Chapter 02



“Seems ok now, I’m sure this last cold snap took care of that,” said Abby.  She removed her cap, scarf, and down vest and took the hot mug of coffee Brian offered her, “Thank you, nice and hot.”

Lily ran toward the den, kicking a few strewn wooden blocks in her wake, “Abby come with me!”

“No!  Come look at my room.  I got new bunks.  We can play sleepover,” said Andrew as he cast off his wool hat and mittens and tossed them onto the floor.

Brian grabbed the mittens off the floor, “Forget it, we’ve got to go.  You can see Abby later today.”  Brian turned an eye to Abby, “Sorry hon, we were just on the way out the door, trying to give my darling wife a little uninterrupted time to prepare for tonight’s festivities.”

“Oh God, I’m so sorry.  Happy Birthday Brian,” said Abby, “I nearly forgot.”

“Don’t sweat it.  I know you’ve got a lot on your plate right now.”  Brian leaned over and kissed her on the cheek.  He assumed things were tense at home with her father.

“Come on kids.  Let’s get to the pool before it gets too late,” said Brian.

“It’s started snowing.  Look Mom, it’s snowing,” said Lily as Brian shuffled the kids back out the kitchen door where large flakes were beginning to fall.

“Indoor pool?” asked Abby.

“Indoor pool at the community center, at the fairgrounds behind the Stone Tavern,” said Caroline.

“Willow Lake is booming, first fine dining at the reopened South Point Inn, now a community pool.”

“All the amenities of the city.”

“And the kids are getting so big.  I can’t believe it.  It seems like it was just yesterday you were out to here,” Abby made a circle with her arms far away from her belly.

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