Roses are Blue

Roses are Blue

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Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

Evangeline Hawthorne has lived a privileged life and has worked hard making her own millions. Her father wants to buy market land and the surrounding properties to build luxury apartments but there’s one problem, the residents are refusing to sell their houses. Feeling that he’s getting nowhere with the residents, he asks Evangeline to help.
Evangeline has always supported her father until she meets the eight-year-old daughter of single father Bradley Thomson, who’s one of the residents. Forming a bond with little Casey, Evangeline notices how different her childhood was compared to Casey’s and realizes how much she’d missed out on in life. Also discovering there’s more to life than power and making money she begins to soften towards the residents too. But there’s one problem, Bradley and Evangeline don’t like each other and are always clashing.
One drunken night after having a bad day Evangeline ends up in bed with Bradley. They both vow it won’t happen again, but that’s easier said than done, they just can’t keep away from each other.
Will Evangeline stand by her father or help the residents. Can Evangeline and Bradley sort out their differences, realize they’re in love and there’s a future for them?

Summary

Evangeline Hawthorne has lived a privileged life and has worked hard making her own millions. Her father wants to buy market land and the surrounding properties to build luxury apartments but there’s one problem, the residents are refusing to sell their houses. Feeling that he’s getting nowhere with the residents, he asks Evangeline to help.
Evangeline has always supported her father until she meets the eight-year-old daughter of single father Bradley Thomson, who’s one of the residents. Forming a bond with little Casey, Evangeline notices how different her childhood was compared to Casey’s and realizes how much she’d missed out on in life. Also discovering there’s more to life than power and making money she begins to soften towards the residents too. But there’s one problem, Bradley and Evangeline don’t like each other and are always clashing.
One drunken night after having a bad day Evangeline ends up in bed with Bradley. They both vow it won’t happen again, but that’s easier said than done, they just can’t keep away from each other.
Will Evangeline stand by her father or help the residents. Can Evangeline and Bradley sort out their differences, realize they’re in love and there’s a future for them?

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Submitted: April 14, 2019

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Evangeline was sitting on the sofa in the living room sipping her coffee. Bradley was in the back garden having a beer with his best friend Jerry celebrating his new job. After talking to Jerry, she realized that he was worried about work when Bradley closed his garage at the end of the week when he left Harrisea. Evangeline made the decision that the market land and the land behind it where her father was going to build the apartments should be reopened for the market traders and gave him the job as the manager.  

Her thoughts turned to the visit she’d made to her father’s house. After she’d spoken to the staff and asked them to stay on and maintain her father’s house, she’d searched his office and had found the old CCTV footage of Miriam attacking her. When she watched the footage, it was like watching someone else being attacked and as hard as she tried to remember it, she still couldn’t. The guilt she felt for all the years believing her father didn’t love her was breaking her heart. But, after she’d talked about it with Bradley on the return journey to Harrisea, she’d decided not to dwell on it and make something positive out of it.

Evangeline’s heart warmed at the sound of Casey singing her favorite little mix song in the bathroom. She placed her coffee on the fireplace and went to the bottom of the stairs. “Casey, have you finished with your bath?” She called.

“Yeah,” Casey called back as she left the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her.

“Ok, get your pajamas on then come downstairs so I can do your hair.” Evangeline returned to the living room and sorted out a hairbrush and the coconut oil she’d bought to brush into Casey’s hair. Walking into the kitchen to make Casey a drink she glanced out of the window when she heard Bradley laughing. Her heart fluttered as she watched her gorgeous man, he looked happy and relaxed and couldn’t wait for them to start their new life together.

Returning to the living room, she placed a glass of milk on the coffee table and smiled as she looked at Casey’s school uniform hanging on the back of the door. Heather, as usual, had ironed it for her and had promised to show her after they’d moved, how to iron clothes properly. Evangeline couldn’t wait to learn all the simple tasks in life that she’d taken for granted. All her life her father’s staff had waited on her hand and foot. When she’d moved into her own house, even though she had a washing machine, she’d have a company to collect her laundry every month. She’d struggled to keep her house tidy and the only appliances in her kitchen she knew how to use was the microwave and coffee machine. Her cooker had never been used until Bradley had stayed with her.

When Casey entered the living room, Evangeline stood in front of the fireplace with Casey standing in front of her. “Are you looking forward to school tomorrow?” She asked as she began to rub Casey’s wet hair with a small towel.

“Yeah, but I feel a bit sad because it’s my last week and I’ll miss my friends,” Casey answered.

“If you ask them for their phone numbers; I have a spare mobile you can have so you can phone them.”

“You do?” Casey’s eyes widened as she turned to face her. “My friend Dianna’s got a mobile, her mom gets her five pounds of credit a month if she keeps her bedroom tidy.”

“Well, if you keep your bedroom tidy then you can have the mobile and not worry about credit,” Evangeline laughed turning her around and began to massage coconut oil into her hair. “I’ve googled dance schools in Regis, and I found two. Do you still want to do dance lessons?”

“Yeah,” Casey nodded as she turned around to face Evangeline again. “Sapphire said she’ll teach me how to ride a horse if that’s ok with you and dad.”

“I can’t see that being a problem, but you’ll have to ask your father first,” Evangeline laughed as she sat down and patted the sofa. When Casey sat next to her, Evangeline held her hand. “On Thursday I’m going to have to go back to Regis because it’s my father’s funeral on Friday, so I won’t be here when you say goodbye to everyone. And if you feel sad, just remember that this weekend is going to be the start of an exciting new chapter in our lives.” She smiled. “Grandma, nanna, and grandad won’t be too far away from us so you can see them anytime you want to. You’ve already got Sapphire, Felicity, and Archie but once you start school there, you’re going to make more new friends. Are you looking forward to that?”

“Yeah,” Casey giggled squeezing her hand. “And I can phone my friends that live here too, can’t I?”

“You can,” Evangeline’s heart warmed with the love she felt for Casey as she ran her fingers through her wet hair to straighten it. “There’s something I need to talk to you about?”

“What is it?” Casey curiously asked tilting her head to one side.

Evangeline shook her head puffing her cheeks. “Casey, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t know how to look after children; this is going to be new for me. So, I’m going to apologize in advance for any mistakes I make. I’m not very good at housework and I’ve never cooked a meal in my life.”

“You haven’t?” Casey giggled. “Are we going to have a takeaway every night?”

“Erm, not all the time,” Evangeline grimaced feeling stupid. “Grandma and nanna are going to teach me how to cook.”

“Can I teach you too,” Casey looked at her with eager eyes. “I can show you how to cook beans on toast.”

“That would be wonderful,” Evangeline beamed hugging her. Her thoughts turned to her childhood and all the times she’d felt alone and didn’t have anyone close enough to talk to. “There’s one more thing.” She said moving away to look at her.

“What’s that?” Casey curiously asked.

I need you to understand that I’ll always be here for you and I never want you to feel alone.” Evangeline gently stroked Casey’s face. “So, if anyone says or does anything to you that upsets you, you must always tell me or your father. Will you promise me that you’ll do that?”

“I promise,” Casey smiled.

“That’s my girl,” Evangeline smiled wrapping her arms around Casey. Tears welled in her eyes as she pulled her closer to her and kissed the top of her head wishing she had someone she could turn to when she was Casey’s age, but it didn’t matter now. As long as Casey knew she was loved, that’s all that mattered. “I love you so much.”

“I love you too Evie,” Casey snuggled against her chest.

Bradley was in the kitchen; he was getting another beer for him and Jerry and had heard their conversation. Swallowing the lump in his throat; any worries he had about moving in with Evangeline had now gone. He didn’t expect their life together was going to be perfect, there was going to be some bumps along the way, but were Casey was concerned, he knew that Evangeline saw her welfare to be paramount.

……………

It was Wednesday afternoon; Evangeline had just returned to Bradley’s house after visiting Darryl and the workers in Darwin road. “Hi,” she beamed entering the kitchen.

“How is everything?” Bradley asked reaching for the kettle to make them a coffee.

“The fourteen priority houses have been completed so the builders are getting ready to start on the other sixteen,” She placed her paperwork on the table and sat down.

“It’s a shame no one wants them,” Bradley half smiled feeling bad for her; she’d only bought the houses to help the residents and now no one wanted them, they were going to stay in Stoneleigh road.

“It doesn’t matter, they’ll sell,” Evangeline took a pen out of her handbag and began signing forms. “Will you tell Jerry that I need to speak to him before I leave tomorrow?”

“What about?”

“I have a work contract for him to sign and I need his bank details otherwise he’s not going to get paid,” She laughed.

“Well, we’re going out tonight so you can ask him yourself,” Bradley placed two mugs of coffee on the table and sat opposite her.

Evangeline looked up from her paperwork. “Where are we going and how long are we going out for; I’ve got to get this paperwork sorted before I leave tomorrow?”

“There’s a local band playing at the social club, so I thought it would be nice to go there and have a drink.”

“Can’t we just have a quiet night in?” Evangeline grimaced. “When I leave tomorrow, I won’t see you and Casey for two nights.”

“I know, but you’ve never seen a live band. I’ve seen them before and they’re really good.” Bradley smiled looking at her with puppy dog eyes. “Come on, let's go and have some fun, we don’t have to stay out late.”

“Ok, as long as you stop distracting me.” Evangeline laughed shaking her head as she began to sign more paperwork. Just then, her mobile began to ring. “Bloody hell,” she grumbled taking it out of her handbag, she didn’t recognize the number and answered it. Bradley lit a cigarette and relaxed back in his chair wondering who it was. Evangeline wasn’t speaking she was just listening to her caller. “Did he?” She choked a little laugh. “Thank you for letting me know.” Evangeline cut the call and flopped back in her chair as she looked at Bradley. “That was the police.”

“What did they want?”

“Parker’s changed his plea to guilty, so we don’t have to go to court to testify next week.”

“Did they tell you why he’s changed his plea?”

“Yes, there’s two reasons,” Evangeline laughed. “The first reason is, he’s looking at a prison sentence so if he pleads guilty, he’ll get a lighter one.”

Bradley felt confused. “I thought you said his parents would hire him a top solicitor like they did last time?”

“I know, but no one would take on his case,” Evangeline paused swallowing the lump forming in her throat. “The police told me he tried to hire Martin Downey again, but he refused. Apparently, no one would represent Parker; it took him ages for his parents to find someone for him.” She laughed. “Obviously the police know the solicitors very well and they couldn’t understand, so one of them asked what was going on and found out why no one would represent him.”

“What was the reason?”

“Because my father has worked with most of the solicitors and was very good friends with them, “Evangeline gazed across the table with tear filled eyes. “He asked them, out of respect for me and their friendship, not to represent him.”

“Come here,” Bradley stood up holding his arms out to her, he could see she was feeling guilty again for what she’d said to Roland the last time she’d seen him.

Evangeline went over to Bradley and rested her head against his chest as he wrapped his arms around her. “After what I said to him, he still wanted to protect me.”

“I know sweetheart,” Bradley pulled her closer to him and kissed the top of her head, hoping this wasn’t going to set her back. “After talking to Martha and what you’ve just been told, that’s just proved your dad did love you.”

“He did, didn’t he?” Evangeline looked up at him and smiled gently stroking his face. “I just wish he could have found it in his heart to give you a chance, then he would have seen how happy you make me.”

“Well, I’m pretty sure if there’s a way he can check on you, he’ll see that.”

“I know,” Evangeline sighed stroking his chest. “I’d better get this work finished otherwise we won’t be going out this evening.”

“Are you all right?” Bradley could see she was putting on a brave face.

“I’m always all right when you're around.” She smiled picking her pen up as she sat at the table.

……………

At 8 pm, Bradley and Evangeline took Casey to stay the night at grandma’s house. They went upstairs with her and tucked her into bed. “Are you going to be here in the morning to take me to school?” She asked.

“Yes,” Evangeline smiled kissing her forehead. “I won’t be leaving tomorrow until you’ve gone to bed.”

“Yeah!” Casey cried throwing her arms around her neck.

“Come on Casey, let go of Evie before you choke her,” Bradley laughed. He kissed his daughter goodnight and made his way towards the bedroom door. “We’ll see you in the morning.”

“Na night!” Casey called as they left the bedroom. “Love you!”

“Love you too.” They called back in unison.

 

After saying goodbye to grandma, they left the house and walked hand in hand towards the social club. “I’ve just realized your mom wasn’t in. Has she gone out with Dave?”

“I don’t know,” Bradley shrugged. “I haven’t seen her all day.”

“Come to think of it, I haven’t too,” Evangeline thought it was strange, she hadn’t seen Heather since breakfast. “Maybe she’s busy sorting things out in her shop for when she moves.”

“Yeah, it must be that,” Bradley wrapped his arm around her waist. “Is George still coming for you tomorrow to take you back to Regis?”

“Yes, he’s coming early. Grandma’s invited him to join us for evening meal.”

“He’s going to love living next door to grandma,” Bradley laughed knowing what his grandma was like. “She knows he lives on his own, so she’ll be like a mother hen; making his dinner for him every evening to make sure he’s eating properly.”

“Well, George is part of our family,” She giggled. “Do you know she’s already started knitting things for when his grandchild is born?”

“Bless her,” Bradley smiled.

They walked around the corner, stepped over a small wall and walked across the social club car park. “I’m excited to see the band. What time do they start?” Evangeline asked wondering why she couldn’t hear music coming from the club.

“Soon,” Bradley answered opening the club door. It’s going to be a good night,” He grinned as they walked along the corridor towards the bar.

When they entered the bar, the walls were covered in balloons and colorful banners. There was a huge table running along the side of a wall full of buffet food and cakes. Everyone who lived in Stoneleigh road was there with their friends and family; they stood up clapping and cheering. Evangeline held her chest in shock as she looked up at Bradley. “What’s going on?”

Bradley wrapped his arm around her shoulders and pointed towards everyone. “They’re here for you Evie. They know you're leaving tomorrow, so wanted to have a party to say thank you for everything you’ve done for them.”

“Really!” Evangeline gasped noticing Heather and Dave in the crowd. “You knew about this!”

“Yes, but I was sworn to secrecy,” Bradley grinned. “And my mom would have lynched me if I’d told you.”

“This is amazing!” She cried walking towards the resident’s who began hugging and thanking her.

Bradley felt emotional as he watched his beautiful girlfriend, laughing and talking to the residents, she looked like a rockstar. Heather stood next to him. “Who’d have thought that several months ago when we met Evie, that things would have ended like this?”

“I know,” Bradley smiled shaking his head. “She’s changed all their lives for the better. I’m so proud of her.”

“Me too. I always knew there was a good girl with a big heart behind that stony exterior she had. All she needed was to be nurtured,” Heather wiped the tears welling in her eyes.

“And there was no one better than you to bring that out of her,” Bradley hugged his mom and kissed her on the cheek. “Well let’s get this party started.” He laughed looking towards the band on the small stage and signaled them to start playing.


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