Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 39 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week. Click here for previous chapters.
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Dina Struk tiptoed into the children’s room. She opened the upper cabinet silently to take out a new notebook for Yaakov. A rustle from behind made her spin around.
“Naomi? You aren’t sleeping?”
The girl rubbed her eyes. “I don’t think so.”
“You don’t think so?”
“Maybe I slept a little earlier; now I’m not sleeping.”
“So first of all, don’t rub your eyes. If you slept, you need to wash your hands, so you shouldn’t touch your eyes with your fingers before you wash negel vasser, because they are tamei.” She approached the bed and sat down. “What’s the matter, sweetie?”
“Dunno.” Naomi looked at the notebook in her grandmother’s hand. “Is that notebook for me?”
“No, it’s for Yaakov. He just remembered that he needs a new notebook for tomorrow. Do you need one also?”
“No. We don’t even have notebooks in my class. We have a loose-leaf,” Naomi said, and then she closed her eyes.
“Do you miss them?” Dina asked carefully.
The girl’s eyes opened in a flash. “Who?”
“What’s there to miss?” Naomi hurried to deny. “I know she went away for a few days and then she’ll be back. You don’t need to miss someone who goes away for a short time.”
“And what about someone who goes away for a long time?”
“You mean like Abba?”
Dina nodded. Keep Reading…