TITLE: Trial of the Heart
GENRE: Women's fiction
The doorbell rang while Emily was baking cookies with her two-year-old son. Or rather, she was cleaning up, and Sean was eating one of the cookies. Leaving him laughing in his highchair, she moved to answer the bell. When she saw the flashes of blue and white lights in the foyer, her steps quickened.
A heavy knock on the front door made her jump as she reached for the handle. She pressed the latch and pulled open the door.
Two police officers stood on the brick stoop, their dark winter overcoats in stark contrast to the snow-dusted bushes beside them. In the driveway sat the source of the flashing lights, a white police cruiser puffing exhaust clouds into the frigid air. She was barely aware of shivering as she returned her gaze to the two officers. "Can I ... help you?"
"Mrs. Emily Hennas?" the taller officer said.
Her mouth wouldn't work. She nodded.
The shorter officer slowly removed her police hat, glanced down at her hands.
A burst of wind tousled the tall man's short brown hair as he met her eyes. "Mrs. Hennas, we're with the Minnesota State Police. Ma'am ... I'm afraid there's been an accident involving your husband and children."
Emily tried to swallow down her panic. "There ... has to be some mistake. They were just going to the store to get ... to get ... Where are they?"