By Judy Clemens
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Didn’t she—Ellen, I mean—last week…” “Yes,” Eric said. ” Silence again covered the theater, and Casey looked from face to face. Eric’s sadness, Becca’s discomfort, the two young guys without a clear expression. And the director’s stubbornly held jaw. ” Eric glanced at the rest of the cast, then back at the director. ” The director pushed himself from his seat, held a finger out toward Eric, then let it drop. Stiffly he gathered his belongings—briefcase, coat, umbrella—and put them over his arm.
Or roast beef? She followed the scent until she came to a place with Home Sweet Home painted on the window. She peered in the glass. Long tables, folding chairs…a soup kitchen? She stepped back and took another look at the empty street. Would a town this size have a homeless population? It was hard to imagine. She turned back to the building and tried to open the door, but the handle remained stiff under her fingers. Locked. Shading her eyes with her hands, she leaned closer to the glass door and searched for any sign of people.
Never did get your name,” the other one said. “No. ” He shook his head, but any more words were drowned in the starting of their engines. Lifting a hand in farewell, he eased his bike back onto the road, his buddy following. Casey watched them go until they were just specks, disappearing into the gray horizon. ” Casey stood beside the truck, her heart pounding. The trucker, clean from his shower, hesitated, his foot on the running board. ” She jerked her chin toward the road. ” The trucker pursed his lips, his eyes narrowed.