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Our romantic short stories are designed to take our readers away for about a half hour. They are complete stories unto themselves and aren’t related to each other. That means that you can duck into our Reading Room for a quick escape any time, and make it back to your real life before anyone knows you’ve gone.
When Love Calls
by Ronnie Dauber
I hung up the phone and returned to my bedroom to put on the new gown that I’d purchased a few weeks earlier. It was a cobalt blue, chiffon dress with a low cut bodice that would show off just a little more than my new gold heart pennant. Jack didn’t know about it so I knew he’d be thrilled when he saw me in it, since blue was his favorite color on me. I left my dark hair loose so it would grace my shoulders just the way he liked it. My makeup was on, I was dressed and the only thing left was to wait for Jack.
The clock in the hallway chimed six o’clock, and I waited excitedly for him to come bursting through the front door. I waited and I waited, and with each minute that ticked by another hair on my neck stood up. Where was he?
In Memory of The Love of My Life
In my mind, there’s no reason I can’t accomplish everything I set out to do. And in my experience, this is pretty much the case. But I am finding that my experience never included any of the lessons I’ve had to learn over the past five months since the sudden passing of my husband, Paul. Life is very different now.
Of course, I am strong; I have five kids to worry about, an estate to settle, and an entire community to support as Paul was a beloved teacher and very friendly guy. So far, I’ve managed very well, and am sure he would be quite proud of me.
But if I’ve learned nothing these past few months, the one thing that has set itself in stone is my need to look after myself. I am trying to keep up with everything, including Romantic Shorts, but am realizing that if I don’t take some time to myself, I won’t be able to keep this up much longer. The household and estate matters are almost settled. The kids are managing well. The waters around me are calming. And, finally, after all this time, the tears have started. And I don’t seem to be able to turn them off.
I’ve decided to step back for a bit. Breathe. Remember. Heal.
I’d like a couple weeks to just let things coast, but I think a couple months will be a little more realistic. So I’m taking the summer.
I am strong. And I am a fighter. And I really have never been able to sit still for long. I will be back. Just give me a minute.
To all my readers, followers, friends, and especially my writers, thank you for your understanding and overwhelming support. Drop me line on Facebook. Tweet a quick hello. I’d love to hear from all of you. But for now, I just need some time to miss Paul.
I’ll see you in September.
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