UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG

A Circle of Love Novel by Ann Marie Bryan

A beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring love story based on real-life events

 

CHAPTER  10: OVERWHELMED

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I giggled foolishly as Orane attempted to feed me with lobster pizza at A & O Seafood Restaurant.  We were absolutely stuffed by the end of our main course – grilled lobster tail, steamed snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Orane persuaded me to have dessert, strawberry sorbet and I was so glad he did. 

I moaned as I savored the delightful taste of the fruity sorbet.  It had just the right amount of tartness.  “Gym here I … Orane are you okay?”  He was deep in thought and his countenance had completely changed. 

“Yes, I’m …” His voice trailed off.

“What is it?” I asked, reaching across the table to touch his hand.

He looked off in the distance.  “I’m good.”

I eyed him with great concern.  “What’s going on?”

“I know that we are good together but…” His voice trailed off again as he tried to find the right words.  “I don’t think a relationship between us is going to work.”

My eyes widened and my heart quivered.  Thankfully, I was sitting down for this mind-numbing bit of news.  “You think so?”  I offered a weak, shaky smile.   

He did not respond.

I played with my sorbet, trying to hide how seriously traumatized I was.  My mind began to swirl and I glanced at him, desperately trying to read his expression. 

I could not!

What is this? 

Did I open my heart too quickly?

Could he have hidden his emotions that well?

“We’ll be alright,” he said calmly.  “Let’s give it more time.”

A number of comebacks came to my mind but I chose silence.  My stomach felt sick.  Was I blinded by my desire, hoping for something that apparently never existed in the first place? 

I gazed blindly at the salt and pepper shakers as Orane started another conversation.  I did not respond.  I continued to pick at my sorbet hoping not to fall to the floor.  For a moment, he assumed that something was caught in my eyes.  I was blinking back tears.  He doesn’t believe in ‘us’ and probably never did…

 

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