Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tear Jerker from Brand New Day by Dellani
Janet Yarkowski has had a life full of many ups and downs. Diego, the love of her life, has been in the Navy for many years. She didn't hear from him for so long, she finally allowed herself to marry another man. Tex beat her, killing their unborn child. She left him and went back to her hometown in Nebraska, working hard as a teacher. One day, Diego showed up. He was with her a few months, then his commanding officer demanded that he do another job for him. Shortly after Diego left, Janet found out she was pregnant. Now, it's Christmas time and she's heading back to Texas to be with her dying mother. On the way, she stops in a truck stop diner.
Janet got through the next couple of weeks in a daze. Christmas break was coming, the students had exams and she could hardly function. As excited as she was about having Diego's child, she couldn't face the reality of being alone. She planned to head to her parents' house the first day of break. She woke that morning and got ready slowly. There was no joy in her trip. Her mother had been diagnosed with cancer and had been given less than a year. Janet could only hope that she'd live long enough to see her first grandchild come into the world.
Her trip south was uneventful. There were warnings and threats of blizzards, but she managed to dodge them all. She sat in a truck stop drinking coffee and eating a piece of pie. The lowering clouds on the horizon made her think of Tex for the first time in years. She wondered what he was doing with himself, where he was. Not that it mattered. The only reason she wanted to see him again was to get him to sign divorce papers so she could marry Diego.
Overcome by grief, she propped her head on her hands and let the tears fall. She was tired, worried about her mother and had the unbalanced emotions of a pregnant woman. Clutching handfuls of paper napkins, she wept as silently as she could, shoulders hunched and shaking. Her sobs and sniffles didn't go unnoticed for long. Her waitress, a kindly woman about her mother's age, slid into the booth across from her, handing her a clean cloth towel from the kitchen.
"You okay, honey?"
Janet sniffled, dabbing at her eyes. "No. Do you ever feel like life just plain sucks?"
"All the time," the woman replied. "Every day when I have to come to this place." She smiled warmly. "Can I get you anything? Another slice? A warm up on the coffee?"
"I'll take a new life to go, please," Janet said, trying to smile. "I'm sorry. My husband's gone overseas and I just found out I'm pregnant. I'm on the way to Lubbock to visit my mother. She's really sick and this may be the last time I see her."
The woman came over to sit by her, putting Janet's head on her shoulder. "You go ahead and cry it out, honey. You got to get the bad out before the good can come in." She held Janet and let her cry.
One of the truckers called to her from his booth. "You gonna come refill my coffee?"
"You know where it is, don't you?"
"Well, help yourself. While you're up, see if anyone else needs some. This girl needs me more than you lazy bastards."
To Janet's surprise, the man got up and got the coffee. He made the rounds and topped off his own cup. When she'd calmed down, the woman handed her the bill. It had "On the House," scrawled across it. Janet thanked her, leaving a handsome tip. She stopped in the bathroom. When she came out, the waitress came up with a huge teddy bear from the gift shop.
"The boys chipped in and got this for you," she said with a happy grin. "Don't you worry. It's gonna be okay."
© 2018 Dellani Oakes
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