Liz crossed her arms low on her body. Evie looked up at her. “What’s the matter?”
“I don’t know. I expected more. I don’t recognize half of the people down there.”
“You have people that care enough about you to come out into the world to show it. That is not a small thing.”
“I know. I’m not sure why it’s a big deal.”
“None of us really know what our impact was in life, not really. I wouldn’t be disappointed.”
“Maybe.” Liz stayed silent as the ceremony came to an end and the reception line moved through.
She clenched her right hand and rested the knuckle of her pointer finger against her lips. She smiled but her eyes were sad. “Oh, Poppy.” Liz looked down to Evie. “She’s so comfortable with people. So caring. Maybe that’s why we got along so well. She has qualities in abundance that I lack.”
“That’s important, finding someone to balance you.”
Liz lowered her head. “Yeah.” She sniffed and wiped at her nose. When she looked at her hand, it was dry. “Old habits die hard I guess?”
Evie nodded. “That is true.”
Liz brushed her hair back behind her ears. She looked down at her mother and brother. They stood staring straight ahead as Poppy walked away.
A man came out from the trees behind them. He walked to stand in front and reached his hand out toward Liz’s mother. Liz saw the hint of a smile on the man’s face. “What the hell…”
A shadow moved behind the trio. Liz was about to pose a new question, but Evie moved in front of her and held an arm out. “Stay back.”
“I mentioned before about how when some people stay that the human parts get forgotten?”
“That right there, has not an ounce of humanity left.”
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