Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)

BOOK: Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)


Ready or Not


Chautona Havig


Copyright 2010 Chautona Havig


This book is a work of fiction. The names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the writer's imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales, or organizations is entirely coincidental.


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All Scripture references are from the NASB. NASB passages are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (registered), Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


For David
how did I write about you before I ever met you?


Imagine my surprise, when a year or so after I started writing this book, my daughter met one of the supporting characters at folk dance class! Luke showed up on our doorstep one day, and we

ve known him as David ever since. Their personalities are so similar that anyone who knows

our David

will automatically assume that Luke Sullivan was inspired by him. However, as much as I would love to say it

s so, it isn

t. Luke Sullivan is a composite of many men in my life
and now David is one of them. We couldn

t be happier.


For a friend

ll know who you are and why.


One scenario in this book is shamelessly ripped from the life of one of my high school friends and appears as I remember her telling it, but with a different


It just fit, friend o

mine. It just fit.


For Crystal
thank you for all of your encouragement.


Every sentence of the original Aggie story was shared with my friend Crystal over instant messenger as I wrote it. One day, she popped onto the messenger with a story. It went something like,

I was driving down the road today and passed a sheriff. As I drove by, I found myself turning around to see if it was William.

Talk about a compliment! It made my day, and I promised myself I

d dedicate this book to her if I ever published it. Well, here we are. This book is for you Crystal. I can

t wait to mail you a copy.



Books by Chautona Havig


The Rockland Chronicles

Noble Pursuits

Argosy Junction

Thirty Days Hath…


The Aggie Series

Ready or Not

For Keeps

Here We Come


The Annals of Wynnewood

Shadows and Secrets

Cloaked in Secrets

Beneath the Cloak


The Not-So-Fairy Tales

Princess Paisley

Everard (coming 2012)



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Libby’s Blackberry Cobbler Ingredients

For Keeps



Here I Come


Thursday, February 28


Aggie Milliken collapsed onto the disheveled bed, her energy sapped. With silent wicked glee, her alarm clock,


taunted her with the approach of midnight. Stifling yet another yawn, she muttered to herself,

Two weeks ago, I had Grisham and Letterman. Now sleep is my best friend.

Aggie struggled to shift the tangled covers into some semblance of order. Fatigue won over comfort, and she kicked aside all but the stale top sheet.

Lord, I can

t pray, You know what

s in my heart. I just can



Friday, March 1


Aggie stirred restlessly as the wails of a hungry baby tugged at, then peeled away the cozy blankets of sleep that wrapped her like a cocoon. She squeezed her eyes shut tighter; she wished desperately that baby Ian would find his thumb. For the fifteenth morning in a row, Aggie struggled between guilt and frustration that her sister never taught the baby the satisfaction of sucking on a pacifier.

She risked a one-eyed glance at her arch-enemy. Sarge promptly announced the time of 4:34 a.m. as if Reveille played in the background.

Four hours? I

ve been asleep for four hours? I got more sleep than this during finals week!

She rolled over and covered her ears with her pillow, while groping, one-armed, for the silent commanding officer of her life. Swiping at Sarge, she knocked it off the headboard and toppled a glass of water in the process.

Good. I hope you get electrocuted, you vile thing.

With some satisfaction that the clock couldn

t mock her while hanging from its cord in a puddle of water, Aggie sat up in bed. She fought to unwind the covers from her body, as Ian

s wails grew more insistent. She focused every ounce of her will power on climbing from her warm comfortable bed. Each eye, gritty with sleep, strained to stay open as she rummaged for her slippers.

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