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Just more of the backround story of Nora..thanks for the comments!

After drinking her daily black coffee, Nora attempted to squeeze herself into a pair of pants that easily fit her a month prior. The stress in Nora’s life had manifested itself through intense weight gain. She had gone from a lively 140 lbs to a sluggish 160 lbs in the last 6 months. At 5 ft 5 inches, this was not a subtle body change. When she was married, life was an easy routine. Get up, make breakfast, kiss husband goodbye, make sure kids get on the bus, take shower, do household chores, go to the gym, run errands around town, make kids a snack after school, plan dinner, make dinner, serve dinner, watch television for an hour, read, and go to sleep. Of course on Tuesday night Nora was free for three hours when Eva, the nanny came to clean the house. Oh, and of course, fuck her husband. On these free nights Nora would go see a movie alone. She would sit in the theatre and enjoy the quiet. Everyone she had seen in movie theatres exercised manners. She really felt like a mature adult when she watched a film. There was no crayon on her face and she could pretend she was single. Nora could eat as much popcorn as she wanted without being scolded by Jim, “I think that’s enough, Nora, save some for everyone else.”

At the time when Nora was going through the motions of her dull daily life, it seemed unbearable. However, having anything on her to do list at all seemed appealing, now. Nora was jobless, untrained and living off weekly child support checks that financed nearly everything. Jim had been willing to fork over the doe for the deed to the house. Nora missed her old house. Large and white. She remembered house hunting with Jim a year after their marriage, brimming with excitement and innocence. Plump and pregnant with Sydney and loving the idea of playing house. Nora never planned on going to college, unless it was a course on how to be a homemaker. The day she met Jim, successful and handsome Jim, she knew she would never have to work a day of her life as long as they were married. Even now, after their split, Nora was not obligated to work. However, a husband wasn’t the only thing missing in Nora’s new stay at home lifestyle, it was hope and drive. These days Nora’s only drive in life was to sleep and eat.

At 4 pm Nora’s two children arrived home from school courtesy of the bus transportation system. Olivia immediately threw her black backpack on the floor and opened the fridge. Olivia had never been the textbook definition of thin. At sixteen she was a size 14 and a nearly DD in her cup size. Olivia was jaded, a smart mouth and could be downright cruel at times. Nora could hardly relate to Olivia. Sydney had always been such a spitting image of Nora, from her appearance to her personality. Olivia on the other hand did not look like Nora and certainly did not act like her. With piercings, black eyeliner and strange clothes, Olivia looked foreign to her mother. She had dyed her naturally blonde hair midnight black and with the application of makeup, Olivia’s cute freckles disappeared completely. There were times in between brutal fights where Olivia and her mother would play nice, but they were short lived. Olivia had what the family therapist diagnosed as ‘middle child syndrome’ and was not going to grow out of it until she felt she was just as important as the oldest and the youngest. Nora pitied Olivia and wanted desperately to connect with her but failed at each attempt. She loved her because it was ingrained in her DNA to do so, but other than that Nora found it hard to feel anything else towards Olivia.

Nora’s son, Ian, was exactly what Nora thought that a typical 13-year-old boy should be. He didn’t have an ounce of fat on his body and was already 5’ 11”. He played football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. He constantly hung out with friends and at home he watched ESPN. He ate like a lumberjack and still kissed his mother in public. He hadn’t found much interest in girls yet, but Nora was not concerned. He was too busy with school and sports to deal with such complicated beings. Nora couldn’t help but wonder if her son immersed himself in so many extracurricular activities to simply occupy his mind so he would not have to think about his parent’s divorce. Naturally, Nora wouldn’t ask Ian this because they didn’t talk deeply about these issues. They were both content keeping conversations uncomplicated. Once Nora had tried to go deeper with her son on the issue of the divorce, upon the therapist’s instructions, and it had ended with Ian walking out of the room uncomfortably and Nora feeling stupid.



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The following comments are for "Come Again? 2"
by woalook100

Come Again 2
I think that this 'chapter' delves into Nora's family life a bit more. It certainly highlights her problems with Jim more thoroughly. Olivia and Ian are very realistic. I wonder why there is no explanation for Sydney.

I am not sure where this story is headed, but i hope it become an intricate story..maybe with some dialogue? Thanks

( Posted by: smartie99 [Member] On: July 20, 2009 )

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I am like Smartie; I'm waiting to see where this leads to. You are painting a good description of Nora so far. It all seems to be from her perspective, which works fine in most cases. Will it work this time? Time will tell.

( Posted by: brickhouse [Member] On: July 22, 2009 )





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