Small and Scattered (Niki makes another decision)

Chapter 20 The next day was Saturday. Simon and a buddy drove the rig with the jet skis back to the dealer. I hadn’t slept well. I kept telling myself: It’s no big deal; anyone can have a lapse in judgment. People spend more money than they make all the time. I shouldn’t get so […]

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Different Sides of The Family Room (Niki talks to Simon)

Chapter 19 I fumed in the car while Simon loaded Maddie into his. He knows me well enough to realize how furious I am, but neither of us wants to have an argument in front of our daughter, or in the driveway where the neighbors will hear. So I smiled with gritted teeth while waving […]

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Return Policy (Niki comes home to a surprise)

Chapter 18 After recognizing that the baby’s ET tube was blocked, and having the nurse gonads to pull the tube, I drove home from the hospital feeling victorious. Dr. Polk’s words, “Good job,” played over and over in my head, but they weren’t loud enough to calm my stomach when I thought about Corey, and the silent […]

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Is Everything Okay? (Niki’s nursing assessment saves a baby)

   Chapter 17 I woke up in the afternoon having slept poorly after the bad dream. Schlepping my way into the kitchen, I made a cup of tea. Simon dropped Maddie off from school, and then went back to coach practice. I helped Maddie with her homework while starting dinner. During dinner Maddie chatted animatedly […]

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The Most Important Thing (Niki makes a decision)

Chapter 16 Corey put his arms around me, holding me close. My face nestles in the warm triangle where shoulder meets neck, and I can feel his carotid pulse beating against my cheek. He smells like soap and water, clean and nice. I place tiny kisses against his smooth neck, tears welling in my eyes. […]

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