"STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN" by Alessandra Azzaroni

© 2002 by Alessandra Azzaroni aazzaroni@hotmail.com http://au.geocities.com/vcastairwaytoheaven/index.htm

STORY LAST UPDATED ON 06/12/2002

AUTHOR'S NOTE

Written in Australia. This story has been adapted from an original novel of mine, under the same title. Please send me an email if you would like to know when this story is updated.

PROLOGUE

We live our lives strangely. There's always a childish little part of us that believes that we are safe from everything, that we are invincible. What are we, superheros?
Which pretty much explains why a lot of us in the world are not exactly the shiniest crystal drops in the chandelier.
And so we assume that we'll never get hurt. Hurt? Us? The connection just doesn't take place in our complacent minds that may or may not think that we are all immortal.
And many of us believe that we don't deserve to get hurt. And that denial makes us open to vulnerability, which someone is bound to take advantage of.
Some of us see our lives flash before our eyes… and wonder if we're dead yet. But then something happens to make it very clear that we are alive, painstakingly alive, even.
Oh, the ways we suffer for our families…