Umber (31.3 — Alice’s Story)

June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Responding obediently to her request for a picture of Vera in her bridal attire, I shuffled through the stuff in the box and finally recovered one of the photos of Vera at her wedding.  Before I could put it next to Alice’s picture, Vera began to speak.  She wasn’t happy.

“I really wish everyone would stop using the word “naïve” when they talk about me,” she fumed.  “They make me feel like the family idiot.  Everyone thinks I’ve made a mistake, marrying Leroy.  But he’s wonderful!  He makes me laugh, and he’s handsome, and he works hard, and he loves me!  We’re going to make a wonderful life together in France, and have beautiful children.  He’s perfect.”

“I do hope you will be very happy, Vera,” I said, hoping to make her feel better.

Her stern expression softened a bit.  “Thank you,” she said.  “You know, forgive me, but I never found out your name.”

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