Jay Lewis is a troubled soul. A single father, just trying to keep everything together, he knows he sabotages any real chance of happiness.Tormented by nightmares and flashbacks, he can’t forget the events from one fateful night that steered the course of the rest of his life. Struggling against the crushing weight of guilt, Jay knows there are wrongs he needs to put right.
Determined to get closure, he seeks out old friends and a past love. But in his quest for a more peaceful future, is he ready to face the trauma of his past?
Part form chapter 1
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear J-o-sh…”
In the semi-darkness, the room around me seems to fade away as I watch the candles, mesmerised. Fifteen individual orange
flames seem to blur into one, melding into the memory of a burning bonfire licking the night sky, bright sparks ascending.
The sickly scent of icing gives way to the smell of smouldering wood, and the kids’ singing is drowned out by distant voices
in my mind; the voices of other kids from long ago…
… What was that noise…?
… Are you scared…?
… Shit! He’s bleeding…
I close my eyes, feeling my chest tightening, my throat constricting. Not again, please. Not after all this time.
We need to get help…
Slow down there, son…
“Dad!” snaps Josh.
My eyes flit open.
Thank you, Maria Goodin and Legend Press
About the Author
Maria lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two sons. Maria’s writing is influenced by her experience working in the
field of mental health, and by an interest in how people process traumatic events.