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The Little Girl Inside

Written By: Austina Love
Published by: Devine Destinies
ISBN #:978-1-77111-671-8
Word Count:16448
Page Count: 65
Heat Level:
Price: $3.99
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Hiebook, HTML, Mobipocket, Rocket, Epub, Sony PDF, Sony LRF

    her busybody sister. Even so, Faith was excited about finally having good news. She’d climbed out of her sister’s shadow at last and found respect among her peers as well as an impressive income. After years of hard work and determination, she finally landed her dream job.

    Her mother walked inside without knocking, as usual.

    Faith decided to meet her head on. “I got the job!”

    “Good, let’s hope it makes you more money.” Her mother’s response lacked the enthusiasm and praise she’d hoped for.

    Faith forced herself not to frown. She’d worked hard and taken a lot of crap to get this far up the corporate ladder.

    “Six figures a year just to start. They loved my resume and needed an assistant EIC for their largest division.”

    “Wow, that’s a lot of money. Which company is this?”

    “Only the world’s fastest growing e-publisher.” Faith held back the name. “My first month’s salary will give me enough to pay back all the money you’ve lent me.”

    Her mother’s eyes narrowed just a bit, in that suspicious way of hers that had intimidated Faith all her life, even now.

    “Is it legal?”

    “Of course. I’d never do anything illegal.”

    “What type of books do they print?”

    “Magazines, Mom, they sell magazines.”

    “Oh…well the money will be nice. What position did you apply for again?”

    Faith sighed and shifted her weight, suddenly anxious for her mother to leave. Why can’t she simply be happy that I’m making good money now? She didn’t enjoy the surprise visits, but once her sister discovered that she’d applied for the job, she buzzed it right over to their mother. Now here she was delivering the traditional interrogation.

    “Your sister said it’s some kind of risqué type of publisher?” she asked, without waiting for the answer to her previous question.

    “It’s not a nudity magazine or anything like that. They print stories for women, kind of like fantasy stories.”

    Her mother stood in open contemplation for a few minutes. “I hope it’s not one of those erotic publishers!”

    “I don’t write the stories, Mom. I edit them.”

    “You’re working for one of those companies?” Her voice rose.

    “Do you have any idea how many applicants I had to beat out to get this position? It’s the chance of a lifetime. You always said you wanted me to make more money.”

    “Not like this.” Her mother scowled. “Why can’t you get a job at one of those nice magazines?”

    “Because positions like this rarely open up. I’ve been an editor since I graduated college. For the past ten years I’ve worked my behind off to put together a great resume.”

    “What’s the name of this company?”

    Faith lowered her voice. “Pearly Dreams.”

    Her mother’s face fell into an expression of disapproval that Faith would never forget. What should’ve been her long awaited shining moment plunged into the shadows of despair.

    “Oh for heaven’s sake. I can’t tell my friends you work there. Is this how you’re going to waste your college education?” She shook her head.

    “Don’t worry. I’ll pay back every cent you’ve given me.”

    “I’m not worried about the money. Get a decent job.”

    “This is a decent job and they like me there. I finally made something of myself and gained the respect I worked for. If money is not an issue, then why do you bring it up every other time I see or talk to you?”

    “I didn’t want you to do this. Find something else. Your sister makes a good living. Why don’t you try for something where she works?”

    “I’m a journalist and an editor…not a lawyer. I didn’t attend law school. The best I’d get at her firm is a secretary. They make nothing compared to what I will now.”

    “I don’t know why you can’t be more like your sister. You have so much talent, but now you’re just going to throw it all away on smut.”

    “It’s not smut. We print healthy sexual stories. I’m sorry if I’ve been such a big disappointment to you all my life.”

    “Don’t start.”

    “Fine. I have to leave for work, do you mind?” She motioned toward the door.

    Her mother stalked off with a derisive look on her face. Faith sighed in frustration.

    The no inside will haunt you until you let it out. A deep portrayal of how far the mind will go to heal the soul.

    Take a trip with Faith as she follows a little girl back to her past. Led into dark shadows by a ghost of a child, Faith is forced to face the horror of abuse and the agony of food deprivation once again. And a handsome stranger who saves her from drowning in a lake becomes the first glimpse of real love that Faith has ever known.

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