The Men… Chapter 2 Continued From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to the continuation of my first novel, The Men In & Out of Her Life.”  Grab your coffee and let’s get back to this “casual date” that Lacey’s on. It was one of those kind of dates that was set up by friends because everyone seems to think that the only way to be happy is to have someone! 🙂

They’ve just had a fun-filled day on the slopes and now they are all enjoying dinner. Lacey is somewhat sidetracked in her thoughts as she talks about the important “boy” in her life, her son Jake.

Jim’s voice surfaced above the memories. “I’d love to take him and Adam boarding sometime.”

Lacey turned her attention to him, touched by the offer. “I’m sure they’d love it and I bet they could almost keep up with you.”

“Doug’s told me that they love to board the half-pipe and that they’re pretty good at it. They probably could teach me a thing or two.”

“They still need someone to pull the reins in on them, though,” Doug said to his friend. “They can be a little too daring up there. They scare the heck out of me sometimes.”

“I can’t even watch them,” Martha said, her tone so full of exasperation that everyone laughed. The rest of the dinner conversation was lively and animated as Martha and Lacey shared stories about Adam and Jake’s shenanigans.


On the way home, Lacey slipped into a comfortable silence as Doug, Martha and Jim talked about plans for a boys’ day on the mountain. Lacey listened as the conversation switched to politics, Doug’s favorite subject, and the Christian Coalition, a group that Doug was very active in. She listened for a few minutes and then her mind wandered to Jake’s homecoming tomorrow, the things that she needed to get done before he came home. When they pulled up into her driveway, Jim offered to walk her to her door.

“That’s okay, really,” she declined with a big smile. “But thank you.” She opened the door and got out and walked quickly to her front door.

Doug’s lights shone right on the lock of her door. She put her key in, unlocked the door, turning to wave after she pushed it open. She watched the headlights pull out of the driveway before she closed the door. She let out a sigh of tired contentment and headed up the stairs to get ready for bed.

Minutes later, she pulled the covers down and arranged her pillows all the way down the opposite side of where she slept. Her last thought before drifting off to sleep was the realization that she hadn’t even thought about the possibility of Ian calling her.

Wow, have you ever done that; got so immersed in the moment that you were able to let go of thoughts that had previously consumed you? I love when that happens. That is the end of Chapter 2. I was wondering if I should keep going and give you a little more, and I think I will, so… May you stay in the moment today and come back tomorrow for the beginning of Chapter 3!





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