Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) Tristan: Finding Hope (Nova #3.5)

Silence descended over us as I was lost in the heaven of choice.

Eventually, he had to no mas it.I’m sorry, he said as he interrupted her. I don’t mean to cut you off, but I thought this was supposed to be about work? I don’t understand why you’re asking about my family.

Just getting additional background.I was already screened right after orientation by the Brother Butch. I mean, it’s all in my file.I like to collect my own background. The female smiled. Is there some reason you’re uncomfortable speaking about your family?

Not at all. He shrugged and eased back in the hard chair. It doesn’t bother me. It’s just a waste of time.Look, I told you. We both know what’s going to happen with all of this.

He motioned between them. This conversation. The statement I gave your mate about what I did. It would be more efficient to kick me out of the program now as opposed to waste all this paperwork. It’s not like I’m going to sue you guys for wrongful termination or some shit—sorry, stuff.

You make it seem like you’re very dispensable.I envied her, her clarity of mind. I don’t know what to do.

Visit Jim. I like to believe he’s not really gone. Tears wet her eyes. And I talk to him, liking the idea that he understands us all now better than he ever did when he was alive. So talk to him. Maybe everything that has happened will start to make sense, and all the pieces will make a path that’ll lead you to the right decision.I took a swallow of my beer to avoid bursting into tears. And when I thought I could speak without crying, I said, You’re the wisest, dearest friend I’ve ever known, Seonaid McAlister.

The pressure of her smile caused her tears to spill over.Sun dapple from the leaves on the tree above Jim’s grave caused patterns to dance across the dark gray of his headstone. I hadn’t been to visit since before I left for Indiana, afraid of seeing it in the same way I was afraid of returning to Aidan.