Excerpt from the past…
“You do a good job. I probably don’t tell you enough, and I should. I’m sorry for that.”
No, his father never told him before and Cole was surprised he did now. Nothing like a life-or-death situation to put things in perspective.
“I just do what needs to be done,” Cole said, his eyes unmoving, much like his father’s. Maybe too much like his father, his mother often said, and not in a good way. It seemed like lately his mother didn’t have a lot of good things to say about her husband.
“That’s the best attitude to have,” his father said, nodding his head.
When another person in scrubs and a white lab coat walked into the room, his father moved aside…for once in his life.
“We’re going to give you some happy juice right now,” the newcomer said. “You won’t remember much more, then you’ll wake up next to your sister.”
Cole blinked his eyes and swallowed quickly, then pulled within himself to push those fears away. Fears that he was being knocked out, that he had no control over what was happening to his body, what was happening to his sister or what the future would hold.
But if his sister could do this, then he could too. It wasn’t like anything she was going to go through. Nothing like what she’d been through already.
His eyes started to glaze over, but he could have sworn his father grabbed his hand quick and said, “I’m proud of you.”
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