Thirty years after their first affair ends a middle-aged couple tentatively begin a second coming-together. But now they are older, wiser, and understand more about relinquishing their independence. A novel of interest singles who’ve spent years alone. Can they find a compromise that will work for both of them?
Targeted Age Group:: 40+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
So many people are single yet crave companionship, or indeed an intimate relationship. But the older we get, the more we realize what is forfeited by accepting someone to share our lives. Compromise can be reached, but it is not an easy process. Can it ever work?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I based the characters on two real people I know, but they don't know of each other, then imagined the difficulties they may face by striking up a relationship. Of course, as the characters are developed, they become completely different from the ones who've first inhabited the author's head.
She receives a birthday card in a pink envelope, hand-written from her daughter, with a single X on the last line of the inscription. Nothing changes over the years, apart from a card’s design; a desertion of humor for a bunch of violets in a porcelain vase.
Her memories of birthdays long ago come bright with celebrations, unlike the promises of tomorrow that offer forlorn hopes to end her loneliness. She runs her fingers across the glass of a framed photograph of her two children when they were young; a hint of dust sits there, reminding her how time passes in the thick reality of nothingness. Only she will notice the dust as the daylight dances through her window; only her and her black cat who sometimes wanders on the furniture.
She stands the card on the sideboard next to the flowers she bought herself yesterday, maybe another card will arrive from her son, or perhaps he’ll fail to remember such an insignificant occasion. She hunches her shoulders and walks into the kitchen to stir the coffee she’d made before the postman arrived.
With cup in hand, she opens the rear door to gaze out to her garden where little has changed in the thirty-odd years she’s lived here. The same plants bloom year after year to bring a touch of color and a sign to say that life is passing her by. The plants thrive and do not appear to grow old.
She sips her coffee, tells herself that warmth from a man’s lips is a feeling long forgotten, something recalled in irregular dreams after she’s spent an evening with a bottle of wine. Oh, there’s been countless men, when in her younger days she knew how to flash her eyes and turn her knee provocatively in a crowded public house. A grin sweeps across her mouth as an image of one man comes to mind, but his name escapes her. Too many individuals to catalog; just a trail of failure like so many other women who in their prime do not realize that familiarity should be the for-runner to sex and not the other way around.
She tosses the content of the cup onto the Hebe bush which occupies a quarter of the garden, flicks one side of her hair to dispel negative thoughts from her mind, then she glances at the wall clock to see if it is time to leave. Five minutes, but what are five minutes when day after day minutes steal breath, wash ideas, and find the power to twist another wrinkle on the skin? Five minutes with a lover can shine through an age, but not make the lure of a bus stop exciting.
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