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Making of A Family Part 7- Finale

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Chapter 15
Tanya was finally released a week later. She was still weak but well enough to start taking care of the children again. James did most of the work, not wanting her to push herself too much. He treated her like a queen, caring for her every need while the kids helped with the housework.

Making of A Family Part 6

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This makes a subtle reference to the story "For A Friend" which was written well after this story was initially written and marks the biggest direct change to the series as it was originally written. Joshua and Peggy were in "For A Friend" but didn't interact with Sean much so were easy to forget by him.

Making of A Family Part 5

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Chapter 10
Ingrid got off easy. She got the charges dismissed and told to stay away from Tanya and the kids. The delay in reporting the abuse was claimed but Ingrid used her usual racism claims to scare the judge into letting her go. The prosecutor didn’t even bother to talk with Sam or Virgil, it was as if they didn’t matter to them.

Making of A Family Part 4

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Chapter 8
Sam went through the rest of the week at school without incident. Fear of expulsion was strong and the kids weren’t going to let their parents’ complaints get them into hot water over something they really didn’t care about. Most had no intentions of befriending Sam and Sam didn’t bother them so it was no problem of theirs. They would let her do what she had to do as long as it didn’t affect them they didn’t care.

Making of A Family Part 3

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Chapter 6
While Sam was in school the next day Tanya James had a long discussion about insurance. The questions about what would happen got him thinking that the three needed coverage just in case something bad happened and the state wouldn’t cover them. Sam’s gender treatment was covered by the state regardless but he wanted them to have more.

Making of A Family Part 2

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Chapter 4
James, Tanya, Virgil, and Sam left the Finns and the kids after dinner. Tanya was feeling better about moving in with James after her discussion with Valerie. James sensed this relief and he himself started to feel better, he feared that the Finns may scare them off with their overwhelming kindness.

Bottom of the barrel

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The past few days I have been trying t write my next story. It was going great until I saw that I had done most of it already and can't find a new angle of attack for the story. I am well and truly stumped. I keep going but it's not coming out how I wanted to. I am getting to where I need to go but it's not flowing how I'd like and worse it might sound disjointed with additional conversations that don't belong in the story.

Tired

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Tire of feeling like crap because I don't dive into politics. Tired of feeling like crap because people who aren't affected by anything going on here pushing their views around and complaining when someone who differs calls them on it. Tire of feeling like crap because I have to always hold my tongue and can't directly say something without feeling like I am going to cause a riot. Tired of feeling like crap because I misremember something I learned two decades ago and having it backfire on me. Just tired.

Finding Daisy Parts 9 to 13- Finale

If 22,000 words is too long too bad. I spent hours trying to rewrite this to make it better because people didn't like it the least you can do is read it without complaining about the length.

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Finding Daisy Part 7

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Chapter 18
The girls took the news well but Leslie and Valerie were still concerned about Daisy's future. They needed those DNA test results and fast. Without them, Daisy may not get her surgery and both knew she might do harm to herself if that happened. It was a matter of life and death.

Finding Daisy Part 6

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Chapter 15
With so many coming over Lilly went over to the Finn home early she could help with the cooking. Daisy slept in, Miles pointed out that it wasn't right to subject her to the scrutiny of the other teens, their parents, and the teachers yet. He had a point, he himself kept his distance from her to let her get used to the others as he wasn't sure what to think about her himself.

Finding Daisy Part 4

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Chapter 8
Leslie sounded seriously disturbed when she called Anne after Dale's exam. Anne didn't expect her to call her at all, but this sounded serious. Anne rushed over to Leslie's apartment as fast as she could., hoping that whatever was going on wasn't serious.

Finding Daisy Part 3

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Chapter 5
Dale was quiet after dinner. He fell asleep fast and huddled into a ball at the foot of the bed like a dog instead of a child. It was heartbreaking seeing this, he had a large full-size bed to himself yet he couldn't bring himself to sleep in the middle as any sensible person would do.

Finding Daisy Part 2

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Special thanks to Snowfall for the suggestion about using Grammarly

Chapter 3
Anne called Leslie Finn early Saturday morning to tell her that she was needed. Leslie knew this wasn't your normal situation or a social call. Despite being friends with her sister-in-law Leslie and Anne weren't really that close.

Finding Daisy Part 1

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This is a rewrite of a story released in December 2015

Prologue
It's just after 7 AM on a brisk November morning and a bus pulls into a bay at the South Station Bus Terminal in downtown Boston. Everyone gets off the bus except one. Still remaining in a seat in the back of the bus is a little child, barely older than 4 years old, looking around scared and unsure what to do now.

Help Part 7 of 7- Finale

It's the James' time to shine as the lives of Trinity, Alison, and Katie are impacted by social services. Trinity endures emotional turmoil while Katie and Alison face their lives being ruined. A battle of truths, conspiracies, and personal vendettas are on display for the courts with everyone coming out feeling dirty

Help Part 6 of 7

The fallout from the assault on Trinity sends shockwaves as well as stirring up trouble. Trinity has her first official dance class and starts to win the hearts and minds of the girls in her classes. Polly begins to make inroads in multiple ways and may help someone without knowing it.

Help Part 4 of 7

Polly has to confront her past actions as the girls finally see her face to face. Trina learns a hard lesson about accepting people. Trinity begs Alison and Katie to adopt her. Polly endures the teen girls helping then deals with just how terrible people are towards Trinity

Story 05: Family

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The Smith family have been English aristocracy for centuries. They have enjoyed wealth and prosperity but have started to change as the newest members show them just how different the world is nowadays. A visit from relatives of the newest Smiths brings their views to a new level and shows them that family is more than just titles, sometimes it is doing things for ones you love.

Story 04: Heading East- The Jones Family

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Michael Jones found out that he had a nephew and distant cousin in Winnisimmet, Massachusetts and wants to get to know them. He is given a shot at a promotion and brings his small family east to stay with the Finns while awaiting a life changing interview. What was supposed to be a vacation turns into a discovery of long lost relatives and buried feelings that were simmering for years.

See what it is like for "normal" people to join in on the Finn Family "fun" and its impact on them.

Story 03: Outside Looking In

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Iris Donaldson has always been on the outer rim of the Finns. She was friends with the girls but she didn't feel like part of them. That all changed when she has to flea for her life.

Rachel Murphy is a bully. She is hated by everyone in school. But when a matter of life and death comes, will she stand up for what is right?

Story 02: Heading East- Mark

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Mark Sylvester was a key figure in John Finn becoming Jaimie McKinnon's adoptive father. From the ashes of John's stunning court victory Mark's life has been nothing but trouble. When tragedy strikes he finally has to get away, away to the one group who can understand his need to help others and ensure that the innocents are protected.

Story 01: Heading East- Toro Family

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Miguel Toro knows the Finn Family through his work with John. Seeing a chance to sign with a team that is close to people he respects Miguel brings his sister and niece east. What happens changes the lives of the Toros and brings new members into the Finn Family

Early story posting

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Sorry for the early posting but I didn't want to risk missing a day due to the blizzard going on overhead. It's the first major storm that has hit my current hometown and I don't know how the electrical substations, cable, and telephone lines will respond. It ain't the Blizzard of '78 but is a blizzard none the less.

Help Part 1 of 7

Trinity's father unexpectedly passes away leaving her all alone with nobody willing to take her in. Alison and Katie have to step up and help the little girl who has known nothing but pain and suffering for months. Katie goes from teacher to mother months before she is ready for the role.

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Trinity Palmer and Pauline "Polly" Cook are in trouble. The two must adjust to life with people they respected, admired, and in one case tormented. How those people react and what they do will change the lives of both Polly and Trinity forever.

Set immediately after the ending of "Weddings and Reunions"

Weddings and Reunions Part 21

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Chapter 39
Lindsay noticed a group of teens coming right for them but ended up bypassing them and stopping at Miles and Reed. Both were immediately enveloped by two girls then all but dragged away by them as two other girls looked on shaking their heads. They didn't say anything to the others, just took their bags and walked away to their waiting cars.

Weddings and Reunions Part 19

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Chapter 35
The next day the guys had nothing planned and were left to do as they pleased, that is do it within reason. Rick went with Bryan and the ladies to pick up Pete and the seven younger boys. Pete was immediately engulfed in an embrace by Hannah getting laughs from the kids as he kissed back.

Weddings and Reunions Part 18

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Chapter 33
While the rest of the family was having their fun in England Katie and Alison were busy during the week dealing with their own lives. The appointment for the insemination was exactly as Katie had expected, lots of questions and odd looks and a few snide remarks. Alison had to put the nurses and receptionists who made them in their place over their harsh and insulting words after Katie nearly walked out in shame over the comments.

Weddings and Reunions Part 15

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Chapter 27
While Jaimie, Cat, and JD were getting used to the estate in Barnstead Michael was preparing for an important interview almost five months in the making. This was a courtesy interview at Bradford's request so it was taking its toll on him. Bradford kept him focused on what he needed to say and do but Michael's mind was racing with images of being rejected for saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time or worse, for being too childish.

Weddings And Reunions Part 16.5

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Chapter 30
The next morning John packed up the seven going north and drove to the estate with Pete and Paige. Miles was all packed and Daisy happily said Cat slept through the night with Sammi snuggled in her arms. She complained that Sammi's ears kept flopping on her forehead getting a laugh from them.

Weddings and Reunions Part 16

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Chapter 29
The next day saw the girls finally getting a chance to ride the horses. They were supposed to ride in the afternoon but the shopping trip sidetracked things. The six boys noticed that the girls were wearing something extra under their shirts and wisely kept their mouths shut about it. They could see it was an important event to them and they weren't about to upset Karen, Emma, or worse- Jaimie.

Weddings and Reunions Part 14

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Chapter 25
The following morning the family went their separate ways. David, Emma, Jaimie, Miles, Cat, JD, Ethan, Nichole, Nigel, Karen, and Nigel Jr. made the trip north with Ophelia and Reardon while Bradford stayed behind in London for Michael's interview. John was stern in his warnings to JD and Cat but both got the message and neither wanted to anger their parents or grandparents.

Weddings and Reunions Part 13.5

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Chapter 24
Dinner was pleasant as the group discussed their plans for the next day. The morning would be spent at Westminster and the sites there. John took the group who had visited the sites already to visit the Churchill War Rooms then across the river to the London Dungeon thrill ride/exhibits.

Weddings and Reunions Part 13

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For Sammi, Jessie, and Snowfall.
Chapter 23
The drive back from the cemetery was in silence. Nigel hugged the four as they dropped off Hannah and Pete at their new home then drove on to drop off Paige and Bryan at their now seemingly empty home. Both Bryan and Pete carried their new brides over the threshold after opening their respective front doors, with Bryan getting cheers from Lupe, Reyna, Thomas, Rick, Al, Richard, and Olivia who came out to see the sight.

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