Phone call to the courthouse in Claverton…”Is this Judge August Pendragon?”
“This is Father Walter Valesquez, priest of the church of St. Thelonious, Grody’s Point, near Cape Canaveral in Florida. I have worked with the Little Angels of Our Lady Adoption Agency. I am afraid I have some serious news for you.”
“What happened? Who are you?” now alert, upright in the chair, “Did something happen to Min? Or Daniel?”
“No, Your Honor, this is in regard to your daughter Sophia, and her parents.”
“Is this a joke? I’m her father, if you’ve done anything to Sophia, so help me-”
“Sir, please!” the voice urged, “This is no joke! I’m sorry, this is no easier for me than it can be for you. I am fully aware of Sophia’s status as your legal daughter. I am calling in regard to her natural parents.”
The Judge went rigid. “No….no…dear God, no…not Sophia….”
“I never thought I would have to make this call, Your Honor. But I am forced to tell you these new facts regarding your daughter.”
"Very well. But first, refresh my memory by telling me all the background details very clearly and slowly, as though I knew nothing of them."
"Yes, Your Honor. Well -"
"And while you're doing that, you can use my real name, which is Bob."
"Very well. As you know, Bob..."
Opening: Panda Rosa.....Continuation: Steve Wright