Stamos by Kathleen Ball EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Kathleen Ball
- Language: English
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Joy Courtland glanced down at the address on the ragged piece of paper
she held in her shaking hand and compared it to the number on the house,
confirming she’d found the right place. She had expected someone to meet
her at the bus station. In fact, her parole officer had insisted on it. Luckily,
she had found a ride.
Standing in front of the heavy wooden door, the century-old log house
loomed large. The two-story farmhouse with its black shutters and
wraparound porch looked enormous and intimidating. Joy hoped that she
could just do her work release program and be left alone. She wasn’t there to
make friends; she was there to be free. The idea of freedom made her almost
Before Joy had a chance to knock, the door swung open. A tall, frazzled man
stood holding a crying baby. Before she could even open her mouth, the man
shoved the baby into her arms and yelled something about being back in a
Joy looked down at the howling little baby in her arms and frowned. Figuring
that Mr. Walker must have an emergency to attend to, she walked into the
kitchen, found a bottle, and warmed it. She sat in the comfortable rocking
chair in the family room and fed the little one.
Blissful silence filled the house. “You sure have big lungs. Inherited them
from your daddy, did you?”
Joy wanted to smile, but it wasn’t something she readily did. The baby
finished its bottle and then Joy patted the baby’s back until it burped.
“Let’s go get you changed and then I’ll know which it you are.” She stood up
and carried the baby upstairs. Finding the baby’s room was easy enough. The
blue walls were a bit faded, but the cowboy border along the top of the wall
looked new. Perhaps a boy, but she would have liked cowboys in her room
when she was young. The crib and matching changing table looked new.
“Well, what do you know, a little boy,” she exclaimed, as she changed his
diaper. Joy tried to lay him in his crib, but he just howled at her, so she held
him and went back downstairs to the rocking chair.
There was a phone next to the chair. Her first priority was to call George, her
parole officer. He’d gone out of his way to get this work release for her, and
she wasn’t going to pay him back by breaking the rules.
“George, it’s me, Joy. I’m at the Walker spread and calling as instructed.” Her
voice quavered. It had been a long time since she’d used a phone.
“Good, glad to hear it. Put Mr. Walker on the phone.”
“He’s not here. He handed me a baby and ran out the door.”
George laughed. “Well, I know you’re at the right place. You all right with
“I used to babysit once in a while before…well before.”
“It’s fine, Joy. Look forward, not back. Just have Mr. Walker call me when he
“I will, and George? Thank you.”
She leaned back in the rocking chair and relaxed more than she had in eight
years. Finally, her eyes closed.
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