The Trouble With Change is a suspenseful crime story about a college student, Sondra Taylor, who dreams of being the first in her family to graduate from college. With little money in her pocket, and a meager scholarship to school in the city, she sets out against the odds to do so. Between temp jobs and her dwindling saving, she is barely scraping by and Sondra can hardly afford to eat when she unknowingly meets a charismatic and generous streetwise pimp, Vick.
Alma gives an overview of the book:
I picked up the telephone and called the police department. Vick sat in a chair and watched as I did so. The police department wanted to know what my call was regarding. I told them my boyfriend had taken my baby and wouldn’t return her to me. I was transferred to an officer who asked me several questions. The officer wanted to know if my boyfriend was the father of my child. I explained that he was the father. Then he asked me if I had legal custody of the baby. I informed the officer I didn’t have legal custody of the baby. He asked me if I felt that Vick would harm the baby in any way. I replied that he would never hurt our baby. The officer then explained that Vick had as much rights to the baby as I, being the father of the child. He explained it was a legal matter, which would have to be taken up with the courts.
“How can it be legal for a man to take a two-month-old baby from its mother?” I asked as tears ran down my face.
“Unless you have legal custody, it’s a dispute between you and the baby’s father. You both have legal rights to the child. You need to get a custody visitation order, defining both your legal rights. If your boyfriend violates the court order, then the police can get involved in the matter,” the officer stated.
I thanked the officer for his explanation and hung up the phone. I looked at Vick and started to cry.
“How could you take Patrice from me? You say that you love me, and you take my baby from me. How could I marry a monster like you? I’ll get an attorney and get legal custody of Patrice.”
“I have already spoken with an attorney,” he declared. “You need to have physical custody of Patrice to get legal custody. I’ll tell the courts you weren’t taking proper care of Patrice. You’re upset because I have a new girlfriend and took it out on our baby. When I asked you for visits with Patrice, you either give me a hard time or refused me visitation. I took the baby for her own safety until we could iron out our differences in court.”
“I’ll tell the courts you’re a pimp and unfit,” I said.
“She’s delirious with jealousy; I’ll reply,” stated Vick. “I’m a respectable businessman with a janitorial service, and I have never broken any laws.”
“Now here’s what we’re going to do,” he declared. “I want you to pack both Patrice’s and your belongings. Tomorrow we’ll get dressed. We’ll drive to Birmingham and get a marriage license. You won’t say anything to my mother about your forced marriage. When she asks where the baby is, you’ll say I took her for a visit to Aunt Carolyn’s house. You’ll explain she offered to watch the baby so we could go out on a long-needed date.”
I sat down in a chair and shook. My whole body hurt, and I felt weak. Vick walked over and took the engagement ring I had returned to him in the mail. He placed it on my finger and kissed me on lips. I felt sick.
“I’ll see you tomorrow morning, early,” he said and left the house.
I love writing stories about diversity. My books are factions (fiction based on fact) and they are about my urban experiences. My stories are interesting, funny, and exciting. I started writing in college, writing for the college newspaper. I was very much encouraged to...