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Full House Prologue

Full House Prologue

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Published by Jean Holloway
It's 1993 and in the final Deck of Cardz novel, Full House, Captain Shevaughn Robinson is living the challenging life of a single mother of two while at the pinnacle of her career. It doesn't help that her adolescent daughter is still communicating with the dead and is in a relationship that's way too serious for her age. Or that Nonna, the only one she can depend on, is showing the beginning signs of Alzheimer's.
When she hears allegations that the police are ignoring the growing number of missing Black women in Portsborough, Shevaughn pledges to personally investigate their disappearance. It leads her to one of the most unusual crimes in her entire career and puts a new meaning to the phrase...

Honor thy mother.
It's 1993 and in the final Deck of Cardz novel, Full House, Captain Shevaughn Robinson is living the challenging life of a single mother of two while at the pinnacle of her career. It doesn't help that her adolescent daughter is still communicating with the dead and is in a relationship that's way too serious for her age. Or that Nonna, the only one she can depend on, is showing the beginning signs of Alzheimer's.
When she hears allegations that the police are ignoring the growing number of missing Black women in Portsborough, Shevaughn pledges to personally investigate their disappearance. It leads her to one of the most unusual crimes in her entire career and puts a new meaning to the phrase...

Honor thy mother.

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Published by: Jean Holloway on Jun 30, 2011
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 Prologue
Bethany Peters sat in the oversized rocking chair bythe window and surveyed the completed nursery. A largewoman with breasts that almost hung to her navel once sheremoved her bra, she stood a formidable five foot ten, closeto two hundred pounds. In her younger days, men thoughtof her as voluptuous and compared her to one of the sexsymbols of the fifties, Jayne Mansfield. Sadly, age andgravity had taken its toll. Now a worn red and black plaidflannel nightgown hid the sight of her sagging body fromthe world.She was feeling pretty satisfied with herself rightabout now since all she had to do was wait for her sons todo as they were told. She·d given birth to five good-lookingboys, although each reminded her of her husband in adifferent way. Ardon, Belial, the shy one known as Lyle toeveryone except his mother, Caleb, Darius and Ethan weresuch obedient sons. They would do whatever they could tokeep her happy.Her relationship with her boys was so unlike the oneshe·d had with her mother. Her mother had been a hardwoman to please«or love. One day, she sat Bethany downand explained her views on life. She got the impression shewould always place second when it came to her ownmother·s affection.´The man always comes first,µ her mother affirmed.´We·re here to make things as easy for him as possiblesince he·s the reason we have such a nice house, clothes onour backs and food in our tummies.µ Bethany reached theconclusion that the only reason her mother gave birth toher was to substitute for the maid they couldn·t afford.
 
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As the oldest of three, it became her responsibility tomake sure her brother got ready for school. Every day, shewould get up, wash, get dressed and put her robe over herschool clothes, then go and wake her brother. As heshowered, she made his bed and breakfast. Her sister, theyoungest of the three, was still in her mother·s care, butBethany knew all that would change as soon as the littleone became school age.She always remembered the one morning wheneverything went wrong; her brother fought getting up, sheburned the Wheatena and later when she arrived at schooland removed her coat, she looked down and saw she stillhad on her pink, quilted robe. Her classmates thought itwas hilarious and the news of her faux pas spread fasterthan chicken pox in a preschool. When she got home andtried to explain the humiliation to her mother, the womanquickly brushed it off.´It·s no big deal, Bethany. A year from now, whowill remember? You need to get over yourself.µThat very day, Bethany vowed she would neverconfide in that woman again. She promised that she wouldhave more compassion for her children and she made goodon that promise. After everyone thought her husband lefther for some floozy he met in their congregation, shedevoted herself to her boys. However, in reality, the couplenever left at all. They were both buried deep in the back ofher flower garden, fertilizer for her beautiful prizehollyhocks.
 
One cold winter evening, she·d thrown a dozen ofher garden-grown castor beans that she allowed to flowerand seed into his chili. She patiently watched him until hecollapsed hours later from the stomach pains. Always thedutiful wife, she cared for him as he suffered through thegut-wrenching vomiting and blood-laced diarrhea for three
 
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days until he finally convulsed and died. Then a couple ofnights later, his fool mistress had the nerve to come lookingfor him when he didn·t meet up with her as promised.God·s house was full of brainless women who prayed for aman and didn·t care if he already belonged to someoneelse.Bethany had been ready for bed, yet she invited herin and offered the woman a seat at her kitchen table.´Guess it looks like he left both of us. I·m thinkingit's no great loss, he·s probably found a youngerreplacement. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I always say. Ifyou ask me that means it·s time for a celebration. Wouldyou care for a drink? I know I could use one. How ¶bout Imake us a Chivas and soda?µ Before the woman couldanswer, she left her sitting at the kitchen table and went toget the liquor.She didn·t mind helping the Lord bestow a littlevengeance. When she returned empty-handed from thebuffet in the dining room where her husband stored hisalcohol, Bethany crept up behind the woman and using thebelt from her robe, strangled her, thus making sure herhusband and his little harlot both got exactly what theydeserved.Once alone, she raised her five sons with an iron fistand never let another man get close enough to hurt heragain. A man would never be her number one priority.And it was all worth it because her sons repaid her withunquestioning loyalty. There wasn·t anything theywouldn·t do for their Mama. Ardon, the eldest, took overas head of the family. He left school and took a boring jobat a local clothing factory. For his reward, Bethany placedhim in his father·s place at the head of the table and Ardonaccepted the responsibility. He helped her keep the

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