There was all this laughter with Henry and his parents. Hugs all around. It was like a big reunion. A big fake reunion, Vada was thinking now.
But they saw the sights of New York City. Henry was all smiles with Aloe. Vada just stood back and took pictures. She was afraid to be in any, but naturally, in the end, there she was in thick of it with her new parents.
"Just what ever got into you to take off to Paris?" Myra caught her off guard as they were finally on some downtime at Central park, eating ice cream.
"What do you mean?" Vada winced as she felt she might keel over from the threat of her life changing.
"Was it really all Joel's doing?" Myra stared at Vada as if an invisable dagger could rupture her emotional happiness in a split second.
"Yeah." She could barely get out.
"Oh, Vada, I know you were running from something." Myra touched her arm.
"I'm not..running from anything." She wanted to scream but it was barely a screech. She couldn't look at Myra now. As it was she could barely taste the strawberry ice cream in her mouth.
"You, were with Dean, after prom." Myra knew her secret.
A shiver went through Vada who kept staring at her melting ice cream cone.
"If..if you knew.." Now she was angry with Mrya, "Why? Why didn't you say anything?"
"I dunno." She looked sad. "I just didn't want to make you anymore angry than you might have felt about yourself. I mean, there are choices we make and..and some we regret. I want you to make healthy decisions, I do. And a part of me thinks I know why..but..still, we might hurt ourselves more than other people."
Vada looked away. She knew Myra was talking about Josie.
"I can't tell her." Vada wanted to avoid Josie at all cost. "I don't want her to know. Besides, if Dean wants to tell her, its his choice." She nursed her bottom lip. Did this mean she had to talk to Alo about this, too?
It was a mistake. She knew it, but she didn't want to make any mistakes with Alo, either. Besides, she didn't even know if she'd ever see him, again. She was certain she'd never see Dean. It was obvious he would never come looking for her.