At the current pace of the story, we’ll have a novel several months from now. Originally, this concept was meant to be a book, but for the purposes of this blog, it is now a series. Here on out how this story is told will SHIFT. Lots RECAPS, and some FASTFORWARDS to essential moments.
Grady and Gracie are officially DATING! Wait, is that a good thing? Grady is an atheist and Gracie is a re-dedicated Christian. Will their feelings for each other be enough to build a relationship that can last?
Kelsey lives in a scuzzy motel room invested with roaches. Grady gentlemanly offered his house for her to stay since she was pregnant with his brother’s baby, so she says… But she rejected his generosity not wanting to be a charity case?!
School, work, and dating went well for Grady. Every free moment he had he spent with Gracie at her apartment or his house or going out to theatre, to movies, to restaurants, and to random places. For the first time, in very a long time, Grady was happy.
Abstaining from sex was rough though. There was nothing he wanted more than to be as close as two people could be and kissing passionately was not enough. And flying solo on his nights alone wasn’t satisfying either.
Two months passed and Grady hadn’t heard from his brother, so therefore, he hadn’t spoken to Kelsey.
All three of them, were going to help Vera out with the Children’s Theatre but Kelsey backed out. However, Grady and Gracie have been Vera’s assistances and love it!
Section 8 will start off with Grady and Gracie celebrating their two-month-anniversary at the Renegade. A Black Box Theatre located downtown in an old warehouse. They watched the Renegade’s production of “Taming of the Shrew”. They see Kelsey in a surprising role at the theatre.
“That was SO GOOD! The next time they hold open auditions, I’m coming. I need to work with this director.” Gracie says, taking my hand and inter-locking her fingers with mine as we make our to the lobby.
“Want to go grab desert? I kinda want a milkshake.” I say.
Ignoring my question, she pats me in the gut with her program and asks, “Is that Kelsey?”
I look across the lobby and see who I think is Kelsey too come out of ladies restroom with a plunger.
Before I mumble, “Yes,” Gracie already left my side and rushes over to her.
I stand back and watch Kelsey resist talking to Gracie. Blurting out loud enough to get everyone to stare, Kelsey says, “Just leave me alone!” Then she storms off down the hallway.
By the time I reach Gracie, Kelsey vanished.
“She works here on the janitorial staff… I tried to ask if she found a better place to stay and she just told me to back off.”
“Yeah, the whole room noticed.”
“We should wait around until she’s free and see if she needs anything. Ask if she’s seen a doctor yet… you know?”
“Gray,” Gracie stares at me trying to provoke the good side of my humanity.
“If she wanted our help, she would have taken. She clearly wants to deal with this on her own. Who knows if she’s still even pregnant?!”
I rest my hands on Gracie’s shoulders and pinch them gently, trying to prevent her from tensing up. One thing I’ve learned about her is that she would tear off her left limb for people, if it meant helping them in the darkest hour of need.
“I just can’t stand by and do nothing Gray. She’s practically family now.”
“No she isn’t… not until my brother’s name is on the birth certificate and he signs it. And even then, she wouldn’t be family… the baby would be.”
Titling her head back against my torso, she looks up at me. “You need to find your brother and tell him. Once we get him to talk to her, then she may let us help her out.”
She turns around and folds me in her arms. Her warms hugs have the power to bend my will to hers. “Okay,” I cave as I rub her back. I’ll make a serious effort to hunt my brother and his band down.
As we head for the door, Kelsey comes back to us, appearing out of nowhere. We wait for her to speak first.
“Actually, can I take you up on that offer to stay at your house, Grady?” Kelsey says.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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