When You Were Young (Chapter 4, page 1 of 6)


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Chapter 4

For at least a half hour Joseph stood in the driveway, numb with indecision. One question kept rising in his mind: How? Today should have been the happiest day of his life. The school he'd dreamed of attending since childhood had accepted him. And yet what good was this news if Samantha didn't come with him?

Despite graduating at the top of his class, despite everything he knew about chemistry, physics, and biology, he hadn't seen this coming. In his mind, the scenario always played out with Samantha leaping into his arms, overcome with joy for them and their future. Never had he considered she wouldn't want to go to California with him.

Now she was gone, leaving him forever. How had this come about? He didn't understand it. True, he hadn't considered her two little cousins well enough, but they were distant relatives at best to her. Why did she feel such responsibility to take care of them? Why would she throw away three years for them?

She loved them, of course she did. He thought of last summer when they took Molly and Becky over to Lake Hart. Samantha ran along the beach with them, waded into the water with them, and bought them ice cream. When Molly got sunburned, Samantha comforted her and rubbed her down with some ointment. He listened from the hallway as she told them a complicated bedtime story about princesses and knights and then sang them a lullaby. She kissed them each on the forehead before leaving.

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