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Sample Sunday: A Mother’s Fight Against Illegal Adoption

Black Market Adoption, Two Dead Women, and a Demented Killer. How far would you go to bring justice?

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Nick longed to touch her face, caress her cheek in the way lovers so often did. He fisted his hand against the console. “All we can do is wait.”

“Please give me the phone.”

“She’s not going to answer.”

“I know.” Jaymee held out her hand. “Do you trust me?”

The question took him off guard. Did he? All this time he’d been working to earn her trust, but he’d never stopped to think if he could count on her to do the right thing. She was young, emotionally invested. Broken. Frankly, he didn’t know how she’d kept her sanity all this time. He’d have done more than go off on Paul Ballard at church. He’d have stalked the man to a private spot and tortured him until he talked. Ended up in jail. Yet Jaymee persevered, waiting for the right moment.

He handed her the phone.

She hit redial and then took a deep breath before speaking. “Elaine, this is Jaymee Ballard again. I know you’re scared. I’m scared, too. For myself, for you, your family. But I’m also scared for all the other women whose lives are going to be destroyed by this man’s scheme. How many innocent babies has he stolen since yours? How many kids are out there who will never have a chance to find their biological parents because of his lies? What if your son gets sick and only you can help? There’s no way to find you, is there? He’ll have to suffer. Doesn’t he deserve to have the choice to find you one day? Doesn’t my Sarah?

“Don’t the countless other babies who’ve been taken? Yes, Lana was murdered for this secret. So was another friend of mine, just last week. Maybe we’re in danger, too. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to back off when I know those kids need me.” She let out a long, shuddering breath. “I know you’ll do the right thing, Elaine. For your little boy. We’ll be waiting to hear from you.”

She hit “end” and handed the phone back to Nick. This time, he couldn’t resist. He reached out, cupped her face. Ran his thumb beneath her bottom lip. She flexed, moving forward an inch. Her eyes flamed.

God, he wanted to kiss her.

“That took a lot of strength.” He dropped his hand. She caught it in her own.

“Let’s hope it works.”

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