Emily Rose Calhoun was having the time of her life. She and Kat had been on many vacations together, but she went out of her way to make this one special, for it very well could be their last.
“Breathe, ol’ gal… breathe. You don’t know yet what will happen.”
Remembering the plane trip, Em had to chuckle. That offer to pay her back? What was Kathryn thinking? Well, it had to be that fierce independence; she was so like Gayle that way. Kat certainly did want to make her own way in the world, and there was nothing wrong with that. Hard work and determination are never bad characteristics to possess. Even when you will inherit the family fortune.
Em had never been one to flaunt wealth. Certainly, she and Kat had lived a comfortable life, but she was pretty sure that her granddaughter was not fully aware of the extent of their wealth; otherwise, Kat wouldn’t have acted like Em was like any other senior on a budget.
“Pay me back. Pfft… dear one, it is I who owes you more than you will ever know.”
When Kat came to live with her, Em stepped down from the board of her family’s charitable organization. “Retirement,” is what she called it. She wanted to make sure she was always there for the granddaughter who had lost so much at such a young age. And she always was. Without fail.
“But how am I going to tell her?” the thought plagued her.
Any way you sliced the pie, it was time to tell Kat everything. She deserved to know.
Em knew she still had a great many years ahead of her, so it’s not like it would be a deathbed confession. She just needed to have done with it so she and Kat could live the rest of their lives with the absolute truth between them. Maybe then, she could get Kat to come home. The house was so empty without her.
Em’s mind was made up. Before she and Kat got back to the airport, she would know everything.
She would know about the money, about the “rift” between Em and Gayle, and about the gifts Kat possessed but had yet to unlock.
“Okay. Your mind is made up, ol’ gal, get your ass back into the present moment and enjoy this vacation.” It would not be the last. Em would see to it. She would find a way to make Kat understand and not resent her.
Looking over at her granddaughter, Em said, “Whatever we do tomorrow, let’s make sure we are doing exactly this at the end of the day.”
“Twist my arm,” Kat replied.
Nothing beat these sunsets. They were amazing.
“Besides,” Em continued, “I have some things to discuss with you, and I can’t think of a more lovely place to do it.”
“Why can’t we talk now, Em?” Kat wanted to know.
“It’s business related (not exactly a lie because some of it was business), and I want to remember today just like it is now.”
“Okay,” Kat said, only a little worried.
“Cheers, Dear One,” Em said and raised her frozen Pina Colada toward Kat.
“Cheers, Em,” Kat replied, and clinked her drink glass against her grandmother’s.
“Now,” Em mischievously said, “Let’s check out some of these fellas on this beach.”
…to be continued.