He Listens (Chapter 3)

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.


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Kayla met Andre at the beginning of her junior year in undergrad.  She had seen him around campus before but never really paid him that much attention until they spent three hours together at a Gear Up rally to raise funds for school supplies for the local inner city youth.  They fell fast and hard.  Some say he is the one she let slip away, the one that she still longs for today.  As love would have it, at the end of that following year, Andre received a graduate apprenticeship to a prestigious Art Institute on the East Coast.  Art was his dream, his passion, and Kayla was his muse.  When he asked her what he should do, she told him to go.  She would never forgive herself if she were the reason for his dream deferred.  So after a summer of picnics at Belle Isle, long days at Cedar Point, Fourth of July in Hart Plaza, and family barbeques up the wazoo, Andre kissed Kayla good-bye.  She never even told him that she was six weeks pregnant when he left.  She found out the week before.  He doesn’t even know that she cried for two months straight after returning from the hospital.  He doesn’t know and Kayla can’t forget.

When he first left, they talked three times a day.  He was so excited about his new surroundings and she was so careful to keep her secret.  Several times, she almost told, but each time she was interrupted by a mental reminder of the potential that this opportunity held.  As the first semester came to an end, the phone calls became less frequent until a solid week had passed without contact.  It was during this time in which Kayla needed him the most.  This is when she would have told.  She called him several times, and several times she got his voicemail.  Eventually he returned her calls, apologizing and blaming it on the craziness of his new schedule.  She forgives him and he vowed to never let it happen again.  They begun to speak daily and planned for him to come home for a week at the end of the semester.  But by the time he made it home, it was too late.  And although it was only four months, it felt like four years.  He was different, they were different, and she was never the same.

Yes, when they first saw each other, they embraced for what seemed like forever and of course they didn’t get much sleep that night, but it was the moments in between those that made it obvious that Andre had moved on in life and with a heavy heart, Kayla tried to convince herself that she had to as well.

It’s funny how the pursuit of one passion can kill the desire of another.

To be continued…

© LaRonda Moore

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We Met on Vacation

Zoe hates family vacations; the guided tours, jam-packed itineraries, endless photo ops, cramped sleeping conditions, and unfamiliar food.   This year would prove no different as she begrudgingly stuffs a hoodie in her backpack, and hops out of the cab.

The line to board the ferry is long, so Zoe uses headphones to buy her a little time. Her parents are holding hands and pointing out interesting sights, while her two younger brothers are taking turns kicking one another.

As they wait, Zoe people-watches.   She sees a couple doing a poor job of trying to disguise the argument that they’re having. Then, she sees a creepy middle-aged, bald guy digging in his noise.

And just as she convinces herself that this too is yet another “family vacation adventure” (as her mother refers to them) that she could have done without, she scans to the left of the crowd and sees him. She looks away quickly, and smiles.

© LaRonda Moore


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He Listens (Chapter 2)

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.


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Shutting her door to enjoy the shallow peace of silence, she drops everything atop a blonde maple wood table and glides off her heels with an exhausted sigh.  On the way to her bedroom, she unties her “no man can resists me in this one” black knee-length dress.  This dress is infamous.  It is appropriate enough for the workplace but risky enough for all of the men (single and not-so single) to have frequent conversations with her breast every time they find another reason to enter her office and sneak a peek.

At her dressing table, she stares long and hard into the mirror and without verbally communicating a word, she speaks to Him.  She shares the fears that she can’t admit to no one else, sometimes not even herself.  Still in the moment of her thoughts, slowly she gets up from her stool and walks over to a blinking phone.  She has messages.  “Who still uses voicemail?” she thinks to herself.  As she dials she rolls her eyes and listens to a telemarketer offer to clean her non-existing carpet, and her annoying, across-the-hall neighbor who comes up with a different reason each week to get on the other side of her door.  She gave him the number in case of an emergency; she is now regretting that decision.  And just as she is about to hang up, she hears a familiar voice.  It’s Dawn, her college roommate who is rambling on about one of her notorious Saturday night get-togethers.  They haven’t spoken in months, so it was good to hear from her, but Dawn is a party animal and after college they grew apart.  While dialing her back, she thinks quickly of an excuse as to why she can’t attend this frequent festivity.  However, Dawn answers before she can rehearse a lie in her head.

“Hey girl, I take it that you got my message.  Well, here’s something that I couldn’t leave on a voicemail.  I ran into Jason at Somerset.  He told me that Andre just got into town and that he is asking about you!”

Kayla had to pretend to be listening to rest of what Dawn was saying, because after hearing his name, she kind of blanked out.

“Kayla, are you still there?  Girl, I don’t even know what to tell you.  But I will say this, I invited Jason and he’s bringing Andre.  So pull yourself together, do three sets of crunches buy a new push up bra, and I’ll see you tomorrow night.”

Kayla stood there with a silly grim on her face, looking distant as if into the future.  “Andre,” she thought.  “Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile.”

To be continued…

© LaRonda Moore

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