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Murder on the High Seas: A Practical Caregiver Caper

By Sara M. Barton

Published by Sara M. Barton, at Smashwords

Copyright Sara M. Barton 2011

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One -- A Desperate Need for Respite

“Passport? Tickets?” My father reached for my suitcase and loaded it into the trunk of the car for the trip to the bus.

“In my purse,” I responded.

“We’ve got to get a move on, Kate. Go kiss Mom good-bye.” I hurried back into the house. My mother was sitting in her recliner, nervously clutching an envelope. Her breathing was steady. I listened to the rhythmic clicking of her oxygen conserver.

“Darling, have a wonderful time. And here,” she said, putting the envelope in my right hand. “Take this and use it to buy yourself something fun.”

“Oh thanks, Mom. That’s sweet.” I leaned down and kissed the top of her head before giving her a quick hug. “Are you sure you’re going to be okay?”

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