TITLE: Darcy Towers
GENRE: MG Mystery
Lauren, age eleven, discovers that her older brother is her real father. Having already lost her mother, really her grandmother, she feels her family is out of control. She runs away, but later is found in a burning building. While being treated for smoke inhalation her friend, a cattle veterinarian, visits her.
“You’re not excited?” Dr. Hunter asked. “I thought you always wanted a dad.”
“Not this one.” I wrote on my white board.
“Why not?” She didn’t understand. No one did. “I bet Lorry will be a great Dad, even better than a big brother.”
I shook my head ‘no.’ He was the last one I wanted. I tried writing that out to her, but she stopped me.
“You know, what Lorry did for you so long ago was huge.”
I didn’t want to hear it. I’d heard it over and over from nearly every social worker and nurse who came through my room and listened to my tears. No one was on my side and I blurted that out in my rough, croaky voice.
She patted my leg, like that would make the years of lies better. “Lauren, I’m not on anyone’s side. If anything, I just think this is an amazing thing.”
I scribbled a question mark on my white board.
“Lorry loves you so much he was willing to give you the gift of a mother eleven years ago.” She explained. “He was young and in school and knew he couldn’t provide for you. He was willing to give up his spot in order for you to have the mother he knew you’d need. Did he tell you that she tried offering you back a few times over the years?”
I shook my head no.