“Did your mother believe you?” David asked as River slumped into a chair.
“She did, actually. Without a moment’s hesitation. Just asked me if I did it, and when I said no, that was it.” River said quietly.
“Wow.” David stopped in his crossing the room, stunned. “I did not expect that.”
River looked up at David wide-eyed. “To be honest, neither did I.”
David pulled another chair up to River’s, raising an eyebrow. “I thought you were sure your mom would be on our side. I thought you said she’d be an amazing all, and all you would have to do is speak to her.”
River shrugged, staring a little past David now. “I thought I would have to convince her–remind her again and again how I’ve never lied to her. I knew she’d be on my side, I just though I’d have to fight her, to convince her. I thought–” River blinked hard and refocused her gaze on David. “I think I underestimated my mother.”
David reached out and patted River on the knee. “I’m sorry, sweetheart. So sorry.”