Ch. 4

Watching Their Dance:  Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s

Chapter 4-Walking Away (from the love of my life)-page 42

“‘Therese, it’s Sue.’ Sue was a college friend who worked in the women’s-accessories office.  “Are you sitting down? This is terrible.  You’re not going to believe it.”

“What? What happened?’

Between sobs, Sue said, “Heather’s husband got on a plane in Chicago to come home from his business trip, and it crashed just after takeoff.  He died.”

My hand went over my mouth. “Oh, my God!” I rocked back in my chair, feeling as if I’d been punched in the stomach.

“Hello, hello.  Are you still there, Therese?”

“Yes, yes, I’m here. Oh, how horrible!” Now I started to cry. Poor Heather! They were such a happy couple.  They had their whole life ahead of them!” My brown furrowed as I heard familiar words escaping my mouth. “I guess you never know what’s going to happen in life.”

As I groped in a drawer for a tissue, Jerry patted my should, packed up his ties, and said he’d call me next week.  The assistants quickly gathered in Sue’s office, where she had a small TV. The newscaster said, “American Airlines Flight 191 took from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago at eleven a.m., and moments later, it crashed.  Two hundred and fifty-eight died, along with thirteen crew-members and two people on the ground.  An investigation by the FAA will begin tomorrow.

The rest of the afternoon was a blur.  The whole buying office was quiet, with none of the buzz usually heard throughout the department.  Trying to get some work done, I looked down at my desk pad and found you never know what’s going to happen in life written all over it.  The words stared back at me as I attempted to read the secret lying between the lines.”