It's been almost seven months since I've spoken to Hunter. I missed him so much, but I made sure to check in on him. His nurse Blair promised me that he was doing good. She promised me she wouldn't tell Hunter that I was calling. I hoped she kept to that promise. I also wanted to check on Tim as well. I hoped he was doing okay without his mother. Things between Cooper and I are going very good. I love him dearly and he is an amazing father. He has always been my protector. I think ever since he found out that he was my choice he has become even more clingy then before. Something that has never bothered me, it's always been his way to show his love for me. I excepted it in every way.
Cooper, myself and Sam just got home from a camping trip we went on for a week. We had such a great time. Fishing, swimming and boating. It was something we all really needed. Since Cooper goes away for his job. We really don't get a hole lot of time together. Sometimes he can be gone for as long as two weeks or more.That's when his sister visits me the most. It was so nice to get away with him. I was starting to get anxious and I was feeling like it had been plenty of time that Hunter and I had been apart. I really wanted him to be a part of my life. I decided that night that I wanted to talk with Cooper about inviting Hunter out to our place for dinner with us. I was hoping this wasn't going to be a problem and Cooper would be okay with it. I have moved on with my life and I feel that it was time that Hunter was a part of it. Cooper and I were getting ready to crawl into bed that night when I decide it was time to ask Cooper how he felt about Hunter coming out for dinner.
"Coop, I was thinking about inviting Hunter out to the house for dinner one night. How do you feel about that?" I said. Cooper crawled into bed and looked at me.
"Whatever you want to do sweetheart is okay with me." He said.
"Really? you don't mind?" I said with a huge smile on my face. He smiled back at me and nodded his head.
"I told you in the beginning that I don't mind Hunter being a part of our lives. It's been seven months since you have seen him. Of course I don't mind." I don't know what I did in my life to deserve such a good man, but I jumped on the bed and curled up in his arms and squeezed him.
"I love you so very much. Thank you Cooper." I said. The next day it took a little bit of courage for me to actually call Hunter. I hoped he wasn't angry that I had taken so long to reach out to him, but I hadn't heard from him either. I really didn't need this time to remove him romantically from my mind. I felt like I was in a place in my life where I have done that and I could be just friends with him. I pulled out my phone and dialed his number. It took a few rings but he finally answered the phone.
"Hello Bubbles, how are you." He said. I couldn't believe it, by just the sound of his voice made my heart skip a beat. I regained myself and spoke to him.
"Hello Hunter, how are you?" I said.
"I'm doing good. What do I owe the occasion?" He asked me.
"I was wondering if you and Tim would like to come out to the house for dinner?" I just asked bluntly.
"Yeah, I think we can do that. Um Chloe, do you mind if I bring a friend?" I heard him say. I was quiet for a moment. "Chloe, are you still there?" He said.
"Yes, I'm sorry. Of course you can." I said, I mean what else was I going to say? I gave Hunter all the directions on how to get out to us. I told him I would see him Friday night. We hung up the phone and I felt the sadness creep all over me. I didn't understand how I was allowed to feel this way. It hurt me to know he had moved on, but what did I expect him to do? Live a life of loving only me and being alone. That was just crazy and unfair. Cooper had left for work and I was alone with Sam. I was happy that I was alone because I needed this time alone to get control of my thoughts. I even hid myself in the bedroom. Friday was only two nights away and I needed to prepare myself to meet his new friend.
Friday night came and I was a ball of nerves. I did my best to hide it as I made dinner. Cooper went out and got steaks. He was going to throw them on the grill. I was making salad, corn, bread and potatoes. I heard a car approaching and my stomach went into knocks. I turned to look out the kitchen window and sure enough it was Hunter in a new truck. He parked and Tim ran out of his car. I sat my things down and went out onto the porch. When Tim saw me he came running into my arms. I had missed him so much and went down to my knees to hug him. That's when I saw the woman get out of the truck and I realized it was Hunters nurse Blair. I took a deep breath and just tried to be happy for them. I watched as Hunter placed his arm around her and they made their way over to me and Tim. Hunter flashed his famous smile that I had loved for as long as I could remember. I returned the smile and Cooper came walking over to us.
"Hey guys, hows it going?" Cooper said. I placed my arm around him and he handed Hunter a beer.
"I saw you were barbecuing over there?" Hunter said. That's when they both walked off to the grill.
"Come on inside with me Blair. You can help me in the kitchen. I'm sure we have lost them to the steaks." I said and we both giggled. Blair turned out to be a very nice woman and we had a lot of good laughs at Hunters expense. We both worked in the kitchen and she told me about Hunters recovery.
"I know that this must seem odd to you that we ended up together. I hope it don't upset you." Blair said. Hunter must of told her but us at some point.
"It don't bother me at all. I just want to see him happy." I said and she smiled at me.
"I hope I can make him happy." She said. Tim was playing with Sam in the living room while watching some cartoons. Tim was always very good with keeping Sam entertained. We all sat outside to have dinner. Well Tim and Sam stayed inside, but I could see them both from where I sat. Even though Hunter was using a cane to get around. He still looked great. He didn't have to use it all the time. He only used it if he got tired, but I was proud of him. We all ate and talked and it turned out to be a very nice dinner. It was good to see Hunter and he seemed happy. He wasn't very touchy feely with her, but I wasn't sure if it was because he was here or if that's just the way he was with her. Cooper and I on the other hand were always touching each other. Hugs and kisses here and there.
I started to clear the table when I realized just how well Hunter and Cooper were getting along. They really had a lot in common. I actually hadn't had a chance to talk with Hunter this whole time. I guess that could be a good thing, but I still missed my best friend. I got the table all cleaned up and saw Blair in the living room with the kids. Hunter was still sitting out at the table, he was alone and I didn't see Cooper anywhere. I sat the dishes down and went out to Hunter. I took a seat next to him. He wasn't looking at me. He was watching the woods around us. I stayed quiet because I knew he knew I was there.
"You have a nice life here bubbles, but I never thought you would live so far from the ocean." I heard him say,
"Me either, but I kind of like it." I said taking a sip of my tea.
"But are you happy?" He asked me.
"Yes, Hunter I'm happy." I said. "Are you happy?" I asked him.
"I'd be happier if you were around more."He said. I wasn't sure what he meant by that. Did it mean he just missed our friendship and wanted us to be closer. Or did he mean he would be happier if we were together? I got confused and just stayed quiet. He turned to face me.
"I'm sorry Chloe. I just meant I'd like you in my life more. I still believe you made the right choice." He said. I placed my hand over his. He didn't move it away from me. I smiled at him and he smiled back.
"So the nurse?" I said. He just laughed.
"Yeah, she kind of worked her way in." He said.
"Oh I'm sure that's how it went down. She is very nice Hunter." I said.
"You think so?" He asked me.
"Yes I do, plus she is very pretty." I said. He smiled at me.
"She is very pretty, but not as beautiful as you." He said. I took a deep breath.
"Hunter, please don't say things like that." I said.
"Why? did I hit a nerve?" He asked me.
"What the hell dose that mean?" I asked him.
"I don't care how happy you are. I don't care how happy I am. I will always love you." He said looking right at me. I was shocked. I sat there and then he got up and went inside to Blair and the kids. Cooper came around the corner and sat next to me.
"How are you doing sweetheart?" He asked me. I took a deep breath and smiled at him.
"It's going good. I'm happy for them." I said. Hunter and Blair came walking outside with Tim.
"Were going to head back home. It's getting late an we have a little drive a head of us." Hunter said. Our eyes locked for a moment and Tim let go of Blair's hand and came int my arms. I gave him a hug and looked over at Hunter who just closed his eyes and looked away. We all said our good byes. Cooper went inside and put Sam to bed. I stayed on the porch and watched Hunter drive away. My heart started to ache and I could feel tears start to sting my eyes. Whats wrong with me? I asked myself.