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“I want Bobby Ray settled by the weekend.” “What about his schooling? You can’t just pull him out.” “We’re staying at Rolanda’s. Her brother’s at college. There’s an extra bedroom.” “Bobby Ray can’t walk to school from there.” Davida rolled her eyes. “He’ll take a bus just like the other kids.” “How can you afford the rent?” “I’ll make it work.” Granny Jack gently touched Davida’s elbow, as if that would change her mind. “When your mother died, I promised not to put this on you. You need to get back to school. And goodness knows, child, when was the last time you had a date?” “Don’t, please.” “You shouldn’t have to miss the prime of your life the way me and your mama did.” Davida fiddled with the suitcase latch. Her eye caught the photograph on the bedside table of her mama with Bobby Ray as a newborn. “Don’t worry, we’ll be fine,” she said again. “Let’s have some pie,” Granny Jack said, and headed for the kitchen. As she was cutting a piece for Bobby Ray, the kitchen phone rang. She covered the mouthpiece with a meaty hand and


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