They couldn’t afford it. Not with medical bills piling up and Charles needing constant care. Still, how could they let one child’s needs be ignored? It wasn’t her fault. She shouldn’t have to miss out on life’s happy moments. Keeping the surprise hidden until after dinner would take some effort.
The fire escape was off-limits since the accident. Charles had loved to dangle her dolls over the edge. Her heart pounded. Betsy’s leg detached. Charles cackled. Fury flashed as the doll dropped. Panic attacked as Charles silently followed.
Yes, the fire escape was the perfect place for keeping secrets.