There but for the grace of God go I.

"He okay, BA?"

"Yeah, madder than a hornet, but okay."

"We'll be done with Stockwell tomorrow."

"Don't matter. All this time, waitin..." BA glowered.

"I don't know why you're getting all upset. I mean, it's not like it's your family we're looking for."

"It coulda been. When my daddy died, my cousin took me in. Don't think either one of us wanted it, but Mama was so shook up then...I spent almost a month livin with people I hardly knew, that didn't really want me."

"At least they were relatives."

"Thing is, if my mama had been a different kinda person, or if somethin had happened to her, I coulda ended up just like Faceman. All's I know is, I know how I felt, bein away from Mama when I was so little, and missin my daddy..." BA balled his fists. "Sometimes, another minute is too long to wait."