Spring 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 2 Fiction |

Shadow of an Eagle

SHADOW OF AN EAGLE Nancy Huddleston PackerAFTER LIVING AWAY FROM NEW YORK FOR NINE YEARS, CHARLEY and Helen Osborn finally decided to go back for a visit. They arrived late on a cold night, made good on their reservation at a pleasant family-type hotel right off Madison, and went to bed. Not once in all the weeks of planning had they mentioned what was uppermost in their thoughts: Charley's brother Harry and his wife Martha. Any mention of Harry made Helen furious and Charley very nervous. She still had raw wounds, and she prided herself on being a person not accidentally wounded. And Charley was a man who hated any kind of trouble and would avoid it at any cost to himself. At the beginning of their marriage, Charley had tried to talk with Helen about Harry, to get him in a proper perspective for both of them. But if he so much as said "Once, when Harry and I were kids. . ." Helen would come up with an angry smart remark like "And you were throwing his paper route so he let you read

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