Excerpt from the book, Three Years of Her Life – C. E. Robinson
While Erik schlepped around Germany attempting to find information on the mystery woman’s photo in her grandfather’s gold pocket watch, Elizabeth was thankfully busy working in the ER.
Melanie, out of breath and gasping, appeared in the Elizabeth’s office doorway. “The ER is swamped,” she exclaimed. “Elizabeth, all hands on deck. Standard suturing procedure,” Melanie said, handing Elizabeth a chart. “The patient is in the observation room, and everything is set up for you.”
Elizabeth made her way over to the observation room. She knocked on the door, opened it…and then stumbled as she entered the room, because the patient inside was gorgeous. Wilson Lee was tall and muscular, with a straight nose and nice cheekbones, honey-blond hair and deep blue eyes. Wilson’s appearance hit her hard. He looked so much like Pete, her first love. A pang of heartache stabbed her at the memory.
It’s a wonder she made it through suturing his forearm wound without throwing her arms around him. And, wouldn’t you know he was a guitar teacher and offered her free lessons. Elizabeth had always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. As a kid, she was forced to take cello lessons. To top it off he invited her to his gig coming up at Carol’s Barn at Putnam Lake. Yup, she started lessons just before Erik came back from Germany. And Elizabeth brought Erik with her to Wilson’s gig.
When they arrived at Carol’s Barn, Erik and Elizabeth held hands and walked past the bar into the main room. Elizabeth saw Wilson standing near the stage. He waved them over.
Greetings were said all the way around. And Erik mentioned he saw a new rock band, the Beatles while in Hamburg. They played the same Fender guitar as Wilson.
“Fenders are the cream of the crop. I’m a Buddy Holly man myself. Nobody can beat True Love Ways with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra.” Wilson glanced at Elizabeth. “I’ll put it on the playlist for tonight.”
They listened to 50s songs and new takes on cover songs of a wide range of bands and singers. When the band launched into True Love Ways, Wilson sang and captured Holly’s rhythmic mannerisms. His eyes scanned the crowd and paused on Elizabeth, staring intently. She averted her gaze, cognizant of Erik sitting right beside her.
More than likely Erik noticed Wilson’s attraction to her. On their way home, why else would he be overly supportive of her taking up the guitar, even offering to drive her to lessons? Although Elizabeth looked away, she was thrilled by Wilson singing to her.