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Metro Diner

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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.”

“Hi, Lorna.”

“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?”

“Sure thing.”

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.

“Hi Tom.”

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.

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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.

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Last Talk

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

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I am grateful for the police, firemen, etc. also. They are so important and it breaks my heart when I hear news in the morning that tells us of another policeman being killed.

I always appreciate your comments, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2020:

Oh, I love a sweet ending! I can understand Lorna's fear of her soon-to-be husband's career of being a policeman. It is a dangerous job. Thank heavens some people do it despite the danger. The same could be said for firemen, soldiers, and others.

Robert Sacchi on May 19, 2019:

You're welcome,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 19, 2019:

Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Robert Sacchi on May 19, 2019:

A concise story about how two lovers would have probably parted company forever had it not been for an unplanned pregnancy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 11, 2019:

Hi Genna, I certainly agree with you about love finding a way. I am glad you enjoyed the story, and I appreciate your generous comments Genna. Have a nice weekend.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 11, 2019:

What a thoughtful, beautiful story...there is so much about life within these words, and love. I suspect that the happy ending would have occurred whether or not she was pregnant. Love so often manages to find a way, and that in itself is a miracle of the human spirit.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2019:

Hi Roadmonkey, I agree with your sentiments abd aooreciate your comments.

RoadMonkey on May 04, 2019:

Sometimes, we let the thing we love most go because we cannot deal with the stress of losing it another way, or of it being taken from us. I am glad that Lorna and Tom realised where their best interests lay.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 03, 2019:

Hi Alussa, Thank you so much for kind comments. I'm glad you liked the story, and I value your opinion as I haven't written too many fictional articles.

Alyssa from Ohio on May 03, 2019:

Another interesting story with a happy ending! Well done, Pamela! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 29, 2019:

Hi Eric, I couldn't have an abortion either. It is good when 2 parents raise a child, and there are many families with only one working parent. I think a lot of children suffer. I appreciate you sharing your perspective my friend. I like happy endings.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 29, 2019:

I divide it. On one hand whatever causes everlasting love is a super duper thing. And on the other, what right do we have to raise a child with out two parents together? For me I knew abortion was not really in the picture.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 29, 2019:

Hi Shauna, Nice endings are good. Thank you for your comments.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 29, 2019:

I love a happy ending. Nice job, Pamela!

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

Hi Dianne, I love happy endings, and I think there are always answers to difficult problems. I appreciate your comments.

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

Hi RTalloni, The challenges are something that happen to people. Unplanned pregnany can be a huge life change. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

Dianna Mendez on April 27, 2019:

Love the great ending, you kept my interest and glad It worked out!

RTalloni on April 27, 2019:

Including these modern day issues makes your story thought provoking. I especially like that you touched on the father's wishes regarding the unborn child. Agree with others, glad for a happy ending going in the direction of a future for all concerned!

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

Hi Flourish, It just seemed wrong to not write a happy ending, even though they had very realistic problems.

I appreciate your comments. Have a great weekend.

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

Hi Maria, I have not written much fiction, but I enjoy writing my medical articles. Fiction seemed like a nice change. I appreciate your comments.

I wish you a nice weekend also. Love, Pam

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 27, 2019:

What a sweet ending to this dilemma, Pamela. I’m glad they worked it out.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 27, 2019:

Dear Pam,

I'm not sure I have ever read your fiction - love it!

Happy endings are most welcome today - in a world with so much sadness and strife.

Have a peaceful weekend. Love, Maria

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

Hi Ms. Dora, Happy endings are good. All the things you mentioned are important realities today. I appreciate your comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 26, 2019:

I love a happy ending. Love, uncertainty, future marriage and parenting are all everyday realities. We can all relate.

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

Dear Lori, I agree, these are serious isses. I wanted to address them, yet have a happy ending. I appreciate your coments.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on April 25, 2019:

Delightful, yet serious issues. It's not easy being the wife of a policeman. And the pregnancy issue as well. I was so relieved she decided to keep it and move forward in their relationship. A very special story, Pamela.

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

Hi Elijah, I am so glad that his story brought back memories for you. I very much appreciate you sharing your experiences. Thank you for all your comments.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on April 25, 2019:

Well Pamela, That could have Camala, my first wife, and me but I refused sex until after marriage. We both were, she is deceased, Aquarians who require alone time but didn't know that then had many separations that lasted for a week or so and that brought it back to my remembrance. It happened so often until the fifth one after I left the Air force I told her "if it happens again I wasn't returning." Her reply, "I have you wrapped around my little finger," and that sealed it with me, I would show her so we divorced with me not opposing nor encouraging reconciliation. I guess romantics always want "happy" endings and I'm am definitely satisfied with ours.

Thank you, you romantic you, I enjoyed the read and memories it brought back to memory.

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

Hi Linda, These deaths are happening everywhere, unfortunately. Living with a first responder has to be sressful, I'm sure. This story seemed like a scenerio that probably has happened, but with a happy ending. I always appreciate your coments Linda.

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

Hi Kaili, Thanks for your comments.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 25, 2019:

What a sweet ending. I was hoping, as I read this, that they would get together. However, I'm not sure I could handle the stress of being married to a first-responder. Where I live there have been 2 officers killed in the line of duty in just the past 2 months.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on April 25, 2019:

I love happy endings! :-)

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

Hi Ruby, No real drama here, just a nice happy ending. I appreciate your comments.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 25, 2019:

A sweet story that proves love wins out every time. I like happy endings too...

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

Hi Bill, So true. Happy ending for a short story seems appropriate. Thanks for your comments.

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

Everybody loves a happy ending! That's why we watch the Hallmark Channel. :)