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Snowed In: Chapter Twenty Four - navessa allen
BEN “You did the right thing, Ben,” Dad says after he and Mom get back from their brief foray into town. “She’ll be back,” Mom adds, the confidence in her voice absolute. Did I do the right thing? Will she be back? Or did I just lose Ella forever? Hearing how much of her own struggles she’s kept hidden only made me feel worse. Especially since we’ve had so many talks about tough or controversial topics. That she felt free to tell me about the racial and class segregation in Boston but not about her own lows during the winter months reinforces the fact that our friendship was always off balance. I want to fix that. I want her to come back so we can. But not yet. I need time. I wasn’t trying to push her away by saying that. I was being honest. Brian’s advice to lean on her to help me get through the worst of the grief was good, but I know doing that in the long term would be detrimental to my recovering from it. “Oh, here you go, Benny,” Mom says, pulling a white paper bag from her purse and setting it on the …