Rich fondled redwood deep in shadow gleamed with blue. A
form was outlined against the green sward whose
further trees were smeared by glass so worn at
1 side of the window seat as Esme(e) entered
and without pausing took the chair,
the wing chair near the hearth.
stretched out her legs, rubbed a hand down over her face. She
felt the weighted timepiece in her vest pocket.
the window seat Violet saw the watch chain wink once in
reflected light. "You found those children."
She made it sound like accusation.
require no finding. They are, essentially."
try to be clever."
A waste of energy."
found those children."
with words, you ought to be as shamed as fencing for children. You
gathered them, then, if you did not discover them, which I'm not so sure
not sure you're sure of what you speak. I'm sure I'm not."
you're not. Speaking with any worth. You did, didn't you?"
turned her head, loosened her collar. "Did what?"
gathered those children. For Carrie.
To get her out of Paris."
life was an unholy penance."
directly, please," Violet spoke as to a student.