Times of Trouble chapter one excerpt – Copyright 2012

Chapter 1

Lynda was about to give birth to their third child, but she seemed to be having many complications. Brian was incredibly worried. For the fourth time in what seemed to be as many days, Lynda said she felt like she was going into labor, so now Brian was taking her back to the hospital to see if she was in labor. 

Doctor Ryan was telling Brian, “Brian, we’re going to have to induce labor,”

Brian’s imagination went off on a wild goose chase, and he imagined all sorts of potential problems. Questions of all sorts ran through his mind, as he asked, “What will that involve? Will it be dangerous?”

“No, it won’t be dangerous. Inducing mostly involves a lot of drugs. Don’t you worry, your wife is safe in our hands.”

“Thanks, Doc.”

Brian went to sit down on a couch, because the hospital staff decided that Lynda shouldn’t feed off Brian’s nerves. The reasoning was because they didn’t want to cause complications to the birth of the baby. Brian made Lynda nervous the other two times she gave birth, so Brian had never seen his other two children born in person.

In times like these, Brian reminisced about his life so far. He’s thirty-four years old, the middle child of three, married to Lynda, and they had three children, including the one that’s being born. Brian currently worked as a field agent for the FBI in Omaha, after having served as a military policeman at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Brian and Lynda were originally from a little tiny town in northern Nebraska, called Delaney. The town was closer to Rapid City, South Dakota, than it was to Nebraska’s state capital. Brian’s grandparents moved there right after his grandfather was mustered out of the Army after Vietnam. The older Atwood wanted to try his hand at farming, which didn’t work out, because he ended up selling John Deere tractors to the farmers in that part of the state.

Brian’s parents met and married at their Baptist church. Shortly after their marriage, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, occurred. Brian’s dad, Joshua, felt it was his patriotic duty to join the military campaign to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban, which took a whole lot longer than anyone even anticipated. He came home three years later with a Purple Heart. Fortunately, Joshua was missing no limbs, but did have a problem with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for a few years afterwards. He followed his father into the selling of farm machinery, until Brian’s parents died in a car wreck four years earlier while Brian was attending classes to be an FBI agent. The business landed in Frank’s lap, the older brother of Brian, who had worked with their father since he was sixteen. Brian’s sister, Melissa, is the youngest, lives in Dallas, and works for the Dallas Mavericks as one of their public relations people.

Lynda’s family settled in Nebraska in 1870, five years after the Civil War, since Nebraska had become a state three years earlier. They dropped stakes, built a couple of buildings, named it Delaney, which is their family name, and began farming. The Delaney’s lived close to Sioux lands, but the Sioux never troubled them, even during the Indian Wars, because the Delaney’s treated the Sioux fairly. The Delaney’s continued to farm through wars and depressions, and even through heavy-handed government regulations. Lynda’s younger brother, Mike, continues to farm the land, claiming he makes a lot of money off all those people who still think ethanol is the future of fuel.

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