Dating a former prisoner
His friend, a prescription drug addict, snapped one night and shot two of his dealers.
Justin said his friend turned the gun on him and demanded that he help bury the bodies; Justin was, in turn, arrested and imprisoned.
I was surprised at what she told me; “talk to him, ask him about his life, and find out about his sentence and the terms of his license”. She told me many people turn their lives around after release from prison. I asked him why he hadn’t told me the truth, asked him what his license terms were, where he’d been in prison. He apologised and admitted he was struggling to find a way to tell me about his prison sentence. Wes wants to move on with his life, he’s served his time and needs a chance to rebuild his future.
In the months before the trial, Justin had a lot of time to think. We wrote about books and family and mutual friends.
I’d tell him about quitting Subway after only a few weeks, and then I’d describe my nights working at the next job, front desk clerk at a hotel and casino.
But I couldn’t quite find a way to fit in at school either, where one relationship after another imploded. I drank too much, drove too fast, worked too hard, and dated men even worse off emotionally than me.
The summer after I graduated from college in 2007, I moved back to Delaware and drifted along the couches and floors of family and friends.