The Whore of Babylon, A Memoir: A Novel

By Katrina Prado

Katrina Prado is the writer of numerous novels, together with a secret sequence in addition to many literary brief tales. She has had fabric released in Woman's international, Potpourri, The Chrysalis Reader, The Santa Clara assessment, Lite, and lady. Ms. Prado's reviews have additionally seemed in Yoga magazine. She has been a contract author for Woman's global journal and her paintings has aired on Public Radio's Valley Writers learn. She used to be a two-time panelist on the Sacramento Reads! booklet pageant. Her brief tale Twig Doll received first position within the 2000 Lite Circle Literary Contest. Her novel packing containers OF YEARS (March 27, 2002, emerging Tide Press) is on the market in any respect bookstores, in addition to from Amazon.com. She lives together with her husband in northern California.

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After just one ring I listen his voice: “Yeah. this can be Freddie. ” “It’s me,” I say. He sighs sooner than answering. “You holdin’ up ok? ” “Not fairly. ” “You wish me to return over? ” I snicker. “I don’t imagine that will be the sort of stable inspiration. Rob’s the following. ” “He won’t hassle me. ” he says truly. I chuckle back, regardless of my heavy center. “Seriously,” he maintains, “just inform me what you would like. you recognize I’ve already been down this highway. ” I nod yet can, for the instant, say not anything. I swallow tough.

Were you aware approximately this? ” he says accusingly. “Know approximately what? ” “This! ” He stabs his finger towards the newspaper. I process and peer on the offending tale, my brain racing with distressing probabilities. In daring, black Courier font the identify reads: the difficulty with Truancy. It starts innocuously adequate. It’s midday; have you learnt the place your teen is? The sincere resolution is that almost all operating mom and dad, despite the fact that good intentioned, don’t. Truancy in the US has reached epidemic proportions, inflicting public faculties to lose thousands of greenbacks in country and federal cash; all simply because junior makes a decision to play hooky.

I'm became away with a well mannered yet company refusal to provide out any info on any scholar. What. So. Ever. I force in every single place city, scouring the East County mall in Antioch, slipping into and out of its shops, hoping opposed to desire i'd locate my daughter, enjoying hooky, skipping institution to spend the day buying and goofing off. No good fortune. Brendan Theaters in Pittsburg yields an identical effects. it's now after 5 o’clock within the night. first thing I do upon my arrival is to envision the answering desktop for any messages from Robyn.

And placed out a BOLO. ” “A BOLO? ” Rob asks. “It ability be at the glance out,” I say. “And? ” “And, that’s it. That’s all they’ll do. ” I huff into the telephone. “What approximately Jenny’s mom and dad? ” Rob asks. “I spoke with Jenny’s mom. She acknowledged she has no wisdom of the place Robyn should be. besides, Jenny informed me. ” “Don’t,” Rob warns. i do know he hears the hopefulness in my voice. His ‘don’t’ is as a lot for the motion i'm approximately to take because it is for my emotion. “You’re unlikely to forestall me. ” I succeed in the door, yanking it open with my one unfastened hand.

This is often the place she is. He wishes you to head there. ” She palms me the notice. On a scrap of paper is an tackle within the urban. From the road identify I realize the deal with: Robyn is within the Tenderloin. “He says in case you name the law enforcement officials he’ll kill her. ” In my brain I’m already calculating how lengthy it is going to take to force to San Francisco. One hour is slicing it very shut. instantly i'm pondering even if to attempt to arrive Rob on the Alano membership. There’s no time. I’ll go away him a observe. “I need to go,” I say, leaving Jenny status on the entrance door.

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