That night after Isaac was in bed – Friday Fiction

That night after Isaac was in bed – Friday Fiction

That night after Isaac was in bed Delia poured two cups of coffee and sat
with Benjamin at the table. For several minutes nothing was said, but a
thought had been running through her mind ever since she’d left Luella’s.
“Benjamin,” she finally said, “we got to start planning for Isaac’s
college.”

He looked across with a puzzled expression. “At eleven years old?
Don’t nobody go to college at eleven.”

“But if we don’t start saving right now, we won’t have the money he
needs.”

Benjamin rubbed his big hand back and forth across his forehead
several times before he looked over at Delia sorrowfully. “How? How we
gonna save when we ain’t got an extra dime?”

What he said was true, and Delia knew it. There had been good years
when the farm made a profit, but the last three years they’d barely scraped
by. They’d already gone through what little bit they’d saved, and now they
had to pay Sylvester Crane ten dollars just to stay on land that was too poor
for farming.

“Maybe you could have a side business,” Delia suggested, trying to
sound optimistic. “Will Jackson’s got one. Luella said they saved up six
hundred and twenty-two dollars from him buying and selling used stuff.”
“It ain’t all used,” Benjamin replied. “A lot of that stuff Will sells is
stolen. He buys stuff what supposedly fell off a truck, pays a dime on the
dollar, then overcharges folks for things they gotta have. That what you’re
wanting me to do?”

Delia sighed. “I guess not.” Her words were weary and thin as a piece
of parchment.

Benjamin stretched his arm across the table and covered Delia’s hand
with his. “Just ’cause we ain’t got money don’t mean Isaac can’t go to
college. He’s just got to work a whole lot harder.”

“Work harder?”

Benjamin nodded. “If Isaac got the best grades in his class when he
finishes up high school, it might be a college will leave him go for free.”

“Free?”
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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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