Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Five Part III

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Louise Hides

She drove for about an hour then realized she needed a destination. She really didn't care about much, but it was getting late and she was getting tired. She saw a good spot, a wide shoulder on the road, and pulled over.

She never knew why she had always kept Alice's phone number, but she did. She dialed it now and waited.

“Hello.”

“Hello Alice, this is Louise. Louise Porter.”

“Hello Louise. What can I do for you?”

“I need a place to stay and thought you might put me up for a few days.”

“Sure, where are you?”

“I'm about forty miles away. Being nigh ttime and unfamiliar roads I should be there in a little over an hour.”

“I'll have the door unlocked.”

She drove up the tree lined driveway remembering her one visit here when she was a child. The bond she shared with Alice in boarding school was never forgotten. She called Alice because she knew Alice would be there for her.

Louise rang the bell and suddenly felt at peace. Why would seeing Alice make the hurt go away? She really wasn't sure, but she was glad she came.

Alice greeted Louise with open arms. They hugged briefly then both took a quick step back.

“My dearest Louise what has happened to bring you here at this hour?”

“Oh Al, its such a long and horrible story.

“Come in please."

Alice led Louise to the study. As Louise sat down Alice got a bottle of scotch and two glasses. She filled them both and handed one to Louise. They sat drinking in silence. Finally Alice looked at Louise, “Okay Louise, begin.”

Louise slowly recounted the dreadful story of her mother's death and then her father's revelation. All the while she was talking she was reliving it in her mind's eye. She shivered at the retelling and began to cry. She was re-living the whole dreadful thing. She murdered her mother.

“Louise, you're being dramatic. You didn't murder anyone.”

“How can you say that? She's dead because I pushed her."

“She's dead because she fell down the stairs. Your push was incidental.”

“But I am guilty!” she screamed."

“Okay Louise. You've had enough for tonight. I'll show you to the guest room.”

Neither woman slept. Both were overcome by thoughts of the past bringing them to this present.

Alice and Louise Together

At 8:00 a.m. Alice called up to Louise. “Breakfast is ready, come down Louise. You can dress later, just get your coffee first.”

Louise sat on the edge of the bed wondering why she came here. She had put all of this behind her years ago and yet it had never left her. She finally felt at home here in a house so alien to her. Alice was downstairs waiting for her. Just the thought made her feel warm inside.

“Come on Louise,” Alice called.

She put her robe and slippers on and slowly, very slowly, descended the stairs. When she reached the kitchen Alice turned and looked at her with such compassion she ran into Alice's open arms. Her kisses were warm on Louise's cheeks. Alice stopped. She pulled back and looked at Louise uncertainly. Louise leaned in and kissed Alice's warm, waiting lips and the years melted away. They were in each other's arms again and their feelings for each other were the same as they had always been.

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Remembering

She was back in boarding school and the security of Alice's arms. Alice was two years older than Louise, but Louise never questioned why they were in the same grade. She never knew that Alice's problems with other girls had caused numerous suspensions that kept her out of class. Of course, there were those girls that enjoyed her attention so they kept quiet, but many did not. Alice's parents were very rich, keeping her from being expelled and keeping the rumors to a minimum.

Louise may have heard a rumor or two, but she didn't care. Alice was the first person devoted entirely to her. Her warmth and caring soothed a sad and aching heart. Alice never talked about anyone but Louise. Alice never raised her voice, and was never cross. There were never any arguments. Each night they waited until lights out, then shared a bed, just the two of them.

At first they just slept, safe and warm in each other's arms. One night Louise woke to Alice kissing her and things progressed from there. They were inseparable and Louise felt more secure and loved than she ever had. The other girls whispered about Louise and Alice, but neither of them cared. Alice had been looking for someone like Louise for a long time and though Louise didn't know it, she had been looking for Alice.

When Louise's parents said they were bringing her home to attend a local school, she was devastated. She couldn't leave her beloved Al. She tried to talk her parents out of it, but they wouldn't budge. She knew throwing a fit wouldn't work, her parents were champions at arguing and they always won. She had no choice, she had to leave. They swore they would keep seeing each other since they didn't live that far apart, planning little get-togethers and long telephone conversations. They kept telling each other it wouldn't be so bad, and when they were older they could be together forever. They didn't know Alice was being sent to school in Ireland.

Their parents had been made aware of the situation and rather than make a scene, they decided separation was the best answer. Louise couldn't figure out why she didn't hear from Alice. Alice was in Ireland nursing a broken heart.

When they lost contact completely, and Louise's mother died, Louise felt lost. Meeting Tom at her mother's funeral gave her someone to latch on to. She didn't have any friends until Tom. He was the same age as she was and they got along so well. His good looks certainly didn't hurt. She thought of him as a friend but things happened, they saw each other more and more. He was so supportive and after all, he was there.

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Back to the Present

“What're you thinking about Louise?”

“Thinking? Me? Oh, wondering what happened to us.”

“Really? Our parents, that's what. The school called our parents and told them about us. The four of them got together and decided separation was the answer. Why do you think they sent me to school in Ireland?”

Louise gasped. “Oh my God, how could I be so stupid!”

“You were fourteen Louise, and right after our separation your mother died. You didn't have a lot of time to think about us. I, on the other hand, never stopped thinking about us. I had a few girlfriends, but none of them ever measured up to you. Years later I came back from Ireland to wait for you. I didn't care how long I had to wait. I knew in my heart you'd come back.”

“And I didn't return your calls. Oh Alice I'm so sorry. You know you are the love of my life? Poor Tom was just a substitute when my heart was so sorely broken by my mother's death and the loss of you”

This time Louise took Alice in her arms and kissed her. “Oh Al, what's to become of us?”

“That, Louise, is up to you.”

“Me?”

“Yes, you're the one with a husband and child. I'm all alone. I'm not tooting my horn, but I waited for you. I knew in my heart that someday we would be together."

“Why is it you are the only one, in my whole life, who has ever understood me? The only one who has ever comforted me and been there for me?"

“Because my dear, I love you. We are soul mates. Whether we live together or not, no one can break the bond or love we share. It will always be there and I will always be there for you.”

“Oh, Alice, how have I lived without you? Why did I have to? Somehow, we will fix this. I will talk to Tom and explain things to him. I have to.”

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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

I absolutely did not see this coming! I think this is perfect timing, though. Perhaps now Louise can be happy and Tom and Maddy can come together. Not sure how Lizbeth will take it, but the Alice-Louise pairing sure explains a lot.

Excellent job, Mary!


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Melissa Orourke 19 months ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

I echo the comments of Brave warrior! People need to be true to themselves. To many of us live other people's dreams! Great Job! Thumbs up!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Sha, I thought with all of Louise's recent heartache it was time to bring out her true past, and let Alice offer her the comfort she's been looking for. Nothing is ever easy though, we'll have to see how things go. Glad you enjoyed.

Melissa, I agree totally. The world would be happier if everyone was true to themselves.


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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

I don't read many articles on weekends any longer, Mary, but for you I'll make an exception. You are weaving a fine story. The subplots are individual and yet part of a tapestry. Very nice job, my friend.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

It is always a pleasure to see your comments Bill, but even more so when you honor me with time you don't normally spend here! Thank you Bill. I have kept introducing different subplots throughout and wondered if it was too confusing. After reading your comment, I feel sure it is not and so I will continue.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh my…I didn’t see this relationship coming. This story is full of so many unexpected twists and turns. Now, we will see how Tom reacts to all of this. I can’t help but think…”What will happen next?” Still hooked, Mary.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Life is full of so many twists and turns, we never know where its going to take us. Glad you are still hooked. I am thinking about winding down here on HP but as long as I have readers I may go on. Thanks for being here.


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

Hi mary, no never saw that coming! lol! what a great twist to the story! it just gets better and better!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Nell. I love surprising my readers. I guess if I keep trying it'll get better ;)


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bdegiulio 19 months ago from Massachusetts

Definitely didn't see that coming. Wow. Can't wait to see where this goes from here.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Again Bill, thanks. Trying to keep some suspense and surprises coming.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

Til .. your tale just continues to get better.. I read this installment this morning on my pad, but the commenting didn't work.. keep up the good work Im loving it here


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

I'm loving writing this and loving having you and others enjoying it!


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Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago

Mary, I did not see this coming, I thought maybe Louise would find another man. Do you have another surprise for us in the next chapter?

I don't think Tom deserves this, but what can one say.

Voted-up AI and shared.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

I've said before that I love surprising my readers Shy. I try to craft each chapter with something to make you think! Thanks for the votes and for being here.


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annart 19 months ago from SW England

This was another bolt from the blue! I had no idea at all. You're clever, did you know?!!

You've woven a complete family story and we're all so hooked that we're trying to fathom out the outcome for all the other characters. Can't wait!

Well done, Mary! Glad I've had time today to catch up with your marvelous story.

Ann


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Can you see me smiling Ann? So nice to know this crazy family that lives in my brain is capturing people's attention. Honored that you're taking your time to catch up.


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MartieCoetser 18 months ago from South Africa

A very interesting development. I like your writing style, Mary :)


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Martie! I love it when I see your name in my comments.


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marcoujor 18 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

A riveting development that makes Louise's previous behavior crystal clear ...

...in the master plan department, Mary, you are a marvel!

Voted UP and UABI - Loving it, Maria


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

I'm so glad Maria. Sometimes these characters feel as real to me as the people I know! Hugs my friend.

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