After Veronica’s little freezing incident, it wasn’t a big surprise that a cold winter was coming. It descended on the Sample house almost overnight, bringing beautiful snow and ice with it.
Veronica set Charles and herself up with a bedroll in the basement, which was hardly living in the style they had become accustomed.
Veronica was spending more time at a desk processing research and less time out in the field these days, but she relished her field assignments when they came.
And there were always new discoveries to be made.
Ghostly snow prints in the kitchen….hmmm….
Eventually the nagging cold combined with Charles’s wanderlust. Charles booked tickets
And the two swinging seniors escaped to France for a long vacation.
It had been a long time since they’d had so much time to spend on each other. What to do first?
The hotel had trouble with random people wandering into hotel rooms, but the elder Samples didn’t particularly care if rude people got a show.
The skies were so dark in Shang Simla that you could see the stars in a way you simply couldn’t at home.
Around the town, Charles even happened to run into his old flame.
After so many years, the spark was still there with Berthe. But they had their own lives and were too wise to do anything about it.
She did invite him back to her house, however, and they enjoyed a nice afternoon of tea and catching up on each other’s lives.
And then there were adventures.
If Charles was losing his touch, he wasn’t going to admit it to anyone, even himself.
But he did take some breaks in between scorching flame traps and sleeping gas traps to enjoy the simpler things in life.
Meanwhile, Sky tried to reconcile herself to domestic life. What was it that mothers did, anyway? They probably had to be able to cook healthy, nutritious meals for their offspring.
Wow, it probably wasn’t supposed to smoke.
All, right, her child was just going to have to live on pizza.
When the doorbell rang, Sky fully expected it to be pizza delivery. Instead, to her shock, it was Leah.
“C-come in,” Sky stammered at the door. “It’s freezing out there.”
“Yeah,” Leah said. “I think I need a heavier coat!”
She stepped inside, stomping the snow off her shoes.
“I, I thought maybe I should give you some space,” Sky ventured.
Leah nodded. “Yeah, that was probably a good idea. I had a lot to think about.”
“I swear I’m not lying to you,” Sky said. “It’s really your baby. I didn’t cheat on you.”
“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking,” Leah said. “And I’ve decided to trust you. I mean, who could make this stuff up?”
“Leah!” Sky threw herself into her girlfriend’s arms. “You’re amazing!”
“I love you so much,” Leah breathed.
“And we’re having a baby!”
Not the best organized post, but what I had to work with was kind of eclectic. I couldn’t NOT post Veronica on the bannister.