"The Harvest of Christopher Cushing"
A Contemporary Romance
By Judith Bronte

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Plot Summary

Rebecca Newton has endured the recent death of her beloved husband, only to be involved in the corruption of her boss, Christopher Cushing. When Jose Fernandez, a good-looking and fast thinking reporter, suddenly receives an anonymous phone call, it leads him to Rebecca's door. As Rebecca relates her story, Jose has suspicions that her late husband had not died by accident. Fearing for her life, Rebecca and Jose take the first bus out of town... which happens to be filled with honeymooners on their way to Niagara Falls.

In this romantic atmosphere, they join forces to uncover the truth behind Christopher Cushing and make an unexpected discovery-- each other.
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Scene One
Monday, December 21, 1998 / Buffalo, New York / Late Morning

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."
~ Proverbs 25:2 ~

Wake up dear," Mrs. Newton coaxed, nudging her sleeping daughter's shoulder. Rebecca, 26, and former secretary of Christopher Cushing, pulled the covers over her head in silent protest. "There's a reporter from 'America Weekly' downstairs and he wants an interview. You aren't in any trouble, are you, Love?" asked Mrs. Newton.

Rebecca pushed back her long, brown hair away from her face and looked into her mother's troubled eyes. "Of course not!" smiled Rebecca. "Go back and keep Dad company. I'll be down in a minute," she reassured.

Mrs. Newton went back downstairs while Rebecca got dressed. She took a deep breath and descended the staircase. A casually dressed man stood up and approached Rebecca as she entered the living room.

"Mrs. Rebecca Newton?" he asked, holding out his hand, in a friendly manner. "I'm Jose Fernandez of 'America Weekly.'"

"Mr. Fernandez," replied Rebecca, shaking his hand.

"Call me Jose," he smiled, taking out a tape recorder. "May I record this interview?" he asked, looking up for her permission.

"Why not?" replied Rebecca dryly.

"Do I sense reluctance, Mrs. Newton?" asked Jose, taking out his note pad. "I thought all pretty secretaries loved publicity."

"Some more than others," replied Rebecca evenly, accepting the cup of tea her mother handed her. Jose smiled grimly. He could tell this wasn't going to be as easy of an interview as he had hoped.

"Mrs. Newton," he began, "are you currently employed by the office of Christopher Cushing?" Rebecca took a sip of tea, her hand slightly trembling. When Jose first mentioned the fact she was a secretary, she had an uneasy feeling of which direction the interview was going to take.

"No, I am not," replied Rebecca, rashly. Mr. Newton looked up from his newspaper. This was news to him! He had thought his daughter had merely come home to spend Christmas with her family and friends.

"When were you let go?" continued Jose.

"Excuse, me?" asked Rebecca.

"When were you fired?" asked Jose, rephrasing the question.

"I understood the question, Mr. Fernandez. What I don't understand is your misconception that I was fired."

"You were not fired from Christopher Cushing's office? Why, then, is the reason you no longer work there?"

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