Meeting Following Breakup
At 8 AM 26 year old Tom walked into his apartment exhausted after a busy night shift as a policeman in Columbus, Ohio, The apartment was empty as he and Lorna broke up two weeks ago. He was too tired to think about it as he fell into bed.
He awoke at 4 PM to a ringing phone. Still groggy as he picked up the phone and heard Lorna say “Hello.”
“Tom, I want to talk to you. Can you meet me, or come over?” said Lorna.
“I guess, what time?” Tom wondered why she would want to meet when she made her feelings clear two weeks ago.
“Will you meet me at the Metro Diner at 6?”
Tom got out of bed, showered and dressed. He kept wondering why Lorna wanted to talk to him as she said she couldn’t deal with him being a cop, always in danger, etc. Tom, who was 6’3”, muscular and handsome, with his deep blue eyes and dark curly hair had really missed Lorna.
At 6 PM exactly, Tom walked into the Metro Diner. He saw Lorna sitting in a back booth, looking as beautiful as always with her silky, long light brown curly hair and her green eyes. She smiled just long enough for him to see her dimples, and his heart ached for what he thought was lost. He knew she was an independent woman, and she had a good job as a paralegal.
“Hi Lorna,” he said as he slid into the booth.
The waitress walked over and set glasses down with water. She asked if they were ready to order and Tom said, “Not yet, but I will take a cup of coffee.”
“Nothing for me yet.” said Lorna.
Tom wanted to cut to the chase, so he said, “So, what did you want to talk to me about?”
“First, I miss you Tom. Maybe I was wrong to break off our relationship.
She looked down, was silent and Tom saw tears on her cheeks. “I also have something else to tell you.”
“So,” Tom said, “What do you have to tell me?”
“Tom, There is no easy way to say this. I am pregnant.”
Tom was stunned. “I thought you were on birth control pills.”
“I was, but somehow I got pregnant anyway. Maybe I missed a pill. I just don’t know.”
Tom didn’t know what to say, but after a few minutes he finally said, “What do you want from me exactly.”
Lorna replied, “I am not sure. I don’t know what to do. I don’t really believe in abortions, but I don’t know if I can raise this child alone. Maybe I should just get an abortion.” She shed some more tears, and said, “I’m sorry Tom. I thought you had the right to know as this is your child also.”
“Lorna, I would love for us to get back together, but not if it is just because you are pregnant. I will help regardless of what you decide.”
“Tom, I love you. I am just afraid you will get shot and killed on the job. I didn’t know if I could deal with the stress of worrying about you every time you are working.”
“Lorna, I love my job. This is what I was meant to do. I want to be spend my life with you. I have told you that before. You have to decide if you can accept me like I am.”
“I know Tom. I am just confused right now as I never expected to get pregnant.”
Tom was a very practical thinking man. “I didn’t expect that either, but these are the facts as of right now. So, you need to make a decision sooner than later. You know we were together for almost a year, and if I hadn’t been shot at that one night we would probably still be together. I never should have told you.”
“I know Tom. I just got so scared because I didn’t want to lost you. So, I thought it was easier to walk away, but I need some more time to think.”
“Okay Lorna, but I want you to know that I am there for you no matter what you decide.”
“Oh Tom, I appreciate that.” Then, she abruptly got up and left without saying another word.
Al Green - Staying Together
Decisions to be Made
Tom finished his coffee while thinking about Lorna being pregnant. He decided to head back to his apartment. He also needed time to think, and he had to work one more night shift then he would be off for two days.
That night at work an emergency started off the night as three men were robbing a bar at gunpoint. Tom and George, his partner, turned on the lights and siren as they rushed to the location. There were two other police cars at the scene when they arrived. Ultimately, no shots were fired as the three men realized they were surrounded and surrendered.
George and Tom have been partners for the past three years. When they got back into their car Tom said, “George, do you have time to go get a cup of coffee when we get off this morning?”
“Sure, if it doesn’t take too long. I usually help Marie get the boys off to school in the mornings when we work this shift.”
As they were sitting down drinking coffee, Tom said, “George, I told you that Lorna broke up with me, right?”
“Sure did. Is there something new?”
“Oh, you might say that. Lorna and I met last night, and she told me she is pregnant.”
“Wow, that must have been a shock.”
“It sure was. You know I love her and would marry her in a heartbeat, but I don’t know if she wants to marry me. And if she does want to marry me, it is because she is pregnant or because she loves me.”
George looked Tom in the eyes and said, “No one can figure this out for you. I think you need to have a heart to heart talk with her. Let your gut instinct be the guide.”
“Thanks George. I know I am the only one that can figure this out. I just felt I needed to talk about my dilemma to someone I trust.”
“Well Tom, anytime. Hey, one way or the other it sounds like you are going to be a dad!”
“Sure does,” Tom said as they got up to leave. “See you in a couple of days.”
Tom spent his days off by visiting his parents, but didn’t tell them about Lorna. He also went to the gym and played basketball with some friends. He did not hear from Lorna, although he thought about her constantly.
He had been back on the day shift for a few days when Lorna finally called. They agreed to meet at the Metro Diner again.
Tom was waiting in the same booth they sat in previously, and Lorna arrived a few minutes later. She looked very serious, but as beautiful as always.
Lorna sat down and said, “I am ready to talk. First, I am definitely keeping this baby.”
Tom replied, “I never thought otherwise. Have you thought about our relationship and how you want things to work.”
“Yes, Tom, I want you to be part of this child’s life and maybe more importantly, part of mine as well. I have done a lot of soul searching, but the bottom line is while I am afraid of your job, I do love you for better or worse.”
“Lorna, I have been doing some some searching too. I love you too. If will you do me the honor of marrying me, we can build a life for us and this child?”
Lorna nodded yes, while shedding happy tears as they both got up while kissing and hugging each other in the middle of the diner.
© 2019 Pamela Oglesby