Then Brian suddenly resurfaces and he and Timber start up an unlikely friendship, giving her just the boost that she needs. As Christmastime approaches, Timber hopes that her favorite holiday will bring about a miracle in her fight to keep Soothing Bliss in its rightful home. And with a little compromise and dose of holiday magic, she wonders whether she and Brian can work through their past and mend a relationship that perhaps never should have unraveled.
Timber rested her head against the couch and thought about that night she and Brian’s relationship transitioned from academic to personal. After Eva had left for the city, Timber went back up to the apartment to tell the professor she was leaving. When she walked inside, he was sitting on the couch. He asked her to join him. She did. He was sitting on one end. She sat down on the other. The space in the middle was empty. He appeared miles away.