Umber (33.5 — Lorna’s Story)

June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Leroy was less than gallant, of course.  He quizzed his sisters regarding what Opal had supposedly said about him, and they were happy to report in great detail, though I am sure they embellished the truth quite a bit.  I tried to engage Vera in conversation to distract her.

“Vera,” I said, ” before we eat, let’s go look at the falls.”  She and I followed the narrow path upstream, where the water roared over the rocks.

“Please forgive my grandchildren,” I said.  “Opal Barnes is nothing to write home about.  They’re just jealous because you took their baby brother away without their permission.”  Vera managed a small smile, and as we chatted, I began to wonder how Leroy had managed to find someone of Vera’s caliber.  I liked her, and was sorry that she had gotten mixed up with my grandson.

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