Krista Heiser Final DraftLonger Short Story
the pleading and begging on the answering machine did whatthe other messages had not, they weakened Hannah’s resolve.Years of experience warned her to keep a healthydistance from the wives and other family members of thepedophiles she helped the FBI find and prosecute. In thoserare instances when she had been asked to appear in court,she had been subjected to both physical and verbal abuse.Not that all of the begging, pleading, and threateninghad happened in court. Angela Adams wasn’t the firstfamily member who had ever tried to contact her. Wives,girlfriends, and even a few mothers had tried to make herrecant her testimony. She had been able to ignore thebribes, but the threats had been enough to make her takecertain safety precautions, like getting an unlisted numberand adopting Abigail, a golden retriever she had saved fromthe pound.Somehow Angela Adams had unearthed her privatelisting, though.What Hannah found truly curious, though, was the factthat Angela hadn’t contacted her during the early days ofher husband’s arrest and consequent imprisonment. The manhad already served three years, which is why his wife’srecent correspondence made little sense in Hannah’s mind.