Another passage from Same Time Tomorrow today. We're stepping away from where we were last time, since it's Father's Day. It's not quite a happy kind of post though, since here we have Chloe and Gabriel in the midst of conversation about her father, who abandoned her and her mother when she was a child.
He rose from the rocking chair, and settled down on the floor beside her, the photo albums open on the low table before them. She was staring at the photograph of her with her parents, and she was quiet. He spoke softly. “You know, he’s the one who lost.” She looked at him, her expression sad.
“What does that mean?” Chloe asked.
“He never got the chance to see you become the woman you are.” He paused, reached to her, placing his right hand gently on her left hand. “He lost out on all of that.” There was just the trace of a smile, and he held her gaze for a moment.