Love Letters(5)

By: Geraldine Solon


“I need to close some deals, baby,” Richard said. “How do you expect me to provide for our future?”

Chloe frowned. “Aren’t you going to ask me how my day went?”

“All right, how was your day?” He yawned.

“Well, aside from finding my ideal wedding gown, there was this strange lady who came to the shop today,” Chloe said, purposefully avoiding any mention of Josh. “She bought a wedding gown for her daughter. Can you imagine that? I would freak out if my mom did that.”

Richard’s phone rang.

“Did you hear what I just said?” Chloe said, but Richard held up a hand to silence her.

“Hang on just a sec.” He turned away from her. “Hello, Dan. Uh-huh, escrow on the fifteenth. We have all the documents. Gotcha thanks.”

Chloe rolled her eyes. “I swear, your phone rings one more time and I’m going to bed.”

“All right, I’m turning it off.” He twisted a knob. “You see, it’s off.” Richard held up the phone for her to see. Chloe forced a smile. “So you were saying?”

“I said that this strange lady bought a gown for her daughter who was marrying husband number five. Can you imagine a mother buying her daughter’s gown? That’s supposed to be her special day. She ought to choose her own gown.” Chloe didn’t know why it bothered her so much. Maybe it was because the woman reminded her so much of her own mother. Both were control freaks. Seeing the woman in action gave Chloe more reason not to call her mom.

Richard shrugged. “Who knows, maybe her daughter’s blind and she can’t see her gown.”

Chloe hit him with a pillow. “You’re crazy.”

“And that’s why you love me.” He winked then leaned toward her. Greta barked and jumped on the couch in attack mode.

“Down, Greta!” he said. “Chloe, do something about your dog.” Greta didn’t budge and growled some more. Greta had hated him from the first time she laid eyes on him. Chloe had thought she would outgrow it, but she hadn’t.

“Hon, you don’t need to talk to her that way. She’s not going to attack you,” Chloe said, cooing at the French bulldog.

Richard stood up. “I’m beat. I need to get going. I have an early day tomorrow.”

“Okay, but will I see you again after work tomorrow?” she asked, hugging her big teddy bear – the one Josh had given her all those years ago. She felt her face flush and hoped Richard hadn’t seen it.

“We’ll see.” He paused. “By the way, are you forgetting something?”

“What?”

“You’ll need to make peace with your mother. Don’t tell me you’re not inviting her to our wedding.” Richard reached over and pulled her to him.

That was one thing she loved about Richard – the thing that had drawn her to him in the first place. He had a close family. She missed that. Chloe sighed.

He kissed her on the nose. “I’m looking forward to meeting my future mother-in-law.”

“All right, all right,” she said, putting some distance between them. “The wedding isn’t until June, so there’s no rush to tell her.”

Richard shook his head. “Baby, you know my parents want to meet her. You can’t keep making up these lame excuses that she’s traveling around the world.”

“You don’t know my mother,” she said. “She can really be a pain. Let’s elope instead.”

“Not a chance!” Richard winked, drawing her close again. How would you feel if our future daughter did that to you? You only have one mother and she deserves your respect.”

“Okay. We’ll talk about it tomorrow,” she said, giving him a peck on the lips then walking him to the door.

Later, as Chloe lay in bed hugging her teddy bear, she thought about the strange encounter with her customer…but her thoughts soon shifted to Josh. She had thought she would never see him again. Now, seeing him after thirteen years, she wondered why he had come back.

Was it because of his promise?





Chapter Two





A few minutes before ten o’ clock, the doorbell rang. Chloe struggled out of bed and took so long to open the door that Nicole began pounding on it.