TITLE: Changing Seasons - Prologue
By Cindy Moore
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A family will only bring you pain!
The words, spoken by her grandmother just an hour before, played over and over in fifteen year old Lily’s head until they became the hard truth, cemented into her being.
The argument had started an hour before with a simple statement, one that had been a cloud over Lily most of her life. “Grandma, tell me about my parents.”
“Why?” Ruby mumbled without looking up from the paper.
Lily sank back into the couch. “I don’t know, Jake was asking questions and it got me thinking. He said they were killed on a ski trip or something. Is that right?”
“Hmph,” Ruby muttered. “Don’t you have some homework or something?”
“Come on Grandma, can’t you show me a picture or something?” pleaded Lily.
“Please Grandma, I have to know!”
Ruby threw her newspaper down on the coffee table and glared at Lily. “There are no Pictures! They’re dead! They were married, they had you and
they died! There is nothing else to say, so don’t ask me again!”
“No! We are not having this conversation. Now go do your homework!”
Lily’s lips quivered but no tears would come. “I just think it would have been nice to have a large family like Jake and Pete,” Lily mumbled as her heart dropped to the floor.
“A Family will only bring you pain! Now go do your homework,” demanded Ruby.
Lily sighed as she stood and left the room. She knew nothing of her parents and by the cold, angry look on her grandmother’s face she never would. Lily reached her room, shut the door and plopped down on the bed. She didn’t have any homework, but the thought of defying her grandmother was out of the question.
Sitting on her bed, Lily searched for some distant memory of her parents. She had been told by her grandmother’s friend, Pearl Tucker that she had moved in with Ruby right after her second birthday. Her life before that was a complete mystery.
As the cemented truth of family and pain took form, Lily made a pact with herself that she, like her grandmother, would remain single, unwed until the day she died.
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