Friends, Lovers or Duty - Conclusion

Updated on May 24, 2019
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Couple by Lake

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Recovery

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Pamela Oglesby

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    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • emge profile image

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      A good continuation of your original story.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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 jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 months ago from San Diego California

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Umairferiha, Thank you for commenting.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Dan is someone I would like to meet.

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      umairferiha 

      2 months ago

      i hope so it should be happy ending

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      breakfastpop 

      2 months ago

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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!

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      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.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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 profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      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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