Chapter Two She found freedom in flight. For months Candace had walked in a haze, her mind trapped in a prism of pain that knew no ease or abatement. Donald, her boyfriend of two years, had betrayed her; shattering the bond that had linked them for 24 months, prompting them to share a heart and a home. While she loved her work as a marine biologist at the University of Bingham, a small college located in northern Indiana, she still relished the time she could leave her office each day and join the cute, funny college professor at their campus loft. To someone who devoted much of her time to the pursuit of science and academia, and who’d long resigned herself to playing the role of the ‘plain, chubby girl married to her career,’ Candace had taken great delight in her affair with the charming Donald; every night seemed like a chapter from a romance book (the kind she never bothered to read), one she always replayed in her mind the next day as she went about her duties. As a self-sufficient professional woman, she didn’t need Donald to survive. Still he gave her new life, adding color and excitement to an accomplished existence. Then the bastard had to go and ruin it all. Everything. And in one night.