“How can you even suggest that? “ her sister chided. “Sally's going through a divorce! She’s being treated for depression! Why, she’s barely keeping it together.” Rachael started to open her mouth but her older sister stopped her before she could speak. “Rachael,” she said. “Stop being so selfish. Don’t even ask Sally. She might not have the presence of mind to say no. You already owe her, she’s practically raised your other four. ” That one stung, and Rachael glared. Helen was glad she’d said it. She had one more thing to say. “And now I’m parenting Cristol. You know what? You and Tad are sorry excuses for parents.”
Rachael and Tad were pretty sure Tad’s half sister Dorinda would have loved to take him - for the right price. She’d obviously needed the money. Arrested three times in the last year for breaking into neighborhood houses, she had legal fees to pay. Perhaps if her five year old daughter had been a better look out, she might have been in less of a mess. Tad and Rachael’s attitude was that anyone could make a mistake, and anyone could get desperate if they were broke. They could almost look past Dorinda’s arrest record, but then she pleaded temporary insanity on the grounds that she was jonesing for a fix, and sure enough, tests showed she was using multiple substances, one of which was meth.