By Susan Brown
More and more since Greg left, Jana had hidden in her
But she was so angry, so humiliated that she hadn’t seen it coming. Hadn’t realized that after nine years of marriage, he no longer found her worthy of his love.
Jana recognized that it was neither normal nor healthy to be afraid of going to the grocery store or a movie. But
The jury summons was unequivocal. The
Thus, chewing gum so she wouldn’t vomit, Jana
And then Jana was selected for the trial. The minutiae stunned her.
The defendant said nothing, and only shifted a little in his chair. Like Greg who gave no explanations, who turned himself into a stranger. The facts of their marriage, of their years together were like this
When the twelve were finally released to deliberate and come to a verdict, Jana discovered in bits and pieces that two other women and one of the men had had divorces. Their raw hurt echoed
The discussions about the defendant held passion and logic. And all the while, the
“He says he’s innocent,” Tina observed.
Bryan picked up the photos and splayed them across the table. “Yeah, but there’s a lot of evidence here.”
“It doesn’t matter what he says.” Jana was
The others nodded. Jana sat back, suddenly feeling as if she
The jurors talked and discussed and looked at the evidence for two more hours.
One by one they agreed that even though he said he was innocent, the evidence said he was guilty.
When they delivered their verdict, Jana watched with
And then it was done.
Jana hunched her coat around her against the rain. The air was cold
About The Author
I love to write! And I love to write for teens. Since I was a kid, bored with school, I’ve been making up stories. Eventually I became a journalist, got married, had kids, adopted dogs and started writing books in earnest. Three followed, plus two more co-authored with Anne Stephenson.
I’ll be publishing a half dozen new books in the next year or two, some fantasy and some realistic which I hope will appeal to teen readers – I’ve had quite a few kids read them and gotten a thumbs up! Check out my website at www.susanbrownwrites.com