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MEANT TO BE


Copyright 2004 by Edie Claire


Originally published by Warner Books, an AOL Time Warner Company.

Smashwords edition published in 2011 by Edie Claire.


This book is a work of fiction. The names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the writer's imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is entirely coincidental.


All Rights Are Reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the author.




Dedication


For the 1985 staff, counselors, and campers of Pine Springs Presbyterian Camp in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania—for the best summer ever.





Chapter 1


When the call came, I had been thirty years old for all of one day. Yet the lemon cake I had baked was already down to crumbs and a smudge of frosting on the plate. The bottle of champagne that I had fully intended to sip slowly stood empty on my counter, surrounded by the tattered bits of cork I had chipped out of it with a screwdriver. My head ached, and my mind was murky. I was unaccustomed to alcohol in general, cheap champagne in particular. All I knew was that last night, I had felt the need to celebrate.

It had been a long time since I had celebrated much of anything.

The beeping of the phone reverberated painfully through my skull, displacing, albeit temporarily, the relentless ringing of my own words in my ears—resolutions made in the midst of my revelry; resolutions I was, even in the excruciating light of morning, determined to keep.

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