Every week, Tom promised Jess he’d change. This time. For good. “Starting Monday,” he’d say.
No more boozing and berating her for things he’d never remember. For a long time, she believed him. Like Mum used to believe Dad.
One Sunday after a hard two-day binge, Tom drained his glass and started for home. On the way, he picked a fight with a passing car and never came round.
When Jess heard the news, she broke down, weeping for the life she never thought possible. Starting Monday.
First thing she did was bring Mum shopping, trading in her beat-up ol’ car.