"Oh, go away!"
shouted through her tears as a knock came at the door.
"Lorraine, honey, it's me!" came the voice
from the other side. "It's Patterson!
Open up! What's wrong?"
She forced herself off of the sofa where she'd lain
sobbing for most of the evening and went to let Patterson in. One
look at her was more than enough to tell him that she was in a very dire
"Oh, honey, what's wrong?" He wrapped
his arms around her and held her close. She rested her head on his
shoulder and relished in the comfort that his arms provided. He
stepped back and lifted her chin so that he could see her red rimmed
eyes. "Lorraine, dear, what's going on? Did something
happen between you and Trevor?"
"There is no 'me and Trevor' anymore!"
She tried to swallow back her tears when she felt them begin to well up
again. "It's over! He left me!"
"Oh, Lorraine." He again wrapped his
arms around her as she began to sob. He slowly led her over to the couch
and sat down beside her as she remained cocooned in the deep comfort of
his arms. "Tell me what happened? What did that man do
"Oh, Patterson, he didn't do anything except tell
me the truth." She took a handkerchief and gently blotted her
eyes. "He told me the truth that I've known for a long time
now....I just didn't want to face it."
"What did he say?"
"He told me he wasn't in love with me and didn't
think he was capable of being in love with me. He told me that he
was being horribly unfair to me to keep leading me to believe that we
could have a future. He told me he was setting me free to find
someone who deserved to be loved by me."
What Lorraine was saying was like music to Patterson's
ears. He felt terrible that Trevor had hurt her so badly, but he
couldn't help but also feel excited at the same time. He had
longed for the day when Lorraine would finally be free to accept the
love that he wanted to give her. Now that day had come, but it was
clear that it had come with a severe emotional price for her.
"He must be out of his mind not to see what a
magnificent woman you are." He held her tighter and inhaled
her fresh floral scent. "But, it's better to find out about
him now rather then later. It might be difficult to see now, but
this is truly for the best. If he can't love you like you need to
be loved, he never deserved you!"
"Oh, logically, I know all that, but it still
hurts. W-what's so wrong with me that he can't love me? Am I
not pretty enough? Am I not exciting enough?"
"Oh, gosh, no! Lorraine, you're the most
beautiful and thrilling woman I've ever known. If he can't see
that, then Trevor's a fool." Patterson hesitated for a moment
as he watched her closely. He could see that his words were
starting to sink in as her tears stopped. "He never
"N-no, he didn't!" Lorraine began to
feel a drop of her spirit returning. "If he can't love me,
then it's his loss...not mine! I'll survive Trevor
Callison...I'll make it through....thanks to you."
"L-Lorraine," he stammered nervously,
"please give me another chance to make you happy. I know we
once talked about starting over, but Trevor was in the way. He's
not between us anymore. Give us another chance." Her
silence disturbed him. He had hoped for an enthusiastic response.
When none came, Patterson began to worry that there would never be a
second chance for them.
"Y-yes, Patterson," she finally muttered as
she looked up at him. "Yes, it's time for us to have a fresh
start...a new beginning. I-I've been so horrible to you. I
took the love you freely offered me for granted. I am so
sorry for that. I can see now that leaving you was one of the
worst mistakes I've made in my entire life. Oh, what a fool I've
"Lorraine, will you be my date to Reginald
party? I-I know Trevor will be there, but it would mean so much to
me to have you on my arm as my escort." He gently held her
hands in his as he gazed deeply into her eyes.
"I don't care if he's there or not! I'd be
honored to be your date. This will be the start of a whole new
life for us...a life together!"
Patterson again took her in his arms and kissed her
passionately. "You have no idea how happy you've made me.
I must be the luckiest guy in the world."
Silently, Lorraine vowed to show Trevor that she didn't
need him. She could have a man who loved her. She vowed to
show him that his callous betrayal of her did not destroy her world.
She would prove that, in the end, it would be Trevor who had lost