Damaged Goods

“Then what exactly is my endgame?”

She touched his trigger finger. “Getting this to work again.  Isn’t that what you want?”  When he didn’t say anything she said, “Isn’t it?”

“What if I can’t answer that question?”

“Then I’d say that’s an answer in itself.”

“Why are you doing this?”

“Doing what?”

“Asking all these questions about me?”

“I thought that was obvious.  I’m trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on inside your head. It’s not easy, Robie. It wasn’t easy for me when I had to do it.  But you do have to do it. You were right.  To go forward, you have to go back. You get this square, your foundation is set.    You can move on. But until then, you’re going to be damaged goods.”

“This all started with a screwed-up mission. Me killing a little girl.”

(The Guilty, David Baldacci, page 348)

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“Did you see both Henry Barksdale and Nelson Wendell at the shack?” asked Robie.

“Once. As a rule they didn’t come till I was gone.  Sherm and them had it all worked out. Fewer people knew about it the better.  And to tell the truth, I didn’t want to know. But I left late one day and they got there a little bit early. They didn’t see me, but I saw them.”

“And the kids?” asked Reel.

Cassandra looked at her. “I swear to God they didn’t seem no worse for it. They were so young and all.  Whatever they did to ’em, I don’t think it messed ’em up. Probably didn’t even know what was happenin’.  And their parents never said anythin’, so I guess the kids never even told ’em. So, I think they’re okay, right?”

Reel said fiercely, “No child walks away from being molested without being damaged.”

(The Guilty, David Baldacci, pages 419-420)