Lorraine was dining alone when
in and spotted her across the room. He quickly went over to her.
"Hello, Lorraine." He smiled. "Can I join you?"
"Of course, Patterson." She
motioned for him to sit down. He looked at her for a moment and quickly
noticed that there was something weighing heavily on her mind.
"Honey, what's wrong? You seem
troubled. I hope it has nothing to do with your relationship with Trevor." He reached out and patted her hand gently as he carefully
watched and analyzed her expressions.
"Oh, no, nothing's wrong." She
tried to cover her fears, but he saw right through them. "Trevor and
I are wonderful. I haven't seen him much lately because he's been so busy,
but we're doing wonderful."
"I hope you forgive me if I find a hard time
believing you. You've never been very good at lying. Maybe it's not
my place to nose around in your relationship with Trevor, but there's one thing
that I can definitely tell you."
"W-what's that?" She looked up at
him with anticipation. She so wanted him to reassure her that Trevor loved
her and would never leave her.
"You are the most wonderful woman I've ever
met. If Trevor Callison is stupid enough not to realize that and he lets
you slip away, then he never deserved you!" Patterson pulled her
close and hugged her tightly. She began to think about exactly how special
Patterson was to her. Why did she ever leave him? It was true that
she wasn't in love with Patterson. She wanted to experience the all
consuming love that she'd heard about so often...the kind of love she had for
Trevor. She pulled away and looked at him. She knew Patterson was
good for her. If they'd stayed together, Lorraine was sure that she
wouldn't be filled with doubt and worry as she was now. She sighed and
began to wonder where they went wrong.
"Thank you," she said softly.
"Thank you for being my friend and thank you for caring about me."
"Lorraine, I'll always care about you.
You're one of the most special people in my life." He thought back
wistfully on their past together. Why couldn't he have been the one who
could give her what she needed? "I'll always be here for you.
Anytime. If you ever need me, I'm here." She hugged him again
and held on as if she were clinging to a life preserver and going down for the
last time. She prayed that he was right and everything would be fine with
Trevor. Everything had to be alright. She couldn't bear to loose
him. Lorraine knew it would destroy her.