First There Was Fear by Regina Puckett is a short story that reaches into the primal regions of your fear center. Facing an unknown attacker that is alien to everything you know and understand is a terrifying experience. Although Ronni is filled with terror, she fights to escape and when that fails, she fights to survive. She faces the pain and fear with courage and, to her surprise, faces it with the help of the one she least expected to be by her side. This is an inspiring story. The author has written an insightful tale and done it very well. An excellent read that I highly recommend.