"If..if we'd only known sooner."
Henry listened to his mother, talking to Vada. The trip was off. Evidently.
Next thing he knew, Vada dashed upstairs.
"Mom? Are you serious? This is a trip of a life time. And ..and we don't even have to pay for it." He was perturbed with his Mom. He would be upset too.
"Well, its not something that was on our radar, was it? I mean, she needs a passport." Her Mom looked back at him just as perturbed. Funny, he knew he got most of his mannerisms from her now. "Do you know how long it takes to get a passport?"
She went into how secure airports were and it just wasn't feasible. Maybe next year.
Henry wished he could fix this, but all he could do was rush upstairs and tap on Vada's door. He thought he heard her mutter that it was unlocked. He let himself in. Of course, she was in tears. She wouldn't even look at him.
He never took her, as this kind of girl. She was stronger than this. The Vada he knew would have accepted it and moved on.
"I know the trip meant a lot to you." Henry sat at the edge of her bed trying to console her, even if she wouldn't let him. He still didn't think she was that crazy about Joel. "Are you sure, its not something else?"
"Its not something else." She blubbered.
"OK, I know you're pretty upset about Dean leaving. Is this what this is about? You, think if you go to Paris, you won't think so much about him? I mean, I know he's like a brother to you. But..but you can write each other. And..and we could all go down to Oklahoma when he graduates from bootcamp."
She wouldn't say anything, but he knew she was crying.
"I can't." She finally managed.
Suddenly, like a cold chill, Henry figured it out. He didn't like what he was thinking. It just couldn't be true. It couldn't be. Not Vada.