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Chapter 40

  • Chapter Forty
  • “But that didn’t stop her from being your mother. I’m sure you guys had a great time at least once.”
  • Reno nodded with a smile. “We always took Sunday off no matter what. We’d spend most of it sleeping because we were so exhausted from working all week and Riana would take care of us that day.” He laughed at the memory of Riana standing on a stool so she could reach the stove to cook. She would pamper them as they lazed on the couch in front of the TV the entire day because they couldn’t afford to go out.
  • He never realized how hard she worked taking care of their little home. There was always something to eat the few minutes they spent at home before jetting out to work. Their laundry was always done and his sofa bed was always pulled out and ready for him to fall into at the end of each day. She kept them moving, the heart of a well-oiled engine and he’d never realized that until that moment.
  • “Riana made our guilt lighter to bear and our lives easier. She never acted up, always kept her grades up and took a job the moment she could. I didn’t like it because I didn’t want her to go through what I did, balancing college and work but when she told me she wasn’t going to college, I knew I had to do something. I entered her art in a contest and she won the scholarship to NYU. Best day of all our lives.”
  • Loraine kissed his chin. “And you were afraid you wouldn’t make a good father.”
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