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Friday Night Movie, another World War II story, she went up to bed. Unable to sleep, she turned the pages of her high school yearbook and thought about other directions her life might have gone. Most of her friends from those days were married, some with three, even four children. When she ran into them in Smithfi eld, they seemed numb and exhausted by their lives. She would have traded places with any of them. She woke in the early hours of the morning to the sound of her door opening. She was still heavy with sleep, not sure how old she was. “Daddy?” she said. “Shhhh.” The door closed and someone came to sit on the fl oor next to her bed. “It’s Greg,” he whispered. “I hope I didn’t scare you.” She was fully awake now. “Daddy said you were gone to California.” 304 lewis shiner “Not yet. He’s got me a ride with a trucker headed out there in a couple of days. Until then I got to hide out in the basement.” “What happened?” “I did something.” She longed to turn on the light. She couldn’t tell from his whispered voice
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