Marie, who was the shy one in the group, gazed over at her newly found sister sympathetically, and walked around to where she was getting ready to rise from the chair.
Holding her arms out, she embraced Arlissa.
She didn't have to say anything; her actions spoke louder than words.
Hugging her in return, Arlissa whispered, "Thank you, Marie!"
That seemed to have broken the dam, and the whole family gathered around her, hugging and welcoming her into their fold. All questions were left in the dust for the time being. It was enough that she was with them, the rest of her family, at last.
Granny would be leaving the hospital soon, and Arlissa would have family that she had sought for so long. The empty places in her heart would be filled.
Love would come in its own time; in fact, she was sure it could very well be on its way to her in the form of one young highway patrolman. She'd just have to wait and see.
For now, she was happy, just to be Arlissa Jane Hinton O'Hanlon.