It was now late and very dark and her steps had become slow, but deliberate. Just as she asked herself how much longer it would take, he drove up beside her. Without hesitation and a smile on her face, she got into his black sports car. If she had kept that pace of walking, Kathy knew it would be daylight before she reached her apartment.
She was silent for a moment as she wondered where had he been all evening. He knew she had no car and would need a ride home from work. Instead of giving him a tongue-lashing, she kept her thoughts to herself. Without prompting from her, he began explaining that he had been busy studying and working in the lab. After all, those were the requirements of being a student and he was very close to graduating. He continued talking, and she listened as he drove down the dim lit streets.
After arriving home, Kathy had just a few hours left to sleep before getting back out again for another day of work. Riding the subway cut her hours even shorter and prevented her from seeing their son. It was heartbreaking to do but Kathy had made the decision to leave him with her mother. She had few other options since leaving college without a degree. Nevertheless, she dared to hope that the time her man spent studying and working in the lab was paving a beautiful future for the three of them.
Was Kathy wrong in hoping for so much? Should she have opened up more to her man about her needs?
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