Elizabeth was on a two-week vacation at her aunt and uncle’s in Center Lovell, Maine.
Grandmother invited her to visit.
And that was that. Grandma hadn’t called her here today simply to receive medical advice. She needed Elizabeth to do what she’d been unable, or perhaps, unwilling, to do all these years: find the identity of the mysterious woman in her ex-husband’s pocket watch.
“Grandma, I understand why you’re curious, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious too, but…I’m going to school to be a nurse, not a detective. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”
Grandma waved her hand dismissively. “You’re a smart girl. You’ll find a way.”
Elizabeth held up the pocket watch. “And how am I supposed to do that, exactly?” I can’t just walk around showing the picture to people and asking them. ‘Do you know this woman?'”
Her grandmother scowled. “This is just like you, Elizabeth. Trying to avoid hard work just to make your life easier.”
“I’m not…! Elizabeth took a deep breath and forced herself to calm down. “Look, if you had anything to go on besides the picture, then maybe–“
Grandmother gave Elizabeth a telling clue…