Anna and the Mystery Man Revealed

Judi Taylor

Stowe, United States

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When I saw the gentleman’s hat and cane setting in Anna’s sitting room, I knew I just had to find out who this mystery man was. Had her lover returned home after so many years?


I heard voices coming from the porch so I walked out and there he was with his back to me holding Anna in his arms and she was weeping! Curiousity had gotten the best of me and I spoke quietly, “Anna”, I said, “Are you okay dear?”

Anna leaned to one side to look past the man in front of her.

“My brother has returned after many years with news. He has been with my beloved Jediah all this time. They left four years ago to make a new life in the west. Jediah was going to come back for me but he never came. My brother stayed in touch with me as the West suited him but never mentioned my dear Jed so I thought they had drifted apart.”

The man on the porch reached into his pocket for a kerchief and handed it to Anna to wipe away her tears. Immediately I felt a joy rise inside me. Surely this was her Jed and he has come back for her. I wondered what wild and exciting tales he would tell that kept him away all these years.

I was about to speak when I saw the man slowly turn around to face me. What? I was totally surprised! How could this be?

It was my BROTHER!

After a moment of disbelief, Marcus spoke. He told me how he had gone into town and there he ran into a man who had just arrived by train. The man was inquirying about Anna. My brother overheard the conversation and offered to bring him back here to his Anna … his SISTER, Anna.

Anna then finished the story. She told me that Jed had been ill when he left to go West. There was news that there was doctor who could help him there who had learned about medicine from the Natives. Jed and her brother sought out this doctor and were supposed to come back when Jed was well again. Jed had recovered like a miracle but on the day that Jed and Andrew were to come back home something unexpected occured. There was a runaway coach on the praire with three women inside. When Jed and Andrew met up with them, Jed’s horse got spooked and reared up, knocking Jed off and onto the ground. Within seconds the horses with the coach collided with Jed and Jed’s legs were severed in half.

Andrew stayed with Jed as he needed a lot of care. With his legs now gone he went into a deep depression. Jed made Andrew swear never to tell Anna about his condition. Jed died three years later and Andrew decided he needed to come home to the only family he knew, his sister Anna.

That was two years ago. And today we are celebrating because my brother and Anna have been married for a year and are now expecting their first child.

No more mystery hat and cane will be left in the sitting room but instead children’s books can be found there.

I am so very happy for Anna, the woman who I used to see sitting by the window waiting for the return of her Jed. Me, my brother, Marcus and Anna are one big happy family!

What about Andrew, you may ask? Well … he asked to speak to me alone as he had something very important to ask me. Anna whispered in my ear just before I walked out the door with him, “I am so glad you will be my brother’s wife” she said. I think I KNOW what Andrew wants to ask me!!!

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