The Secrets We Keep 2

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Chapter 14 (v.1) - Chapter 113

Submitted: June 19, 2017

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Chapter 113

"You are fine." Charlie smoothed down Linc's shirt collar and brushed off imaginary lint from his shoulders. "Everything is fine."

"Yeah, I'm not the one that's nervous." He chuckled. "Why are you?"

"It's my father. I want him to like you."

"Why wouldn't he?"

"Maybe because you are living with his daughter and you're not married to her."

"What? Really?"

"I don't know. He could not like something about you when I like everything. I may be overreacting by a little."

He gave her a look.

"Okay, a lot." She laughed. "Linc...they'll like you."

He kissed her lightly on the lips. "Stop worrying about it. Maybe we should ring the doorbell now."

"You're right. I'm ringing it now." She lifted her hand to press the button but the door swung open.

"Finally!" Her mother exclaimed. "You've been standing out there for five minutes stressing over nothing."

"Mom? Were you eavesdropping?" Charlie walked inside her parents house.

"Yes and so was your father." Lidia winked at her husband, Chance, who was standing by the side of the door.

"Sweetheart." He shook his head amused and hugged his daughter. To Linc he shook his hand. "Detective Swanson."

"You can call me Linc."

"Right. You're living with my daughter now apparently. At least that's what we found out a minute ago."

"Sorry dad. That's why I wanted us to have dinner together. To break the news of this." Charlie apologized.

Chance waved his hand dismissively. "It's fine. You were worrying about nothing. I hope this means that things are serious between you two. I do wonder why we didn't know you were together until friday night."

"Chance, let them get a chance to sit at the table for dinner. We'll interrogate later." Lidia took Charlie's arm and they all went to the dining room. "Don't mind your father."

"I won't. Unless he doesn't like Linc. He'll like him right?"

"Of course. I already like him. He's an astounding young man."

"Please tell me you did not have him checked out."

Lidia innocently arched a brow. "Would we?"

"Oh my god you did."

"We did but only because we wanted to find out more about him."

"Isn't that why people do background checks in the first place?"

"Yes and you should be happy to know that he has a good record."

"I already knew that mom."

They all sat at the table where the food was waiting for them.

Lidia had done some chicken, salad and vegetables. She had also made dessert. She wanted to make it special for Charlie. It was rare that her daughter brought a guy to meet the parents. Actually it was the first time.

"'re a detective."

"We all know that dad." Charlie giggled nervously.

"What are you intentions with my daughter?" He asked Linc.

"Um." Linc cleared his throat. "I don't know that quite yet other than I want to make her happy. Also being with her makes me happy and we really like each other."

"That doesn't actually answer my question."

"Hmm." Lidia kicked Chance under the table. "It's too early in the relationship to know yet what exactly you plan on doing in the future. Don't worry about it Linc. My husband is being ridiculous and tough."

"I understand completely. I would too if I had a daughter."

"Ah, so you want children."

"Mom..." Charlie gave her a horrified look.

"What? That means he wants to be a father. That's lovely. We definitely want grandchildren. The faster, the better."

"Oh my god..."

Linc smiled. "I do want kids and I too believe that I should have them soon. Although not too soon, I'm only just turned 26."

"Understandably. Please do it before you turn thirty though. Charlie is only a year younger than you."

Charlie groaned. This was the most embarrassing dinner of her life.

"I think they should wait out on the children. Even on the sleeping together part."

"Chance, don't be ridiculous. They are young and probably having plenty of sex by now. Do you remember how we were?" Lidia bit her lip. "We did it everywhere and at any time."

"Okay...I think this conversation is over." Charlie's cheeks flamed. Could her parents be anymore weird? "How about how we should focus is aunt Randy doing?"

"She's great." Chance told her. "Sophie really loves the new place as well. They are enjoying their vacations."

"Great, great."

Linc put a hand over Charlie's and gave it a light squeeze. He was there for her in this awkward situation and she was grateful.

They moved from topic to topic. Talking about work, where they usually went on vacation or places they had visited.

Charlie thought everything was going smooth and right. She had been worried over nothing. Her dad definitely looked to have warmed up with Linc.

They talked about something she had to do at work while they finished dessert. After they were done they called it a night.

"It was a joy to meet you Linc. You make our daughter happy and that makes us happy." Lidia gave him a hug.

"Thank you Mrs. Wilkins."

"Please call me Lidia. You can call my husband Chance."

"I'll see you at work tomorrow dad. I'll see you soon mom." Charlie hugged them both then took Linc's hand and headed for his car. "Dinner went great."

"As I knew it would. I told you that you didn't have to worry."

"I know but it's in my blood." They stopped by his car. "Do you like my parents?"

"They seem like great people. Remind me of my own. You'll meet them soon."

She smiled. "How soon are we talking?"

"A couple of weeks."

"I can live with that."

He opened the door for her and they drove to their apartment.


"How was work?" Maleah asked Jake as he sat down on the recliner.

"Rough but I survived. I have a headache though."

"Dinner is finishing in the oven."

"What did you make for tonight?"

"Chicken fajitas."

"Sounds delicious. I think I'm going to go shower and then I'll eat."

"I'll get everything ready." She went into the kitchen and heated up the tortillas they would have for dinner. She had sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheese to make tacos. There was also beans and rice.

She took out plates and had lemonade to drink.

He was quick in the shower and came out starving.

Even though it was sunday he had to work to catch up on what he had to learn for the job. It was alright with him. It wasn't like Maleah wanted him in the house anyway.

They started to eat dinner. It was great and he was thankful that she knew how to cook.

"How was your day today?"

"It was fine. I saw Alice. She commented on my gardening and had suggestions. Not like I asked but whatever."

"Maybe you should try making some friends with the women around the neighborhood."

She gave him an unappreciative look.

"Or maybe not." He regretted suggesting it.

"I get what you're saying. I actually agreed to meet her book club group on Wednesday so yay me."

"What are they reading?"

"Oh nothing interesting."

It was the way she said it that had him curious. She actually looked embarrassed. He smirked. "Tell me. Is it dirty?"

She rolled her eyes. "Perhaps to some people. I don't know. I guess if they are into it."

"Into what?"

"Ugh. They are reading Fifty Shades of Grey."

He bursted out laughing. "Seriously? A bunch of housewives reading and commenting on Christian Grey. Interesting."

She clicked her tongue. "Have you read the book?"

He snorted. "No."

"Then how do you know that's his name."

"Lucky guess."

"You've read the book!" She accused. "I can't believe this."

"It was because of a dare."

"Who could possibly dare you to read that?"

He tried to act indifferent. "Sophie."

"Ah, the girlfriend."

"The ex girlfriend. Yeah, she wanted me to read it. She wasn't into turning it a reality just wanted me to understand why she liked it."

"Oh. Is it any good?"

"It's fucking horrible but you should definitely read it. Might do you some good a little excitement." He teased.

"I don't need anymore than I already had with you."

They finished dinner and he helped her pick up the leftovers. While she washed dishes he served ice cream into bowls.

Armed with that they both went to the living room and turned on the television.

"I am dying to know who the hell A.D. is." He sat down on his recliner.

"I think I know who it is but I don't want to get ahead of myself. Glad that jerk is dead though."

"That was freaking creepy."

He didn't mind watching Pretty Little Liars. Maleah had gotten him into it as soon as they had a netflix account under her fake name.

She had patiently waited for him to catch up. At least the first couple of days. From then on she told him he could catch up on his own time and insisted they start watching season seven.

He actually enjoyed this time together. She was more down to earth and less aggressive.

If he wasn't careful he could get used to this for real.

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