The look of disappointment was more than Rachel wanted to see
that night as she told her parents of her dilemma…She had
graduated early at age sixteen, with honors from high school,
even got a full scholarship to college…her life would be put on
hold… It was the 60's and the world had it's own views regarding
babies born " "out of wedlock" ….she was sent to stay with a
relative until the time came for her to deliver…..The doctor she
had chosen appeared very sympathetic to her plight and on many
occasions had spoken of the hard times she would face as a single
parent , and asked if had she weighed all her options ? He also
asked if she wished to know the gender of the baby. She said no
to the gender issue and regarding her options, she would take one
day at a time.Her Mom and Dad were very supportive when she told
them of her decision to keep and raise the baby, as the father
had already joined the Marines and was stationed in Vietnam,
perhaps one day,they would reunite ...she had no idea if she
would ever see him again.
The next few months were spent getting ready for the birth and her introduction to Motherhood. , but, her anxiety grew more intense every day.It was a bitter cold November day, many businesses had closed due to the severe snow storms, it was 18 degrees below zero , the snow was already 4 feet deep and snow was still falling. Rachel remembered entering the hospital , people running and moving all around me…the rest was a blur…she awoke with a headache, the nurse said she had been out for hours and the doctor should be in shortly. .where's my baby ? and the nurse left the room without even responding. A few minutes later the doctor entered. He asked how are you feeling ? then proceeded to inform her that she had given birth to twins, a girl and a boy, however the boy was stillborn. Rachel did not see the doctor again, until she checked out of the hospital at which time he never said a word...The infant boy was buried and Rachel never even got to see him.
She named the baby girl Brooke and took her home…to start their lives together. Rachel moved in to her Parents guest house, while she attended college and worked part-time... during these years, was when she was informed of the death of her children's father, he had been killed in Vietnam...
Eight years later she graduated Medical School and was doing her internship at a teaching hospital. .that's where she met the man of her dreams... Dr. Phillip Kahn... Radiologist... Four years later they married…..and lived a very happy life…but as life sometimes does...it goes awry…and you will see why later...
Brooke grew up, never wanting for anything, her stepfather adored her. She was a very outgoing young lady, who excelled in all subjects in school. She loved sports and her riding skills were well noted in the Equestrian society. She received several scholarships and had her pick of the top colleges...Her parents were very proud.
Upon graduating from college, Brooke had majored in Journalism and accepted a job in France with a major International company, for a two-year program and she would stay in with a friend she had met in college.
It was a rainy day, in South France in the small town of Villereal , when Brooke decided to stop in a café for coffee and a croissant. She had been on assignment for a month, traveling through Southern France. While sitting there, she caught the eye of a stranger ,who was sitting with a group, he looked and smiled, but she felt there was something familiar about him, she finished her coffee and left.
Just as he got up the nerve to approach her.. she was gone...
The next day she returned to Paris, where she was to meet her friend for lunch, as she, reached the table there was the stranger again.. sitting at the table, with her friend. He stood up as her friend introduced him... "Brooke this is my cousin, Lars Olson he lives in Denmark and is on assignment here is France."
Deja Vue....You are the girl I saw yesterday at the cafe , he said, they both laughed.
To be continued " Insidious Deception" Part 2.....