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This is one of my favorite scenes from my bestselling book, Beyond Now.
I followed him through the restaurant to the table reserved for us. Chris was seated there already, looking like a fine, tall glass of wine. He was dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt. He looked good enough to eat. I sighed. I hope this will not be too difficult. My emotions are raw enough as it is.
He stood up and smiled as soon as he saw me. He had always been the perfect gentleman and that was one of the things that adhered him to me all those years ago. I steeled myself for the onslaught on my emotions. You couldn’t read what I was feeling on my face though, I was very calm on the outside.
“Hello, Chris.” I smiled.
“Bella. Wow, you look absolutely stunning.” He stared.
Exactly the kind of reaction I was looking for. I smiled again, cool as you please and sat down. He sat too, still staring.
“Thank you, Chris. You don’t look too bad yourself. How have you been?”
“Thanks. Not so great.”
I was not about to ask why. I think I have an idea though. “Hmm hmm.”
The waiter came to take our orders.
I ordered for a plate of Gizdodo and a bottle of water. Chris ordered same. I raised my eyebrows but said nothing. I was not in the mood for chit-chat.
“So…” I began, looking at him.
He sighed deeply. “Bella, I have so much to tell you. I don’t know where to start from.”
“Why don’t you start at the point where you said to my face that you were not the father of my baby? That would be a very good place to start.”
He sighed again and closed his eyes briefly. “Bella, I need you to be of an open mind and hear me out.”
I looked at him closely. I had never seen him this way. He looked genuinely worried and subdued. I decided to hear him out.
Our water came and we paused as the waiter set everything up. He left and Chris started talking. I took a sip of water and sat back to listen and watch every of his facial expression closely.
“You must understand, Bella. That day you came to the house, I went completely out of my mind. Keep in mind that I was a teenager, barely out of high school, and you came to tell me I was to become a father? I didn’t even know who I was as a man, I was so not ready to be a father.
“All I could feel was panic, and all I thought to do was deny you and deny the existence of any pregnancy. I took the coward’s way out, I admit that. The fact is, if the situation is to repeat itself today, and the circumstances were exactly the same, I probably will do the exact same thing. I can’t sit here and lie to you and tell you I would have taken a different action. The truth is we were children and we were in over our heads.”
“Is that supposed to make me feel better? You sit here and you talk about us being children blah blah blah… I ceased being a child the moment I walked out of your room that day. I had to give birth to a baby when I was little more than a child myself and I had to do it all on my own. Don’t sit there and talk to me about you being out of your mind. Please.”
“I know, Bella. I’m not trying to justify my actions. I am trying to explain why I took those actions. I was not ready to shoulder that kind of responsibility.”
“And you think I was? I was seventeen years old Chris. Seventeen! How do you imagine I handled that? Unlike you, I didn’t have a choice. I couldn’t run away and pretend it didn’t happen. The baby was growing inside me.”
“I know. I’m very sorry.” He hung his head.
“Look at me, Chris. You’re sorry? Sorry? What do you imagine being sorry can solve? I’m sick of men making mistakes, then coming back saying they are sorry, and thinking that would make everything better. Your sorry isn’t worth shit.”
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