called out as she saw him sitting alone at a corner table. "I
just got my break and thought I'd come over for a bite to eat.
Since school's been out, they seem to want to work me all the time.
That's okay, though, I need the money for school in the fall...."
Her ramblings trailed off as she noticed Trevor's silence and solemn
expression. "Hey, are you okay?"
"I don't know." he muttered. His head
began to hang even lower as he re-twisted his straw into yet another
knot. He let out a deep sigh and pitched the mangled straw across
the table. "Well, I did it." He raised his head
slightly to see her reaction.
"Did what?" She sat down in the empty
chair and slid over next to him. "Trevor, what's wrong?"
"I told Lorraine.
I-I told her that I wasn't in love with her and we couldn't see each
other any more." He rested his head in his hands and rubbed
his forehead as if he were trying to erase the memory of Lorraine's
anguished face from his mind. "Oh, god, I feel so bad.
You know I really didn't want to hurt her."
"I know, I know." She gently laid a hand
on his arm in a silent show of support. "I really can't
picture you ever wanting to hurt anyone. I know you really care
about her...even if you're not in love with her. That's
just the kind of man you are."
"A-and that's not the reason I feel so bad.
I'm actually relieved that the truth is finally out. I feel
horrible that I've caused her so much pain, but I still feel like a huge
weight's been lifted off my shoulders. I'm glad it's over, but I
feel terrible because of it."
"Look, it was for the best. If you couldn't
love her the way she needed to be loved, you had to set her free.
You had to do it to keep her from being hurt even worse. Now she
can find someone who can be everything she needs them to be. You
did the right thing." Suddenly, he looked up at her again and
their eyes met. An uncomfortable Grace swallowed hard and quickly
"I know you're right, but I still feel bad for
her." Seeing Grace's discomfort, Trevor decided he needed to
change the subject. Too many of their recent conversations had
been about Lorraine. Now that that part of his life was
over, he needed to focus on winning Grace's heart. Dwelling on the
sorrows of the past would not be the way to accomplish that goal.
"Um....so...are you going to my brother Reginald's
"Well, actually, no. Of course, Douglas
is going, but I wasn't invited. I'm just the kid sister
after all." She laughed softly as she nervously played with
the tiny locket that hung around her neck.
"Well...would you like to go?" He
shuffled his feet on the floor under the table as he gnawed on his lower
lip. "Since your brother is going it won't be like you won't
know anyone there. Patterson
will be there and I think I heard Father say that Annabelle
is going. He said that she was bringing her niece
Sara Summers is going to be there? Grace thought
to herself. If Sara's going to be at the party, surely Dane
will be there, too! She quietly remembered her vivid dream of
a grand ball where she danced under the stars with Dane and he professed
his love for her. Had it been a premonition?
"I-I don't know," she finally answered.
She found herself again struck by Trevor's eyes. She really wanted
to go to this party, but was uncertain whether she should go with Trevor
considering his feelings for her. She didn't want to lead him on.
"I...well...since I'm not with Lorraine anymore,
I'm kinda stuck without a date. But, it won't be like a real date.
I promise! We can just go as friends." His hands once
again found the stray straw and he began to awkwardly untie and re-knot
"Well...if it's just going to be as
friends..." She thought again of Dane and what a great
opportunity the party would be to see him. "I guess I could
be your date. Yes, Trevor, I'll go to the engagement party with
Trevor exhaled slowly and smiled. "This is
going to be the greatest night Albanyville has ever seen. This
will be a night we'll never forget." He reached out and held
her hand. He knew this party would be the beginning of something
wonderful between them.