This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman.
Ken sighed. He couldn’t afford to be distracted by all that now. “You’ve been thinking about this awhile,” he said to Matt.
“Yes, since before we got separated looking for Leo’s aircraft. I should have spoken to you about it before now, but we’ve had other things on our minds.” Matt stared straight ahead, his eyes unfocused. If he’d noticed Ken had been distracted and the time he’d taken to reply, he didn’t show it. Or he’d been lost in his own thoughts. “If something happened to you, I’d make sure your mom was looked after.”
“You don’t have—”
“I want to.” Matt’s expression was one Ken knew well. He wasn’t stupid enough to try arguing with him. Nor did he want a repeat of the last time they’d quarrelled.
Ken had spent a horrible few days unsure whether Matt was dead or alive and knowing what might have been their last conversation had been an argument.
“We’ll do it together,” Ken said firmly, “but just in case….” He thought for a moment of the stories his mother had told him about her side of the family. “My grandparents live in Nagasaki and she has other relatives in Iwaki. I’m certain she’d be happy going to stay with either of them after the war.”
“Nagasaki and Iwaki. Got it.” Matt nodded, but Ken could tell there was something else on his mind.
“What did you want to talk about?” he asked. “It wasn’t only about my mom, was it?”
“No.” Matt frowned. “I’m having serious doubts about this mission.”