When You Were Young (Chapter 1, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 1

The balloon zipped towards the front door as though a hurricane wind were blowing through the house. Samantha leapt down the hall, kicking the door shut in time to trap the pink balloon. She picked herself up off the floor and grabbed the ribbon attached to the balloon.

"A little dramatic, don't you think?" Joseph said.

"It got the job done," Samantha said. She tied the rogue balloon to the banister along with its brethren and then kissed Joseph on the cheek. "What do you think?"

"I think she's going to love it. You're sure she isn't going to show up before tonight?"

"Wendell will keep her busy in town. What about your dad?"

"He said he'd come in before dark. I don't know what's with him anymore. He's staying out later and later. What?" Joseph asked as Samantha smiled.

"I think it's cute that you worry about him so much."

"Someone has to look after him. Otherwise he'd stay out there fishing until he ran out of cigarettes."

"I thought he quit."

"He did, for about two days. Old habits die hard."

"Have you tried getting him some of that gum or one of those patches they have at the drugstore?"

"He'd never do it. Cold turkey is the only way for a manly man like him. He won't even take an aspirin unless he cuts his arm off," Joseph said. Behind the humorous tone, Samantha could see the worry on his face.

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