Today's Boomer Lit Friday excerpt is from Chapter 2 of THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX, the story of best friends Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein, two boomer women trying to break free of the “happily ever after” fairy tale myth of their childhoods.
The phone woke her. Leah reached for the receiver. “Hello,” she whispered as she lifted her head to see the clock.
“Good morning! Did I wake you?”
“Yes. No. I don’t know…Doug?”
“I’m in a cab on my way to the airport, and I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to call you later. I wanted to tell you how good it was to see you last night.”
Leah sat up.
“Leah, are you there?”
“Yeah. I just don’t know what to say.”
“I really enjoyed seeing you.”
“Well, I didn’t enjoy it.”
“Maybe you and I were sitting at different tables, but the guy I was with told me he wasn’t ready to leave his wife and kids. What happened at your table?”
“Leah, you knew from the beginning that this was a difficult situation. I told you—”
“And I told you that I don’t share.” Her voice rose and Leah began to shake. “Did you think we could go on this way?”
“Leah, you’re breaking up. I’m at the airport. I’ll call you later as soon as I can.”
“I’m breaking up all right. Good-bye, Doug.” She slammed the receiver down.
Will this really be the end of something Leah never should have started? Find out...
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