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GONE describes the incredible journey of three young adults who find themselves suddenly living in the aftermath of the most terrible holocaust imaginable. How they cope with their new environment and how they relate to each other is the basis of this romantic, moving, and compelling story.

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Gerald Otten works in Washington, D.C. and lives in central Maryland with his wife and grand-dog. He describes the writing of this novel, his first venture into fiction, as a labor of love. Gerald is an avid jogger, drives a Miata, and enjoys gardening.

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Chapter One Friday

Kevin got to the restaurant to meet Gina but was 15 minutes late. He looked for her inside but didn't see her so he waited in the entrance area for her to arrive. Finally, 15 minutes later, Gina, with her long, lean legs and beautiful dark brown eyes was walking toward him. She had shoulder length, shiny, black hair, and a natural deep tan complexion. Today, she was wearing a white linen blouse that made her dark skin look even darker and a black leather mini-skirt. Her black pantyhose accented the curves and smoothness of her legs and made them seem even sexier. When she entered the restaurant, everyone turned to look at her because she was so gorgeous. Kevin often wondered what she saw in him, but Gina knew she loved him probably before she ever met him.

Chapter Seven Becoming A Family

When they arrived at her parents' house, she walked very slowly from the car, across the front yard, and onto the porch. She was quiet, almost reverent as she entered the house. She went to every room, examining everything. It was as if she was there after their funeral, which had occurred only that morning. She wanted to take as much as she could, but the Miata was already full, so she began setting items aside for a later trip. She took pictures and other items from her family that had been passed down. From her grandmother, all they had left was two place settings of dishes. They were cheap dishes, probably bought at a street market decades ago in Italy where her grandmother lived. She also set aside some inexpensive jewelry that her mother loved and an Orioles baseball cap that her father often wore along with an old brown winter jacket that her grandfather wore in World War II. She set aside pictures of her and her sister when they were young and her sister's riding boots and gloves that she saved when she rode her horse years earlier. Finally, she took the family bible, which had her family history all the way back to her great-grand parents, both in Italy and in Germany. The bible she took with her to Kevin's. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

"We heard the President speak in the afternoon on TV and were concerned like everybody else about what we heard on the news," began Jim. "We looked at each other and couldn't believe what we heard. It just didn't make any sense. We walked to the front door and looked out on our street. It was sunny and kids were playing in their yards and people were just doing their usual things that afternoon. I guess, when the President said the country was doing all it could and to be calm, we trusted him. We turned off the TV and went about our regular business. We didn't watch any more TV and certainly didn't want to hear any more news. Besides, we are older people and I guess we thought, if something terrible happens to us, we have already lived our lives."

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