And No One Stopped Them | Part 16

The Devastating News That Blew Up My World

And the fallout that sealed the deal

Liberty Forrest, Author
5 min readOct 24, 2021


There came a truly horrible day at Mrs. Jorgenson’s. I was getting ready to leave after my Saturday music lesson. She’d been unusually quiet that day with a far-away look in her eyes. It was the first time her mouth smiled but her eyes didn’t.

I couldn’t ask but I feared she was angry with me.

She had no criticism for me during my lesson; only praise so I hadn’t disappointed her. What is it then? What have I done? Why aren’t your eyes smiling at me today?

But she wasn’t telling.

I knelt by the door and put my shoes on before standing up and grabbing my jacket off the hook. That’s when she dropped the bomb.

“Well…” She hesitated. Uh-oh, here it comes. You’re mad at me, I just knew it!

“I hate to tell you this,” she went on, “but there’s nothing more you can learn from me. You need to take lessons from my teacher. She’s the best in the city,” she said, with an “I hope you understand” look in her eyes.

girl sitting on steps, head in her lap, obviously upset
Photo by Zhivko Minkov on Unsplash

But I didn’t. I didn’t, and I wouldn’t, not at all. “No! Please don’t make me go to someone else!” I begged. “I only want to see you!”

“But you can’t learn any more from me. You’ve got an incredible amount of talent. You’re capable of great things with keyboards and I would only hold you back.”

No! Never seeing you again would hold me back! Please don’t send me away!

“I can’t, in good conscience, keep taking your parents’ money when I’m not actually teaching you anything.”

I don’t care about the lessons! You’re teaching me what it is to feel a little bit special! Maybe even a little bit loved!

But of course, I couldn’t say any of that. “Please! You don’t understand!” I begged. Because she really didn’t.

“I know, change is always scary. But you’ll be fine. Honest. You need this.”



Liberty Forrest, Author

Award-Winning Author. Creator of “Witchy” cartoon. Spiritual Arts Mentor. Discover who you are, why you’re here, and how to follow that path.