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When Evan and Lacey arrived at the hotel, Ralph and Charlotte were already there waiting for them. After settling in their rooms, they ate in the restaurant there before Evan and Ralph went to discuss buying the hotel.

Lacey and Charlotte went for a walk around the city with Ralphs guard, to go and buy Lacey’s first mobile phone. When they were in the phone shop, Charlotte couldn’t stop laughing at Lacey, she thought she was going to strangle the sales assistant. While he was telling her all the things that she could do with the phone that he was trying to sell her, Lacey didn’t have a clue what he was on about and kept telling him that she wasn’t bothered what it could do, she just wanted it to make calls. When Lacey finally chose the mobile she wanted, Charlotte thought Lacey’s head was going to exploded when the assistant told her she couldn’t have it because she had no ID or a bank account. Stepping in to calm the situation down, Charlotte registered the mobile in her name and paid the whole eighteen-month contract in full.

Lacey was growling at the assistant by the time they left the shop over an hour later. “Well that’s a part of my life I’ll never get back.” She glared at the assistant, wanting to punch the smarmy smile off his face as he held the door open for them.

“Are you alright?” Charlotte giggled. “You look like you’re going to cry.”

Lacey did feel like crying, she was stressed. “I didn’t realise how hard it would be to get a phone.” She hugged Charlotte. “Thanks for that, I will pay you back but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t let me pay with Evans card.”

“It had to be paid with my card because I bought the contract.” Charlotte smiled. “And you don’t have to pay me back, it’s a gift from me.”

Lacey felt awkward with her friend buying her something so expensive. “But.”

“No buts.” Charlotte placed her hand on Lacey’s arm. “You need to sit somewhere until you calm down, so just buy me a coffee and we’ll call it quits, ok?”

Lacey nodded. “Yeah, I think I do need to sit down and thank you.”

“My pleasure.” Charlotte smiled.

After relaxing for a while in a coffee shop, Lacey and Charlotte took a walk around the baby shops. They were both drawn to the baby girl’s department and cooed over all the pretty dresses, then for the first time, Lacey felt a rush of excitement about being a mother and hoped she was having a girl.

When they returned to the hotel, Evan and Ralph were still busy so they went to Charlottes room and while Lacey’s mobile was charging, Charlotte showed her how to use it. Within an hour Lacey’s number went live and like she promised, Jim was her first call.

Jim was just getting into the car to return home when Lacey rang him, they talked for a while. Jim was laughing when she told him how frustrated she got trying to buy the mobile. He wished he had been there to see it, he thought Lacey was hilarious when she was frustrated. 

Evan was in an upbeat mood when he and Ralph had finished their meeting with the owner of the hotel, they had decided to buy it. He found Lacey in Charlottes room and took her back to theirs so they could get changed to go out and celebrate.

While they were getting changed, Lacey told Evan about what happened in the phone shop.

“This is why we need to get your birth certificate, your name isn’t registered anywhere, it’s like you don’t exist.” Evan told her.

Lacey sighed, all her life she had felt like a ghost. “So what do I do about it, I don’t want it happening again, it was embarrassing?”

Evan sat on the edge of the bed, held Lacey’s hand and pulled her close to him. “If I get you registered living at my house your name will go on the electoral register, then you won’t have that problem anymore.”  

Lacey gazed down at Evan, gently stroked his face and kissed him. “Thank you.” She whispered.

Evan held Lacey’s hips and lay back on the bed, pulling her on top of him. Lacey giggled as he tried to unclip her bra. “I thought we were going out?”

“Ralph and Charlotte can wait.” He grinned. “I’ve got important business to sort out with you first.”

Just then Evan’s mobile began to ring. “Dammit.” He groaned, wishing he’d turned it off now. Lacey rolled off him and lay next to him as he answered it. Evan sat bolt upright, “What!” He cried rubbing his face then looked at Lacey.

Lacey watched the colour drain from Evan’s face and knew something serious was wrong.

“Ok, I’m on my way.” Evan cut the call, slipped his shoes on and rushed across the room to his car keys.

Lacey began to feel scared. “Evan what’s wrong?”

Evan stood still for a second and leaned against the door. “It’s Jim, he’s been in an accident.” He turned to face Lacey. “I’ve got to go.”

Lacey’s heart thudded in her chest. “Is he gonna be ok?”

“I don’t know.” Evan rushed out of the room to go to Jim.

Lacey lay on the bed in shock, she had only spoken to Jim a couple of hours ago. Charlotte walked into the room, “Lacey.” She quietly said as she sat on the bed next to her. “Evan rung Ralph and told us about Jim, we’re going home now.”

Lacey threw her arms around Charlotte and began to sob. “Charlotte I’m scared.”

“I know.” She said hugging her friend tight.

Lacey sat back and wiped the tears from her face. “The way Evan reacted when he got the call, it sounds really bad.”

“Don’t worry, Jim will be ok.”

Ralph stood in the doorway. “Are you ready to leave?”

Charlotte nodded. “Come on Lacey, we’re going now.”

Ralph picked the suitcases up and Lacey followed them out of the room in a daze. On the journey home, no one spoke, Lacey sat staring out of the car window with tears streaming down her face, she was worried about Jim.

When they arrived back at Evan’s house, two hours later, Ralph tried to ring Evan but there was no answer.

 

It was late in the evening when Evan returned home, when they heard his car pull up outside the house they all walked into the hallway, waiting for him to come in. When Evan walked through the door, he looked pale and tired, they could tell by the look on his face that it was going to be bad news.

Lacey’s heart began race, her breathing deepened as Evan walked across the hallway towards her. “I’m sorry.” He said. “Jim’s dead.”

Lacey screamed, she held onto Evan sobbing. He slowly walked her into the living room, sat down and pulled her onto his knee. Lacey held onto him and curled up, sobbing against his chest.

“What happened?” asked Ralph as he comforted Charlotte.

Evan wrapped his arms around Lacey and stared ahead of him for what seemed like forever before he answered.

Evan took a deep breath and cleared his throat. “From what witnesses have told the police, he was driving on the fast lane of the motorway when a back tyre blew, he lost control of the car, he hit the central barrier, it bounced off and rolled. He was already dead by the time the ambulances got there.”

“Was anyone else hurt?” Ralph asked.

“Yeah some were but I don’t know how bad.”

Everyone sat in silence, the only sound in the room came from Lacey and Charlotte, sobbing.

Eventually Ralph stood up. “We’ll go now Evan, call me if you need me for anything.”

Evan went to the front door to see his friends out while Lacey stood in the hallway. Evan closed the door behind him and leaned against, staring at Lacey. Lacey didn’t know what to say or do, she walked over to him and wrapped her arms around him and held him tight.

Evan hugged her back and kissed the top of her head. “Can I just have some time on my own please.”

Lacey looked up at him, the pain she could see in his eyes, broke her heart, she half smiled and nodded. “I’ll go upstairs.”

Evan cupped her face with both hands, he breathed in sharply and held his breath, it looked like he was going to say something to her, but he didn’t, he exhaled just as sharp. He ran his hands down her face, neck and shoulders then back to her neck and pulled her close to him, gently kissed her on the lips and moved her back to look at her. He ran his fingers through her hair till he got to the ends and slowly let it fan back into place. He kissed her gently on the lips again. “I love you.” He said then walked into the living room.

As Lacey watched Evan walk away, she wished she knew what was going through his mind, but as much as she wanted to comfort him, she knew that it would be best to leave him on his own. Slowly walking up the stairs to go to the bedroom, she stopped and looked back into the living room, she could see Evan pouring himself a drink.

Lacey changed into her nighty and lay in the bed sobbing, her heart was breaking over the loss of Jim, she had only known him a few months and couldn’t imagine the pain that Evan was going through.

Evan stared into his third glass of whiskey, he knocked it back and poured another. Slumping into the sofa, he dropped his head back and stared at the ceiling. Jim, his closest friend for nearly thirty years, his right-hand man, the giant man with a big heart, the man he would stand in front of a bullet for had died. In their time spent together, Jim had been stabbed six times, shot twice and took countless beatings but still got up and smashed his attackers and after all that, it was a blown tyre that took him out. There was a gaping hole left in Evans life now, one that could never be filled.

Thinking back to the last conversation he had with Jim, it was about Lacey. Jim loved her and had told Evan it was time for him to slow down, she was the best thing that had happened in his life and not to make the same mistakes as he did when he was married.

Evan sat up and rubbed his face with both hands, he needed to go to Lacey.

Lacey lay in bed watching Evan undress. He climbed into the bed and wrapped his arms around her waist, pulled her close to him and nuzzled his face into her neck. His breathing deepened and he began to sob.

Tears streamed down Lacey’s face as she stroked her fingers through his hair, comforting the man she loved. Evan gripped onto her, his heart was breaking with the loss of his best friend.

 


Submitted: May 13, 2016

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Imspartina

Oh gosh! Noooooo! So terrible! I'm so sad for Evan!

Sat, May 14th, 2016 12:18am

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isn't it just, they've known each other all their lives :)

Sat, May 14th, 2016 6:03am

kerryl86

Aww how sad that Jim passed away. Poor Evan

Sat, May 14th, 2016 5:41am

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He's going to be lost without Jim

Sat, May 14th, 2016 6:06am

alessandra

no jim I really liked him

Sat, May 14th, 2016 9:58am

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He was a good friend to both of them and always the voice of reason, they are both going to be lost without him

Sat, May 14th, 2016 6:07am

alessandra

no jim I really liked him

Sat, May 14th, 2016 9:58am

Moonglow

Oh noooo! I loved Jim's character! So sad!

Wed, June 29th, 2016 3:19pm

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sorry, It upset me to write that :(

Wed, June 29th, 2016 12:01pm

Amy F. Turner

Awwww damn... this is so sad, but it is wonderful that they can comfort each other through it. I really like Jim. I hope they have a little boy and name him Jim.

Tue, February 21st, 2017 2:28am

lunablanca14

Fuck, I'm sad too.

Fri, April 14th, 2017 6:34pm

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Jim was always the voice of reason between Evan and Lacey, they will both be lost without him now :(

Sat, April 15th, 2017 10:45am

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