Chapter Thirty-Nine

Lucas headed straight for the park after work. Sure enough, he found Melanie waiting for him on one of the benches near the entrance.

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He approached her nervously, trying to fight the feeling that he was going to vomit. For the first time he could remember, she did not smile when she saw him.

“Hey.” Mel said softly as Lucas took a seat beside her on the bench.

“Hey. Thanks for coming.” He replied.

“Sure.”

They sat in an uncomfortable silence for a few moments.

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Lucas took a deep breath, then broke the silence at last. “Mel, listen… About last night…” He hesitated for a moment. “I meant what I said, about how much I like you… But I’m just not sure if we…” He paused, then tried again. “I mean, I just don’t know if…” Why was it so hard to just spit it out?

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“I get it, you don’t have to explain.” Melanie cut in, allowing Lucas to leave his thought unfinished. “I’m sorry about what happened. It was really stupid of me…” She shook her head. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

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“You don’t have to apologize, Mel.”

She finally met his gaze, a small, forced smile on her lips. “Can we just pretend last night never happened? It was a mistake… You’re a great friend, Lucas. Maybe the best one I’ve ever had. And I almost messed that up…”

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Melanie rose to her feet, turning away from him.

Lucas looked up at her uncertainly. He’d been so sure he was doing the right thing… So why did he feel even worse than he did before?

“So… we’re good?” He asked nervously.

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“Of course.” She turned around, the same forced-looking smile on her lips as before.

Lucas got to his feet, pulling Melanie into a hug. “Thanks for understanding.” He said sadly.

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“Goodnight, Lucas.” She said as she pulled away from him. “I’ll talk to you soon, okay?” And with that, she turned and walked away.

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Lucas felt a heaviness in his chest as he watched her leave. She’d tried to put on a brave face, of course. But he knew how much his rejection had crushed her. And he could feel his own heart breaking as well as he watched her get further and further away.

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And that’s when he understood.

The night before, when Evelyn had turned away from him, he felt more guilty than he’d ever felt in his life. Lucas had run after her, desperate to explain himself, to help her understand.

But not, he now realized, desperate to win her back.

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But standing here now, watching Melanie walk away from him, only one thought crossed his mind: This is wrong. I can’t lose her.

“Mel, wait!” Lucas called, racing down the crumbling sidewalk.

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Melanie stopped in her tracks and looked over her shoulder, confused. “Lucas, what’s wrong?”

He reached out, holding one of her hands in his as he spoke. “I take it all back.” Lucas said seriously. “I’m the one who has to apologize, Mel.” He shook his head. “I guess I was just… kinda scared.” Lucas admitted. And though it certainly was not the whole truth, not one word he said was a lie. “I’ve never had a… A real relationship before.” Painful to admit, but also true. “I wasn’t sure if I was ready for something like that… But it’s what I want, Mel. With you.”

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There was a tiny, guilty voice in the back of his mind that seemed to whisper “You used to want that with Ev too, remember?” Lucas did all in his power to chase the thought away. Now was not the time for guilt — Now was the time to make sure he didn’t make the biggest mistake of his life.

“A-are you sure?” Melanie asked, hopeful but uncertain. “I meant what I said about not wanting to mess this up…”

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Lucas reached up, stroking her cheek. It was soft, and warm, and perfect. Melanie sighed at his touch, and Lucas was sure he felt his heart heart skip a beat at the sound.

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“I’m sure.” He replied. “When I saw you walk away like that… I knew.” Lucas paused a moment. “So… Do you forgive me?” He asked nervously. “I mean, do you still –”

Without a word, Melanie’s lips were on his. And this time, Lucas did not pull away. Melanie ran one of her hands up his chest as her mouth moved against his, her lips parting slightly. Lucas accepted her invitation eagerly, sighing against her as he deepend the kiss.

After a few moments, she pulled away from him slightly, her sparkling brown eyes meeting his green ones.

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“Does that answer your question? She whispered.

Lucas wrapped his arms around her in reply, pulling her close to him once more. And, in that moment at least, all thoughts of guilt, or doubt, or worry about Evelyn had fled his mind.

He thought only of the slight curve of Melanie’s back beneath his hand, the pleasant warmth of her body against his chest, and the perfect feeling of her soft pink lips moving slowly against his.

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29 Responses to Chapter Thirty-Nine

  1. theplumbob says:

    Finally, Lucas was able to do something a bit more ballsy. His indecisiveness and lack of ability to make any real choices was so irritating!

    It doesn’t really feel that it was soon after his breakup with Ev – sure, they only just officially broke up, but it’s been ages since they acted like a real couple or spent any meaningful time together. I do feel bad for Evelyn, and I hope Lucas will not ditch his recipe research altogether.

    Have fun at camp and see you in a week!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha I was thinking of you when I knew this chapter was coming, because I remembered your comments before about his indecisiveness — I’m glad you approve! 😛 (Of course, that’s not to say he won’t have his wishy-washy moments in the future, but at least for now he finally manned-up and made a real decision! XD) And thank you, I will definitely have fun! 🙂

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  2. O'jenn says:

    #TeamMel , that is all.

    But no in all seriousness, Lucas seems genuinely happy and besides that didn’t he make a promise to Ev when he was a young kid. Children entertain such fantasies in their mind and I just hope that Evelyn understands that. But then again she died rather young so I suppose she can’t be faulted. At the end of the day Lucas and especially Mel deserve some happiness.

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  3. #TeamEv Wow! We have really seen Lucas grow emotionally. The shot of Melanie walking away and Lucas running after her looked like something out of a romance movie. All you needed was a torrential rain. It gripped my heart. Even though I”m #TeamEv, my heart was crying, “Don’t let Mel walk away!” I love this story. So excited to see where it goes from here. Wonderful job! 🙂

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  4. julyvee94 says:

    Oh my. I am indecisive how I feel about this. Its great that Lucas made up is mind and I kinda love him and Mel together but I feel so Bad for Ev 😦 I wish that Lucas still works on the recipie and That Ev maybe meets someone else once she is alive again. I wonder how Grimmy feels about this Oo

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  5. Jes2G says:

    WOW!!! I felt SO much while reading this!! My heart sank, and I was almost about to go into mad screaming at the screen rant when he let Mel go and she walked away. But then. I stopped breathing…and my heart started pounding when he ran after her! And NOW I can’t stop smiling!!! 😀 <–my face lol

    Enjoy whatever you're doing on your short break, and thanks for leaving us on a good note :-p Although I'm very happy about this situation, I'm still a bit uneasy because I know SOMETHING is going to happen…and I can't quite figure out what it is!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha I’m happy I gave you so many emotions! And I was really interested reading about the somewhat similar situation going on with your sims too! It’s a good dramatic plot point, I think!

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  6. I’m always going to be #TeamEv, but I guess she won’t have her happiness with Lucas…and that’s fine 🙂 I had a feeling this was going to happen. I just hope Ev does get her happiness eventually…she deserves it after losing the only friend she’s had in a loooong time.

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  7. raerei says:

    I’m #TeamLucas – But if he’d just gone with Ev he would have never really grown up so I’m glad he gets a chance to make a “real” relationship work. It might, and it might not work out, but at least he’s not going to never know.

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  8. Virtualee says:

    If you thought Lucas was indecisive…I’m #TeamLuMelEve…lol I love them all. This was definitely a ‘bomchickawow’ chapter whew had to turn on the fans in my office at the end there. Such great writing truly.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha thank you! That kiss is about as steamy as it gets (minus the hot tub screenshot in the next chapter hahaha) 😛 And I love the indecisiveness XD

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  9. cathytea says:

    And… Elder sighting! 🙂

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  10. JoieWilder says:

    *chants* Mel Mel Mel Mel

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  11. lovesstorms says:

    Well, I thought I knew what he might do. He did do it…kind of. I was hoping for some truth there, though. And then he changed his mind. Hmm…

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  12. ARoseInBloom says:

    Obviously this boy did NOT learn his lesson. *stamps foot*

    You’re just going to get yourself into more trouble, you realize that, right? Especially if her husband is dead…chances are she believes in ghosts and will see Ev and hear Ev and you need to buy a new house away from her with Mel and have babies and never, ever, ever go back there.

    Not that I’m recommending running from your problems. That would be crazy..

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      LOL! I love how eager you are for Lucas to run away and abandon Evelyn 😛 (Not that there’s anything wrong with having that opinion, you’re just the first reader whose ever expressed it LMAO)

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      (Oh, and yes, Lucas still sucks at honesty. :P)

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  13. msmarvel98 says:

    ““So… we’re good?” He asked nervously.” FUCK SAKE LUCAS (sorry for swearing, I’m passionate right now).

    At least he finally made a bold move towards something he wants, rather than avoiding what he doesn’t. So props to him for that – only thing is, he did it 30 chapters too late!

    Even if he breaks things off with Ev, how can he go on to be happy with Mel for the rest of his life if he never completes the cure? He can’t give up on it, even if he doesn’t love Ev anymore. And if Melanie were to ever find out (maybe she wouldn’t) she would feel so guilty as well!

    I’m so invested in this story right now.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahha that’s actually a great catchphrase for this story 😂 Lucas can be so dumb!

      As for his work on the cure… we will see! No guarantee right now that he’ll give up. But he could! Time will tell 😉

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