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Solange’s heart fluttered. She’d heard about O’Connel’s troubles, but had hoped it wouldn’t go this far. It was funny, but when Hugh had called her back, she’d thought of him. “Mrs. Noble’s been on the warpath for a week now, got the board madder than hornets. I just had another call before you came in. ” Concerned, she leaned forward in her chair. “You sound tired, Hugh. ” Impatiently, he waved away her concerns. ” He pushed himself off the desk, lowering himself carefully into a chair. Patiently, she waited, wanting to reach out, but not daring to embarrass him.

Hands palsied so that she wanted to steady them in her own, he tore a match out of a book, shaking his head sadly. "After midterms we had twenty parents screaming for transfers before their kids flunked. A scheduling nightmare’s what it was. ” Striking the match, he held it over the packed bowl, sending clouds of blue smoke wafting about him. She loved the smell of his pipe and his gentle manner of speech. Such a nice old man. She was fiercely protective of her few friends; he and his wife were two.

Okay, we’ve got time for one last try. I want you to do the best you can. ” Wiping her eyes, she nodded. Under the bleachers, Solange pressed a fist to her mouth. What kind of man was he that he saw so much, cared so much? He slapped the padded foam on his head. “You see this? You can’t hurt a hardhead like me in here. It’s okay. You can do it. ” He clapped his hands. “All right, this is it. ” Fists clenched, Solange wanted her to succeed, needed her to. A tear coursed down her cheek and irritably, she wiped it away with an open hand.

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