Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Was that the watch she’d gotten him for Christmas?

Zoe, in between Brayden and Alex at the dining table, couldn’t stop sneaking glances at her husband. He was really, truly there. Shocked at first, angry and confused, as she settled into her emotions, she realized how much she’d missed him.
He didn’t eat very much, she noticed. A few slices of chicken, a roll. Salad without dressing. A small portion of the eggplant that he’d probably added to his plate to be polite. Long fingers held the knife and fork. Was that the watch she’d gotten him for Christmas? Where was his wedding ring?
She sipped her water, wishing she’d thought to pour a glass of white wine with dinner. Chocolate brown hairs on his forearm turned golden in the overhead light. She hadn’t been able to stop herself from touching his back earlier. It had felt so good but she knew that he was here for a reason he had as of yet to disclose.

Excerpt from Returning Home by the Sea by Traci Hall
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