Just as Joe was getting ready to serve Lydia her tea, Brook arrived to show the place. Strangely, he found himself feeling slightly annoyed. Was it because he had silently hoped to spend some alone time with the striking woman who showed up at his door? Nah, it couldn’t be that. It was way too soon for ANY such thought. Feeling guilty, he quickly dismissed the question mark in his mind, and chalked it up to his plan having been thrown off with Lydia’s premature arrival. Joe smiled awkwardly as he set her teacup down on the coffee table, and announced to both ladies that he would be on his way shortly.
Brook swiftly extended her arm and introduced herself prompting Lydia to get up from the sofa at once. The tea could wait since Lydia was anxious to see the rest of the little white house whose charming, somewhat rickety front porch first caught her eye. It was obvious that the pale painted walls had many stories to tell as its old-style character spoke to her. This could be the brand new start that she desperately needed after Hank.
As Lydia and Brook headed upstairs, Joe began loading up his truck taking extra special care of Rosie and Lilly’s rocking horses. First stop was his sister Sylvie’s house, then the donation centre, the bank… and the girls’ grave. His throat immediately tightened at the thought, but he had to get their approval before leaving for good. They were his babies after all and he just couldn’t leave them behind without knowing—surely he would get a feel for his decision being in their presence.
He smiled as he remembered Maria’s many comments on how he and the girls all shared the same sparkling eyes just as Lydia’s eyes had when he first opened the door to the stranger a short bit ago. Would she end up making an offer on the place? She seemed pretty eager arriving early and all. What was her story anyway? Again, Joe stopped himself. What was it with this lady that he just met? Why was she so captivating? And so much like Maria, yet so refreshingly different?!
The above instalment is number 12 of my Short Story Series. Although each story part is a continuation of the last, I have designed each storyline so that they can also be read separately. I’ve purposely kept them short for quick, easy reading in response to a writing initiative that I was presented with awhile back. Previous instalments can be found under the category, “Short Stories” on the right-hand sidebar of my blog.
Parts 1-11 can also be found here:
Part 1: https://wordpresscom34070.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/marias-story/