We made love in the shadow of the grain silos. It was dirty, there were bugs and we were almost fully clothed. It happened so fast. I apologized and offered further services, but she said, “No. I got what I wanted.” She never told anyone I was the father.
It was hard watching Charlie grow up. He was loved. She was a great mother. They weren’t rich, but did OK. Her mom helped when she could. He was valedictorian at his high school graduation. The whole town went to listen. He was going places I could never imagine. Without me.