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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45. We can’t just go back

 

 *Zac POV*

 I stir and roll over, my arms reaching for Harriet. When all I feel is cold sheets I open my eyes and see 17:54 on the clock. Fuck. The medication the hospital has sent me home with worked, but it also knocks me out quickly. My stomach rumbles and I realise I have slept through lunch. Trying to clear my head, I sit up slowly and the events from this morning comes crashing back. No doubt Harriet is still angry, and I still hadn't worked out if she might be right to feel that way. My emotions are as foggy as my brain. 

I look over to her side of the bed and it dawns on me that her things are gone, all of them. No..

I get out of bed and has to sit back down when pain seares through my skull. Waiting a few moments until it subsides, I stand slowly, walking to the door and opening it quietly. Relief flooding over me when I see her bags at the door. At least she hasn't left.

 When I come downstairs I step out on to the verandah, she is sitting on the wooden boards cross legged, wearing jeans and a thick cardigan, her hair falling over her shoulders. "Mike has gone to get some Chinese". She say without looking up. "He should be back any minute".

"May I sit?" I ask.

"Of course, it's your house." She sounded like she tried not to clip her words, but only half succeeded. "I was about to set the table anyway."

"Baby.."

"What? Do you want to take it all back? Change your mind? Or do you still want me to go think about whether I want to be with you, obviously I didn't make an informed decision when I decided to be with you the first time." She says, making me looke down at the floor.

 I had expected she would still be angry, I didn't expect she would be more angry than this morning. "Please don't be mad. I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.'"

"Do you still want me to think about it while I'm away?" She asks.

"Yes, I do. I want you to be sure-"

"Well then you need to let me think about it." She cuts me off and goes into the kitchen.

By the time Mike returns the tension is palpable. We eat almost in silence and Mike tries his best to break it with conversation. "Can I drive you to the airport in the morning?" He asks Harriet.

"Yes please. I need to be there at seven thirty." She says.

"I can drive if you like, give Mike a sleep in." I say hopefully.

"You're not allowed to drive, Zac. It's fine, I don't mind. I guess you're coming with us though?" Mike says looking at Harriet. 

She looks like she has to fight the urge to dig her heels in like a teenager. "Of course, as long as you've had enough sleep."

She excuses herself from the table and go to the lounge room with her laptop, checking her online stores as far as I can see.

Later in the evening, when I almost can't keep my eyes open any longer, I lean over the back of the couch and kisses the top of her head. "I'm going to bed." I say gently.

"I'm not ready yet, I'll be there in a while". She says to the laptop screen. 

I walk around the couch and sit down next to her. "Darling, are we... are we OK? Please don't snap at me or yell at me. I just need to know".

She closes the laptop and looks at my face. "I don't know, Zac. That's the truth, I do not know. You can't have expected me to just say 'oh OK then, sure, I'll reconsider our relationship. That's not just an offhand statement, it was calm and calculated. You completely caught me off guard, it was like you'd changed your mind and didn't want to say the words."

"Darling that's not what I meant, at all. I love you so much, I just want you to be happy." I say softly.

 

*Harri POV*

"Then why can't you see that I'm happier with you than I have ever been in my life? You're not holding me back, you're holding me up! You want me to need you like I did in the beginning? Well, here is the truth. You will always be Zachary Levi, regardless of what happens between us. If we get married, I'll be Mrs Levi. If we don't, I will always, for the rest of my life, be  Zachary Levi's ex. Not Harriet Calder , well-known in her own right because she's so talented. Just Zachary Levi's ex and baby mother. So please, tell me again how I came in to your life at a really bad time, when you didn't want a relationship, and how I can just waltz right out again because you're giving me permission. And don't even start

me on how I shouldn't care so much about you. Please, tell me how to not love you." I can see tears welling in his eyes and know I have gone too far, but I was too angry to say any more. I put the laptop down on the table and turn away from him, only knowing he has gotten up when I hear him close the

bedroom door.

Hours later I wake up and realise I have gone to sleep on the couch. Packing away my laptop and putting it by the door, I go to the bedroom. Zac is sleeping soundly, I can hear his even breath as I undress and

put on a T-shirt, being careful not to disturb him as I slide into bed. I have never been uncomfortable in bed with him, and I don't like it now.

 

 

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