Chapter twenty-nine


Abbey wiped the dried pop puddle from the counter.  Mitzi had called in with the flu two days straight.  Abbey was on her second sixteen hour shirt in a row.  She was exhausted.

Gordon, being the sweet gentleman as always, drove her the few blocks between the diner and her apartment.  She texted Sloan as much as she could through the two marathon work days.  From the few texts they exchanged she could tell he wasn’t pleased she wasn’t coming over.

Abbey hummed to herself as she cleaned the counter and straightened the objects on top of it.  Before long she unconsciously added words to her made-up tune.

“Hum da da dum…da da do…bubbly beautiful butterflies bouncing from tulip to tulip…”

Abbey froze with her wash rag in midair.  She just sang a line from her second book!

Abbey scrambled to find piece of paper and a pen as she quietly chanted the sentence over and over to herself.  The paper she found barely touched the counter before she started scribbling the words on it.

She stepped back and stared at her meager work proudly.  She slipped her cell phone out of her apron pocket and tapped on it.

“I remembered a line from the book,” she typed rapidly with her with her thumbs.

Abbey waited silently as she stared at the screen.  She knew a response wouldn’t take long.  Although the recipient of her text was deeply involved with a multi-million project on the other side of the country, he always stopped what he was doing to text her back.

Sure enough, it was only seconds before her phone display popped to life, the picture of Sloan she took when he wasn’t looking staring back at her.  She pressed on the picture to read his response.

“That’s fantastic, Luv.  I knew you’d find it inside you.  I’m proud of you.”

Abbey’s smile tripled in size at Sloan’s message as a warm feeling flooded her.  She slipped her phone and the paper she scribbled on back in her pocket and started to clean again.


About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

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