The Last Time She Saw Him

The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Jane Haseldine
I feel like throwing the cell phone in the lake.
    “I’ll give you back your phone if you promise to take down the pictures of my kids. Predators troll the Internet looking for photos of children.”
    “They can’t copy the pictures. Not on Facebook anyway.”
    “But they can look at them. And they can find out where a child lives.”
    “You’re going a little overboard, don’t you think?”
    I give Kim a hard, unflinching stare until her eyes begin to fill up with tears. She looks back at me, unblinking, until she recovers with a forced smile.
    “Of course. They’re your boys, so whatever you feel is best,” Kim answers in a sparrow-shrill tone.
    “Look, I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. It’s not that I don’t trust you,” I say and begrudgingly hand Kim her phone back.
    “It’s just the rest of the world you don’t trust,” Kim answers, her voice softening slightly. “The boys are growing up so quickly, and if you don’t take pictures, you won’t have their milestones captured. Before you know it, you’ll be sending Will off to kindergarten.”
    “He’s so independent now. It scares me.”
    “Everything scares you about those boys,” Kim says and offers a real smile this time. “You don’t want them to grow up being scared of everything. They’ll either turn into social misfits, living in your basement until they’re thirty, or they’ll rebel and wind up in jail before they get out of high school.”
    “If they’re minors, they’d wind up in juvie first. But thanks for the ringing endorsement of my parenting skills. Logan and Will can have as much fun as they like just as long as I’m there to watch them,” I answer.
    Kim slides the phone back inside her purse, and I can see her mind work as she searches for a less heated topic of conversation. Kim hates confrontation more than anyone I know.
    “Did you figure out a plan for when you go back to work? You know, if you stay at the lake house, I could help out sometimes. That way you wouldn’t have to worry about leaving Will at a day care with strangers every day.”
    “Thanks for the offer. I might take you up on that, but you work too.”
    “Interior decorators have more flexibility than journalists. And I don’t have that dreadful daily commute into the city.”
    “That’s true. I’m not sure your clients even know where Detroit is.”
    Kim rolls her eyes at my attempt at a joke. “Very funny. I just finished a job down in Grosse Pointe, decorating a wing of an estate for a widow whose husband was a CEO at Chrysler. Her dogs were my clients. Imagine twenty-five hundred square feet of fire engines and hydrants. I guess if you have that kind of money, you can spend it any way you want.”
    “I think if I had my choice, I’d stick to the scumbags I cover on the crime beat,” I answer.
    “You need to come over before you start back at the paper. The remodel on my guesthouse is almost done. My property is going to be featured in this year’s Parade of Homes.”
    The way she is glowing over the news, I guess the annual local home tour must be Kim’s version of a Pulitzer.
    “Good for you,” I answer.
    “You’ll come on the tour, won’t you?”
    “I wouldn’t miss it,” I answer and silently pray Kim will forget to ask me again.
    “What’s going on with you and David?” she asks.
    “Besides him breaking plans at the last minute with Logan again, not much. We’re trying to work on a reconciliation, but it’s not been easy. He asked me to see a psychiatrist.”
    Kim’s mouth purses as though she just tasted something rancid.
    “A psychiatrist? For what? And what does he have to fix on his end? Nothing?”
    “He’s supposed to try and spend more time with me and the boys instead of working every weekend.”
    “Did you see the psychiatrist?”
    “Once.”
    “Is he cutting down on his hours?” Kim asks.
    “Not yet.”
    “He’s too controlling. He’s always been that way with you.”
    “I don’t want

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