Finding My Queen

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Chapter 11

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Victoria

I did not end up hearing anything from Cal at all last night. I had waited up as late as I could to see if he would call or stop by but ended up crying myself to sleep at some point.

When I woke up this morning, I had checked my phone to see if there were any missed calls or messages, only to find nothing from any of the guys. Then I ended up crying once again while I was in the shower, blaming myself for what happened in Cal's office, even though I had no idea what it is that caused Cal to act that way all of a sudden.

Once I'm ready for my morning shift, I decide it would be for the best to just leave my phone at home so I wouldn't be tempted to keep checking it. Knowing I would just end up disappointed if there was still no contact from any of them.

Slipping out the door, so as not to wake Ashley up, since she was out late last night. I walk towards the coffee shop, I enjoying the fresh crisp fall air whipping around me and find that it does help me relax some.

At work, I'm lucky enough to stay busy all morning, as the place is packed with people who are still in town for Homecoming weekend. Many parents are here to spend time with their kids as well as past graduated classes are here for class reunions and to celebrate yesterday's big win. So my shift has gone by pretty fast, not giving me a chance to slow down any, which I'm grateful for.

I'm trying to stay positive, giving everyone what I hope looks like a convincing enough smile, not wanting any of my co-workers to ask if I'm alright when inside I just want to curl up in a ball and cry some more.

This must be part of the mate bond I'm feeling that Cal told me about, as I would not have acted like this if it was with any guy.

I had planned on working a double shift, just to continue to stay busy and not be at home where I know I would end up back in my head overthinking everything and driving myself crazy. Wanting nothing more than to hunt Cal down and demand an explanation for his actions.

But as soon as I got back home from my 1st shift, I just couldn't handle it anymore.

Feeling drained. I change into my pajamas, then call one of my co-workers to see if they would trade shifts with me tonight, before falling asleep, exhausted from everything.

*******

"Victoria"

"Victoria"

"Hey V." I hear the distant voice of Ashley call, bring me out of my sleep as I feel her gently shaking me awake.

Slowly sitting up, I rub the sleep from my eyes and glance out my window to see that it is dark now.

Trying to shake the fog from my mind I can see Ashley is watching me closely. "Everything ok? I thought you had to work another shift again tonight?" She asks worriedly.

"No, I called in. I'm just not feeling that great tonight. I plan on working for Heather tomorrow night" I mumble.

Ashley gives me a concerned look as she asks "are you sure you don't want to talk about what happened yesterday, V. You know I would not judge you right?" All I can do is nod my head and sigh.

"You're my best friend Victoria, and I will always be here for you," she tells me, pulling me in for a hug.

"I know Ashley, that's what I love you about you. I don't know what I would ever do without you" I tell her as I pull away and give her a small smile.

Turning away as tears start flowing down my cheeks again. I fall back against my pillows, and bury my head, not wanting to deal with anything else.

Ashley stays with me for a while, sitting next to me and rubbing my back, as she whispers every so often that everything will eventually work itself out, just have to give it some time. And to not give up on Cal just yet.

Having nothing more to say, I just lay there quietly as I listen to her, and start to question in my mind everything that has happened since I first met Cal.

Should I give him another chance or is my heart in to be broken again?

Closing my eyes, my mind starts playing everything that happened in Cal's office on a loop. What set him off? Was it me, did I do this? I think to myself as I cry myself back to sleep again.

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