Don't Forget My Love

All Rights Reserved ©

Chapter 2

As I start getting ready, I call myself a taxi. It should be here in about ten minutes. My hair and makeup are ready I just need to decide which of these two dresses I should go with. I end up choosing my white off shoulder pencil dress. I love wearing white clothes as I think it enhances the colour of my hair. I’m a natural redhead and although I like all colours, I feel better when I put on neutral coloured clothes.

When the taxi gets here, I rush out and give the driver the address of the bar. We get there in no time and I make my way in, looking for Cara and Kevin. I see Cara waving at me from a table close to the bar and she rushes over to hug me. We hug for a whole minute, both missing each other so much, and then she leads me to the table close by.

As I’m taking a seat, I say hi to Kevin and look over to the guy sitting next to him. Why do I have a feeling that we’ve already met before?

“Gemma, this is Darren,” Cara says smiling.

“I feel like I know you,” I say while shaking his hand. “Have we met before?”

“I don’t think so,” he says, “I don’t think I would forget a beautiful face like yours.”

Ok now that’s cheesy. I look over at Cara and Kevin who are laughing at his comment but still I can’t shake off this feeling of knowing this guy. His eyes look familiar somehow, they are green just like mine, I’m sure I’ve seen them before.

“Darren is a teacher at St. Thomas college,” Kevin tells me, and just then it hit me.

“I know who you are,” I say as I turn in his direction pointing my finger at him. He must think I’m crazy. But I do go crazy when I try to remember from where I know someone.

“You came by the hospital yesterday with two guys who are “Not your friends,” I say looking at his face to see his reaction.

“Yes,” he answers looking confused “And you know that how exactly?”

“I’m the nurse who looked after one of the guys and who spoke to you telling you that your friends will soon be out,” I tell him with an ‘isn’t it obvious’ expression on my face.

“No way, that was you?” he asks looking surprised. I look at Cara and Kevin and they both seem very surprised as well about all this.

“But you had glasses and your hair…,” he starts saying and seem to be lost for words.

“People wear contact lenses you know,” I tell him smiling. “And my hair was pulled up. It’s always pulled up when I’m working.”

“I’m so sorry I had no idea it was you. I was annoyed that I was stuck there with those two idiots. I was leaving late as I had some lectures to finish preparing for, and as I stepped outside, I saw them fighting. I realized they got hurt so I just drove them to the E.R. I was so pissed.” He says while looking at me.

“That explains why you said they are not your friends,” I say laughing “They are your students.” He smiles back. “To be honest you look like you could be one of them, how old are you?” I ask.

“I’m 27, and you?” he asks.

“I’m 23. You don’t look 27 at all, I would say you look my age” I say looking at his beautiful eyes. He’s very good looking but there’s something a bit off about him, I still can’t tell what it is, but I can feel it. Maybe it’s his sense of style, it’s not bad but it’s not my favourite.

After some time chatting all together, Cara and Kevin come up with an excuse to leave us alone, and for the first time since they started setting me up on dates, I’m glad they did. I need some time alone with Darren. I wish to get to know him better. He seems like a good guy and he’s quite handsome too.

“So, what made you move here?” I say while taking a sip from my drink.

“A cheating ex,” he says looking up briefly while saying it and then looking down at the table again.

“I’m so sorry to hear that,” I say as I put my hand on his. He looks up at me and smiles. He’s gorgeous when he smiles. The girls at the college must go crazy for him. I know I would have if I was his student.

“How come a beautiful girl like you is single then?” he asks with a smile.

“My ex used to hit me, and I can’t trust guys yet,” I say. This is the first time I said it out loud to someone who is not Cara or Olivia. Obviously, they know the whole story, but I never told anybody else. I never dated anyone for long enough after him that I felt the need to tell them. I don’t know why I said it to Darren on our first date. He seems to notice that I changed my expression after I told him that and so he grabs my hand and caresses it with his thumb while still holding it in his.

“I’m sorry I don’t know why I told you that,” I say looking away from him.

“It’s fine. You want to talk about it?” he asks, and for some reason, I agree. I tell him how we dated for two years and how we were good together, just that the last six months he started drinking after losing his brother in a car accident and he started hitting me regularly. I always forgave him cause, I loved him but then one day I opened my eyes and realised that this can’t keep happening, and I left.

“I realized that I couldn’t live like that anymore. I was 21 years old and unhappy in a relationship that wasn’t going anywhere, getting beaten up for no reason. I decided to end it and I’m so glad I did. I never looked back, never heard from him again.” I told him giving him a small smile.

He nods.

I try to change the subject as I don’t want our first date to be depressing, talking about sad times in the past, but at the same time, I do want him to tell me his story as it will help me to know him better.

“Enough about me,” I say pulling my hand back and giving him one of my best smiles “Tell me about your ex.”

“Not much to say, we were together for three years. We used to fight a lot, cause, she always accused me of being jealous when in reality I was right all along, she had been cheating on me for five months when I found out.”

That must really suck. I’ve never been cheated on, as far as I know, but I can only imagine how it must sting so bad when you find out that the person you love is in love with someone else.

We stay at the bar for hours, talking about a bit of everything. I’m enjoying his company a lot. For once I think I’ll call Cara and thank her tomorrow.

As we make our way out, after we decide to leave, as Darren has lectures tomorrow morning, he grabs my hand, and we walk like that all the way out of the bar. It feels nice. He offers to drive me home and I agree. In the car we chat about the music that’s playing on the radio, mentioning our favourite artist and our favourite songs, and in no time, we are parked in front of my apartment.

“Can I kiss you?” he asks looking directly into my eyes.

I just smile and lean closer to him ready for the kiss. He grabs my face with two hands and kisses me softly but passionately. The kiss feels good but somehow, I don’t feel the fireworks inside. I don’t know why but I have this off feeling about him. When we part from the kiss, he puts his hands down I notice a ring on his right hand. A chunky ring that looks familiar.

“Is this a fraternity ring?” I ask looking at it closer.

“Yes. It’s the fraternity I was part of back in college. Kevin has one too,” he says proudly.

I knew I’ve seen that ring before. I’ve seen it on Kevin. It’s hideous. I don’t know why they wear it. They are not in college anymore. I guess they believe in being brothers for life and that shit. I just think it’s ugly.

Continue Reading Next Chapter

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.