Chapter 39

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Caroline had just put the twins to bed when her phone rang.  The call was expected.  Brian had gone over to the studio earlier in the day to check on part of the order and spoke to Nathan.  Nathan told him that Will had taken Abby to Fremont to catch the train.  Caroline had asked Brian not to mention to Mitch that Abby had gone until she had a chance to speak to her.  Brian told Caroline that Mitch would want to know why Abby had left so abruptly.  She was expected to stay through the week.  Caroline assured Brian that Abby leaving must have something to do with Will.  Abby’s issues always had something to do with Will.

By fortune, Brian did not have to mention anything to Mitch as Mitch had made himself scarce for the day.  Caroline had waited for the call that she knew would come.

Leaving Willow Lake quickly was typical of Abby, not saying goodbye was not, especially to Caroline and the twins.  When Caroline picked up the phone apologies for the quick exit came first.

“I’m really sorry,” said Abby.  “I just had to get out of there.”

“I understand completely,” said Caroline, “if you needed to get away from Will then that is what you had to do.”

“I’m not sure what to think now.  He really caught me off guard.”

“You just need some time to process.”

“You think?”

“I do.”  Caroline set Abby at ease then quickly changed the topic, “But it wasn’t right to leave Mitch hanging like that no matter what the circumstances.  It’s not only unfair to Mitch to leave without saying goodbye, but unfair to you too.”

“Why do you say that?”

“You just let a great guy, the right guy, slip through your fingers.  Besides, it’s just cruel of you not reaching out to him and letting him know that you were going back to the city.  I mean…  He is so sweet.”

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