A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
Alyssa, thirty years old and recently divorced, had returned to Cottonwood Creek with her two young sons to live with her parents until she could get on her feet. She wasn't thrilled about being back in the small town she had grown up in, having left as soon as she graduated from high school, eager to escape and experience life in the big city.
Things had gone okay until she met and married Richard, and from then on her life had been one of fear and abuse; but now she finally free of that, or so she thought until she got a call from the school to say that ex-husband was there wanting to pick up her son.
Panic swept through Alyssa and she dialed 911 with shaking hands, and explained to the Chief of Police that she had full custody of the children and he'd lost his visitation rights when a restraining order was issued. The Chief of Police just happened to be a close friend of her father's, familiar with her story, and within minutes he was at the school and her ex had been arrested.
Suddenly living in a small town didn't seem so bad to Alyssa; while it's true people always knew about your business here, the school had been quick to notify her of the problem and the police response had been outstanding, and just maybe Cotton Creek was going to be a good place to raise her sons.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.