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The Black Widow

black widow“One day, thought Gabriel, his children would ask him about the troubled young man depicted in the portrait, and about the woman who had painted it.  It was not a conversation he was looking forward to.  Already, he feared their reaction.  Would they pity him?  Would they fear him?  Would they think him a monster, a murderer?  It was no matter; he had to tell them.  It was better to hear the unhappy details of such a life from the lips of the man who had let it rather than from someone else.  Mothers often portrayed fathers in too flattering a light.  Obituaries rarely told the whole story, especially when their subjects led classified lives.”