Second Chances

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

Submitted: February 26, 2020

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Second Chances

 

The last place Joe expected to meet his eighth grade English teacher, Miss Beauregard, was Grand Central Station in New York City at 6:30am.He was on his way to work at his Madison Avenue advertising agency, Brown associates.He bumped into this fiftyish year-old woman. He apologized for the collision, looked at her face for a few seconds, and said,

 

“Excuse me, are you Miss Beauregard”

 

“Yes, how do you know?Do I know you?”

 

“I wasn’t sure it was you.I’m Joe Brown. You were my ninth grade English teacher at Holy Cross in Brooklyn.You gave me an appreciation for the language.You got me interested in reading good literature and writing.In a real sense, I owe my career to you.I couldn’t make it as a writer, but my English skills and imagination got me a successful career in advertising. I own a Madison Avenue advertising agency.Plus, I could never forget you because I had the biggest crush on you.I think all the boys had a crush on you.You were soft spoken, obviously intelligent, a great teacher, and beautiful.”

 

Joe smiled and said, “I see you haven’t changed much.”

 

Anne Beauregard looked at Joe.

 

“That must be the advertising man coming out.I remember you.That was about 30 years ago.”

 

“You only taught that one year.We never saw you again.Did you transfer to another school?”

 

Anne was now 53 and Joe was 44.

Anne thought, ‘You were my best student.I had a crush on you, too.I never got over it.I was jealous when I saw you talking to the female students.You were so intelligent and handsome.’

 

She said, “I had a great opportunity to teach at a private school.I couldn’t resist taking it.My parents met at that school. “

 

None of that was true.Anne had been smitten.Her physical attraction for 15-year-old Joe was overwhelming.She knew it could only lead to trouble if she let her emotions take over.She had to get away.When the term was over, she resigned her teaching position and joined the business world.She could never forget Joe and she never married.

 

“Joe, you must be married with a family.”

 

“No, I’m divorced for ten years and no kids.My job is great.I travel all over the world.I love that, but seeing you reminds me of other adventures and opportunities I think I would have enjoyed.”

 

“Joe, call me Anne. I work for a publisher three blocks from here.Would you like to get together for lunch later, today?We can catch up.”


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