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Chapter 48 (v.1) - Chapter 147

Submitted: August 07, 2017

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Chapter 147

"Thanksgiving with the family here we come." Sophie smiled brightly.

She and Joe had just gotten off the airplane in the nearest city to their town which was an hour away.

"I wonder how happy they'll be to see us."

"Very I imagine." Joe grabbed their bags. "Considering that we didn't tell them we were coming back today."

"They'll forgive us as soon as we tell them that we're getting married." She looked at her hand where the ring he had given her on their last night in australia was.

He had made dinner and asked her then. It was romantic and there was no doubt in her answer. She wanted to marry him.

They got a rental car and did the last hour of their trip.

She was excited. She was walking again without any help, she was home and everything was going perfect.

"I'll drop you off at the diner and I'll head home that way we can surprise both our parents. I'm sure everyone is going to meet up at the big cabin for the dinner."

"That sounds great. I can miss you for a few hours." She giggled.

He stopped in front of the diner and faced her.

"I love you." She kissed him before getting out.

"Be careful." He called out to her. Since she had been walking she was getting on by herself but he still worried for some reason.

She was strong and he was glad that she could do things on her own now.

She blew a kiss his way and took a quick breath before opening the door of the diner.

It was busy as usual and it made her feel like home. She had missed the place where she had grown up.

A few of the people saw her and slowly the diner started to quiet down. They gave her smiles and some were uneasy.

Her brow furrowed. Why were they looking at her like that?

Her gaze landed on the counter and she knew why.

Jake apparently realized that there was no more chatter from the patrons turned around. He was shocked at seeing her, like she was.

They stayed in their own spots, no movement, simply staring at each other.

She turned on her heel and walked out.

He scrambled to get out of his seat and follow her. He needed to apologize for what he had done. He called her name as soon as he got outside.

She kept walking and he kept going. She stopped at the corner and waited for him.

"I didn't want to talk in there with everyone staring at us." She told him when he reached her. "We can go to the park or even the library."

"Park would be good. We don't want the whole town talking more than they should."

"Agreed."

They crossed the street and went over to the town park. They chose the closest bench and sat down.

She chewed her lip not knowing if she should talk first. He took the initiative.

"It's good seeing you. You look great." He leaned towards his side of the bench.

"You do too except for that black eye."

He sighed. "That's another story that I will tell you in a bit. I'm sorry for everything. You deserved better than me, you always have."

"I forgive you. I forgave you a long time ago. Didn't expect to see you today. I thought I would have a little more time before that happened."

"I thought the same thing. No one told me you would be here for thanksgiving."

"We didn't tell anyone. We wanted to make it a surprise."

"Of course you came with Joe. He's going to be happy." His tone was sarcastic.

"He will be. He loves you, he's your wombmate." She gently nudged him with her shoulder. "I missed you. A lot. You will always be a special person in my heart. I hope that with us being here together we can be friends."

He grinned. "That's not a problem. I have so much to tell you." He glanced at her left hand. "I think you do too."

She laughed. "I do."

This felt like old times. Almost but not quite because things were different now. They were no longer a couple but they still loved each other in a different way.

 

"Mom?" Joe called to his mother as he opened the front door of their house.

"In the kitchen!" A female voice yelled back.

He closed the door and went into the kitchen.

Maleah barely glanced his way. "Babe, your mother said she had to go tend to one of the tenants at the cabin. She'll be back soon and she left me in charge of the turkey. If I fuck this up I will forever be known as the daughter in law that ruined thanksgiving. So if you love me you'll take the fall if I end up burning the house down."

She checked the turkey through the oven door and made sure it looked fine. She straightened up and looked back at him.

"Dude, where are the pies? On second thought if you did something to them this might be good for me."

She studied his confused face and noticed the eyes.

"You're not my Jake."

"No, I'm Joe. You're that cop that arrested me."

"Guilty as charged. Weren't you in like Australia or something?"

"Yes. We arrived today."

"We?"

"Sophie and I."

"This should be interesting."

"Where is Jake?"

"At Mrs. Reynolds' diner. He was supposed to get the pies."

He clicked his tongue. "I just left her there alone."

"I'm sure they're fine. They do need to talk alone. Do you want something to drink while we wait for them to arrive or your mom?"

"How can you be calm about this? Actually, what are you doing here in our house?" Joe got closer to her as she got out a pitcher of lemonade from the fridge.

"I trust Jake and as to what I'm doing here, I'm his fiance."

His eyebrows rose up. "Fiance? As in Jake actually settling down and getting married?"

"Yep. Hard to believe huh?"

"A little, especially with you."

She narrowed her eyes. "What does that mean?"

"I met you and you were a little mean. He's always been a lazy bum most of his life too. You two don't make sense."

"Well he changed alright and I'm not that mean anymore." She huffed.

He didn't know what he felt knowing that Jake was in town as well. Some feelings surfaced of anger and hurt. He had a lot to tell him about how much he had hurt Sophie.

"I'm sure you both need a heart to heart conversation. One thing I ask is that you don't hurt him. He's already trying to recover from a black eye my father gave him. If you do lose control then I'll lose it as well. Trust me, I've beaten the hell out of your brother many times and I'm good at what I do."

He almost wanted to laugh at her threat. "I'll try not to lose it."

"Good."

He was usually a calm person but he wasn't sure how he would be face to face with his brother.

They talked about what they had done in the last few months since the time she had arrested him. She told him how happy she was that Sophie had recuperated and was able to walk again.

He listened to how Jake had been in canada and how he had matured.

He wasn't sure yet until he saw him but Maleah made his brother sound like a different man than the one he knew.

They waited and soon the people in question arrived.

Sophie came in through the door laughing and carrying a couple of pies to help Jake.

"I missed this house so much. Can't wait to see everyone." She came into the kitchen first and smiled lovingly at Joe.

Jake gave him a nod and set the pies he had on the table.

"A word outside." Joe pushed off the counter and walked out the back door in the kitchen.

"Ladies." Jake excused himself and followed after him.

His brother paced a few feet in front of him. "Why are you here?"

"It's thanksgiving and I thought Maleah would like to meet the family. I didn't know you and Sophie were going to be here."

"She says you've changed."

"I have."

"I'm having a very hard time believing that because over twenty years you have been nothing but an egotistical bastard."

"That's fair of you to say. I have been that but I'm not anymore."

"And Sophie? You abandoned her, made her feel like crap and now she's laughing with you like nothing happened. I was there for her and I can't believe that she can just forgive you for that." Joe stopped pacing and stepped up to his brother. "What did you tell her to convince her that this is all in the past?"

"I was honest now and I let her know that I regret everything."

"I'm not going to forgive you so easily."

"I understand."

"You don't understand anything. You didn't see her."

"I left her because I loved her. It wasn't right and I'm trying to make things right now. I love her and..."

Joe didn't let him finish. He punched his brother and they started to scuffle. He had more muscle and weight over Jake. They both got in a few punches though.

Jake fell back when he felt his nose start flowing out blood.

"I told you not to fuck him up!" Maleah ran out there and jumped on Joe. She twisted around and somehow brought him down to the ground.

Her thighs tightened around his neck and she held his hands upward, close to her body.

He struggled to get out of her grip and gave up when he couldn't do anything.

Once she was sure that he wasn't going to hurt Jake she let him go. When he was trying to stand up she did one last thing and hit him hard in the face.

"That's for hitting him. I'd beat the hell out of you further but I'm going to tend to him. Asshole." She helped Jake pinch the top of his nose to stop the blood. "I'm here babe."

"Your mom is going to be pissed."

Joe looked over at Sophie. Her arms were crossed and she was glaring at him with disappointment.

"I'm not helping you either."

"He said he loved you and I lost it."

"He loves me as a friend. There's nothing romantic between us anymore. You don't have to be a jerk and hit your brother. You know he's never been a fighter."

"I'm sorry."

"Don't tell me. Tell him."

Great now his fiance was mad at him.


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