Chapter 1.15

1

—Shirley—

I was at the park when I saw her. How long had it been since the Blue Velvet? Four years? Something like that. But I knew who it was as soon as I saw her, even if she was facing away from me.

2

She turned from facing the playground, and I felt my stomach drop into my shoes. She was pregnant. I swallowed thickly, hurt stinging my chest. So. She had stayed with that guy or had found a new one and here she was, all happy and pregnant. Watcher, I thought, am I still not over this woman? Going by how much it hurt to see her like this, I’d say not.

Only…she didn’t really look happy. She actually looked sort of lost. So lost, in fact, that she didn’t see me until she had almost walked by me.

Her beautiful eyes blinked and widened as she registered who she was looking at. “Shirley.” Her hands came up to rest on her stomach and I thought she was about to bolt, but, instead, she blurted, “I’m sorry.”

“…Sorry?”

3

She nodded. “I’m so sorry for everything. I should never have used you like I did. Watcher, I regret it so much. I never wanted to hurt you.”

I hated to remember that horrible night, but it actually felt good to finally hear her apologize. I cleared my throat. “It’s okay. I mean – well, no, it’s not okay but…It was years ago. I’ve moved on.” Only not really. “Do you, uh, want to sit down? You look kind of…”

4

“Miserable?” She smiled half-heartedly. “Yeah, I would.” She lumbered over to a bench and sat down. When I took a seat beside her, she said, “You don’t have to stay. I’m sure you’d have been just fine never seeing my face again.”

“I don’t mind. And I’m not angry anymore. About what happened. It’s in the past.” We sat in silence for a long minute, so I searched my mind for something to say. “So…whose is it?” Smooth, idiot.

“My husband’s. Huy Casillas.”

“Casillas? Like – “

“Octavia. Yeah.” Her face darkened. “She’s Huy’s adopted sister. She’s hated me from the get-go.”

“I always wondered why she did it,” I murmured. Watcher, it hurt to remember the humiliation of that night. I could still feel the eyes of the other patrons of the nightclub on me, hear their whispering. I cleared my throat, rubbing my hands over my legs. “But he forgave you and stayed with you. That was nice.” If you’d gone to me instead, I would’ve taken you back. I shoved that voice in my head into a box.

“Yeah, he did.” She sighed softly and rubbed her stomach. “He’s a really…nice guy.”

I frowned. “That was convincing in the not sort of way.”

She waved one of her hands and shook her head. “No, he is. We just…we keep fighting over everything. I don’t really enjoy being pregnant, and he takes that to mean that I hate our kid.” She sighed and rubbed her face. “And he is always harping on me about being ‘Mrs. Casillas.’”

5

“Yeah, I can’t really see you being Camille Casillas.” We both smiled half-heartedly. I actually felt bad for her, I realized. I wasn’t happy that she was miserable in her marriage. I wanted to do something for her, so I said, “Do you want to know what you’re having?”

She smiled, the first genuine one I’d seen today. “Yes, absolutely.”

After I gave her one of the new quick, no-muss-no-fuss exams the hospital had come up with, I told her, “You’re having a girl.”

Her eyes got a little teary and she smiled. “Thank you.” She sniffed and swiped at her eyes. “So, you must be doing well at work.”

“I am. I’m a surgeon.”

“That’s wonderful. It really is. I always knew you’d be great.”

6

Camille left a few minutes later. As I watched her go, I felt like a door had just been opened in my life. I wondered if it was because I had seen her again or from getting closure.

A/N: If this chapter is wordy, I apologize. It was originally planned out as part of chapter 14, but it just got too massive, so I decided to split it up.

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18 Responses to Chapter 1.15

  1. ninjapigsims says:

    That was a really good reconciliation. Poor Camille. She didn’t treat Shirley and Huy right, but it’s kinda sad to see her so downtrodden and unhappy like this. 😦

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  2. I’m shipping these two so hard! (No offense, Huy, but I don’t like you.)

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  3. Virtualee says:

    Sensing a renewed connection!!

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  4. raerei says:

    Yes. These two. These two are right together. They have similar values and dreams. 🙂

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  5. Simslover163 says:

    Those two are perfect together! Come on, ladies! Get back together! #TeamShirleyandCamille

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  6. kaffepigen says:

    Okay i’m getting ideas here. Follow me: Camille and Huy gets into another arguement. She finally decides he’s not the guy for her and in tears, after throwing him out, she runs back into Shirley’s arms. She gets divorced from Huy, Shirley moves in with Camille and the two of them gets married and raises the baby girl together :)))

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  7. cathytea says:

    Oh , so sad. I love the way you write for Shirley … do you identify with her ?

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    • JoieWilder says:

      I definitely feel a connection with her, that’s for sure. I think I have ever since I spotted her in the bar and she was just a surprisingly pretty townie.

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  8. zefiewings says:

    “His sister that he said he thought his parents should not have adopted, giving a clue how great he really was just there, hated me from the beginning thinking I was terrible to him and using him or something. How dare she! She didn’t even know me.
    Oh wait I was.”
    I’m genuinely not sure I can keep reading..not because the writing is bad but because of personal issues. Her telling Cam should would have taken her back was just to much for me. I am currently going my own…thing, right now. Someone that I have been with for almost my whole life, 20 years, has been…terrible. And I should never be with him. But he has convinced me to take him back once and I am struggling with the knowing I should never go back but…its hard. Everyone just keeps taking everyone back without question…things can work but its rare and hard work and needs lots of communication but no one seems to be doing that.
    I’m going to step away. Again, the writing is fine and I fully intent to check out your other stuff. 😦

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    • JoieWilder says:

      I fully understand why you need to step back. I would suggest possibly checking out generation 2? It can be read, I think, as a stand alone story and does not deal with issues of infidelity. Although of course, it’ll spoil the remainder of generation 1. I can say that the cheating issues are now in the past in generation 1 and it has a happy ending.

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      • zefiewings says:

        I didn’t want to be some random stranger over sharing but I also didn’t want to go from commenting every chapter to nothing and have you wondering where I went. Because the writing is good so I didn’t want want you think it was that.

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  9. cshaner says:

    Very nice reconciliation for both of them. I know Camille still cares for Shirley. She’s got to see she’s not happy with Huy. /sigh

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