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I hoped to meet Ross at his shop after I spent an hour with Attorney Blueberry. My sight was fixated on a painting of a red barn on the dark wooden wall after I signed where I needed to sign to start the paperwork to be Andrew`s legal guardian. A sandy-blond head rested on my shoulder. Andy`s thumb was in his mouth, something I had never seen before. I didn`t know how the kid and me were going to make it, but somehow we would. Papers shifted. The lawyer cleared his throat several times.
“I`m glad to see that you read the letter Betty left you,” Mr. Bartlett said.
“I didn`t read it yet.” His eyes came from his pudgy fingers resting atop a stack of files to me. “I meant to,” I quickly said, “I just – things have been rather hectic. Can you tell me . . .” I had to cough the thick knot of shame out of my throat. “Can you tell what it was that took her?”
“Cancer of – well, cancer of the female parts,” the portly man in the tight black suit coughed. Andrew snuggled closer, his thumb still in his mouth. I nodded. So, the same thing that had taken my mother had claimed Betty. Fucking cancer. Maybe in my lifetime they`d beat that miserable shit.
“Thank you,” I whispered, standing, suddenly desperate to be outside. The man behind the desk glanced at me as I hoisted Andy to my left hip. I sat back down.
“As you know, your signature on that paper makes us all quite happy.” I nodded. I wasn`t sure who the "all" he mentioned were, but I was glad they were happy. “Family should step up when times are hard. After a small investigation into you and your past the court will decide if you`re suitable to be Andrew`s legal-”
“Investigation?” I sounded like a terrified brown mouse. Sweet Jesus and all the saints.
Copyright 2013 ©by V.L. Locey
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