Book cover of “Jeremy Foster“ by Victor Dennis

Jeremy Foster

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Language: English
  • Author: Victor Dennis
Haunted by guilt, Detective Jeremy Foster's devastating mistake leads him back home. When his grandfather passes away, he finds the courage to face his job again, only to be thrown into a perplexing murder mystery. As he uncovers corruption, powerful enemies lurk in the shadows, threatening justice. Will Jeremy crack the case and unmask the town's ... 

Chapter 1. Taking the First Step

Jeremy Foster’s living room was a warm and inviting space, with soft lighting and comfortable furniture arranged in a way that encouraged conversation. The focal point of the room was a large fireplace framed by a beautiful mantle and surrounded by cozy armchairs and a plush sofa. The fire crackled and flickered, casting a warm glow throughout the room.

On the walls, a collection of artwork and photographs told the story of Jeremy’s family that called this house a home. A portrait of his grandparents, taken on their wedding day, hung above the mantle, while a series of snapshots captured the milestones and memories of his parents and his siblings.

A richly patterned rug added texture and color to the hardwood floors, and a pair of side tables flanked the sofa, each topped with a tasteful lamp and a stack of books. In one corner, a tall plant reached toward the ceiling, adding a touch of greenery to the space.

As much as Jeremy loved the peace his family house offered him, he hated being back home.

The memories of his childhood flooded back to him with a vengeance, each one more painful than the last. He couldn’t escape the feeling that he was trapped in a time warp and that nothing had changed since he left for college five years ago. The same tired routines, the same arguments, the same unfulfilled promises—they all seemed to be waiting for him like a pack of hungry wolves, ready to pounce at the slightest hint of weakness.

Jeremy tried his best to put on a brave face, to smile and nod and pretend that everything was okay. But deep down, he knew that he was lying to himself. He felt suffocated by the weight of his family’s expectations, by the pressure to conform to their values and beliefs, by the fear of disappointing them or causing them pain.

He longed to break free from their grasp, to find his own path in life, to explore new horizons, and to challenge himself in ways he never thought possible. But he also knew that he couldn’t do it alone, that he needed someone to guide him, to support him, to believe in him.

As he sat by the fire, lost in thought, he heard a knock at the door. He got up slowly, wondering who could be calling at this time of night. When he opened the door, he saw a familiar face, one that he had not seen in years.

“Hey, Jeremy. Long time no see,” Sarah, his childhood friend and former classmate, approached him.

“Sarah! What are you doing here?” Jeremy asked, surprised and pleased to see her.

“I heard that you were back in town, and I thought I’d come and say hi,” Sarah replied, smiling warmly.

Jeremy felt a rush of gratitude and relief. It was as if Sarah had read his mind and answered his prayers. He invited her inside, and they sat down on the sofa, catching up on old times and sharing their hopes and dreams.

Sarah was studying psychology at a nearby university, and she was passionate about helping people overcome their fears and doubts. Jeremy was fascinated by her insights and her compassion, and he found himself opening up to her in ways that he never had before.

“I need to go back to my job,” Jeremy confessed to her. “I have been away for too long.”

“I understand how you feel,” Sarah moved closer to him and touched him gently on his face. “Tell me what happened.”

Jeremy sighed and looked away. He could see flashes of light before him. He could hear the sound of sirens and the crying of a child.

“I was discharged for misconduct,” he finally said his mind. “I made a mistake, Sarah. I shouldn’t have spent more than a minute!”

Sarah listened intently as Jeremy recounted the events that led to his dismissal from his job as a detective.

Jeremy had been working on a missing child case, and he had become obsessed with finding the child. He had ignored the orders of his superiors and had spent hours on end searching for the child, even after he was warned not to. He had found the child, but it was too late. The child had died from exposure, and Jeremy had been blamed for not following the proper protocols.

“I am so sorry, Jeremy,” Sarah said, reaching out to take his hand. “That must have been so difficult for you.”

“It was,” Jeremy replied, feeling a lump form in his throat. “I thought I had failed that child, and I had let down the parents. I couldn’t forgive myself.”

Sarah listened patiently as Jeremy poured out his heart, telling her about the guilt and shame that had consumed him ever since the incident. She could see the pain etched on his face, and she knew that he needed someone to help him find his way back to the light.

“Jeremy, you are not defined by your mistakes,” Sarah said, looking at him earnestly. “You are a good person with a kind heart and a strong spirit. You have so much to offer the world, and you deserve to be happy.”

Jeremy looked at her, and for the first time in months, he felt a glimmer of hope. He realized that he had been so focused on his failures that he had forgotten about his strengths. He had always been good at solving puzzles, reading people, and being a good listener. He had never lost his desire to make a difference in people’s lives, even when he had lost his way.

“Sarah, you are right,” Jeremy said, feeling a sense of clarity wash over him. “I need to start believing in myself again and to find a way to make amends for my past mistakes.”

“I believe in you, Jeremy,” Sarah said, smiling at him. “And I know that you can do great things. You just need to take that first step.”

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