In The Hollow Of His Hand
“Use your words babe.” I said.
“Jake, as in, my brother.” She said.
“Oh!” I exclaimed.
“Yeah!” she responded.
“Your brother and I are just friends.” I said.
“Okay…” She replied.
I noticed she had more to say but settled for the ‘okay’ reply. I decided to change the subject.
“What have you had today?” I asked.
“I didn’t have appetite, so I settled for fruit salad” she answered.
“Okay… that’s better.” I said and asked, “so are you ready to talk now?”
“Yes… When I was sixteen…”
I listened with my mouth agape amazed at what sixteen year old Dianne passed through. I wouldn’t wish that to anyone.
When she was done, all I could do was to hold her. I couldn’t control the tears that ran down my cheeks.
“Is Pete aware?” I asked.
“Yes. I told him this morning.” She answered.
“And?” I asked.
“He said he’ll protect me from now on.” She answered.
“It is all in the past now. Look how you turned out stronger. You have Pete now. You’ll be fine…” I went on and on with words of encouragement.
In the Hollow of His Hand continues…