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    Echos of the Past Chapter 3

    ”Wow,” Alice paused as a sad look came across her face, ”Dana would have loved this place. And… well she it would have made her happy that her name is on a gathering place for family and friends.”

    Everyone around the table looked at Alice, but only Shane, Tina and Bette really understood what she meant. The devastating loss of Dana, of their friend, Alice’s best friend of Breast Cancer over 10 yrs ago was a difficult subject for them all, but especially Alice. Alice’s three life long friends new how hard she took Dana’s death and how even today she still grieved the untimely loss of her young vibrant friend. Bette looked at Tina then back over at Alice as she recalled how Tina once said that it was hard to know what their relationship would have evolved into if Dana had lived.  Shane lowered her head as she recalled how Alice told her a short time before Dana was diagnosed, that when Dana arrived into her life she made such a beautiful impact that she couldn’t remember what it was like without her and then Dana died.  Nat and Angie sat in silence as they watched the four women mourn their friend.

    ”Mom, can I have pancakes with strawberries,” Eli said looking up at Nat.  This simple statement from an unknowing child, brought everyone out of their grieving thoughts and replaced them with a happy memory of Dana’s love for strawberry pancakes. 

    ”Sure, Eli,” Nat said with a small smile.

    ”That’s the best way to have them,” Alice said with a smile that did not reach her eyes.

    ”Why don’t you help your sister pick something out?”  Nat said looking at her son who had no idea what he had just done to the group.  Eli nodded his head with an eager smile. He then leaned over to his younger sister and began pointing to pictures on the menu.

    ”How’s Buddy?” Angie attempted to help with lightening the mood with her inquiry. ”Sorry I haven’t been by to help with him lately.”

    ”Still having problems with him.” Shane shook her head as she reached for her espresso. ”I am not sure if this is going to work out with him. I feel bad about leaving him crated up all day. I can’t leave him out because of his behaviors and I never know when I am going to get home.”


    1. Nice chapter…. now we know a little more about Bette. She is obsessing over finding this painting project. She misses her younger days when risk were never factored in to her decision…. don’t we all. However, some of us realize that not evaluating the risk can be dangerous to our well being. That is what happens when you gain a spouse and a child and a profession in which you are in charge. Its call accepting adult responsibilities.

      Despite what Bette thinks, she is still that young woman she was in college. She had just allowed common sense to rule rather than excitement and adventure.

      I’m concerned about this virus…. no help in New York, Shane is short staffed and much of Tina’s production is shut down. The curtain is about to drop on their public lives. Hopefully they can operate from home for a while and have some time to gain a real understanding of what split Bette and Tina up and what they need to do to have a secure long term life together.

      Love to see more….. chapter too short….

    2. Good chapter. We all make choices, don’t we? And many of us reach a point where we revisit those exciting times when we were younger. That’s natural. And, Bette had an exciting life to be sure. It’s fine that Bette has found something that so excites her and reminds her of that time as long as she keeps it in perspective. She can’t let it get away from her. As Martha says she has responsibilities. And the virus is coming. Well done.

    3. Martha and Billy

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I am really trying to stay true to their ages and weave in some of the complex issues we go through as we age.

      Reflection and regret are probably the two biggies. I am glad you are enjoying this story. It is different for sure, but I do plan a surprise at the end.


    4. This is a great chapter, Supe. It advances the plot and fills in some background info to explain motivation and decision making. You are the first to tackle THE virus so kudos to that (unless I missed someone else writing about it?) and I imagine that will play a bigger part as we continue through the story. It’s a good way to force them being together and spending time dissecting what went wrong. Keep writing – you mentioned some new techniques, can you share what you changed? I have some theories but want to see where you were headed with that. Looking forward to more!

    5. Hi SK,

      Great update & the story is starting to take shape.

      We all have introspect at a certain time in our lives & it seems that Bette is at that stage at the moment. And is Tina’s concern for the changes she sees in Bette foreshadowing of things to come??

      Covid – courageous of you to tackle. Proteonomics also included it in her story – Lockdown – which she started last May. It is a challenging topic & cheers to you for attempting to include it in your story. And how will Covid affect their relationship ?

      So glad you included James in the scene at Dana’s!!

      Looking forward to how this all plays out.

      Great job.

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