Home Again ~ N.K. Wagner
Disaster struck. A horrible accident left a longtime friend homeless. His life had been flowing along swimmingly when his world shattered, a glass dropped in a kitchen sink. As the week progressed, I could tell he missed his two-story condo with its sunny panoramic lake views and wow-factor design.
"It'll be okay, Fred," I consoled over lunch -- a meal he barely nibbled in his increasing despair.
Unknown to him, I had a plan. I knew some people. With a little effort, we worked some magic.
By suppertime last night, Fred was darting from one side of his new home to the other. His whole body quivered in delight as he examined every inch in the golden light of the setting sun. I delivered his favorite supper, but he was too excited to eat, so I left him to settle in overnight.
I sat at the kitchen table this morning and drank coffee while Fred enjoyed a hearty breakfast. We watched each other while I sipped and he chewed. We didn't need words. His eyes spoke eternal thanks.
When he finished, he glided through his new domain, resplendent in royal blue and turquoise.
Fred Beta Fish was thrilled with his new bowl.
N.K. Wagner is the Publisher and Executive Editor of Page & Spine.