SHORTS FROM THE SHELF features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, administrator of SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. The story line featured currently is “Darque Designs,” the sixth installment of the Myanna Moore serial, which will run over the next several weekends. This is Part Eight, the final piece of this part of the storyline.

“I know if I give it to you, you will search her out. That will put her at risk. You understand that.”

“You are right, maybe someday I will look for her. But right now, we have to deal with my father before he hurts anyone else. For all we know, though, neither of us may survive the final showdown. So, give me that reassurance of knowing my daughter’s name before we face whatever is to come.”

“We left clues to her family origin in her name. They have not changed it, and she will be easy to find. Her name is Quinnlee. The people raising her are a doctor and a lawyer with experience to fool the system.”

Myanna was far from thrilled that the Quinn family legacy, and even parts of Darque’s birth name, lived on in her daughter. However, at least she had something to go on, should she survive all this. Duana had her pegged correctly. She would go in search of Quinnlee.  Myanna never gave up on those she loved.

That’s why she needed to go through with this now, to make sure her daughter could never be hunted by Darque.

“Do you have four you can call on, that will follow you despite the risk?” Duana asked. “Otherwise, this will never work.”

“I do,” Myanna said as she nodded.

In her mind, she began to think about the quickest means to get the four together: Donnell, who set her on this path to find out what was real even though he’d participated in hiding her past; Searlas, her grandfather who protected her even though he’d faked his own death for a new life; J.B., her mentor who risked all to give her a new life despite withholding details of her life from her; and lastly the one who raised her as her own without knowing Myanna Moore was not her blood – Truth herself, Firinne Solis Knox.

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