But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist.Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi.One year turned into five because she loved the job, the travel, the people.She'd still been working for the airline when Matt left for Iraq.
He said I wasn't the type to wallow and he'd be disappointed in me if I did. "And extremely good taste."There was a man on Vanessa's mind, he was the reason she'd found herself imploring Matt for help and blessings. They spent a lot of time talking about Matt; crying about Matt, lost in hours of sentimental remembering.
Her face lit up in delight as they walked in and she immediately reached for the baby. "I'll take him out to Walt while you get into a gown, how's that? And some male bonding, I suppose."Vanni had taken her place on the exam table, and Mel checked her heart, blood pressure, and got her in position for a pelvic. You had a wonderful delivery, Vanniyou're in excellent shape. "If you have anything you'd like to keep secret, you should consider moving to another town.""Matt's only been dead a few months, but he's been gone almost a year Mel, he wasn't on a business trip. I talked to him a total of three times, saw his face once on live video cam. It's been a really long time since"Mel touched Vanni's knee. Everything I've read, and I've read a lot about widowhood, says that when people enter new relationships relatively soon after losing a spouse, it indicates they had happiness in their marriage.
Being married was a good experience for them." She smiled."I didn't even know for sure I was pregnant when Matt left for Iraq last May. You wouldn't want to be as unprepared as your midwife. Believe me." She took a breath and ran a hand over her big belly. I remember when my sister said, ' I know widows who have remarried, and are happy.' I almost took her head off. I wasn't at all hopeful life could go on.""It sure went on for you," Vanni said."Boy howdy.
Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can considering he's been secretly in love with her for years.
Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on hima claim that will be tough to escape. Vanessa Rutledge stood in front of her husband's grave, her coat pulled tightly around her against the crisp March breeze, red hair billowing in the wind.
When you live in a place like Virgin River where the doctor's office only makes appointments on Wednesdays, it's a pretty good bet there won't be any waiting around. Mel had delivered little Matt right in Vanessa's bedroom and their bond had grown deep and strong. "I've been expecting this conversation," she said."How long was it?