It was Christmas Eve, and Beth was getting Kyle ready to make the rounds with friends and family. First, they’d go over to Luke and Kelly’s house, and then they’d have dinner with Cal and his family.
Would she see Zach tonight?
She’d actually bought him a gift—which was funny. She hadn’t even purchased a gift for Jim last Christmas. Why bother? He’d never given one to her.
When they pulled into the driveway of Luke and Kelly’s house, the first thing Kyle saw were the skaters whizzing across the ice on the bay. Apparently, the Dragonfly Pointe Inn offered an ice rink for their visitors, and even sponsored a local hockey team.
Kyle arms went whipping up and down in excitement when he stepped out from the SUV , and he suddenly began jumping in place. Since he had no verbal skills, Kyle used his hands for everything. He was even pretty skilled with sign language, and Beth had picked up a lot of the signs herself. But she and Kyle’s teachers had discovered, years ago, that pictures were the most effective way for communicating his needs more quickly.
She heard the sound of Christmas music echoing from inside, so she knocked, and entered the house through the back door. Wow—what amazing views, Beth thought, as they made their way through the doorway and into the kitchen. Although there were windows everywhere, it was warm and cozy inside because of the roaring fire blazing in the fireplace.
Excerpt from Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson
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