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thought I’d go ahead, just in case.” She was still not much of a cook, but she’d gotten a few recipes from Robert’s mother down well enough to trigger his childhood memories. Robert ate hungrily and dozed afterwards on the couch until Ruth woke him and led him half-asleep to bed. The rain let up on Saturday, letting Robert make a dent in the yard work he’d neglected all summer. He trimmed branches, raked leaves, pulled weeds, and tried not to think about what was happening in the house on Beamon Street. Ruth brought him fresh lemonade in a pitcher and a plate of cookies. Sunday morning it was drizzling again. The house was cold, and Robert woke warm and relaxed under a pile of covers. He lay there for a long time, knowing there were thoughts waiting to crowd into his head, but able to convince himself that none were terribly serious. He turned over and saw Ruth was looking at him. “Good morning, sleepyhead,” she said. She was wearing fresh perfume, Robert noticed. He was suddenly and completely
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