Shelby had been thinking about what Nakusa had told her about the office building. She looked up the articles and that made her even more curious about the family past.
She sat beside her Grandpa listening to him talk about the little that he knew about the family.
“Your grandpa was still married to Kyle when he wrote the books. I know very little about the family.”
Shelby had never known what had happened between her grandparents, but was about to find out.
“Grandpa, why did you and Grandpa Owen split up?”
Patrick sighed thinking about that time period. “I made a mistake. I thought I was doing something for your grandfather, but I didn’t talk to him about it first.”
“Are you talking about Aunt Tayler?”
He nodded. “Yeah. I love your aunt and I don’t regret her, but I regret everything else about what I did.”
Shelby listened to him talk about what he had done and why. “Your grandfather and I could have worked it out, by my mother just messed things up.”
“Mothers have a way of doing that, I guess.”
Patrick shook his head. “Not all of them. We just happened to draw the short straws when it came to mothers.”
He got up and took two books off the bookshelf. “These will help you learn about your family. Well some of it. Your Grandpa Owen wrote the story of his dad’s life when Zaiden had lost his memory. Please don’t ask me about that. It is a time I have tried very hard to forget. It is in the book.”
Shelby could see that just thinking of it was upsetting her grandpa so she didn’t mention it.
“The other book was written by your grandpa’s grandparents. I say grandparents because they are Colleen’s diaries. Izaiah had them published. Read it first and it will help you understand the other better.”
Shelby took the books and nodded.
“Thank you, Grandpa. I will return these to you as soon as I am finished.”
Patrick shook his head. “There’s no need. I have the originals. You keep those.”