Family Anatomy: Coffee break

Collie brought me a strong cup of coffee, laced with too much sugar and cream, and a bag of honey-roasted peanuts. I took sips from the styrofoam cup as I talked.

He only stopped me once.

So was she the one?”

I set the cup on the floor beside my chair. I thought about it. It hurt to say, even after so many years. I rubbed my eyes and nodded.

Yes. She was the one.”

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