Sow the Field with Roses
By Margery S. Stewart
Synopsis: Nina Karsh, thirty-nine, horseback riding in the Malibu Mountains of California, becomes lost. She meets Tomas Novarro, whose grandmother’s house she has just rented. he owns considerable surrounding property, and other property in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Novarro talks with Nina about the newspaper account of her dismissal as a nurse’s aide from the local hospital, and Nina explains the circumstances.
Tomas Novarro stood in the darkness. He held a sleeping boy in his arms.
“Mr. Novarro?” Nina fell back as he strode into the living room. He placed the child gently on the couch, covered him with the silk afghan Nina kept there. He stepped back. His eyes were on the boy’s sleeping face. “My son,” he said heavily. “I have brought him to you.”
Nina stood hesitantly beside him. The boy was very small, about four, she would say, the age of Danny when he came to her. But this was no robust, raucous, demanding child. Even in sleep, he was different, frail, his hair a pale drift on the pillow, unchildlike hollows under the long lashes.
“I … I don’t understand, Mr. Novarro.” Nina said.