Chapter 11: Chapter 11
Hmm, I think Charlie is becoming clearer. I think the most impulsive act she ever did was leave Alex. I feel like once she left them she didn't think she was worthy of coming back. Everything for Charlie would have to be aligned just right for her to make an appearance in their lives. I also believe it is forgotten that she was an orphan in foster care and was tossed around til her last foster care parents took her in and placed conditions on their approval and to stay with them. Outside of Alex's family she has no one. Why would she believe they would care about her when she left their son. She knows what she did was wrong and she is unsure of her place at this time in this family that she hurt. I don't struggle with mental illness but everyone I've heard state it isn't a rational, logical condition. She has to live with the consequences of her actions. Sometimes the best action for a kid is to not be around a parent that is incapable of giving them what they need. We see it everyday saying this person doesn't need to be a parent. Do I absolve Charlie for her actions, Hell nawl, but I think I understand better now.
As for Vanessa. She walked into that last conversation. She pushed and pushed and it backfired on her. She should have known something when he didn't file for divorce citing abandonment. She should not have confronted Charlie because that was not her place nor should this have happened at a child's birthday party. Her issues are with Alex and Alex alone. He broke up with you, move on, figure out a way. In all honesty, no matter what he said, she would be the one hurt. There was no way out of it. Alex is torn between a new love and an old one who broke him. I wouldn't want to be in his position either.
overall, ready for more.
How are things? I hope you're enjoying this new story of mine and your review is great. You've touched on Charlie's life in care which does play an important role in why she did what she did (this is coming in the next chapter) and I understand your stance on not giving her a full pass on leaving her family, but you can understand why she may have. Your point about mental illness is unfortunately true; it isn't rational and the decisions made when a person is suffering from such an illness don't always make sense to people who aren't in their shoes. I like your assessment of Alec, being torn between an old and new love, and Vanessa does get the short end of the stick in this situation.
As always, thanks for reading and your review.
Reviewer: lajack1 Signed
Date: June 20 2016