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Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Two Part IV

Updated on April 10, 2015

Tom's Parents

Blue skies, fine music, a peaceful ride home. Tom loved ending his day at the office and heading home. What more could he ask for? A beautiful wife and adorable daughter. That's a man's dream. He had known Louise would have a hard time with a child, but he was still surprised at her aloofness after ten years. She took pride in Lizbeth, but there was always something missing.

He thought back to his own childhood. His father had worked his way up in the oil fields. Starting as a hired hand on his father's oil trucks he had worked hard and saved money. As he accumulated more money, he reinvested it until he owned an oil field of his own. He worked hard and in a surprisingly short time he rose to the top and soon he owned several oil fields, then he started on oil refineries. Alexander Sanders was a hard working man, but he was also a hard loving man. When he saw Sophie Willis the first time, he fell in love immediately and nothing would keep her from him. After the wedding, he had a new house built, a grand house with rooms for many children. It had all the best of everything. Sometimes providence gives in one direction and takes in another but the Sanders were not to know that right away. Alexander and Sophie were happy and when little Tom was born, they had son number one. Alexander believed he was on the way to a perfect life.

They doted on that little boy and chose his nanny very carefully. Nanny Matilda was a happy and loving woman who fit the bill perfectly. Matilda and Sophie became friends and sometimes worked together. There was no snobbery about Sophie. After two years went by both Alexander and Sophie began to fear there was a problem. They certainly wanted more children, but they now thought it might not be. Sophie went to a specialist who told her she suffered from “secondary infertility”, the inability to conceive after having given birth. The doctor explained more than half of infertility cases are secondary infertility. After hundreds of dollars and numerous doctors, they finally accepted Tom would be their only child. Well, Sophie did.

Alexander was heartbroken and rather than hurt the love of his life he began seeking comfort elsewhere. There were women he could sleep with who wouldn't care who he was. He was discreet. but these things have a way of becoming known. Matilda was the one who confronted him and so a relationship began between Matilda and Alexander. Matilda's husband John was a simple man and never interfered in her life. He had a fondness for their daughter Maddy but didn't interfere in her upbringing in any way. Sophie loved Matilda and knew Alexander was talking to her about their problems. She thought it was safe to have Matilda be his confidante, well, safer than him running around with those floozies anyway. Tom knew all of this, but what he didn't know and no one else knew was Matilda and Alexander found comfort in more than just words. Her understanding of his sorrow drew him closer and she was attracted to his vulnerability. Before they even realized what was happening, they began sleeping together.

Whoa, Tom's mind must've really been wandering. Here he was pulling into the driveway. He must have driven home on autopilot.


A Night Out

"Hey Daddy,” said Lizbeth as she ran towards the car.

“Come give me a big kiss young lady. I haven't seen you since breakfast!” Tom replied.

They bantered and affectionately shared each other's joy at being together. Louise watched from her bedroom window. She always watched from afar never putting herself in harms way. At least that was how she felt about it. She loved Tom with every part of her being and she had to admit she was fond of the girl but how far that fondness went was something even Louise couldn't fathom.

Tom and Lizbeth charged into Louise's room both ranting about going out to dinner and where, and when and what. Finally, Louise laughing in spite of herself said,

“Okay you two. Calm down and start from the beginning. I get something about going out to dinner.”

“Oh Mom, exactly. We thought we'd go out tonight, just the three of us and eat, and maybe even a movie if it wasn't too late. It's always fun when it's the three of us. There's lots of places we could go and you could choose...” Lizbeth was bubbling over.

Before Tom had a chance to add his two cents Louise replied,

“First there is washing and changing of clothes. While you are doing that Lizbeth, your father and I will decide where we are going to go and if there is time to see a movie.”

Before Louise's final words died down Lizbeth was out the door headed to her bathroom to wash up.

“That was really beautiful Louise. Sometimes you surprise me when your motherly love slips out,” said Tom.

“Really,” Louise replied. “So you think I have a motherly side and keep it hidden?”

He smiled and knew better than to keep this conversation going. If he did there'd be no eating out and certainly no movie.

“Lizbeth wants to go to that new diner, you know the one that's known for its hamburgers. I know it's not the Ritz but it could be fun. A nice juicy burger with a side of crispy fries won't kill you once in a while.”

Louise, much to Tom's surprise, consented without an argument. She added,

“I guess I'll have to see if I have some kind of dungarees I can wear.”

“Dungarees? Seriously? Can't you call them jeans like the rest of the world?” Tom said.

“I suppose I could but then I'd be just like the rest of the world” she said slyly.

Tom was a happy man at that moment. His wife was acting like a normal wife and not being snobby at all and it looked like he was going out to dinner with this two favorite women. He was afraid to think more about it because he didn't want to jinx it. While Tom and Louise were talking and dressing, Lizbeth was washing with the greatest of care. She looked for her best slacks and a nicely matching blouse. She wanted to be sure her mother would be proud of her. She thought if she did everything right this might be the beginning of more time for the three of them together.

They went to the new burger place in Daddy's car and had a splendid time. Mommy was lovely and laughed and joked with Daddy and Lizbeth just glowed. They all ate burgers, even Mommy, and they ate tons of french fries. It turned out to be too late to go to a movie, but Lizbeth didn't care. They sang songs in the car on the way home and laughed about how badly they sang. Lizbeth thought she had just had the must perfect night of her life and wished it would never end.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Oh yes Nell, our lives are so full of ups and downs, happy and not happy.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      The happiest time of her life? how do I guess that its not going to stay that way? lol!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Genna you are welcome anytime! I hope to have shoes dropping all over the place as this story progresses. Lots to happen in these lives.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mary. Sorry I’m late; but I’m finally catching up. I love the way you have woven the history and background of Tom and Louise into your story…it gives such color and texture to these characters. And what a positive note to the ending of this chapter. Still, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, and look forward to the next installment.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Glad you're enjoying Faith. Much more to come in a family full of secrets. Blessings back to you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      It was so interesting getting a glimpse into his parents side of the family!

      I am glad they all had a great time together for once, and do hope it continues ...

      You are setting the stage of characters well, which adds much intrigue.

      Looking forward to reading the next chapter.

      Peace and blessings always

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Certainly more to come Randi. You know how family secrets are.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Curiouser and curiouser! Keep it up!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I truly appreciate that colorful comment Mike. As long as it's well woven it's a good thing.

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      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      My, my, my, this story is like a Navaho rug, so well woven and in many bright colors heading in one direction then another.

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      4 years ago

      Morning Mary.

      I'll be waiting with anticipation for the next installment.

      Now to your question. You can bet your last "Private Eye" that our Willy ..PD will be back. I'm working on it right now, but it might take a little while.

      Take care Mary and have a great weekend.

      Jimmy.............................aka Ghaelach

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Jimmy, the next chapter has been posted. You'll have to bear with me as I jump around a lot! Thanks again for following my story.

      Are there any more Private Eye Willy stories coming?

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      4 years ago

      Hello again Mary.

      This exciting, but I'm a little curious at the moment. All this being the perfect loving mum is something new for Louise and I'm wondering has she's got something up her sleeve that's going to surprise us all.

      Jimmy................aka Ghaelach

      PS: Has the next chapter been published yet?

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      We'll have to wait and see Patricia. This group of people is very interesting and their ways of handling their lives can change from day to day.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Ok so I know sometimes people do change....or is this little interlude just a precursor of unhappy times ahead? i like to be kept guessing :D

      Great story

      voted up++++ and shared

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Time will tell Shy. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing! Blessings and hugs right back at ya!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Mary! I hope that Lizbeth and her mother become close as mother and daughter should be.

      Voted up, ABI and shared.

      Blessings and hugs

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Oh dear Maria, what a wonderful compliment. My mind is full of ideas and family history it is always my hope it comes across well and you're telling me it does. Wow. More to come.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      This story is building momentum and weaving back and forth at a perfect pace.

      You truly develop your characters, making them quite real to they introduce themselves and blossom before our eyes between your well scribed lines.

      Excellent writing...Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Frank. Your comment means so much to me. This is my first attempt to write more than just a short story. Blessings back to you my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      you story is delivering just as I expected I can feel the softness as I read this script.. the characters are growing and you are doing such a wonderful job keeping them moving along.. Til.. you have something here bless you :) Frank

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Welcome Patricia. I'm glad you enjoyed my story so far and hope you will read more as it comes out.

      Ruby I'm hoping all this background on the characters will lead somewhere.

      Thanks Blossom. I love to keep my readers guessing.

      Oh Ann, I'm so glad you feel that way. There's no telling which direction Louise will take.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      More interesting background. You're feeding us the goodies a little at a time! Ideal family night out? Sounds like something's brewing in the Louise camp!

      This is moving on well, Mary. I'm enjoying it all.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love this story and looking forward to the next instalment. Hope they keep going from strength to strength in their relationship, but I doubt it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This just keeps on getting better with each installment. I like the way you're introducing new characters, giving us time to know them individually. I look forward for the next chapter. Great story!

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      Patricia T Lowe 

      4 years ago from Lehigh Valley

      I,too, must have missed this. I just finished reading the other chapters and look forward to the next installment. Nicely done.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Humbly she replied, "yes, I wrote this and there is more." Thanks peach purple.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you wrote this? i must have missed a lot of chapters

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Bill. As I told Peg in Chapter III there's a lot of family history going on here. I'm so glad you're going to stay tuned and that you think I'm setting the stage well. I'm trying.

      Louise is a complex lady Sha with a sad history. Time will tell whether she's good or bad inside. I had to throw in the dungarees. I remember them being called that when I was a child.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      So, now we know how far back Tom and Maddy go and how they came to be friends. I wonder if history will repeat itself if Louise relapses into her snooty self, which I'm sure she will.

      Did Louise take a happy pill? Is that why she suddenly felt maternal? Poor Lizbeth. She so wants her mother to accept, love, and nurture her.

      I find it interesting that Louise calls jeans dungarees. My dad does too!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I suspect what Lizbeth wishes for, and what actually will happen, are two completely different things. Stay tuned, and I will, because no you have me hooked. :) Good chapter, Mary. You are setting the stage well.


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