Sometimes...we can't go home.
“I wish,” she sighed. "You know, he took off when they were eight. I think they resented me for that, like I was supposed to have some superpower that would make him stay." She had anger. "No one could make him do anything! But the twins," her hand went over her heart, "they didn't get that.” Which explained the photos, Serena reckoned.
“But you must've done something right to be living in a place like this.”
“You think so?" She brightened up. She didn't get much praise. “I always think if it happened sooner maybe it would've been different with him, maybe he would’ve no reason to leave.” She faced Serena. “Then I think again, facing the truth, and go, no. He always looked at me like— like I didn’t have a chance in this world. " Tears crept in. "You know what he said? He said people break and heal but I'll keep breaking until there’s nothing and no one left.”