The Bench

How it ends

We should have a plaque too,’ he says. ‘What would it say?’

I tilt my head. ‘For Cat and Sam, who found each other and lost each other and found each other again,’ I suggest.

It begins at the end. It begins on a bench, where a woman waits for a man.

Ten years ago, they made a pact:

To meet on this date, at this place: their bench on the Heath.

Depending on what happens now, it’s either the end, or a new beginning for a love affair that’s spanned three decades.

They should never have met. They should never have fallen in love. But they did, until a lie separated them for a lifetime.

Can they fix the mistake, forgive the lie, erase the years in-between?

Can what was lost ever truly be found?


Piatkus – UK (C’wealth)

Marabout – FRANCE

Droemer – GERMANY