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Friends, Lovers or Duty - Conclusion

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Julie Brennan turned 25 shortly after her divorce was final. She was still having nightmares, and she jumped at the slightest sound. Her husband had called her a couple of times, and she hung up when she heard his voice. He had not violated the restraining order the judge had granted her for one more year.

She was seeing a psychiatrist every other week who said she was suffering from battered woman’s syndrome. The psychiatrist had assured Julie that no matter what she had said or done, no one deserved to be abused.

The more Julie saw the psychiatrist, the more details she remembered of the abusive days. The psychiatrists was a female, about 45 year old, with a gentle face and dark brown eyes. She helped Julie learn to relax, meditate, talk about her childhood, her abuser husband and what Julie wanted to achieve in the future.

Julie had not called Dan Stevens, the policeman that helped her, since their dinner three months earlier, and he had not reached out to her. Dan knew Julie need some time to sort out her past, and he wanted to heed his partner Sam’s advice to give Julie time to get help following the divorce from her abusive husband.

Dan was 28, and he had been engaged for a year in his early 20’s, but his fiance broke it off saying she did not want to marry a policeman. “The work was just too dangerous,” she said. Dan was a bit gunshigh, however, he had been very attracted to the beautiful, petite Julie Brennan.

You Had Me From Hello

Friendship and More

When Julie came home from work as a paralegal one night the phone rang, and it was Dan. “Hi Julie. Do you remember me? It’s Dan.”

“Of course, I do.” Julie replied.

“I was thinking of today and wondering how you were doing.”

“I am doing pretty well. I have sold the house, and I am moving to a new condo in another week.”

“That sounds great,” Dan said.

“It will be a little easier to keep up, as there is not yard work, etc.”

“Sure, but how are you doing?”

Julie sighed, “Well, I have been getting some professional help, and I attend a support group with other women who have had similar experiences. And, here I thought I was the only one. Haha,” Julie laughed.

“That sounds really good. I am so glad you are feeling better.”

“I am for sure,” Julie replied. “I know it will take more time, but I am making progress.”

“How would you like to go out for breakfast Saturday morning?” Dan asked.

“I have to continue getting ready to move, but I think a breakfast would be a nice change of pace.”

“Okay, I could pick you up at 8:30 AM. Is that too early?” Dan asked.

“No, that would fine.”

“Okay, I will see you then.”

Dan got off the phone pleased that Julie was doing better, and he certainly looked forward to Saturday.

Dan rang the doorbell Saturday morning, and Julie answered with a smile. She was wearing blue jean capris, with a blue shirt that matched her eyes. If she had makeup on, Dan couldn’t tell. He noticed as he looked at her, that she didn’t look as stressed anymore, but she was just as beautiful as he remembered. Of course, he smiled back.

“Is Cracker Barrel good with you?” Dan asked.

“Definitely. How are you by the way? I do not think I thought to ask when we talked.”

“I’m good. I have been working some overtime lately, but mostly on days. So, I haven’t had much free time.”

“I guess that is typical of the demands of your job,” replied Julie.

“Sometimes, it sure is, but I like what I do. I feel like I make a difference in our community.’

Julie said, “I am sure you do, unlike me as a paralegal.”

“Don’t sell yourself short. A paralegal is an important job too.”

“I suppose, and it is a decent living.”

They sat down at the restaurant and ordered coffee and breakfast food.

Julie asked, “What prompted you to want to be a policeman?”

“My father was actually a conman and ended up in jail. My mother worked very hard to support us. I just decided I wanted to be a good guy and help people.”

“That sounds like the right reasons to me,” Julie stated.

“What about you? Why did you become a paralegal?”

Julie replied, “I am interested in the law, but not enough to go to law school.”

Their morning continued with them talking about anything and everything as two hours quickly passed by. Julie finally said she needed to get home and pack. Dan asked Julie if she need help moving, but she said she had it handled.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Friendship Growing

Dan knew Julie needed more time to heal emotionally, but he did want to see her again. He decided he would take things slowly.

Over the next several weeks they had several long phone conversations, ate lunch together a couple of times and went to the movies twice. Julie continued her therapy. Her nightmares stopped, and she was happier than she had been in a long time.

Several weeks later Dan picked Julie up, and they went out to dinner. They enjoyed their meal, and they took a walk along Lake Michigan. When Dan finally walked Julie to her door, she paused, then Dan pulled her close and finally kissed her. He left with a big smile knowing that they just may end up with something very special between them.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

Thank you so much for your very nice comments.

Rosina S Khan on April 17, 2020:

A beautiful, fitting ending for Dan and Julie. Dave gave her a break and time to heal from the abusive behavior of her exhusband. Then Dan approached her at the perfect moment. A lovely hub good enough to make readers fulfilled. Excellent job, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 08, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I am all for happy endings. Thank you for your commets.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2020:

I like sweet endings and you gave one to us. Thanks! The two people in your story deserve happiness.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 07, 2019:

Hi MG, I wanted a happy ending. I surely appreciate your comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 07, 2019:

What a wonderful tale and told in a succinct manner. Divorce can be terrible and a helping hand is a need. I am so glad the lady found love.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 06, 2019:

Hi Robert, I defintely am happy about your kind comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 06, 2019:

Hi Robert, I defintely am happy about your kind comments.

Robert Sacchi on June 06, 2019:

A good continuation of your original story.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2019:

Hi Rajan, I agree that Julie will heal faster with Dan's help. I wanted him to be supportive, yet give her some space. I appreciate your comments.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 02, 2019:

Dan seems to be an understanding man and Julie will heal faster if she has him as a friend and partner.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 28, 2019:

Hi Maria, I am not especially confident writing fiction, but I wanted Dan to be a good, thoughtful man. I guess I succeeded in that. Thank you for your kind comments. Love, Pam

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 28, 2019:

I was rooting for this couple, dear Pam. I love how you paced things, with Dan respecting Julie's need for space and healing.

Beautiful story! Love and hugs, Maria

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2019:

Hi Ms Dora, Dan really is a good man, at least that is how I viewed him when I wrote this story. I certainly appreciate your kind words.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 27, 2019:

This story has some good-feel ingredients that make it appealing: renewal, love and fulfillment among others, not least of which a a man like Dan.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2019:

Hi Mel, I agree that the cope could keep her safe. All boys should be reaised like you. I eally like that song also. Thank you for your comments.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 26, 2019:

Beautiful story. I hope the cop scares the wife beater away. I was raised that no man should ever hit a woman. My Mom would never let me strike my sister, even when she hit me first.

I love that Elton and Kiki Dee song, by the way.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 26, 2019:

Hi Lori, Yes, Dan is a good guy, at least that was the idea. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 26, 2019:

Hi Umairferiha, Thank you for commenting.

Lori Colbo from United States on May 25, 2019:

Dan is someone I would like to meet.

umairferiha on May 25, 2019:

i hope so it should be happy ending

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2019:

Hi Pop, You are right about us needing happy endings. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

breakfastpop on May 25, 2019:

I love the pace and direction of this story. Good endings are badly needed these days.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2019:

Hi Liz, I thought going slow was the best thing if this were a true story. Time for healing and a happy ending is good I think. Thanks for commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2019:

Hi Bill, I think we can assume they will have a happy ending, as I do not plan to write any more on this couple. Happy endings are good!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2019:

Hi Eric,Thanks so much for coming back and commenting my friend. I always like your perspective.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 25, 2019:

You have paced this story sensitively and well. A 'happy ever after' ending as soon as possible is what a lot would like to see, but in view of the circumstances in this story, the slow plot development fits just right.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 25, 2019:

Well I do so hope this has a happy ending. I want this couple to live happily ever after, please. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 25, 2019:

Came back and enjoyed Sir Elton.

I looked at the exchange of working - No difference in the world and overtime. Worthy to think on it.

I am so arrogant that I think that my overtime of love makes a difference.

Thank you so much for this thought provoking article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2019:

HI Lorna, I am sure it must take a lifetime, but I like the idea that Dan s an honorable man, and as you said he gave Julie hope. Thank you for your kind comments.

Lorna Lamon on May 25, 2019:

I enjoyed the ending Pamela - it gave Julie much needed hope. It can take a lifetime to fully recover from this type of abuse. Your story was sensitive and realistically told.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 24, 2019:

Hi Flourish, Thank you for your kind remards Much appreciated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 24, 2019:

Hi Eric, Obviously, you do not abuse your wife, and it is hard to understand why anyone would emotionally or physically abuse someoe they are suppose to love, but it happens with some frequency anymore. Thanks for the comments Eric.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 24, 2019:

Hi Ruby, I am glad to hear your sister found a good husband as being abused is awful I appreciate your comments.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 24, 2019:

I know I’ve said this before but you excel at creating realistic, natural sounding conversation. Many authors feature characters with stilted conversation but not you! I enjoyed this story.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 24, 2019:

I do not know of this. I mean I get it. I think. I will have to think on it more and get back to you. Never had a romance before marriage. It was, "I love you and we will get married" on the first date. 15 years and now 18 years. Intriguing. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2019:

This was an enjoyable read, so glad they found each other. I had a sister with an abuser for a husband, happily she divorced him and found a wonderful man.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 24, 2019:

Hi Elijah, You make a ggod point. That was my idea when I wrote the first story, yet some wanted more of a happy ending. I appreciate your comments.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 24, 2019:

Pamela, You could un-conclude this to give some more of their friends/lovers activities activities then leave it to our imagination. I enjoyed both parts.

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