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Monday, October 14, 2013


 Dale looked over the produce at the farmer’s market in town. She found fresh peaches and squeezed each one, smelled them, then selected the ripe ones.

As she was loading peaches into a plastic bag, there was a tap on her shoulder. She turned to see her son, Joe, panting, out of breath. She smiled at him.
“I need to talk to you.” She cocked an eyebrow.
“How come Cliff has a picture of you in his wallet?”
“We were high school sweethearts.” She returned to packing up four peaches and moved on to examine the tomatoes. Joe grabbed her arm.
“No one keeps a picture of a girl in his wallet for twenty years if she was just a high school sweetheart.”
“Joe, there are things children don’t want or need to know about their parents…”
“I’m asking you straight out, why. I want an answer.” He planted his feet wide apart, his arms crossed. Dale studied his face. She sighed.
“We were in love. Due to a…mistake…we didn’t marry, but we should have.”
“Did you love him more than dad?”
He let her go.
“Don’t compare. It’s apples and oranges. I loved your father. We were very happy together, well suited.”
“But you loved Cliff, too, right? Just as much as dad?”
“Let it be, Joe. I chose your father and Cliff chose someone else.”
“He dumped you?”
“It’s not like that. It was a mistake, a lie. I don’t hold any hard feelings. Your dad swept me off my feet, we married. We were happy.”
“Do you still love Cliff?”
“Water under the bridge.” She turned away from her son to hide the tears in her eyes.
“He still loves you.”
She whipped around to face him. “What?”
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Iris B said...

Nicely done ... I wonder whether she tried to convince herself as well as her son!

Tai Vicari said...

This scene is very strong and pulls at my heart.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! I LOVE this storyline. You have my heart aching for the past and what might have been.
Trisha Faye

Lindsay said...

I can feel her denials at her love for Cliff who she's always loved.
Beautifully done.

Sarah said...

Oh, I feel so much pain for Dale!! So much torment, and I love that her son knows Cliff still loves her. I hope these two can get themselves where they need to be and soon!

SherryGLoag said...

Beautifully done.

Davee said...

wow, I'm wondering if son is bringing it up to give his blessing or he wants to stop anything from happening.

Stefan Ellery said...

This is really coming along.