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father. Are gestures that I could never through the wall?” He chewed his food
feel or hear but which just maybe Dad thoughtfully, took another sip of wine.
“Would you mind
felt but could not express, trapped The table was silent. Confrontation
taking a brick
forever in a heart locked and guarded without anger is a most unusual event.
by fear? No one had ever approached such an
out, so we can
Later that night, over dinner, as we intimate subject with Dad. Would he
were downing 2 bottles of wine, answer? No one was more curious than I.
see each other?
I finally found the courage and the After what seemed like five minutes of
right moment. “Dad?” I asked, while awkward anticipation, he replied firmly,
Maybe have a chat
reaching for the custard, “I’d really like “I’m sorry. I just can’t do that Liv. It’s
to connect with you, but it seems as not possible. But I tell you what. If you through the wall?”
though there’s a wall between us.” He want to join me for my walk tomorrow
blushed, looked down at his rhubarb morning, we can sit on top of the wall
crumble, and ‘ah hemmed’ with and have a chat.” I was stunned. What
obvious embarrassment. “Yes. Well, could he mean? Sitting on top of the wall
yes. You’re right Liv. I built that wall. didn’t feel quite like ‘it’. I mean, that was
Every brick. It’s there for a reason.” like sitting on top of all the stuff, but it
Surprised and encouraged by his was better than nothing. “OK. Sure.”
willingness to talk, I went on, “Would It rains all night long and morning brings
you mind taking a brick out, so we can a cool, wet crispness and a smell you
see each other? Maybe have a chat can taste. Slugs and snails come out of
avantoure | anthology of temptation
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