JUMP! – Get Unstuck, © 2010, Robert S. Tipton, All Rights Reserved, Alden-Swain Press

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Chapter 5:


Angela Liu


Wednesday: 11:50 p.m. CST

(Eden Prairie, Minnesota)


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The call from the producer at The Grant Report had shaken her. Her mind was cycling, repeating the producer’s words over and over: “Did you know the Falcon Foundation is about to fail? What are your family’s plans? What are your family’s plans? What are your family’s plans?”

Angela’s family had been selected as a Falcon Family when she was nine. Since then, she’d spent years studying, sacrificing, and serving and had earned enough points within the Falcon measurement system to ensure complete funding for all her college-related expenses. In addition, through community service and other volunteer work she and her family were committed to doing, Falcon had been providing other benefits to her family, most especially health care for her father.

She had been accepted to study civil engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden beginning in the fall semester, and everything appeared to be falling into place for her. But the rumors about the Falcon Foundation were troubling at best. The blogs were full of people sniping about the future of the foundation. Add the fact that Marissa Grant herself was planning to come interview Angela, and that clinched things for Angela. The foundation was indeed in trouble.

“Angela . . . it’s after midnight. It’s time to log off and get some sleep,” came the quietly compassionate voice of Angela’s mother. “Worrying about it won’t help.”

“I know. I’m just looking at my dorm options in Golden.” Truth was, Angela was looking for any shred of positive news she might find online about the foundation. “I’ll turn the light out soon.”

Her mother retreated from the door, paused to brush away a tear, and walked slowly down the hall. Mrs. Liu wasn’t particularly good at following her own advice about not worrying. “This is so unfair!” she muttered, a little more loudly than she intended. “Nine years of work—of planning, of dreaming. For what?”

“Mom? Are you okay?” Angela queried through her door.

“Yes, I’m fine. I just stepped on the cat,” her mother lied.

Angela fretted for a few more minutes, read a couple more posts coming from members of other Falcon Families, and decided her mother was right. Worrying wasn’t going to change anything. However, her intuition was telling her that she was going to have to make substantially different plans for her college career.
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