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Part 11 – Leo’s weakness

I didn’t say anything. I just kept looking at him.

“That’s who I was visiting,” he said quietly, still playing with the bed cover. “Leo, my eldest brother.”

I wondered what this tendency with his family was of telling me all their most private things. Was it so good talking to me? Maybe I was just a good listener. Or, maybe he just wanted to know more about my mother. I didn’t mind, whatever his reason was.

“He tried to kill himself,” David said, letting his feet slide down to a straight position. I got the urge to grab his hand, but I didn’t want to move. “He did it in my barn, tried to hang himself. That’s the only good thing Mrs. Young has ever done for me. I decided I couldn’t take her class that day and came home early. If I hadn’t …”

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