Juliet is happy with her life. She is 38, has been divorced for a decade, has a fulfilling career, a good home, and two wonderful children. She learnt a few tough lessons from her marriage, a few tougher ones from her divorce. She has learnt to be independent, and she has made herself happy.
But every Christmas, she goes back to Vermont, to her family, for the holidays. Juliet had a privileged childhood, but one without warmth. Her family approved of her marriage. It was a good match. They disapprove of her divorce. Even after a decade, they cannot accept that it was the right choice for her.
Michael lives only a few blocks away from Juliet, but it might as well be a different world. He is a teacher who takes students from rough, hopeless neighborhoods under his wing and tries to give them hope. A widower, his daughter used to be his entire world. When she got married so young and moved to Vermont, Michael felt as if a piece of his heart had left him. He is looking forward to spending the holidays with his baby girl.
Both find something far more than they had bargained for when they walk into a shop, looking for gifts for people they loved, and found each other. Michael sees his fantasy turn into reality when he sees Juliet. Juliet feels that undeniable connection. But Juliet isn't looking for a man. She has been burnt once. She doesn't want to risk her heart again, especially with an instantaneous, potent connection like what she felt for Michael in just a few minutes.
But when it comes to destiny, does either of them have a choice, after all?
©2015 Terrence Wood (P)2016 Terrence Wood