Sample: Goose and Gander

Laughter spilled from Susan’s patio as Trip and Wren approached. A light breeze kept the warm evening air from becoming too muggy. It also scattered the moths and other bugs that usually swarmed Susan’s porch lights.

Trip squeezed Wren’s hand and she turned and gave him a smile. The goofy, madly self-satisfied smile she’d worn since she’d seen the ring. The same ring that now brushed his own fingers as they walked.

“Love you,” he said.

“Love you too.”

They turned the corner to find four nude people sitting around the patio table, laughing and drinking. Two mostly empty bottles of wine sat in front of them, along with a plate with some crackers, cheese, and fruit. Beth spotted them first, but David, Elizabeth, and Susan quickly followed her gaze.

“Well, hello,” Susan said warmly.

“Hi,” Trip said. His eyes darted to the other women, and then to David. “I hope we’re not intruding.”

“No, no, We’re just relaxing and catching up,” Susan said.

“I understand congratulations are in order,” Elizabeth said with a broad smile.

“Thanks,” Trip said “It’s still a bit of a dream.”

“Oh we know,” Susan looked at the other women and grinned.

“I’m still surprised she said yes,” Trip said.

“Of course I said yes,” Wren mock-protested.

“I’m lucky to have her,” he said.

“Hell, yeah,” David said.

“Would you like to join us, or are you here to talk about work?” Susan asked Trip.

“Work,” he said. “I thought we might get started on the demo for the cabins. It’s a little early, so I wanted to check with you first.” He held up the manila folder he’d brought.

“Do we need to spread out, or can I look at it here?” Susan asked.

“Spread out.”

“Let’s go inside,” she said. “We can take a look on the kitchen table.”

“And Wren,” Elizabeth said, “can tell us how you proposed.” She waggled her eyebrows.

Beth chimed in. “And what happened after.” She gave her husband a friendly leer.

Wren laughed. “Well, I didn’t attack him right away.”

“She waited a whole five minutes,” Trip said.

“Ha!” David said. “Even better.” He took a large drink of wine and gestured toward the empty chair next to him.

Beth chuckled and stood. “I’ll get some more wine. It sounds like we might need it.”

To be continued…

Cover for the book Friends and Benefits

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