BOUND: Chapter 15 by Victoria Lynn THE END

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Chapter 15:

“When we pray, God hears more than we say,

Answers more than we ask,

Gives more than we imagine,

In His own time, and in His own way.” ~ Unknown


She recognized him instantly, despite the dirt, beard and ball cap. Her careworn face lit with a joy so bright, any doubt about his welcome instantly flew. She made short work of the few steps to him and catapulted into his arms. He was a whole head taller than her, but that little boy feeling of ‘mommy’s arms making it all better’ overwhelmed him. He dissolved into sobs, hugging her in return as if he would never let go.

Her tears wet the front of his jacket and he rested his head on top of her hair. The smell of his mother, indiscernible in its scents, yet reminding him of strength and comfort, filled his nostrils. The feeling of love filled his starving heart till he thought it might burst.

“I’m so sorry, mom, I‘m so sorry,” was all he could murmur over and over.

She finally released herself from his hug and placed a hand on either side of his face. She held his head so that he had to look directly into her watery eyes. His own tears made her blurry.

“You are loved with an everlasting love Jason.” The passion that infused her words gave him the feeling that it wasn’t his mom that was talking. “Your sins are forgiven and you need not be afraid.”

The words went straight to his heart like an arrow that does not miss its mark. He broke down and wept.Read More »

BOUND: Chapter 14 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 14

“The hardest thing in life is letting go

of what you thought was real.” ~Unknown


Jason shifted on the bench. He was laying down and the metal slats had absolutely nothing about them that was comfortable. Sleeping on a park bench wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The ground would be so much more comfortable if it wasn’t so darned cold. He rolled onto his side and pulled his coat closer around his neck. Another near sleepless night. At least, this way the dreams and nightmares didn’t torture him. He had spent all of the last day working hard labor, hauling sack of fertilizer for a small company that couldn’t afford a forklift, but could afford minimum wage to a bum for a day. His back ached and all his muscles begged for sleep. Now that it was nearly morning, his eyelids couldn’t seem to stay open. He would go to collect his pay today and send it to Marla and her now five-year-old son.Read More »

BOUND: Chapter 13 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 13:

“God understands our prayers,

even when we can’t find the words to say them.” ~ unknown


Casey had chased one of the goats which had squeezed past her and somehow made it out the gate when she had been trying to get in. It had headed towards the other side of the barn and she had taken off after it. Now, she stood in the midst of the pasture, remembering what Levi had said in warning about the bull. She felt the ground thunder under her feet and she turned to see the biggest beast she had ever seen barreling towards her from the far side of the field. She stood frozen to the spot, scared to death, but unable to move.

“Casey! Casey, run!” the shouts caught her attention and she turned her head stiffly towards the sound. She saw Mr. Abel running towards her. “Casey, run! RUN!” His words seemed to free her legs which had felt like they were stuck in cement. Her heart was beating so fast, so loud, that she could hear each thud loudly in her ears, drowning out all other sounds. She spun away from the monster that was streaking towards her and took off in a run towards Mr. Abel. The ground shook with the thunder of the bull’s hooves and she felt that he could be on her at any second and that she wasn’t running nearly fast enough.Read More »

BOUND: Chapter 12 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 12

“so much of what we learn about love

is taught by people who never really loved us. . .” ~ r.h. Sin


The next few days seemed to go by slowly to Casey, but in a blur all at the same time. The days were full, even though she was mostly a spectator. The kids made valiant efforts to include her as did the parents. The nights were longest. The nightmares plagued her, she wet her bed twice and three times her screams brought the whole family running, which made her feel terrible.

Rose took her aside on her last day. “Casey, honey, the social worker called and they found you a new home. I believe she said you stayed with them before? The Bellworths?”

“Miz Mariah and Mr. Abel?” hope flickered in her heart, then anger. The conflicting emotions confused her and she wasn’t sure what she felt.Read More »

BOUND: Chapter 11 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 11:

“Sometimes just thinking about something, is enough to hurt you all over again.” ~Unknown


Casey sat on the hospital bench. She was tired. All she wanted to do was curl up somewhere safe and go to sleep. After she had told Miss Claire about the drugs, the way her parents had treated her, and what her dad had done to Fluffles, she had been brought to the hospital where she had been given a checkup by a really nice lady who wore a set of pajamas with pink hearts and ponies all over them. They had given her a few crackers to eat and some water and put an icepack on her shoulder because it hurt.

She swung her feet, trying not to be bored. She just wished someone would bring Mr. Fluffles. Miss Claire had said they would try.Read More »

BOUND: Chapter 10 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 10:

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” ~Psalm 82:3-4


Jason snatched his pack from the ground. Recklessly tossing in his few scattered belongings, he followed behind Casey as close as he dared. Something was obviously wrong and he wasn’t about to be the cause of someone else’s misery. Not again. By failing to take action, you became a contributor to a problem. At least some of his parents teaching had stuck in his head.Read More »

BOUND Chapter 9 by Victoria Lynn

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Chapter 9

“The worst feeling is feeling unwanted.” ~unknown


“No!” Casey felt the yell rip through her. She felt betrayed, angry to the core and scared to death.

“Casey honey, I know you don’t want to go home. . .” Miz Mariah started to come down the steps, but Casey interrupted her.

“No! you promised I could stay! You said I could live here with you!” She sobbed. “ I don’t want to go!” She turned and ran as fast as she could towards the barn. She could hide there. She heard the footsteps from behind her before she felt the arm go around her waist. She kicked and swung her arms. Her fist connected to something solid and she heard an “oomph!” Her knuckles hurt from the impact. Tears blinded her and she couldn’t catch a breath.Read More »