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Excerpt 1: After Sera convinces Carl Young to allow pregnant Amy to come back home
The next Friday, the Fletchers received an envelope in the mail with an invitation to the Red Hare Anniversary Party in February. Inside the bright red card was a folded note in Jenny's handwriting.
"Amy is coming home on Saturday. We’re planning a Chinese New Year party for next week. Please ask the girls to drop by to discuss decoration ideas.”
Carl and Jenny."
Marie broke into tears, leaning on Georgette for support while standing by the kitchen sink. The twins were ecstatic.
"That's tomorrow! Amy's coming home tomorrow!" squealed Dela hugging Gwen.
"What changed his mind?" asked Marie, dabbing her eyes.
"I think I have an idea," whispered Georgette, smiling as she went to grab her coat and boots. "I'll be back in time to make supper."
(This leads to Georgette's search for Sera at the local library...)
Excerpt 2: Letters received with joy - and the realization of one that should have stayed hidden...
(Eleven year-old Sera has just finished changing Harry's diaper in the apartment above the Red Hare restaurant)
They made their way back downstairs and into the dining room. Georgette had arrived and was seated at the front, sipping coffee and reading some papers.
“Bonjour, chérie!” she called and waved.
“Hi, Aunt Georgette,” Sera called back, standing beside her own booth. She looked down to see two envelopes on the table.
Georgette called, “You have mail, la.”
“I see,” replied Sera, “Thanks!”
Jenny appeared out of the kitchen and said, “Here, Sera. Let me take my grandson for a while.”
Sera released the boy with an expression of relief. “Oooh,” she joked while she stretched from side to side, “He’s getting heavy.”
“That’s our boy,” Jenny responded and walked away kissing him on the forehead and swinging him gently to one side.
The letters intrigued Sera. One was from Mrs. Johnson, from Vancouver. Sera was so happy that she had lived up to her promise to write. She opened it with joy and read it over twice, line by line. Rachelle had included photographs of her new home and gardens in Vancouver. She was very happy to be with her son, Mikail and to meet his fiancée. Fiancée? Wow.
The other envelope contained a short note from Gio:
I hope this finds you well. I have been thinking of you. Please give little Harry a hug for me. I am taking some time off to care for my parents.
Warm wishes to you and your family. Have a good summer. Please write if you have time.
She grabbed the letters and walked with a bounce to sit with Georgette at the front of the restaurant. Her aunt was reading her own mail with great interest.
“Hmm?” she looked up to see Sera sitting in front of her and actually smiling.
“I got a letter from Mrs. Johnson, Aunt Georgette,” said Sera happily.
“Yes, chérie. I know.”
“Oh, and one from Father Gio too. Kind of short though…”
“Uh huh,” her aunt smiled, reading her letter again.
“I want to write back to Mrs. Johnson.”
“Okay…” Georgette responded. She looked up and smiled at her niece, “I think that’s a great idea, chérie.”
Sera packed her book-bag, said goodbye to the Young’s and Aunt Georgette then headed home.
Georgette sipped her coffee and read the letter from Gio again:
Thank you for your letter of June 5th informing me of your discovery. I was wondering when and how Matthew would learn the truth. I cannot tell you what to do. Matthew should know although it would likely break his heart.
I feel that I am only a pawn in these cruel coincidences and circumstances. I think about Sera often and hope she is coping well. I am glad to hear she is taking good care of young Harry. Please keep an eye on her.
My Mother and Father are settled back in the vineyards. Isabella visits from time to time. Speaking of heartache, they have expressed their disappointment that they have no grandchildren now with Roberto deceased and both Isabella and I in the Church. I am tempted to tell them about Sera but do not want to bring shame to the family name — or scandal to the Church.
Thank goodness I have been able to take an extended sabbatical and help my parents around the orchards and vineyards. They are getting old and feeble. Roberto’s death has sucked away their spirits.
I am saddened that Isabella has again lost contact with Victoria and her mother. They left the shelter in March and have not returned. Search efforts have not been successful.
I am applying for special consideration to leave the priesthood, to work as a layperson whose business produces wine and jams to be sold and raise funds for a new project. I am looking for someone who knows how to keep books, manage a growing estate and communicate with customers. I was thinking of you, Georgette.
Please consider joining me at the Villa Vinoletti. At least come for a visit. I am sure that your work with the Fletcher’s will soon be done. I miss Sera. Can you provide an excuse to bring her with you when you visit?. It’s so beautiful here.
Georgette held the pages close to her chest and reached for her coffee. As she sipped the warm liquid she thought, “What a good idea, to take a vacation and visit Gio. I should write a quick note back to him.”
After she consumed her late lunch, she read through the letter a third time. It was then that she realized Sera had already headed home and was planning to write a letter to Mrs. Johnson.
What if…? (teaser link to another excerpt...)
Georgette feverishly packed the envelopes into her purse and called back to Jenny.
“Good bye, Jenny. Au revoir. I must go.”
“Okay,” called Jenny as she opened the kitchen door with Harry in her arms, “Bye, bye!”
“Baaaaah!” called Harry.
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