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Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24: THE SECOND TIME AROUND

      "There isn't something funny going on between you, is there?" Amy paused in sliding out of her chair.
      "Of course not! What kind of man do you think I am?"
      "Don't ask me to judge men's character right now, after Kat's stepfather molested her--"
      "He what? When?" Daniel nearly roared, and Bekka echoed the sound with a groan.
      "When she was little. Everything came out at Christmas. He was all over her. In front of her mother, to make things worse."
      "I'll kill him. If he ever lays a hand on her again--"
      "Kat sure doesn't tell you everything." Amy's exasperated tone and her smug grin put a halt to the fury boiling through him, as surely as a dip in an icy pond. "Her mom divorced the pervert in January." She was obviously delighted to be the bearer of such news.
      "Really?" Daniel sank down on the edge of the desk again. He felt a little breathless at the lightning-fast changes in his emotions. From worry to killing fury to -- hope? Relief? A sense that all his prayers were about to be answered?
      What kind of a man was he, really? He should be furious for his daughter's sake. And for Lynette's, too. What had they endured, living with Mike Tyler all these years, and nobody ever knew?
      "She got everything. I'd have thrown him in prison for the rest of his life. I mean, no wonder Kat won't keep a steady boyfriend. She can't trust guys," Amy rattled on.
      "She can trust me!"
      "Yeah, but you're different."
      "I hope so." Daniel swallowed hard. "Amy, do you believe in second chances?"
      "If I didn't, Joe and I would have split forever years ago."

      "That's all I needed to know." He snatched up his briefcase and headed for the door.

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