I have this story on my mind but I don't remember where I read it. I remember the plot but the details may be wrong.
Jim is helping the widow of an old army buddy who had recently died; she finds it difficult to manage the farm and raising her child alone, so Jim passes increasingly long periods of time at her farm to help with the works and with her young son.
I don’t remember if Blair is attending the police academy or is already a cop, but the long absences of Jim begin to weigh on him and make him feel alone and depressed.
Blair is increasingly convinced that Jim will eventually marry her and remain to live with his new family leaving him alone and without a purpose, given that Jim doesn’t need a guide anymore.
In reality, Jim is more and more in love with the farm and the surrounding countryside, but he is not in love with the woman.
I remember that there is a confrontation between Blair and Jim (maybe in a motel room) while Blair is leaving Cascade to go to work somewhere in the south (maybe in a dig) for many months (a year?). Jim confesses that he wants to buy the farm, but first wanted to talk to Blair, because Blair is the person with whom Jim wants to build a future. Blair is confused, he tells Jim that he needs time because he does not like the person who he has become and Jim deserves better.
Eventually Jim buys the farm and moves to live there, Blair joins him directly from where he was. Blair is tanned, dusty and full of energy as he once used to be. They talk and solve their problems and, of course, they have sex.
I believe that in the time in which they are separated they remain in contact through letters and phone calls.
Does anyone remember this fiction?
Thank you in advance,
by the great magician113
They are actually two fictions: But for the grace of you
and his sequel Time is a healer