By Kathryn Cushman
Alisa Stewart seems like she's misplaced sons: her youngest to a bad tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a existence ruined by way of dependancy. yet now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and located a therapeutic religion that turns out genuine. it really is like he is been raised from the useless. Then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions on a murder--the demise of a drug broker sooner than Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears wasting her son back, and whilst she reveals facts linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is various now. he is replaced and merits a moment likelihood. but if one other guy is charged with the crime, Alisa reveals herself dealing with an very unlikely selection: be silent and maintain her son or hand over every little thing for the reality.
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I reached out and hugged her. ” Just then the phone rang and Caroline and I raced toward it. I beat her out by a nose and grabbed up the handset. ” Caroline jumped up and down in front of me, mouthing the words, “Is it him? ” I turned my back so I could give my full attention to the phone. “Alisa, it’s Marsha. I was wondering if you want to get together for dinner tomorrow night. ” Marsha and gang had made a point of being supportive since Rick and I had separated. Normally, nothing would please me more than the thought of an evening out with my friends.
His father had made certain of that some time ago. It was a safe answer. ” I took the card and held open the front door for him. “Uh, Detective Thompson, if you should see him before I do, will you tell him …” He waited for me to finish the sentence. What would I want him to know? That he was ripping my heart out? That I desperately needed to see that he was okay? ” He nodded and smiled. ” Two It wasn’t a hard decision to keep quiet about Detective Thompson’s visit. Rick wouldn’t be by to pick up Caroline for another couple of days, and I saw no reason to call him and tell him any of this before then.
That was the Rick I loved. The one who loved his family so completely. When he looked at me now, I recognized the torment in his eyes. ” I shook my head. ” He reached for my hand and squeezed it. For a moment, the last few years of anger and bitterness were overcome by the silent togetherness that far transcended our usual depth of communication. It felt so … right. I found myself remembering the smell of burgers on the grill, the sound of laughter in the midst of water fights, and the taste of happy tears after the sun set on another day so perfect I couldn’t stand to see it go.
Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman