Chloe sat on the edge of her bed trying to decide if she had the balls to call Loaf or not. She finally pushed herself to push the call button on the touchscreen. It rang a couple of times before she cowered out and ended the call. A couple of seconds later Loaf was calling her back. Nervously she answered, “Hello?” A deep baritone voice answered back, “Chloe? Chloe, are you alright? Is there something wrong?”
“Hi, Loaf. No, there is nothing wrong. I got to thinking maybe you were in church or driving so I decided to text first. Sorry, I hope I didn’t interrupt anything.” Loaf laughed, “Naw, I was actually just sitting here thinking about calling you, actually. How are you doing?”
Chloe laughed nervously, “I’m fine. I thought I would call and see if you could meet me somewhere so we could talk.” There was silence for a split second before he answered, “sure. How about we meet at Linda’s and grab a pizza while we talk. If that’s alright with you.”
When Chloe pulled up in front of Linda’s she found Loaf leaning against his bike smoking a cigarette. She climbed out of her truck and walked towards him while straightening out her loose fitting top to cover the baby bump that had sprung up overnight a couple of months ago.
When she finally reached him a beautiful smile crossed his face. “Hey. I hope I wasn’t being too pushy about coming here. I’m fucking nervous for some damn reason.” Chloe laughed, “here’s fine. I actually love this place. I miss Linda. I’m just glad her niece took over after she passed and kept it open. You don’t have to be nervous around me, I’m not going to bite...much.” They both laughed.
They were seated in the back where most of the MC sits when they are here for privacy. After they ordered, Chloe started to get fidgety and nervous. “Loaf, the reason I wanted to talk to you is I have been thinking a lot about you and decided that I would like to see you but there are some things you need to know before you decide if this is really what you want.”
Loaf listened carefully and nodded his head for her to continue. “Well, I have already told you that Cole left me. He said he was leaving me to explore his options, but actually, he left me for Kara, Maggot’s niece. They had been fucking behind my back since sophomore year. To be honest, it hurt when he dumped me but not like it should have since we were going to be married. I guess it was time to move on, but I want to move on slowly.”
Chloe took a sip of her drink to cool her parched throat while Loaf was thinking this over.
“I understand perfectly why you would want to move slowly. I have no problem with that, Chloe. I don’t want to push you into anything. I think you need to know, that I have wanted to date you ever since I met you when you were fourteen and I had just prospected into the club at eighteen. You were too young for me and then you started dating Cole. I also want you to know that if we decided to do this if for some reason it doesn’t work out, I still want to be friends.”
Chloe smiled at him, “to be honest with you, I have always had a crush on you but never did I think you would have actually liked me. I just thought you put up with me because of my dad and Uncles. There is something else you need to know. When I tell you and you decide that you don’t want to date I will understand.”
Loaf gave her his undivided attention to make sure they would not have any miscommunication between them. “The day Cole left I found out that I was three months pregnant. I’m five almost six months now. I’m having a little girl.” Loaf was surprised, to say the least. She did not really look pregnant, but that could be the clothes she was wearing.
“Wow. Really? You don’t even look pregnant. To be honest with you Chloe, I have always loved kids. This is not a problem for me, I will help you any way I can. Thank you for being honest with me. I want us to always be honest with each other no matter how ugly it is or how beautiful the truth is. I want to try to start a real relationship with you and for it to succeed we are going to need to communicate and be honest.”
Chloe smiled with tears in her eyes. “Hey, don’t cry. I’m sorry if I said something wrong.” Loaf jumped up from his chair pulled her up into a hug. “Shit! Please, don’t cry.” Chloe started laughing, “you didn’t say anything wrong. I’m just so relieved. I have been so scared you would run for the hills.” He laughed, “hell no. I have waited a long time for this chance, I’m not going to give up that fast.”
They both sat back down as the pizza was brought out. Loaf cleared his throat. “Why don’t we ask each other questions to get the basic stuff out of the way and then just take this day by day.” He shrugged his shoulders. Chloe liked the sound of that. “Alright, you go first.” He shook his head no. “Ladies first.” They were asking the simple stuff like favorite color, hobbies and etc.
“Chloe, would you mind calling me by my given name when we aren’t around club members?” This actually made her happy, “sure, Hunter. I can do that.” He smiled, “thank you. It makes this feel more real to me. I have never heard you call me by my real name. I wasn’t even sure you knew it.”
Chloe laughed, “Hunter Blaze Kerrington. Born January 3, 1993, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Your dad is ex-army, your mom is a military nurse working at the base hospital. You got your first motorcycle at the age of fourteen. I know a little about you from paying attention over the years. I just wanted to make sure nothing had changed.” She blushed when she noticed his mouth was hanging open.
“Chloe Renee Runningbull. Born July 10, 1997, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Your dad is my SAA and tattoo artist. Your mom and you bake my favorite things ever. You got your first motorcycle at fourteen also, you and your mother now have matching ones. You have a tiny heart tatt on the inside of your ankle that your mother has no idea about still even though your Uncle Axe did it for you when you were thirteen. Your favorite ice cream flavor this year is birthday cake.” He smiled while her mouth fell open. “I know a few things also.”
They had been talking and enjoying themselves so much, neither of them noticed the time. The little waitress walked up to them, “excuse me. I’m sorry, but we are closing now. We made you guys another pizza to go. Free of charge.” They looked at each other surprised at the time. “Shit, I bet my dad is freaking out.” Hunter blushed, “uuh...he knew we were meeting here. I told him so he wouldn’t think we were going behind his back.” Chloe laughed. “It’s fine. I talked to him and told him I wanted to date you, so we don’t have to worry. Well, I don’t.” She winked at him and he smiled, “yeah, I asked him for permission right after I told you to give me a call. I would have asked him first but...” he shrugged.
Chloe walked through the front door and was bombarded by Davidson, “do I need to kick his ass already? This shit coming in late better stop!” Halo walked behind her son slapping him in the back of the head. “Shut the hell up mister sneak bitches in my house. I’m telling you boy if I catch you I’m going to embarrass the living hell out of you.”
Davidson turned back towards Chloe and putting his hands on her belly, “how’s my niece doing? Is she giving you any problems? She acting like her grandma yet?” He took off running up the stairs to get away from Halo before she could damage him. The two women laughed and shaking their heads. Halo took a deep breath, “I love that boy to death....deep, deep down.”