Excerpt – Day Six
“Hey, Mom. How are you?” She waited for the crossing light.
“I’m just terrible.” The whine hurt Fiona’s ears. “You wouldn’t believe the day I’ve had. A lady at the thrift shop was so rude. There were no empty machines at the laundromat, so I had to walk all the way home with a basket of dirty laundry, then go back again. I’m exhausted. Can you loan me a hundred?”
No hello, how are you, how was your day? That was probably just as well. She couldn’t tell her mom about running into Nason anyway.
“I gave you a hundred four days ago. What’d you do with that?” Fiona stifled the anger.
“Oh, sweetheart. I had to spend that on food.”
“What do you need more money for?”
“Bus fare and what not. Spent the last of it on the laundromat. You know it doesn’t go far these days. And my rent will be due again soon.”
“Mom, what about your salary at the thrift store?”
“I don’t get paid for two more weeks.” She ramped up the whine.
“Then you just got paid. What happened to your paycheck?
“You know. It’s always spent before I get it.”
“Mom, I can only spare fifty right now.”
“That’ll just have to do, won’t it, pet? Can you drop it by tonight?”
Maeve had settled for less awfully fast. If she was spending the money she gave her on drugs, she’d just…just…Well, she didn’t know what. It wasn’t like this was new. Fiona had been dealing with Maeve’s problems on her own since Nason had chosen not to be her father anymore.
Thanks to her mom, she’d have to rush through the pizza, then rush to mom’s place, then rush back to get a few hours’ sleep. No rest. Maybe Lottie would go with her and they could at least have a good talk.
How will Fiona, Lottie, Nason, and Maeve resolve their conflicts?
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