With both parents gone, the Sample triplets made excuses to spend more time together. Sky struggled with a sense of being lost. How would she know if she was being a good person without Mom or Dad to advise her?
The days were gray and blended into one another. Sky didn’t call any rehearsals with Ghostwriter. She tried to get a grip on her feelings the way Dad used to, with a bit of meditation. Sometimes it did leave her feeling calm for a while, but it didn’t last.
Sometimes she could hear Leah in the bathroom, engaged in some sort of long conversation with herself. When she asked her wife what she was talking about, Leah shut up and wouldn’t discuss it.
The wedding was casual, more like one of Garry’s legendary soirees that led him to miss so many rehearsals. If he weren’t a brilliant bassist, Sky would had to kick him out of Ghostwriter a long time ago.
The last couple of Ghostwriter rehearsals had just been Sky and Adam.
“Why did she do this to us? We were so happy!”
“You are so brave for trying so hard,” Plum said. “I don’t know how to overcome a breach of trust like that.”
And she wasn’t kidding. Plum had kicked Xia Wu out of the house shortly after she’d learned about Abby from Leah.
“She’s my love,” Leah said helplessly. “She’s my happily ever after. I can’t be with her, and I don’t know how to live without her.”
“Don’t try to solve it all at once,” Plum said sagely. “Just stay for dinner and take some time to unwind.”
“I think I’d go crazy without you, Plum.”
She followed Plum through the elaborate Castle Marmalade sitting room and stopped to send a text to Sky to say that she wouldn’t be home.
Well, she was done playing supportive housewife. If Leah wasn’t coming home, she was going to go out and have fun on her own.
Hunter and Eliana were happy to watch Abby and Dylan.
The renowned magician Echo Weaver was performing at Coffee Under the Sea that night. Sky decided to buy a last-minute ticket.
Echo did turn out to be a good showman, and Sky was able to forget about life for a little while.
Afterward, she was recognized by February Callender. “You’re Sky Sample? Of Ghostwriter?? I go to all your concerts!”
It was so nice to feel like a celebrity.
At some point, enough was enough.
Sorry guys. I gave them a chance, and it just wasn’t happening. Sky has Commitment Issues, and Leah is a Hopeless Romantic. Plum is a Friendly Hopeless Romantic. Once Leah and Plum met, it just seemed impossible for Leah to compromise for a relationship that was never going to be what she imagined.