Chapter 2, The Men… (continued) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and welcome back to Chapter 2 of “The Men in & out of Her Life.” Hurry and grab your coffee. We’re about to go skiing with Lacey, but before we do, she makes a stop to drop something off to someone she hasn’t seen in a while 🙂

Doug, Martha and Jim arrived right on time. Lacey heard the honk of the horn and grabbed the box of items belonging to Peter that had been stored in her garage. He obviously didn’t remember leaving them, but Lacey wanted to deliver them personally and exchange the temptation to throw the box away for the chance to see him again.

Doug was holding the trunk of the Excursion open for Lacey when she came outside. He took the box from her and after putting it in the back, hugged her and asked if she was ready for the day. “Yes,” Lacey said breathlessly. “Let’s do this.” She turned to make her way into the back seat and Martha greeted her with a hug. “Lacey, you remember our friend Jim?” Lacey looked up to see Jim smiling at her as he held the door open for her. “Yes,” and looking at him she took his outstretched hand and shook it. “It’s nice to see you again.” They had met a couple of times at Doug and Martha’s when she was living with them, and the only thing that stood out in Lacey’s memory was that he was a ski instructor. She didn’t remember him being so good looking, but then again, she had been in a bubble of pain the few times they had seen each other months ago.

The drive up to Big Bear was like putting on a pair of comfy slippers, but as they pulled into the parking lot of Uni-State funding where Peter worked, the slippers had been exchanged for uncomfortable shoes. Martha looked to Lacey as if sensing her anxiety. “Would you like me to go in with you?”

“No, that’s okay. I want to do this.” Jim got out and quickly retrieved the box and handed it to Lacey, giving her a smile to take with her. As Lacey made her way in the front door of the office, she noticed that Peter was the only one at his desk.

Peter looked up. “Can I help you?”

Speechless for a few seconds, Lacey stood there, and then broke into a giggle. “Uh, yes, you can.” After taking a few steps forward, recognition broke out on Peter’s face. “Is that you?”

“Yeah, it’s me. I’m up here with Doug, Martha and a friend to go skiing so I thought I’d bring you the last of your things. She held the box out and he stood, almost as if in slow motion, and took the box, not taking his eyes off her. Lacey could feel his gaze try to intrude into her heart so she quickly turned around and headed for the door. She reached for the handle, and with a quick turn of her head and one last look at him said, “Take care of you, Peter.”

“Well?” Martha asked, as soon as the car was moving out of the parking lot.

“He didn’t recognize me.”

“What do you mean he didn’t recognize you?”

“He asked if he could help me. You should have seen the look on his face. It was so worth it. I’m glad I did it.”

A simultaneous sigh filled the car and Doug and Martha exchanged a smile. “You ready to learn how to snowboard, Lacey?” Doug asked.

“After that, I feel like I can do almost anything. I’ll give it a try but I may end up on skis.”

“Between Doug and me, we’ll have you up and boarding in no time,” Jim said confidently.

Oh my, can I relate to that need to be validated and that sense of satisfaction; and yet, all that is so temporary when it doesn’t come from the right source. 🙁 Come back tomorrow and I’ll explain what I mean. In the meantime, make it a great day.

Hugs and smiles,



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