The third Sunday of every month is open house brunch at the Sheppard home. Travel circumstances leave Tom Hayden accepting an invitation from a stranger. One look at his hostess Corin with her husband unlocks buried emotions, reinforcing his failures.
Leaving her is difficult, but he has no other option, taking with him the first line of a new song: She’s another man’s love, she’ll never be mine. When the situation changes, the reality of their destinies must be put in perspective. Can Corin move forward without guilt? Will the reality of their relationship spoil the dream they’ve been fantasizing about?
"You have to be the most obstinate woman I've ever come in contact with!" He let out an exasperated breath and tried to control the anger and fear his voice didn't hide. There was a protracted silence before she finally spoke.
"I can fix that for you," she whispered. "Don't call again, Tom. It's that simple. I'm responsible for myself and to myself. And if you haven't already figured it out, I don't like being second-guessed!"
"Jeez, Corin," he tried, but she cut him off.
"My cell is running low; I need to save the batteries. I'm fine Tom; nothing is going to happen to me."
"I'm not saying you're incapable, I'm just questioning if it's a wise idea to stay there during a major hurricane. If Rand was still alive..." Again his voice had risen and he instantly put himself in check. He could picture her face as clearly as if she stood before him. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to bring him up, but he told me he had to literally pick you up and carry you to the truck during the last storm. You left for him. Corin, please, do this for me?" It was a dirty, low-down way of going about it, but he was that overwhelmed.
"If Rand were alive we wouldn't be having this conversation." Her statement dared him to dispute her words and he knew better. After another deafening silence she went on. "Tom, I appreciate your concerns, but I'm fine. I really have to go; I have some ... details to handle before I lose daylight." It was a stand-off.