* It is the month of November, and everything is quiet around the Howland home.
* For Abby, things are too quiet.
* Her oldest children are away at boarding school in New Orleans, while the younger two are getting ready for supper.
* Abby waters the geraniums, while noting the changes in the front yard and the fence.
* She doesn't want to replace the fence because she wants to remember what has happened.
* Abby reveals that she's fighting an entire county.
* Although alone, she's not afraid.
* Still on the porch, Abby watches the night come as moths fly around the porch light, and beetles flip onto their backs.
* It's revealed that the porch she's standing on was built by her great-great-great-great grandfather.
* She listens as her two younger children play in the house.
* Abby was a child in this house, too.
* It was nicer at that time.
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