The Room Was Silent. Dr. Jacoby Leaned Forward and Nodded to Abby in Jake’s Direction

August 9, 2013 by Brittani888  
Published in Motherhood

The room was silent. Dr. Jacoby leaned forward and nodded to Abby in Jake’s direction.

The ex-convict’s frame was visibly trembling.

"Are you all right?" whispered Abby.

"I need a smoke," he replied, getting up from the couch and stepping outside.

Abby looked pleadingly to her father.

"I think I understand now," sighed John, not exactly happy with the realization.

"We all want what’s best for him," explained Terry. "It frightens us to think what could

happen to him."

The room was silent. Dr. Jacoby leaned forward and nodded to Abby in Jake’s direction.

The ex-convict’s frame was visibly trembling.

“Are you all right?” whispered Abby.

“I need a smoke,” he replied, getting up from the couch and stepping outside.

Abby looked pleadingly to her father.

“I think I understand now,” sighed John, not exactly happy with the realization.

“We all want what’s best for him,” explained Terry. “It frightens us to think what could

happen to him.”

“I know,” replied Abby. “It frightens me, too.”

“I can understand why you people thought I may have pressured Jake into testifying,”

admitted Dick, his voice much calmer now. “I must confess, I wanted him to do it, but I

did my level best to explain the risks involved. I don’t know if it makes any difference

now, but the commission on prisoner abuse is one of the first really promising steps

taking place that could actually impact the correctional system in a positive way.”

“Jake looks up to you, Dick,” warned Dr. Jacoby. “I hope you realize how much

influence you have over him.”

The women got up and went to the kitchen to start serving dessert. Abby was grateful for

an excuse to leave the men to finish their discussion, and went to Izumi, who had been

silently witnessing the unfolding scene at the door of her bedroom. Izumi patted the bed

and Abby climbed up to get a hug from her mother.

“You’re a brave girl,” said Izumi, clasping her daughter in her arms. “Safety comes from

God. [Proverbs 21:31] Remember that.”

“I will, Mom,” promised Abby.

Just then, Mrs. Peterson walked up with two small dishes of ice cream and cake.

“This one is for you, Abby,” smiled the Sheriff’s wife, “and this is for that sweet man of

yours.”

“Wasn’t he a sweetheart?” agreed Izumi.

“An absolute angel,” replied the woman, handing the second dessert plate to the young

woman. “When you finished speaking on his behalf, Abby, I thought I would cry.”

“Some of us, did,” confessed Izumi, grabbing another tissue. “Did you see the way he

smiled at our Abby? He was that proud of her. I don’t know why I’m so happy. My sonin-

law is going to make enemies, and my baby girl could pay the consequences for it–

God forbid!”

“We’ll be all right, Mom,” Abby assured her.

After receiving another hug from her mother, the young woman passed through the living

room where the men were still talking about the hearing, and ducked out the front door

before she could be dragged back into the conversation. Outside, Abby found Jake

standing on the shoreline, smoking a cigarette, his eyes fixed on a gull floating overhead.

“Here’s your dessert,” she offered.

Jake stamped out his cigarette, and took the plate from her hand.

“Are they still going at it?” he asked.

“Yes,” smiled Abby, “but I think everyone’s pretty much resigned themselves to the fact

that you’re testifying tomorrow.”

Jake took a small bite of cake and then looked back at his friend.

“Thanks for standing up for me back there,” he said gratefully. “I’m glad you understand

why I have to do this.”

Dr. Jacoby excused himself from the party, and joined AJ on the beach.

“Am I interrupting anything?” he asked, walking towards them.

“No,” replied Abby.

“Too bad,” smiled the therapist.

“Are you on our side, now?” she wondered.

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