Chapter Thirty-Three

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Lucas leaned back in his computer chair, smiling to himself. He and Melanie had been talking almost every day for the past week, but they still hadn’t hung out in person since that night at the bar.

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The thought of seeing her again made him excited – Lucas had had the same group of friends since he was a kid. He couldn’t even remember the last time he’d actually hung out with someone new… Until now.

He closed the chat window, powered down the computer, and eagerly headed down the stairs to get ready.

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“Hey!” Melanie greeted Lucas brightly as he approached. “It’s nice to be reminded that you aren’t just a little picture on a computer screen.” She smirked.

He waved in greeting, his entire face lighting up the moment he saw her. “Hey!” Lucas replied. “Thanks for joining me… Usually I make these trips solo.” He shrugged.

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“I don’t mind.” She smiled. “I used to come here all the time, actually.”

“Oh yeah?”

Melanie nodded. “Christian and I spent a lot of hours here before we got a decent computer. They actually have some pretty good programming guides tucked away in there.” She nodded toward the large brick building.

Lucas furrowed his brow. “Christian?” He asked.

“My husband.”

Lucas felt his stomach drop, but he could not explain why.

“Sorry, late husband.” Melanie clarified, shaking her head. “You’d think after nearly two years I’d finally be used to it, but…” She sighed.

“Oh… Wow, I, uh… I’m really sorry.” Lucas said uncomfortably, though the unpleasant sensation in his stomach had suddenly vanished.

“Thanks.” Melanie smiled softly. “I’m sorry to just throw that out there like that… Sometimes it’s really easy to just talk about him like he’s still here.” She shrugged.

“It’s okay, don’t worry about it.” Lucas smiled. “Don’t feel like you can’t talk about him or anything.” He said sincerely. The way she’d lit up when she talked about Christian captivated him, and he figured that anyone who was married to a girl like Melanie had to be pretty interesting. “I’d like to know more about him.”

She smiled. “That’s really sweet of you.”

They headed inside together, continuing their conversation as Lucas browsed the shelves of old herbalism guides for something that looked promising. He couldn’t help but notice just how many familiar titles there were – it wouldn’t be long until he’d read every available gardening book they had. And then what?

Lucas and Melanie took a seat on one of the library’s cushioned leather benches, falling into silence as Lucas began flipping through the pages of the book he’d selected.

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“You’re sure you’re not bored?” He asked her.

“Nah, don’t worry about me.” Melanie smiled. “I can keep myself occupied.”

Lucas browsed through the book for several minutes, fighting to keep his concentration. Though she remained completely silent, having Melanie beside him was proving quite distracting. He stole many sideways glances at her, making sure she was not bored and wondering what she could be thinking.

After reading four more pages, it suddenly hit him. I HAVE read this one before. Lucas shook his head, torn between frustration and amusement as he closed the book and placed it on the bench beside him.

Melanie laughed. “Well, that was quick!”

“Yeah… can you believe it? I’ve read this book already!” Lucas shook his head. “It’s starting to feel like I’ve read half the books in this place.” He confessed.

“What’s the deal with this recipe?” She asked seriously. “It seems to take up so much of your time… I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone going this far just to make dinner before.” Melanie teased playfully.

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Lucas smiled at her quip. “It’s a really long story…” He hesitated. “I promised someone a long time ago that I’d find this recipe for them… And I don’t want to let them down. But it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be…”

Melanie nodded knowingly. “I’ve been there.” She sighed. “Heck, there are even some promises I made to Christian that I’m still trying to keep. Promises are important… You just have to make sure you don’t lose sight of everything else along the way. It took me a long time to figure that out.”

Lucas considered her words for a moment. Had he been losing sight of things? Sometimes it felt that way… “Thanks.” He said after a few moments. “That was pretty good, actually… If your boss keeps being such a jerk you could always go back to school for psychology.” Lucas laughed.

Melanie raised an eyebrow. “Sit around listening to a bunch of people whine about their problems? Are you kidding? I’ve got enough of my own, thanks.”

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“Well that wasn’t exactly my most productive trip to the library…” Lucas chuckled as he and Melanie stepped out into the light of the setting sun. “But it was fun. Thanks for coming.”

“Anytime.”

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Lucas looked at her thoughtfully for a moment. “Remember my friends from the bar?”

Melanie smiled. “How could I forget?”

“Well, Sam and Laura – they’re the ones having the baby – they’re planning this cookout thing down at the park this weekend. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna go, but…” He shrugged. “Would you wanna come? My friend Noah’s going too, and probably his girlfriend, Camryn. I think you’d like her, she’s really cool.” Lucas smiled. “And I promise Sam and Noah are too, when they aren’t completely hammered.”

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Melanie smiled sweetly, and Lucas could feel the butterflies from that night at the bar returning. “I’d love that.”

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“Awesome.” Lucas’ smile widened. “I’ll find out what time we’re supposed to meet and let you know.” He paused, hesitating for a moment. “So… I guess I’ll talk to you soon?”

Melanie beamed. “Of course!”

Lucas headed down the stairs with great reluctance. Why was it so hard to say goodbye? “Have a nice night, Mel.” He called back to her.

“You too.” She replied.

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35 Responses to Chapter Thirty-Three

  1. theplumbob says:

    She has a dead husband? Oh wow, you have no idea how many theories are running in my head now (for example, Mel’s husband could just get together with Ev in afterlife and then everyone would be happy LOL! Or this one – if Lucas succeeds in bringing Evelyn back to life, will Melanie hate him for her late husband not having been given the same chance… oh boy…)

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha I never knew how many theories this plot development would spark! XD (There were some on the forum thread too 😛 )

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  2. Lux Conant says:

    Aww I’m sorry for Mel. At first I thought she was stealing Lucas from Evelyn so I wasn’t too sure about her. Even if it happens, I remember we don’t always know everyone’s life so I could have been less hard on her.
    Aww, why is the kid sad?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha that random sad child in the background cracked me up when I got that screenshot! I’m glad someone else noticed 😛 And Mel definitely hasn’t had an easy life, which you will see soon! (*cough*There’sAWordlessInterludeChapterComingTomorrowThat’sAllAboutHer*cough*) So she’s easy to pity a bit. I’m glad you’re warming up to her. I love her a lot, actually. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  3. Jes2G says:

    Hmmmm…ok! I have a theory to throw into the ring too. Lucas and Melanie will become such good friends, and he’ll learn so much about Christian and the promises that Melanie is still trying to keep, that he will feel she is the only person who could possibly understand what he is going through with Evelyn, and he will tell her everything!

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  4. Maybe Melanie’s dead husband is Grimm and it’s all a set up! ha!

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  5. Derubelle says:

    It’s hard to feel mean towards the two of them..cause they are so cute x Btw loved how you integrated the “Facebook” element to your story 😀

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  6. whattheplum says:

    Their text convos are very “real” feeling – nice work. 🙂

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  7. alienphoenix says:

    Come on Lucas, it’s obvious what’s happening here and you can’t be blamed for falling for Mel, but Evelyn deserves to know, and no matter what you better keep your promise to bring her back either way.

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  8. Virtualee says:

    ditto, the text and chat additions brought an even more realistic feel to the story…PS I think Melanie is the type of chick that would have bought the sad kid in the background an ice cream cone and made his day 😉

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      You noticed the sad kid too??? Haha it made me laugh after I took that screenshot 😛 And yes, Mel is super kind and sweet like that 🙂 I’m glad you liked the texts and the chat! That was fun to do!!!

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  9. beckycat1221 says:

    How did you get the chat stuff on?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I don’t remember! 😦 all I know is that I googled something like “make a fake Facebook chat” and it was one of the first links that came up. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

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  10. Trip says:

    Dead lovers? They really are made for each other! Or at least there’s some potential for understanding.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Exactly 🙂 I wanted there to be a strange sort of parallel between them — both of them had a relationship end because of death… The situations are pretty different, of course (especially because Ev’s death happened before Lucas was even born) haha But it’s an interesting parallel and Lucas really understands Mel because of it 🙂

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  11. RipuAncestor says:

    Melanie seems nice. And they seem to be hitting it off pretty well. They’d be great friends, but it seems that Lucas wants to be more. Well, this should be fun.

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  12. It’s nice to see Lucas making real, living friends in this story, too. Look forward to watching Lucas’ friendship with Melanie grow.

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  13. JoieWilder says:

    I wasn’t sure what I’d be before but now I know. #TeamMel

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  14. lovesstorms says:

    I was thinking the same as plumbob above. lol So much going on!

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  15. shiba306 says:

    Alright so both Eva and Melanie are gorgeous and perfect. Quit tearing at my heartstrings, Citizen. T_T

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I am cruel, I’m sorry 😛 By the way, thank you SO much for reading ❤ All the WP notifications have seriously been making me so happy. You're awesome and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story ❤

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      • shiba306 says:

        Psh. My pleasure. Planning on reading this all tonight. I only promised I would, what? Two months ago? haha oh well. Time escapes me anymore.

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        I don’t judge! My to-read list is miles and miles long! I only just started reading a legacy I’d promised I’d start reading back in November… And I have so many more to get to eventually too! Slow and steady. Just not enough hours in the day! That you again! 🙂

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        (And I meant THANK you again haha whoops :P)

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  16. ARoseInBloom says:

    Oh, man!! A dead husband!! And yay for him having company when he goes out. He shouldn’t always be alone because a ghost is his girlfriend!!

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  17. Brass Buckles says:

    I feel bad for Melanie, but I wonder if she’s after the same thing Lucas is?

    Also, Melanie is adorable.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Oh yay! You’re reading D2D! That makes me very happy ^_^ We will see what Mel’s intentions/feelings are 🙂 And yes, she’s so cute! Believe it or not, she was a game-generated townie! 😮 I got very lucky with her.

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