Cameron became obsessed. He was determined to find out more about that girl so he spent days sitting in the park eyeing the city hall, waiting for he to go in or out.
It was two weeks and he had no luck until one day..
He was ready to leave the park when he noticed her. Not in front of the city hall which was what he was focusing on. She was just walking through the park in her casual attire.
It was now or never. He had to go talk to her.
He walked over and before he had a chance to say something, she spoke first.
“Hey, aren’t you the guy that bumped into me the other day? I’m still waiting for an apology.”
All the nervousness was suddenly gone. They both laughed and her presence was so relaxing to him.
“I am sorry, miss…?” he waited for her to tell him her name.
“It’s very nice to meet you, Hailey. I’m Cameron, people call me Cam. Please, let me make it up to you. How about dinner? How about right now? If you have time?”
“Actually, why not,” she said, “it’s my last day of vacation, I might as well enjoy it, right?”
Cameron took her to his father’s restaurant even though he hasn’t seen him in years. He was almost hoping he would run into him there. He knew he messed up badly with him six years ago and he wished he could turn back time. Dale tried to call for a year after Cameron and Julie moved out but no one ever answered the phone.
“So, tell me about you, Hailey.”
She was quite a talkative girl and told him his life story. She grew up in Sierra but when she was fifteen, her parents moved to a small town three hours away. That is why she was gone the past two weeks, she was visiting her family.
She came back to Sierra to study political science and stayed here after college when she got a job in the city hall as a campaign intern .
“Maybe one day I’ll be the mayor of Sierra,” she joked.
“I don’t see why not.” Cameron said seriously and smiled at her.
“This is me,” she said and stopped in front of a grey house.
“It’s a nice house. Do you live here alone?” Cameron was trying to find out if she was single. She didn’t mention any boyfriend or husband but he didn’t either and he was married.
“Yes. It is my childhood home, my parents never sold it. They had tenants for years but when I moved back to Sierra, they let me live in it.”
“I see. So…when can I see you again?”
“Give me your phone,” Cameron handed it to her and she saved her number in it, “give me a call.”
“Will do,” he nodded.
Hailey entered the house and Cameron started to walk back to the park where his car was still parked. He was totally amazed by this girl. She wasn’t like any other girl he’s ever met before.
But he knew that before he could start something new with her, he had to end something first.
When he walked into the apartment, he heard the shower running. That gave him time to change the shirt he was wearing all day and think about what he’s going to say to his wife. Then he sat at the table and waited for her to come out of the bathroom. When he heard the door, he stood up and walked three steps closer.
“Juls, we need to talk.”
“Us. We need to talk about us. Look, this past six years were fun and all, but, I think I met someone special.”
“Special? Special how?” there was no sign of anger or disappointment in Julie’s voice. She was getting ready to have the same talk with him for weeks now.
“She’s, I don’t know. She makes me want better for myself. Today I actually went to my dad’s restaurant. I think it’s time we move on. We’re adults now, Julie. You know I care about you a lot, you’re like my sister in a way and I know you feel the same way. It’s not love between us, it never has been. You…”
Julie listened to him for a while and then stopped him, “it’s ok, Cam. I do feel the same way and, actually, I have someone special in my life too.”
“You do? Who?”
“It’s,” she hesitated,”it’s Blair. I love her.”
“Blair? Our Blair? You mean…you’re gay?”
“I am. Took me a while to figure it out but yes, I’m gay. It feels so good to say out loud,” she laughed relieved.
“I’m gonna go now,” Cameron said and hugged her, “my friend is a real estate agent and he has an apartment for me that I can move in tonight.”
“Promise me you stay in touch, ok? And I want to meet this girl.”
Cameron walked out of the apartment with just a bag of his clothes and left everything else to Julie. He called a taxi and looked back one more time, leaving his old life behind. It felt good to do the right thing for once.