Long Lost and Happily Ever After - Three
Published Nov 13, 2016

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Chapter 3 is here! And I hope you like it, because there's a twist!

Chapter 3 is here! And I hope you like it, because there's a twist! “Have I got news for you!” Evelyn told Marianne over the phone later in the week. “Do you want to come over?”

“Oh, you’re making me quite curious!” Marianne laughed. “But actually, I am just in the middle of making some lasagne. Do you maybe want to come over and have lunch with me?”

“Look at you making lasagne!” Evelyn said happily. “Sure, I’ll be right there.”
“So, what’s the news?” Marianne asked curiously when she opened the door for Evelyn.

“Guess who just got engaged,” Evelyn said happily.

“Oh, God. Not you, I hope.” Marianne’s expression turned sour. She was anti-love and had been for a week. She was determined to prove that love was for the birds when it came to good single women. You didn’t have to look further than herself and Evelyn to see that men were a waste of time.
“No, not me.” Evelyn said. “But Cordon did, and that to a woman no less!”

“Wait, what?” Marianne’s expression turned to curiosity once more. “I thought Cordon was gay!”

“Yeah, he was. Until he met Bridget.”

“Is her last name Jones?” Marianne smirked.

“No, but she is British - not blonde and quite skinny though.” They laughed together.
“So, Cordon has invited us over to meet Bridget tonight, and celebrate their engagement. Would you like to come with me?”

“Sure, I would love to meet Miss Bridget – not Jones, not blonde, quite skinny.”

“Okay, so meet me there at around 7.” Evelyn said. “Now, where’s that lasagne you weren’t able to leave the house for.”
“Oh, this is so not bad!” Evelyn said as she gobbled up her plate.

“I am glad you enjoy it, my first proper meal.” Marianne smiled. “The only thing that would have made this better would have been wine.”

“Hmm, yes – but I am afraid I have a now nine-year-old who would not be happy knowing her mother had wine with lunch.”
“Have you heard anything from your son?” Marianne brought up a delicate subject.

“No, but Evie says she’s spoken to him and he’s very happy in the city. He’s playing basketball now and he’s quite good apparently.” She was sad, she hadn’t seen him or heard from him and he seemed to have gone on with his life as if he didn’t have a mother.

“You should go and see him.” Marianne said.

“I am just not so sure he wants to see me.”
“Oh, of course he would! You’re his mother!” Marianne said.

“Yes, I am. But he’s blaming me for everything. Evie knows what’s happened, and she does understand and she’s nine. But my seventeen-year-old doesn’t, he thinks I split up the family because I was selfish. Maybe I was, but I just couldn’t live like that anymore.”

“You should explain it to him like that.”
Marianne cleaned up after Evelyn went home to see Evie come back from school, and decided to take a leaf out of her own little book of good advice, and phoned her mother.

“Hello, this is Martha speaking.” Her mother answered with a posh accent.

“Hi, mum. It’s me.” Marianne sounded humble, or perhaps scared.

“Marianne?” Her mother asked as if she didn’t know which one.

“Yes it’s me, Marianne.” She said again.
“Oh, Marianne.” Her mother sighed. “Where are you?”

“I’m staying with Kristyn for a while.”

“Why did you run away?” She asked. “Everyone said you ran away with Evan, but I knew they were lying because I saw him here a couple of days ago.”

“I had to get away for a bit,” Marianne lied. She wasn’t about to tell her mother she was going to run away with Evan but then he left her. “I am making my own way in the world, I am trying to figure out who I am.”

“Oh, Marianne. Can’t you do it at home?”

“No, there’s just too much going on at the moment, I have to take some time out.”

“Oh, darling. Come home.”
Marianne felt good after speaking to her mother. At least she knew they still cared.

She then decided to go for a run and clear her head.

“Hey, you!” She turned around to see Joel in his uniform, patrolling the streets.

“Oh, hi!” She greeted back. “Glad to see I am safe when I go out for a jog.”

“Yes, the friendly neighbourhood policeman is on patrol today, making sure everyone is going about their own business today.”

“Not so sure about everyone going about their own business, but perhaps rather everyone staying within their limits.”
“Why, what have you heard?” He smirked.

“Well, one of our friends is having an engagement party tonight.”

“Oh, Cordon and Bridget?” Joel asked.

“You know them?” Marianne was surprised.

“Very good, actually. Sav went to school with Bridget – they are very good friends.”

“Oh, cool. So I guess we’ll see you tonight then?”

Joel nodded. “See you tonight then.”

Marianne smiled and jogged away. Well that was quite awkward, Marianne thought and tried to shake the conversation off, but it came back again.
“Goodness, Marianne – what’s up with you?” She asked herself a while later when she stopped in the park. Her conversation with Joel played in her head over and over, and when she stopped thinking about Joel she thought about Evan and the conversation with her mother.

She glanced at her Facebook account, and for the first time in a week looked at Evan’s. He had taken off all the photos of her and uploaded new ones of himself and his family.

There was a beautiful photo of him on a set of stairs somewhere she didn’t recognise under which he wrote: “You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.”
She decided to share something on her own Facebook for the first time since she’s left. She posted a selfie from a couple of days before, and wrote: “I know I have been gone for a while, but trust me I am still smiling.”

As soon as she posted it, her phone lit up with sounds and lights from all her friends commenting on her post.

“OMG – where r u girl?”

“Marianne, you’re back! And still as beautiful xx”

“We’ve missed you!”

“You show him babe x. Gurl power!”
Marianne smiled. Maybe it wasn’t a bad idea to go home. She jogged back to her rental, when she saw Kristyn sitting outside.

“You’re back!” Marianne exclaimed and ran towards her.

“I am, I got a call from your mother.” Marianne’s face fell.

“Oh, no.”

“No, no – it was good.” Kristyn defended. “She called me to say you called her, and that you were staying with me for a while. And she thanked me for looking after you.”
“You can’t go.” Evelyn moped that night at Cordon and Bridget’s engagement.

“You can always come and visit me, Evelyn.” Marianne said and hugged her friend.

“No, I don’t want to come and visit you. I want you to stay here, and I want you to be the woman you are turning out to be. Don’t go back.”

“I kind of agree with Evelyn, babe. But, I told you this earlier – it is your choice.” Kristyn said.

“I think I want to go.” Marianne said. “My friends miss me, and I miss them. Not that you guys aren’t my friends, but it’s just… I don’t know.”
Marianne didn’t enjoy much of the engagement party, and after a while she walked outside. She was scared of going home, and she was scared of bumping into Evan again when she went out with her old friends, what if he had a new girlfriend with him? What would she look like?

She went on Facebook and typed in Evan’s name.

There was a new photo on his Facebook, one where he mimicked the photo of her silhouette in the sun. The caption read: “I am ready for a new beginning. I am coming home.”
She read the comments on his post, nobody seemed to mention her. A few of his friends spoke about Greece. She kept thinking back to her conversation with her mother where she said she had seen him. He couldn’t have been away if she had seen him a couple of days ago.

“Am I interrupting?” She heard a voice behind her.

“Not at all,” She glanced around to see Joel. “I am just tying up a few loose ends.”

“I hear you’re planning on heading home?”

“Well, news does spread fast.” She laughed.

“Sav spoke to Kristyn and Evelyn.” He smiled. “So you’re tired of the tropical air?”

“No, to the contrary – it’s something I am going to miss a lot.”
Marianne started packing the next morning. She didn’t have a lot of things, but she had more than what she came there with.

“Knock, knock.” Kristyn shouted from downstairs and made her way up with two takeaway coffees. “You wouldn’t believe how happy I am to be back. Dubai was a nightmare, it was scorching and I hated every second of it. I was hot and sticky all the time, so when your mother phoned, I staged a family emergency and came back.”

“I missed you, Kris.” Marianne smiled.

“I missed you too, and now you’ve decided to run back to your old life.” Kristyn stuck out her bottom lip. “Where am I going to go now?”
“You’ll be fine, Kris.” Marianne said later that day.

“No, I won’t.”

“Well then, come with me. I am sure my parents would love to see you again.” Marianne said.

“No, I promised myself I would never go back there.”

“Well then, I will come and visit sometime. I promise.” Marianne smiled.
“Don’t go yet.” Evelyn shouted from across the street and came running over. “I want to say goodbye.”

“I won’t leave without saying bye, Evelyn.” Marianne laughed and hugged her when she stopped next to her.

“Don’t leave,” Evelyn said again.

“I have already tried that, she’s made up her mind.” Kristyn sighed.

“Guys, you’re way too attached. I will come and visit, okay? And stalk me on Facebook, I promise I will put up thousands of fabulous photos just for you two.”

Marianne got in the red Ferrari she had booked for her trip home. If she was going to go home, she would arrive in style and like she wasn’t left and like the last three weeks of her life weren’t basically a living hell which she learnt to deal with, and learnt to be happy in. She would walk in there like she had just come from Greece, and she would be as happy as ever.
Hi guys! I hope you enjoyed the third instalment of LLAHEA. What do you think will happen next? Will Marianne see Evan? Will she even go back to her home town, or will she miss Kristyn too much and decide to return to be with her best friends instead?

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