She sat on the floor with her paints and brush,
carefully tending the image in her mind.
Just perfect, right there; the color, the shape.
So gently, she rises to hang paper to dry.
Out of the corner of her eye, a movement;
a hand, reaching to grab the picture
out of her resisting fingertips.
"HA HA!!!!!!!!" the gleeful laugh while crinkling parchment and co-mingling colors fold about her heart.
Chalk marks on the sidewalk.
Numbered squares in colorful hues.
Special stones picked for their beauty.
Unique and sparkling against the gray concrete.
When suddenly, the whirr of chain-powered wheels
and the incessant ringing of handle-bar bells.
Leaping aside to avoid being hit.
And he skids to a stop in the midst of her game.
Black tire marks smearing chalk-lines.
Stones scattering into the grass.
Flash forward now to later years
The bright flare of happiness as she is handed a letter.
A friend, writing to her, remembering her.
Tearing open the envelope with eager hands.
Suddenly, the pages are ripped from her grasp
"Give me that, that's mine! You have no right to read that, it's private!"
Slowly, deliberately, paper ripped to pieces
"Private? I'll look at anything I want."
Foreward still, slipping in late to the ceremony
Her best friend's wedding, and what a surprise!
In the last row stands her father and his wife.
The woman turns and says hello, and introduces her friend.
There is mention of a new grand-baby on the way
one of her children is pregnant again.
He barely acknowleges their presence.
After the ceremony; he hails the minister.
Remember me? And this is my wife and her friend.
Hands clasp, shoulders slapped greetings and well-wishing exchanged.
While under her breath, "...and this is my daughter? And my son-in-law, my grandson?"
The sudden slap of thoughtlessness
Pushing her backwards, cutting bluntly into her soul.
Forward still...and as she wonders why her destiny seems to be ruled by other's inconsideration, she turns to seek comfort in her lover's arms.
She should be faithful. She should be kind.
She should care and not indulge.
For such behavior would truly destroy him.
And would cause her father such embarrassment if he knew.