The candies were always in a frosted glass dish on the dining room table. Jolly Ranchers to be exact. Father is still doing the dishes. I must wait here unaccompanied on the couch. I must have the willpower to do so. Father has always said of all things patience is the biggest indicator of success. My nails are bent in the pit of my palms. My knees inward and my toes propped. Close your eyes. Close them! Think of the end game imagine the chambers, imagine the rope. The progression of our nation is more important than a single piece of sour apple candy. Imagine the plaque on your large oak desk. Justice Marilyn Ann Hardy.