A tear slips down her cheek as her chin quivers. “I felt so stupid walking in, and that woman had her hands on you. I… I might have overreacted by not listening to you, but in that moment, it felt like my world was crumbling down around me. That at any second, my lungs would cease to fill with air, and I’d be gasping onto life.”

With three sentences, Raine managed to shred my heart into pieces. To know she felt that way when she found Mandy in my kitchen guts me.

“I’m sorry, Raine. You’ll never know how much I regret not following you after you left. I should have shown up at your work and demanded you talk to me.”