Welcome back to Austen Promises!
I’m back with a very short section. This is all I was able to get out today, and I apologize about that.
The good news is, I’m almost done with Darcy’s Predicament, which is the first story I’m using NaNoWriMo to finish. When it’s complete, I can turn my attention full-time to this race book. So, you’ll get steady, long posts starting in the next couple of weeks. Until I get to that point, I’ll probably keep them a bit short, though only out of necessity.
But then, I’ve been wrong before. You may end up with long posts sooner than I think. 🙂
When we left off, Mary had just come to the track and begun sharing why she was there.
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“Your parents have not pulled your funding, have they?” Audra’s brows creased.
Mary shook her head. “I have scholarships. I already checked into it. None were specific to a school, and I’m pretty sure all of them will transfer.” She shrugged. “If not, I can do work study.”
Liz reached for her sister’s hand and squeezed it. “We’ll make sure you finish your education. I need to be sure this is what you want to do. It’s a big step to take, moving to another state and changing universities.”
Mary’s eyes filled with tears. “I have to do this, Liz. I can’t live with Mom the way she is. I’d live in fear that she’ll reject me next, and I may not even know why.” She sniffed and used the tissue she pulled out of the box that was handed to her to wipe her eyes. “I’ve learned a lot about myself recently, and why I do the things I do. I don’t want to live in such a negative environment anymore. Mom’s not right, but I think I have known it for a long time. I worry for Kitty and Lydia, but I can’t help them. I can only fix myself. This is my effort to do that.”
Liz’s eyes had also filled with tears as she listened to Mary. “I understand how you feel. I’ll have to talk to Will, but I can almost guarantee he’ll welcome you with open arms.” She squeezed her sister’s hands again, then pulled a tissue out of the box and blew her nose. “I have to get back to work, but don’t feel like you have to leave. You can stay here, or with Charles and Jane. Wherever you feel comfortable.”
Mary’s lips lifted in a small smile. “Here is good, at least for now.” With that, the four turned their attention to the race again.
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