"I'll see you in the morning," Alice said as she walked to the bedroom to lie down. She just wasn't feeling very well right now. She was sore and achy. Maybe it was the flu instead of old age...
Natalie was sobbing as she got in the van.
"Sir. Please step away from the van. You'll only make it harder on the children," the social worker said calmly.
Max retreated to his lawn and watched as the woman took his children away. "Goodbye Max. Daddy loves you! I'll see you real soon, though. This is just a misunderstanding!"
Deciding it was time to fight for his children, he called up his oldest friend, Kirsten. She'd always been a go-getter when she was in the legal field and he knew he could depend on her.
"Of course, I'll be right over Max. This is terrible! I will do everything I can," she had assured him before hanging up.
Max was so anxious, he waited on the front sidewalk for her to come over. Gingerly she leaned over and greeted him hello with a kiss. Only, he had turned the wrong way and the kiss that had been meant for his cheek wound up on his lips.
Life was short, maybe this was worth exploring, Max thought. She could move in and they could get married and live out the rest of their golden years in love. Heck, he'd even buy rocking chairs and build a porch if that's what she wanted!
"I know how it feels to lose everyone you love in such a quick time period," he told her. "But it will be okay. Invite some friends over, cry on their shoulder and then go off to college. Time will heal your pain. I promise."