Concrete Detail

Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


A short story by E.L. Hayes

Eight months later

Dean walked into her office and plopped down on the chair opposite her tidy desk. Sadie limped behind him, curling up on the dog bed in the corner. “Okay, I hate when we fight.” His amber eyes dull, jaw clenched, he leaned over placing his head on his arms, “Let’s do the surgery.”

“Really?” Abby let her head fall back and blew out a long breath. “That is great news, Dean.   It really is the best thing for Sadie.”

“I know it’s best, but ever since I almost lost her I’m…”

Abigail walked around her desk sat on his lap cupped his face in her hands. “I know, but remember, I love her too. She’s what brought you to me.” She kissed him softly on the forehead.

He let out a long sigh looking down at his heavy black boots. “I wasn’t doubting your ability, I just…”

“Trust me, she will be happier and will feel better when we have relieved the pain in her leg.” lifting his face again, “I understand Dean, she’s your girl.”

“Abigail you’re my girl too.” He swore under his breath, she felt his shoulders tense under her arm, “I’m sorry I don’t want you to ever think this was about me doubting you. It was completely about my fear of losing her.”

“I know,” she kept her voice soft, “Dean, I promise I will take care of her.”

“I know.” He pushed a smile up at her then held her eyes, “Abby, I love you.”

She felt her heart race, the last thing she expected him to say was that he loved her for the first time, “Well now,” her head tilting to the side. “I love you, too.”

“Good.” He drew her in and held her close. “I know you will take care of our dog.”
She took in a deep breath, inhaling the scent of him mingling with his favorite woodsy cologne. “Our dog now?”

“Yeah, that way you get half the vet bill for this surgery she needs.” He laughed and held her tight when she tried to wiggle away. “I tell you what, I’ll cover the vet bill and you pick up dinner tonight and we can talk about the thing I said.”

“What thing you said?”

“That I love you.” He tilted her head up and locked his eyes on hers, “I have since the first day I saw you on that lonely road.”
She relaxed into his embrace. ”Same.” was all she could offer as she felt the tears well in her eyes.

“Even if you were going to shoot me.” She laughed and squeezed him then tickled his sides.

“Okay, let’s get some pre-surgery test done on this little lady.” She took the leash then smiled back at Dean. “Hey, I love you.” She liked the ease in which the words fell from her lips. He winked at her, “Same.”

He reached down and rubbed behind Sadie’s ear. “You’re going to stay here with mom.”

He followed her out of the room. “I’m going back to work, see you tonight. Your place or mine?”

“I will come over to your place and bring our girl with me.”

“What time?”



“You got it. Kung-Pu?”


“See you tonight.”



One thought on “A Lonely Road – Part Four

  1. Golda says:

    Okay, had to wait until today to read, as I had some time. I’m enjoying the story (read the first 4 parts all at once). May I make a suggestion? The conversation might flow better if you throw in a few contractions. It would seem more realistic.
    Feel free to delete my comment. Abigail reminds me of one of my favorite people: you! Which seems totally reasonable, as she is an extension of you.

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