|About the Book|
“You have done what? Mother, are you totally and completely insane?”“No dear, I am perfectly happy with Lani agreeing to drive us to Sheridan and staying with us for a couple of months.”“But you just met her! You…”“That is just what she saidMore“You have done what? Mother, are you totally and completely insane?”“No dear, I am perfectly happy with Lani agreeing to drive us to Sheridan and staying with us for a couple of months.”“But you just met her! You…”“That is just what she said Ethan! So I rest my case. Besides, you didn’t come and get us so you forfeit any say in the matter. And then there is my foot Ethan, I hadn’t mentioned it before because you had enough on your plate with Jenna… dumping you.”Ethan sucked in air at her jab. “Mother…”“Now don’t fuss dear, Lani is just taking a shower and changing. She had already been on the bus for over a day and the poor thing was desperate. We’ll probably eat and leave in the next hour or so. We should make much better time now and it will be so much better for the girls. They were scared witless you know, on that big dark bus.”“Well, that was your bright idea too mother and so how did that work for you?”“Well, Ethan, I did meet Lani. And… now she is coming to stay and help us.”“Well, she may be coming but she sure as heck isn’t staying!”“Oh pooh, I think she can cook Ethan. She uh, wouldn’t admit it… she was a little skeptical because I asked her if she could. So you see dear, Lani has just as much trust to build with us as it seems that you have with her!”“Oh mother, please think about the girls safety.” Ethan drew a tired hand over his anxious face and the pause did not go unnoticed.“But Ethan I am thinking of the girls. They just adore her and she… well you better be on your best uncle behavior with them or she’s likely to take you apart. She’s very protective of them.” He caught the smugness.“How do you know she doesn’t want to snatch them? Does she look respectable at all?” Ethan didn’t like the sound of her laughter.“Uh no, not yet. But I think after a shower and when her hair is washed… I think she has clothes that fit her better than… the homeless outfit.” Beth laughed again which was so naughty and not helping a bit. “She had pink, purple and green hair when we met but…”“Oh my word.” Ethan started talking very, very slowly. “Just how old would you say this… Lani is mother?”“Well, I don’t know Ethan, it’s hard to say.”“Take a stab!”“Well when she is cradling Hannah against her breast and softly strokes her… she looks about fifteen. But as tired as she looked when we stopped at this motel, she looked about forty.”“You are kidding me… fifteen?” Ethan actually groaned. “Is she a run-away mother?”“Well, Ethan I personally think she is running from something or someone… but she couldn’t tell me… yet. I am sure she will in her own timing dear. Now Ethan I really must go. It sounds like Lani is almost through. She fixed the girls hair and now Hannah’s is pink and Grace’s is purple.” The click of her phone was wicked!Ethan stepped back at the silence and the groan this time brought Charley over to check on him.“What the heck is the matter Ethan? You look as white as milk, did something happen to your mother and the girls?’“Not something Charley, someone.”“Someone?”“Yes, someone. Start praying Charley. My mother has… met someone… and has rented a car for her to drive them the rest of the way from Kansas City.