After everything that happened tonight, what other choice did she have?  She wasn’t naïve enough to know that she could stay here.

Resigned, she picked up the phone and dialed the number she knew by heart. 

By the third ring, she was tempted to hang up but then she heard his voice.

A rumbling, throaty voice that she hadn’t heard in two very long years.


She gulped nervously.  “Lev, it’s me, Trina.”

At first he didn’t say anything and as much as she hated making this call, his not speaking twisted the knife she had lodged in her chest just a little bit more.

“Never mind,” she rushed out, determined not to let Lev hear her pain, “I shouldn’t have called.  I’ll let you go.”

“Katrina, wait,” he finally said, “it’s been so long.  You just caught me by surprise.”

“I’m sorry, I just,” she stopped and closed her eyes.  This phone call was one of the hardest things she has ever had to do in her life.  She took a deep breath and slowly exhaled before trying again.  “I need help,” She told him sadly.  “I need some money to come home.”

“Okay,” Lev said calmly.

“Okay? That’s it? I call you out of the blue and ask you for money and all you have to say is okay?”

“Yeah, Trina, that’s it.  It’s that simple.  You’re my sister and you asked me for help.  How much money do you need?”

Now Trina really felt like a heel.  “Enough for a plane ticket.”

“Consider it done. I’ll send you six hundred via western union.  You should be able to get a ticket back to Greensboro with that much.  If you call me with the arrival time of your flight, I’ll meet you at the airport.”

“Thank you,” she replied in a small voice.  The tears started to spill from her eyes and she desperately wanted to get off the phone before she broke down with Lev on the other line.

“You coming home is enough thanks Trina.  It’s been a long time and I miss you.  We all miss you.”

“I know,” she choked out and sniffed.  “I miss you too.”

“Are you okay?”

“Not really,” she said wiping her wet cheeks with the back of her hand.

“Do you want to talk about it?” Lev inquired.

“No, there is nothing to talk about”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m sure, Lev.”

“Alright.  If you need someone to talk to, you know how to reach me, right?  I’ve always been a good listener.”

No, Trina thought to herself, he hadn’t.  Lev liked to talk and expected everyone else to listen to him.  That’s part of what caused the big fight when she left home the first time.  He tried to tell her she couldn’t leave and she told him that she was eighteen and she could do whatever the hell she wanted to do.

She really didn’t want to get into it with him right now.  After the night she’d had, she just didn’t have any fight left in her.  “I’ll keep that in mind.  I’ll go on-line and look for a flight, then I’ll text you my arrival time.”

“Okay, we’ll do it your way for now. I’m walking out the door now to send you the money.  In the mean time I’ll be waiting for your text.”

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