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The Fire Inside

by Michelle Bellon

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Even punks don’t bother Aiden’s home. He has become highly respected; he has become the ‘healer’. He had been very much in love with his young wife and son. When the police came to his office, he expected anything but what he was about to hear – “I’m so sorry to have to be the one to deliver this news, but … there was an accident … a car accident, this morning. Sir, your wife and son did not survive the accident. I’m so sorry.” Aiden immediately went into denial. It had to be wrong. He went through the motions of the funeral. Then, he became a hermit.

He was so close to killing himself, he actually had the gun in his mouth. A mouse distracted him. They came with the increased garbage in his home. He shot the mouse; watched as it was dying; turned extremely remorseful; then watched as it recuperated. What just happened? Can it be duplicated? At long last, he finally went outside and gathered a cat that had a severe limp. Within his home, he duplicated the remorseful feelings without the guilt he felt for the mouse. When he turned the cat loose, it was healed.

I’m not quite sure how Aiden received his gift. From how the story is written, he was rather surprised himself. The story begins with Aiden, but there are two other lives we follow. Norma’s marriage is sinking fast. They looked forward to having children, but she was not able to conceive. Now, they don’t even feel like they know each other anymore. There’s also Ryan, a teen girl, whose mother left her in Chicago when she went to Vegas to get married. They send Ryan money – enough to keep the apartment going and little else. She finds herself pulled into a life of thievery. The beginning is hard emotionally because we see all three characters at their lowest level. Their lives intertwine as the story progresses forward. Although somewhat predictable, it’s a wonderful feel-good story about humanity. Teens could read it as there is no inappropriate acts or language. Rating: 3.5 out of 5. ( )
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Aiden, a doting husband and father, had the perfect life - a job he loved, a beautiful son, and a loving wife. In an instant, everything is taken from him and Aiden believes his life is over. Falling into a deep depression Aiden all but gives up on his job, his friends and himself. But when a mysterious force grants him the power to heal those around him, Aiden is forced to pull himself out of his misery in favor of the greater good. When he meets Ryan, a hardened, pessimistic teenager living on the streets, and Norma, a woman whose marriage is crumbling around her, Aiden acknowledges that maybe life still has a purpose and this ability to heal may be more powerful than he ever imagined.

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