Swept Away

Swept Away

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Genre: Romance

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance

Summary

Madeline O’Neill thinks she lives the perfect happy life. She works for a top Luxury Spa company, lives in a nice apartment, has a great social life, and is dating her gorgeous co-worker, Eric.
One night after drinking alone in a bar while Eric has gone away for the weekend to take care of his ill mother, Joel Harrison, the office shy boy from where Madeline and Eric work, comes to her rescue when a man harasses her outside the bar.
Over the weekend Madeline spends time with Joel and they become lovers. Guilt slowly takes over Madeline, she begins to feel torn between the two men and knows she’s going to have to choose between them. But on the day she makes her decision, a series of startling events changes everything and her world crashes down around her.

Summary

Madeline O’Neill thinks she lives the perfect happy life. She works for a top Luxury Spa company, lives in a nice apartment, has a great social life, and is dating her gorgeous co-worker, Eric.
One night after drinking alone in a bar while Eric has gone away for the weekend to take care of his ill mother, Joel Harrison, the office shy boy from where Madeline and Eric work, comes to her rescue when a man harasses her outside the bar.
Over the weekend Madeline spends time with Joel and they become lovers. Guilt slowly takes over Madeline, she begins to feel torn between the two men and knows she’s going to have to choose between them. But on the day she makes her decision, a series of startling events changes everything and her world crashes down around her.

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Submitted: January 12, 2021

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Joel’s eyes slowly opened; noticing the tv had auto turned itself off, he glanced at the clock on the fireplace. It was 6pm. Sadness ached in his heart as he gazed at Madeline who was lying next to him on the sofa; they’d fallen asleep while watching a movie. After spending the long bank holiday weekend together, he knew it was time for her to leave. Gently stroking her messy black hair from her face, he smiled thinking of the great time he’d had with her but at the same time, he felt deflated. Every time they’d had sex, it was Madeline that had taken control and made the first move. He wished he’d had the confidence to make the first move; it would have made him feel more like a man. Years ago, he would have.

Thinking back to the night he helped her, her words echoed in his mind when he told her there was a girl he liked but she was in a relationship; “What if she’s not truly happy in that relationship and she’s still waiting for her knight in shining armor to come along and sweep her off her feet? You could be the one to do that.”

Was she telling him she wasn’t happy with Eric, without realizing it? If she was happy with Eric, she wouldn’t have spent the weekend with him. Feeling confused Joel gently shook Madeline to wake her. “Maddie,” he quietly said.

Maddie yawned as she opened her eyes and snuggled against him. “What time is it?” She murmured.

“It’s six pm,” He answered.

Madeline’s eyes widened as she quickly sat up. “Shit!” She cried scrambling off the sofa looking for her shoes. “I’ve got to get my work clothes washed and ironed for tomorrow,” she babbled slipping her shoes on.

Joel’s heart sunk; that was true, but he also thought she was panicking because she knew Eric would be returning soon.

Madeline slipped her shoes on and took her handbag from the floor. “Joel,” she half-smiled noticing the sadness in his eyes. “I’ve had a great weekend.”

“Me too,” Joel stood up running his fingers through his messy dark hair.

“Come here,” Madeline smiled wrapping her arms around his neck.

Joel wrapped his arms around her waist hugging her close to him; breathing in her flowery scent as he nuzzled his face against her neck. He didn’t want to let her go.

“Are we going to be ok at work tomorrow?” She quietly spoke closing her eyes feeling awful for leaving him.

Joel moved away and gazed into her blue eyes. “We’ll always be ok.” He forced a smile.

“That’s good to hear?” She sighed with relief cupping his face with both hands, closing her eyes she gently kissed him on the lips and moved away. “I’ll see you tomorrow at work.”

 

Joel stood in the doorway watching Madeline walk to the end of the street and disappear around the corner. Tears welled in his eyes as he closed the door, thinking what a wimp he was. Desperately needing to talk about the weekend, he took his mobile from the fireplace and dialed his mom’s number. His parents always helped him make sense of what was going on in his head.

 

Madeline’s head was spinning by the time she entered her apartment. After an amazing weekend with Joel, it had made her realize how lonely her life was with Eric. Guilt consumed her though. Guilt because she’d cheated on Eric while he was taking care of his sick mom and guilt because she couldn’t get the look of sadness in Joel’s eyes out of her mind when she was getting ready to leave his house.

Dropping her shoes and jacket on the floor, she stood by the bathroom door staring at the laundry basket. “Sod it,” she muttered, she couldn’t be bothered to do the laundry. 

Entering her bedroom, she stripped off and slipped on her red silk nighty and climbed into bed; wanting to sleep forever. Tears welled in her eyes as she stared across the bedroom thinking, why was she making her life difficult?

The sound of the key in the door broke her out of her thoughts. “Maddie!” Eric called entering the apartment.

Madeline pulled the quilt up to her chin and ignored him.

Eric walked along the hallway and noticed her in bed. “Maddie are you ok?” he asked concerned placing a large bouquet of flowers on the bed and sat on the edge of it.

“I don’t feel too good,” she quietly spoke trying to compose herself.

“Have you been drinking with Ryan again?” He asked. Madeline nodded. Eric gently moved her hair from her face, thinking she must be sick. Many times, he’d returned home when she was hungover, and she’d always greeted him with a hug and a kiss. He leaned over and kissed her cheek. “I’ve got something for you.”

“What is it?” she mumbled.

Eric reached for the flowers and held them for her to see. Madeline stared at the bouquet of red and white roses. “Eric,” she sighed sitting up and leaned against the headboard. “You shouldn’t have.”

“I can spoil my girl if I want to,” he smiled placing them on the floor and held her hand. “Are you still upset with me because I wouldn’t let you come to my mom’s?”

“Yes,” Tears welled in Madeline’s eyes. “I wanted to be there to support you. But you push me away all the time. Why won’t you let me be there for you?”

“Maddie you have to understand, my mom’s getting no better and she’s confused.” His shoulders slumped. “You know she still thinks I’m married to Julie.”

“Oh right, I’d forgot,” Madeline mumbled rubbing her forehead as she looked at the slim blond-haired figure of Eric. “I guess if she doesn’t improve, you’ll never tell her about me?”

“I can’t,” Eric mumbled. “It’ll break her heart.”

Tears welled in Madeline’s eyes. “I know your brother knows about me because I’ve met him. Have you told your sister?”

“I haven’t had a chance to tell Sandra yet.” He answered.

Madeline stared at him in disbelief, she couldn’t believe he’d still not told his sister about her. “Are you ashamed of me?” She asked wiping the tears from her eyes.

“No!” Eric gasped.

“Then at least tell your sister,” Madeleine huffed, not believing him.

“Maddie,” Eric sighed shaking his head. “Why are you being like this with me?”

“You know why!” Madeline cried throwing her arms in the air. “All we do in the week is work and stay in every evening. Then every other weekend I’m here on my own while your spending time with your family!”

“Ok,” Eric nodded, “I understand where you’re coming from so next weekend when I go home, I’ll.”

“You’re going home next weekend!” Madeline interrupted staring at him in disbelief.

“Yes, you know I go every other weekend,” Eric answered.

“But you’ve been this weekend,” Madeline’s shoulders slumped.

“I know,” Eric stood up and began to pace around the bedroom. “But my family says we should stick to the rota. Sandra takes care of mom in the week and me and Richard take turns at the weekend, but Richards already made plans for next weekend, so I have to go.”

“Unbelievable,” Madeline murmured sliding down the bed and pulled the quilt over her.

“Please don’t be upset with me,” Eric lay on the bed next to her, he slid his arm around her waist and rolled her over to face him. “It won’t be long before this is all over,” he gazed into her eyes gently stroking her face.

Madeline started to feel confused; she loved Eric but wasn’t in love with him. Maybe she could fall in love with him if they went out and had fun together, but he was always too tired to do anything after work. On the weekend he didn’t go to look after his mom, he’d slouch on the sofa in his boxers watching documentaries. Many times, she wanted to end their relationship, but she felt guilty wanting to dump someone who was struggling to cope with his mother dying. “You should have let me stay with you this weekend.” She whispered.

“I’m sorry,” Eric whispered, gently moving her hair from her face as he gazed into her eyes. “I promise when I go home next weekend, I’ll tell my sister about us. You never know, when she’s in the area, you can meet and have a coffee,” he smiled pulling her close to him.

“Ok,” She sighed resting her head against his chest, not believing him.

Eric gently hooked his finger under her chin and raised her face. “You know I love you, don’t you?”

“I do wonder sometimes,” Maddie sighed.

“Well, I do love you,” he smiled pulling her closer to him and gently kissed her on the lips as he stroked his hand down her back.

Feeling the warmth of his body next to hers, Madeline relaxed and kissed him back, but it didn’t feel right. Eric's lips felt thin compared to Joel’s fuller lips. Feeling his hard-on against her stomach, she broke the kiss and moved away. “I don’t feel like sex right now.” She sighed rolling onto her back rubbing her forehead. “I don’t feel too good.”

“What’s wrong with you?” Eric suspiciously looked at her as he sat up. Madeline never turned down sex.

“I just feel a bit sick,” she lied.

“You’re not pregnant, are you?” Eric teased stroking her belly.

“Dear Lord, no!” Madeline gasped.

“I’m sorry,” Eric laughed at the look of horror on her face. “Would you like me to make you something light to eat to see if it’ll settle your stomach?”

“Yeah, that would be nice but I’m going to have a quick shower first.” She moved the quilt off her, swung her legs off the bed, and stood up.

“Shall I make you some chicken soup and toast?” Eric asked watching her walk towards the bedroom door.

“Yes please,” Madeline quietly said turning around in the doorway and watched him unbutton his shirt, he took it off and slipped on a t-shirt. She understood what he was going through with his mom and felt sorry for him but that was no reason to push her away all the time. Feeling deflated as she made her way to the bathroom, her thoughts turned to Joel and the fun she’d had with him over the weekend. Joel didn’t have a six-pack like Eric, he didn’t have the same confidence, they were the opposite of each other. But Joel kissed her like he meant it, he liked to cuddle, and she liked the way he looked at her with warmth in his eyes; she’d never seen that in Eric’s.

Entering the bathroom, Madeline burst into tears as she took a large towel off the rail and held it over her face to muffle the sounds of her sobbing. She felt confused and guilty, she’d never cheated on anyone before and she didn’t know what to do. She had feelings for both men.

 


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