My name is Jacob Underwood. I am eighteen years old and I have Asperger's Syndrome. That's the old name. The new name is that I am on some sort of spectrum. It makes no difference to me what the doctors want to call my condition. I have it.
I work at Webb's Studio. I repair stained glass panels that are old or have been broken. I can also duplicate any of the painted images on the glass. My best customer is the big church downtown. They have ordered duplicate windows to replace some of their rare panels. They have worked it out with the owner of the glass shop to order a new one every year.
Her name is Savannah Webb. I was apprentice to her late father and she has kept me working. That's good.
My best friend is my service dog, Suzy. She is the main reason I can work. She has my inhaler in her pack because I don't always remember to put it in my pocket. Suzy never forgets. She gives a warning when I am about to have an anxiety attack.
Working is important to me. It gives helps me control myself and I also enjoy working with my hands to help restore beauty back to broken stained glass works.
I love my work don't you?
A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.
The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen's Head Pub, owned by Savannah's boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver--before someone else meets a dead end . . .
Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India.
Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines writing with a passion for creating glass art. Cheryl and her husband George live in downtown St. Petersburg visiting museums, walking the parks, and sampling the adult beverages.