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Chapter 20

Over chips and salsa, Blaise asked Harper how she had been doing since their Christmas Eve snow dance. He smiled large and passed her a napkin. She smiled, too. “Snow dance. Yes, so that’s what that was? I’m just glad … Continue reading

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Chapter 19

The week between Christmas and New Year’s was a busy one. Blaise returned from up north and called Harper to ask if perhaps he could start using the back room right after New Year’s. She saw no problem with that … Continue reading

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“Cats in the Cradle” and Other Untruths

Sandy and Harry Chapin wrote a song in the 70s called “Cats in the Cradle,” which told the story of a parent too busy to be involved in his child’s life; then, when the parent is retired and free of … Continue reading

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Chapter 18

Harper wasn’t sure where the picture had come from. Perhaps it had fallen from her Bible when she took it out; but at any rate, it was a surprise to see the old photo of Ava and her husband lying … Continue reading

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Chapter 16

Christmas morning dawned in partial darkness as the skies alternated between rain and fog. Before Harper even got out of bed, she heard the text alert and grabbed her phone off the nightstand. Rather than copy it all into a … Continue reading

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Chapter 15

Her tears had subsided, but she still lay with her head pressed close to Blaise’s chest. A soft peace descended around them in the cab of the truck as they sat, light rain falling all around. It was too wet … Continue reading

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Chapter 14

Blaise and Harper hopped in his truck and headed up the mountain. The desert scrub brushes gave way to bigger bushes and then tall evergreens. It had been a long time since Harper had gone up the mountain, and the … Continue reading

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Chapter 13

Harper had forgotten to close the drapes the night before, so the sun spread its light and warmth across her bed earlier than she had wanted to wake. It was Christmas Eve, and her intent was to sleep in as … Continue reading

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Chapter 12

Graham lay in the hospital bed, silent and gray. Harper had never left his side, sleeping on a small cot beside the bed. His mom Clare was staying at her house and would come to the hospital for a few … Continue reading

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Chapter 11

Another Friday at the store had come and gone, and Harper had managed to successfully dodge any contact with Blaise . . . or Ava. The dream haunted her. She did not often dream in color, but this dream had … Continue reading

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