The Wells family had been in Lake Laura since the town’s beginnings and had always owned a business of some sort. They were a loyal and loving clan of hard workers and honest people. When automobiles were invented, Lloyd Wells opened the first auto repair shop to meet the needs of the locals.
In those earlier times, Lake Laura, because of the town’s strikingly serene lake in its center, was a tourist stop attracting summer pleasure seekers by the droves. Through the years the appeal wore off as places on the main thoroughfare bid vacationers to come their way with more entertainment and thrills to offer. The town became rather languid with summers high in humidity and winters of hovering cold along the lake edges.
Cade Wells, though a descendent of this hearty bunch, was working in construction for the most part, and there wasn’t always work. His aspirations had once been to reopen the old family auto repair shop, long since closed, and be the entrepreneur his great granddad had been. He would need capital, of course, and he thought the town bank might make him a loan since the family was well established and once very prosperous.
His aspirations took a back seat dive when he met and fell in love with Jenney, the black haired beauty in his tenth grade biology class. While others in the class were busy dissecting frogs, he found himself diverted and distracted by her beauty and wit to a depth he couldn’t contain. When he shared his deepest most profound feelings with her, he was amazed that she reciprocated and willingly spent most of her evenings and weekends at his parent’s home with him. His mom and dad liked her, too, and this made it all too easy to be totally absorbed in his romance and failing his...
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..., but was now plentiful. This left Jenny alone with the girls. She tried to visit her mother, but her father was now in ill health. Finally, she was told by her parents that the babies being there, crying and needing constant attention, was in conflict with her dad’s needs, and he just couldn’t deal with all the fussing and chaos it created. She had once felt welcome with the Wells.
When she arrived at their house, babies and wine in tow, Cade’s mom was shocked and worried.
After several of these visits, she was asked not to bring the wine, so she ceased the visits.
The dreary times lingered. The kids fussed, Cade worked. Jenny cried, drank and slept, more and more each day. It was on one such damp, winter evening, when Jessie had a stuffy nose from a week old cold, Cade took her along with him to buy some medicine at Aston Drugs where Marletta Murphy worked.
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