2 Mary Kay McComas
Mostly he tried not to think about her— but he couldn’t helpbeing curious.Leather creaked as he pushed himsel straighter in the chair.He should make the call beore he remembered too much, be-ore he lost the tenuous hold on his proessionalism. Changinghis mind was no longer an option.He dialed the numbers.He stared at the phone and grappled with his doubts. Whowas she now? Still the strong, brave, serious Hannah, so beauti-ul that a teenage boy would risk his riends and reputation— everything— to be with her? Or was she someone else entirely?He didn’t know i she’d married or i she had children. Bothher business in Baltimore and the private number were listedunder her name, but that didn’t mean anything except that shehad her own lie and her own business.Well, part o a business.Insurance, or crissake.He smiled and let loose a sot private chuckle. Insurance.The night she disappeared he’d eared or her lie, prayed des-perate prayers that she’d run away. He’d worried himsel sick.Then slowly and gradually, as months piled up to years and noword o her returned to Cleareld one way or the other, hestill reused to believe what everyone else assumed to be true.She simply couldn’t be dead. She couldn’t be. Bright summer days were still glorious, snowy nights with ull moons werestill magic, and rainbows still brought her to mind. He hadantasies o her popping up on television or a movie screen or in some magazine showing o her chateau and rich, handsomehusband— Cleareld and Grady Steadman an empty lapse inher memory.But never, not in his wildest imaginings or his simplestdreams, had he pictured her selling lie insurance to MainStreet, America.