Nineteen-year-old Elena "Ellie" Kades was sitting at the kitchen-table, waiting for Haly to finish breakfast, when her three-year-old ran into the room, footie-pajama-feet rubbing on the linoleum.
"Mama, Mama, there's a big doggie outside!"
"Really?" Ellie asked, following her child to the window- Where she saw two figures she never thought she'd see again.
"Melly, wait here." She went-out into the stoop. "J-J-J-"
She couldn't seem to make the whole name emerge, but she knew he had heard her.