This is a scene from a new book, coming in 2013, a sweet romance titled, Under the Midnight Moon -- third in the Moonlight Series.
“Cheers, Mindy.” Albert raised his wine glass, clinking it with the glass of the young brunette sitting opposite him at his dining room table.
“Cheers, Al.” He took a sip.
“I have a secret…”
She grinned at him. “Give.”
“Can’t tell yet. But one day…probably soon, your dreams are going to come true.”
“Right, Al. Someone’s going to die, leaving me their theater on Broadway so I can write and produce plays to sold-out audiences.” She cocked an eyebrow at him.
“Not so very far off. When I go…well, there’s something special for you.”
“Don’t talk like that!”
“I’m not going to live forever, Mindy.”
“You’re the closest thing to a father I’ve got, Al. So just…shut up, will ya?”
Mindy put her wine glass down and toyed with her fork.
“A special place…somewhere you can express yourself, put on your plays, sweetie.”
He patted her hand.
“You’re scaring me, Al.”
“The news at the doctor’s wasn’t good. You’ve known that. I want to make you happy…give you what you’ve been working so hard for.”
“You’re the best friend I’ve ever had, Al. That’s good enough.”
“It’s the only way I know of keeping you from being sad when I’m gone.”
Mindy stood up.
“If you’re going to talk like this, I’m leaving.”
“You can’t. It’s my birthday.”
She felt the prick of tears behind her eyes. “Then stop it.”
“Sit down, sit down. This isn’t going to happen tomorrow.”
Mindy sank back into her chair.
“Good. Because I’m not ready.”
“You’ll never be ready, child. I get it. Still…we all have to face our mortality someday. I need to know you’ll be cared for after I’m gone, since your Prince Charming hasn’t arrived yet.”
Mindy glanced at her watch.“Dammit, he is late, isn’t he?” She cracked a smile.