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By David Cristofano

Whilst Melody Grace McCartney used to be six years outdated, she and her mom and dad witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it replaced their lives perpetually. the government lured them into the Witness safeguard software with the promise of safeguard, they usually went gratefully. however the software took Melody's identify, her domestic, her innocence, and, finally, her relations. She's been may possibly Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and numerous others--everyone however the one individual she longs to be: herself. So while the feds spirit her off to start one more new existence in one other city, she's surprised whilst a guy confronts her and calls her via her actual identify. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso despatched to seek her down, is familiar with her, the true her, and it is a harmful thrill that Melody cannot withstand. he is insistent that she's only a pawn within the government's struggle opposed to the Bovaro family members. yet can she belief her lifestyles and her id to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are mythical?

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You’re now not giving up something new. ” It’s difficult to think these phrases really got here out of his mouth. the opposite 3 men examine Donovan. Sanchez fast attempts to prevent what's approximately to occur. “What Donovan intended was—” “Wait,” I say, yet I can’t aid giggling with all my may possibly, all my middle. It doesn't carry aid; what I’ve wanted these kinds of years is an effective chuckle, now not an excellent hysteria. “You be aware of, you men are a host of low-life losers, scumbags of the top order, a host of self-important dicks who're simply as undesirable because the undesirable men yet you faux to be the nice men, which makes it rather a lot worse. you don't have any face price. you don't have any worthy to talk of. You promise desire and carry damage. And my final, timeless prayer is that every of you are going to stay a lifetime of discomfort and suffering and distress, that a few new and excruciating melanoma will emerge and fester on your our bodies the place you'll rot for years on finish. ” I stand and modify my outfits. “And you were given all of it incorrect, Donovan. i'm really not within the application. and that i by no means should be back. ” I flip and depart the room and notwithstanding I pay attention a bit rustling within the chairs, considered one of them says, “Let her cross. ” I stroll down the corridor the place Williamson is ready and that i angrily say, “Take me again to Baltimore. ” He nods and says “Yes, ma’am” like a soldier, an entity entrusted to do because it is advised; i've got doubtless he'll whole the venture. inside of mins i'm again within the blackness, zooming from the construction, onto the agricultural roads again to the parking zone the place they open the door and element to Sean parked fifty toes away. I step out of the motor vehicle and sooner than i'm 3 ft from the door, the day trip spins its wheels and disappears. I flip and watch it fade away, besides my final likelihood. Sean will get out of the Explorer and casually walks over to me, as if he is aware that there's no use to guard me, that i'm now not within the software. “They instructed me to not wait,” he says. He smiles and provides, “I knew greater. ” The dirt catches in my throat and notwithstanding my reaction is added weakly, i'm enterprise in my trust. “They simply desired to use me, Sean. not anyone has my top pursuits at center. And in truth, how may possibly they? except you’re emotionally bonded to a person, how will you ever particularly shield that individual? In my case, not anyone at Justice cares. ” He shrugs and appears into the gap. “You imagine John Bovaro does? ” I shrug again. “At least i do know what he's, you recognize? You men are just…” He sighs and folds his fingers in a nonaggressive means. “It’s a great application. Don’t knock it, Melody. simply because it didn’t give you the results you want doesn’t suggest it doesn’t paintings in any respect. We’ve been in a position to placed hundreds of thousands of terrible humans away for all times due to testimony generated out of WITSEC. And the recidivism expense for criminals that went into this system isn't really even a 10th of what it truly is for those that get rehabilitated in felony. ” He pauses and stares again into the gap. “It’s made a distinction. ” i would like to think him yet his genuineness is one dimensional, like he’s repeating statistics from a up to date briefing used to invigorate an more and more disillusioned strength of marshals.

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