The Smallest Crack by Roberta Kagan

The Smallest Crack by Roberta Kagan

Author:Roberta Kagan [Kagan, Roberta]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2019-06-30T22:00:00+00:00


Gretchen was cleaning the kitchen when Hilde arrived. As soon as she saw her old friend, she put her arms around her and giggled. “How was camp? Did you have fun? I missed you.”

“It was all right. Hann wasn’t there. I went because of him, you know.”

“Yes, I know. I’m so sorry, Hilde. But there are a lot of other boys . . .”

“Not for me.”

“You just feel that way right now, but as time passes you’ll get over Hann. You’ll see,” Gretchen said, brushing the hair out of Hilde’s eyes. “Let me make us a pot of coffee, and we can sit and talk for a while. What do you say?”

“I’d like that. Too bad we don’t have anything to go with it,” Hilde said.

“I know. I’d love a piece of strudel.”

“Me too.”

Gretchen put a pot of water on the stove to boil then she sat down next to her friend at the table.

“Are you still seeing Norbert?” Hilde asked.

“Yes . . . actually . . .” Gretchen suddenly felt uncomfortable telling Hilde how happy she and Norbert were. She knew that Hilde was hurt over Hann, and it would just add salt to her wound to learn that she was getting married. But she couldn’t lie. Hilde would have to know sooner or later. She might as well tell her the truth now.

“It’s been a long time,” Hilde said.

“Yes,” Gretchen said hesitating. “Hilde, there’s something I have to tell you.”

“Of course, you’re my best friend. You know you can tell me anything.”

“Norbert and I are getting married.”


“Yes. And of course, you will be at the wedding.”

“Yes, of course,” Hilde said.

Gretchen poured two cups of the ersatz coffee and sat down again.

“Hilde . . . nothing will change with us. I promise.”

“I don’t believe that. You’ll be a married woman. You won’t have time for me.”

“Yes, I will. I’ll always make time for you. And before you know it, you’ll meet someone too. And no matter what happens, you and I will always be best friends.”

“Of course we will,” Hilde said. “But I am going to get going. I have to go to the market.”


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