Two Sisters, One Heart. A Short Story of True Origins.

Despair.

"The garden is looking so beautiful this morning" Blanche turned to Kate with a cup of tea in her hand, "I think I will ask Jim to plant some more rose trees at the end of summer" Kate could see clearly the tears hovering on the bottom of Blanche's eyes. "Come and sit down dear, take the weight off your feet" Kate gently ushered Blanche to the chair in the corner. The chair on which David used to sit, the chair that Blanche now took great comfort in sitting on.

The house was eerily quiet, Jim was in the greenhouse, where he spent most of his time since that day. He could hardly bring himself to look at Blanche. He could not bear to see the pain expressed in her eyes. Meal times were the worst, after 26 years of marriage they had lost the ability to talk. Both of them with down turned faces, they had learnt to eat without spilling a drop of food, not even gravy or on occasion, custard. Deserts used to be common, in fact every day when David visited, but they had become rare treats for the foreseeable future.

Kate watched her sister with some concern. Her beautiful, gregarious sister who had always been the life and soul of the party. With no sparkle in her eyes, Blanche cradled the hot cup of tea with both hands and sat silently. Kate walked away, tears in her eyes and her thoughts gradually returned to her own family. Brian would be missing her, he was never very good at looking after himself, or the dog, Kate remembered fondly. She would try to visit home today, depending on Blanche.

Grieving was such a necessity, but so destructive of emotions. Kate glanced through the kitchen window to Jim in the greenhouse; Jim had always been the quiet one, the rock of his family; but today he looked so vulnerable. She wanted to tell him that it would all be ok, time was a great healer and God was on their side. But they were just empty words now, Kate was so angry. She argued with herself 'how could God allow this, such a young talent gone to waste.' Two lives totally shattered, no hope or wisdom she could share would make this feeling any better, there were no actions that could justify what had happened.

Just 19 years old, and all his life ahead of him, David was the bright star of the family. A young man whose love of life was infectious; a young man who was loved by so many, gone. Tragicically lost.

Kate relived the phone call from Jim two weeks ago. "Kate, it's Jim. David has gone, they think he answered his girlfriend's call on his mobile phone, misjudged the junction in the road, swerved to miss another car, and hit a lamp post." Then silence. Kate just stood, sobbed and screamed for Brian. The two of them approached Blanche's house to see the police car and Dr. Jame's car parked on the curbside. Kate could see Jim sat on the stairs with the phone still in his hands, and she heard the terribly distraught screams from her sister Blanche.

The church was packed for David,s funeral. Members of the local soccer team had made an arch of honour for the coffin to pass through. The Liverpool football club song, 'You will never walk alone played in the church.' Many of David's university friends sat in pews at the back of the church, the sound of sobbing resounded in Kate's ears.

In the middle of the service Blanch gradually stood up, Jim took her arm "where are you going dear", Blanche didn't seem to listen. She walked slowly over to the deep mahogany coffin and took off her coat. She looked up at the vicar and sobbed "He needs a coat on, he doesn't like the cold" Placing her black double breasted jacket over the coffin, Blanch gazed upon the photograph of her son and fell to the floor, still and lifeless.

Was that only two weeks ago Kate thought to herself. It seemed like it was only yesterday. Kate had accompanied Blanch and Jim to identify the body. David looked so beautiful, not a mark on his handsome face, he looked just like he was asleep. Jim sat outside the room not bearing to go inside. Blanche tried to get into the coffin with David and it took all of Kate's courage to stand by her side.

It was still hard to believe that David was gone. But sometimes tragedy throws some terrible blows. Tomorrow was Andrea's funeral, David's girlfriend. So distraught of the thought of causing Davids death, she had cut her wrists and bled to death, silently, alone in her bedroom, with only a letter of apology at her side.

This article is written for my dearest friend Kate, whose suffering and strength of character amazed me then and still amazes me now. Love you Katie Lou.

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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Rosemay, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. My friend, you are quite right when you say that moments are precious. We all take so much for granted hunnie, and sadly the true fact is that we only realise how important life is when, it has been taken from us. Kate underwent a great deal of depression after this episode in her life, but she has true grit and has come out of the situation all the stronger. Nette xx


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Annette I am lost for words. Your story is so tragic, that is a true story deepens the sadness I feel. To lose a child no matter what age is the worst grief to go through. It is so hard to learn how to bear the pain and how to live again without that special person in our lives. .

Two months ago I lost a nephew in a car accident. I hadn't spoken with him for almost twenty years, just different paths of life but it made me realise just how precious every moment is.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

bravewarrior, it is a pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for reading Maria's interview. Hunnie, I am a strong woman, who has over the last few years been able to overturn my life story and feel happy within myself now. If I could take just one person in my arms who has experienced a similar life to mine, I would have served my purpose. Your supportive comment means so much to me, I really appreciate you.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Beautifully written, Annette, but so sad that is based on the truth. You have had so much pain in your life. I sense this from the ten minutes I've shared with you via Maria's interview and this very emotional story.

I admire your strength. You defiinitely have a special purpose on this earth!


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

fpherj48 Your soul is so sweet to think of being in tears at my story, but I understand exactly what you are trying to say. Although, this is not my best piece of writing it was one of the most difficult ones to write about. The pain of losing a loved one is so personal to us all, and yet to lose a son must be the most difficult ones of all. Kate has great strength and loyalty, but she is a little fragile butterfly too. Loving her family is one of the things that I most admire about her, but this episode in her life took her a long time to recover from. Bless you hunnie for having heart. x


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

At this moment, I can only tell you, through tears and deep sadness.....the tragedy and sorrow of loss, causes death to the living as well, until the love and compassion....support and comfort of loved ones begins to feed our soul back to life....and only then, can we begin to breathe well enough to walk on...........Up..awesome


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Thinking of Lily, thinking of Kate, thinking and loving you, dear Net. Thank you for reminding me of how we 'first met'... Always, Maria


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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Beautifully written story. Very moving. I really enjoyed reading it.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

rochelj thank you so much for stopping by my little place in Hub land. I am so pleased to say that my friend and her sister are doing so much better now. It just goes to show how resilient the human mind can be when we have to.


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rochelj 5 years ago from USA

You write so beautifully.

Such a sad experience to read about.

Thank you for sharing this personal story.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: Submit your works!!!!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Fantastic! Well written. So sorry it is true. I cried and cried.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Quite the drama...held my interest all the way. This is some of your best stuff yet! WB


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

No..... I deleted "Everyone's Hubs.....


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

The rain poem must be the one you deleted is it?


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

The Rain poem... Visit Me....


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Leelee I drop in now and again to read some of Ghost32 writings, but I do not follow him as such. Poem hub? sorry hun can't find it. x


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: I know you follow Will but do you follow Ghost32?? What a pistol.. Check out my poem hub... You were mentioned LUV... XXX LeeLee


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Leelee, thanks for the tip girlfriend, going to check out now. x


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Marcoujar, thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate your comments and encouragement. It is true that there is a book inside everybody, and my dear friend Kate has just run from one disaster to another all her life. She so doesn't deserve it. x


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: Marcoujor has some great hubs that I know you would truly enjoy...


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear bluestar~~ I was drawn to you/ this title because of some recent readings... this is not at all what I expected but, oh so profound and poignant... You have indeed captured the essence of this tragic story with your thoughtfully positioned words... thank you.

Voted UP, AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL...!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: OKAY let's start looking together... I am going to well give me a day or so to put it all together and I will let you know what I came up with.... HMMMM I have a friend who is a writer that finally got picked up.... I will research and let you know what I have... I love you Netts... I have your back..


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Leelee, Hi girlfriend. You are so kind and encouraging to me, but I honestly would not know where to submit my work, or even in what form. I hope to carry on with my poetry and self publish for my family and friends only, but I will mail you some of my fiction story when I get a chance and you can let me know what you think so far. Love ya girl.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Hello Darling, Epi yet again another supportive comment. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I am writing my first fiction story with the help of Web Site Examiner at the moment, and loving it. So I decided to try a little short story, of what I already new about to test the readers on Hub Pages. The support I always receive is awesome. x


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: Look at all the positive feedback.... Submit your work!!!


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epigramman 5 years ago

.... what really comes through your amazing short story the most is your tender heart and acute sensitivity as a writer who can convey so much emotion and narrative character in so few words ..... it reads like a novel in condensed form - always a trademark of a very good short story writer .....


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

OHHH bummer... Well perhaps your next book will be about woman that have walked, tripped, gotten up, tumbled all through life that in the later years started writing..to help heal their wounded souls, close chapters on their pasts, end up finding new friends they never thought they would have and discovered thru writing how strong, how courageous they really are....


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

I don't think the main character, Grandpa Miller is really into sexy lol but bitchy he may be able to handle. The only ressemblence to Sean Connery is the whiskers and pipe lol x


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

OHHH so I am I going to be the sexy but bitchy fictional sidekick????? Oh if there is a man in my life Sean Connery charisma will suit me...


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

attemptedhumour, thank you so much for stopping by. It is always refreshing to receive another hubber's comments, especially sincere ones. I hope you will stop by again sometime and comment honestly.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

MysteriousOne, hello hunnie. Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement. I feel humble in your presence friend. x


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland Author

Leelee, where would I be if you didn't keep me on the right track. Thought you may of enjoyed this read, not the situation of course. I am working on a fiction story at the moment which I hope may be good enough to submit for publishing. I will keep you posted. Glad to have you back xx


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

bluestar,I am very saddened by this true story.My heart goes out to the families.Very well written,kept me stuck to every line.Just sad that it is true!Thank you for sharing that! ~Blessings~


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Netts: Buzz Buzz submit your works....


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi bluestar, i read your other hub, should one review? So i thought i would read this story first before responding.

This story seems to be well written, you have painted a clear picture and the dialog blends nicely. I'm sure Katie Lou would be honoured by your kind words. Cheers


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

WOW... I had to take a deep breath at the end. Fabulous writing. You always keep me glued to the screen.

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