Wednesday, March 19, 2008

out of the blue

Craig had to admit he hated not hearing from Chloe while Kadan was here. He didn't want to start trouble so it was best to wait it out. He wouldn't call. He wouldn't see her. He just wouldn't.

He didn't like staying at the flat, either. Especially, the evil eye that Jamie was giving him, lately. Actually, he felt very much in limbo at the moment. Trying to make the best of the library with his studies. But it wasn't helping. Nothing was helping.

He wanted to know what was really going on with Chloe and John Paul.

"Just go and see her." Craig told Kadan. "You'll feel so much better about the situation. Besides, what about Caroline, don't you miss her?"

Hopefully, he had that settled. Kadan would do his family thing. Then maybe stay a few more days with Craig, at Kadan's old place and then be gone. Somewhere. He wanted him here, but then he didn't. Not when it came to Chloe. He didn't want to admit it, but she meant more to him than he thought.

But he'd find himself lost at the park, watching what seemed everything go by except himself. He felt down right useless in this predicament he was in. Having two lovers wasn't exactly all it was cracked up to be.

And then his mobile rang. It was Chloe.

"Chloe, how ya been?" There he was on a sunny day, in the park. Dogs barking, kids playing. He felt light headed just hearing from her.

"Better." She sounded as if she'd been crying. Maybe Kadan had broken all ties with her now. He'd have to be there for her. Pick up the pieces. He'd know what to do.

"What's wrong."

There was no answer. But finally the words came. "I'm late."

"What? Late for what?" Maybe the mobile was breaking up. Possibly it needed recharging. He found himself pacing by a park bench full of young mums with babies. He stared at one. Still what was Chloe getting at?

"I'm...I took one of those test, actually five of them, and its all the same, Craig." There was a silence. "I'm pregnant."

Craig licked his dry lips and squinted. He didn't know what to say.

"But we were very careful." He shook his head, no. This couldn't be happening. Couldn't be his.

"Yes, I know, but you can't ever be a hundred percent, sometimes." She was fighting tears. She sounded congested.

"Its all right. It OK, Chloe." He sighed.

"Really."

"Try not to be upset," he cringed. "I'll try to come around."

"When?"

"Soon." He lied. He couldn't be anywhere near there while Kadan was around.

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