Two Hearts Beat as One

Two Hearts Beat as One

Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance

Summary

Layla has always struggled with relationships and it’s always been easy for her to walk away from them because she’s never been in love, she won’t allow her heart to go that far. Layla came from nothing and doesn’t want to settle down and have children, she just wants to earn money and enjoy life. When the relationship she’s in suddenly ends, Layla walks away without shedding a tear and becomes friends with a man she’d once briefly met in a coffee shop.
Jason Knightly is twenty years her senior, a lonely widower who is still working out what to do with his life. The two soon become lovers and bring out a passion in each other they never knew they had. Can these two lost souls find the happiness they are craving for in each other?

Summary

Layla has always struggled with relationships and it’s always been easy for her to walk away from them because she’s never been in love, she won’t allow her heart to go that far. Layla came from nothing and doesn’t want to settle down and have children, she just wants to earn money and enjoy life. When the relationship she’s in suddenly ends, Layla walks away without shedding a tear and becomes friends with a man she’d once briefly met in a coffee shop.
Jason Knightly is twenty years her senior, a lonely widower who is still working out what to do with his life. The two soon become lovers and bring out a passion in each other they never knew they had. Can these two lost souls find the happiness they are craving for in each other?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Breaking up is so easy to do

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Submitted: November 05, 2017

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Rushing through the busy city making her way home from work, Layla couldn’t have felt more excited for the month ahead. Today was her fiancé, Shaun’s 30th birthday. The weekend ahead was already planned, that night they were going out to a swanky restaurant for a romantic meal and the following night they were going to spend it with friends at their local nightclub. Then the following week it was going to be her 30th and they had booked ten days off work to go to Spain.

Smelling the fresh aroma of coffee as she turned the corner by the local Starbucks she paused by the doorway and glanced at the time on her mobile wondering if she had time for her favorite caramel macchiato. Realising she didn’t have time spare to sit around Layla decided to buy one and drink it on the way home. Waiting patiently behind a tall well-built man who was making his order, Layla yelped and pushed him away as he stepped back and trod on her foot. The man spun around quickly to face her. “I am so sorry.” He said holding her arm to help her keep her balance as she stood on one leg while she rubbed her toes.

“It’s ok.” Layla half smiled.

“Let me buy you your drink as an apology.” The man kindly said.

Layla put her foot down and looked up at him, she couldn’t help but think how good looking he was with his messy dark hair going slightly grey around the ears and dark green eyes. “You don’t have to.”

“No, I insist.” He opened his wallet and took out a five pound note. “Here.” He said holding it out to her.

Layla moved his hand away. “Really there’s no need.” She laughed.

“Maybe I could treat you to a coffee some other time then?” He asked slipping the money back into his wallet.

Layla shook her head and raised her left hand so he could see her engagement ring. “Sorry, I don’t think my fiancé would like it.”

The man looked at her with amusement. “But I’m not asking him.”

Layla could feel her cheeks flushing and giggled. “It’s still no.”

“Ok.” The man laughed picking his drink up. “See you around sometime and once again, I’m sorry about your foot.”

Layla smiled at the man and stepped towards the counter to make her order. As the man walked away, he stood in the doorway and looked back at Layla, she’d captivated him. With her long curly brown hair and blue eyes, he thought the dainty girl was stunning and hoped their paths would cross again sometime.

 

“Shaun,” Layla called as she walked into the house. She kicked her shoes off, went into the dark living room and threw her coat over the back of the sofa. Not noticing her fiance sitting on the cozy chair in the corner of the room, she went into the kitchen and switched the kettle on. Returning to the living room Layla jumped back in fright when she noticed Shaun. “Shit!” she cried holding her chest. “Didn’t you hear me call you?” She asked turning the light on.

Shaun took a swig of beer out of the brown bottle he was holding. “Leave me alone.” He mumbled rubbing his face.

Layla stared at him wondering what was wrong with him, had she done something to upset him? “Babe, what’s wrong?” She asked as she sat on the arm of his chair and wrapped her arm around his shoulders. “Is it something I’ve done?”

Shaun shook his head and took another swig of his beer. “You’ve done nothing wrong I’m just feeling a bit depressed.”

“Why?” Layla was surprised, she’d never heard him speak like that before. “Has something happened?”

“Yeah.” He huffed. “My birthday.”

Layla didn’t understand why his birthday was bothering him. “Is it because you’re thirty now?”

Shaun stood up and walked over to the window and gazed out of it. “Yeah.” He mumbled as he lit a cigarette. “I’m thirty and feel like should be doing something different with my life.”

“You’ve done and got more than most men your age.” Layla stood next to him and ran her hands up and down his large muscly arms. “I don’t understand, look at you, you’re super fit, we have a fabulous home we have two cars and a motorbike, we have great friends, we both work, we go abroad twice a year and away most weekends.”

“But I want more.” Shaun’s shoulders slumped as he moved away from her and sat down.

Layla was now beginning to feel worried, she didn’t know where the conversation was leading to. “Do you want to settle down and start a family, is that what it is?” She nervously rubbed her forehead. “Because we’ve talked about this and we both agreed we don’t want children.”

Shaun huffed a laugh and shook his head. “It’s not about children.”

“Then what is it?” Layla’s patience was beginning to fray. “Just tell me!”

Shaun took a long draw of his cigarette and stared at the wall in front of him. “I’ve only ever had two relationships in my life, I just feel I should be out there playing the field.”

“What!” Layla gasped she couldn’t believe he’d just said that and wondered what was wrong with her. For the past three years, she’d joined Shaun at his gym three times a week and was now in the best shape she’d ever been in. Layla wasn’t vain but she knew she wasn’t unattractive, she always kept herself well and had a wardrobe full of designer clothes. Both her and Shaun worked, they had an active social life with joint friends and times out with their own friends from work, two holidays abroad every year and every other weekend they’d either go away or visit his family. Layla was in shock. “Is that what you really want?”

Shaun stayed silent smoking his cigarette.

Layla rolled her eyes and laughed. “Ok, I get it, I’ll leave in the morning.”

Shaun stood up quick and turned to face her. “So you’re gonna give up just like that?”

Layla shrugged. “I’m not staying if I'm not wanted.”

“You’ll never change will you?” Shaun growled.

“What’s that supposed to mean!” She cried.

Shaun laughed. “You’re a cold hearted bitch, you just drift from one man to another getting engaged then walking away when it gets rough.” He paused and tilted his head to one side. “How many times have you been engaged, four times counting me?”

Layla took her engagement ring off and threw it at him. “It’s because of assholes like you I never stay around. One minute you tell me you want a life of shagging around then turn it around to my past!”

Shaun slammed his bottle down on the coffee table. “Do you love me?”

Layla stared wide eyed at him. “You know I love you!”

Shaun rubbed his forehead. “Maybe you do love me but you’re not in love with me are you?”

Layla nervously swallowed and licked her lips, tears welled in her eyes, she loved Shaun but wasn’t in love with him. She’d never been in love. “Don’t try and turn this around on me. I know what this is about.”

Shaun’s stared blankly at her. “Come on Layla, tell me what you think this is all about.”

“Sharon,” Layla laughed taking her coat off the back of the sofa and picking her handbag up. “Did you think no one would tell me that her and Mike split up two weeks ago?”

Layla and Shaun stared at each other for what seemed like forever. Sharon was Shaun’s ex-girlfriend, everyone warned Layla when they first started dating that if Shaun had the chance he would always go back to Sharon. Layla ignored the warnings and carried on with their relationship. It was obvious to her now that everyone was right and she didn’t understand why he would just tell her straight instead of making up stupid excuses and throwing her past into her face.

Layla ran upstairs to the bedroom and began to pack her clothes. Shaun followed her and stood in the doorway watching her pack. “Where are you going to stay, in your car again?”

“What do you care!” Layla snapped slamming the suitcase shut. “I’ll be back for the rest of my clothes and furniture when I’m sorted!” She pulled her dress off and dressed in her jeans and t-shirt then slipped her trainers on. Pushing Shaun out of the way, she took a sleeping bag out of the cupboard and threw it next to her suitcase. “Get out of my way.” She growled slipping her jacket on. “Oh, and by the way, you owe me at least three grand for everything I’ve paid towards your car and motorbike!”

“Where am I going to get that sort of money from!” Shaun bellowed. “Cant we just talk about this!”

Layla slapped him hard across the face. “Ask Sharon for it, I’m sure she’ll happy to pay me what I’m owed to get me out of your life!”

Shaun held his face. “I’m sorry Layla, I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

“Don’t flatter yourself, you haven’t hurt me.” Layla stared at him and shook her head. “All you had to do was be honest with me not make up stupid stories.” She looked him up and down. “Have you forgotten Sharon cheated on you with your best friend. I hope you’ll both very happy because you deserve each other.”

Layla stormed out of the house and threw her belongings into the back of the car. She was in shock as she drove away from another relationship and wondered if she was ever going to get it right. After stopping off at a store for something to eat and drink, Layla bought a newspaper and drove to where she worked. Parking in the car park where she worked, Layla went to the security office and told the night watchman that she would be staying in the car park for a while again until she sorted enough money to find somewhere to live. Several workers lived in the car park for various reasons, the main one being housing costs in the area they lived, it was expensive. Layla lived in the car park when she first started working there three and a half years ago, for six months until she began to date Shaun.

Later that night Layla sat in the back of her car checking the local newspaper for the cheapest places to rent but there were none in her price range. Gazing out the window watching people walking past the car park having fun, laughing and holding hands with their loved ones. Layla sighed, her night had ended not like she’d expected, she should be out having fun too. Turning the pages of the newspaper to find the jobs section, Layla didn’t want to live in the car park for months again and decided to look for a second job. Feeling confident that Shaun would do the right thing and pay her back what she’d paid towards his car and bike and when she found somewhere to live she could take half of the furniture that she’d paid for from the house they shared. Surely things wouldn’t be too bad this time for her.


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