Lost Memories...Lost Love Chapter Three (Part II)

JC got up from his side of the table, and sat down next to her. As he did, he saw the silver wedding band with diamonds accentuating all around it, on her ring finger, and took a glance at his own. His was gold, with a similar design. At that moment, he went back in time to the instance when he revealed that he was married. She was so innocent then. She didn’t deserve what he had done to her.

That morning, he had told his wife that he was having a meeting with another manager, another lie of many that he had told Valerie. He met Bailey at a small café in the middle of town. It was quaint, quiet and sweet. He had looked all over town to find the right place to meet Bailey, which fit her persona. It was right before Christmas, and they had just sat down for lunch when she saw the ring. “Oh that’s a nice ring? Did you get that as an early Christmas gift?” She had asked lifting his hand into her soft small ones. He had forgotten to take it off. Alicia Keyes’ hit single “Diary” was playing in the background.

“No, it’s not a gift. It’s my wedding ring. Bailey I’m married.” He couldn’t look her in the eyes because he was afraid of her reaction, but he felt compelled to tell her the truth.

“Married? You’re married?” She didn’t scream, nor yell. She was quiet, calm even. He didn’t know what to say or do. He didn’t know what she was going to do. She sat quietly, and tears welled up. He felt bad. At least that’s how he remembered the way he felt.

“I’m sorry I didn’t tell you when we first met. I wanted to keep seeing you. Do you want to stop seeing me, after all of the feelings that we have for one another?”

“At least I now know why I haven’t been to your place or why we can’t spend the night together.”

“Can you answer my question?”

“I don’t know JC. I need time to think about this.”

“I deeply care for you Bailey.”

“But you don’t love me, right, because you love your wife.”

“Like you don’t have anyone you love?”

“Yes. YOU!”

That was the last time he saw her, until now.

He slowly rubbed her belly, and smiled to himself. He has children of his own, but they are teenagers now, grown. Being thirty-nine years old, doesn’t make JC readily available for young kids, especially with his job. Plus, he has his wife’s children to raise, two young boys, ages six and eight. He loves them as his own, but he wouldn’t want anymore. Not at his late age.

“JC, this baby…this baby is yours. This is our son. And I naming him Anthony. Anthony Vorheez.”

“What? Are you sure? How?” JC was stunned and in shock.

“Remember that last night we were together, before you told me that you were married? That night was so special to me and it’s something that I will always remember, but on that night we conceived our son.” She looked him in the eyes and watched his emotions roll over his face.

“But I thought…you know what? That’s not what matters. My wife is going to kill me.”

He said panicking as he ran his hands through his crew cut hair and sinking into his seat.

“Only if you want her to know; so just calm down.”

“What do you mean if I want her to know?” He asked.

“Well, Ronny and I are going to raise Anthony as our own. We don’t want anything from you. We don’t even want your involvement in this baby’s life. ”

“Your husband knows?”

“Of course he does. I told you before, when we met, I don’t play games and I don’t lie to anyone. He’s been there for me through all of this. He loves me and he loves this baby.”

“And he won’t do or say anything. Look, I don’t have any money for a baby. My mortgage is sky high; I just leased a new car. I have nothing more to give. What is it that you really want from me?” Anxiety was running across his face, and can be heard in his voice.

“You’re not listening. Don’t worry about anything.”

“But this baby will come out looking like me. How are you going to deal with that?”

“That’s our concern as well, not yours. Don’t worry about it.”

“That’s easier for you to say.”

“It is easier for me to say, because I’m not the one who has anything to hide. The person in my life is an adult and can handle situations like an adult. As I said before, he loves me.”

“So what was the reason behind telling me any of this, if you don’t want anything from me?”

“I’m telling you because I think it’s important for you to know that this baby exists.” Bailey took JC’s face into her hands and made him look at her as she spoke her words. She needed to know that he understood.

JC sat quietly for a few seconds. Bailey could tell that he was thinking hard about he was going to handle this. Suddenly, his facial expression changed; soften actually as he returned his gaze towards her.

“You may not believe me right now, but I think we have a connection and that I do love you. I always did. I just couldn’t admit to it back then. I was afraid”

“You’re right, I don’t believe you. JC you’ve told me so many lies, you’ve broken my heart when you’ve said that you wouldn’t. But my heart forgives, because that’s how God made me. And I will always love you. But I’m very much in love with a man who’s just as much in love with me, which is something you can’t be right now or ever. I have no hard feelings. I felt that you needed to know the truth and that’s the only reason why I came here today. I’m sorry to bring this on you, and you know that I mean you no harm, but the truth always sets a person free from sin.” Her heart was beating extremely fast, to the point where she could hear the blood rushing in her ears. Was she getting through to him?

Bailey sat and looked at JC before getting up from the table. She needed to get some air, get away from him, as quickly as possible. But he stood with her, and stepped very close to her. She could feel his body touching her belly. At that very moment she felt the baby make a small kick into her left rib. She flinched a little, but not enough to give JC any notion that something was happening. She had to look up at him because his six foot two frame towered her five foot seven.

“Bailey…” He said cupping her face into his large hands. “If there is nothing else that you believe, please believe this, in the last few months, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. And I do love you.” He then leaned close enough to kiss her on the mouth, long and deep. She closed her eyes, and kissed him back. It was as nice and soft as the times when they had shared kisses before. Tears fell from her eyes as she pulled herself away.

“Good-bye JC.” And she meant that with all of her heart, and walked out of the diner.

JC watched as she climbed into her car and pulled away. He never paid attention to the blue pick-up truck that followed close behind.


keilymason   keilymason wrote
on 6/5/2009 8:19:33 PM
Thank You so much.

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