I just thought I'd share something I'd written today! This is the sequal to the book I've been working on the last several months.
“We found him! Ivy, we found him!” Sterling Bennett’s boomed as he stalked across the foyer of Bennett Manor.
“That’s wonderful!” Placing a paper in her book to mark her place she carefully rose to her feet. Her movements were hindered by her growing belly as she would give birth again within the next several months. “Where did they find him?” she asked as her husband wrapped his arms around her and kissed her soundly.
“At my grandfather’s estate in the Red Hills to the north.”
“Why would he be there?”
Sterling shook his head and laughed. “After some extensive research I discovered those lands were bequeathed to him as an inheritance upon my grandfather’s death. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.” He chuckled joyously. “To think, that was the one thing he never gambled away!”
Ivy smiled at her husband’s excitement. Sterling, his solicitor, and Johnny Dunlap had been looking for Bruce Bennett for three years. Why he should surface now was left a mystery. Perhaps with the younger brother’s reappearance, Sterling would find peace and be truly happy again.
“You’ll contact him?”
“Of course! I know neither of us were at our best when he left…”
“You were quite handsome that day, as I recall.” She straightened the collar of his shirt. He rewarded her with a sly smile and another lingering kiss.
“Nonetheless, we parted on difficult terms. I will write to him and let him know he is more than welcome here at Bennett Manor and request he come for a visit.”
“Do you think he will come?”
“Right away? No. Of course not! Bruce is too proud for that. In time, I think he may just come around.”
“What’s all the commotion?” a tired, grating voice said from a floor above.
“We found him, Mother! We found Bruce,” Sterling repeated with a smile as his mother appeared at the top of the stairs.
“They did? Where?”
“At Grove Manor up in the mountains.”Ivy expected her mother-in-law to be happy in this discovery but when she paled and fainted, Ivy screamed as the woman tumbled down the stairs and Sterling instantly darted up them to catch her.