tenth impression: regret
She would have regretted her decision either way. It didn't seem to matter to her that she had never meant to grow toward both of them, more the one than the other. It didn't matter to her that she hadn't meant to hurt them because she had hurt them. The Shaw brothers had been inseparable until Elizabeth came along and came between them.
"I'm sorry," she said to John on her wedding day.
He merely smiled and wished her and Jim congratulations and best wishes.
Perhaps it really had only been her imagination that he had ever loved her back.
~ fin ~