“No, James. We can never see each other again.”
“Never?” The thought was unbearable.
“No! God saved your life so that you could return to your family.”
“When I was hit and thought that I was going to die, I saw your face, Maddie and I hung on. I’m alive because of you.”
“James, there’s no future for us.”
“Forget about me.”
“I can’t. I love you.”
“Goodbye, James.” She hung up and then broke down.
He slowly replaced the receiver and buried his face in his hands.
“You love this other woman?” Jane’s anguished question startled him.
This is part ten of the story about General Turpentine and Maddie, the African-American nurse he met and fell in love with during World War II.