He Listens (Chapter 7)

SERIES SUMMARY:  Kayla is on a quest to move beyond the hurt of her past as she realizes the impact that hurt has on her present and potential future. This is a modern tale of love that accounts the complexities of blending the lives of two thirty-somethings and all of their respective baggage.   Read to see if Kayla will finally share her secret, embrace something new, and most importantly exercise her faith.

Quick Recap:  Kayla has been invited to a party that will be attended by her former love.


..Continued – 

It’s Saturday morning.  Kayla is home in her office.  She won’t answer her phone because avoiding Dawn, means avoiding the party and by avoiding the party she can avoid Andre.  The last time they talked it ended with Kayla eventually hanging up after he answered the other line and took too long come back.  Because of her pride, when he returned the call, she was conveniently unable to come to phone, at least that’s what her voicemail told him.  And the last time they were face to face, it ended with a night of unbelievable sex and an “I’ll call you when I get there.”  He “got there” a week later.  Tired of playing the game, Kayla swore that the last time would be just that.  But presence has power.  Sure she could be strong when he was nine hours away.  But now he’s minutes away.  To see him is to want him.  So she simply won’t see him.

The exotic smell of orchids fill her office as she screens another call and sees that it is safe to answer.  It’s Kareem.

“Hey baby, what’s up for tonight, can I see you?”

“Maybe, I’m a little tired, I don’t know if I’m up to it.”

“Listen, I’ll make dinner and we can rent a couple of movies.  You can relax at my place.  I’ll rub your feet.”

“I don’t know Kareem I’m just tired, this week was exhausting.  Can I call you later?”

“Okay, but be sure to call me back, you make a brother feel like he be stalking you or something.”

“Hey, thanks for the flowers.”

“No problem, those are your favorite, right?”

“Right, I’ll call you back, I promise.”

Kayla met Kareem about a month ago at Espressos, a trendy little restaurant just outside of the city.  She was there with Karah he was there with his frat brothers.  After exchanging a few intense eye contact moments, Kareem worked up the courage to approach their table and strike up a conversation.  Kareem is sweet and nice looking.  He recently moved back to Detroit after spending a year in North Carolina on assignment for GM.  He has a four-year-old son and a baby momma from hell.  Kayla has a rule about men with children:  Don’t date them.  However, Kareem makes her laugh and his son is adorable.  They have gone out three times in the last month and each time she starts to like him a little more.

To be continued…

© LaRonda Moore

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