Today on Sneak Peek Sunday, I’m sharing another snippet from A Cowboy’s Heaven, part of COWBOY UP 2, a boxed set to be released in March….
She shifted away from his scrutiny and headed to the coffee maker by the sink. As she dumped aromatic grounds into the filter basket and filled the pot with water, she swallowed. “My husband died fifteen months ago.”
She sensed more than heard him come over to the long island that separated the space between them. “I’m sorry.” At the compassion ringing in the deep timbre of his voice, she looked over her shoulder at him. He looked down at his hands. “I lost my wife a little over a year ago, too.”
“It’s a bitch.” She looked out the kitchen window. The first flakes of snow were drifting in the air. Although she had to get back out with the boys and get those cattle down the mountain, she couldn’t move. Katie never talked about the pain she’d felt since Jimmy’s death, but this stranger made her want to divulge all of her hurt and fear. She turned and leaned on the sink. The only sounds were the refrigerator fan and the gurgling of the brewing coffee. “Jimmy had pancreatic cancer. It was discovered too late for any successful treatment, and he only lived six months after getting the awful diagnosis.”
He looked up. “Christine was killed in a car accident on her way to work at the hospital last June a year ago. A tractor trailer truck cut her off, and she lost control of her car on the highway. She ended up going over the grassy median and hitting another truck going south. We’d just moved back to the Johnstown area after I got out of the Army. She was also a doctor, a surgeon.” He swallowed hard, and his lips thinned as if he didn’t like talking about his wife’s death and didn’t quite understand why he was blabbering now.
“You loved her a great deal.” Somehow she knew this as truth.
Nodding, he captured her gaze and held it. “I did, but I know holding onto the past isn’t good. Christy would hate that I stopped living after her death.” He shrugged one shoulder. “I moved out here for a fresh start.”
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