A is for Alyssa

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.


  1. A touching story - sometimes it's good to be in a small town :)
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

  2. It is amazing how many of us return to or near the town in which we grew up. Like any location there are positives and negatives. I am looking forward to meeting your characters and learn about Cotton CReek.

  3. Nice start! I've never left the town I grew up in. Feels much safer.

  4. Going to be an interesting month of stories about Cottonwood Creek.

  5. I've lived in small towns all my life. They can be boring, but the security usually offered is nice.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  6. It's a trade off, and the older i get, the more willing i might be to go live in a smaller place.

  7. Living in a small town where everybody knows each other can have both advantages and disadvantages. On balance, having lived in London where I was invisble, and in the country where I'm part of a community, I prefer the latter.

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  8. Small town life has its advantages though a place like Los Angeles sure offers a lot of options of places to go and things to do. But since I mostly just stay at home these days, a small town life might be more to my liking.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. Definitely in this case living in a small town was good. Sometimes I don't think it quite has that same outcome! Excited to read more!

  10. While I agree with the amount of support you receive there it is sad to see so many country towns dying in Australia as development is concentrated in the cities and access to larger towns made easier.

  11. Took me a while to get here, but I love this start to your story! Being a small town girl, I can say there is a lot of truth in it.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  12. I can attest to small town people looking out for one another! I think her change of location will prove very beneficial to her and her two sons.


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