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happier times. Greg knew that, so it was hardly coincidence that he came looking for her there. “I could kill her for you, you know.” He slouched against the wood frame that supported the swing set, watching her from the corners of his eyes. It was twilight. Pine pollen fogged the air; by morning the porch and the cars would be coated in a fresh layer of yellow-green dust. “What?” Ruth asked, shocked to attention. “Robert’s whore. Something could happen to her. If you wanted.” Ruth planted her feet to stop the swing. “Don’t talk like that. Don’t you ever talk like that.” “She’s carrying a half-breed bastard child.” “She’s carrying Robert’s child. Which is something I’ll never be able to do. Nothing is to harm that child. Do you understand me?” She had refused his love off ering, she saw, and hurt him deeply. She thought of Cain’s rejected sacrifi ce and wished she hadn’t been so harsh. “I understand,” Greg said bitterly. “I understand, well enough.” He started to walk away. “Greg, I’m sorry,” she said. “I don’t like all this talk of
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