Note to the reader: This chapter is cut smaller than it is in Bubblews due to my iPad not having Adobe Flash. I cannot post long articles on Yahoo Voices with my iPad. When I get my HP Tablet I will be able to once again post long articles.
Shattered Dreams: A Woman’s Test of Courage: Chapter 4: Part 3
The gossip of how Mary-Bell came to be preceded her into the foster care system. There was much that Mary-Belle wasn’t privy to surrounding her birth until she was older. There was no one to take Mary-Belle in after her mother died. She became a ward of the state New York. Her mother, Martha, had not been close her family for reasons that she never had been privy to. Her mother had lived a rough life with drugs earlier in her life. She had a boyfriend that her father didn’t approve of. He was the bad boy type who ripped the roads up with his motorcycle. Mary-Belle’s grandfather had little to do with Mary-Belle’s mother, but he enjoyed seeing his granddaughter Whenever he could. He had given Mary-Belle her name before she was born.
Because if the lifestyle that Martha and her boyfriend led, Mary-Belle had a rough start in life before and after she was born. Her mother drank liquor and beer. She also smoked when she was pregnant for her. She got very little prenatal care; and it was quite possible that Martha wasn’t aware of the dangers of smoking while she was pregnant. Mary-Belle had to stay in the hospital for nearly a month after she was born. She suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, and her lungs were not developed the way a newborn’s lungs should have been.
Mary-Belle learned about her rough past from one of her foster mothers. She was nine years old when she learned about her mother’s carelessness. Her foster mother’s name was Wilma. Wilma seemed to enjoy making life difficult for little Mary-Belle at every turn. She loved rubbing it in that Mary-Belle was an orphan and nobody wanted her. Mary-Belle was filled with anger and made to feel shame. She ran away that night, and was found the next day hiding in a neighbor’s warm hay barn.
Mary-Bell noticed she was shivering again as she huddled against the cold. Suddenly, she thought she heard something. Footsteps! Definite footfalls approaching her brought her out of her reverie.
“Hello?” Bill listened for an answer. He thought her heard a faint cry for help. “I’m coming! You are safe ” A robust male voice said with a New England accent.
Mary-Belle was unable to answer. She was so cold that she could barely whisper.
Bill Thomas was part of an organization that was part Neighborhood watch and part SuperHero. His organization was a Christian gang that helped the homeless. The gang members were dubbed the “SuperHeroes.” Bill volunteered with this gang because he wanted to make a difference to help rid the city of street violence. Thirty-six men and women volunteered their time and money to make the streets safer. They worked closely with the police to report prostitution, gang violence and drug deals going down.