Educating Ellie Ch. 01byEosphorus©
Ellie noticed the clock on the nightstand radio said it was nearly ten.
"Linda and the kids will be home soon," she said.
Garret walked her downstairs after they'd gotten dressed. He helped her with her coat and hugged her tight.
They kissed. It was neither passionate nor chaste, but somewhere in between.
"Sweet Ellie," he murmured. "Don't ever forget how special you are. Goodnight."
As Ellie drove home she was surprised to find tears welling up in her eyes. They were nothing like the sudden crying jigs of years past, though. They were tears of relief.
She felt reborn, her doubts and fears swept aside. At that moment, it was almost as though the past did not exist.
There was only the future.