Sunday, November 4, 2012
MEET BERNIE O'SHEA
Bernie O'Shea was a hero. A larger-than-life police officer with a passion for justice. His death while on duty was deemed a tragic accident, but his widow still looks for the letter from Bernie that might reveal the truth.
**Slowly leafing through a photo album and listening to the O'Shea family, Pierce realized this family was woven together with love and determination and--damn it all--Bernie O'Shea.
Nearly every photo included the man with an award-winning smile, an arm slung over the shoulder of one or more of the siblings, and pride shining in his eyes as he looked at his kids. He really did love every single one of them.
However, it was the newspaper articles that shafted envy through Pierce's gut. The photos in those clippings clearly showed Tallie and Bernie were a team. Hand in hand, or Bernie's arm over Tallie's shoulder, or her hand tucked under his arm.
Strong. Devoted. Totally attentive to what the other was saying or doing.
Bernie O'Shea was one lucky sonofabitch for the years he had with Tallie, and he obviously knew it.
**Excerpt from CHALLENGING THE LEGACY, copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.