Long Lost and Happily Ever After - Two
Published Oct 23, 2016

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Marianne was having breakfast the next morning, cereal – even though she wished it was bacon, when there was a knock on her door.

She wondered who it was, it definitely wasn’t Kristyn as she would let herself in. Marianne was getting used to living in the house on her own and she quite liked it. She had another three weeks to sort out her life before she had to make a decision. What was she going to do: was she going to go home and continue with her old life, or was she going to start fresh where nobody knew her?
She opened the door to find her newly acquainted friend Evelyn and her daughter, Evie at the door.

“Hi neighbour,” Evelyn smiled. Marianne had found out that Evelyn lived across the road from her. “I hope we’re not interrupting.”

“Not at all, come on inside.” Marianne smiled and invited them in. “How are you?”

“Yeah good, how about you? The house big enough for you?” Evelyn asked.

“I quite enjoy living here.” Marianne smiled. “But you didn’t come over to ask me if I enjoyed the house…”
“Indeed,” Evelyn smiled. “We were wondering if you would like to come with us for a spa day for Evie’s birthday tomorrow. I would have called you, but I don’t have your number.” Marianne laughed.

“Sure,” She smiled and turned to Evie. “How old are you going to be tomorrow?”

“Nine,” She said happily.

“Wow, nine years old! You’re getting too old now.”

“No, I want to be older and I want to be pretty just like mummy.” Evelyn and Marianne laughed. She was precious, Marianne thought as Evie went away to play with the butterflies.
“Hey Evelyn, can you cook?” Marianne asked as they prepared to leave again.

“I am no Nigella, but yes I can – why?”

“I need to learn how to cook. I am quite sick of eating cereals and ramen.” Evelyn laughed at Marianne’s despair.

“Oh goodness, Marianne.” Evelyn shook her head. “Yes, I will teach you – but come for a proper dinner tonight, will you?”

“That is very generous of you, thank you.”

“That’s what friends are for, Marianne.” Evelyn hugged her and they left.
Later that morning, Kristyn called Marianne and asked if she could come over.

“I am meeting some friends in Dubai in a couple of days and I need you to keep an eye on my place and on yours. My plane is leaving tonight. Now, I do love you and I will miss you, but I need you to go on with your life. Do not sit at home and sulk, I have given you new friends. Get to know them better and go out with them, okay?” Kristyn explained when Marianne arrived.

“You’re leaving?” Marianne was surprised. She knew her cousin was a drifter, but to leave a week after she got there wasn’t at all what she had expected. They had just started to get to know each other again.
“When will you be back?” Marianne asked.

“I don’t know. I might go to Japan afterwards.” Kristyn said nonchalantly, as if being away for such a long period did not matter at all.

“Okay,” Marianne was angry, even if she didn’t express her feelings towards the situation.

“Marianne, you’ll be fine. I have already arranged everything with the new renters. Just make sure you’re out of the house a day before they arrive. You are more than welcome to live in my house for as long as you need to after.”
“Kristyn, I don’t want to. You are finally the only family who accepts me for me, and now you’re leaving me too.” Marianne tried hard not to make a scene and act childish, but she wanted to. How could Kristyn just leave her like that? She knew what she was going through and she knew Marianne needed someone around.

“Marianne, you’ll be fine.” Kristyn said and stood up. “Now, come on. Help me decide what to wear to the airport.”

As she walked home, a young couple started moving furniture into the house across the street. She wondered if they were married. They looked very cute together. She sighed as she entered her own house. She wondered when she would ever have another relationship. She missed the companionship she had with Evan and she still couldn’t believe how it turned out.
“Thank you for inviting me to dinner.” Marianne said as Evelyn opened a bottle of wine later that night.

“It’s a pleasure, I couldn’t let you have more ramen.” Evelyn smiled and poured two glasses. “And besides, I am making pumpkin risotto and there is always a heap left over.”

“Mmm, that does sound better than ramen!” Marianne smiled. “Kristyn told me she’s leaving again tonight. She’s off to Dubai for who knows how long. I am quite frustrated with her, but I can’t say anything. She has always been like this.”
“Oh, Kristyn.” Evelyn sighed. “Yes, she is renowned for leaving on extravagant holidays, isn’t she? I don’t know where she gets the money for it!”

“Well, her parents did leave her with a substantial amount of money when they died, but it definitely wasn’t enough to be sustaining her lifestyle like this forever.”

“Oh, I am so sorry. I didn’t know her parents died.”

“No, she doesn’t tell people a lot about herself. I guess it’s something that came with their death. They had moved away from the family a couple of years before – they said the family wasn’t what they wanted for their children. They were very happy and extremely close until they died. Kristyn’s brother didn’t take it too badly, but Kris was devastated. I don’t think she’s spoken to Jack since.”
“That is horrible,” Evelyn felt sorry for Kristyn. She had never known any of what Marianne had told her. “My life seems perfect now.” She mimicked Marianne’s words from the first day they met.

Marianne laughed.

“To perfect lives!” She smiled.

“To perfectly messed up lives, indeed.” Evelyn clinched her glass to Marianne’s.
The next morning Marianne was alone. She quite enjoyed it even if she didn’t want to be. She was only going to meet the girls at the spa later that day, which gave her the chance to do some cleaning, and think about what she wanted to do.

She had completed number one from her bucket list, to read a book, and she was going to learn how to cook.

How would she get a date? She wondered if Cordon had a friend he would set her up with. Maybe she had to do this on her own, but how?
She met the girls at the spa later that day, where they chatted in the sauna about bits of everything. Marianne learnt that little Evie was an avid soccer player and was in the A team of her school.

Thereafter they had manicures and pedicures and a Swedish massage, before cooling off in the soft water of the spa pools with a glass of wine.

Marianne liked Evelyn, and she could see herself becoming good friends with the blonde lady.
Before Marianne went to sleep, she checked Facebook. There had been no messages for her, nobody wrote on her wall and Evan’s Facebook was still frozen, the last photo shared one of her taken from behind. She looked like a statue, with the sun’s halo blacking her appearance out to form a silhouette.

She grew angry once more. She was no longer saddened, instead she was angry. If she saw him now she would surely stomp her heel on his foot. She crossed her arms and then started giggling.

Oh goodness, Marianne – she thought. She then got out of bed and went to sit outside on her patio. The fresh evening breeze felt good against her skin. She suddenly felt a sense of happiness that she wasn’t yet married. What would she have missed out on if he decided to show up that night?
Marianne made herself a power boost smoothie the next morning. She was sick of eating ramen and other junk food and she was feeling full of energy and empowered. She realised the night before that she had made her first life decision ever by deciding to run away, and then when things didn’t realise – instead of going home with her tail between her legs, she went on an adventure. Every decision she had made in the past week had turned out well.

She went for a jog about an hour later, and upon her return she saw Evelyn outside in the garden. She waved at Marianne, and she went over.

“Good morning,” Marianne was out of breath.

“You are extremely active for this time of day.” Evelyn laughed. “It’s only kids and worker bees who need to be outside at this time of day.”
“Or at least, that’s what Kristyn thinks.” Marianne completed Evelyn’s sentence. They laughed.

“Oh, yes.” Evelyn agreed. “I am off to work now, but I will be back just after three if you have time then, then I can teach you how to cook.”

“Sure, that would be lovely.” Marianne smiled. “I will see you at three, and bring along some ingredients.”

“Oh, that’s not necessary.” Evelyn smiled.

“No, it is. I want to.”

“Alright, would you like to get some spinach and mozzarella? That would save me a trip to the supermarket.”
Marianne thoroughly enjoyed shopping. It was the first time ever she had been food shopping alone.

She saw the couple across the road from her, but they didn’t seem to realise who she was, so she decided not to wave at them. They seemed so cute together. She dropped the bottle of milk, drawing attention to herself.

“Can I help you?” The guy bent down beside her. He had thick brown hair and beautiful green eyes.

“I am okay, thank you.” She said and stood up. Did they recognise her?
“You can be lucky it didn’t cause a big spill.” He smiled.

“I can be,” Marianne laughed. “Thank you for helping.”

“Hey, I have seen you before!” The woman exclaimed as Marianne turned around. “Oh my God, you live across the street from us, yeah?”

“Oh yes, you just moved in?” Marianne played dumb, as if she didn’t know much of their existence.

“Ah, it’s so good to meet you.” She smiled. “I have been wanting to come over all week, but we’ve been so busy unpacking you would not believe!”
Marianne laughed.

“Well, I won’t be home early, but if you would like to come over later you are more than welcome.”

The woman looked at the brunette with his green eyes.

“Sure, Joel and I would love to.” She smiled. “Oh, by the way – I am Savannah, but everyone calls me Sav and this is my brother Joel.”

“I am Marianne.”
Brother? Marianne deliberated in her head as she walked home. “Brother?” She said aloud. Oh my God. She would never have guessed that they were brother and sister.

They seemed like such a cute couple.

Marianne and Evelyn discussed the new siblings as Marianne got everything ready before going over to Evelyn's for cooking lessons. Evelyn was very interested in this story.

“He is gorgeous, Marianne. You should date him, get your mind off of that other pig.”
Marianne smiled later that night when she opened the door.

“Hello Sav and Joel.” She invited them in and opened a bottle of wine. “How have you been?”
Hi guys!

I hope you enjoyed Chapter Two of the newly rewritten LLAHEA. I have had so much fun with this, and I am still having heaps of fun writing the new chapters - trust me, there is a lot that's going to happen in the next couple of chapters!

Stay tuned for more coming very soon.


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#1QueenDeniciaOct 30, 2017

good job so far

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