"Listen to me. You're strong. You can do this. You are so much stronger than I was when I was your age. And no matter what happens, you will get through it, because you are my boy, Jack. You are my baby."
Jack gets to the gate before he finally turns and gives her a smile, and once she can't see him anymore she just stares at the airplane, shaking. Framed against a big, grey sky.
When Holder arrives, Sarah barely even has to turn around -- she just knows he's there. He touches her back, like you would a stray animal. From far way.
Stan ignores the flashing light on the answering machine and heads to bed.
Darren watches the Mayor on TV, talking about his opponent's physical therapy, and in the other room Jamie finds Darren's gun, hidden in a drawer.
"This is the whole problem," the Mayor's saying. "He says he's not guilty, and yet when he's questioned about his whereabouts on that particular night, he refuses to answer..."
It's a quiet drive, back from the airport. Until Sarah says, without prelude, "We need to get that key." Holder thinks about answering her, asking about Jack, asking about anything, but he just keeps quiet. This is how she deals with pain. Sarah spares a look at the sky, and then focuses on the road ahead of her. Again.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion and Fringe Science.