Teaser 11: From chapter 21, Harkham’s Case (Dustin, Samara, Mari and Adam’s conversation)
“I heard and saw exactly what you did. Mari’s not just some guest here you can treat like trash. She’s living with us now as a part of the family because Adam says she is.” His dad pointed to the stairway down the hall.
Samara huffed and turned off the stove. “She barges right in here and acts like she’s the authority on everything there is to know about his condition and how our family handles it. What right does she have to—”
“I talked to Dr. Harkham today, and she said Mari’s done more for him than any of the rest of us ever have or could, and I believe her.” He moved through the kitchen with grace and stood right in front of her, looming by a foot in height. “I’m getting out of their way—you should, too.”
“But, Dad, she has no idea what it’s like to deal with him in the long term,” Samara said.
He turned his head over his shoulder and with sharp eyes on Mari asked, “Do you think you could finish up this meal?”
Adam stood straight up and answered for her, “We both can.” He beamed at his father.
“Fine. I trust you both. Mari—if you’re unsteady right now, maybe you should sit and direct him. I’m sure he’d be happy to get dinner done. I’m gonna go have a chat with my daughter . . .” Dustin grabbed Samara behind the elbow and led her out of the room.