Saturday, March 9, 2013

Maryanne on the Rebound - Hidden Under Her Heart (A Story of Abortion & Courage) Chapter 7 - Scene 4



Maryanne drained the tub and dried herself. The bath had only made her more worried and sick. She really knew how to pick the winners. Was she brain dead or what? Despite herself, she picked up her phone. No missed calls. He was still busy enjoying his lunch date. But would Sandra confront him? Nah, she didn’t seem too upset, dancing around with her iPod. Maybe they had an open relationship.
Maryanne ground her teeth. She was way too jealous for an open relationship. She pulled on a pair of tight jeans and a diagonal patterned handkerchief tank top. She’d show him she wasn’t some pathetic slouch, waiting for his call. Vera had left a message saying that Ryan wanted to take her to an afternoon movie.
She picked up the phone and called Vera.
“So, how was camping with the black knight?” Vera chirped. “Tell, tell. Do I win the bet? Did you?”
“No, nothing. Look, you said Ryan wants to call me?” Maryanne put on a cheerful voice.
“You owe me. I lied for you, told him your mother had Saturday night card club and you couldn’t miss under penalty of being disowned. He bought it. So you were in Sacramento this weekend, okay?”
“Sure, thanks. How was your date with Frank?”
“Sweet. Of course I had two guys hanging on my every word. I’ll call Ryan and give him your number. Tell me, what did Lucas do or not do?”
It’s not like Lucas was going to miss her, either. He was probably groveling to Sandra about the camping trip. Or even worse, laughing about how he made a fool out of Maryanne.
“I don’t want to talk about it right now. I’m going to block his number. He’s such a phony. I can’t believe it, but I saw it with my own eyes.”
“Wait, you better tell me. What if he denies all?” Vera’s voice picked up interest.
“He’d only lie. I’ve experience with these kind of guys. Don’t give them any reason, explanation or information. They’re like used car salesmen, always looking for an angle.”
“Okay, okay. I get it. You’ve had a string of losers. I have it on good authority that Ryan’s different. He got dumped by Michelle, not the other way around.”
Maryanne wasn’t interested in anything other than a distraction. Ryan was probably another player, caught by his girlfriend.
Vera chattered on. “By the way, I’m joining the singles group at Lion Community church. We’ll meet Michelle and some other girls from the Bible college and get the dirt. It’s Thursday evenings, think you want to come?”
“I’m not religious.” Maryanne’s fingernails dug into her palms. “Lucas wanted to take me to a church picnic, but now I see he’s a hypocrite.”
“Well, if you date the pastor’s son, you may have to make a show of going to church.”
“Vera, you’re getting ahead of yourself big time. I’m going to an afternoon matinee to get Lucas out of my mind.” And since when was Vera so religious? Did the bet mean that much to her?
“Girl, you got it bad for Mr. Knight. Remember to smile when Ryan picks you up, mind your manners and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’”
“Sure, mom.” Maryanne swiped angry tears and threw the tissue across the room. All she wanted to do was bury her face in a pillow and cry. Lucas had seemed so sweet, so genuine this morning. But then the biggest liars were also the most charming.

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