Title: 23
Rating: A, for angst.
Character: Sam
Summary: "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." (Psalm 23: 4)

She wakes up trembling, sweating, sometimes crying. It always takes a while to remember she's no longer in Atlanta, no longer living in the shadow of (death) Jack.

Still, some part of her is convinced that it can't really be over. She lies awake, unable to go back to sleep, to return to the place where Jack had her.

Where, for a moment in time, she was Tempted.

(Nobody knows except him, and he's dead.)

In the morning, she'll take Chloe to school and then she'll drive around looking for something to photograph.

And she'll keep looking over her shoulder.


Title: A Time for Grace
Rating: G
Character: Grace
Summary: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Her finger is still tanned from her wedding ring. It, like the scars on her heart, will fade with time.

It feels strange to be dating again, and she has to fight the urge to call the sitter and check on the kids. She tells herself that this is her night, that she just wants to have a good time and not have to worry for a while.

Tall, dark and handsome, Marco seems nice, though a little slick for her taste.

She's not ready, she decides.

When he invites her to his place, she declines.

She's home by 10:00.