Etown Experience, 4 of 7

“You went out alone?” Mary moved nervously around her small parlor.

“I was always in sight of the town,” Eliza said. “I couldn’t disappear without somebody noticing.”

“Men have disappeared between here and Taos,” Mary said grimly. “That Kennedy man was killing them.”

“I wasn’t going to Taos.”

“I’m glad of that.”

“I like it here,” Eliza said. “The openness, the freedom.”

“Then you will stay?”

“If I can find something to do. My savings are almost depleted.”

Mary chuckled. “You’ll be married within three months,” she predicted. “If that’s what you want.”

Eliza laughed. “There do seem to be plenty of available men,” she agreed. “But I’m not at all sure that is what I want.”

Mary sat down. “No?”

“Men die so easily,” Eliza said quietly, looking at her hands. “The war taught me that.”

“Yes,” Mary agreed softly. “It shadows us women as well as the men.”

Copyright © 2015 Loretta Miles Tollefson

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