CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-ONE
“Sandy added money to your accounts when she received that money for her mother’s symphony,” Aden said. “You have enough money to do anything you’d like to do. We’re also here to help in anyway — financial issues are the easiest, honestly.”
Sissy’s head collapsed into her hands. She sobbed.
Able to reach her, Aden rubbed her back. After a few moments, Sissy sat up.
Sandy gave her a soft smile. Sissy had become such a young woman.
“I’ll talk to Val and Jake, but I’m sure we can put you both on the Lipson Construction insurance,” Aden said. “That should help.”
“Why Val and Jake?” Sissy asked.
“They have to secure the insurance,” Aden said. “It’s complicated, but whenever there’s some weird economic issue, the insurance company wants us to stop covering our employees. Val and Jake put down a million or more to guarantee the insurance.”
“I think Aden’s just asking to be polite,” Sandy said. “You’ve always been on our insurance — which is Lipson Insurance. Adding Ivan is not a big deal. They have unmarried partner insurance from the days when gay people couldn’t get married.”
“With Seth, we are your legal guardians,” Aden said. “Insurance, money — all of that is solvable. The question is what do you need from us?”
“I need. . .” Sissy said. “I need. . .”
She looked at Sandy and Aden.
“Hope,” Sissy croaked out. “I thought that I’d finish school and start a life with Ivan. I’d work. He’d coach. We’d travel all over the world. It’s like some Kathryn Hepburn movie. I. . .”
Sissy heaved a heavy sigh.
“It’s gone,” Sissy said. “All of it. He doesn’t want to get married. He only came with me here so that I would be at home. He plans to leave me here and head back to France. He doesn’t want the bone marrow transplant. He doesn’t want to risk the cost of treatment. He. . .”
Sissy shook her head.
“Nadia calls him a stubborn old goat,” Sandy said.
Sissy grinned at the words, but the rest of her face was cast in sorrow.
“What about ballet companies?” Aden asked.
Sissy nodded and swallowed hard.
“I really want to stay in Paris,” Sissy said. “I know that would keep me away from home, but I love the Opera de Paris. I just love it there in France. Even the awful parts. I love Paris. Truly.”
“If Ivan dies?” Sandy asked, softly.
“I. . .” Sissy nodded. “He’s asked me this, as well. I would still rather be in Paris.”
“I think,” Sissy said. “I don’t know. I’m just a kid. I feel like just a kid and. . .”
“This is a huge burden to have carried by yourself,” Sandy said.
“I’m glad you told us,” Aden said.
“Ivan’s staying with Seth,” Sissy said. “I asked Ava if it was okay. She was like you guys — ‘Whatever you need,’ ‘Happy to help,’ you know how she is. Seth, his father, Maresol — they’ve been so nice. So nice. But. . .”
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