by Helen Louise Brady from Miranda James' Cat in the Stacks series
After college I went off to law school in the east, Charlie and Jackie got married and moved to Texas so Charlie could go to library school. We gradually lost touch, though occasionally we ran into one another when we all came home to Athena to visit family. I graduated from law school, practiced law for over fifteen years, decided I'd had enough, and off I went to Paris to do what I really wanted to do in the first place -- learn to cook French food and especially French pastries.
Fast forward to the past three years, when Charlie moved back to Athena after Jackie's death. I'd come back to Athena and opened the bakery I'd always wanted to have, and it was doing even better than I'd hoped. Charlie came back into my life, along with his beautiful Maine Coon cat, Diesel.
I'm not sure which one I fell in love with first, Charlie or Diesel, but I adore them both. Funny how you suddenly look at someone you've known all your life and see him in a completely different light. Fortunately for me, Charlie loves my food -- especially the gateau au chocolat. He's had a hard time after Jackie's death, because they were so deeply in love. He's doing much better now, and I believe he's finally willing to acknowledge the attraction between us. Can't wait to see what happens...