Bad Things

Of all the men mom had married, there wasn't a single one that could replace my dad. Except one.


13. Hidden Secrets

“Thanks for meeting with me.” It had been a week since the incident at mom’s house. Jared had called me to meet with him for lunch. Mom was working. Clearly, she was too busy to see her own daughter. Jared and I were sitting outside of a local restaurant.

“I hope you’re not here to apologize on my mom’s behalf.” I said and took a sip of my drink. Jared shook his head and told me that the lunch was for the two of us to get to know each other. He didn’t want us to create a strained relationship with each other, now that he and my mom were getting married in a month.

“Kathryn, I know that you understand that your mother has been through a lot in these past four years. After her divorce, she had never thought that she would see you again. I would’ve never expected for her to hit her own daughter. Though, you could be right that she’s upset about her late husband. It’s more than just losing her husband. She lost you as well. She had told me that she couldn’t understand why you have been keeping secrets from her and how you two would talk to each other about everything, including relationships."

Jared was right. Mom and I had kept secrets from each other since I had gone to college. She never even told me that she had married Harry until I came home two years later for Spring Break. Before I could say anything else, I saw that mom was approaching our table. A part of me wanted to get out and storm away. I stayed put. Mom sat down beside Jared. It’s been a while since I sat at a table with three people. “I thought you were working.” I said.

“Kathryn, I’m sorry about the other week. I know that we haven’t been on the best of terms lately. Here.” Mom took out an envelope from her purse and slid it across the table. It had my name on it. “I know the wedding is a month away; and I sent out invitations months ago. I have a seating arrangement all set up. You don’t have to say anything now, just think it over. I understand that we haven’t been on the best of terms lately as mother and daughter. I’m really hoping that I’ll see you there. If not, I completely understand. I just don’t want to lose you too.” Before I could say anything, mom and Jared had said they both needed to head to work. Jared paid for lunch before the three of us parted ways. 

For this past week, I had been staying at Harry’s. At work, Perrie mentioned that she was seeing this guy. She had never described what the guy looked like. Harry had also changed his mind about bringing a date to my mom’s wedding.

Either that or Perrie wasn’t his plus one anymore. "When exactly are you going to go back home to your boyfriend?” Harry and I were lying in his bed. His covers were wrapped around my body. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how to confront Liam about all of this. I sighed, “As soon as he stops keeping secrets from me.”

“You’re keeping a secret about us from him.” Harry didn’t have to remind me. I turned on my side gazing at him. “Are you going to attend your mom’s wedding?"

“I haven’t exactly thought about it yet."

“Kathryn, I think you should go, even without Liam."

“My mom invited you too. There’s still some chance that she still cares about you if she sent—"

“She sent me an invitation so that there was a possibility of bringing you to the wedding as my date.” He interrupted. “She knew that you and I would eventually get in contact again. Well, more like she assumed. I didn’t… I wasn’t sure about asking you because you had a boyfriend. I mean, I had a thought that you were seeing someone. I asked Perrie instead, but just the other day, she told me that she was going with someone else instead. She never told me their name. I might as well show up to the wedding alone."

“Maybe… I’ll go with you.”

“You’re not serious are you?” He raised an eyebrow at me. I told him that I was. But before he could say anything else, my phone rang. I glanced over to see Liam’s name appear on the screen. I reached over to answer it.

“Kathryn, I think we should have a talk. I’ll see you tonight for dinner.” said Liam. Then I heard the phone click on the other end. Harry asked me what the call was about. I told him that Liam and I were going to have a little talk. Well, the secret was going to come out eventually. Harry then leaned over and kissed my lips. “It’ll be okay.” he told me.

“I’m afraid that Liam and I aren’t… I haven’t exactly been the best girlfriend lately. I’ve been seeing you since the day I started working at your company."

“Don’t say that. You’d make the perfect wife—I mean, girlfriend. I have to head out. I’m doing some catching up with an old friend. You’ll be fine on your own? If you leave, just lock the door on your way out.” Harry kissed my lips once more before getting out of bed to get ready.

I get out of bed and put on my clothes. I head out to make myself a quick snack. I was able to bid a quick goodbye to Harry when he left. Now, I can have my thoughts to myself. The perfect wife?

I wasn’t sure if that was an intentional slip or an accidental one. Harry hardly talked about marriage since he mentioned the divorce. Around dinner time, I decided to head out and go back to my place. Liam was waiting for me when I arrived.

Though what surprised me was that everything was neatly prepared. Food ready with a candlelit setting. “What is this?” I asked, motioning to the presentation on the table. Liam said that he wanted to surprise me. Yet, I could see it in his eyes that he was hiding something from me. “Liam, there’s something—"

“Let’s not ruin the night shall we?"

“No, Liam. I have to tell you something important that can’t wait.” I gently bit my lip, only thinking about how to phrase the next sentences. There was no other way. It had to be said the way I had originally thought. “I’m seeing someone else."



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