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    T hi s d ocum en t w as g en er at ed b y A BC A mb er L IT C on vert er p ro gr am

    WHATEVER TOMORROW BRINGS

    By

    Eden Robins

    cop yr ig ht F eb ru ar y 2 00 5, E den R ob in s

    C ov er A rt b y J en ny D ix on , c op yr ig ht F eb ru ar y 2 00 5

    ISBN 1-58608-366-x

    New Concepts Publishing

    L ake P ar k, G A 3 16 36

    www.newconceptspublishing.com

    T hi s i s a w or k o f f ic ti on . A ll c ha ra ct er s, e ve nt s, a nd p la ce s a re o f t he a ut ho r s i ma gi na ti on a nd n ot t o b e

    con fu sed w it h f act. A ny r es em bl an ce t o l iv in g p er so ns o r event s i s m er el y coi ncid en ce.

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    T o L ai ni e, m y b es t f ri en d a nd s ou l s is te r.

    Tha nk y ou f or s ho wi ng m e h ow t o l ive f ro m t he h ea rt , n o m at te r h ow d if fi cul t i t c an b e.

    U nl ike s o ma ny ot he rs who ha ve c ome a nd gone , a t t he e nd of your l if e, you c an s ay t ha t

    you have truly lived.

    C ha pt e r 1

    Arizona-Present Day

    " He y, y ou a re n t d ea d a re y ou ?"

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    S om eo ne w as s ha ki ng h er . C om in g a br up tl y a wa ke , S a R ah o pe ne d h er e ye s, a nd d ec id ed q ui te q ui ck ly

    t hat s he w an ted t o d ie. T he p ai n and d izzi ness w as s o o verw helm in g t hat s he alm os t v om it ed .

    " Yo u re a li ve . Goo d. I di dn t w ant t o ha ve t o c al l t he pol ic e. I m o n my wa y t o a n a ppoi nt me nt a ndcan t b e l at e. "

    S a R ah t ri ed t o f oc us o n t he pe rs on s pe ak in g t o h er . T he e ff or t ma de h er b re ak o ut i nt o a c ol d s we at ,

    but eventually a womans face emerged from the blur in front of her.

    T he w om an s e ye s n ar ro we d a nd s he w ri nk le d h er n os e i n d is ta st e.

    " Ar e y ou dr unk ?" S he s ni ff ed t he a ir a c ou pl e o f t im es . " I d on t s me ll a lc oho l, bu t yo u ne ve r c an t el l. "

    S a R ah d id n t k no w w hi ch q ue st io n t o a ns we r f ir st . T he p ai n i n h er h ea d w as s ta rt in g t o f ad e, b ut t he

    dizziness still had her spinning. She said what she thought would answer everything.

    " He lp m e. I ve be en a tt ac ke d." H er v oi ce c am e o ut l it tl e m or e t ha n a c ro ak . He r t hr oa t w as s o s or e a nd

    d ry , i t f el t l ik e i t w as s ti ck in g t og et her.

    T he w om an g as ped and h er exp ress i on chang ed f ro m w ar i ness t o con cern .

    " At ta ck ed ! Oh , ho ne y. I m s o s or ry. He re l et m e he lp y ou u p. C an y ou s ta nd? "

    S a R ah t ri ed t o we t he r dr y l ips w it h he r t ongue , bu t i t di dn t he lp. I ns te ad o f t al ki ng, s he j us t nodde d he r

    he ad. Th e wo ma n he ld ou t h er ha nd s a nd l et he r h ol d t he m f or s upp or t a s s he s tood up. Ot he r t ha n t he

    f ac t t ha t h er t hr oa t w as b ur ni ng a nd h er l eg s f el t l ik e w et n oo dl es , s he c ou ld m an age . B ut s he s ti ll l ea ne d

    h eavi ly o n t he o th er w om an f or s up po rt .

    " Do y ou w an t m e t o, u m, cal l t he p ol ice?" t he l ad y ask ed , l oo ki ng aro un d n er vo us ly .

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    S a R ah a lm os t s ai d y es , b ut s om et hi ng w as h ol di ng h er b ac k.

    " No n o po li ce ." Sa R ah c ou ld b ar el y g et t he w or ds o ut . T he na us ea w as ba ck . Un ab le t o h el ph er self , s he l eaned away f ro m t he w om an and emp ti ed t he con tent s o f h er s to mach , g ag gi ng w hen n ot hi ng

    was left.

    " You r e c om in g ho me w it h m e, " h er n ew fo un d r es cu er s ai d f ir ml y a s s he t ook a t is su e o ut o f h er p ur se

    a nd g en tl y w ip ed S a R ah s m ou th . " My n am e s R ac he l. I l iv e r ig ht a ro un d t he c or ne r. Y ou n ee d a p la ce

    t o r es t a nd g at he r y ou r t ho ug ht s f or a m in ut e. A nd t hi s a ll ey i s d ef in it el y n ot t he b es t p la ce t o d o t ha t. I

    can g o t o m y i nt er vi ew ano th er d ay ."

    Sa Ra h di dn t a rgu e w it h Ra che l. S he di dn t kn ow wh o or w he re s he w as , l et a lo ne wh at s he w as doi ng

    i n a n a ll ey. Al l s he kne w w as t ha t s he w as e xha us te d, a nd ne ede d t o l ie d own s om ewhe re f or a f ew

    m in ut es . R ac he l b ro ug ht h er b ac k t o h er c ra mp ed a pa rt me nt a nd i mm ed ia te ly l ed S a R ah t o h er c ou ch .

    " Il l ge t you a pi ll ow a nd bl anke t. The n I wa nt you t o r es t f or a whi le. We l l t al k w hen you wa ke up,

    h on ey . D on t w or ry abo ut a t hi ng . Y ou r e s af e w it h m e. "

    Sa Ra h b ar el y m ana ge d t o ke ep he r e ye s ope n l ong e no ugh t o s ee R ac he l t uc k t he pi ll ow und er he r

    h ea d a nd c ov er h er w it h t he b la nk et . S le ep p ul le d r el en tl es sl y a t h er .

    " Th an k y ou ," S a R ah w hi sp er ed , b ef or e f al li ng h eadl on g i nt o t he d ar kn es s.

    S he w ok e u p t he n ex t e ve ni ng f ee li ng m uc h b et te r. T he n au se a a nd d iz zi ne ss w er e g on e, b ut h er t hr oa t

    s ti ll f el t t ig ht a nd s or e. W he n he r e ye s f lu tt er ed o pe n, i t w as t o s ee R ac he l s it ti ng i n a c ha ir w at ch in g he r.

    " Go od , y ou r e a wa ke . I w as s ta rt in g t o w or ry . Y ou v e b ee n a sl ee p s in ce l as t n ig ht . A nd y ou s le pt a ll

    d ay w it ho ut m ov in g a m us cl e. H ow d o y ou f eel?"

    S a Ra h t ri ed to spe ak, but he r mout h wa s too dry to s ay muc h.

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    "W at er p lease. "

    R ac he l t ook t he gl as s f rom t he c of fe e t abl e a nd he ld i t out t o h er .

    " I ha d t his he re , jus t in c as e you got t hi rst y whi le I wa s out."

    S a R ah t oo k a f ew s ip s o f t he w at er , l et ti ng i t m oi st ur iz e h er s an dp ap er t hr oa t.

    " Ou t? " S a R ah r ep ea te d.

    " Ye s. Y ou pr ob abl y don t r eme mbe r, bu t whe n I f oun d you, I w as on my wa y t o a n i nt er vi ew. I l ef t

    s om e f oo d, wa te r, a nd a n ot e on t he c of fe e t abl e f or y ou e ar li er t oda y, whi le I we nt t o t ha t i nt er vi ew . I

    f el t gu il ty l ea vi ng yo u he re , bu t I kn ew y ou d b e s af e. A nd y ou e nd ed up s le ep in g r ig ht t hr ou gh i t

    anyway."

    " Tha nk y ou f or a ll y ou v e d on e f or m e. Y ou s ave d m e. "

    " I do n t know a bout s avi ng you. Thos e br ui se s on y our ne ck te ll me t ha t I wa s a l it tle t oo l at e f or t ha t."

    "Bruises?"

    " Ye p. " Ra che l got up a nd br ought b ack a s ma ll m ir ror . She h ande d i t t o Sa Ra h. Ti lti ng i t down so t ha t

    s he c oul d s ee he r n ec k, S a Ra h ga sp ed a lo ud . Th e b ru is es o n h er ne ck w er e l ar ge , bl ac k, a nd a ng ry .

    Th ey r an f ro m on e s ide of he r n ec k t o t he ot he r.

    " Wh oe ve r a tt ac ke d y ou l as t n ig ht g av e y ou r t hr oa t a p re tt y g oo d s qu ee ze . D o y ou r em em be r w ha t

    happened?"

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    S a R ah t ri ed t o r em em be r. B ut n ot hi ng c am e. I t w as a c om pl et e b la nk .

    S he s ho ok h er h ea d. " I c an t r em em be r a t hi ng ."

    " No th in g a bo ut t he a tt ac k? D o y ou r em em be r w ha t y ou w er e d oi ng b ef or e i t h ap pe ne d? "

    A gain , S a R ah t ri ed t o r em em ber s om et hi ng , any th in g, b ut n o i mages cam e t o h er .

    "Nothing."

    " Oka y. We ll ma ybe i f w e c ont act s ome one you know , t he y c an fi ll us i n. Who do you ne ed t o ca ll ? I m

    s ur e y ou r f am il y o r f ri en ds are w or ri ed s ick. "

    "I dont remember."

    " Wh at d o y ou m ean, h on ey ?"

    " I m ea n I c an t r em em be r a ny th in g. N ot w ha t h ap pe ne d, n ot w ha t I w as d oi ng b ef or e t ha t, n ot e ve n w ho

    I am, or who my fa mi ly or f ri ends ar e. It s a ll a bi g bl ank."

    "You mean you have amnesia?"

    " I I guess so."

    Sa R ah s s ho ul de rs s lu mp ed d ej ec te dl y. W ho w as s he ? W ha t h ad h ap pe ne d t o h er l as t n ig ht ? H ow

    c ou ld s he g et h er l if e b ac k?

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    " Ho w abo ut y ou r n am e? D o y ou r em em ber y ou r n am e?"

    S h e s lo wl y n od de d h er h ea d. " Sa R ah ."

    " Ok ay , S ar ah . T hat s s om et hi ng . W hat s y ou r l as t n am e?"

    Th is t im e, S a R ah j us t s hr ug ge d s ad ly a nd s ho ok h er h ea d.

    " Ma yb e w e, u m, y ou s ho ul d c al l t he po li ce . T he re , u h, t he re m us t b e s om eo ne l oo ki ng f or y ou ."

    Sa Ra h n ot ic ed R ac he l s v oi ce c ha ng e. Sh e l ook ed a t h er f ac e, a nd r ea d t he h es it anc y i n he r e ye s. F or

    s om e r ea so n, R ac he l d id n t w an t t he p ol ic e a ro un d. T ha t w or ke d o ut w el l, b ec au se s he d id n t e it he r.

    T he re w as a v oi ce i n h er h ea d t ha t k ep t p ou nd in g o ut t he s am e t hi ng , d on t c al l t he p ol ic e, d on t c al l t he

    police, dont call the police.

    " I m n ot r ea dy t o c al l t he p ol ic e, R ac he l. I d r at he r w ai t. Y ou u nd er st an d, d on t y ou ?"

    T he r el ief o n R achel s f ace w as i mm ed iate.

    " Ye s,