Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Three

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Watching her mother die had left a large knot in Louise's heart. Each time her mother's head hit a step the knot grew bigger and tighter. When her mother finally lay lifeless at the bottom of the steps all the love and trust Louise had was tightened inside that knot. From that day forward Louise would not allow another woman into her heart. She was not as close to her father as she once was. There was that gnawing feeling her mother's death wasn't an accident. Over time they had survived well enough as father and daughter but Louise was more alone than she had ever been.

That curly haired Tom she'd seen at mother's wake had found a way into her heart and she began to love and trust him. They dated through high school much to the dismay of Tom's friends, no one was fond of the beautiful, stuck up Louise. Tom knew though, he saw a side of Louise the others didn't. Oh, they all admired her beauty but no one wanted to be friends with her. College changed them all but not Tom and Louise, they grew closer with each passing year. Talks of marriage led to their engagement.

Tom's mother Sophie had come close to getting into Louise's heart. Her gentle and unselfish spirit touched that knot and loosened it just a bit. Louise and Sophie talked about Tom. Sophie told her about Tom's childhood and the things he liked and disliked. Sophie tried to explain marriage to Louise and all the joys it could bring.

“Oh, there will be sorrows too, Louise, but its all about love.” said Sophie. “The love two people share can overcome anything if they let it.”

Sophie talked to Tom about Louise.

“She's very fragile Tom but there's a loving girl in there. She needs patience and love.” Sophie had told him.

Louise was afraid to love, afraid to love even Tom but she couldn't help herself. She asked Sophie questions she was afraid to even think about but somehow she wasn't afraid with Sophie. They grew closer every day, almost a mother-daughter relationship. Sophie was so happy for Louise and Tom. She knew Louise was just a girl with a lot of hurt inside and Louise knew Sophie was the kind of woman she could trust.

Tom loved seeing his mother and future wife together. They talked and smiled a lot and that made him happy. He loved Louise so much and he knew she was a tortured soul. Life had not been kind to her but he promised himself he would make it all up to her. Their life together would make her happy and help her to trust again.

No one could foresee what was to happen, life is often cruel and seems to keep hurting one person over and over. Sophie came down with pneumonia six months after the wedding. Louise stayed with her night and day, caring for her and praying for her. When Sophie passed away quietly one night Louise was devastated. She had opened her heart and here again it was rewarded with pain. She vowed never to let another woman into her heart. Tom felt his own grief but it was doubled watching his beloved Louise suffer so much yet again.

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Meeting Lizbeth

Baby Lizbeth was yes, a woman. Louise saw the tiny little darling but her fear just knotted tighter. She couldn't allow herself to be sucked in to more pain. Tom would care for her and Maddy was like a mother, so she didn't need Louise. As Lizbeth grew and developed her loving, friendly personality Louise was tortured. She wanted to let Lizbeth in but the pain was too great. What if she did and something happened to Lizbeth? Best to keep her at arms length and let others provide the love she needed.

Little by little Lizbeth pushed her way into Louise's heart but Louise couldn't let go of the knot. Ten years had still not untied that knot. The night the three of them went to the movie and had burgers was one of the best times Louise could remember. Their laughter and joy in each other was so evident. She was so proud of Lizbeth who had chosen her own clothes to wear and looked so proper and yet like a ten year old. She knew she could teach Lizbeth so much but that knot just wouldn't go away. She had a doubt now too, maybe her loving these women caused their death? Best to stay away from Lizbeth.

Maddy Wonders

Maddy was very good at observing other people. She could see Louise struggling. She thought Louise wanted to love Lizbeth but there was something there keeping her back. How sad for that lovely little girl and for Louise too. Lizbeth not having any siblings and having a distant mother was not an easy way to grow up. She knew Tom did all he could and more but he couldn't replace a mother.

Maddy filled in but felt guilty too. She wasn't Lizbeth's mother and yet she knew there was something special about this little girl and she couldn't stand by and watch her miss out on having a mother-daughter relationship. Their morning trips to school were filled with talk about everything a ten year old girl talks about. Thankfully she hadn't brought up the subject of who her mother really was or if her Grandfather had killed her Grandmother.

Had he Maddy wondered? No one would ever know for sure but suspicion ran rampant. He was a hard man and after his wife's funeral he became withdrawn. The only person he related to at all was Louise. When Louise and Tom adopted Lizbeth they were both surprised at her father's reaction. He doted on Lizbeth and seemed to find a new joy in her and in life. Maddy just couldn't figure that man out. There must've been more to the story of his wife's death than anyone knew. Was he really driven to overwork by his wife's avarice? Was there something else that always came between them? No one would ever know. The important thing now was Lizbeth and the love she needed from her family.

Maddy's ruse about seeing Brady again had worked well with Tom. She hadn't seen Brady in years and the last she heard he had moved overseas so he posed no threat. When Tom married Louise Maddy lost interest in other men. Louise didn't have to worry, Maddy was not out to break up their marriage but she did want to be close to Tom and help him in any way she could. She would always love Tom and being there for him gave her great satisfaction. Riasing his daughter was more than she had ever hoped for.

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Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago

Mary, thank you for sharing why Louise was/is afraid to love her daughter. Can't wait for the next chapter.

Voted up, ABI and shared.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Shy for following along. There's always more to a person than meets the eye.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Another great chapter. Your characters are developing so well and we already have a few twists and turns. You're keeping us thinking and wondering, Mary!

I'm seeing a tv series here! Well done again!

Ann


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Oh thank you Ann. I'm glad my characters are keeping you interested. I have so much more to tell.


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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

What a marvelous chapter this is Mary! Each character is real. I love the relationship between Maddy and Tom. I can't wait for your next chapter. You have a gift and I thank you dear lady for sharing it with us.

Hugs,

Audrey


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I like the way the first few paragraphs summarize the feelings and emotions of the main character...a look into her psyche...which of course paves the way for the rest of the chapter. Well done, Mary!


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

This story so far as reached a very high level of excellence.. wish I had the power to keep turning the pages.. even with sadness you spare the readers no emotional extreme.. a sign of a detailed author.. can't wait for the next page to unfold...:)


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

Mary, your story gets better with each chapter. I really didn't like Louise much before reading this episode, I now feel some sympathy for her. I now am focused on whether there was a murder or not. I'll be back. Love your story..


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thank you dearest Audrey. I truly appreciate your comment. Same time next week.

Thanks Bill. I always wait for your comments to see how I've done.

Frank if this gets to a book the first copy is yours so you can turn the page. In the meantime there will be more next week.

Ruby I hope I can keep you wondering and coming back.


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aesta1 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Now I need to read the first chapters to get me more engaged. Love the story and can't wait for the next one.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

I hope you enjoy every one of them Aesta! Thanks so much for reading.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Wow, the tables have turned. I don't dislike Louise anymore, but I'm not sure about Maddy. Does Tom know she's in love with him? Does Louise see it? And who killed Louise's mother?

Great chapter, Mary!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Sha. Lots of twists and turns keep us interested. Not sure what will happen with Louise or Maddy.


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BlossomSB 21 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Enjoying your interesting story, it really holds the interest.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Blossom. Hope I can continue to hold your interest.


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btrbell 21 months ago from Mesa, AZ

I knew Louise couldn't be bad. Otherwise what would that say about Tom? I can feel the story/emotions building and am looking forward to more!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

More will be coming. Thanks for reading Randi!


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This is such a riveting story. I don't have to struggle to get through this.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Such a lovely comment Deb, keeping you riveted is beyond my expectations.


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

I am loving the background stories, it really brings it too life!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Very intense...your story is on a roll!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Nell. I've been trying to make things real.

Linda, they are alive in my head so I'm trying to make them come alive to others.


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Catching up today and discovering a softer side to Louise for sure...as the saying goes 'there are two sides to every story' (at least) - and I am surely in this story for the long haul, dear friend!

Love that avatar too! Hugs, Maria


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Soo happy to see you're catching up GF. Louise has many sides, not quite a Sybil but lots going on. Thank you for standing by me!

I thought it was time to change my avatar. Hugs right back to you dear friend.


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bdegiulio 20 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. I've got a lot of catching up to do. Great story. Wish I could write like this.


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York Author

How kind of you Bill. I'm sure you could write this if you tried. Your travel hubs are always so entertaining as well as educational.

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