Common Duty

Common Duty

Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

Carrie has sole custody of her younger brother, a twelve year old in a twenty-two year old body. Caleb struggles with daily life and acceptance and Carrie struggles with keeping him out of trouble. Can an unlikely source help her straighten things out with her brother and help her see that men aren't out to break her heart at the same time? This is one of my lighter stories, nothing too crazy just a simple romance to take my mind out of the gutter for a while. I hope you enjoy.

Summary

Carrie has sole custody of her younger brother, a twelve year old in a twenty-two year old body. Caleb struggles with daily life and acceptance and Carrie struggles with keeping him out of trouble. Can an unlikely source help her straighten things out with her brother and help her see that men aren't out to break her heart at the same time?
This is one of my lighter stories, nothing too crazy just a simple romance to take my mind out of the gutter for a while. I hope you enjoy.

Chapter33 (v.1) - Been fishing

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Submitted: November 09, 2018

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Carrie stepped into her quiet house, she had expected Nate to be waiting for her return knowing she was out with Jordan but he wasn’t at her house. She found Caleb in his room playing a video game, after his usual vague responses to her questions asking if he’d eaten dinner and dressed for bed she gave up and went to her own room. The events of this evening tormented her brain as she worried what to do about Jordan and Nate.

Things with Jordan were confusing. Yes, he was a jerk to leave. But she hadn’t been the greatest girlfriend back then so if he was willing to forgive her mistakes shouldn’t she offer the same.

Nate was a great guy but she didn’t think she had the same feelings for him like she did Jordan. She did love Nate. But does she love him more than she loved Jordan? Maybe she would one day.

Why did Jordan have to come back?

She laid her head on her pillow and let these thoughts take up residence for the evening. She needed to work this out. She needed to decide if Jordan would get a second chance and if he did how would she break the news to Nate?

She stared at her phone. Why hadn’t Nate come over? Why hadn’t he called? She started to worry he was upset with her. Well he probably was! She just spent the afternoon with her ex. Of course he was upset.

She stared at the blank screen and debated what to text. Maybe I should call? No. If he’s mad he won’t want to talk to me. She was only taking care of her daughter. He can’t be mad about that. He would be if he knew what else had happened. Maybe he did know! How could he?

Ugh! This was insane!

Okay. Just text him.

‘Hey. I’m home if you want to come over.’ She finally sent.

The reply came back automatically stating: ‘Davis is currently off the grid, he will return in a few days.’

She was floored. He had to be mad at her. Fuck! She knew she had messed up going with Jordan. She laid her phone beside her bed and curled into a ball. Well if Nate was mad and he did stop seeing her then she had her answer for going back to Jordan. She wouldn’t even have to stress about hurting Nate if he left on his own. That would make things easier. Right? Right! She couldn’t help that she still had feelings for Jordan. If Nate wanted to end things with her then she would give Jordan a chance.

But the thought of Nate leaving squeezed the air from her lungs, she had grown to love him, even if she was certain she would never love him like she loved Jordan she knew she would miss him. He was a great guy. He deserved a great girl. Deep down she felt she wasn’t the one he should be with. She wasn’t a great person, not after all she’d done in the last few months. She thought about all the things she did wrong.

She should have given Nate a chance when he first asked for it, she should have opened up to him a lot sooner and she should have never given Jordan the time of day but all that seemed mute now because she had done those things and she had messed up where Nate was concerned. He didn’t deserve to be with her, he deserved so much better.

She wasn’t aware she’d fallen asleep until she opened her eyes to her alarm blaring.

She was so tired and did not want to move. Thinking of Nate and wondering what to do about Jordan were heavy bricks to drag around as she tried to get ready for work.  

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Jordan was once again at her daycare with coffee in hand. She tried to ignore him as she walked by to unlock her door. “What’s wrong?” He asked.

“Nothing Jordan. Just…please leave.” She pleaded.

“So your boyfriend is mad about yesterday?” She didn’t have to look to know he had a broad smirk on his face.

“Yes! No! I don’t know. I haven’t seen him yet.”

Jordan lifted a brow. He set the coffee down in front of her. “I was thinking we could go look at monuments during lunch?”

Carries eyes lowered to the coffee, she was too tired to fight with Jordan and she couldn’t say no when she wanted to do this, besides, the sooner they get this over with the better.

“Okay. But I’ll meet you there this time and Nate’s coming with me.” Even as she said the words her heart twisted knowing she might not even see Nate today or ever again but she had to keep her distance with Jordan, she wasn’t prepared to keep him at bay and she wanted time to end things with Nate before she gave into Jordan.

Jordan’s lips formed a thin line but he only nodded. “Fine.”

After Jordan left Carrie spent the morning texting and calling Nate but he never answered. She wanted to cry at the uncertainty of not knowing. If he was planning to break up with her at least he could tell her. She was growing angry at his rudeness. Even when Jordan’s text came through stating the time for their appointment she had hoped it was Nate. She even started to worry that something happened at his job. Maybe he’s hurt or maybe he’s in the hospital or something?

She finally called his work to see if they could tell her anything but all she was told was that he hadn’t been scheduled to work today. She hung up feeling more deflated and worried.

At eleven she left to meet Jordan at the monument business.

Jordan smiled when he realized that Nate wasn’t with her. He didn’t bring it up as he put a hand on her back and guided her through the front door. They were in the business short of an hour as they picked out and designed the headstone they wanted and what it should say.

She worried about the cost. The owner never even mentioned any amounts. When she asked, Jordan wouldn’t let the man say anything and only told her not to worry about it.

As they were leaving Jordan asked her to come to lunch but she refused saying she had to go back to work. Her mind worried too much about Nate and why he hadn’t called.

At one her phone rang with Nate’s name on the screen.

“Nate?” She held back her fears as she worried he was calling to break up with her.

“Hey beautiful.” His warm voice captured her breath. “Sorry I missed your call yesterday. I was out of town.”

“It’s okay.” She breathed out with a rush of relief as it hit her he wasn’t upset with her.

“Is everything okay?”

“I don’t know.” She offered. “I haven’t heard from you, I was worried you were mad at me?”

He chuckled. “No. I didn’t mean to make you worry. I went fishing with my brother. We just made it back.”

“Oh. I didn’t know you were going fishing.”

“It was a last minute thing. I’m going home to clean up and then I’ll come by the school.”

She smiled at the thought of seeing him. “Okay.” A wash of relief ran through her as she felt silly for thinking he’d been mad at her. She nibbled on her lip as she realized she’d been worried for nothing.

When he arrived and greeted her like nothing was off she felt even better. He kissed her and told her he’d missed her. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before I left. I had a really shitty day yesterday and I needed to vent before I made it worse.”

She gave a small frown. “Because I went with Jordan?” She feared she’d been the cause of his bad mood.

“No.” He shook his head. “I wasn’t happy about that but it was just a bad day at work. Nothing to talk about.” He took the opportunity to kiss her again before he continued. “Tell me what happened yesterday.”

She looked up and shrugged. “We looked at the spot he has picked out. And today at lunch we went to pick out a headstone.”

He nodded. “Did you get everything worked out?”

“Yes, I think so.” She bit her lip worried he would read her mind and know a lot more happened but she was determined to keep it to herself. “Shouldn’t be too long before we can have everything arranged.”

He nodded. “Good. I want this to be over but I’m not rushing you.” He sat on the edge of her desk. “I think maybe I’ve been going about this all wrong.”

“Going about what?”

“This Jordan thing.” He pulled her to her feet and situated her between his thighs. “Look, I don’t want to lose you but if you’re on the fence about us or about you and him then there isn’t much I can do.” He shrugged a shoulder. “I need to step back and let you finish and if it means I lose then so be it.”

“You figured that out while fishing?”

“No. I figured that out before I left, I just needed to find a way to come to terms with it.”

She wrapped her hands around his neck and pulled him in for a kiss. The warmth of his body pressed to hers became her drug. Her lips parted looking for more. His hands snaked around her waist and pulled her in tighter as he kissed her in return. She pulled back to look into his eyes. “I don’t want you to lose.”

“But you can’t have both of us either.”

“I know.” She frowned. “I don’t want him.”

“I wish I could believe that.”

“You can.” She stressed so worried he would leave.

He shook his head. “I think you don’t know what you want or who you want.”

She bit her lip as the truth rang in her ears and stung her heart.

“I’m not leaving.” He clarified. “I love you and if it’s a choice you need to make I hope you chose me but if you’re really on the fence about either one of us then I’m going to have to do something about it.”

She looked up curious. “What are you going to do?”

He kissed her lips before he continued. “Make sure you choose me. I can’t live without you.”

She giggled as he kissed her neck. “I’m curious how you plan to make me choose you.”

“Well. I’ve thought about tying you to my bed but then I would have to let you out eventually and that might reflect poorly on my job.”

She giggled. “Maybe just temporarily?”

“Hmmmmm….” He smiled as he pulled her in for a teasing kiss. “I like the way you think.” He shifted her body so that he could press her against his stiffening groin. “I really like the image in my head. I think I need to see it in real life to be sure.”

She gave a soft sigh against his lips as mouth kept moving with hers, for the moment he captured her senses and started a desire to move further. Unfortunately they were not in a place that they could act out those feelings and the knock on the door only pulled them apart. Carries face glowed in embarrassment as she realized they could be so easily caught by one of the parent’s of her students. She stepped back to answer the door as Nate made adjustments for the knot building in his jeans.


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