Tom had known Verna from High School. She was now a nurse and had tended him towards the end of his rehabilitation at the Veteran’s Hospital.
He had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder attributed to his service in Vietnam. Tom recognised no one was aware of what caused his collapse. He’d never spoken to anyone about Maya.
When he asked about those who survived the tornado, her name would be jumbled in among others.His father’s prejudice had daubed him since he was six, so Tom had always masked his feelings.Those doctors and nurses at the hospital believed that when his parents left and he was alone in the house, he suffered flashbacks of battles.Tom would not correct them.