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All I'm sure of," she said wryly, "is that I've found more questions. " Keith asked, only then aware that he wanted her to say yes. "Surprisingly enough, that's what I said. He was... stunned. He says we have to talk, but I told him I needed time to myself. " She paused, then laughed suddenly. He was intrigued by the sound. " "Oh, it's absurd! I guess I felt a little self-conscious before, and didn't want to explain. " Keith felt a jolt of relief, the depth of which disturbed him. But he managed to say lightly, "Understandable.
Beyond that, he didn't think very much. After a while, he went into his suite and to bed. He didn't go out onto his balcony the next morning. Erin spent most of the day just thinking. She walked on the beach, swam in the hotel's pool, treated herself to a sauna and massage. It was rare for her, this luxury of time to herself, and she enjoyed it. The sense of guilt she felt at so abruptly having deserted her father was still with her, but fainter now and much less painful than it had been. Other problems didn't seem so overwhelming now, and she was even able to feel a kind of wry amusement at the number of male hotel guests who apparently felt she shouldn't be alone.
He doesn't even recognize a problem. And he won't until I confront him. " "I'll hurt him. " Keith hesitated, then said, "Do you realty believe it's better to go on hurting yourself? To go on living a life you don't want, being a person you're not? " They were both silent for several minutes while the sky lightened in the east, and then she stirred slightly. "Tough questions. " Her voice was wistful. He hesitated, then said, "Don't force it. Take the time you need and let the answers sort themselves out.
The Lady and the Lion by Kay Hooper