Chapter II (2)
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right along with my fear. “I know I heard you crying, so just come out with it. What’s going on?” I was being harsh, and I immediately wished I hadn’t been, but I didn’t know how to deal with my father crying, or with whatever could reduce him to it.

He didn’t say a word, but wiped his face with the handkerchief clasped in his hand. My grandfather’s handkerchief.  I thought of my grandfather’s coffin, and now seeing my father – well, hearing my father – I felt panicky and blurted out, “Turn around and look at me, Jack, and tell me what’s happening.”

He slowly turned around in his chair and looked at me. The rims of his eyes were red and he looked as if he hadn’t slept all night. He was wearing the same clothes he&rsqu...

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