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Woman Uncovers Hidden Diaries in Her Grandmother’s Attic, Revealing a Long-Lost Love Affair — Story of the Day

Yaryna Kholodiuk
Jul 02, 2024
04:05 A.M.

After another argument with her husband, Camila seeks solace from her grandmother. While helping sort through old things in the attic, she stumbles upon her grandmother's diaries. What she discovers within their pages will change her understanding of her family forever.

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Camila rushed to her grandmother, Rose, after another argument with her husband, Colin. She had married Colin because he was the "right choice." Her parents insisted on the marriage, and although Camila never loved him, she agreed.

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Now, the only thing keeping their marriage together was their daughter. She was Camilla's only source of joy, but even she had started asking why Camila and Colin were always fighting.

Camila entered Rose's house, the familiar smell of freshly baked cookies welcoming her. Rose, as always, had prepared a lot of cookies, arranging them neatly on a plate on the kitchen table.

She greeted Camila cheerfully, her eyes sparkling with warmth. But upon seeing Camila's tear-streaked face, Rose's expression immediately changed to one of concern.

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"Camila, what happened?" Rose asked, her voice full of worry.

Camila sank into a chair at the kitchen table. "Colin and I fought again. I don't know how much longer I can take this," she said, her voice trembling.

"Why are you with him at all?" Rose asked gently. "I never understood."

Camila sighed, feeling a familiar weight in her chest. "He was a good choice; everyone said so."

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"I never said that," Rose replied, her eyes soft but firm.

Camilla looked away. "Alright, everyone except you," she admitted.

"Camila, he was never a good choice because you never loved him," Rose said quietly.

"Yes, but he loves our daughter and always treated me well," Camila argued, though her words felt hollow.

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Rose shook her head. "So well that you come to me in tears every week."

Camila's shoulders slumped. "We're just very different."

"A marriage without love is like a garden without flowers. It will never be alive," Rose said, her voice gentle but firm.

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Camila looked up, tears brimming in her eyes. "How do you know? You and Grandpa always loved each other."

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Rose laughed softly, but there was a sadness in her eyes. "Oh, dear, if only you knew."

Camila frowned. "What do you mean?"

Rose sighed, looking thoughtful. "You know what, I need your help. We need to sort through some old things in the attic. Maybe it will help you understand something."

"I don't have the strength for that right now," Camila said, shaking her head.

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"And I do, at almost 80?" Rose replied with a playful smile.

Despite herself, Camila smiled back. "Alright, I'll help."

Camila went up to the attic, the wooden steps creaking under her weight. The attic smelled of old books and forgotten memories. Dust particles floated in the air, visible in the sunlight streaming through a small window.

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She approached the boxes that needed sorting, stacked haphazardly in a corner. She opened the first box and began going through them one by one until something caught her eye.

Camila pulled out a stack of old diaries, the leather covers worn and fragile. She hesitated for a moment, feeling a pang of guilt at the thought of invading her grandmother's privacy. But curiosity got the better of her.

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She listened for any sound of Rose coming up the stairs, then carefully opened the first diary.

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The handwriting was neat and delicate, a reflection of the young Rose's meticulous nature. Camila's eyes scanned the pages, and she soon became engrossed in the stories of her grandmother's youth.

She saw her grandfather Tom's name mentioned frequently and learned that they had just been friends. As she read further, a new name appeared: Josh.

Today, I found out I'm pregnant. Josh has already left for duty, and I don't know how to reach him. I wrote a letter and sent it, but I'm scared he won't get it. I can't believe this is happening. Josh was my true and only love.

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Camila's heart ached for the young Rose. She flipped the pages quickly, eager to learn more.

Tom proposed to me today. He said he would be a father to my child. I don’t love him, but I agreed because I need someone right now. Living with someone I don’t love is going to be so hard. But at least my baby will have a father. I have already chosen a name, she will be called Olivia.

Camila's breath caught in her throat. Olivia was her mother. This meant that the man she had known as her grandfather was not her real grandfather.

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She felt a rush of emotions, confusion, sadness, and anger. She continued reading, her hands trembling.

Tom intercepted my letters to Josh. He wants me for himself, and I just found out. I'm furious. But what can I do now? Tom is a good father and husband, even though I don't love him.

Camila closed the diary, tears streaming down her face. She realized her grandmother had also lived an unhappy life, trapped in a marriage without love.

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She had stayed out of fear, just as Camila had done. She understood now that Rose's advice came from a place of deep personal experience.

Wiping her tears, Camila descended from the attic, clutching the diary to her chest. The old wooden stairs creaked under her feet, echoing the weight of her newfound understanding.

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Camila found Rose in the bedroom, sitting quietly. She walked over and sat beside her.

"Why did you never tell me about Josh?" Camila asked, her voice soft but insistent.

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Rose looked at her, pain in her eyes. "Because it was too painful to remember," she said.

"Does my mother know that Tom isn't her real father?" Camila asked.

Rose shook her head. "No one knows. Only Tom knew, but he's no longer with us. Now you know too," she replied.

"Why did you never try to find Josh?" Camila questioned, her eyes searching Rose's face.

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"Why haven't you left Colin?" Rose asked in return.

Camila was taken aback. "I..." She sat on the bed next to Rose. "Did you ever regret your choice?"

"Every day of my life I regret it. But I have you all, I have a family. I never regretted that," Rose said, her voice steady but filled with emotion.

Camila took a deep breath. "Let's find him."

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"Who?" Rose asked, confused.

"Josh. Let's find him," Camila insisted.

Rose looked hesitant. "Camila, so many years have passed—"

"So what? You know his name and some information. We can find him." Camila's determination was clear.

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"I don't even know if he's alive," Rose said, uncertainty in her voice.

"Aren't you curious to find out?" Camila asked, leaning in closer.

Rose paused, then smiled softly. "Alright, let's do it," she agreed.

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Camila took out her laptop and searched for Josh with the information Rose had given her. She typed quickly, her heart pounding with anticipation.

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After a few minutes of searching, she found out that Josh was in a nursing home a few hours away from them.

"Grandma, I found him!" Camila said, looking up from the screen. "He's at a nursing home, and it's not that far away!"

Rose's eyes widened. "Really? After all these years?"

"Yes. Let's go see him," Camila said, her voice full of determination. Rose nodded, her eyes filled with a mix of hope and fear.

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The next day, they quickly packed a few things and got into the car. As they drove, the landscape blurred past them. Camila's mind raced with thoughts of what they might find.

She glanced at Rose, who sat silently, deep in thought. They didn't speak much, both lost in their own reflections as they approached the nursing home, hoping for answers and closure.

Camila and Rose arrived at the home, feeling a mix of anxiety and hope. A friendly nurse greeted them at the front desk. Camila explained that they were there to see Josh and that Rose was an old friend.

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The nurse nodded and looked at her clipboard. "I'll take you to him, but I must warn you, he has Alzheimer's and remembers very little."

Rose took a deep breath and nodded. "Thank you."

The nurse led them down a quiet hallway to a small, sunlit room, where Josh sat in a chair by the window, staring out blankly. Rose approached him slowly, her heart pounding, while Camila watched from a distance, feeling the weight of the moment.

Rose took a deep breath and stepped closer to Josh. "Hi, Josh. Do you remember me?" she asked gently.

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"Rose," he interrupted her. "You haven't changed at all; your eyes still sparkle the same way."

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Rose smiled, tears welling up in her eyes. "Oh, Josh, it's been so long," she said softly, her voice trembling with emotion.

Camila watched them for a moment, then decided to give them some privacy. She left the room quietly and waited outside, lost in her thoughts.

A couple of hours later, Camila returned and found Rose still sitting with Josh, holding his hand.

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"It's late; we need to go," Camila said gently.

Rose looked up at her. "You go. I'll stay. There's a hotel nearby; I'll stay there tonight," she said firmly.

Camila nodded. "Alright," she said, understanding her grandmother's need for more time. She reached into her bag and took out Rose's diaries. "Maybe you'll want to remember something," she said, handing them to Rose.

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Rose took the diaries, her hands shaking slightly. "Thank you," she said, her voice filled with gratitude.

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Camila returned to the car and drove home, her mind racing with thoughts about the conversation she needed to have with Colin. She had made a decision; she didn't want to live her life like her grandmother had, filled with regret and unfulfilled dreams.

When she arrived home, the house was quiet. Colin wasn't there yet. She found the nanny who had been watching their daughter and thanked her for her help.

"You can go home now," Camila said softly. The nanny nodded and left, leaving Camila alone with her thoughts.

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Camila spent some time with her daughter, playing and reading stories, trying to push away the anxiety she felt about the upcoming conversation.

Her daughter’s laughter and smiles gave her strength. She knew she was making the right decision for both of them.

Colin returned home, as always, late. He walked in, looking tired and distracted. He had stopped apologizing for his lateness a long time ago, and tonight was no different.

Camila faced Colin, her heart pounding. "Is work still better than being at home with your family?" she asked.

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"Camila, you know I—" Colin began to explain, but she cut him off.

"I don't want to hear your excuses anymore. I'm filing for divorce," Camila said firmly.

Colin looked shocked. "What divorce? Let's talk about this."

Camila shook her head. "All we've done our entire marriage is talk. I can't remember a day we didn't fight."

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"You won't manage without me," Colin said, a hint of arrogance in his voice.

Camila's voice remained steady. "I'll have the chance to find out."

Colin smirked, aiming to hurt her. "You won't find anyone better, especially with a child. Who would want you?"

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Camila took a deep breath. "I'd rather be alone than spend my life with someone I don't love."

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Colin stared at her for a moment, then turned and left the house. "You'll regret this," he said over his shoulder.

But as the door closed behind him, Camila felt a wave of relief and peace wash over her. For the first time in a long while, she felt hopeful about the future. She wanted a life filled with love and happiness, and she was determined to find it.

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