Being courted dating


A few minutes later, she got a reply from Richie’s friend Chris, who said Richie had been in a car accident.He was okay, thank God, but the doctors wanted to do some extra testing, since he’d suffered head trauma while in Afghanistan.Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity.At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of a stormy divorce.



—some new tragedy would happen (his mother died; he was in a motorcycle accident), and she’d be roped back in.The two women didn’t work together regularly, but they knew each other. Maybe he could put her and the girls on his university insurance.Maybe, he told her, with the benevolent confidence of a wealthy man, she wouldn’t have to work.One day in early August, driven by a feeling she couldn’t quite pinpoint, Missi took a peek at Richie’s wallet.

Inside was a Minnesota state ID with a photograph that was unmistakably Richie’s, but with an entirely different name: Derek Mylan Alldred.

When she finally did meet him in person, her relief was even more profound.