A Third Moment in Time by Susan Stoker EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Susan Stoker
- Language: English
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EMILY GLANCED toward the front door when she heard it open. She waited to
see her daughter’s happy face as she entered the house after school. It was
hard to believe Annie was twelve, and already in the seventh grade. She’d
always be her little baby, but she was growing up fast.
But instead of Annie coming into the kitchen, pulling herself up on one of
the chairs at the table and chattering happily about what happened in school
that day, she clomped right past the doorway and headed for her room
without a word.
“Annie?” Emily called out.
In response, she heard her daughter’s bedroom door slam shut.
Blinking in surprise, Emily stood in the middle of the kitchen, frowning
in the direction of the hallway where Annie had disappeared. Deciding to
give her some time, Emily turned back to the lasagna sauce she was putting
together for dinner. Fletch should be home from the base in an hour and she
needed to get the pasta in the oven if it was going to be ready by the time he
Ethan, their son, was two and currently occupied by a video on the TV.
Emily was doubly concerned about Annie because one of her favorite things
in the world was her little brother. She doted on Ethan. Ever since he was
born, Annie was like a second mother to him.
Emily remembered when they’d first realized the depth of Annie’s love
for her brother. Ethan was around four months old, and Annie had begun to
eat much less at dinner. It took her and Fletch a couple weeks to figure out
what was going on. Annie thought her brother wasn’t getting enough to eat,
so she was hiding food and bringing it to him at night, after everyone went to
Apparently, she remembered how Emily would forego food so Annie
herself could eat, and was attempting to do the same for her brother.
Fletch had a long talk with her, explaining that they had plenty of money
to buy food for all of them and, as Ethan was a baby, he could only eat
Annie constantly looked after her brother, even after that. Another time,
while doing yardwork, Fletch found around a hundred of Annie’s little plastic
Army men on the ground outside Ethan’s window. When he asked her about
it, she told him they were there to protect Ethan from anyone trying to break
into his room.
She also had a tendency to climb into his bed in the middle of the night.
Even now, when Emily or Fletch went into Ethan’s room in the morning,
they’d sometimes find their daughter sleeping curled around her brother. She
read to him regularly. Would sit with him for hours, reading the same book
over and over again and never seeming to get tired of it.
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