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[story] Adventures of Hannah episode 3

Episode 3

Hannah was still REELING from Joe ‘s kiss

when

she woke the next day. she lay in bed and

stared at the.patterns the morning sun

made

on her ceiling and relieved the feeling of his

big

shoulders beneath her hands and the slide

of

his tongue inside her mouth.

Hannah threw back the covers.. Lying in

bed fantasizing about Joe was the biggest

waste of time under the sun. What had

happened had been a freak occurance,

never to

be repeated, brought about by too much

make

up, a dimly lit hallway and a pair of well cut

trouser. And even if it hadn’t been, there

was

no future in it. He was a widower with two

kids.

(she overhead the other neighbours

discussing

about it).

“Hannah? ”

Hannah glanced up and saw her mother

was

frowning at her. She ‘d zoned out again

thinking about Joe. What on earth was

wrong

with her? It wasn’t as though she ‘d never

been

kissed before, for Pete ‘s sake.

“Sorry, did you say something? ”

“I did ” Her mother hesitated a moment

studying Hannah ‘s face. “Lucas called

earlier .

He ‘d like to speak to you. ”

(Lucas jilted Hannah a day to their wedding

to

marry her friend Kelly)

“What does he want? ”

“I ‘m not sure. To talk to you, I suppose.”

Hannah could feel her.mother watching her

..

What on earth could Lucas have to say? He

‘d

already apologized. She ‘d refused to take

his

money more times than she could count.

What

more was left?

An insidious, dark thought wormed its way

into

her mind. What if he and Kelley had had a

falling out? What if he ‘d decided that he ‘d

made a big mistake? What if he wanted

Hannah

back?

Without giving herself a chance to think,

she

walked to the phone and picked it up

“Whats his number? ” she asked

Her mothers eyebrows rose towards her

hairline, but she reeled off the number

without

comment. Lucas picked up on the third

ring.

“Lucas speaking ”

“Its me Hannah ”

“Hi.” There was a short pause. “Thanks for

calling.

As always he sounded uncomfortable.

Awkward.. Regretful. One of the many

reasons

why she ‘d gone out of her way to avoid

any

contact with him or Kelly her friend. She

didn’t

want Lucas pity. Apparently she didn’t want

his

anything anymore.

“Mom said you wanted to speak to me ”

“I did. I mean, I do. Would it be okay to

meet

for coffee? .

“Cant you just say what you need to say

over

the phone? ”

“I ‘d rather do it in person “. Lucas said

“Okay ” I will meet you at the coffee shop

near

the workshop in twenty minutes. ……

Lucas was waiting at an outside table when

she

pulled up, his sunglasses resting on the

table

before him. He was looking the other way,

his

foot tapping restlessly, but his gaze swung

around when he heard the rumble of her

bike.

He stood when she approached the table.

“Hannah ”

“Lucas ”

They both sat at the same time.

“Thanks for coming at a short notice.

“What ‘s up? ” she said, meeting his eyes

squarely.

He laughed self consciously. “You never did

beat around the bush, did you? ”

“Nope. Life ‘s too short ”

“Yep.” He rubbed his hands down the front

of

his jeans and for a moment she worried

that

she ‘d guessed right, that he really was

trying

to find some way to reconnect with her.

“I wanted you to be the first to hear. No one

know yet . Only me and Kelly.. She ‘s

pregnant.

We are having a baby ”

Hannah blinked. Kelly was having Lucas

child,

something Hannah had once dreamed of

doing herself. She ‘d had it all planned —

two

children, eighteen months apart. She hadn’t

cared what s*x they were, as long as they

were

healthy and had Lucas deep green eyes.

“Congratulations, ” she said after a short,

intense silence.

“When is she due.? ”

“The end of March ”

Hannah did some mental arithmetic

“So she ‘s only eight weeks? ”

“That’s right. We found out yesterday.. Like

I

said, I wanted you to be the first to know ”

She looked at him, really looked at him, for

the

first time in six months.

“Are you happy? ” she asked suddenly.

“About the baby? ” of course. You know I’ve

really wanted kids.”

“I meant in general. Are you happy with life,

with Kelly, with everything? ”

He met her eyes.. “Yes. I ‘m happy. I wish it

hadn’t been at your expense, but I. love

Kelly.

His declaration stung a little, but that was

more

pride than anything else.

Lucas focused on her again. “There ‘s no

excuse

for what we did to you, Hannah. It was. the

last

thing you deserved. If I could change it, I

would.

She smiled faintly. “No you wouldn’t. Not if

it

meant giving up kelly. She turned away

from

him trying to think and unable to do it

properly

while he was watching her with those

familiar

green eyes.

A dark navy SUV pulled up at the curb. Joe

swung out of the drivers seat. She told

herself

to look away, but she couldn’t take her.eyes

off

Joe. There was so much arrogant

masculinity in

the way he walked . As though he owned

the

world. It made her remember the way he ‘d

pushed her against the wall yesterday , the

utter solidness of his body pressed against

hers.

Just before he entered the store, Joe turned

his

head. He was wearing sunglasses, but she

knew

he ‘d caught her watching him.. She jerked

her

gaze away, but not before he ‘d nodded his

head in acknowledgement.

“Hannah ” are you day dreaming Lucas

asked

“huh…Meeeeee?? Am here with you ” . I

have to

go.

She took a mouthful of her coffee. I am

really

happy for you and Kelly. With that said, she

stood and walked out.

She searched her heart and realized she was

relieved. But she was sick of living in the

past.

Posted by on February 15, 2019.

Categories: /Literature/Stories

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