Grant has just returned home to discover that his wife of fifteen years has left him, and is devastated. He was planning a romantic time with her as his vacation leave has just begun, but this is cut short. Their marriage, though, has been on the rocks for a while due to their lack of relations, which his wife Marion blames him for with a passion.
I enjoy a good short story, but this one could've done with a bit more development. We're given the gist of what's going on with Grant, and the author does a good job of showing the compassion from Samantha as well as the chemistry that sparks between them. However, the subject matter is emotional and messy, and things just barely touch the surface before everything is all tidied up. It's an interesting tale, easily finished in under an hour, but I would've gladly spent more time with these characters. On a positive note, I really liked the epilogue of this one, which does give the desired closure to some of the issues raised in the story.