The next morning I woke up early. Hunter was softly snoring next to me. I had woken up next to Hunter many time in my life, but the last couple of mornings, waking up next to him was different. This time he was half naked and holding onto me. I rolled over and kissed his forehead as I got out of the bed slowly and made my way to the shower. It was only seven am here, but back in Florida it was a little after ten. I got dressed and made myself some coffee and went and sat on the porch. I need to give Keven a call back. I knew he was probably upset and I haven't spoken to him a lot since I got here. I wasn't being fare to him and I would never end things over the phone. I got comfortable and pulled my phone out. He picked up on the second ring.
"Hello, how are you?"
"I'd like to know who the man was that answered your phone last night. Why didn't you call me back until now?"
"Okay, Hunter is who answered my phone for me last night. I was driving when you called. Hunter is just a friend. I told you all about him. We grew up together. It was very late last night, so I just waited till this morning to give you a call. I'm sorry I haven't called you more. I've just been busy. You would know that if you had come up here with me.
"That's not fare Chloe, you know how busy I am and they weren't going to give me the time off. I'm still new there.
"I know, I understand."
"When are you coming home?"
"I'll be home in two days."
Okay baby, I'll see you then. enjoy the rest of your visit. Call me soon okay?"
"I will, sorry about not calling more often."
It's alright, bye bye. I love you."
I hung up the phone without saying I love you. That was a first in a long time. I didn't want to say anything over the phone. That wasn't right. I wanted to talk with him in person. Keven is a good guy. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt him, but I also don't want to drag him along when I didn't love him. I mean I love him, but I'm not in love with him. He has been a good part of my life and I love his family. I'm pretty sure that once I get home and talk with him. I will lose our friendship and his family, but I had to be fare to him and to myself. I heard the slider door open behind me and Hunter sat down next to me.
"Who were you talking to?" He asked me.
"I gave Keven a call back." I said.
"Oh so what did Keven have to say?" He said. I just shook my head at him.
"Nothing much." I replied. He just smiled at me.
"Look Hunter, I know what I want. I will not hurt him over the phone. I will tell him the truth about us. When I get back there." I said. Hunter just looked at me.
"You have always been an honest girl." He said to me. "That's one thing I love about you. Your honest and very blunt. Never been afraid to speak what's on your mind.
"I understand why your having a hard time getting out of your marriage because of Tim, but I need to know from you Hunter, what are your plans with me?" I asked him.
"I want to be with you Chloe, but your home is in Florida." He said.
"No Hunter that's where your wrong. I live in Florida, but my home is here. My home is with you. It always has been, but we can't be together as long as your married. I will not give up my life to sneak around with a married man." I said.
"I understand that. but its more then just Tim as to why I'm stuck." He said. I cocked my head at him trying to understand . He just looked at me. He took a deep breath and started to talk. "When my mother died. It was around the same time that Tracy came to me and told me she was pregnant. One thing I need you to understand is Tracy and I were never together. When I slept with her it was just a passing moment. After you left she was the one who was there for me. It was a very dark time for me. I'm really surprised I didn't push her away. My mothers lawyers called me up out of the blue one morning. You got to understand something. My family never had much. I mean you knew that. As far as I was aware my mother worked her ass off just to pay the bills, but when the lawyer and I met up. He had something for me from her. I still to this day don't know how she did it or where it came from, but she left me a lot of money. When I say a lot of money, I mean over a million dollars. " My eyes went huge as I listened to him talk. I didn't even know what to say. "I married Tracy a little after that not realizing that my mothers money would now become half hers. The only thing I did with the money was open this shop and fix up my mothers home. That's where Tracy is living now. While I live at the shop. Of course if Tim needs anything I dip into the money, but the shop pays mostly for everything. If I divorce her she will get half of the money and more then likely my mothers home. How is that fair?" He asked me. I just shook my head.
"What a fucking mess." I said. Hunter hated it when I cussed, but it just seemed appropriate at the moment.
"I'm trying to find a way out of it bubbles, but its not turning out in my favor. The only loop hole I've found. Is if she divorces me, then she will get nothing and she knows that. Of course she acts like she wants to work it out with me, But I know better. You can't fix something you never loved. I know she sleeps around and that's probably my fault. Once I moved to the shop. Things with her got worse." He said. "I just don't think she deserves half of my mothers things. I never fell in love with her and our sex life was not what you would call in existence. One thing I do know for sure is that I never lied to her. I told her when I married her that I didn't love her like that. She knew all this time where my heart was, but she still insisted that we get married and try to make this work out for Tim. I knew in my heart that it was wrong, but Tracy and I never fought and we were really good friends. I thought honestly that we could make it work. That maybe one day I could love her. Once I got the money she changed. She has told me a number of times that she doesn't want the money, but for some reason I just don't believe her." He said and took a drink of his coffee.
I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. This was really awful and he was really in a bad situation. I thought about things for a moment. He watched me waiting for me to respond to him. "I love you Hunter and if you want to be with me like I want to be with you. Then I will go back to Florida and get things together to move back home. I will stand by your side and help you figure all this out." I blurted out. His eyes got wide.
"You would really do that for me?" He asked me.I nodded at him.
"I lost you once. I'm not losing you again. Hunter you have always been a very important part of me. Even in the last ten years. You have always been in my heart." I said.
"But what about your business, your life? He said. I smiled at him.
"Most of my business is done online. I can move my shop here. I really don't have any friends there besides Keven and once I confess everything to him. That part of my life will be over. I don't have anyone there. My mother is here now and your here. I will be here."I said.
"Its where you belong bubbles." He said. I agreed with him. He stood up and came over to me. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed my lips. "I can't believe your willing to do this for me, for us." He said. I looked at him funny.
"Why is this so hard for you to believe?" I asked him. "I've loved you longer then you ever even realized." I said to him. He smiled at me.
"I just don't underand how I deserve someone like you in my life. Even as kids I didn't know how I had you." He said. "You amaze me constantly." He said smiling at me. I just returned the smile. "I'm sorry I wasn't smarter about things."
"Please Hunter, you only did what you thought was right, and I wasn't here." I said with a tear in my eye. I hated that, I hated not being here for him. He has no idea how much I hated that. It eats at me all the time. Not that I had much control, but I could of came home when I turned eighteen. I just didn't know any better. "Its crazy to know that your mother had that kind of money stashed away." I said.
"I know it, and I still don't know where it came from or how the hell she did it."
"And the lawyers don't have any answers?" I asked him.
"I wonder if it was illegal money?"
"I asked the same questions and I was assured that wasn't the case." Hunter said. It was all crazy to me. That someone like Hunters mother would have that kind of money. I knew Hunters mother and she wasn't the most pleasant woman. She never put her hands on Hunter. Not like his stepfather did, however she also never defended Hunter either. She was very mentally abusive to him. Besides they lived like they were poor. I'm very surprised that Hunter even took care of her when she became sick. He always did his best to stay away from his home. Hunter stood up. "I've really got to get to work, will you come see me later?" He asked me. I nodded at him and he kissed me good bye. I stayed sitting on the porch when my mother joined me.
"I just seen Hunter leave. He seemed to be in a good mood." She said, as she took a seat next to me. I just smiled at her. She cocked her head at me. "Chloe, what have you been up to?" She asked me.