Despite what Nate had witnessed, he continued to follow Ebby to the cemetery. There had to be a story, and he was determined to find out what it was.
Although he had only seen her pull the gun once, Nate had sworn to uphold the law…to protect and serve, but when it came to Ebby, he had chosen to close his eyes to a potentially dangerous act.
There were so many unanswered questions. How much longer would it continue? How long would it be before she pulled the gun again? What would be the eventual outcome?
Nate decided to confront Ebby. He stopped by her condo, unannounced and uninvited. When Ebby opened the door, she looked at him and said, “I’ve been wondering when you might ring my doorbell.”
Nate had a sense that Ebby knew exactly why he was there, and he was unsure if he should be confrontational or apologetic.
She offered him a glass of wine and he accepted. They stood in front of each other, having a silent conversation with their eyes, as if they were reading each others’ thoughts.
Nate was surprised when she took the glass from his hand and sat it on the table. He momentarily forgot what he had planned to say to her when she said, “I want to tell you something.”
He wasn’t sure if what he was feeling was excitement or fear. He wasn’t even sure if he wanted to know what she had to say.
She said, “there have been many men who have wanted to be in my life. Some blew in like a raging storm and some drifted in like a gentle breeze. None of them were right, but all of them left a mark on me.”
He was taken aback as she gently took his face in her hands and said, “I do believe that you are the finest man I have ever known.”
Knowing what was coming next, he said, “but I’m not the right man.”
She said, “in another time, in another place, you might have been.”
Nate said, “why do I get the feeling that you are telling me goodbye?”
Ebby said, “sometimes there are things that we have to do and say, and we never know which day is going to be our last.” She walked toward the door and opened it.
As he was walking out, it was clear that Ebby knew what he had seen as she showed no sign of surprise when he turned and asked, “why didn’t you take the shot?”
As she was closing the door, she cast her eyes downward and said, “because he wouldn’t have known it was me.”
To be continued_______________