“School can wait,” Kelsey said softly and wrapped her hand around Janelle’s and the mug. “Something’s bothering you. I’d like to help if I can.”
Janelle closed her eyes against the tears and shook her head. “There’s nothing you can do. I made a mistake, that’s all.”
Kelsey warm hand moved off hers, and Janelle slowly opened her eyes. She met Kelsey’s pitying stare and looked away.
“What was the mistake?” Kelsey asked.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Janelle replied, her jaw clenched as her sister’s soothing demeanor threatened the dam that held her tears and frustrations back.
“That’s okay, I have a list I can work off of. If you’d like, you can simply nod or shake your head.”
Janelle’s brow furrowed as she looked up at her sister. Kelsey took a sip of her coffee and shrugged a shoulder.
“Your choice.” Kelsey set her coffee down and folded her hands in her lap and they stared at each other for a few moments. “Would you like me to begin?”
Janelle’s head moved side to side on its own. “What list?”
Kelsey held up her first finger. “You loved Richard more than he deserved.” Her second finger went up. “You give Mom too much credence in your life.” Another finger up. “You blame yourself for things that are beyond your control and let them eat at you.” Her pinky joined the others and her mouth opened.
Janelle held up her palm to silence her sister. “That’s enough.”
Kelsey’s lips pursed and she moved her head from side to side. “You let a good man leave last night because of all of the above,” she said somberly.
Janelle pressed her lips together and pulled her shoulders back. “You know nothing about last night.”
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