Text: Ann found her mind coming unhinged in time. A rush of memories flooded through her. She remembered the difficult hours she had labored to give birth to Jerry. She remembered the first time she had held him in her arms. He had been so small, she had feared he would not live more than a year.
Now he was big enough to put up a real fight against his parents.
As water flew across the bathroom, she thought of all the efforts she had made to keep him safe down through the years.
She went back to the night everything changed. She found herself crawling along that damn tree branch once again while Coilin MacSeoin (that had been her husband’s name back then) swung beneath her. She remembered the feathers and tar seared to his skin.