The Loons

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The Loons This was the story of Vanessa, a girl who lived in Manawaka. There were also the Tounerres the so called halfbreeds. The father Jules and the son Lazarus used to start fights in bars, they were often arrested by the Mounties for one night. The dougther Piquette went to the same school as Vanessa although she was older and she had a limbing walk. She had to spend one month in hospital because she had tuberculosis of the bone. Vanessa´s father, her doctor, thought it would be a good idea to invite Piquette to join them at Lake Diamond. The family had a cottage there and they used to come to the lake every summer. Piquette was no good company for Vanessa because she refused to play wit her and even did not speak too much. But then she found out that Piquette was an Indian, a dougther of the forest and she wanted to know her secrets. Because of her leg Piquette was not allowed to go swimming so Vanessa decided to invite her to a walk to her secret place, a small pier where she used to sit and listened to the crying of the loons. But Piquette refused to come with her again. Vanessa went there alone, when she sat down on the pier she heard footsteps, it was her father who had come, he sat down and thy listened to the loons not knowing that it would be the last time they would be able to sit there together. The next winter the father died because of pneumonia. For the next 4 years Vanessa did not see Piquette again. Then they met in a cafe, Piquette had changed ...

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