Chapter 17



Caroline made her way to the sofa and let herself sink back into the soft white pillows.  The children had been fed and sent off to school, the first wave of office calls were already finished, and Brian was out on errands.  Now came the time she had been anticipating.  Caroline dialed the Bellen house.  As the phone rang, she kicked off her slippers and put her feet up.

Abby picked up the phone, “Hello.”

“Hi, Dear.”

“Hi, good morning.  You’re up early enough.”

“Early, half the day has gone by already.  Wait until you have kids,” said Caroline.

“I’m sure,” said Abby, “I was up quite early myself.”


“Him and the universe.”

“Oh, so how was your day yesterday?”

“What do you mean?”

“What do you mean, what do I mean?  Don’t be coy.  I already talked to Mitch this morning,” said Caroline.

Abby was on the cordless phone, relaxing with a tea, and still gazing out onto the lake as she had been since early this morning.  Upon hearing Mitch’s name, Abby’s voice went up a pitch and she curled her legs up under her.

“Really?  So, what did he have to say?” asked Abby.

“Well, he said that he was happy you came by, and that he enjoyed showing you the house, and that you two had an interesting conversation.”

“What else did he say?”

“Not much, except that he would like to see you again.”

“He did not,” Abby straightened her neck from the current angled position.

“Well, not directly, but when I said the kids and I were going to go watch Mitch and Brian’s hockey game later he asked if you were coming.”

“He did, eh?” asked Abby.

“He sure did,” said Caroline.

“What’s this hockey game all about?”

“A bunch of the guys get together every week and play hockey, it’s just an excuse for them to drink beer.  A lot of us go and cheer them on.  It’s a lot of fun.  You’ll enjoy it.”

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