Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 7) One Moment
“I appreciate the offer to stay with you,” replies Stephen as he gives his great-aunt a hug. “I’ll give it a try here though, and if I can’t get the furnace going or the fire in the fireplace goes out, I may come running in your direction.” He grins.
His comment makes her laugh and with one last nod of understanding, she taps his cheek with her fingers. Stephen opens the door and the kind woman leaves him alone in the quiet house.
As the door swings shut, it is as if the house seals itself. A deafening silence pounds in Stephen’s ears as he continues to stand in the same spot without moving and almost without breathing. He thinks about the people who were just here, strangers to him, yet family on his father’s side.
He grew up in the United States and until today, had only been here in Hungary once and that one time changed his life forever. That one moment, in that dark room down the hall, in this very house, made his life hell.
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