Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 409) Grandfather

Sitting on the floor next to Stephen, Zsofia is watching as Tamas hugs their grandfather and sobs quietly. The house is quiet and time seems to be standing still. It is at this moment Stephen realizes Zsofia is silently weeping from what she just witnessed. Yet, he is unsure as to what exactly she did see.

“Zsofia. . . are you alright?” Stephen quizzes as he watches Tamas holding and rocking Laszlo. “I didn’t mean to startle you, I just. . .” He pauses for he does not know how to explain his behavior.

“I am okay, but grandfather. . . is he. . ?” She pauses as her focus goes to her grandfather and brother.

“I can see his chest moving, so he is breathing.” Stephen says as he helps Zsofia to a sitting position on the floor. “I’m sorry about. . . about pulling you down just now. I just, well I thought you were going to get hurt.”

She does not respond as she leans over and puts her arm around her brother who continues to hold his grandfather tightly. She takes the old man’s hand in hers and feels him squeeze her fingers tightly which is reassuring to her. Biting her bottom lip she tries to hold back tears as her mind races to make a decision on what to do next.


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