Name: Teresa Takoda
Age: 50 years old
Description: Teresa is short and curvy. She has curly brown hair, that’s turning more to gray and brown eyes.
Short Bio: Teresa is the only child of Cesar and Sheilah Caridi. She grew up in Crystal Glen, Pennsylvania and became friends with Sarah Rafferty when they were young. They were nearly inseparable from that first moment.
Teresa was with Sarah when the other woman met James Brooke. Teresa was attracted to the man as well, she didn’t understand how someone wouldn’t be. But, it was obvious her friend was even more than that. So, she took a step back. And was happy to see them married barely a year later. When they welcomed their son, Kieran, she thought of him as her nephew. And when Sarah and Kieran died in a fire a little more than a year after the boy was born, she grieved.
Teresa didn’t have any desire to stay there any longer. She traveled around some before settling in Pittsburgh and getting a job at a library there. Which is where she met Joseph Takoda. They married a couple years later then had Samantha and nearly seven years later, Christopher.
They’d been married a little more than sixteen years when Joseph was killed during an apparent mugging. Shortly after his funeral, Samantha ran away. Teresa was never able to find her, though she’d get occasional phone calls over the years. Only to ask for money, which Teresa didn’t have to give.
And then cops came to her door once more, to tell her Samantha had been found dead. And she’d left behind a six-year-old daughter, who was now Teresa’s to care for. But, they were all struggling to move on from this latest blow. So, Teresa decided to move them back to her hometown, hoping the change would give them all a chance at a new start.
Teresa Takoda lifted a box out of the back of the truck and turned toward the house. Her father walked back toward her. “How much more you got?” he asked.
“A few boxes. The beds and dressers are in the back. You have anyone to help with that? I can, but-”
“Don’t you worry, dear Resa,” he said, bringing back so many memories of her childhood with that name. “I got someone coming. Carrick’s a good guy. Granted he was just getting started in the construction business when we had the restaurant, but his father had the business first and was a good man, too.”
“I don’t need a construction worker. The house is fine, Dad.”
“Didn’t say it wasn’t. Did I mention he’s got four sons to help him? We’ll get the stuff moved just fine. Why don’t you call and check on Avery like I know you want to.”
Teresa let out a breath, but he was right. She did want to check on the girl. She turned away from the truck and pulled out her phone, quickly bringing her mother’s number up on the screen. She heard a laugh in her mother’s voice when she asked, “You guys done already?”
“No, Mom. Just waiting for some friend of Dad’s to get here to help move the furniture in. How’s Avery?”
“She’s doing fine, Teresa. Chris convinced her to let him push her on the swing. Let me know when you’re done, and we’ll pick up some dinner on the way home.”
A pickup truck approached the one they’d rented for the move, the name ‘Hunter Construction’ printed on the side. Besides the man driving, two other men, probably in their late thirties, and a young woman, maybe twenty-five sat inside. She wondered about that since her dad had said the man had four sons. “Dad’s friend is here. Call me if Avery has any issues. This move has been hard on her. Maybe we shouldn’t have-”
“Relax, Teresa. You made the best decision you could. The judge wouldn’t have approved you to relocate with her if it hadn’t been in her best interest. I was there when he said exactly that. You’ve had her for more than six months, and staying in Pittsburgh wouldn’t be in her best interest. Maybe she’ll improve more up here. And it’s good to be home, isn’t it?”