Umber (19.40 — Vera’s Story)
April 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
“What did your family say when you told them?” I asked.
Vera didn’t answer right away. She seemed to be struggling to find a way to explain. Finally she said, “I kept it secret for a long time, and when at last I did tell them, I was too cowardly to speak to them face to face. I knew they would be unhappy with me, and with Kate for not keeping better track of how I was spending my afternoons.
I did eventually confide in Kate. We had grown closer since Papa had let me stay with her during my senior year of high school. I was bursting with the excitement of my new venture, so one day I blurted out the news that I intended to become a Catholic. She said, “Vera, what are you thinking? This is going to kill Papa. And he’s going to kill me!”