Autumn's Wind

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Chapter 53: The Change
(by NativeRose, added on 2 July 2007 03:04 AM)

As the weeks progressed, Jason and Autumn saw that Lynne was changing things. Maybe things would really be different this time. Still, she had done this sort of thing before. But if she was sincere, how could they turn her away? Jason and his daughter just didn't know what to do, and Jason didn't want Autumn to land in the middle again. That was what had caused so much of Autumn's pain throughout her life. Jason heard the door open behind him, and he saw Lynne enter the hospital room. She had been faithfully visiting Autumn thus far. How long would it last? It had been six weeks since her promise to Jason. Maybe things were really changing. Jason wondered if Lynne was still drinking. If she was, she was sure hiding it well. Maybe, just maybe, things were changing after all, and perhaps it was permanent. Jason saw the smile light Autumn's pale face when her mom walked in the door.
"Hi Mom," she whispered from the bed.
"What's going on today?" Lynne asked. this conversation mirrored those of the last month-and-a-half. At least Lynne was trying. But then it took an interesting turn.
"I need to talk to your father for a second, but we'll be back shortly," Lynne promised. Jason wondered what she could possibly want.
"We're managing this hurtle," Lynne said, as they sat in the hospital cafeteria. "Do you think we could ever live together?"
"Like I said before, I don't know if I'll ever be able to trust you again. Things are going well so far, but I...I just don't know, Lynne."
"Please, please...give me another chance!" she pleaded, the tears glistening in her eyes.
"Let me pray about it."
"Well, okay, but don't make me wait for long...Please, Jason."
Wow, what was this? What had happened to Lynne for her to take this turn? Now Jason was sure it was real. Weell, maybe he wasn't one hundred percent certain, but the change was sure convincing.

After a month of deliberation and prayer, Jason decided they should give it a try.
As Jason and Lynne walked into Autumn's hospital room together, Autumn started with, "What's going on?" Surely this was a surprise to her.
"We have some news for you," Lynne began, and then she looked uncertainly at Jason. Oh, please don't change your mind, she silently pleaded.
"Your mom and I are back together again. We're going to try living together..."
"Oh my gosh!" Autumn nearly screamed, "Are you serious?"
"Yes," Lynne said, but Jason and Autumn noticed her quivering voice.
"Oh wow, this is what I have been praying for!" Autumn exulted. Then her face formed a question mark. "How will this affect custody?"
"Oh, don't worry about that," Jason said, reaching for Lynne's hand. "this is a trial, and I'm praying it works."
However, the joyous occasion was only temporarily, and their hopes were splintered by one supposedly harmless event.

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