Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Story Part 10 by Janet Tronstad

The doctor asked Sam and Jeff to go into a small office at the back of the clinic. The past few days had passed in a blur for Sam, but Jeff had been beside her every step of the way, first as they took Greta for the initial blood test and then as they came back today to hear the lab results.

"Please, be seated," the doctor said as he indicated two chairs next to his desk. "I'll be back in a second. I just need to sign a prescription for someone."

The doctor left the room as Sam sank into one of the chairs. "We have a reprieve. I want to know the results, but, at the same time, I don't."

"I know," Jeff said as he reached over and took her hand in his. "But whatever the news, we'll face it together. Greta needs us."

Sam nodded. She had asked Jeff not to tell Greta he was her biological father yet. He had been excited to find out he had a daughter, but Sam worried the excitement would fade and he might not stay in Greta's life. Her daughter had already lost one father; she didn't need to lose another one. "You've been kind to spend time with her -- with us -- while you've been working on our house."

Jeff frowned. "I wouldn't call it kind."

Just then the door opened again and the doctor walked back into the room. "Sorry about that."

Sam watched the doctor sit down and pick up a file. She didn't realize she was squeezing Jeff's hand until he put his other hand on hers.

"I know you're anxious," the doctor said and then he smiled. "The test came back just fine though."

"She's not going to be sick like her sister?" Sam asked to be sure. "She's okay?"

"That's right," the doctor said.

Sam felt the tears start to fall down her cheeks. "I was so worried."

Jeff leaned over and put his arm around her. "We were both scared. Let's go home."

Sam nodded as she stood up. She pushed aside the bitter sweet sadness she felt whenever Jeff called her house home. She had come to care for him more than was wise. She'd do well to remember he'd finish with his work by Easter and then he'd be gone. She and Greta were survivors though. They would be fine without him, wouldn't they?


  1. Very glad you decided that Greta would not be sick like her sister. I'm sure Jeff will not abandon Sam and Greta once he finishes working on their house. God obviously has a plan to get the "family" together.

  2. Ellen Too -- I couldn't bear for Greta to be that sick. Glad you agree. Thanks for commenting. I'm looking forward to seeing how Merrilee and Lyn wrap the story up in the next couple of days.


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