THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM
Douglas exclaimed as he opened the door. "This sure is a
surprise. Um...won't you come in?"
Douglas." As she stepped through the door, she held her hands tightly
in an effort to prevent them from shaking. She nervously glanced around
the living room and smiled at all the homey touches that Douglas and Grace had
applied to it over the years. Framed photographs of family, slightly worn furniture
that signified that it was a living room where people lived, various mementos of
their lives; it was all so warm and inviting.
"I really am surprised to
see you, Lorraine." He followed her as she walked further into the room. He sat down in his chair and motioned for her to take a seat
on the couch. "Can I get you some coffee or something?"
"Well, this is such a
surprise because you've seemed to be avoiding me." He glanced down at
his hands that he was trying to hold still. He didn't know why he was
getting so nervous in her presence. "I-I'm assuming that's because of
what happened between us at Reginald and
Jillian's engagement party."
"Yes, that has a great
deal to do with it." Just tell him! Just tell him the truth and
get it over with! "What happened between us that night was a horrible
mistake. Well...I mean...it wasn't right. I should never have
betrayed Patterson like that. I don't know what was wrong with me."
"Lorraine, we'd both had
quite a bit to drink. We were both hurt and needy and we found each
other." Douglas extended a hand to hold hers in a show of comfort and
support. "I agree that the timing probably wasn't the greatest in the
world, but there's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm not."
"It's just that what I
did to Patterson was wrong. You, too. I've always considered you a
good friend, but now I feel so awkward around you. We crossed a line and
we can't go back." She quickly looked away from him. She had to
dig down deep inside herself to find the strength to tell him she was expecting his
"I-I agree," he
stammered as he bit his lip and again looked down at his hands. "That
should never have happened. My behavior was out of line. I should
never have made those advances to you. I knew you were in a fragile
emotional state that night and I should have seen that. I feel as if I
took advantage of you."
"Oh, no! Douglas,
you didn't take advantage of me!" She snapped her head up and looked
at him with such concern. He was one of the most respectable men she'd
ever known. She couldn't let him take all the blame. "What
happened could only have happened if I'd wanted it, too. I did
want you that night, Douglas. I really did. I-I just wish that
circumstances could have been different. If it weren't for Patterson
"Well, enough of dredging
up the past." He smiled at her warmly and took in the depth of her
beauty. He knew she never truly realized how wonderful she really
was. "Enough talk about that blasted party. What do I owe the
honor of this visit?"
"Well, actually, that
night is the reason I'm here." Lorraine took a deep
breath. This was it. She had to tell him. It was the right
thing to do. "Douglas, there's something I have to tell you.
There's something I have to say and it's going to change our lives."