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In our previous installment, Maeve had taken a leap into a new relationship with a co-worker, and afterwards wondered if she would later regret it. Excerpted from my WIP Interior Designs.
When she walked through the back door from the garage a half-hour later, she glanced around. As if her house might have noticed her absence and protested in some way. She was always a little bit worried that the house would “act up,” with a mini-flood or some kind of general disarray that might be awaiting her. Even though nobody had been at home while she was gone, she greeted her house with uneasiness.
Everything was in order, but there was a blinking light on her answering machine. She pushed the button, listening to each message. There were three: one from Buzz, saying that he would be returning the kids on Saturday evening around six; another message from her mother, asking her to lunch on Sunday; and a message from Martha.
She grumbled after listening to Buzz’s message, which meant that her lunch with Brody could not lead to an elongated day and evening. Next she pushed the button on Martha’s message, and then, after hearing it, called her friend. “Hi, Marty,” she greeted her. “What’s up?”
“Oh, you sound mysterious,” Martha laughed. “I’ll bet you have an adventure to tell me about!”
“You’ll never guess who I spent the night with,” she sighed blissfully. “But before I go there, you must have news of your own. What gives?”
As they each shared their respective stories, Maeve leaned back onto the sofa in her family room, curled up her feet beneath her, and almost—but not quite!—purred like a satisfied kitten.
“Maybe exciting romantic moments await us,” Martha murmured, her voice sounding cozy and ecstatic at the same time.
“Who knew? Well, our Internet thing didn’t work out the way we expected, but instead, we have these two guys: one from your past, and one from my present. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of Brody first, and instead went through that whole web search deal.”
“So what’s next?”
Maeve could picture her friend, leaning into the phone as she waited for more details, and laughed.
After a few more minutes of chitchat, they said their good-byes.
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