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Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday

It’s that time again! Time for another installment of 8-Sentence Sunday. This week, I’m continuing with the scene from Sex and the Widow Miles. Julie is finding her way in Chicago, making friends, volunteering at a battered women’s shelter, and also spending time with the handsome guy from across the hall, Will Brody. But she is still devoted her dead husband, which is creating quite a stumbling block for Will, who’s falling in love with her.  In this scene, they’re sharing supper and Julie’s amazed to find herself attracted to Will when she believed she’d belong to Charlie forever.

Charlie was with me. I felt him near all the time. I knew he approved of my moving to Chicago for the winter, and I sensed his support of my volunteering at the shelter…. Some nights, I talked to him, telling him about my day volunteering at the shelter or my visit to the new therapist or even that I’d found a new restaurant or an interesting shop. I could pretend he was just a few steps away in the bathroom or changing in the closet. When I was alone, I drew comfort from my memories and the sense that he’d always be with me. The therapist said it was perfectly normal to think, Oh, I’ll have to tell Charlie about this, or, Wouldn’t Charlie think this was hilarious? After being with someone for over thirty years, wanting to share your life with them was natural. But Dr. Jardin also encouraged me to find new friends, so that’s exactly what I was doing with Sarah Everett, the other volunteers at the shelter, and of course, Will Brody.

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