Continuing from our last story about Victoria ghosting Seth, let’s start at the beginning: Gertrude & Grace…
From the day that Gertrude and Grace met as little girls, they knew they’d be the best of friends. And this was just days after Grace had moved to The Charm Ministry. Really, Grace and her family were relocated, but Gertrude didn’t know that until later.
Grace, the bigger-than-life, self-assured person that she was, naturally attracted the introverted Gertrude. Their favorite thing to do was to have picnic lunches together in the Forest of Flowers. Plotting and planning another one of Grace’s big adventures.
But then one dark rainy night, Gertrude did something that changed everything. Her first instinct was to tell Grace. To confess. But she didn’t want to lose her friend. She found out later that by not telling Grace, she had placed them on the road to ruin.
The pressure on Gertrude mounted in almost infinitesimal small steps. Little-by-little she lost her will to communicate with Grace as normal friends do. She was overtaken by what people considered her idiosyncrasies.
An eye for such precision that it caused her paralysis from doing many things she used to love doing.
This in turn started her down the path to excessive letter-writing.
Both Gertrude and Grace had always written letters to each other. It was normal for their era. Even if they had just seen each other at school, an evening letter was something that happened on a weekly basis.
But now, Gertrude had to write Grace. She felt it was the only way she could communicate with Grace without being paralyzed by her new fear to speak to her.
Remember that time when you did something and you hid it from someone close to you?
Initially, Grace was afraid when Gertrude started to transition from normal communications to what became excessive letter-writing. She felt like she had done something to cause this unknown wedge to be driven between them. And when Grace became truly afraid, she showed it by getting angry.