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She Has Secrets, Part II

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This is a sequel to “She Has Secrets” that has been requested by many people. This is based on Brenda Arledge’s prompt, ‘secrets’. Additionally, Miebakagh has encouraged me to write a happy ending to this story.

Brenda has encouraged so many of us to spread our wings, writing poetry and stories.

I thought about this secret quite often recently, so this sequel will reveal her secret that Katie has kept from her fiancé, John.

John’s Back Home

Katie entered the quaint restaurant while her eyes searched for her fiance, John. She spotted him at a corner table. She smiled while she walked toward the table. John, who is 6’ tall, jumped up to pull out the chair for her. His dark brown eyes danced as he saw her, and his dimples showed as he smiled. He gave Katie a quick kiss just before that sat down.

Katie said, “I’m so glad you’re home. I thought you weren’t going to be here until next week. How long is your leave?”

John is a lieutenant in the Air Force, though not in uniform today.

He laughed saying, “You sure ask a lot of questions. I have to head back to Dover, Delaware in 4 days.”

The waitress walked up and said, “Have you had time to look at your menus?”

“I don’t need to,” replied John, “as I always get the BBQ Chicken Salad.”

The waitress looked at Katie, who said, “I’ll have the same.”

The restaurant was packed and noisy. The lunches were quickly served, they ate with light conversation.

They walked to the door together, and John said, “I’ve got a few things to do this afternoon. How about I pick you up at 7 PM?”

“Sure! That sounds fine. I’ll see you then.” They briefly embraced and headed their separate ways.

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Katie’s Afternoon

Katie went to Connie’s apartment. She knew Connie would be home after her last class for the day. Connie was in the last semester of the nursing program. Katie saw Connie entering the apartment carrying a load of books in her backpack. Katie quickly jumped out of her red Honda Civic and headed toward Connie.

A minute later Connie walked out with her Golden Retriever. “I just have to give her a quick break.”

“Come on in,” Connie said. “How was your lunch with John?”

“It was a good lunch, but the restaurant was crowded and noisy. No, I didn’t tell him!”

“Well, are you going to tell him while he is home on leave?” Connie asked.

Katie walked over to the sofa and sat down. She put her head down with her hands on her forehead. She was shaking her head. Connie sat in the beige chair and just waited for Katie to say something.

“Connie, I love him. I don’t want to break his heart. I wish I could go back and handle things differently.”

“I know, Katie.”

“Have you thought more about talking to Pastor Ryan?”

“Yes, I am going to see him at 3 PM.”

“Good. Maybe that will help you sort out your feelings and decide how to tell John,” Connie stated.

“I hope so. I can’t sleep, and I am just miserable about this.”

“I know. Remember, I am your friend, and I am always here for you.”

Later That Day

Katie spent an hour in Pastor Ryan’s office. He assured that John would probably understand, and that this was not totally her fault. He told her she already knew the right thing to do, and God would help her. He also told her God forgives, but she could not live a peaceful life without telling John her secret.

Katie went home, showered and changed clothes. She spent time fixing her hair and makeup, like that would make a difference. She was nervous, but she knew she had to tell John what happened.

When John came to pick her up she invited him in. John immediately told her about his day. He had seen his family and all was well.

Katie said, “John, could you sit done for a minute. I want to talk to you.”

“Sure, What’s up?”

“Oh John, I love you, and this is serious.”

John’s smile faded as he looked Katie in the eye. “Yes, let’s sit down.”

Once seated Katie said, “John, I know I told you I was taking birth control pills, and I was. I think I messed them up, and I don’t know what to do because I am pregnant. I didn’t know if you wanted me to get an abortion, and I have been so upset.”

John stared at her with a surprised expression. After several minutes he said, “You mean I am going to be a father?”

Katie’s tears rolled down her cheeks as she just nodded her head yes.

John stood up and grabbed Katie by her arms as he pulled her close.”Katie, you know I don’t believe in abortions. I know you are just 20, but we can do this together.”

“You’re not mad at me?”

“I didn’t expect to be a father yet, but no I am not mad. We have been engaged for a year already. I love you, Katie. Let’s move up our wedding date and make this work.”

“Oh, John! I love you so much. You make me so happy!”

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Take My Hand

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 10, 2021:

Hi Devika,

That is so true! Decisions made together make a good relationship stronger.

I appreciate your comments. I read your last good article and I don't think I could find it in my feed to comments. Have a good day!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 10, 2021:

Wow! Pamela99 you have gone further into writing sequels. A beautiful write up here. You ar good at it and should continue writing more. Partners how support each other make a good story. Two people making decisions together can do anything they want to be happy. In the end it is just that.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2021:

Hi MG,

That is so true. I'm glad you liked the story. Thank you for your comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 30, 2021:

Nicely written, secrets are part of life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2021:

His Rinita,

Your words are so true. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I am glad you liked this story with the happy ending.

I appreciate your comments.

Rinita Sen on September 30, 2021:

Thanks for a happy ending. That's the brilliance of fiction, isn't it? They don't end like they do in real life.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 29, 2021:

How happy it is that she had the choice, was educated, and was supported by a loving partner. This is a nice ending.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I feel the same way as you about John and their future together. I am glad you like happy endings.

I appreciate your very nice comments, as always. I hope you are having a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I'm glad you enjoyed the sequel. I do like happy endings. I appreciate your thoughtful comment, as always.

Stay smiling and blessed.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 28, 2021:

Pamela, you're the queen of happy endings. There was no doubt in my mind that John would be supportive of Katie's pregnancy. I'm sure they'll be great parents.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 28, 2021:

Thanks Pamela for this sequel and the happy ending. The narrative, the conversations and the intrigue on what the secret would be kept me hooked. Excellent creative writing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

I am glad that you liked the sequel, and I always like happy endings. Thank you so much for your comments.

I hope you have a good week!

Rozlin from UAE on September 27, 2021:

Hi, Pamela. I enjoyed reading the sequel. Thank you for writing part 2. Happy to read the happy ending you gave to the love story.

Take care. Have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

Yes, I guess it could be called a beginning. I think this story has ended for now. I seemed to think about how to do this chapter for too may hours, but I am glad I decided on a happy ending.

Thanks so much for your comments. Have a good week!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 27, 2021:

What a sweet ending, (or should I say beginning), for these prospective parents to be. You could keep this going with the marriage, etc.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I am glad you like the sequel. I love happy endings.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week, Linda!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 27, 2021:

Thank you for creating the sequel, Pamela. I love the optimistic ending!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Alyssa,

I am so glad you enjoyed the story. I am glad to learn your husband reacted in that way. I love happy endings, even though that was not what I initially intended.

I appreciate your very sweet comments, as always. I hope you are having a great week.

Alyssa from Ohio on September 27, 2021:

Pamela, I always enjoy reading your creative writing. This was a beautiful, happy ending! It brought back memories of finding out that I was pregnant so long ago. My husband had the same reaction, happiness and joy. Well done my friend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Umesh,

I am glad you like the story and think it flowed well. I appreciate your very nice comments. I'm glad you liked the song as well.

I pray you stay blessed as well!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

This ending was not at all what I had in mind when I wrote the first story. I gave it a great deal of thought.

I decided a happy ending would work well. I appreciate all of your comments, and for posting the link. It is always appreciated.

I hope you have a great week!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 27, 2021:

Pamela, you are amazing. The story flowed so nicely like a rivulet on the soft slope. Well done and I liked the song - 'Take my hand ...'

Stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 27, 2021:

Pamela

Thanks for writing us a sequel, "She Has Secrets, Part II."

In this part you reveal Katie's secret.

She is nervous & worried when her fiance, John, returns home on a short leave from the Armed Forces because she has this secret to tell him.

She reaches out to her best friend, Connie and also to a local pastor.

She finally decides she must tell John the truth.

When John comes to pick her up that evening, she sits down and reveals her secret to him.

He's ecstatic! They move their wedding plans up.

This secret was nothing like what my mind had conjured up, which is often the case when a secret is kept.

It's so much better to be honest than to hide secrets.

This happy ending is proof of that one.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi John,

I didn't have a happy ending in mind when I wrote the initial story, but after some thought it seemed like a good idea. I hope everyone is satisfied with this sequel.

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have a great week!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 27, 2021:

Pamela, thank you for deciding to write an ending to the story, and a happy one at that. I am sure all the readers will be more than satisfied. Good job.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I think we all prefer happy endings. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.I am glad the story gave you a pleasant evening. What more could I want than that. Thank you.

I hope you have a great week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you liked the story. I appreciate your very nice comments.

Have a great week!

Rosina S Khan on September 27, 2021:

I am glad you changed your mind and gave a happy ending to the story, Pamela. I really enjoyed the story along with its fitting end. You couldn't have done it better. This delightful read made my evening so pleasant. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 27, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

A nice continuation of the story, and a happy ending. Great storytelling, and I enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Misbah.

I am glad you enjoyed reading the story. I didn't start out think about a happy ending, but then changed my mind.

I hope you have a great week ahead also.

Love and many blessings!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 27, 2021:

I enjoyed reading this beautiful story. A happy ending is always a treat. Thank you for writing part 2. I loved it.

Have a great week ahead!

Blessings and Love to!!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I tried to follow your suggestions, so thank you. I am glad you liked the happy ending. I am so happy about your comments. Thank you.

Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2021:

Hi Ms Dora,

I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I like happy endings, so this seemed fitting. Have a good week!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 27, 2021:

A happy ending! Hooray! Well-written, just enough dialogue, good breaks, the action keeps moving. Well done, my friend!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 27, 2021:

Beautiful ending to a good story. I felt Katie's struggle and I'm happy that you gave her a friend in Connie. Tale well told.

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