They stood silently for another moment or two before separating. When they did, he told his daughter what he’d learned on his expedition in the basement, that Kelsey would need to replace the water heater, but the furnace needed a minor repair.
“What time would you like me here in the morning?” he asked as he put his coat on.
Kelsey smiled at the thought of escape with her sister. They loved Black Friday shopping. It was, and always had been, one of the rare days they’d be alone together. “Is five a.m. too early?”
George chuckled. “Honestly, yes. But for you girls, I’ll sacrifice.”
Kelsey giggled as her father went to the office to tell the kids and Janelle good-bye. When he returned, he gave Kelsey one last hug and a quick kiss to her forehead before he left the house. She locked the door behind her dad then turned to look at the empty living room and kitchen. Tears brimmed over as she raised her eyes to the ceiling of the now quiet house.
She leaned against the door and let them fall.
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