The Untold Secret

Scarlett just got her life figured out then this guy she use to know comes back into the picture along with her best friend from high school. Old stories are told and the future of everyone has changed.

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One of the best days of my life was when I graduated from college. I worked so hard to reach that point in my life, and when they called my name, “Scarlett Roberts”, I felt joy run through me like the wind brushing through the trees, feeling all of my accomplishments that managed to get me to that spot in my life. A few years after college I found a job working for a house and building design company in Maine. Not long after I was in line for a promotion to the next head designer. I was twenty-five years old at the time ready for my life to get started. My boss came over to tell me that she wanted to talk over dinner at a restaurant called “Meritage.”

I met my boss at the restaurant after changing into formal attire. She reserved a table for the two of us to talk about my future plans with the company and how I would improve the company through my work-line. She wanted to know if I was ready for this big step and if I was ready to give this new job all of my attention and commitment. I worked so hard to get that promotion and was ready for the next big thing to happen.

We finished our conversation, paid the check, and started to leave when realizing I forgot my phone on the table. Excusing myself, I went back into the restaurant and saw my phone on the table. It started glowing through the napkin it was under, notifying me that I received a text message. It was from an unknown caller saying “somebody you know is going to reveal your darkest secret.” I had no clue to what that could have meant and just ignored it.

I started to walk out of the restaurant again, until someone stopped me. Turning around, I couldn’t believe that the woman standing in front of me was my best friend from high school Alex. Alex and I went way back to elementary school when she let me copy her math homework because I forgot to do mine. We were friends ever since, but we lost touch after high school because we were both going to different colleges on the opposite sides of the country. She looked more beautiful than ever with shorter brown hair than I remember. She gave me a big hug and we talked for ages until this man approached us. He came over kissing Alex on the lips. She introduced me to her husband Matt. When he looked into my eyes, I knew exactly who he was and from the look he gave me, he most certainly recognized my too. I almost dropped seeing this man face to face again, thinking that I would never see him again, but there he was, standing right in front of me, married to my best friend.

Suddenly, I understood what that next message was about. I needed to leave as soon as I could, but didn’t want Alex to feel offended or start to ask questions. I told them that I would love to catch up, but had to leave because my boss needed to talk to me outside and was waiting for me. We exchanged our new phone numbers and I walked as fast as I could outside without causing a scene.

I went to my car and drove home thinking about what really happened in high school. I got home and got a text message from Alex saying how great it was to see me again and she wanted to meet at a coffee shop in the morning to catch up since our conversation at the restaurant was cut short. I hesitantly texted back agreeing, then I tried to text Matt’s old number. I erased and re-wrote seven text messages before sending the final one which said, “hey, Matt, if this is still your number we really need to talk. -Scarlett.” I didn’t know what else to say to my ex- boyfriend. I went to bed staring at the ceiling until I could fall asleep. I just got my life back then he came along, but I wasn’t ready to lose everything I had for what he and I use to have.

Morning arrived and I got a text from Matt saying he wanted to meet in person. I told him that I was meeting his wife, who was also my best friend, at the cafe if he wanted to meet up before hand across the street from the cafe to talk. I really didn’t want to go but needed to talk to him. I threw on some clothes, went to meet Matt, and as I arrived, I saw him standing in front of the store. I walked over, worried that he said something to Alex about our relationship and our baby.

We met in high school at a Club late one night and we both had a little too much to drink. He took me to his house and one thing led to another. He and I saw each other every now and then but I never told Alex just because I thought having a secret boyfriend was pretty fun at the time, until I got news that I was pregnant. When I told Matt he was shocked and didn’t know how to handle it. The baby was born and we both decided that we were not ready to be parents and put him up for adoption. After that Matt left and I never saw him again.

I went to Alex for emotional support and told her everything without mentioning the baby or Matt’s name. I was 18 at the time and it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. Matt and I talked for awhile telling me every answer I wanted to hear. Throughout our conversation I realized that Matt has grown up to be this mature, responsible guy. He was nothing like the Matt I knew in high school. The only thing that stayed the same was how his blue eyes still had this sparkle I loved and when he smiled he always looked toward the ground then looked up right into my eyes. Our conversation didn’t last long but at the end, I told Matt that we had to tell Alex because it was the right thing to do. Nervously, we both met Alex in the coffee shop. Alex was waiting at a table with a cup of coffee confused to see Matt and me walk in together and noticing a nervous look on my face. She asked if everything was ok and Matt looked at me begging me not to continue this.

I willingly told Alex everything. She stared at me then at Matt than back to me with a shocked expression not knowing how to handle the situation. Our conversation led to silence and Matt and I were waiting for Alex’s response to taking the news. She looked like she was about to cry but pulled herself together getting out of her seat and walking out of the cafe not saying another look. leaving Matt and me alone in the cafe. I didn't know what to do but the look on Matt’s face said everything.

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