That morning when Crystal had stopped by for her weekly visit and asked for the family records, Iris had accused Crystal of ruining the family name, had said Crystal's divorce would have Mama "spinning in her grave." But it was Iris's behavior that had tarnished the family name, Iris who had shut herself up in the house after Mama's death, Iris who had threatened Traci Rhodes with a shotgun. Now, a possible suicide attempt! In the five years since Mama died, Crystal's marriage had unraveled and so, seemingly, had Iris's mind.
Crystal ran the comb through her hair and stared at the stranger in the mirror. She would not allow more shame to be heaped on her family. She gave a final pat to her hair and put the comb away. Then she pulled Iris's keys from her pocket, shoved them to the bottom of her purse, and zipped the compartment shut.
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