This Is Forever (third book in series)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 20 (v.1) - chapter twenty

Submitted: July 23, 2017

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I nervously tapped my foot against the hardwood floor in Madeline’s. I should have known it was going to be fancy when I never heard of it and that Tristan's mom obviously approves of it. I check my watch for the twentieth time and see that it is eleven fifty-nine. I changed around my lunch break time because I didn’t dare show up late. I even came five minutes early just in case. I bring the glass of water that was left for me to my mouth and take a big sip. It actually shakes as I place it back down on the table.
“Kate.” I jump and force back the choking fit that is fighting its way in my throat. I fail and cough then try to take another sip but it only makes it worse. Damn, why do I have to be so afraid of this women? I look up at her and force a smile.
“I’m sorry, it went down the wrong pipe I guess.” She gives me a thin and kind of disgusted smile then sits across from me. 
“Umm, how are you?” Why didn’t I think of anything to say?
“I’m fine. You?” she asks but doesn’t seem the least bit interested. 
“I’m good.” We go silent and I almost get up and leave. It’s obvious that she doesn’t want to be here and I don’t know why she agreed to come at all.
“Do you come here often?” I almost gag at my question. Jesus, it sounds like I’m trying to get her to come home with me. 
“Yes, every Wednesday.” She picks up her glass of water and takes a tiny sip. 
“It’s a lovely place,” I say when I realize that she isn’t going to explain why she comes here so often. 
“Kate I am a very busy person so if you don’t have any real reason for my being here then I may as well just go now.” She makes to stand and I panic.
“Wait.” I stand and we stare at each other over the table. “I love your son. I love him so much and it isn’t going to work if we don’t get along. I don’t know what it is about me that you don’t like but if you think that I will continue to just let you treat me like shit-” My mouth drops open when I realized what I’ve said. Her face stays blank as she looks at me. Confusion is all I feel when she slowly sits back down. Then fear when I realize that she is probably only staying so she can yell at me. I may have just made this worse. 
“Sit down, Kate.” I follow through on her demand immediately, stupidly thinking that maybe if I do as I’m told she will go easy on me. She eyes me closely for a moment then her lips lift into the biggest smile I’ve ever seen from her. I still have no idea what her teeth look like though. 
“I will say that my respect for you has grown. I realize that I didn’t treat you right the other night and I think you know why I acted the way I did. Am I wrong?” 
“You don’t think I’m good enough for Tristan,” I say quietly. 
“It’s not that I don’t think you’re good enough. It’s that no one is good enough.” I chuckle at her forwardness. 
“I guess there is nothing that I can do about that then can I.”
“No, but I realize that if anyone should be with him then it should be someone who is brave enough to invite me to have lunch with her. When he told me about you I was completely shocked and terrified. I could tell by the look on his face and the way he was speaking that you were something special to him. But you see I don’t want him to…” She pauses and I see the most emotion I’ve ever seen shown on her face. 
“To be taken from you,” I say quietly. She looks at me closely before she slowly nods her head. 
“Not again. I can’t have another one of my children taken from me.”
I swallow back the emotions that are fighting their way out of me. 
“That won’t happen. That’s the whole reason why I asked to see you again. I hated coming between the two of you.”
“Don’t worry about that anymore. Tristan has found happiness with you. Happiness that I have never seen in him. I would hate to see that taken from him. He doesn’t deserve that.”
“You’re right,” I say. “I just hope your right about me making him happy.”
“I am very rarely wrong, Kate. And I know my son.” I flinch from surprise when she reaches over to touch my hand. “Please take care of him, Kate.”
“I will, I promise.” I sniffle back my emotions then realize how much time has passed. We never even ordered anything to eat. 
“I’m so sorry but I have to get back to work,” I say and she releases my hand. 
“Of course. Go ahead.”
“Thank you for meeting me. I hope I have changed your mind about me even a little bit,” I say as I stand and put my jacket back on.
“I hope so too,” she says.
“Have a nice day, Mrs. Osborne.”
“You too, Kate.” She gives me another tiny smile that can barely be called a smile and I turn and walk out of the cafe. 
By the time I get back to my car I have absolutely no desire to go back to work. I just want to see Tristan now. And there is only one thing I want to do with him. I pull out my phone and wipe a tear from my cheek. It rings twice before he picks up.
“Hello, Beautiful.”
“Tristan,” I sob.
“What’s wrong?”
“Is there any way you can come home. Nothing is wrong I just need to see you.”
“Ok, ok I’m coming now.”
“Ok, I’ll see you soon. I love you.”
“I love you too.” He hangs up and I start the car.
I find him pacing around the kitchen when I get home. We stare at each other then I pounce at him and wrap my arms tightly around him. 
“Kate, what is it?” he asks in my hair. I start crying again and I don’t even know why. I think I’m just so relieved that I had that talk with his mom and now I am back in his arms. 
“Nothing, nothing is wrong.” I shake my head and he grabs my head and forces me to look at him. He wipes a tear from my cheek and gazes down at me. “We waited long enough, Tristan.”
“Waited long enough for what?”
“I want to be married to you. I can't wait any longer.” 

 


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