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"It's all right," he whispered.

Her visible loss of weight had shocked Hunt when she'd first opened the door, and now, holding her, he couldn't help but be aware of how fragile she'd become. He would let her cry it out.

Gradually he brought a hand up to stroke her hair gently. "Shh," he comforted her after a time, as the sobbing abated and she was starting to settle. "Shh. It's okay. It's going to be okay."

While Tamara went into the bathroom for a minute to get the swelling out of her eyes, Hunt came into the kitchen, nodded a h.e.l.lo at Mickey, and slid in next to Parr. "What's a man got to do to get a drink around here?" he asked.

Parr nodded in commiseration. "He can be mighty light with a pour, that grandson of mine. I don't know where he could have picked up that bad habit."

Mickey, coming over with a fresh gla.s.s and the bottle of Chianti, said, "Yeah, well, what Jim here's not telling you is that he's still recovering from a few too many nonlight pours yesterday."

"A rare anomaly for which I've already endured too much abuse from my offspring." Parr picked up the wine and filled Wyatt's gla.s.s, then poured a little more into his own. The two men clicked their gla.s.ses. "Mr. Hunt, it's good to see you."

"You, too, James. You too." Hunt put his arm around Parr's shoulders and drew him toward him. "You been keeping out of trouble?"

"Hah!" Mickey said.

"I had a few drinks yesterday in mourning for my friend, Dominic Como," Parr said. "And the boy here decided he had to come drive me home from the Shamrock."

Mickey turned from slicing the meat. "He's leaving out the part about the bartender calling me at work, saying it was either going to be me or the cops."

"That would never have happened."

"Well, luckily, we didn't have to find that out, did we?" Mickey popped a slice of lamb into his mouth. "And this is all the grat.i.tude I get."

"It's a heartless world," Hunt said. "I guess I shouldn't have talked Jim into taking in you and Tam all those years ago. You wouldn't have had all this aggravation."

"He wouldn't have had all the aggravation?" Parr said. "You want to talk aggravation, try living with two teenagers for any given week, much less the six or eight years it actually takes."

"Seven," Mickey said without missing a beat.

Parr turned on him. "Seven what?"

"Seven years. People are teenagers for seven years."

"If you want to grant that teenagers are people at all and not an entirely different species. And where do you get seven?"

Mickey held up fingers as he counted. "Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen. Seven."

Parr turned to Hunt. "The boy is such a literalist."

"I've noticed," Hunt said.

Astonis.h.i.+ngly, the warm weather was holding. After the dinner and its attendant accolades for the chef, Mickey suggested they take his bottle of homemade limoncello up to the roof, where there was a mellow dim light from a j.

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