Head over Heels 3

The story isn't over...yet.


46. one time thing.

The next morning, I opened my eyes facing the window with the sun shining in my face. I noticed I was laying on Derek’s arm, I turned around and saw him sleeping. I slowly got up out of bed and brushed my teeth, washing my face before sneaking back into bed. I heard him groan in his sleep, I smiled and snuggled up to him.


“Hey.” He says.


“Hi. Good morning, how did you sleep?”


“Good, I slept good. What about you?”


“Mm. Same as you, I wanted to thank you for last night. I never thought I would be able to do that with another guy.”


“No worries, it was just a one time thing.”


“Wait, one time thing?”


“Yeah, you didn’t want this to be a one time thing did you?” He asks.


“No. I know you’re messing around with Wendy or whatever her name is, what was I thinking?”


“I broke things off with Wendy. We weren’t exclusive or anything, just messing around. She’s hot but, I didn’t like her like that, last night, I noticed that you were flirting with me, I’m not stupid. Maybe it was because you were hurting I’m not sure. I don’t want you to think I’m taking advantage of you.”


“I don’t think that at all. I really appreciate you being here, I do. I want us to keep messing around, but I also want you to get tested.” I said, he chuckled a little, caressing my face.


“You think you should’ve asked me that before we did what we did last night?”


“Yeah. I should’ve. But at least we used protection. I’m up for the sex if you are.”


“Is it just sex with us? I don’t want you to think like you’re obligated to have sex.”


“Well, let’s just mess around. And then we’ll see how things will go from there.” I said.


“Okay, if you really want to do that. You look so beautiful when you wake up, but I’m just going to pretend you didn’t go in the bathroom to freshen up.” He says, I giggled kissing him, I sat on top of him, making out with him.


“I guess I wasn’t the only person that freshened up.” I said licking my hand, reaching my hand down his boxers.


“What time is it?”


“Mm, I don’t know.” I said, he grabs his phone off the dresser, quickly getting up. “When are you suppose to be at work?”


“At eight, it’s seven o’clock.”


“Good, maybe we can play around for a little while until you leave.”


“I would love to but, I’m not having sex with you again until I get tested. I’ll go by the clinic and get checked after work. I’m only doing this for you, any other girl, I wouldn’t care.”


“Are you doing this because you’re the father of our child?”


“Maybe. Mostly because I care about your health, I don’t want to be a walking STD. I think it’s time I get checked anyways. But, if we’re really doing this, I promise that it’s just you and I. I won’t have sex with anyone else.”


“And I promise, that I won’t have sex with anyone else. Not that, I’m interested in doing it with someone else besides you. I don’t trust anyone else. I want to move on, I just feel guilty because it feels like I’m going behind his back.”


“We don’t have to do this, I’m not pressuring you. You know that right?”


“I know, thanks. Want some breakfast?”


“I’m okay, I’ll pick something up.” He says putting his clothes on.


“Okay, you don’t have to come back tonight if you don’t want to. I know that sometimes you want to be at home, by yourself-“


“I’ll come over, maybe we can chill, watch a movie with the kids or something.”


“Yeah, I’d like that.”


“I hope Kathy talks to you, she’s not talking to any of us. She’s not the only one hurt by it, um, anyway, I’m not promising anything but I hope I can make it to your press conference, I’m sure you’ll do great. I’m gonna get out of here before Audrey sees me, I don’t want her expecting anything.”


“Okay. By the way, if you do show up, wear something nice. I’ll talk to you later then.”


“Talk to you later.” He says kissing my cheek leaving. I smiled and got the kids up for school, I got ready for work, fixing breakfast.


“Hey, you okay? About the whole Justin being gone thing?” I asked Audrey. She nods her head, eating her cereal. “I know it’s hard, it’s going to be hard for all of us. It happened so fast and..I don’t know it felt like I was drowning. I didn’t want to tell you, I know we were at the funeral and everything and you asked me why he was laying like that and..I had to lie to you. It was wrong but, I told Derek to tell you, since it was a little easier on him and he’s used to giving people bad news. Justin still loves us, all of us, and we love him.”


“Why can’t we go home then?”


“I don’t know, it’s just, being surrounded by his things and walking in there without him feels weird to me.”


“So were staying in a hotel forever?”


“No. I don’t want to live here forever. I may have an idea, and I think you’re going to like it.” I said. After I dropped Audrey at school and Issac off to daycare, I did something crazy, but only for a good cause. During lunch time, Derek and I met up at the Beverly Hills Hotel to have some lunch.


“I need a contractor, and what I mean by that, I want you.”


“Why? You’re getting Justin’s house fixed or something?”


“No, here.” I said handing him some papers. “These are the deeds to the house. The house across from your grandparents. I bought it. I don’t want to live in Cali anymore. The kids love it here. And I want them to be happy, Audrey doesn’t want to stay in the hotel forever, so, I bought the house. And I need your help. I’ll pay you extra. How does five hundred thousand sound?”


“Um, sorry I’m just- processing all of this in my head. Are you sure about this?”


“Yeah, I’m sure about it. Since you think I’m some kind of rich snob, I would love to help out around the ranch more. I like being around your grandparents, and you. You guys have been there for me since I lost Justin. I want you to do this for me.”


“Okay, but I don’t want you to pay extra. I do want you to do something for me though.”


“What’s that?”


“Go to the house, and go to the grave. It’ll help, I promise you it’ll help. Once you do that, then, I’ll see what I can do about fixing your house. You can’t keep avoiding going there. You have to visit Cali sometime. I’m here for you, you know that, and it’s not because we’re messing around. If you do this, I won’t ask you again.”


“Okay. I’ll do it. By the way, I informed everyone else about it, decided to tell you last. I should’ve asked you and your grandparents first but-“


“It’s okay Adrian. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled when they find out you bought the house.”


“It’s a beautiful house. I want to move my kids somewhere they’re comfortable. Besides they’ll get to see Sunflower everyday.”


“That’s true. I’m happy to see you’re doing a little better. When are you having your conference?”


“After lunch. It’s about expanding shelters and other services to other places.”


“That’s big. It wasn’t simple as you thought it was. This is about getting vets off the streets everywhere.”


“Yeah I know, I’ve gotten lots of letters from people thanking me for being the person to step up. But I wanted to thank you for being the reason I did it, I tell everyone about who inspired me to make a change. And talking to your mom about it. I’m happy I did this.”


“Me too. You know I don’t normally sleep with the person I’m working for I think that’ll be a problem with our little thing we have going on.”


“Oh, I can get someone else to do it for me-“


“I didn’t say I didn’t want to do it. I’ll do it, because I care about you, and I don’t want my daughter to live in a hotel for the rest of her life. I gotta get going, I’ll see if I can take off for an hour just to come see you, if not I’ll make it up to you. I promise. It’s nice to see you’re feeling a little better. Take it one day at a time. See you later.” He says paying for our lunch leaving. I took a deep breath and went to my press conference.


“We wanted to have a press conference with you to talk about expanding the resources for veterans around the country. I know it’s a lot, but this is for veterans everywhere, that has no place to live, no access to health care, no job, and the help they need. What is your main goal with this program?”


“My main goal is to get many vets off the streets as possible, into shelters and access to job trainings. I think that’ll make a huge difference in their lives. Before I started this program, I want them to have something they could come back to after being discharged. Some doesn’t have family, some does, some are disabled and some aren’t. I want to help vets who can’t live a normal life, or the vets that can’t go back to the way they were before enlisting in the military. I have a very special friend that encouraged me to do this, and without him or my husband, I wouldn’t be standing here today.” I said with a small smile. “But I do see shelters and different resources going from one place to another and that’s what I want. At first, I could say I didn’t think things through, and I was scared to be honest. But I feel confident.” I added. I noticed Derek standing in the crowd which put a smile upon my face, I was happy to see him. After the press conference, I walked up to him giving him a hug. “Thank you for coming.”


“No problem. I have to make up for the time I missed at work so, it’s nothing. These are for you.” He says giving me a bouquet of flowers.


“Thank you, that’s so sweet, you didn’t have to do that.”


“I know. Just wanted to support my friend. You did great up there. You’re going to blow up Adrian, you’re doing great things. Justin would be proud of you.”


“Yeah. I wish he was here, I really wish that. I just think of all the things I’ve said and done to him and it makes me feel like shit.”


“I’m sure he’s said and done things to you too. But that’s part of a relationship. Just had to be strong enough to not give up on each other. It’s hard I know. No one said it was going to be easy. I know I told you this already but thank you. For fixing a problem no one else would fix.”


“You don’t need to thank me.”


“I do need to thank you. You never gave up, I thought you would but, you didn’t, I appreciate that. You deserve recognition for the wonderful things you’ve done. Remember that. What are you going to do now? Go to work?”


“Actually, I’m going to Cali. I think it’s time to visit the house.”


“I can come with if you want.”


“No, that’s okay. I think I’ll be okay. I want to be okay.”


“And you will, healing isn’t an overnight process. It takes time and that’s okay.”


“Why are you so amazing?”


“Because you were there for me when I was in the same situation. We weren’t together but, at least I knew I could talk to you. Everything happened so fast with Justin and I think about him a lot. I always think of the bad times we had and he had the right to feel whatever he was feeling. Even me convincing there was nothing going on between me and you, he always overthought we was. And I understand why. I never stopped loving you Adrian.”


“I know. And that’s okay. I think about the bad times with Justin all of the time. And I regret it because he didn’t deserve any of that but, it happened. Maybe after I visit the house and the grave, I could move forward. I know he would want me to do that. I would love for you to come but, I think I have to do this myself.”


“Okay. Well I hope it makes you feel better. It’s been months since you’ve been there. Also, talk to Kathy if you can. She’s dodging my calls and my texts and...it sucks so, talk to her...for us, all of us.”


“I will try my best, can’t promise you anything. But, I’ll try.” I said. He smiles and hugs me, I hugged him back as he walked me out to my car.


“Safe travels. Call me, alright. At least tell me how everything goes with Kathy. Or I could come over later on. How bout you come over for dinner tonight.”


“I have two kids.”


“Yeah and one of them is mine. Bring them over, I think Issac is getting used to me. It’ll be nice for you to get out that hotel for tonight.”


“Okay. We will see you tonight then.”


“Yeah, good luck with Kathy.”


“Thanks, I’ll need it. You look great in blue by the way. Anyways, thanks again for the flowers and also taking the time to come out and support me.”


“Always. See you later.” He says leaving. I smiled and got into the car making my way to Cali.

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