Brooke sighed and walked up to Jake.
There are all kinds of love, Jake, Brooke explained. Love of God. Love of
family. Love for
Country. There are all kinds of love. I never want to love another man the
way I loved Matthew.
That kind of love cant ever be
There was no stepping back for Brooke. She was moving forward. This
might just be a rest stop
on her journey.
It would be hard for her to move on, but Jake knew she would. Then it
would just be him again
alone in his own house.
How hard could this decisio
Hello, Jake, she said annoyed. Were driving to the airport in a few
I was talking to Jenny, he said and Brooke shook her head.
Good for you, she said sarcastically, checking to make sure she had
everything for the trip.
She mentioned she was
between the love of his life or his wife.
Sitting on the wet bed, Jake knew it would not be an easy decision. Brooke
was able to use the
word love again when talking about a relationship.
Jake needed to hear that sincerely from Jenny.
Except you didnt tell Jenny that the artist she was gushing over was your
That might be awkward cocktail conversation.
Pulling up to the house, Jake parked in front. There were suitcases in the
Jogging up to the open kitchen door, Jake
If Jake reverted back to his old relationship where he and his lover met for
good times alone with
no understanding of their future together, he knew Brooke would not
tolerate his inability to
make a decision.
Jake knew Brooke would make one of her own at
through the admiring guests. Jake didnt take offense at the men and
women staring at the
beautiful piece of work that was Jenny.
Im the agent, Jake heard the man say.
Following the agent, Jenny prepared to say something intelligent about the
She told me, that night in the hospital, he yelled back and Brooke was
She said that to you? she asked in amazement.
Yes, Jake replied confidently and calmed down.
Brooke wiped the water from her face and shook her body of excess water.
obligation or responsibility. Brooke would accept a payoff.
Unfortunately, Jake felt obligated by some form of guilt if he left the family
he joined together.
He was pulled between the two. He wanted Jenny, he wanted their
relationship to work and that
In the aftermath of her loss, Brooke knew she would never love another
man again the way she
loved Matthew. She didnt realize that she could find another level of love
with another man.
If Jake thought he was confused, Brooke had him beat. Attracted to Ja
not as a married couple, Jenny never had any intention of leaving the life
she craved. Jake was
wasting away and Jenny was living her life to the fullest extent.
Knowledge was not power. It ripped open doors of curiosity that could
never be shut again, la
in her presence.
Jake didnt mention his relationship or the fact that his wife was the artist.
Seeing Brooke successful, Jake didnt want to spoil her spotlight. For a
moment, before she
proclaimed to Jenny that she was beautiful and ran out the
Grandma got taken in an ambulance, he said, turning to Jake.
Backing out of the kitchen, Jake headed to the hospital. Parking illegally,
Jake raced inside and
was told he would have to wait. While he was pacing, an attendant came
out and led
resolution was to make sure she really couldnt see her lover. As long as it
was dark, she could
imagine she was still making love to Matthew.
Unfortunately, she had started caring for Jake. She had achieved a level of
caring for the man that
Rising, Jake saw that she was trying to speak and tugged at the facemask
pumping oxygen into
her weak body. Jake gently lifted the mask, not sure if he should, but she
seemed intent on telling
Her mouth moved, but Jake couldnt hear her.
Part of Jake had been defeated by her revelation.
There is no love at first sight, Jake, she lectured him. Until you got
married, you and I thought
the same way.
Jake lowered his head. Brooke had definitely changed him, but he still
wanted to be with Jenn
Curled up next to her mother on the full bed she had purchased so her
mother could be
comfortable while living in her home, Brooke was as scared as if she were
a child. The hissing of
the machines lulled her to sleep but she denied the urge to close her
Standing at the intersection where she turned down to show him her
townhouse, Jake stood just
He could have been in Jennys arms. Instead he was in the old part of town
asking his lover on a
Would Brooke see this as betrayal? They were livi
didnt see them together, nothing had changed in their marriage.
She didnt want to think about Jake. A committed husband would be there
to support her in this
time of need. She did not have a committed relationship.
Love again, her mother whispered weakly.
Shall we order? Brooke asked.
Declaring she was famished, Jenny told the waiter to ask the chef to make
Brooke was sure the meal was the most exquisite masterpiece she would
ever eat in her life, but
the conversation with Jenny
hadnt given into it yet.
Caressing his arm, Jenny placed her beautiful, gorgeous head on his
shoulder and he sighed.
Im going to Paris for a while, she said.
Jake was not surprised. This was part of their relationship. It was familiar.
When will you be ba
time and nothing more.
For a long time that was all he needed.
Jake felt as if he had suddenly realized there was more than dessert and
he needed some real food
to complement his meal. Dessert alone was not satisfying anymore. It was
title, Jake stood on the exact same spot.
His first thought back then was that he was alone. It was a peaceful
thought. His mother had been
nagging him about settling down. Before his father passed, he had urged
Jake to find someone
with whom to build a l
Sensing his confusion, Jenny hugged Jake and kissed him on the cheek.
Pressing her tall, thin
body to his chest, Jake felt her soft bosom pressed against him and he
couldnt believe he was
questioning his love for Jenny.
Leading her to a cab, Jake kissed h
head. Holding her breath, Brooke suppressed the tears and anger.
No, Jake, she said. Youre worried Im going to confront your girlfriend.
Like Im some angry
wife who feels betrayed. Do I care that youre seeing her? Yes. Does it
bother me that you cant
Can I say hi to grandma? he asked and Brooke lied and said she was
Fixing him breakfast, Brooke welcomed her mother-in-law and asked her
to join her in the living
I need you to take MJ to school, she requested. I need this to be a day
I own a consulting company and I spend most of my time here in Paris,
he said, looking around
his home. If Brooke lived in France, Michaels flat would have been
something she would have
chosen for herself.
What about your son? he asked quietly.
dropped the phone and ran out of the gallery.
Puzzled, Jenny looked at Jake and made a decision.
She looks normal, but shes clearly insane, she noted. I think Im going
to get a couple pieces,
shes going to be famous.
Jake wanted nothing more than to find
Pulling out a business card from his inside jacket pocket, Michael handed
her his card and
Congratulations, Brooke, he said as she took the card. Matthew would
have been proud.
Brooke closed her eyes and held her breath. She could not cry right no
It was her mothers dying wish for him to fulfill.
Her last words to him were for her daughter. She only wanted Brookes
happiness. When she had
pushed him away he thought he would miss his chance, but Brooke had
called and it was time for
him to support he