1. Darnell and Carmela-Chapter two


    Date: 4/15/2018, Categories: Love Stories, Author: mattmoreau, Source: LushStories

    had the resources to protect herself without the assistance of a cook's helper. She reached across the table and touched my cheek. "That's so sweet," she said. "I have him under surveillance. He's tried to mess with me and my life since the divorce three years ago," she said. "Surveillance?" I said. "Yes, I felt I needed to keep an eye on him, and I have. The interesting thing is that the PI I hired to do the job was so expensive; that after a while, I decided to buy the agency. Cost a pretty penny too, but not as much as around-the-clock protection. I still have costs of course, but I make a profit from the company and now it pays for itself and then some. The PI, Howard, is my employee now as are all of his old employees, all five of them: two other PI's and three clerical staff. "Anyway, I hope you don't mind, but I checked up on you ex," she said. "Nothing obvious or especially intrusive," she said. I sat bolt upright but said nothing. She smiled. "She did marry the—asshole," she said; "his name is Melvin Goode." Well, I finally knew the name of the asswipe! "They divorced two years ago. They have a child, a small boy, age five I think. She caught him cheating and gave him his walking papers. "I checked him out too. He's not really that bad a guy, but he can't keep it in his pants. But, I guess you know all about that. He does visit the kid every month; he has visitation every third Saturday," said Carmela. "But, he's unemployed and doesn't help much monetarily." ...
    "Jesus!" I said. "She works now. Same job you had at one time as I recall, well, almost. She works for a supermarket. She's a checker," she said. "So, she's gotten over me for sure," I said. "As if that was any kind of problem for her." "Actually, she talks about you from time to time," said Carmela. "The good 'ole days she calls them." "The PI got her to talk about me?" I said, incredulous. "No, I did. I own the store she works at; well, I have half ownership. I bought it when they hired her. The store was going under. I had my management team put a plan for its salvation together, presented it to Henry Wilson, the then sole owner; and, he bought into it," she said. "Carmela! Why! I mean you, you didn't, you didn't need the store; we both know that," I said. This whole thing was getting very confusing. "Because I love you," she said, quite matter-of-factly. "Huh?" I felt numb, stupid, no, numb and stupid. "Huh?" "You heard me. I have since the beginning. But you were married when I came back to claim you. I didn't check up on you again, figuring you were still married, that is until I saw you that day coming out the back of one of my places here in Indiana. The rest, as they say in the parlance, is history. "So, will you marry me?" she said. No one, and I mean but no one, in the storied history of man, had ever been as stunned as I was at that moment. But, I recovered nicely. I came around to her side of the table and got down on my knees: "Carmela will you do me the honor of ...
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