Sean realized that Abigale had barely acknowledged his presence in the room. Most afternoons when he returned from the field, she would meet him by the door or outside and ask how the day went.

Opening the knapsack, he pulled some berries and plums, along with a large cantaloupe he had picked on his way home, and placed them in a large bowl. ‘Treats for everyone,’ he said.

Josh timidly came forward and pushed his hands in the bowl. ‘Suz, don’t you want any?’ Sean asked.

‘Not now Pa,’ she replied.

‘Josh, put the plums away before it spoil your appetite. Dinner is ready,’ Abigale snapped.

Walking towards her, Sean said, ‘Let me help you with that.’ He went to the sink and grabbed a few plates for her to dish out the one-pot stew. ‘It smells and looks really good, Abby.’

 She ignored his comment as she rummaged in one of the basins for a few spoons. Sean realized

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