewastakenbyinnsandbed-and-breakfasts.Lynn'sbookstorewasoneblockoverfromthemainstreet.Theupstairsoftheoldhousewashome,thedownstairsherbusiness.Duringtouristseason,shestayedopensixdaysaweek.Bythetimewinter stormspoundedthecoast,sheonlybotheredtoopenfromThursdaythroughSundayforlocalsandfothefewhardysoulswhocameforromanticweekendsandbeachcombingafterstormsdepositedJapanesefloatsandagatesontheshore."I'llgivethistoDaddynexttimehecomes,"Shellyannounced."C'nyousaveitforhim,Mommy?""Youbet,sweetie,"agreedLynn,hidingherdismay.Howwasshegoingtoexplaintoathree-year-oldwhyDaddywasn'tvisitinganymore?Giggling,ShellywormedherhandintothepocketofLynn'sfaded,zip-frontsweatshirttodeposithefind.Thechunkofagatejoinedthecrabclawandthemusselshellentwinedwithdriedseaweedthatshe'dalreadycollected.ForamomentLynnwatchedasShellywanderedaway.Shelookedsocuteinherdenimoverallsandrubber-toedsneakers,hermink-brownponytailstraightandsleek.LynntriedhardtoseewhatBriandid, buthowcouldshe?Thiswashe
daughter 
.Sowhatifherownhairwasawarm,wavychestnut-brown,ifBrianwasblond?SowhatifShelly'seyeswerebrown,whileLynn'sweregreenandBrian'sblue?Kidsdidn'talwayslookjustliketheirparents.Infact,theyhardlyeverdid.Thegenesthatcreatedapersonwerelike…likethethreadsofcolorinaPersiancarpet,thousandsofbitsofwool,woventogetherwithacomplexitythatdefiedanyabilitytosaythatacertainbluecamefromsuchandsuchasheep.Shellymightlooklikesomeforgottengreat-grandmother.Didit
matter 
thatherfacewasn'tareflectionofherfather's?ApparentlyitdidtoBrian.He'dalwaysbeenunreasonablyjealous,bothbeforetheyweremarried– whenLynnconsideredpossessivenessromantic–andafter.Themarriagehadbeenamistake,aterriblemistake.GuiltateatLynneverytimeshethoughtaboutBrian,becausesheknewthefailurewashers.Sheshouldn'thavemarriedhim.Hewasright,whenhehadbelievedshedidn'tlovehimenough.Butshehadneverbeenunfaithful.Therehadn'tbeenanotherman;probablyneverwouldbe,nowthatsheknewshewasn'tcapableofthekindofpassionalifetimecommitmentrequired.Shehadn'tgivenBriananyreasontosuspectshewasseeinganyone,soitoutragedherthatnowheshouldclaimShellywasn'this.Lynnbitterlyresentedhavingtoputathree-year-oldthroughthescaryprocessofhavingblooddrawn, butshe'ddoneit.NotjustbecausesheneededBriantokeeppayingthechildsupport,butalsobecauseShellyneededherdad.Sowhywasn'tshetearingopentheenvelope?LynnwrenchedhergazefromShelly,crouchedonhe
GeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html
 
heelstenyardsdownthebeachstaringwithintensefascinationatsomething,andstudiedthereturnaddressontheenvelope.McElvoyLaboratories,Seattle,Washington.Adifferentlab.Lynnhadn'ttakenShellybacktotheirregularclinicforthesecondblooddraw.She'ddriventoLincolnCity.Ofcoursesheshouldhavemarchedbackintotheirdoctor'soffice,wavingthatstupidpieceofpaperandproclaimingherindignationatthemistake.Sheshouldn'thavehadtopayfothesecondroundofanalysis.Butshe'dfelt…cautious.Shemadeaface.Gun-shy.Brianhadmadeherparanoid.Shedidn'twanttogivehimanyammunition.If heknewaboutthefirstresults,hewouldn'tbelievethesecondones.He'dwantmore,insteadof acceptingthetruthwhenshehandedittohim.Anyway,avoicewhispered,
whatifitwasn'tamistake?Shellydoesn'tlooklikeeitherparent.
"Oh,right!"shesaidoutloud.ForPete'ssake,she'dbeenawakeandpresentduringherawfullabor.Sure,becauseofthehemorrhaging,shehadn'tseenhernewborndaughterforthefirsthours,butthenthey'dlaidthetinyred-facedbabyatherbreast,andshe'dheldherandlovedhereversince.And,damnit,sohadBrian!Only,nowhehadtogetsuspicious.Orcheap.Hewaslatesometimeswiththechild-supportcheck.Thinkwhatagoodexcusethiswouldbenottopayatall!Lynnglancedupagain;herdaughterwasintheexactsamespot.Aminiaturetidepool,probably.Shellyhadlearnednottotakelivingcreaturesfromthem,onlytoobserve.She'dseenthedifferencebetweentherichcolorofaseastarclingingtoarockbeneaththewaterandthedullhardbodyofadead preservedone.Shelovedthescamperoftinycrabs,thedartofbrownsandpipers,thehoarseroarofsealionsontherocksoffshore.Thiswashome,magicalandfamiliaratthesametime.Likehavingachild.Forfleetingmoments,Lynnsawthroughherdaughter'seyesandbecamethreeyearsoldagain.Wondering,awed,frightened,reassuredbysimplecomforts.Othertimes,Lynnwasperplexedbythiscomplete,smallpersonherdaughterseemedtobe.Itwasasif she'dbeenbornwhole,finished,andallLynncoulddowasopentheworldtoher.Theideathataparentcouldshapeherchildwasassillyasbelievingthesamebloodtypemeanttwopeopleweremysteriouslyakin.Openit.Lynncouldn'tunderstandherreluctance.Shekeptfingeringthatdamnedenvelope.She'dpeekedatallthebills,evenflippedthroughacoupleofpublishers'catalogsasiftheirspringlistsmatteredmorethanthebloodthattracedpalebluelinesbeneaththetranslucentskinofherdaughter'swrists,thatbeadedcrimsonwhenShellyskinnedherknee.Lifeblood.StillShellycrouchedinthesamespot,herattentionspanastonishingforachildherage.Shedidn'tneedhermomrightnow,exceptashomebase.Apocketandasmileandahug.Lynntoreopentheenvelopeandpulledoutthesinglesheetofpaper.Unfoldedit,andstareddownatthebaldblacklette
 B
.Therewasmore,butshedidn'tseeit.Herheartpoundedsohardshewouldn'thaveheardShellyscream.Hervisionmisted,andshehadtheeeriesensationofbeingaloneonthebeachafteralate-afternoonfoghadrolledin.Everythingwasgray,indistinct,abruptlyloominginfrontofherandthenswallowedbehindher.
GeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html

Activity (54)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
Rose Cox liked this
Rose Cox liked this
darral liked this
tthilla liked this
Bailey Pulley liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->