“No way!” Kit said in an angry tone. “They wouldn’t go that far. That’s ridiculous!”
Jayden quirked his mouth. “Do you really doubt it or think it’s mere coincidence?”
Kit swallowed a mouthful of eggs and shook her head. “I’m going to do bodily harm to them. Who do they think they are to do such a thing?”
Jayden made a face. “Don’t you remember? They consider themselves matchmakers. The whole plan is to get the two of us to reconcile. In a way it’s kind of sweet, but not practical.”
Kit put her fork down on the table with a bang. “Can you get cell service? I can’t even get a single bar on my phone.”
“We never get service here. That’s one of the reasons why we used to love coming out here. It was always the perfect getaway. We used to love the tranquility and the ability to escape from the day to day grind.” Jayden heaved a tremendous sigh. “It was our haven from the world.”
Kit smiled as tender memories washed over her. They really had enjoyed such an abundance of joy together. Not just here at the cabin, but back in Hope Valley, in Denver and all the places they’d traveled around the world. They had enjoyed sweet moments together. It had been a beautiful relationship. And faith had been a big part of it. For so many years they had been great together. And this cabin had been a very special place for them. Some of their most spectacular moments had happened right here in this cabin, as well as their most tragic. Two years ago, Kit had suffered a miscarriage at the cabin.
Although it had been a devastating experience, Kit had always believed fervently that she would one day carry her and Jayden’s baby to full-term. Sadly, it hadn’t come to pass. Clearly, it wasn’t meant to be. Several miscarriages, numerous fertility treatments and endless amounts of marital stress had negatively impacted their marriage. While Kit knew that some couples gained strength through adversity, that hadn’t been the case with the two of them.
And at the moment it made her feel completely bereft.
“This cabin was a place where we could hope,” Kit said, trying to stuff down the emotions that were rising up inside of her.
“That’s a good way of describing it.”
Kit met Jayden’s gaze across the table. “Problem was, we were running away from our problems. We never addressed them, Jayden, which was our downfall. Perhaps if we’d faced them, we would have had a shot at staying together.” She threw her hands in the air. “But we didn’t. Which is why I came to the cabin in the first place. To sign the divorce papers so we can both move forward.”
Jayden couldn’t help but hear the anger and tension laced in Kit’s voice. He hated that things were so broken between them. This woman was his everything. Still. Always. He couldn’t imagine a day when he wouldn’t be head over heels in love with her. Sure, they had gone through some serious storms. But wasn’t life about finding ways out of the darkness and back into the light?
“I know you wanted solitude here at the cabin. I hate to break it to you, but you’re stuck with me until further notice. In addition to our tires, the snow accumulation is pretty intense. The roads aren’t clear. There’s just no way out for me.”
He was stumbling over his words. How could he pretend to be sorry about being stuck?
the cabin with Kit? He’d missed her so much. Even though there had been so much discord between them, Jayden knew there was a wealth of other things—love, respect, history, regret.
He watched as Kit’s jaw dropped. “W-we’re snowbound together?”
“So it seems,” he drawled. “Unless you know of someone who can make it up these mountain roads and plow us out? There’s almost a foot of snow out there.”
“Whoa. They said it might snow, but I had no idea this kind of storm was coming.”
“You know how unpredictable the weather is in these parts. And without radio or television, it’s almost impossible to keep up on current events.”
“I’m starting to rethink that no television, no landline policy, although service is pretty bad in this area. It’s always been kind of entertaining to consider ourselves roughing it.”
Jayden chuckled. No television. Or house phone. Sporadic cell service. Somewhere there was a little radio, but they had never had an occasion to use it.
“This isn’t really roughing it, Kit. This cabin is pretty plush.”
Kit rolled her eyes. “It’s lovely here, but I do love certain creature comforts that I can’t get here at the cabin. Such as television.”
“Television is overrated. Except for football.” He let out a chuckle. “The best thing about being here is being able to get outside in the fresh clean Colorado air. And the views from the backyard are amazing.”
She ran her hair through her hair, pushing it away from her face. “You’re right. There’s nothing like the view of the mountains. And, call me crazy, but the air does feel fresher here at Bear Mountain.”
For a moment neither of them spoke. It seemed as if they were both thinking about the past and all the memories they had made at this special place. Jayden wasn’t the type of man to be fanciful, but it practically hummed and pulsed in the air around them.
“Want to go build a snowman?” Jayden asked, winking at her. “Come on. It’ll be fun.”
Kit’s eyes widened. “A snowman? Do you really want to go outside in the freezing cold to play in the snow?” Kit asked, shivering as she glanced outsi