“SO, WHAT’S the big deal Mark, eh?” Asked
Adam as he walked into the lawyer’s office, his hands stuffed in his pockets. He couldn’t help glancing over the fresh renovation; a highly polished wooden desk and elaborated wall hangings.
Mark started, “Calm down, Adam,” he pointed toward a mahogany armchair in front of him, “First, take a seat and tell me how’s life?”
“You called an urgent meeting to know how
my life is?”
“I’m just being nice.”
“If you please, tell me what this is all about?”
“Where should I start?” Mark said and leaned back, tapping a pen against his chin, “It’s about your grandmother; your maternal one, she is alive, and she contacted dad’s office for you,” said Mark.
“What did you say?” Adam went on when his mind finally processed what he had heard, “My mother’s mother—you mean, my grandmother— she’s alive?” Adam brought a palm to his face and rubbed his eyes, chuckling as he shook his head, “Nice joke.”
“It’s not a joke, Adam. I think you should take this seriously,” Mark said, leaning forward in his chair and fumbled for something on his unkempt desk. He pulled out an envelope under a stack of papers and extended his arm for Adam to take it, “She lives in Pakistan. Here’s her letter for you. She says she wants to meet you.”
“Let me get this straight,” Adam narrowed his eyes in disbelief, and continued, “She’s my grandmother, yet how come I’m the only one not informed about this? And your father should’ve known. Why didn’t he tell me anything about her before?”
Mark sighed, tossed the letter onto his desk, leaned back, crossed his arms and said, “I don’t know. I would ask him if I could, but you know his condition. He’s been in a coma for, like, what, about a year now?”
“Yes, I know.”
“But, I have something that will at least answer some of your questions,” Mark turned to the bookshelves behind him and picked up a small brown box.
“What’s this?”
“It’s all I could find in dad’s office about you and your family. You can take it home.”
“Thanks,” said Adam.

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