Five Stages

(Disclaimer: Not my characters.)

Denial

This could not be real, this feeling that had overwhelmed him at the sound of her voice. It simply wasn't possible . . .

Anger

. . . and why should a woman cause him to experience such a feeling? And that woman, of all women!

Bargaining

He should just ask her to go away. Perhaps he could forget this moment had happened. . .

Depression

. . . except that, for some inexplicable reason, that thought made life feel like a desert.

Perhaps . . . after all . . .

Acceptance

"Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?"