Guest Post From Hank Lovinggood, the Hero of Blue 52
I’ve been busy tonight. Ever since I went to my room I’ve been writing letters to my family. If I never come back I want them to know how much I love them. I don’t plan to die; I plan to win, but nobody wins all the time. My father won at everything he ever tried to do-except for that one time when he lost. That one time cost him everything, including his life. Everyone who met him and my mother loved them so why would he have suspected treachery and deceit so close to the Oval Office?
Not that he didn’t know the character of the man who stood only a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world. He did know, but just as I did, he underestimated the man’s viciousness. Dad never had a chance to even the score, but I intend to do it for him, and in the process I’ll clear my mother’s name. She didn’t kill my father. She loved him.
I know that the odds are stacked against us, but Kathryn is confident enough for both of us, and I believe in her, in her work. She’s the greatest physicist in the world, and her work proves it. I’d challenge the devil in hell to keep her safe, but she’s coming with me, and I can’t deny that it’s her right.
I might have been born into what amounts to American royalty, but I’ve had bloody specters shadowing me long enough. I’m sick of cemeteries, quiet rooms, and grief. If we make it through this alive, I’m done with mourning. I have Kathryn now, and I just don’t have time to live in sorrow. I plan to live every day to the fullest, to love her and our children, to do all the things I’ve always wanted to do and didn’t. I want to live as though time is the most precious commodity I have. And it is. Even a lifetime with Kathryn won’t be enough, but it’s all I have, and I don’t intend to waste it.
So, we go tomorrow morning. I’ve never been prouder of my family than I am at this moment because if Kathryn and I fail, they’ll finish it for us. One way or another, he’s finished. I’m going to see Kathryn now. Why waste time that we could be together? Oh. In the event that we don’t come back, be sure my grandfather finds these letters, okay? God willing, I’ll buy you a drink when I get back.
by Elaine Cantrell
"First Lady Kills President Lovinggood"
December 29, 2018
Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.
Barnes caught sight of the gun when the president’s coat swung open. “Sir, you promised us you’d stop carrying a gun,” he reproached.
“Well, I don’t remember saying such a thing, but if I did, I didn’t mean it.”
Hank bit his lip to hold back laughter when he saw Barnes’s jaw clench.
“Mr. President, I know you like the FBI, but …”
“I’m in a hurry. I’ll be fine.”
Barnes wrung his hands. “At least let me drive you. If you have to shoot somebody, you’ll have both hands free.”
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Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
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