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SPONTANEOUS CHOICES SHORTS features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. This summer runs a special event from August 12th through the end of the month on Mondays through Thursdays called “End of Summer”. This is part 3.

Keep an eye out for a full week of ANIMATED INSIGHTS the first week of September!

“What did you think you were doing?”  

Summer’s adoptive mother pleaded  with her frantically in the principal’s office.

  “She was spreading lies about me. I got mad.”  

Summer’s adoptive father leaned down.  

“Lies about what, honey?”  

“That I was just abandoned and my birth parents never loved me. But that’s not true, is it, Dad? You and Mom said they gave me up because they loved me.”  

Summer saw her Dad nervously adjust his glasses and not immediately respond. This Dad body language meant definite uncertainty.   For Summer, she knew this couldn’t mean anything good.  

The principal apparently also detected the awkwardness.  

“Consider this a warning. Take her home this time. But don’t let it happen again.”  

As they left the school, Summer saw Brittia’s mother, the town fire chief, headed their direction. Summer watched as Brittia’s mother stared down her adoptive mother with a scowl.   

All her mother did was turn away, not look, and press onwards.   

Now Summer knew for certain there might be a ring of truth to what Brittia told her.   What were her parents hiding?