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Over a cup of tea one evening at Stella’s place I asked her about her family. We had discussed a lot, about various things, but never really about her family.
She fell quiet for a minute or two, sighed and said, “It’s a long story…”
Was I imagining a momentary dazed look in her eyes? If I was not, then she was quick enough to veil it behind an intelligent firm expression on her face.

A long pause after that left me wondering what to say next. I tried giving her a look that would tell her that I was willing to sit and listen to the story no matter how long it was. But all that came out was “Hmmm…” and a slight nod.
She smiled…


  1. mtpspur's Avatar
    I have a suspicion where this is leading--one of two unpleasant situations and I pray I'm wrong.
  2. smilingtearz's Avatar
    go ahead, i'd like to hear the "suspicion"...
  3. mtpspur's Avatar
    I have sent a private message to you in the hope that I am wrong or guilty of jumping the gun and seeing evil where there is only sadness.
  4. Virgil's Avatar
    Oh this came up random. Smilingtears, what ever happened to you? Come back to lit net. I miss you.
  5. mtpspur's Avatar
    Virgil --you have discovered the Litnetter I always thought I drove away--sigh. I still wonder.
  6. Virgil's Avatar
    Rich - I don't think you drove her away. She had made quite a few friends on lit net. Then she had some serious health issue and was gone a long time. Then she stopped back for a bit, but left shortly. I don't know what her health issue was, but I think it was serious. But then I don't know what you did to possibly drive her away. Eva was a really sweet young lady. I hope she is doing well in whatever she endeavors.
  7. mtpspur's Avatar
    I didn't either. We had been talking about her blog and that is all I can say without revealing confidences. I had thought I was the accidental last straw or something. I was still very new to Litnet and sort of stumbling around looking for my niche here at the time until the beloved Logos pointed the way.