Charles woke before the alarm sounded. His sleep patterns had become tenuous in the previous months. In the midst of it all, he had tried to establish a bit of a routine as part of his path back to normalcy.
After he showered and shaved, he went to a local diner for his usual: scrambled eggs and turkey bacon with wheat toast—no butter. While he was sitting at the counter, someone tapped him on this shoulder.
He turned around to see his mom, dad, and Samantha! He was speechless. He hadn’t seen Sam in weeks. This was not how he expected to start his day.
Stunned and a bit disoriented by the surprise, Charles regained his composure and ...