Cha'Nara's Gift Epilogue Abby's Story Pt 3

I not only fell in love with Cody, but Breckenridge as well, it's one of the reasons I stayed with the hospital, after I left the fire department and started full time with the hospital, you could always find "Abby" working a benefit or involved in a local charity event. After Cody returned from the Marines, he was able to hire in at a local construction company who also employed his brother Jeff. I the winter, when things were slow, they both worked for a couple of lodges Cody worked as a ski and snow board instructor, but the two of us always found time for our passion of skiing. Before long, we started working on a family two boys and a girl I named my daughter Nora after my mother, Trig and Eric were our sons. Cody and I made a good life for ourselves in Breckenridge; every year however the children were left with their "aunt" Megan while "mommy" and sometimes dad accompanied "Aunt" Emily and "Uncle" Deak on a pilgrimage to Leadville, Boulder and the site of Deakstown. Cody and I never told our children about my "past" all they knew was that "mom" had a special relationship with "Aunt" Emily, who always spoiled them whenever she visited. As the years went by my "other", life faded, however once I was browsing in a local gift shop and picked up a little book about "Soiled Doves" of the old west. Paging through it I was struck by the pictures of the women, I wondered to myself "If I had refused Emily's offer to return with her to the future would my picture have ended up in a book such as this?" Looking at the women again I wondered if any of them would have accepted Emily's offer. My thoughts returned to my own life, "Girls, I did this for you, if only you had had the opportunities, if life hadn't been so defined, I dedicate my life to you."

That's about it, Cody and I are retired now, "empty nester's" I still devote plenty of time to hospital volunteer work, it's cross country skiing now instead of downhill, but I still find time to sit and reflect on life in a town called Deakstown.

This is the end of Cha'Nara's Gift, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I loved writing it. Although I don't live in Colorado, I've visited everywhere this story takes place, soon however I hope to return, to walk familiar ground and imagine.

If you enjoyed this story, I've followed it up with "A star Called Home!" an account of Ben and Cha'Nara's adventures on Vaga IV and aboard the spaceship Melori.