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Timeless Love

The Secret
Dedicated to Nancy D

Submitted by Jimmy

"What does she mean, 'Hawaii'? She's never been to Hawaii, has she?"

"I don't think so, Suzy," said her uncle, standing in the shadows of the darkened hospital room. "Your granddad once told me that he wanted to take her there and she refused. Said she was scared to fly over water."

"I thought she loved to fly," Suzanne said, and looked at her grandmother, lying there helplessly, enmeshed in tubes and machines; Suzanne's mother sat beside her, mute with grief.

Later that morning she fumbled with the keys to her grandmother's apartment, let herself in. The place smelled like her, Suzanne thought, as she opened drawers in search of a nightgown to take back to the hospital. Then she saw the envelope with her name; she sat on the bed and opened it. There was a telegram. "We regret to inform you . . ." A dog-eared photo of a tall, gangly boy in a sailor's uniform; she stared at his face, the dark hair, the lopsided grin. It was like looking into a mirror. Hands shaking, she read the letter, and began to weep.

Her real grandfather had died on the "Arizona" that infamous day so long ago, and the woman he loved, unmarried and carrying her unborn mother, had never spoken of her secret sorrow. A peaceful sigh seemed to sweep through her, and she knew that she would make the journey her grandmother never dared, to drop flowers over the watery grave of a brave sailor.

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