ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Three

Updated on April 10, 2015

Other Women

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.

Copyright Tillsontitan - All Rights Reserved


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.

Copyright Tillsontitan - All Rights Reserved


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      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.

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      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.

    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Catching up today and discovering a softer side to Louise for 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

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      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.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

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

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      More will be coming. Thanks for reading Randi!

    • btrbell profile image

      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years 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!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Enjoying your interesting story, it really holds the interest.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years 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!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      4 years 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.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      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.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years 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..

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years 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...:)

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years 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!

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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.



    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      4 years 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!


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

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

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      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



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)