Outside on the circus grounds Brittany was still running after Alvin. He was running so fast that she could barely keep up.
She could barely catch her breath when she spoke. “Alvin,” she managed to get out through her pants. “Why were you running away from me?”
“Why were you chasing me?” he asked with a snap in his voice.
“Because I’m worried about you,” she said. “You just came face to face with your mother.”
“She’s not my mother,” he fired back. He turned away from her, a tear escaping his eye.
This didn’t go unnoticed. Brittany had never seen him cry before. She touched his shoulder. “It’s alright to be angry, but she’s still your mother, isn’t she?”
He turned to her, drying his eyes. “I don’t know, Brittany. What if she’s lying like Priscilla did?”
“What does your heart tell you?” she asked.
“That I should hate her, but…” He stopped, not able to go on.
“I understand,” Brittany said, taking his paw.
“No, you don’t,” he said, snatching it back. Brittany looked a little hurt which made Alvin feel a little guilty. “I’m sorry, Brittany, I didn’t mean to…”
“I know,” she said and embraced him. He felt the warmth of her body against his. Her care and comfort soothed him and calmed him down a bit. “How do you feel now?” she asked as they broke apart.
“Better,” he said smiling at her. “All because of you.”
“So, do you want to go back now?”
“No,” Alvin said quickly. “I can’t.”
“Yes, you can, Alvin,” Brittany said. There was a look of anger on her face. “I’ve never known you to be afraid of anything. Are you going to prove me wrong?”
He looked deep into her eyes and knew she was right. “Okay, let’s go back.” She took his hand and led him back towards Nev’s trailer.
To Be Continued...
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