Charlotte spent most of the night staring at the ceiling worried about her breakfast meeting with Elin. While it thrilled her that she and Elin agreed to move forward as a team and not adversaries, the thought of partnering with Tom’s birth mother sickened her.
Charlotte knew Elin’s proposal was self-serving. The argument Elin had with Tara could infuriate Tom. This realization forced her to change her relationship with the other family members before he regained consciousness.
Charlotte didn’t blame Elin for her sudden change of heart. How could she when she was equally guilty of self-serving behavior. The only reason she agreed to speak with Elin was her fear of losing Tom. The doctor ...view middle of the document...
“I didn’t want to give Tom up for adoption,” Elin blurted.
“Frank told me your parents forced you to give up your baby. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been.”
“Even now, I experience a sick feeling when I think about it.” She touched her stomach. “He wasn’t my first child.”
Charlotte pulled her mouth closed; hoping Elin didn’t notice the shocked expression on her nerve. It was bad enough her eyes remained wide.
“I miscarried the first baby.”
“How old were you?”
“Fifteen,” Elin told her. “My father beat me when he found out I was pregnant. My injuries were severe enough that they required medical attention. He told doctors that I had been raped and the marks on my body were the result of a botched suicide attempt.” She swiped at a tear. “It was easier to lie to hospital staff back then. You’d never get away with it today.”
“Did Frank father both children?” Charlotte balled her hands into fists, praying he wasn’t the father.
Elin shook her head. “I didn’t know the father the first baby long.”
“Oh.” The word slipped out of Charlotte’s mouth before she could stop it.
“I had the wrong idea of love back then. I thought boys would satisfy the lack of love I felt at home.”
Charlotte shook her head. “I’m sorry to hear that.”
“Frank proposed when he learned I was pregnant. Together we went to my parents to...