CHAPTER 1

I wake up Friday morning to the sound of birds chirping outside my window and the coffee maker.

Slipping on my fluffy slippers, I padded downstairs to the kitchen where my husband was making his cup of morning coffee.

"Morning," I yawn, slumping down in the nearest chair.

"Good morning, beautiful," he sang out and set a mug of steaming green tea in front of me.

"Mhmm" I lift my face and he plants a quick peck on my waiting lips.

"Why are you so cheery this morning?" I ask before yawning again.

"I'm showing a house to possible clients today. Big house, big price and the clients are looking good. Plus, it's Friday," he poured himself a cup of coffee and sat down in front of me.

"Ooh good for you," I smile encouragingly at him. "I can't wait 'till summer."

He laughed, "Erin! School just started!"

"Don't remind me," I stuck out my tongue before downing my cup. "Alright, I'm going to take a quick shower, want to join me?" I waggled my eyebrows at him and he laughed again.

"Mhmm I wish I could, I have to leave early today to get to the house on time. I'll see you tonight though," he came over, grabbed me around my waist and gave me a kiss to make my head spin.

"Mhmm it's a date then," I say before winking and heading off to the bathroom, "Good luck today!"

"Thank you!"

I quickly ran back up to our room and back into the bathroom.

After the shower, I stepped out and called out "Dave?"

No answer. He already left.

I shrug and make my way to the bedroom. It's 7:24, I have twenty one minutes to get dressed and get to school. I quickly slip on some jeans, a long sleeve white shirt, a coat and my boots. I add some mascara and head out the door with my bag.

After a quick drive I pull up in front of the teacher parking at Brown University. As I jump out I run into Molly Parker, fellow English teacher.

"Good morning, Erin," she calls out happily.

"Good morning, Molly," I say back, "How's it going? Is it me or are you glowing today?" I inspect her quickly. Her hair is down and she's wearing lipstick. Her hair is never down and she never wears lipstick.

Molly sticks out her left hand. There I see a gleaming diamond sitting proudly on her finger.

"Christian proposed!" she exclaims excitedly.

I'm momentarily stunned before I grab her in a tight hug and congratulate her. Christian, her boyfriend and now fiancée, have been dating for three years. They met after Dave and I had just gotten engaged. Molly and I have been friends since high school and Christian has known Dave since they were in diapers.

After a few minutes of a happy recounting of details from the previous night, we headed inside and went our separate ways to our classes. I sat down at my desk the moment the clock struck 8 and a stream of students filed in.

I bid them all a good morning before beginning where I let off in my lecture about Edgar Allan Poe.

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The day flew by faster than expected and before I knew it, it was the end of my last class. The hands of the clock ticked and 6:00 came to relieve me as well as my students.

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