By Joanna Trollope
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Bill stood by the window of his office, contemplating the blank view of the adjoining building it afforded, and rehearsed what he would say to Rosa. He had to be careful to adjust his tone to precisely the right pitch because even a hint of too much of anything might betray his uncomfortable knowledge that, for all professional and practical reasons, it should not be Rosa Boyd walking into his office to be sacked, but Heidi Kingsmill. The difficulty was that Heidi was an aggressive and volatile personality who had, five years before and by sheer fluke, brought the company one of its most reliably lucrative accounts.
And, if Ben wasn’t there to confirm her proper perception of herself in that way, what was she going to do about the future? What was she going to do about herself? ‘It’s awful,’ her sister, Vivien, had said on the telephone. ‘It’s just awful. You spend all these years and years developing this great supporting muscle for your children and then they just whip round, don’t they, and hack it through’. She’d paused, and then she’d said, in a cooler tone, ‘Actually, it’s not so bad for you because you’ve always got the theatre’.
But I can’t go from longing for Ben to be back to playing being just married all over again in a single seamless movement’. ’ ‘Perhaps he’s been waiting, all these years, to be other than on the edge of your peripheral vision’. ‘He liked family life, you know. He liked the children. He adores Rosa’. ‘Men love women,’ Vivi said. ‘Women love children. Children love hamsters’. ‘Oh, I know. I know’. ‘You just don’t know how lucky you are’. ‘Don’t start—’ ‘I have to remind you sometimes’. Edie leaned against the wall.
Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope