The Blue Pearl
Text copyright © 2020 by T. K. Woods
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The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons (living or dead) and/or events is coincidental and not intended by the author.
For my husband, Frank,
whose acceptance freed me from an exhausting pursuit of normalcy. Thank you for always believing in me as I am and encouraging me to pursue my dreams.
I’m absolutely certain that I’m going to tell you the story of Neela. I’m less certain that you will believe it to be true. I suppose that’s okay and even reasonable, considering how unbelievable it will seem. Unlike most true stories, which seem like they could happen to you, this one certainly could not. You could conjure up many arguments against the trueness of the story, and I’m sure you will, but it still won’t make it any less true. It will just make it that much more unbelievable, and unbelievable is not the same as untrue. Many things that are unbelievable turn out to be true.
This is the true but totally unbelievable story of Neela.