The Last Orphan: Stolen Identity Book One Chapter Two

Samantha – or ‘Sam’ as she prefers to be called – returns to Toronto, Ontario to try and reunite with her young daughter after having been absent from her loved ones’ lives for ten whole months. The second chapter takes place at Huxley Station during a flashback, and this is where Sam suddenly witnesses a horrific tragedy unfold right in front of her eyes.

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Flashback: The first thing I remembered was stepping off a train at Huxley Station and searching for a phone box. Once I found the nearest one, I immediately made a call to my foster mother.

I demanded to speak to my own birth daughter, Katrina, who my foster mother was currently looking after. But my foster mother, Siobhan, wouldn’t allow me to, and she had already seen to it that I would be denied custody of Katrina.

I was furious, and slammed down the receiver angrily. ‘Bitch!’ I said in a rage. I felt really indignant.

Suddenly, I heard sobbing and turned around to see where the sobbing was coming from. That was when I spotted her. A young brunette of my age, pacing up and down the platform in a distressed and rather erratic manner. She was dressed in formal eveningwear consisting of a white blouse and black leather trousers with a matching black jacket. But she didn’t appear to be heading for a night out, or catching a train. She appeared to be distraught and very troubled.

My heart broke for her. I didn’t know what to do. Just as I approached the young woman to see if I could try to help her, I was about to ask what was wrong when she proceeded to remove her jacket and heels, placing them next to her handbag almost ritually. She was still sobbing as she did this. After she laid her clothing in a neat row, with only her leather jeans and blouse on, she turned around to look at me with tears of pain in her sad-filled eyes. As soon as I saw her face, I froze in shock. There was something very disturbing about her – she was the spitting image of me! Was I looking at my reflection in a mirror? For a brief moment, I thought I was. But whilst I felt stunned at having just met my potentially long-lost identical twin for the first ever time, the strange woman had nothing more than a melancholic expression on her face. It was as if she were unable to acknowledge me or anybody else. Could she have looked any sadder? She took no notice of me afterwards. What happened next would be burned at the back of my mind forever. The identical shed one last tear before walking towards the end of the platform as a train approached at full speed. And that was when she jumped.

 

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The Last Orphan: Stolen Identity Book One Chapter One

The first chapter of this story begins with Samantha Branning meeting face-to-face with two other women Alison Hendricks and Melissa Niehaus, the latter for the first time. Samantha learns that she, Alison and Melissa are connected in the strangest way possible. And before she knows it, Samantha quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers.

 

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It was precisely nine o’clock in the evening when I parked my car in front of the young woman’s house. I had the card with her name and address on it. Even though part of me was certain this was the exact place we were supposed to meet, I still had my doubts.  

‘Alison Hendricks,’ I read aloud. ‘Address 35 Harper Hill Road, Bailey Downs, Scarborough.’ This was the correct address alright.  

I eased my way through a shed and up to the French doors to Alison’s basement so that nobody else could see either of us. However, I hesitated before knocking on her back door. After all, neither of us had started on the right foot when I first met her. To me, it had felt more like a confrontation then a first-time meeting.  

I must have knocked at least twice, or more; I couldn’t quite remember how many times, before the stupid cow finally answered. ‘Samantha Branning,’ her voice said sharply behind the door. ‘You are late.’ I didn’t think I was. After all, I’d arrived at the exact time as she’d told me to.

Alison greeted me with a hard, mean look on her face. ‘Well don’t just stand there like a retard,’ she hissed. ‘Hurry up and get yourself inside. Close it and lock it straight away.’

I immediately did as she said. ‘Be quiet,’ Alison said frostily as she led me through to the lounge. ‘My kids are asleep.’

‘Damn,’ I said, under my breath, feeling a slight chill run down my spine. ‘You’re a real moody bitch, aren’t you.’ I never thought being related to this woman would actually suck.

I had no idea what was in store. As soon as I entered the lounge, sitting on the couch waiting for us was yet another brunette. But there was no need to be afraid or feel intimidated by this one. Unlike Alison, she had a friendly and somewhat bright demeanour about her.  She smiled at me in an awkward but welcoming manner from behind her geeky Specsavers glasses. ‘Hi. I’m Melissa.’

‘Bloody hell!’ I gasped.

‘We spoke on the phone earlier, remember?’ Melissa said warmly.

‘How many of us are there?’

 

The Last Orphan: Stolen Identity Book One – Character Description

This is a list of the central protagonist and other main characters in the first book of the Stolen Identity novel series:

 

Samantha Branning: The main protagonist and a self-described British female con artist/hustler.

Appearance: Samantha Branning’s original outfit; Sam starts off described as dressed in a somewhat promiscuous manner; her original outfit consisting of a curvy and skimpy mini dress (similar to that worn by Curley’s wife in Of Mice and Men, except with a modern urban flavour), and high heeled peep toe pumps. However, her dressing style changes when she assumes the identity of Claire Richards after witnessing Claire’s suicide

Trait: High risk-taking behaviours and increased function in dangerous situations

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Richards: A mentally troubled policewoman with emotional and psychological scars; one of Samantha Branning’s clones and the first Samantha comes across at the beginning of the first novel. As her life abruptly ends by suicide, Samantha’s life changes forever

Appearance: Claire’s outfit is a woman’s tuxedo, consisting of a white shirt blouse and black trousers with satin stripes; she is wearing an evening jacket also, but she removes it along with her shoes before jumping to her untimely death in front of an oncoming train

Trait: Depression and suicide; mainly resulting from childhood trauma (especially childhood abuse) and also present PTSD

 

 

Alison Hendricks: An angry and tensed housewife who loses her rag very easily over the slightest matters, but who is very devoted to her husband and adopted children. She is also loyal to her clone sisters

Appearance: Alison has reddish brown hair and a fringe; her hair is usually held back in a sports headband. She dresses in sportsgear when working as a high school football coach; otherwise her everyday outfits consist of suburban-style clothing

Trait: Anxiety and paranoia not to mention chronic social stress; her heavy chain-smoking and daily alcohol consumption are thought to be brought on by these

 

 

 

Melissa Niehaus: A French-Canadian university student and science expert who is of high intelligence

Appearance: Melissa is one of only few clones who wears glasses due to her hereditary poor eyesight she has suffered from since birth; she wears her long dark brown hair in a french braided ponytail

Trait: Myopia (short-sightedness) due to various environmental factors; she is also battling a respiratory illness (this medical condition is common in female clones).

 

 

 

 

Helena: batshit crazy Russian-Ukrainian clone killer who has been brainwashed into believing she is the original

Appearance: frizzy dark-blonde hair with brunette roots due to decreased expression of melanin; failure for light hair to darken is possibly a result of extremely low exposure to UV radiation through puberty

Trait: High pain threshold; enjoyment in inflicting physical pain whether on herself or on others

The Last Orphan: Stolen Identity Book One – Novel Description

The central protagonist of my next novel is a young British woman by the name of Samantha Branning who discovers that she is one of several identical women who are clones; one of them is a brainwashed Russian Ukrainian named Helena. They are “someone’s experiment” (as described by fellow clone Alison Hendricks), each of them being killed off one by one.

 

The story starts off with Samantha witnessing the suicide of Claire Richards – a woman who looks exactly like her; Samantha wastes no time in assuming Claire’s identity, bank account, and life with intention of turning over a new leaf. Her plan is to clear out Claire’s savings in order to build a better life and future – only to find herself caught up in an illegal human cloning conspiracy.

 

 

Journal Three of Destiny Tuning: With special thanks to Heather Matthews & Katherine Hurst

Being in Tune with The Universe

 

Manifestation Miracle Destiny Tuning – according to Frank Ring’s YouTube video of this topic – is the process of “learning to connect with who [we] really are and harness the power and essence of our true selves in order to create and attract the life [we] would like to be living”.

Manifestation Miracle teaches us that using Destiny Tuning means we must give up on the idea that abundance, wealth and success come from STRUGGLE, HARD WORK, and EFFORT – which are in actual fact the EXACT OPPOSITE of what makes manifesting truly work. Since Destiny Tuning is the missing ingredient to the Law of Attraction – as already mentioned earlier- it is extremely important for them to be combined, otherwise the manifestation will fail to work. When combined, this vital element will no longer be missing; it will open the door leading to the life one dreams of living.

 

One major factor I’ve learned through this research is that most of us are not living our destiny, though none of this is our fault. Controlling our reality by re-tuning our destiny is further explained in Ring’s video presentation.

 

Speaking the same language the universe speaks and communicating with the universe in this present moment is what is called The Language of Energetic Vibrations. This is what forces the universe to send us what we are wishing for.

Journal Two of Destiny Tuning: With special thanks to Heather Matthews & Katherine Hurst

Learning All About the Missing Ingredient (continued)

 

In her Manifestation Breakthrough Primer, Ms Matthews discusses about how she used to wake up every morning far from excited or happy; but one day she managed to escape from the daily life and business career she absolutely hated – which she describes as her very own low point in her life. Yet despite my very own daily challenges I’ve always wanted to start working and earning my own living, even if I don’t get paid much.

The belief that one has to work extremely hard for effective rewards has applied to me all too much, as I grew up in a struggling family household where all I’ve ever done is live a life of frustration. There are times when I’ve dreaded the next day – I’ve even dreaded each year that comes in case my life should get worse!

 

 

Heather also talks about how – before she became a transformational speaker, coach and energy flow life expert – she was one of the many countless people mistakenly led to believe that “only good things come to those who work hard for them”.

It was from her boss – known only as Megan – that Heather learned all about the Law of Attraction when first introduced to the book. After everything failed for her despite having followed the book’s instructions, Heather desperately turned to her other friend Luke, another life consultant. He informed her that she “had the wrong idea from the very start” and that “the people who work the hardest often end up with the least”. Those who didn’t know how to manifest had to try it their way first. If there is one important key thing I’ve learned by reading and viewing Heather’s story, advice from so-called experts almost never works for the rest of us. Those experts are not always right. They are not always experts either.

But then on one occasional Saturday I re-watched the documentary on The Secret with my mum and other younger sister when I heard them chatting about it in their spare time. It made me very happy that they felt inspired by the movie. They, in turn, inspired me to tune into it till the very end. I could not believe how much information and real life quotes I had missed. One of the experts even quoted the same testimonial from my mother’s Sunday church that always rang true to all of us. Then after the movie had finished, we discussed about how we had been “doing it all wrong” the whole time. That was when I had learnt something else brand new: don’t just think about what you want; ask for it and go after it. This was another important factor mentioned in The Secret. So even though they were not revealing to us the whole truth, it seemed they weren’t feeding the audience false theories after all.

 

 

If I could get the chance to talk to Heather Matthews face to face, I would ask her for help with knowing how to unlock this missing ingredient and start using the one vital technique in order to manifest the list of things I’ve been wishing for that will lead me to a better life. I remember reading one of Heather’s mind-trick tips about imagining being in a dark and miserable prison, which is how I feel every single day of my life. I actually do imagine Heather one day turning up at my cell and handing me the key that will set me free.

 

 

False Rumors: Chapter Nine

My friends and I made our way back to Merseyside after the search ended. Nobody spoke to anybody else throughout the bus ride. Until Rebecca finally broke the silence. “What do you suppose is going to happen to Mike? Does anybody reckon he might have to undergo some psychiatric evaluation and start receiving therapy?”

Anna looked at Bex in disbelief. “Were you not listening to what the policeman just told us? Or maybe you weren’t present at the time? They were planning to take him to hospital and then have him transferred to a rehabilitation center.”

“Natasha reckons that He intended to jump off the bridge in order to commit suicide. He wanted to die in the exact same way Tracy died so that they could be reunited,” Rebecca said.

“Is that the reason why he scattered Tracy’s ashes in in the river before preparing to jump?” Anna cried in shock. “That is fucked up.”

“Oi!” the bus driver barked from the front. “Watch your language! Got it?”

My friends ignored the driver and continued their discussion about Mike’s mental health and wellbeing. “Apparently, he imagined seeing Tracy’s spirit in the water, calling out to him,” Vanessa said sadly. “He thought that if he jumped in the river with Tracy’s ashes in there, his dead body would come into contact with her remains. Because it would be the only way for them to meet again in the afterlife.”

“Wow,” Anna said.

“Wow indeed. There are too many screwed up people out there these days. And today’s society isn’t helping when it comes to handling those with psychological issues.”

“But at least he’s now in good hands.”

I remained silent, but listened to what the others had to say.

Rebecca put her arm around me. “You okay, Tash?” she asked.

I nodded. So much had happened in such short time. As a matter of fact, it had all happened too quickly.

The next day, somebody turned Paul Jacobs over to the police. The woman who turned him in had refused to give her name, but it didn’t take us all long to discover that she was another one of Tracy’s close relatives.

“What has Paul been arrested for?” one of his neighbours asked. “What does he have to do with any of it?”

The witnesses watched a policeman handcuff Paul before carting him off in the police car. And everybody – including myself and my friends – were shocked and horrified at the announcement the policeman made.

“Paul Jacobs,” he said sternly. “I’m arresting you for the destruction and vandalism of a local young woman’s grave. And for also spreading false rumours.”

 

Journal Two of Destiny Tuning: With special thanks to Heather Matthews & Katherine Hurst

Learning All About the Missing Ingredient

 

I learned about Heather Matthews’s tough but successful journey through her personal life story which she shared in her video presentation that came with the Manifestation Primer Report. She reveals that the life she had on the outside “appeared to be a good life” – but in reality was far from perfect or ideal. Like almost everybody else, Ms Matthews had spent several years – as she puts it – “chasing and picking holes in the teachings of every expert who had mastered the Law of Attraction.”

According to Manifestation Miracle by Heather Matthews, Destiny Tuning is “the missing ingredient to the Law of Attraction.” Learning how to use it guarantees success, while not using it brings failure.

Natural Destiny Tuning pros have learnt to “give up on the idea that hard work, struggle, and effort are the answers.” This is a very powerful solution nobody knows about yet. Heather teaches us that it is not our fault if our lives are not working out the way we want, because “we have had our life’s natural incredible abundance stolen away from us.”

In one of Heather’s recent weekly emails included a list of familiar quotes from ordinary everyday people: “You have to work hard to get what you want”, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, “You can’t get anywhere without sacrifice”, “You’ll only be wealthy if you were born into it”. We all heard these statements from the people in our lives (such as our parents and teachers) simply because that was what they themselves grew up believing, due to this mentality having been passed down from each generation to the next one.

 

The reason why Heather is one of the only few LOA experts I’m willing to actually trust is because she mentions something about “not making any empty promises. She only tells us and other readers what we need to know, without telling us any of the things we don’t want to hear. By simply finding out about her and Katherine Hurst, I had a strong feeling that God was finally moving in my life. That was when I started believing the right people had been sent in unexpected yet miraculous ways. My faith had been restored for that one brief moment.

 

In my next auto bio I will explain to everyone about my personal life struggles which I’ve been facing endlessly for several years. But until then, it is time to talk about Heather’s.

False Rumors: Chapter Eight

Michael was at the River Thames where he stood at the bridge, tears welling up in his eyes. “Maybe they were right,” he wept, grief-stricken. “Maybe I am to blame after all. I should have at least tried to talk you out of it, but I didn’t. I didn’t stand by you when I should have. I’m sorry, Tracy. If you can hear me, I’m so very sorry.”

The tears eventually started to fall, almost like a small fountain. He was unable to stop the tears from flowing. Tears of guilt, because even though he wasn’t the last person to see Tracy alive, he still felt partly responsible for her death. Tears of sadness, because they were both robbed of what could have been. And tears of anger and bitterness because of the cruelty and unfairness of it all.

He took out the rest of Tracy’s ashes which hadn’t been interred in her resting place within the Garden of Remembrance. He scattered her cremated remains over the riverbank and watched them float on the water before drifting away. Seeing the last bits of Tracy fade away was almost an indicator that she would vanish permanently for the final time. Tracy loved to swim at the seaside and enjoyed the water theme parks in Blackpool. She also regularly rode the canal to the River Thames; therefore it was only fitting that she was given a final send off by being allowed to be laid to rest at the river. Somehow or other, he know that this was where she wanted to be.

Mike had just finished releasing Tracy when he felt her presence. “Michael,” Tracy’s voice said. “Michael, can you hear me?”

Mike tried to figure out where her voice was coming from. “Tracy?”

Tracy’s ghost then appeared before him. “Yes, it’s me. Please listen to me, Mike. I didn’t mean to hurt you or anybody else by killing myself. And you didn’t drive me to do so. None of this is your fault.

“It was brave of you to release me. I need you to be strong for all our other friends. It’s very lonely on the other side. I wish we could be reunited soon. Maybe someday we will.” Her spirit vanished into thin air.

Mike’s tears began pouring again as he tried to reach out and touch Tracy’s fading spirit. He then heard someone else call out his name. “Mike! Mike, it’s us.”

He turned around. “Leave me alone.”

Vanessa approached him, along with Anna and Nigel.

“Listen, I totally understand what you’re going through,” Vanessa said. “I lost one of my relatives to suicide also. And so did Rebecca. I know what it’s like.”

Michael still had tears in his eyes. “Do you? I don’t suppose you know what it feels like to be accused of causing the suicide of someone who was once close to you.”

“You can’t believe what everyone says.”

“The bloke that verbally attacked me the other night. He was one of Tracy’s family members. Her brother. He accused me of killing her. I didn’t kill her – but I may as well have done.

“If one of us was going to die by suicide that night then why did it have to be Tracy? Someone tell me why her?” Mike was sobbing uncontrollably by then. “I wish I could see her again and talk to her. I would do anything just to hold her in my arms, but I can’t because she’s dead. And all because I am one of the many people in her life who let her down. The night Tracy died was when my own life ended. And as far as I’m concerned, my life is over too.”

“But Tracy was one of my friends as well,” Anna said. “You’re not the only one who let her down.”

Sounded like something out of a soap opera such as EastEnders. Except that we weren’t in EastEnders. This was real life – even worse than some tragic episode plot in any soap opera.

Anna looked down below. That was when it suddenly dawned on her. “You’re thinking of jumping, aren’t you?”

“What does it matter if I jump off the bridge?”

“Michael, please don’t!”

“He’s over here!” Tracy’s brother Christopher – the same young man from earlier – arrived with the police. “That’s the bastard. Arrest him now.”

“Arrest him for what?” Vanessa cried. “He hasn’t done anything!”

“You want to tell me he hasn’t done anything? He’s the reason Tracy is dead! He killed my sister!”

“Tracy killed herself, actually,” Anna said. “Because she was depressed and extremely tortured. She was seriously ill and in need of help. Just as Mike here is in need of help.”

“Anna’s right,” Vanessa said. “Besides, don’t you reckon Mike feels guilt enough? Why make him feel even guiltier than he already does?”

“Who asked for your opinion, you stupid cow?” Christopher spat.

“Shut up, Christopher,” Anna spat back. “Otherwise, I’ll shut you up.”

“That is enough, you lot,” the chief policeman shouted. “I won’t tell any of you again! Tom, get him to the medical centre.”

The other policeman, whose name was Tom, came towards Michael. “Calm down, now, and get down from the bridge. Don’t do anything stupid. You don’t want to end doing something you’ll regret.”

Sobbing, Michael began to climb back down to safety, just as Bex and I arrived in the nick of time.

“Good. Now don’t worry. We don’t mean any harm to you. We’re just gonna take you to hospital.”

From a distance, Tracy’s ghost watched us. She had tears in her eyes as she looked on.

 

Journal One of Destiny Tuning: With special thanks to Heather Matthews & Katherine Hurst

Answered Prayers

 

The Law of Attraction has been around for many years, but I have only just been introduced to it recently (as of 2016).

I remember sitting down and watching The Secret with my youngest sister (who is the one that discovered all about it through a friend and decided to share it with me). There was one thing author Bob Proctor mentioned somewhere near the beginning of the movie: “If you see it [in your head], you will hold it [in your hand].”

Now, like most other people who are recently new to the Law of Attraction, I’ve always been a natural skeptic when it comes to these types of beliefs. And can anybody blame me? No, of course not! Because it is not possible for whatever we are wishing for to magically appear in our hands, just because we visualize the image of that desire in our heads. However, this didn’t stop me from tuning into the documentary The Secret; after all the philosophers who were teaching us the LOA techniques meant extremely well, as they were not so-called false experts/gurus.

Author Heather Matthews, who is a nationally known energy coach and life consultant, informs us that we can’t call something a ‘Law’ if it only applies to less than one percent of the people who use it; she also reveals that not every so-called Law of Attraction expert knows what they are talking about. And to me, she has a great point. But that is not to say that The Secret is all make believe. At first I thought: “How do we even know if the life stories that are shown to us in this self-help documentary are actually true (Bill Harris sharing with us about his student’s experiences for example)? What if they are simply fictional re-enactments?”

I had made a private promise to myself to continue watching The Secret to the very end. But it was when I suddenly stopped watching it halfway and gave up on it altogether – just as I’d given up on almost everything else in life – that I began to be overcome with sheer disappointment. The movie was not supposed to discourage me but encourage and inspire me. The reason why nothing ever worked for me after I’d tried everything they said but didn’t receive any positive results was because I wasn’t fully experienced. I also might not have completely followed their instructions or studied the LOA properly. Either that or I couldn’t understand. But this wasn’t my fault, which Heather Matthews already assured. I didn’t tune into The Secret again until a couple of months later.

In the meantime I continued to read books and e-books on the Law of Attraction; I also Googled as much information about it as I could find. I used the opportunity to sign up and subscribe to every LOA newsletter address. As negative as I was feeling, it was still worth a try. Hopefully God would intervene and send the right people my way, even if through email messages. After all, there had to be someone out there who was genuine and willing to be a Good Samaritan.

And that was when I began receiving several packages via my inbox; amongst them was the Manifestation Breakthrough Kit, send to me by none other than Heather Matthews.

Just before this extraordinary and lovely lady offered me this life-changing gift, I’d spent recent years participating in fasting and prayer during the first few months (it is my family’s religious tradition to take part in Beginning of the Year fasting starting from every January). I had literally starved myself for several hours each day until I became physically and mentally exhausted – though it actually didn’t do me much good. However, I was determined to NOT let the Devil have his way.

And so I began to get inspired by those who have had a tough life themselves.