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SHADOW IN THE MIRROR
By ADELE HEWETT VEAL
Leslee Cramer suffers from multiple personality disorder, the result of childhood abuse. Because of this illness, she has been known to find herself suddenly in strange places with no understanding of how she got there, having lost time along the way. But when she wakes up in a strange bed with a strange man who claims to be her husband, she knows something drastic has changed.
It turns out that Lee—Leslee’s alter ego—has been in control for ten years. During that time, she married and had two children, only to have her escapades terrify the kids and alienate her husband, Kevin. Les, at sea in a life she doesn’t recognize, turns to her longtime friend, Veronica Moore, and her doctor, Alex Whitfield, for their help, Along with her doctor, Alex Whitfield, Veronica is one of the few people who are aware of Les’ disorder. With their help Les must find the strength to hold onto her true identity and to recover the family that she is on the brink of losing.
Shadow in the Mirror reaches beneath the surface of one woman’s life and peers into the mirrored image of her soul to tell a story of love and forgiveness.
SHADOW IN THE MIRROR
By ADELE HEWETT VEAL
“We’ve talked about all this! You agreed to sign the divorce papers and go, or I was going to call the police and tell them everything. I have all the evidence I need to put you away for a long time. Hell, for what you were planning. I could have you put away for life.
I thought, if you’d go away, it would be so much better than having the children see their mother taken away by police. I gave you the benefit of the doubt, Lee. I did what you asked me to do. I set up the meeting. Dave got the papers ready, and all you had to do was sign them and go away. And what happens? You have a car accident. How convenient! You don’t fool me, Lee. I know your tactics, and this is one of them. I’m sick of your games, and I’m sick of you! Your best bet is to stay the hell out of my face tonight. Since you have it made up in your mind to stay for the party. Stay. But you have a choice, either leave on your own tonight, or I’m calling the police first thing in the morning to tell them everything I know. So, if I were you, I’d start packin’.” The thunder in his voice seemed to shake the whole house.
Les, couldn’t listen to anymore. She bounded from the chair and stormed over to him. Tears of outrage spilling over onto her cheeks again. She was furious! So, this is the reason Lee decided to disappear? The rage, confusion, chaos, and the pain in her head all stormed from her voice.
“You look at my face, Kevin Jenison and listen to me very carefully. Lee Cramer is an evil, spiteful, despicable bitch who has devastated my life and yours, and now you tell me she hurt my children? I want her gone just as badly as you do. That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! Ten years ago you asked me not to give up on you. Now, I’m asking for the same courtesy. Can’t you see me, Kevin?” She wiped her hand over her face. “Look past this and see me for God sake. I’m not Lee! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you. I live with a disorder called DID. I’m NOT Lee!” Les shouted at the top of her lungs. She rushed passed him, pulled the doors open and ran as far away from him as she could run.
Adele Hewett Veal was born in Akron, Ohio and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1999. A life-long storyteller, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in communication. She has previously produced a CD of theatrical poetry entitled, From a Whisper to a Touch, an inspirational moment with Adele Hewett. She has also written, songs, stage plays, and a series of children’s books. Adele has three children and seven grandchildren.
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