Outtake from current novel-in-progress 2015 to 2018
It had been preying on her subconscious for quite some time, but it wasn’t until she was getting ready for Suzie and Dom’s Millennium Eve party that it finally sunk in. All her friends were either married or in long-term relationships and had children. She was on her own and childless. Her solitary status was bad enough, but she had made things worse when, at the pinnacle of her career, she had allowed it to slide.
And what was she doing about her unsatisfactory existence? On the relationship front… nothing. Stuck in the countryside, the only unattached males in the vicinity fell into three categories.
- The ones she had known since childhood who still didn’t realise that, for numerous reasons, they were always destined to live their lives as solitary males.
- Those new to the area, who had been around the relationship block, often more than once, wandering around with glazed looks on their faces and carrying invisible truckloads of emotional baggage on their shoulders.
- As well as the widespread, predatory males, who frequently forgot they were married.
The thought of entering into another relationship was appealing, but she wasn’t desperate. She might still fantasise about waking up next to Tom every day for the rest of her life but that was never going to happen and she only had herself to blame.