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Chapter 30: You’ve got e-mail

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From: clara.paon@simail.com
To: apaon@simail.com
Date: 29 October 2012, 19:17 GMT +1:00
Subject: Please come back home
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My dearest sister,

More than a year has passed since I last saw you and I don’t have a clue if you still check this e-mail address. You were never that much into computers and I can totally understand you. In a house as ours – or at least in a house as ours used to be – filled with eight people, three of them being younger siblings, it wasn’t that easy to find time to fool around in the internet. Therefore I can only hope… hope you’re up and well, hope you receive this message, hope you’ll accept what I’m about to ask.

I need you to come back. I need you to come home. Much has change since the night of your departure. The sad night of your departure and the last birthday we’ve celebrated together. The unbearable night of our rushed ripening in the face of our beloved mother’s grave. You shouldn’t have left. No one ever blamed you for what happened to her but yourself.

Brigida's funeral

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Chapter 29: If I could be who you wanted all the time

Thursday, winter 2010.

She could have been doing drugs. She could have been pregnant before finishing high school. She could have been flirting with other girls… She could have been involved in so many situations a mother wishes her children never go through. But none of those little disasters were taking place. What was it then? Just the truth. And it couldn’t have been worse.

I arranged to celebrate the twin boys teenager birthday by the pool. It could have been a cheerful barbecue with Tomas uncoordinated jumping in the pool to much of Maximiliano’s fears. It could have been a lively barbecue with Maximiliano charming the guests with his chitchat. But the relaxing atmosphere I wanted for their party couldn’t have come true thanks to Antonia. She insisted in keeping an ironic look in her face all day long. None of us were really comfortable, except maybe for Leighton. He was so overwhelmed by happiness having finally achieved his main goal of raising all our children to teenagers that he couldn’t see much of what was going on.

Beautiful view, rot family

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Chapter 26: Planning the future

Wednesday, winter 2010.

After leaving school today, Clara and Maximiliano called me asking if they could skip lunch and go visiting the Institut for Modern Art. I happily granted them permission because since Maximiliano has turned old enough to visit museums he has been asking me to take him, but I hadn’t yet found the time. That’s exactly where Clara came in: he started bothering her and being an art lover herself, she felt for the trick.

Clara and Maximiliano at the museum

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