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Fate and Fortune
by Julia Sherman
Genre: Adult Paranormal Thriller
Release Date: January 27th 2018
June 6, 2014 was a beautiful sunny day until two gunmen, wearing black masks, ran into a local coffee shop in the middle of the day and took people hostage. As the police burst through the door, the two men killed each other but not before they began shooting people one by one. The shooters thought that they were possessed by the Devil, and the Devil was ordering them to carry out his plan.
Two years later, after the news of the shooting became a distant memory for most, four different people from four different walks of life suddenly meet the same lady, who starts to impact their lives in unexpected and mysterious ways. But, just as they set out to discover who she really is, and what it is that she wants from them; they find themselves stuck in a life-and-death struggle as the mystery unfolds, and suddenly nothing seems sure anymore.
“What is this lady doing?” the cab driver said. “It looks like she got a flat tire. Do you mind if we stop to help her out?”
I quickly glanced at where he was pointing, and I felt sudden goosebumps all over my arms. My nightmare was coming back to haunt me again. Except this time, it was real. This time I was fully awake.
“Don’t stop!” I yelled to the driver, sweat dripping off my forehead. “Please, don’t stop…”
“But she needs help,” he said. “Don’t you see she’s in trouble? She’s waving her arms to get someone’s attention to help her out.”
“I’m sorry, but I need to get home as fast as possible. I don’t feel so good,” I rubbed my stomach, pretending I was in a lot of pain. “I must have eaten something bad at the restaurant. I feel like I have food poisoning or something…oh my God, I think I’m going to throw up…”
“Shit, please don’t do that,” he said, increasing the speed limit. “I’ll get you home in no time.”
As we passed by her, she stopped waving her arms and just stared at me. I stared back. Her black hair flew into her face as the wind blew around her, and I watched her eyes widen with an evil smile on her lips.
“Do you know her?”
“What? No,” I replied, my voice shaking.
“Well, it seems to me she knows you. Are you still sure we can’t stop to help her?”
“No, just drive,” I said, my heart beating hard in my chest.
About the Author
Julia was born in Minsk, Belarus. At the age of eleven, she immigrated with her family to the United States. She currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and their daughter, Arielle.
She graduated from DePaul University in 2002 with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance. She also has an MBA from DePaul University in Entrepreneurship.
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