Chapter 6 We walked hand-in-hand along the sandy shore. The nearly full moon glimmered on the water. It was unseasonably warm, so even the breeze off the water wasn’t too chilly. I was pleasantly tipsy and happier than I ever remembered being in my entire life. I was in my own world with Seth and barely took notice of the couple walking towards us, until the man spoke. I would have recognized his voice immediately, even if he hadn’t called me by the nickname he had used the entire time that we were married, despite the fact that I didn’t care for it. “Abracadabra.” He drew the word out. “Working your magic on a new fellow, I see.” Seth smiled and introduced himself, extending his arm to shake hands. I almost felt sorry for Trudy the skank when Larry introduced himself as my husband. “Ex-husband,” she and I interjected simultaneously. “Right, of course, we all knew that. What good fortune, to run into you on our little weekend getaway.” I had to force myself to refrain from rolling my eyes at his broad interpretation of the words ‘good fortune.’ “Well, as you can see,” Larry said loudly and with a big smile as he patted Trudy’s slightly protruding belly, “I’ve been busy since the divorce. My Little Love Muffin and I are going to be the proud parents of Larry Jr. in a few months.” I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. Not because I still cared about Larry, but because this pregnancy proved that I was barren. Throughout our marriage, I had longed for a child. I wanted to be a mother more than anything. Larry had been agreeable from the start, and we had never used birth control. As one year rolled into two, it became apparent that something was wrong.