*Condition Note: Book is in good condition and clean, it has minor cover and spine wear.*
We climbed up the porch steps, and Jimmy peeled a few scraps of paint off the doorframe while he waited for me to find my key. I took my time, for I dreaded the moment of stepping into the empty house. As we entered, sure enough, the breakfast dishes still waited in the sink. But when I glanced over toward the table, I was startled to see Dad sitting there writing. On the floor beside him stood two suitcases and his briefcase. He looked as surprised as I did. "Oh, I didn't expect you kids home so soon!" he mumbled.
All I could do was stare with my mouth open.
"Where ya goin', Dad?" Julie demanded.
"Can we come too?" her brother added.
"No, I'm going away on business." Dad folded the note and put Mom's little ceramic rooster on top of it.
"But where?" "When will you be back?" "Why can't we come?" The twins' questions came thick and fast.
"I've got to hurry," he would only say. "Mom will tell you about it. 'Bye now," Although he gave each one of the twins a little kiss, when he started toward me, I just couldn't let him do it. Turning away, I gazed out the window. Then he put his briefcase under one arm and took a suitcase in each hand. Julie opened the door for him. Jimmy started to follow him out, but I pulled him back. My brother asked me questions with his eyes, but I couldn't answer.
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