Topic: "Act I, Scene II" (8)
The Diaspora after the Great War sent the sisters in different directions. When her husband returned, the married sister set up house in the small town where they first had met. That nest lasted until two offspring arrived, necessitating a move to a bigger community, bettter educational opportunities, and a life of their own. The other sister had been working with wounded returnees when she met one nearly as carefree as she, and the whirlwind carried them to his parents and home halfway across Middle America. Although children would not be a part of their equation, the absence suited their lifestyle well and they bore the reputation of two who knew how to have a good time.
The siblings who stayed behind produced about 10 more additions to the human landscape in postwar America. These dozen players in the generation that followed the Greatest would eventually begin to realize that there was a potential treasure at the end of that rainbow in Middle America. Those two did not have to "save for college," or spend every dime to support another set of more demanding nestlings. In truth, when their end would arrive, there were none designated to receive the gold buried in that backyard. The competition for a favored position seemed obvious, but no one stepped forward, for different reasons.
Each year, the Middle Americans would return to the homeland. Not unlike the description in the PBS series "The Appalachians," there was a pronounced need for these people to return together from their new homes to that which they had always known. The protagonists in our tale were no different, and the first real competition sprang up when the itinerary was annually determined for the trip "back home." Those who resided nearest the farm got the benefit of access the most, simply because there was "more to do" there, and visits to old friends were easily organized.
It was about this time that Frodo recognized the rancor of jealousy from the sister who had been a roommate. Resentment at the lack of time visiting at "her house" to the "long drive" to the farm were an increasingly apparent aspect to the commentary. The sibling offspring in this part of the family soon adopted that as their prevailing opinions. They split however, on exactly how much it bothered them. One was growing disinterested in anything to do with "visiting relatives," when there was so much more to do in the big city. The other seemed drawn closer and closer to the aunt and uncle who doted on her when no one else seemed interested.
Perfect lives do not last forever, and wounds tear open. Such was the case when the shrapnel moved and the failure to follow medical counsel ended the days of another soldier. Everyone else tried to make decisions for she who buried her friend and companion. Resentment and surprise caught all of those who felt that she should now return home, so that they could "take care of her." It was her decision to stay in the home that they had made, amid the friends with whom they had lived life to its fullest. Frodo could not help but notice the increasing resentment in his home.
Imagine the shock when, after a reasonable period of time, it was announced that there was another, and that a new partnership was being created.
Act I, Scene III to follow.