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M on the wheel as I guided my SUV onto Aspen
Street. Everything looked remarkably the same. The slight Old West feel
still clung to the buildings and antique lampposts. Many of the institution
spots like The Cowboy Inn and Wolf Gap Bar & Grill were still here, just
with a fresh coat of paint.
But while it looked as if there were some new restaurants and shops, as
well, I knew hoping for a spot to order my favorite Thai dishes might be too
much to ask. There was no question that coming back to eastern Oregon
meant I’d be giving up some things.
My older sister, Jacey, thought I was crazy. Sure, that I’d step back into
town limits and get sucked back into all the drama that surrounded our
family. I understood her fear. Especially since she’d been more mother to
me than a sister, taking custody of me after my father went to jail, and I’d
begged my mom to let me leave this place.
All that determination to break free, and here I was, a decade and a half
later, coming right back to where I started. My pulse picked up speed as I
drove past Spruce Street and caught sight of the sheriff’s station. I knew
Sheriff Hearst had to be far into retirement, but I wished I’d have at least
one friendly face to count on.
It didn’t take long for me to pass through downtown. No more than
twenty of those brave breaths I’d come to rely on. I’d need them now more
I thought about stopping at the hardware and grocery stores but knew I
needed to get the lay of the land first. I’d called the water and power
companies and had them check the lines to our old property, making sure
things were still in working order. After a few repairs, they assured me that
all was good on their end.
That meant the rest was up to me. The letter from my mother burned a
hole in my pocket, but I hadn’t been able to simply keep it in my purse. It
was as if the words inside could give me the final kick I needed to finish my
I hadn’t been crazy enough to think that Jacey would help. She had two
children and a husband who had a solid job in Seattle. They’d given me
more than I’d ever expected. A safe and stable home. One where I was free
to go to school and didn’t have to fear being woken up in the middle of the
night to practice for a raid. They’d made sure I knew that I was loved and
cared for. But I wasn’t theirs.
As soon as Jacey became pregnant, I’d started to feel like an interloper.
They were building their family, but they were still stuck caring for me. I’d
tried to be helpful. Cooking and cleaning.
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