Umber (31.7 — Alice’s Story)

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Alice began speaking to Vera.

“Darling, I am so very sorry I got sick and left you when I did.  I tried so hard to stay alive, but it was impossible.  I just stopped breathing, and I couldn’t figure out how to start again.  The next thing I knew, they said I was dead, and you and your sisters were crying.  There, sweetheart, it’s alright.  Yes, I have missed you terribly, too.  Yes, I remember the story about the men who traveled on the wind; yes, that was a good one.  Now listen to me.  First of all, Vera, no matter how wonderful you believe your new husband is, you must not place anyone on a pedestal like that, because sooner or later they’ll fall off.  Trust me, I know from experience.  You may not believe me now, but Leroy is not perfect.  He’s all too human.  I hope things work out for the two of you, of course, but remember that you have to develop some self-reliance so if something should happen…No, no, don’t cry, just listen to me.  Now just forget about Leroy for a minute, I have something very important to tell you. “

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