A Courageous Battle (Chapter 5, page 1 of 7)

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Chapter 5

SURELY NO DAY in my life will be as happy as this one! thought Lacey, as she and Roger moved into their new house a few months later. It was a split-level with three bedrooms and a den. Every penny of Lacey's money had gone to the down payment, but she didn't care; she had her Roger!

At first they were compatible enough. Roger said he liked having the garage to putter around in, and Lacey saw him swell with pride the day Joe and Mario picked him up for curling practice and Mario said, "Hey, man, nice digs!"

Lacey worked at an insurance company, and used that income to buy things for the coming baby, and for the house.

She made drapes and bedspreads on an old sewing machine she got at a church sale. Together, they bought furniture from 'contents for sale' ads. The Dominion Food Stores featured a 'Masters' Series' promotion. Lacey collected grocery tapes and paid $12.95 for a 'Van Gogh'. She hung this lovingly above the second-hand sofa in her living room and stood back to view it with as much pleasure as a millionaire could get from the real thing.

Roger reached for her, most nights, in bed. Lacey responded warmly, but it was always over so fast, and he rolled on his side and went to sleep immediately. It's not like it is in books. Would I feel that ecstasy if he took more time? She was too shy to ask Roger about it.

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