What can YOU say in six sentences?
The morning is bursting with spring—warm, sparkling, and full of honeysuckle scent—but she is alone, sitting on her porch, drinking her third cup of coffee, and imagining the final hours of this day.
She is at the end of the third month of a trial separation—his idea, her surprise—though she was never sure what the trial part was all about since there was never a deadline, tacit or not, for when or how it might resolve. She looks at people passing by, going about their business, happy seeming, and for a moment she pictures how sad she must look to them.
Her husband is coming by tonight to discuss something of importance (his words) with her. She is sure what it is: his desire to sever the ties and get on with his life. But she will say it first, and all her life she will relish the surprised look on his face.