At this very moment, out in the kitchen, the love of Harry’s life is whipping up a mushroom omelet. He can hear the steady swish of the whisk in the earthenware bowl, the click of the Sebatier on the carving board, the whoosh of the gas, the roar of the skillet.
In goes the cream; onto the heat goes the batter. Add eight turns of freshly ground white peppercorns, a pinch of thyme, a double serving of duxelles, fresh mozzarella, chopped parsley, a few hearty shavings of pecorino Romano.
And soon, very soon, just as he knows she will, Sam appears in the bedroom doorway, a vision in sausage and pink chenille.
‘Tell me,’ she says, a few minutes later, cross-legged on the bed, knee pressed against Harry’s thigh. ‘Is this as far as we’re going, the two of us? Or can we do it one better?’
She slathers a generous slab of sweet butter over a hot biscuit.
Harry nearly chokes on an Agen prune.
‘Do you mean…?’ he sputters, playing for time, struck suddenly by a longing so deep it threatens paralysis. ‘You don’t mean … ?’
Their eyes meet …
Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast! Episode 29: Paradise!
Up next … Episode 31: Battenburg Lace!