We decide to take the walk before dessert.
I check in with Kat to make sure she's all right with her movie. She teases me by making a kissing sound when she waves.
Outside the house, the night is dark under the overcast sky. Clouds had moved in late that afternoon, a ceiling beneath the stars. Low mushroom lights direct us along the stone walkway to the dock.
We walk there in silence, reaching the end where I take off my sandals and sit down to dangle my feet in the water. Sam takes off his running shoes, rolls up the bottoms of his jeans and sits down next to me.
"It's amazingly warm," he says.
"It is." I run my fingers through the water, flick some at him.
"Hey," he says, and splashes me back.
I laugh. "Do you remember that time we got caught out in a thunderstorm on the boat?"
"You mean the one where I thought we were going to die?"
"Yes. That one," I say. "I thought the waves were going to come inside the boat."
"I think they might have, if we hadn't gotten to a dock and taken shelter under the porch of that house."
"Thank goodness the owners weren't home."
"I felt bad for having you out there," Sam says. "You kept telling me the storm was coming, but I wanted to ski just one more time."
"Me the pessimist. You the optimist."
"Probably more like you were the smart one and I was the dumb one."
I laugh. "Hardly." We sit quiet for a few moments while a boat hums by somewhere out on the lake beyond us.
Title: Blue Wide Sky
Author: Inglath Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
First love. . . forever love.
Sixteen-year old Gabby Hayden wasn’t the kind of girl who gave a hoot about boys. She had a few real loves. Water-skiing, going out on Smith Mountain Lake with her dad and her dog. Anything else ranked a distant second. Until the summer smart, caring, gorgeous Sam Tatum gave her his heart. It had been the most wonderful time of her life, lazy days hanging out at the dock, skinny-dipping at midnight, staring up at the stars from the back of Sam’s truck.
They are planning their future together when Sam’s father is transferred to South Africa. Devastated, Gabby and Sam promise to wait for each other during the two years before he returns for college. But lonely and angry, Sam makes a mistake that will change the course of both their lives.
Years later, an unexpected diagnosis brings Sam home to his parents’ house on Smith Mountain Lake where he believes he can find peace and acceptance. What he finds, however, is the girl he once loved, now a woman unwilling to lose him again, a woman who will make him realize that both love and life are worth fighting for.
RITA AWARD WINNING AUTHOR INGLATH COOPER writes books that aim to give her readers a mini-vacation. A stretch of time during which they can visit other places and other people’s lives. Her books have reached the top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestseller list, with Truths and Roses hitting #11.
Inglath Cooper’s Nashville series became a reality after she spent time in Music City, writing lyrics with other songwriters. She fell in love with the community and gets to revisit regularly through her characters.
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