Writing 101: Be Brief

She bent to pick up the paper that had been blown into the pachysandra. Oh, a letter:

and I’ve wanted to tell you for years that you have a son, but I couldn’t bring myself to call you since you married Helena.

The wind blew around her as she gripped the paper. “Is that what I had?” she thought to herself. “A son?” Her jaw and stomach clenched as she remembered the day she miscarried.

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