Bruce Kelly has spent most of his life helping people who are down on their luck, guiding them toward making better lives. Compassionate and kind, Bruce understands that everyone makes mistakes, even if he's never actually done anything just colour inside the lines. Nobody's perfect, but Bruce... read more
When Cyn was only 17, she left home because of Palmer Oaks, a man her drunken mother had let move in with them. He'd molested Cyn and she knew it would get worse now that she was older. What she finally did to him haunted her, though. For five years she lived as a prostitute to make money... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
When Cyn was only 17, she left home because of Palmer Oaks, a man her drunken mother had let move in with them. He'd molested Cyn and she knew it would get worse now that she was older. What she finally did to him haunted her, though. For five years she lived as a prostitute to make money because nobody would hire her at a regular job. But now, after saving her money, she was determined that her life would be a good one. The choice of where she'd live was decided by closing her eyes and running her fingers over a map - they landed at Visitation, N. C. so that's where she headed. However, even the truck driver who'd picked her up when she hitchhiked expected more than she wanted to give as payment. But while she was fighting him off, a guy came out of the diner where they'd stopped and took up her battle, ended up giving the trucker $40. That began a relationship that astounded Cyn. The man who helped her was Bruce, a more-than-handsome guy who was, of all things, a preacher! Bruce was immediately taken in by Cyn's looks but it didn't take long for her strength and intelligence to show themselves, making her nearly irresistible to him. His background was a good one for her - he'd run a safe house for prostitutes, knew how to make the women feel better about themselves. But his sexual need for Cyn had to be resisted for her sake.
Bruce had a twin brother, Bryan, and several friends who were close. They saw the difference in Bruce right away, joked with him about it. As Cyn found work and a place to live, Bruce helped her and introduced her to his friends in Visitation. But what she'd done before she left home - and her life as a prostitute - combined to give her a very low self-esteem. It didn't take long for her feelings for Bruce to become special but she found it weird that he held back when they finally became sexual. That didn't do much to raise her self-esteem!
After Cyn had lived in Visitation a while, her life took a really scary turn. Jimmy Creed, a man she'd seen in many dreams for years turned out to live in the mountains near where she lived; he was strange, but warned Cyn and Bruce about danger. Someone was after her. Cyn felt she could take care of herself, didn't need any protection and didn't want Bruce hurt because of her. But his love for her overcame everything - and he made sure things worked out in the right way.
“You're a man who's housed hookers, with a preacher for a father, a bounty hunter for a brother, and a wealthy sister-in-law. Your life must never be boring.”Cyn to Bruce when they first met.
“There's a reason God made you so different from us, and it sure wasn't to discourage interest.”Bruce to Cyn regarding men looking at women.
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