Thursday, August 03, 2006
New Beginning 39
Elspeth stared at the phone in her hand, face blank with shock. She felt numb inside, but the numbness was rapidly giving way to a searing rush of hurt and betrayal. Jerking the receiver back to her ear, she was met with the buzz of the dialtone. She set the phone slowly down on her desk, and tried to make sense of the words echoing in her head.
I'm sorry. Please don't hate us. We never meant for this to happen. We didn't want to hurt you.
Doug and Jennifer. Her fiancé and her best friend. It had been Doug on the phone, calling to tell her that he was canceling the wedding because he and Jennifer had developed feelings for each other that neither could deny. They had—he said—tried to ignore them for her sake, but in the end they felt it was better to acknowledge them and move forward, and hope she didn't blame them for something out of their control. Not blame them? She didn't know what to think.
At least Doug had called to explain, which showed some concern for her feelings. Jennifer had been over just the night before, listening to Elspeth's giddy wedding plans, and never breathed a word. Why didn't she tell me?
She and Jennifer had been best friends since grade school, beginning with the shy offer of half a turkey sandwich at lunchtime. Before that, Elspeth had been alone, so alone after the death of her mother and father in that tragic car accident. Why did her father have to drink that night? Her parents had been so full of life, so in love. When they’d met at their senior prom, they’d known they would be married.
Their parents hadn’t approved. Elspeth’s grandparents had been archaeologists who didn’t hold with their daughter marrying the son of accountants. Her grandparents had been paired together on a dig, excavating the skeleton of a brachiosaurus when they’d met. If only they’d never met! If only the dinosaurs had never roamed the earth…
Elspeth thought some more and stood very still, because there was no way she was going to give in and resort to action.
Opening: Jenny Clark
Posted by Evil Editor at 6:54 PM