Alice was surprised

Alice smiled and reached out her hand…

but instead of the expected feel of a soft fabric, she sensed something rather solid and was surprised to have found a letter in her hand. This strange letter said the following:

„I have lost my darling daughter, for as such I loved her. During the last days of dear Bertha’s illness I was not able to write to you. Before then I had no idea of her danger. I have lost her, and now learn all, too late. She died in the peace of innocence, and in the glorious hope of a blessed futurity. The fiend who betrayed our infatuated hospitality has done it all.”

She saw no signature, no date and wondered who and when could have written it. Suddenly a little dark cloud landed on her left shoulder, Alice turned abruptly, trying to figure its shape and…

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