Drew’s other secret

Drew Becker was no stranger to loss.

He got back to the boathouse late one night.  After getting an early start, he brought home a couple of nice trout.  His lines were set at the edge of the Mallard Point Club well before dawn, just as his dad taught him when he was a boy.  He knew that when the morning sun hit the water, the fish became wary. Better to go out early and bring home a nice catch.

He put down his auger and ice scoop on the floor of the boathouse.  There would be plenty of time to put his tools away in the morning.

His parents were supposed to get home late that night.  He would fillet himself a nice dinner and take the other fish to his parent’s cottage in the morning.  They were due into Detroit after a late flight from LAX.  Drew was babysitting his best boyhood friend, Missy the golden retriever.

The phone rang.  Drew dropped an old spatula on the wooden floor.  The voice on the other end sounded mechanical, as if they were reading from a carefully written script.  Drew sat on the floor next to the dog.  As he listened, the trout in the frying pan burned to a crisp.  It wasn’t the only fire that night.

His parent’s flight ran into some trouble, the voice explained.  Seems that USAir flight 1439 landed and crashed into a commuter plane waiting on the same runway for take off. The fire was almost instantaneous as the 737 dragged the helpless turbo prop beneath its flaming belly.

The National Transportation Safety Board eventually reported that the fire originated in the forward cargo hold under the first class cabin.  Drew’s parents were seated in seats 2A and 2B.  They always flew first class.  For the Beckers, money was never a problem.

Drew would later learn that only three of the six exists were operational that night.  The front exits were blocked by flames.  There was chaos, the smoke was blinding.  While 76 of the passengers escaped, 43 did not. Drew’s parents died in the crash, presumably from asphyxiation.  NTSB findings concluded that the combination of fuel from the crushed commuter flight, combined with the 737′s damaged oxygen system, was lethal.  Drew was paralyzed with grief when he learned that his parents would never come home.

Drew Becker was an only child and dealt with his sorrow alone.  At just 21 years of age, he already had a respectable boat repair and maintenance business and had everything his heart desired– except a girlfriend.  He knew that when the right girl came along, he’d know her in an instant.  But time went on, and nothing could assuage his deep despair and longing.  Entering into a close relationship with anyone was a risk he couldn’t afford to take.  If he lost the girl he loved, he could never survive another heartbreak.

Over the years, Drew’s business and reputation grew.  He made a good living and called the boathouse his home.  But he was all alone– until that spring day when he kissed Miranda on the dock.  Though he was smitten by her fiery spirit and love for the water, he tried to keep his distance.  Maybe she was the one.  Maybe her alcoholism and late night binges would lead to trouble.  But his heart wouldn’t listen.

He played along with her silly cat and mouse games, waiting for her to give into his subtle seduction of Oreo cookies, her bedtime favorite.  Miranda would soon realize that she loved him, too.  Drew was willing to take a chance after all these years.   He decided to take a chance on Miranda.

But there were two things she didn’t know, secrets he chose not to share.

Over the years, Drew did several mechanical upgrades on the Atlantis, the luxury yacht owned by Dominic Manos.  Last summer he installed a custom integrated bridge system, the most sophisticated navigation product money can buy.  While the job required the utmost skill and experience, Manos treated him like a simple worker, someone who got in the way and deserved no respect.  When he argued about the bill, Drew had seen enough.

The other secret was about his parent’s will, about the money that began to accumulate sixty some years ago when that fabled old rum runner, great-grandfather Hank Becker, started his clandestine and very profitable business.  He wondered if he should have told Miranda about his inheritance, and what he knew about his rival.  But she was married now, and once again, his heart was broken.

Drew Becker was a multi-millionaire. He could buy and sell Dominic Manos many times over.  Now all that was left of the girl he loved were the memories.

One more page…

*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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19 Responses to Drew’s other secret

  1. Debbie says:

    Oh, this is so sad!!!! And one more page? Until the end of this??? Can we petition for more?? :) God bless you, dear Linda, and all that He puts your pen to!

    • Linda says:

      You are sweet and so funny, too. Every story has a natural stopping point, and even though this is not what I had planned, this is it for Miranda. Even though the end is sad, there is closure (and even worse, acceptance) for Miranda and her choice. It’s not what I wanted, either.

  2. ann says:

    Oh Linda….

    Never saw this one coming. :( Kinda feels like someone stuck a pin in me and let out all the air – and everything else.

    Please say the last page is a fairy-tale ending. Please…. ;)

    ( I know the Bible says to give thanks in everything. It also says to give thanks for everything, but I find both equally challenging at this time. Nevertheless , I do give thanks. I give thanks for the good that has come of Miranda’s experiences, and the opportunities for others to learn from what she has been through. )

    God bless you much and thanks for sharing your wonderful writing skills with us.

    • Linda says:

      Giving thanks in everything, and thanks for everything, are not just Biblical precepts, but attitudes based on human emotion. It’s so hard to give thanks for ANYTHING when consequences are hard at work. And as a result, faith is just sucked right out someone who sees herself as a victim of fate, rather than her own behavior. In the end, Miranda will question how God could have let her down. Typical Miranda…

      But you’re right. In the long run (like a million years of consequences later) good will come of her choices and trials.

  3. Linda, I did not see that coming, either. And I want to join Debbie’s petition! It can’t be only one page until the end. I know I’ve been wanting to read the last page since the beginning, but now I don’t want to. Surely there’s a sequel in the works. This is not a happy ending for Miranda, and I so wanted a happy ending for her. I really do. I think I’m feeling sorry for her again. :( Peace, Linda

    • Linda says:

      You and your last page issues… too funny! Consequences have been a big part of this story from the start when Miranda cheated on Harry. In spite of her brief interest in God and faith, sobriety and drunkeness, morality and decadence, she’s still living with her choices and the consequences they bring.

      Some consequences last a long time, some last forever. Sadly, I can relate to how she feels.

      • Linda, I see a whole blog post from that one sentence: “Some consequences last a long time, some last forever.” Even though God can and does save us from the eternal consequences of our choices and sin when we seek His mercy, the temporal consequences are something we quite often cannot escape. Peace, Linda

  4. Michelle says:

    I too am surprised and disappointed there is only one more page. Please say it is not so!
    Poor Miranda, will she ever find the love and security that love brings?

    • Linda says:

      A place is coming where the story has to end… not because I want to stop writing, but because Miranda lingers in her new life for a long time. She has a history of making bad choices, and will probably be in therapy forever! : )

  5. Jan says:

    How can there be only one more page? There are too many loose ends to be tied up, too many heart probems to be solved. Please, please–don’t quit on us now!

    • Linda says:

      Okay, you’re right. One last page doesn’t seem like enough… but it’s a really long page! Her heart problems are as sad as they can be. There are certain things she may never get over.

  6. Tod Hennen says:

    So sad about Drew’s parents. What a freak accident. I’m guessing that had an impact on Miranda as well.

    As for this being the end of the story, it has more the feel to me of being the end of Act 1, with an intermission coming. Perhaps we’ll see, like in the movies, the curtain rise to reveal the words “Two years later…”

    Nice writing, Linda. I find myself going”Hmmm…” as I try to figure things out ;-)

    • Linda says:

      Interesting thing about the plane crash, Tod. I actually knew two people who died in the real USAir disaster at LAX. So it did impact Miranda/me when writing about it. Act 1… thanks for the nice compliment. I don’t think I’ll stop writing for long.

      • Tod Hennen says:

        I don’t think you will, either. Plus, you gotta keep me up-to-date on the other stuff, which means more writing.


  7. I can’t believe the story is almost over. I hate it when a lack of information has such a big impact. It sounds like they could have been so happy.

  8. It sounds like they could have been so happy. I wish they could have gotten together.

  9. Larry Who says:

    Miranda is a lot like Scarlet O’Hara when it comes to making bad choices. But that’s what makes a character unforgettable.

  10. Ann says:

    Hi Linda
    Thought I’d pop in to say ‘hi’ and how are you.
    You are in my thoughts.

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