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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: The Long Wait
By Laura Manley
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She had waited for this moment a very long time. All those empty moments of the last eighteen years would soon surface and she would have answers to all her questions. Madeline sat up straighter in the chair attempting to get comfortable, but she knew that until this day was over, she would remain uncomfortable whether in a chair or sitting on the freshly mowed lawn.
Out of the corner of her eye, Madeline saw the man who had answered the front door come from a doorway just past the fireplace. He was headed toward where Madeline was sitting. She hoped this meant her wait was over. He stopped directly in front of Madeline. He stood with extremely good posture and said to her, "Madam will be down shortly. Is there anything I can get for you? Would you like a cup of coffee, tea or perhaps a soda?
Madeline was pleased to see some life in this huge house. It had been a while since he had seated her in the foyer.
"No, thank you, Mr. Pettibone. I'm just fine!"
"Very well," he said as he turned and followed the path back to the door from which he came.
Just as she took her eyes off Mr. Pettibone, she sensed movement from the top of the staircase. Almost fearfully, she allowed her eyes to look toward that movement. They fixed upon the most statuesque, elegant and beautiful woman she had ever seen. As this woman began her descent, their eyes locked and it was then that Madeline knew her life would never be the same. She was now complete; her life would be full. She had found her birth mother!
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