Her aunt reached out and cupped Beths cheek. I read once that one of the saddest things in life is to die with the music still inside us. Theres tremendous talent in Peter that has been long denied. When I knew him, he was one of the most promising artists in college. His work was praised by staff and students alike. His potential was breathtaking.
Sunshine was amused by how unaware he was of the strong influence hed made in Beths life.His face tightened. And if that means swallowing my pride and admitting that I made a mistake, then so be it.
After leaving Sam, Sunshine headed back to her studio, where she worked for two uninterrupted hours. She had a good feeling about him and a firmer confidence in the future for her niece. Although he hadnt said as much, she was fairly confident Sam was falling in love with Beth. He hadnt been willing to own up to how strongly he felt about her until it hit him in the face. Truth be told, Sunshine was glad this had happened if for no other reason than forcing Sam to acknowledge his feelings for Beth.Sunshine was determined not to let her sister pull the two apart. If Beth and Sam eventually drifted away from each other, it would be of their own doing and not forced on them by outside forces.Thinking about Ellie made Sunshines teeth clench, and before she knew it the hand that held the paintbrush tightened. At that point she knew she was finished for the day.
Ever since Beth had questioned her about Peter, Sunshines head had been full of long-buried memories, of all the might-have-beens, and the taste of Peter and Ellies betrayal. Shed been hurt and angry with him, unwilling to forgive him or her sister when shed moved to California. Her art had become her solace, her escape, her life. Her work was filled with the hunger and thirst of revenge, wanting to lash out and hurt them both for what they had done.It was her unwillingness to forgive that had driven Peter away. The funny thing was, although there was little humor in it, she did eventually let go of her anger toward Peter. It was harder with her sister, but over the years shed come to accept that holding onto her outrage was hurting her far more than it did Ellie. They were both hurting. Her sister was left to deal with her guilt. Ellie had never apologized or made an effort to bridge the gap between them and so she hadnt, either. It was time to end this. Past time. Only Sunshine didnt know how to go about it, and so the two remained estranged. Distant and often at odds over Beth. Peter.
Sunshine couldnt think of him without heartfelt regrets of her own. Hed abandoned what he loved most and given in to his fathers demands. Sunshines heart hurt for him, knowing how he would have hated standing in a courtroom, writing briefs and dealing with disgruntled clients. He was meant to work in a studio creating sculptures that would bring light and beauty to the world.
It took the warm winds of California, her own success as an artist, and time for Sunshine to forgive him, but by then it was too late. Peter had married someone else.His teeth scrape his lower lip and it looks . . . naughty.
Corrupting the good ones is my favorite pastime.Oh yes, definitely a Willoughby.
I hug my book to my chest. Im not corruptible.His smile broadens. Good. I like a challenge.