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The Way Home


Meredith Morgan


Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2009 Meredith Morgan

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Chapter 1

“I know Mama is dead, but when is she coming home? It's gonna be dark soon and she never stays out at night!”

After Mama's funeral, Pete and I sat across from one another at the small metal table in the kitchen. I held both of my brother's hands firmly between mine. I noticed how large his hands were and how small and inadequate mine seemed to be for the task that lay before me. I leaned across the table, straining to make him listen and understand what I was trying to tell him. “Pete, you must listen to me. Mama's not coming back. She's dead. Do you understand?”

He nodded his head and said, “I'm really tryin'.”

I wanted to scold him. Hell, I wanted to scream and cry and throw a fit, but I knew that any display of strong emotion on my part could trigger an over reaction from him. I was not prepared to deal with one of his outbursts at that point. I needed to stay calm, so I moderated my voice as best I could, and tried again, “Pete, you must try really hard to listen to me. Mama is dead and she is not ever going to come home. You are going to come and live with me now.”

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