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Saturday, June 7, 2008

(Part3) The Haunting of Ruby Shane

Some wounds are so deep I can't imagine how we survive them. Let alone thrive with them in our hearts and souls.

Maybe that is why I gave Thomas the wrong address the day he fixed my car. I gave him the address of a friend of mine who was out of town for her uncle's funeral and wouldn't be back for a week.


Thomas later told me he had waited at her house for 4 hours for me to come home. He said he finally figured it out that I had given him the wrong address when the neighbor boy came over and told him that Mary was out of town. He said he wasn't looking for Mary he was looking for a Ruby.
The boy told him there was no Ruby that lived there and never had been.

Thomas said it just made him more determined to find me. He had found the girl he was going to marry. And he said, he knew it, from the minute he had looked into my aqua blue eyes.


But I didn't want Thomas to find me. I didn't know how he would react to where I lived. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks. That was never allowed to forget that her Mother cleaned other people's homes for a living, or that her father was the town drunk that often slept it off in the ditch in our front yard.
No, people were cruel. I had learned that in my life.



People judged you from where you lived and by who your parents were.
They judged you by what clothes you wore, what shoes you wore. And I wasn't ready for the most beautiful person I had ever meet to deal with that.

He was to me, like the hard orange candies I kept in my favorite jar. That I only ate on very special days. Or when I had done something extraordinary. The rest of the time I just opened my cabinet and looked at them or smelled them. The brilliance of their color delighted me and the smell was intoxicating.

If we met again I had to be sure that where I lived was not an issue.
That it would not make a difference to him. That he would like me for me. I would find out the next day...


to be continued...

by Nita Barrow Zimmerman

Today's Song, A Rainy Night in Georgia
By Brook Benton
1st video, 1st clip

This song is one of my favorites. The way he sings this with such sadness and soul fullness has always touched my heart.

14 comments:

Sally said...

I was hoping you'd updated the story; you had, and doing a great job. You're keeping me intriqued! :)

Annette said...

alright sister, let me know when this book hits the stand!! I want a sighned a numbered copy!! this is getting very exciting and my couriousity is getting the best of me.....excellent storey, love it, want it!
hug's always
Nettie

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Sally: Thank you dear heart! There will be more tommorow...
Sending you love, Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...
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~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Annette: Thank you my dear! I have decided to write the whole story on my blog and believe someone out there will find me and want to publish it.
xoxo Nita

amanda said...

I can't wait for the next piece. Write more, darlin', write more.
amanda

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Amanda: I will...And thank you sweet Amanda.
xoxo Nita

Just Joni said...

Bravo! Bravo! Keeps me coming back...well in addition to your sweet, warm personality of course!

Isn't writing fun? I'm so happy you can wrap your mind around these very imaginitive stories and share them with all of us...

will there be another photo challenge soon?

have a fun-filled day ~
Joni

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Joni: Thank you so much! The next photo challenge will be done by Cindra. I will post her address on my favorites this evening.
I believe she is doing it in two weeks.
xoxo Nita

Mimi said...

you have me hooked...I started at the beginning again and read all the posts on Ruby...
it is an excellent story...and I am anxiously waiting for the next chapter...
{{Hugs}}
Mimi

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Mimi: Thank you! I am enjoying writing this story and seeing how Ruby unfolds..
xoxo Nita

The Artful Eye said...

So far, so good. Keep it coming.
Watching over you.

Vickie said...

I just love this Nita. I'll keep tuning in believe me. This is such a good story.

In your next post, you mention struggling still. I wish I could give you a hug and say it won't be much longer. Just please know you continue to be in my prayers.

Love
Vickie

Debbie said...

My sweet Nita, you are a wonderful writer and I can feel the sadness in this hopeful story...

Thomas won't care where she comes from will he? :)

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