You are viewing this site in an old browser or Internet Explorer compatiblity mode.
You can continue to use our site but it may not work properly or display correctly.
add to basket
Successfully added to your bag

Lost and Found Baby

Written by Hope White

Chapter Thirteen

“What do you want me to do?” Luke asked.

“Pull over,” Katy said.

“No, they’ll take Izzy,” Sara argued. “You promised you’d protect her.”

Katy reached across the car seat, where Izzy slept soundly, and placed a calming hand on Sara’s shoulder. “We will protect her. But getting into a high-speed chase would be dangerous, especially for Izzy, right?”

Sara nodded, but didn’t look so sure.

Luke pulled over and they waited.

It seemed to take longer than usual but then Katy wasn’t used to being on this side of a police stop. When the deputy approached the truck, Katy flashed her badge.

“Deputy Schiff,” she greeted, reading his name tag.

He aimed his flashlight into the back seat. Sara started coughing violently.

“Sara, what’s wrong?” Katy said.

Sara whipped open her door.

“Ma’am, get back in the vehicle,” Deputy Schiff ordered.

“I’m gonna be sick.” Sara stumbled across the two-lane highway and collapsed on her hands and knees near the bushes. She suddenly sprung up and sprinted into the forest.

“Sara!” Katy shouted.

“Stop!” the deputy ordered, taking chase.

Luke glanced over the seat at Katy. “She’s paranoid about cops.”

“Which could be why she left the baby with you.”

“Yeah, some protector.”

“We’re still alive, thanks to you.”

The sound of his heavy sigh filled the car.

“Luke?” she said.

His blue eyes studied her in the rearview mirror.

“I never blamed you for Steven’s death, nor should you blame yourself.”

Deputy Schiff returned to the truck and came around to her window. “How do you know that young woman?”

“She’s the baby’s mother. Someone is after the child and I’ve been ordered to keep her safe.”

“You should come to the station.”

And be a sitting duck? She got out of the car to speak with Schiff. “Look, my sergeant told me to stay off the radar. I’m following orders.”

He eyed her and then said, “Get the child to protective services. I need to find Sara Platt.”


“She’s wanted for armed robbery and assault.”

She didn’t correct Deputy Schiff about taking Isabella to Child Protective Services. Eventually they would go that route, but for now…

For now Luke and Katy could trust only each other. Ironic.

She got back into the truck and they headed north. Katy considered the charges against Sara and wondered if the young woman had been so desperate she’d committed a crime, or if this was part of a setup to find her and the baby.

“We need to identify Isabella’s father so we can avoid more land mines.” She shuddered at her own choice of words. “Sorry.”

“It’s fine. Actually, I’m expecting a call from Chris Gallagher. Remember him from high school?”


“He’s an IT genius. I texted, asking him to track down the father’s name on Isabella’s birth certificate.”

“Is that even legal? I’m a cop, remember?”

“Which is why I contacted him and you didn’t know about it, until now.” He winked.

His phone vibrated. He hit the speaker button. “Hey, Chris, you’ve got me and Katy Shepard. Did you find the name we’re looking for?”

“Uh…yeah. The name listed as the father on the birth certificate is Luke McKinnon.”

Like this? Why not share it

About the author

I was born and raised in the midwest and migrated to the Pacific north...

Read more
Hope White

Discover more free stories

View all

A Soldier’s Return

Written by Lee Tobin McClain

Forced into spending a week at Redemption Ranch, Gabe Smith comes face-to-face with his high school sweetheart, a fellow veteran, who is the ranch counselor. It’s been years since he last saw Daniela Jiminez, but she’s just as attractive as he remembers. The scars she tries to hide on her face are nothing compared to the mental scars he carries from his time overseas. Gabe feels too wounded to entertain romance with anyone, but Daniela’s patience and gentleness draw him out in a way he never expected. Along with an unlikely pair of shelter dogs, can Daniela help him find the path to recovery?

Island Fling with Dr. Christianopolis

Written by Tina Beckett

When Rylee Emerson’s husband surprises her with a luxury Mediterranean cruise, it promises to be the holiday of a lifetime… Until he leaves her before they even set sail! After the loss of their son, their relationship had never been the same. Now Rylee must face the future alone. But will the arrival of gorgeous Greek doc Matthias Christianopolis, and his proposal of a fake island fling be just what she needs to move on for good…?