She wished her grandfather’s curse of seeing angels had fallen to someone else.
“I don’t want your darn-blasted gift,” she told him.
“Listen to the angels, but be careful who you tell,” he warned. “They’ll come for you.”
“Who?” She asked over and over, but he would never say, so Izzy was careful who she told.
She glanced across the chapel. Could she tell the woman who knelt in prayer that an angel hovered over her and said she shouldn’t go to New York City? The woman seemed simple enough.
Izzy took a chance.
Three weeks after September 11th, Izzy visited the same chapel with her mother and was thankful to see the lady had survived.
The woman approached Izzy’s mother. “Mrs. Jimenez?”
“Your daughter saved my life.”
Izzy’s mother made her spend the next two Saturday afternoons praying in church. But it was too late. Saving that woman’s life would prove her grandfather right.
They would come for her.
About CJ Zahner (Raleigh, North Carolina Author)
Cyndie "CJ" Zahner is a digital-book hoarder, lover of can't-put-down books, wife, mother, grandmother, and author.
Before becoming a novelist, CJ worked as a grant and freelance writer. Her articles varied from business to women’s health to the paranormal. In 2015, she began looking at life differently when her brother and his wife were diagnosed with dementia and early-onset Alzheimer’s. At that time, her husband pulled her aside and said, “Quit your job. You’re a writer.” After twenty years of service, CJ picked up her purse at work one day and quietly walked away.
Now, she rises before dawn, writes, runs, and smiles much. She’s published five novels: The Suicide Gene (2018), Dream Wide Awake (2018), Project Dream (2019), Friends Who Move Couches (2020), and Don’t Mind Me, I Came with the House (2021).
CJ Zahner lives in Wendell, NC and spends summers in the town where she grew up, Erie, Pennsylvania. A hard worker and story lover, Zahner hopes to read, write, and run happily ever after.