When Lydia’s boyfriend is killed just as they finish building their new cabin, she slowly loses her mind. A therapeutic trip to visit an old friend is more than her fragile psyche can bear, and she loses the ability to distinguish strangers from those she knows and trusts.


For the delightful Miss P.

©2012, 2014 Jesse Jayne Rutherford. All rights reserved.

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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblances to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


Many thanks to Jeremy Franz for programming the original version of this story as a favor to me. Because of your help, I have had a sturdy stepping-stone to Fraxtory.com and a means of sharing my work in the meantime.

Thank you to Kathy Nickerson, whose mentorship in psychology has been indispensable in creation of character emotions, and made possible the writing of this psychological thriller. Thanks to Troy Duncan, who helped with firefighting details.

Except for the ending, this story is based very closely on one of the most vivid nightmares I’ve ever had, and I scrambled to write the whole thing in three weeks, before I forgot it. This happened during what was a very nightmare-worthy time in my life, and my parents, sister, and kids saw me through to the other side of hell. I love you very much.