Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 150) A Loner

“Aren’t you cold?” Zsofia asks as she approaches Stephen from his right.

Startled at first for he did not see her coming up the hill, Stephen looks at her then directs his focus back to the manor and remains silent. He is embarrassed by what happened earlier as he ran from the house but another part of him could care less of her opinion or anyone else’s, for that matter.

Through his years, he has been a loner and this current situation is no different from other moments he has already experienced in his lifetime. He is, however, unsure as to why Zsofia has come back after her grandfather’s directness was clear in forbidding her to do so. Still, he does not say a word or act responsive in any manner.

“I want to apologize for what happened between you and my grandfather.” She says in a calm tone as she walks up to him, stopping only a few feet away.

She too begins to gaze at the manor in silence but for only a short time before she sits down next to him. The grass is almost dry now that the sun is higher in the sky and the air is warm. Stephen detects the scent of lemon and raspberries carried on the breeze as Zsofia looks at him waiting for a response, but he does not acknowledge her at all.


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