The accidential Hacker

Harriet is a struggling painter.. One day she accidentially hacks into someone computer and it turns her whole life upside down

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19. Early calls

Chapter 19

 2 weeks later

 *Harri POV*

 It had taken a bit over two weeks, but I am finally finding myself in a routine I can get used to. To keep busy I am am painting quite a bit, and for the first time in 10 years she had picked up playing the piano again. 

It was a crisp Wednesday night and I am sitting at the piano in Zac's living-room, playing softly when the phone ring.

"Hi baby sis." It is good to hear Lizzie's voice sounding brighter.

"Hey honey, how are you?" I ask.

"Getting better, I went back to work today and I'm starting to feel more, normal I guess. I still have my moments but Jake is being amazing. What's happening in LA?"

"Same old stuff," I pause. "Actually, there's something I've been dying to tell you..."

"Spit it out, Sis!'" She says sounding excited.

"I'm dating. I'm in love and I'm dating.. Zachary Levi". I hold my breath, my sister is a huge Chuck fan, and I am waiting for her reaction.

Lizzie screams down the phone. "If you're pulling my leg-"

"Hang on," I sends a photo to Liz of Zac, it is my favorite, he is all morning ruffled, only wearing a T-shirt and boxers, stretching that long body standing in front of the window. "Check your messages,"

"Oh my, Harriiiiiiii! Oh my GOD!" My sister sounds like she can't breathe.

I can hear Jake in the background wanting to know what is happening. "Liz, calm down. I need to talk to you before you say anything. It's important."

"I'm just so excited for you." She took a deep breath and exhaled loudly. "OK,"

"Please don't go telling everyone. I'll tell mum and you can tell Jake but until we go public you can not tell anyone else, OK? No one. It's important, Elizabeth."

"OK, I understand," she said sincerely. "I'll make sure mum and dad and Jake do the same. Harri I'm so excited for you! What's he like?"

"Oh, you know, like a real life prince charming. Sends me coffee every day with the number of days until he returns on it. And pink roses every week. Just the usual stuff." I giggle. "Liz, I'm so happy. I really love him even though we've only spent a couple of weeks together. He's just amazing. And I played for him. And I'm painting like a mad woman!" 

Liz laughed "It's so good to hear happiness in your voice, sis."

After we have talked for a few minutes, Liz interrupts me. "Harri, you're on speaker and mum is here. Spill it!" And I have to go in to the same details with my mom, who were equally as excited if a little less enthusiastic than Liz.

I hang up the phone on a high. It was nice to go in to detail with my closest confidante and it was such a relief that she sounded a little brighter.

Just as I get in to bed I decide to surprise Zac with a phone call a little earlier than usual. Normally he calls me while he gets ready to go to bed.

"Hello?" He answers the phone and he is literally puffing, completely out of breath, my heart jumps in to her throat. NO! "Hello?" He say again when I hadn't spoken.

"Zac ?" I say shakily.

"Harri ? Shit. Sorry, you're early and I didn't look at the number before I answered." I sit up, my heart pounding in my chest. "Are you OK?"

"Um yes, I'm fine." I say, probably a tad curtly. "Are you?"

"Yes, why- ohhh. Sorry baby. I was running. I'm a bit out of breath. And shape apparently." He chuckles lightly.

"Oh. When did you start running ?" You can't seriously doubt him Harri, not after all he has done, I tell myself. 

"Last week, the director apparently think I need to get a bit in shape, so I run, and I usually call you once I've recovered. He laughs, sounding more normal.

"I thought-" I start. "Never mind. Sorry I interrupted."

"Don't be, you saved me another 5 minutes!" He laughs again and I mentally slap myself. Why do you automatically jump to the worst case scenario?.!

"How's my beautiful girl, going to bed? Still wearing my shirt?" He asks softly.

"Already in it. And no. If I wash it it won't smell like you anymore so I'm saving it for when I'm desperate." I say, I want to sleep in it every night, but would get kind of nasty before he came back.

"Yeah I didn't think about that. How was your day?"

"Good. I finished another piece today. Going to try some abstract paintings tomorrow. And I talked to Liz, she's sounding so much better". I tell him.

"You finally told her about us?" He asks.

"I did." I tell him smiling widely. "She was a bit excited. A bit might be an understatement. There was screaming."

"I can't wait to meet them. Or for you to meet my family. I think you and Shekinah are very similar, and they will all love you just as I do." I can hear him unlocking his door with his keys. "I don't have any news, all I've done is work, run and sleep. You should go to sleep". He added, hearing me yawn. "Are you going to call me when you're up?"

"Sure am. I'll talk to you in the morning. I love you baby." I answer him, feeling my heart swell.

"I love you too, my darling. Sleep well."

I hang up and suddenly feel very tired now the adrenaline had run out and my heart isn't trying to escape my chest.

This is it, Harriet. I think as I drift off. This is life now, real life. And you're doing OK. It's going to be OK.

 

 

 

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