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them. “When’s Dad coming to get me?” Sterling picked up a butter knife, looked at her reflection in it, then pulled a small roll-on lip gloss from her pocket and applied it to her down-turned lips. When finished, she opened a piece of gum and put it in her mouth. Gum, Kate sometimes joked, was Sterling’s primary food group. “Mmmm, bubble gum.” Kate sniffed the air. “Are you dropping me at Dad’s or what?” “Or what.” Kate rose, spooned the uneaten food into the garbage disposal. Sterling was on her mother’s heels. Liam followed them with his eyes. Kate had planned for her ex-husband, Adam, to take the kids, even though it was a school night, and he only took them every other weekend. He’d said he would when asked a month ago. But when she called to remind him, he said he didn’t recall saying he would and anyway now he had to work. She knew that excuse. Their marriage had been successful only as long as Kate could wait on him. Once Liam was born and her attentions were consumed with his care, Adam started coming home from work late and working on weekends. Kate found out later that his “overtime” had been spent with a bleached blonde in her 20s with a


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