Shadow of the Rainbow

Shadow of the Rainbow

by Ms Randa L. Zollinger

ISBN: 9781470148072

Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Literature & Fiction/Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

By all appearances the Hansens seemed to be a contented, happy family when the kids were young. But, Jaden began to struggle in his family at a very young age, What did his dad mean when he said he didn’t want him to be a fag?

While dealing with the family turmoil, Jaden’s father was forced to confront issues neither imagined nor expected. Live through Jaden’s story as he struggles to understand the ramifications of his father’s haunted past and continues to forge on in his quest of the “rainbow.”

Sample Chapter


With lights flashing and sirens screaming, the ambulance made its way through traffic, heading to Regional Hospital. As it passed Lake Griffin High School, the occupant on the stretcher was totally unaware. It had only vaguely registered when someone had shaken him, trying to bring him into consciousness, and had then loaded him onto the stretcher. It was Saturday, so there was no school traffic, but an event at the community center was just letting out, so the ambulance changed its course somewhat to avoid a jam. When it finally arrived at the hospital, attendants raced out to help, asking if the victim had been identified yet.

"We found his school ID in his pocket. His name is Jaden Hansen, age fourteen, with undetermined cause of collapse," said the EMT pushing the stretcher.

"Do you think it’s a drug overdose?" asked one of the attendants.

"We just can't tell at this point," the EMT replied.

When the stretcher was settled in the ER and the EMT was filling in the doctor, a nurse began to draw blood for a toxicology screen. After nodding at the EMT, the doctor was all business.

"Get him set up for a head CT! Has anyone located the parents?"

The CT scan came back normal, but the blood test was positive for high steroid levels. He was immediately treated for a drug overdose and put on suicide watch in the ICU.

Getting a call from the hospital on her cell phone, Jaden’s mother, Alice, immediately started to panic and shouted for her husband.

"Donnie, come here quick! Talk to the hospital. It's about Jaden."

Listening, then hanging up abruptly, Donnie said, "Let's get down there now! They’re treating him for a drug overdose, but he's still unconscious."

"Drug overdose?" Alice couldn't believe it. "Not Jaden. He would never do drugs. He's a good boy. They must be mistaken." Her heart was pounding, and she was glad Donnie was driving, because she felt as if her arms and legs wouldn't cooperate. She wasn't even sure she could walk into the hospital. Thank goodness her daughter, Jenny, was spending the weekend with her friend, Sarah.

When they arrived at the hospital, they went right to the ER information desk and gave their names. Their anxiety heightened with every passing second.

The woman at the desk shuffled through some papers, and finally said, "Yes, here it is. Your son is in the ER annex." Heading down the hall where the volunteer had pointed, Donnie tried to ease Alice's panic, but he was nearly frantic himself. He hadn't always been the best dad in the world to Jaden, but he did really love him. He knew he had constantly been on him about his activities and his friends, but he had felt that he had known what was best for his son.

"Oh, please," he thought, talking to some greater being. "Please let him be all right."

As they hurried into the annex, they saw a boy heavily bandaged around the head and face, with his arm in a sling, bound to his body. Even in the dim light, they could see there was no shock of pale, blonde hair. It was not Jaden. Feeling very relieved, they turned away to continue looking for their son.

"Dad? Mom? How did you know I was here?" The bandaged figure spoke softly. Their relief turned to bewilderment, then alarm, as they got closer and saw the boy on the bed was Brandon, their other son. Confused conversation ensued until Alice's cell phone rang again. When she noticed the caller ID was Regional Hospital, she gave it to Donnie with a terrified look. Then she kissed her older son on one of the few places on his head where there was no bandage. Listening to the phone, Donnie's face changed from consternation to fear.

"Alice, it was the ICU nurse. They’re wondering when we expect to get there to see Jaden. And,” he said flatly, “she said they think it was a suicide attempt.”


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Author Profile

Ms Randa L. Zollinger

Ms Randa L. Zollinger

Randa Lynne Zollinger is a retired high school teacher of forty-three years. She has played sports all her life, including professional softball. For fun, she like to camp, bicycle off-road, pilot airplanes, and spend time with her many dachshunds, their schnauzer friends, and one lone Jack Russell, who charmed her way into the pack.

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