All the while, Olivia was crossing his fingers that the HVAC installation would not need new parts because if that were the case, they would have to wait till the next day
Their bodies glistened with sweat. Their breathing rasped hot and jagged. They were endurance athletes, and neither would give up. Thaddeus and Olivia Owens had finished their run in the frigid weather. But despite the weather, they were still sweating, and they had to walk the last two hundred miles to cool off. By the time they reached their house, the cold had started to get to them, and they hurried off for a warm shower. When they settled down to have breakfast, they noticed that the house was colder than usual, and the thermostat confirmed it. Thad tried restarting the electric heater, but it still did not work, so he called the local heating dealership. Thad scheduled heating maintenance for later in the afternoon since Olivia would be back home from her rehearsals by then. The furnace was relatively new, and they had not anticipated starting calling the heating dealer for heating repair that soon. They had to light the fireplace for the rest of the morning to keep the living room warm. It was the first time they had had trouble with their heating equipment in two years. The HVAC professional arrived on time and thoroughly inspected the heating device. All the while, Olivia was crossing his fingers that the HVAC installation would not need new parts because if that were the case, they would have to wait till the next day. After all, it would be too late for the heating company to make the delivery. When the heating technician finished working on the furnace, the strange noise we had gotten accustomed to had disappeared. Thad and Olivia had gotten so used to it they even thought it was normal.