TITLE: "Carey On"
GENRE: Women's Fiction
Quick background: Years before this scene takes place, Katie and Adam had a romantic relationship. It ended when Katie fell in love with Adam's best friend, Jay. For reasons too numerous to mention here (you'll have to read the book! LOL!), Jay has left Katie. This scene occurs when Adam, who is freshly divorced, shows up unexpectedly at Katie's house and finds her ruminating in the back garden. It's the first time the two of them have really talked since the break up of their love affair.
A brief shrug moved his shoulders. “Thanks, love. But it was going to happen. We should never have gotten married in the first place.” He turned his head toward her. “Now your turn.”
Katie lay back down, her hands on her stomach, and sighed. “I’m not okay.”
“I didn’t think you would be,” he said, his voice matter of fact. “You shouldn’t be.”
His was the first honest reaction she'd got since Jay decamped. She much preferred it to the constant refrain that she'd feel better in time, given in a tone usually reserved for those who've suffered the death of a loved one. She turned her head toward him. “Do you know where he is?”
“No, love, I’m sorry. I don’t.”
“Would you tell me if you did?”
He raised up on an elbow, and stared at her, his mouth open. “Of course I would, Katie! What do you take me for?”
“Sorry.” She shook her head. “I just have a hard time trusting anyone these days.”
Katie’s eyes darted to his face, but instead of peering down at her, he was looking across the garden toward the pool. Those ridiculous shades still hid his eyes, and she wished she could see his expression. “That’s all over and done with, Adam.”
He snorted, and waved a languid hand. “And yet the melody lingers on.”
“Not for me. Life’s too short for all that s***.”
His sunglasses looked down at her. “Really?”
She nodded. “Really.”