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Authors: Judy Ann Davis

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“Only if I don’t have to sort them, buddy,” she said and followed her words with a smile and a wink.

With Cindy’s urging, the little boy scrambled up. He approached Elise cautiously, one hand behind his back. Earlier in the morning he had acted unusually withdrawn and quiet. Elise thought there had been too much commotion for the child to absorb everything that had happened during the last few days. She had been away from the farm, frantically trying to solve Mike’s murder before the twenty-four hours elapsed and the police disclosed the drug money had been located. Even though her father had tried to keep everyone on an even keel, she thought the child might have been affected by the high emotions surrounding the last few days.

He looked at her almost shyly now with those big, dusty gray Fisher eyes. “I have an early wedding present for you, Eeeelise,” he said in a solemn voice, and handed her a card he had made. On the outside of it he had drawn a barrel-like brown dog with floppy ears and long legs, and beside him, a bouquet of brilliant red, yellow, and blue flowers.

Elise opened the card. Inside were only five simple words. He had written them in an uneven, childlike script, obviously coached by Lucas or Cindy. She thought her heart would burst with delight. Leaping off the swing, she scooped up the little boy in her arms and crushed him to her.

“Yes, yes, yes,” she squealed, hugging him to her and ruffling his hair. “Yes, Todd, my answer is yes. Oh, yes!” In her exuberance, she dropped the opened card onto the porch floor, revealing the five little words that formed her key to love.

“Will you be my mom?”

A word about the author...

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Throughout her career, Judy Ann has written news articles and features for newspapers, advertising copy for businesses, and curricula and grants for various educational institutions.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies.
Up on the Roof and Other Short Stories
, a collection of nineteen short stories, will be published this year.

Her first novel,
RED FOX WOMAN
, published in 2010, is a western, mystery, and romance and was a finalist in the International Book Awards and USA Book News Best Book Awards.

When Judy Ann is not behind her computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and lives with her husband in Clearfield, PA.

Visit her at:
www.judyanndavis.com
and

www.judyanndavis.blogspot.com
.

You can find her on Facebook: Judy Ann Davis

and on Twitter: @judyanndavis4

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