Jennifer’s Terrible Fall
It was the summer Jennifer invited the twins, Jana and Kyra, to visit her on QAI; Dave was also back in their home province – things had not gone well and Jennifer’s relationship with Dave was in tatters. And her future with Mark was not as certain as it had seemed; they were still engaged, but some major questions had arisen. With everything on her mind, Jennifer was not sleeping easily or soundly; she was tense even when asleep.
Jennifer jumped in fright as she heard her alarm screech. She quickly turned off the loud buzzing clock then rolled over and cuddled into Jana’s side. Jana’s eyes slowly fluttered open as Jennifer stared at her gorgeous friend. Jana smiled at her and whispered, “Good morning, beautiful. Did you sleep well?”
Jennifer nodded before she replied, “I slept pretty good, considering. I’m still very angry at Dave, but thanks to you I feel better. Thanks for being here for me.”
Jana leaned over and kissed her forehead before she asked, “Are you sure you don’t want me to go home with you for the weekend?”
shook her head before she replied, “No, you go to
Jana nodded understandingly, crawled out of bed, and pulled a robe over her sleek naked body. Jennifer watched her as she walked out of the small room in Jennifer’s family trailer. After Jennifer heard the bathroom door close she got out of bed, pulled on her own robe, and went into the kitchen. She got out two bowls, two spoons, and two cups; then she placed them on the small table. She then took the cereal box out of the cupboard and the milk out of the fridge. She heard the bathroom door open as she sat at the table and poured cereal into each bowl. As Jana sat across from her, Jennifer added milk to their cereal and filled the two cups, finishing off the container of milk. It felt good to be performing the small rituals of a simple breakfast.
Jana smiled at her then whispered, “Thank you, but you didn’t need to get up.”
Jennifer returned the smile and replied, “I just wanted to show you how much I appreciate all your support this week. I never would have gotten through this without you.”
Jana reached across the table and ran the back of her fingers along Jennifer’s cheek. “What are friends for?”
Jennifer leaned into Jana’s affectionate hand and stared intently into her eyes. A tear leaked out as she realized how much she had grown to love her relatively new friend. She almost gasped as she asked, “Do you think I’ve lost Dave forever?”
Jana shook her head no as she explained, “Dave is very disappointed and upset right now but he will come around. I’ll make sure of that.” Jana pulled her hand back and they ate without any further discussion. When they both finished eating, Jennifer got up and took the dishes to the sink. Jana followed her lead and helped clear the table. When all the dishes were cleaned, Jennifer went into the bathroom while Jana went into the bedroom to get dressed. After using the toilet, Jennifer stood up and stared into the mirror above the sink. She asked herself, “How did I get myself into this mess?”
then thought about Dave and everything they had been through together.
She had first met him when her parents rented a small trailer in this same
campground on QAI many years ago. They weren’t even teenagers at the time
but they became instant playmates and friends. She was from
The following summer, her parents, happy with their trial summer, bought a trailer and rented the site next to Dave’s family at the North Beach Campground on QAI, for the entire summer. Dave and Jennifer became even closer and spent everyday together. Dave had always had a strong interest in golf and was becoming very good at it. Jennifer never really liked golf but that was the only thing they didn’t do together. As soon as Dave returned to the campground from the course, they would hang out until bedtime.
both grew older, their friendship continued but something suddenly
changed. A maturing Jennifer began to fall in love with Dave but he never
showed anything except friendship for her. She never imagined that her
good friend could be too shy to tell her that he felt the same way about her or
that she had been in his dreams more than once. The summer they were both
fifteen, she invited a new friend from her hometown of
summer, Ann had some family problems and Dave got caught in the middle when
Ann’s mother snuck into his room and onto his cock during a visit to
was still irrationally angry with Dave because Ann was influencing her, but
then she heard he had been shot while confronting rapists while he was in
Jennifer returned to
As she thought about that time, her fingers rolled over the pendant that he had sent her that Christmas and she looked at the inscription she knew by heart, “Love always, Dave.” She pictured the sweet card telling her that he missed her. She remembered how much that present meant to her at the time and still did. She still wore it everyday. She cried again as she asked herself why she couldn’t or didn’t simply accept Dave’s proposal of marriage.
She heard a gentle tap on the door and was broken from her reverie. She dried her hands and face on a towel before she opened the door. Jana smiled at her and they kissed passionately before Jana asked, “Are you sure you want me to go with Dave on this trip?”
Jennifer nodded and whispered, “Have a good weekend, and give me a call at my work number when you’re ready to leave on Sunday.” Jennifer hugged Jana tightly before she added, “Have fun.”
Jana kissed her again before she walked quietly through the kitchen and out the door of the trailer.
Jennifer went back into her bedroom, pulled off her robe and climbed back into bed. As she lay naked under the thin blanket her mind again went back to Dave and the winter after he gave her that special Christmas present. That was the winter her father suffered a heart attack and it was the scariest moment of her life. She called Dave frantically and he rushed to be with her. His support got both her and her mother through a very difficult time. He had spent the night with her at her house while he mother stayed at the hospital. Jennifer tried to seduce Dave that night by climbing naked into his bed in the spare room; but even with her naked he wouldn’t cheat on his new girlfriend at that time.
father was out of danger, Dave had returned to QAI. He called Jennifer
regularly and promised to get back together with her if he and his current
girlfriend, Katherine, ever broke up. They did in fact break up and
Jennifer remembered how much closer she and Dave got that summer which was now
two years ago. Near the end of that summer, Jennifer eventually met
Katherine and liked her immediately. She and Dave talked and she
convinced Dave to invite Katherine to join Dave and Jennifer’s revived relationship.
Katherine hesitantly agreed and they had several wonderful weeks together
before the summer ended and Jennifer had to move back to
the fall Dave announced he was going to fulfill his dream of playing golf at a
university in the
The first year of her relationship with Mark was comfortable but Mark felt overshadowed by Dave and Dave’s accomplishments. She remembered him detailing his insecurity, “Dave is a star golfer. He is a star hockey player. He was your first lover and is still your best friend. Your parents think of him as a son. How can I compete with that? When he realizes how special you are, he will simply snap his fingers and you will run to him and drop me.” At the time she had adamantly denied it, but even then she thought to herself that there could be some truth to what he feared. There was still some truth to it as she really did want to run to Dave.
year after she started dating Mark, Dave got in trouble at
three-day trip she had been successful in getting Dave’s mind back on his golf
game and convinced his coach to give him another chance. She vividly
remembered the first time she saw Jana walking through the woods behind Dave’s
residence at WF. She had immediately noticed the way Jana looked at Dave
and she knew they could become great friends. She chuckled as she
remembered the look on Dave’s face when she later introduced him to Jana and
told him Jana was joining them for dinner. From that first meal, she knew
that Jana would become a close friend to both her and Dave. Jennifer
spent the next two days with Jana, her twin sister Kyra and Dave before she
flew home having accomplished her goal – Dave was back on the golf team.
He had also met a new friend at
She truly thought she was ready to settle down with Mark permanently until she got that mysterious phone call in late June. Some girl whose voice Jennifer could not recognize claimed that Dave loved Jennifer very much and that Jennifer was breaking his heart. She remembered her immediate concern – she knew Dave loved her but thought it was only as friends. She immediately called Dave’s cell phone and the same girl answered and repeated, “He really loves you,” then hung up. Jennifer called Jana who convinced her, in error, that it was just Dave trying to break off with Danielle and using Jennifer as an excuse. Jennifer felt relieved because she really didn’t think she could decide between her life-long best friend and her new love, Mark. She had vowed to Jana that she would talk to Dave as soon as he returned to QAI for the summer.
decision changed two days before Dave was due to arrive home. Mark invited
her to a very nice restaurant in
she was lying in bed that night did she remember the conversation she was to
have with Dave. She had convinced herself that Jana was correct and that
Dave had his own new life in
The next day when she had heard Dave won the British Open, she was very happy for him but something was still bothering her and, surprisingly, she didn’t make even a phone call to congratulate him. She did, however, expect him to call her because he had done that the day he won the NCAA title a month earlier. When he didn’t call she suspected something was wrong but she still didn’t have the heart to call him. She went to work the next day and settled back into her job. She loved her work as a drafting technician at Jones and Dunn Architects.
She also expected Dave to call her that first week he was home after the British Open but he never did. On Tuesday, a friend of hers called and told her to buy a National Enquirer. She picked one up at the grocery store and was surprised to see pictures of Dave with Hilary Duff. She was also surprised that she suddenly felt jealous and she thought, “That’s why he hasn’t called. He’s fallen in love with Hilary Duff and doesn’t want to tell me.” Again, she considered calling him but in the end decided not to.
week passed quickly as she anticipated the arrival of Jana and Kyra. She
made plans to show them the sights of
the twins up at the airport on Friday and they hugged each other
lovingly. After a short tour of
Jana asked if she could call Dave and Jennifer happily agreed. Jana called his cell number and after saying hello she informed Dave that she wasn’t coming to QAI until Monday because she wanted to spend some time with Jennifer. Kyra then spoke to Dave and Jennifer was surprised that Kyra actually teased him about Hilary Duff. She listened intently to Kyra’s side of the conversation. When she heard Kyra say goodbye she half expected the phone to be passed to her but Kyra hung up. Jennifer was disappointed that Dave didn’t want to talk to her but she wanted to know about Hilary so she asked, “So, what about Hilary?”
chuckled before she explained, “Dave said that those magazines are all garbage
and that he had fun in
Jennifer nodded; she was surprised by her relief that Dave was not involved with Hilary. She wondered why she was so jealous of Hilary but not of the twins – or Danielle for that matter. In the end she wasn’t sure why it bothered her but the thought of Dave with a gorgeous movie star really made her jealous. She made a nice dinner for the three of them and both twins helped her in the kitchen as she prepared the meal.
After they finished eating, they all cleared the table. Jennifer was cleaning the dishes at the sink when Jana walked up behind her and pushed her hair to the side then began kissing her neck. Jana then moved her hands around Jennifer’s waist and cupped her large breasts. Jennifer set down the cloth she was holding and melted into Jana’s arms. She had not been with another girl since the last time she had spent a night with Dave and Katherine and she truly missed the soft touch that only another woman can provide.
Jennifer looked at Kyra who was standing next to her drying the dishes, Kyra simply smiled at her. Jennifer moved a hand behind Kyra’s neck and pulled her close for a tender kiss. Jana’s hand slipped under Jennifer’s blouse and gently pinched her already hard nipples through her bra. Jennifer moaned in pleasure as Jana pulled her away from the kitchen counter so Kyra could move in front of her. Kyra dropped to her knees rubbing her hands up Jennifer’s thighs under Jennifer’s beige dress skirt. Kyra’s hands felt incredibly erotic as she moved them to Jennifer’s ass and cupped a cheek in each hand.
Jana unbuttoned Jennifer’s blouse and pulled it off her shoulders before she massaged Jennifer’s large mounds. Jennifer moaned as she dropped her head on Jana’s shoulder. Kyra removed Jennifer’s skirt leaving her standing in the middle of her kitchen in only her matching beige bra and panties. Jana unhooked the bra as Kyra slid the panties down her legs.
Jana then moved Jennifer to the table but Jennifer suggested going to her room which would be more comfortable. She took one of each twin’s hands in hers and guided them to her room. Jana lay Jennifer on the bed, slipped between her legs, and started kissing her way up Jennifer’s thighs. Jennifer moaned as Kyra began sucking her round firm breasts. Kyra climbed onto the bed and Jennifer slipped her hand under Kyra’s white skirt. Kyra and Jana’s hot tongues were driving Jennifer crazy as she pushed Kyra’s panties aside and slide a finger into Kyra’s already wet snatch. As Jana’s tongue finally reached the tender lips of Jennifer’s pussy, Jennifer drove two fingers deep inside Kyra and they both moaned in unison. Jennifer had a hard time concentrating on pleasing Kyra as Jana added two fingers to her teasing tongue. Jana fucked her with two fingers as she sucked on her clit and Jennifer’s senses quickly overloaded. Her first orgasm was very loud and rocked her entire body. She was still gasping and moaning as the twins eased her down from her orgasm.
When Jennifer finally caught her breath she looked down at Jana and gasped, “That was amazing.”
Jana smiled before she replied, “We’re just getting started.”
Jennifer smiled, then pulled Kyra around so that she was straddling her face. She pulled Kyra’s panties to the side as she slide her tongue deep inside Kyra’s dripping slit. Kyra dropped her head between Jennifer’s thighs and picked up where her sister had left off. Jennifer was enjoying Kyra’s experienced tongue as she tried to get Kyra off as well. Jennifer didn’t notice Jana going through her suitcase but after a few moments Jana appeared naked above Jennifer’s head as she climbed onto the bed as well. Jennifer suddenly saw something swinging between Jana’s legs. She had never seen a strap-on dildo before but intuitively knew what it was. Jana rubbed lube on the strap-on and moved the head of it to Kyra’s sphincter, and gently eased it in. Kyra moaned into Jennifer’s pussy as she felt the penetration. Jennifer focused on Kyra’s clit as she felt and saw Jana fucking her. It only took a couple of minutes before Kyra screamed through an exciting orgasm.
After Kyra slowly recovered, the three women continued making love for hours. Jennifer was totally exhausted when she eventually fell asleep. She had never had both her ass and pussy filled at the same time before but when Jana fucked her in the ass and Kyra worked a vibrator deep into her pussy, she had one of the strongest orgasms she could ever remember. She slept well that night. The next morning they woke up and made love again.
didn’t get out sightseeing until after lunch but still spent six hours touring
On Sunday they spent the afternoon sightseeing before Mark joined them for dinner. After eating, Jennifer and Mark disappeared into her room. She described her two nights with the twins; as she detailed the sex, Mark mounted her and fucked her excitedly. He was happily tired from his exertions when she finally got around to asking him about sleeping with Dave and Jana. She had expected he might get upset or even angry but instead he smiled and said, “That would be okay with me – on one condition. You have to describe it to me in detail when you get home next week.” Jennifer was very surprised at his easy agreement; she wondered whether this experiment would change her relationship with Mark.
Mark left shortly after enjoying himself with Jennifer; when Jennifer told Jana that he had approved a three-way, Jana was very excited. The three women went to bed and slept soundly. Jennifer had to work the next morning so she let the twins sleep in while she went to work. They called later in the morning and Jennifer promised that she would be ready to go at . The twins promised to make lunch so they could eat before leaving for QAI.
It was mid
afternoon when they pulled into
reached the top of the wooden walkway over the sand dune, Jennifer could see
her parents sitting where they normally sat. Dave’s parents were also
there. She guided the twins towards them and Dave’s parents stood up and
hugged her as they congratulated her on the engagement. Roger introduced
Jennifer to Patsy and Jennifer introduced the twins to her parents. The
twins immediately asked where Dave was. Carol pointed to where he was
swimming in the water with his friends from
He said, “It’s been a long winter without holding you. I really, really missed you.”
She smiled. “I missed you, too.”
She noticed him look at her curvaceous body clad in her revealing red bikini before he gushed, “You look almost edible. I almost forgot how spectacular you look.” Her heart started to race – he always had that effect on her. He added, “Jennifer, you remember Alec from last fall. This is his girlfriend Shauna.”
remembered Alec helping her the previous fall when she flew to
The twins walked into the water slowly, holding their arms close to their bodies and complaining about the cold, but Jennifer ran right in and dove under the cool water. She talked with Alec and Shauna as Dave coaxed the twins deeper into the water. Eventually they were all standing waist deep in the water, talking casually. Jennifer kept stealing looks at Dave; she noticed him suddenly look at her engagement ring and the way his expression immediately changed. He had only been a few feet from her but he subtly moved farther away. She tried to pretend she didn’t notice but the hurt look on his face was very obvious. She immediately wondered if he did feel more for her than just friendship.
She watched as Kyra moved closer to Dave and they seemed to start an intense conversation. She suddenly wondered if Kyra knew more than she had been saying. Jana snuck up behind Dave and Kyra and began splashing them; a large water fight broke out. Jennifer tried to get closer to Dave but every time he noticed her close to him, he would move away. She wondered what was wrong with him. She finally got frustrated by Dave’s reaction to her and turned to go in shore. Jana followed her immediately and Alec and Shauna wondered in close behind. Jana asked, “Is something wrong, Jennifer?”
Jennifer looked at her friend, “There’s something wrong with Dave. He doesn’t seem to want to be around me.”
Jana immediately argued, “No, you must be imagining it.”
Jennifer shrugged but deep down she knew it was true. When they reached her parents, she picked up her towel and turned to look at Dave in the water. As soon as she looked at him, he turned his back to her. Something was definitely bothering him. She watched as Kyra spoke to him and she noticed the animated actions Kyra was making with her hands. She saw Kyra grab him by his shoulders and speak to him intently. Kyra finally shook her head and walked towards shore. Jennifer watched as Dave stared at Kyra for a long moment then turned and began swimming away from the shore. Jennifer was worried about him and she watched as he swam past the ropes then started swimming parallel to the beach. When Kyra approached, Jennifer stood up, walked to her, and asked, “What’s going on with Dave?”
Kyra looked into her eyes very seriously, “I can’t say, but you should have a talk with him, alone.”
Jana walked up to them and asked, “What’s going on?”
Jennifer looked at Jana and asked her, “When Dave gets back, will you ask him to go for a walk? I will join you.” Jana simply nodded but when it was obvious they weren’t going to tell her what was going on she simply followed them back to where Jennifer’s parents were sitting.
Jennifer lay on the beach and she watched as Dave slowly swam out of sight. She couldn’t believe he kept swimming and swimming. She rolled over and started to think about what he might be thinking and then Danielle’s unsettling phone call suddenly echoed in her head. She tried to carry on a normal conversation with Jana and her parents but she was very distracted.
After well over a half hour she suddenly spotted Dave walking towards them along the beach. He seemed to be stopping and talking to friends and he looked to be in a better mood. As soon as he sat down on his towel, Jana asked, “I know you just finished swimming, Dave, but do you feel like going for a walk up the beach?”
He replied he did, then stood up and helped Jana to her feet. Jennifer was deep in thought when she heard Jana ask her to go as well and she was a little slow reacting but she got to her feet. She moved beside Jana and Dave seemed to deliberately go to Jana’s other side. Kyra also moved to Dave’s far side. The conversation as they walked down the beach was about what they were going to do all week and about their summer vacations to date. Jennifer noticed that when she asked Dave a question, his responses to her were very short and he wouldn’t hold eye contact with her. There was definitely something bothering him. She noticed they had reached the place on the beach where she and Dave used to walk through the dunes and go to their special place. She reached across Jana and took his hand. “Want to go visit our special place?”
She was relieved when he finally looked directly into her eyes and slowly replied, “I’d like that.” Jana said she wanted to see their special place but Kyra quickly pulled the insensitive Jana down the beach. Dave’s hand felt wonderful in hers and Jennifer was so happy to have her long-time best friend close to her.
They walked over the dune and up the path leading to their special place, she keep thinking that something was seriously bothering him and she had to know what. She was very nervous but she finally asked, “What’s wrong, Dave? You seem very distracted and maybe even upset. Have I done something to make you angry with me?”
Dave simply replied, “I’ve just been a little tired from the hectic schedule I’ve had for the last six months. I guess I’m just a little worn out.”
Jennifer knew better than to believe him and she pushed for a reasonable answer. “Is there a problem with Sarah?”
“Are you seeing Hilary or something? Is there a problem with her?”
She was surprised he actually chuckled then replied, “No, definitely not a problem with Hilary – and, no, I’m not seeing her or dating her or anything although she did call last week. And, before you even ask, the magazine story was made up entirely; we barely know each other.”
Jennifer actually felt relieved by his confirmation that nothing was going on with Hilary. They had made their way up the clay road and were well away from the beach when she turned to face him and took his other hand in hers. She stared into his eyes before she softly said, “Are you having a problem with Danielle?” He shook his head. “Did you know she called me?” Dave hesitated for a moment then nodded yes. She wondered how he knew so she asked, “Did Danielle tell you she called me? And what she said?” Dave again shook his head. She was getting very frustrated with his unwillingness to open up to her. She finally begged, “Dave, talk to me. If she didn’t tell you then how do you know?”
Dave replied with one simple word, “Kyra.”
She couldn’t believe it when he said Kyra’s name. Jana had said she asked Kyra and she didn’t know anything that was going on with Dave. Jennifer looked at him questioningly, “Kyra, told you? Did she tell you everything Danielle said? Did she ask you if what Danielle said was true?”
Dave replied, “Yes, she told me everything but she didn’t ask me if it was true because we had already talked about it and she knew how I felt.”
What did he mean she didn’t ask if it was true? If she didn’t ask, then she already knew the answer which meant … Jennifer blurted out, “Does that mean it’s true? You really love me like that? That much?”
Dave finally opened up and he confessed his true love for her in a torrent of words. At first she was happy that nothing serious was wrong with him, but then, when he asked her to leave Mark, she was stunned. Her first thought was to say yes – she loved Dave deeply. As he continued to speak she was shocked to hear him say he won the British Open to show how much he loved her. She suddenly felt guilty – she hadn’t watched his final round because she had spent that day with Mark. Her mind was racing as she thought about Mark’s proposal. Dave suddenly held her hand and said he wanted his engagement ring to be on her hand instead of Mark’s. Deep down she wanted to be with Dave but her mind replayed Mark’s previous concern and words ‘When he realizes how special you are, he will simply snap his fingers and you will run to him and drop me.’ She thought how she did love Mark and couldn’t seriously hurt him by suddenly leaving him for Dave.
into Dave’s eyes as a million thoughts ran through her head. She heard
him say, “I love you more than anything in the world. I need you – you
are my soul-mate. Please leave Mark and be with me. I’ll leave
She was totally shocked by his words. She never imagined he felt so deeply for her. He was willing to give up his golf career for her. Tears ran down her cheeks as she kept asking herself what she should tell him. She did love him but she also loved Mark. She knew her expression of doubt would hurt him so she pulled him into a hug as she thought about what she should do. He was right – they were soul-mates but she also loved Mark. She kept thinking about what to do but couldn’t decide. She heard herself say, “I love you too, Dave.” But it felt like it was a dream – or was it a nightmare?
She thought about how she and Mark had grown really close over the past six months and how much they loved each other. She held Dave tight, not wanting him to see the anguish in her face as she debated what to say. She couldn’t agree to be with him without talking to Mark first. Did she want to leave Mark?
Dave suddenly pushed her back and his joyful expression evaporated in an instant as he saw the frightened expression on her face. Again, he softly asked, “Will you leave Mark and be with me?”
Tears ran steadily down her face as she knew she couldn’t tell him what he wanted to hear. She slowly replied, “I don’t know, Dave. I do love you but I love Mark, too. Two years ago I would definitely have said yes – but right now? I’m not sure. I need some time to think. Can you give me some time?”
The look of incredible disappointment on his face broke her heart. How could she hurt her best friend like this? She wanted to tell him yes but she wasn’t really sure if that was what she wanted to do. She watched him look at Mark’s ring and he suddenly let that hand go. She thought he was getting mad and was going to walk away from her but he didn’t release her other hand. She realized that Mark’s ring, that symbol of her engagement, was really bothering him. His eyes slowly moved up until he was staring into her watery eyes. He whispered, “I will wait for you – forever if I have to.”
She started to cry again when they suddenly heard someone walk through the woods from the golf course. Jennifer softly said, “Let’s walk back to the beach.”
said no that he wanted to be alone, she wanted to stay with him but she
couldn’t tell him what he wanted her to say so she stared intently at him as he
released her hand then walked towards the woods separating
As she walked over the sand dune, she saw Jana and Kyra sitting waiting for her. She walked to them and hugged Jana. Tears were running down her cheeks as she told the twins that Dave asked her to leave Mark to be with him. Jana asked what she told him and Jennifer confessed that she simply didn’t know what to say. She loved Mark as well and never expected Dave to ask her to leave him. She looked at Kyra and whispered, “I was totally shocked when he asked me. He feels really hurt because I couldn’t say yes but I haven’t said no either. I just need time to think. Will you go check to make sure he is okay?” Kyra kissed Jennifer on the cheek and, after receiving directions to where Dave was, Kyra walked away over the sand dune.
Jana and Jennifer went back to where her parents were sitting. She noticed that Alec and Shauna were staring at her and she knew that they must have known what Dave was feeling. She screamed in her mind, “Why didn’t someone warn me?” Her parents asked if she was okay and she told them she was fine. There was something in the way her mother looked at her that told her that her mother knew as well.
She lay down on her towel and pretended to be simply tanning herself but she was quickly becoming an emotional mess. She didn’t have a clue what to do. Dave was her best friend and they knew each completely but she had made a commitment to Mark who she believed also loved her. Eventually Dave and Kyra returned; Dave looked very sad. He asked Kyra, Shauna, and Alec to go snorkeling and they went into the water. Shortly after they went snorkeling Jennifer asked Jana, “Are you ready to go back to the trailer?”
Jana nodded so they said goodbye to everyone on the beach and left for the campground. Once they were in the car Jennifer started to cry and Jana comforted her. Jennifer explained, “I’m so confused. I love Dave very much but I thought he had moved on without me and now I love Mark too. He has supported me for well over a year and I don’t know how I could break it off with him. But Dave has been my best friend forever. What do you think I should do?”
Jana held Jennifer in her arms as she whispered, “I don’t really know. I’m as shocked as you are. I can’t believe Kyra didn’t say something. I’ve gotten to know Dave very well this past year and he is very special, but Mark seems very nice as well. I don’t know what you should do but don’t rush to decide. I’d hate to see you make the wrong decision.”
Jennifer nodded agreement, started the car, and drove back to the campground. She led Jana to her room and simply sat on her bed where they talked. Jennifer tried to make a list of all of their good qualities and another list of all their bad qualities. She knew Dave so well that both his lists were much longer. They eventually heard a car pull up in front of the trailer and Jennifer got up and closed the door to her room. After a few minutes, her mother called through the door that her father was starting the barbecue. Jennifer thanked her but didn’t come out of her room.
Ten minutes later Kyra tapped on the door and asked if she could come in. As soon as she entered, she sat beside Jennifer and said, “I’m really sorry I didn’t tell Jana or you about Dave’s feelings but he made me promise not to tell either of you anything.”
Jennifer nodded understandingly and asked, “When was that?”
Kyra explained, “It was the night he won the NCAA title. He said he had called you and I could tell he was very upset. He tried to act normal but I could tell something was really bothering him so I pulled him aside and we had a serious talk. He said he thought he had made a mistake going to Wake Forest and he wished he had never left you. I begged him to call you to explain his feelings but he wouldn’t. He was scared you would reject him. I guess he also told Danielle much the same thing a few weeks later. When you called Jana, I couldn’t say anything because I had promised Dave that I wouldn’t tell you or Jana that he did love you as much more than friends.”
Jana growled, “You should have told me anyway.”
Kyra glowered at her sister then said, “If I had, you would have told Jennifer; that’s why Dave made me promise not to tell. I wouldn’t betray his trust.”
Jennifer cut in, “Trust is really important to Dave. You did the right thing, Kyra. I forgive you for not telling me.” They hugged before Jennifer asked, “How is Dave doing?”
Kyra looked at her very intently, “He’s very worried you will reject him. I know he loves you very much.”
Jennifer quickly replied, “I love him too but I also love Mark. I want to say yes to Dave but I don’t want to lose Mark.” She began to cry again. “I’m so confused.”
Kyra and Jana both hugged and consoled her. After about fifteen minutes, Jennifer’s mother said dinner was ready. Before they left the trailer, Jennifer explained, “I don’t think I want to go to Dave’s house tonight. I’m going to stay here.”
Jana immediately added, “I’ll stay with you.” Jennifer smiled blandly at her.
Kyra asked, “Do you mind if I go to town with Dave?”
Jennifer softly said, “No, I don’t mind. Please tell Dave that I’m not rejecting him; I do love him, but I need time to confirm to myself that I’m ready to leave Mark.”
Kyra nodded and they all went out to eat. The atmosphere around the picnic table was very somber and quiet. Very little was said during the meal and when everyone finished eating Jennifer told Dave she was going to stay at the trailer. He simply nodded that he understood but he never made eye contact with her. She felt terrible to see Dave so sad; she felt just as awful.
After Kyra confirmed that she was still welcome to go to town with Dave, she ran to the trailer and got her bag. A short while later, Jennifer watched Dave drive up the clay road and out of sight. She went to her room with Jana and they spent a long time talking. She eventually heard her parents come into the trailer and she left Jana in the bedroom to go talk to them.
She sat in a chair across from the couch in the very small living room where her parents were cuddled together. She looked at her mother intently before she asked, “Do you know what happened today?”
Heather replied, “Yes, Dave told us he declared his love and asked you to leave Mark.”
Jennifer nodded then asked, “Did you know he was going to ask me?”
Heather kind of shrugged, “I had an idea. The night Dave arrived home from England, he was on top of the world. He asked me if you were going to be home the next day because he wanted to go see you. I told him you were working but would probably be home in the evening. I could tell he wanted to tell you something important but he didn’t know you were engaged to Mark so I told him about that. His expression changed drastically and I noticed his mood was suddenly very sad. He made an excuse about not going to see you because he had other plans but I knew it was more than that. I left him alone with his mother but I wondered all night what was wrong. I didn’t find out until the next night when Carol told me he had decided he wanted to ask you to leave Mark to be with him, but once he found out you were engaged, he changed his mind.”
Jennifer gasped then pleaded, “Why didn’t you tell me?”
Heather moved off the couch and held her daughter in her arms. “I spoke to your father about it and we both agreed that we had to stay out of it. We have always stayed out of your relationships and we didn’t think this was a good time to interfere. If Dave changed his mind and never asked you then we would have told you something he didn’t want said. We thought it best to let the two of you deal with it – you’re both adults now.”
Jennifer cried on her mother’s shoulder before she asked, “Do you have any advice?”
Heather held her close and whispered, “Only that you should take your time and make sure you are certain before you chose either Dave or Mark. One of them will be very upset – so be careful to consider their feelings.”
Jennifer nodded before she replied, “I know and I don’t want to hurt either one of them.” She then hugged her mother tightly before she went back to her room. She and Jana talked most of the evening before they finally went to sleep. Jennifer’s emotions changed from sadness to delight as she described some of the very special times she spent with Dave and Mark.
They woke shortly after eight the next morning and Jennifer was afraid Dave would show up that afternoon but luckily he respected her space and she didn’t see him all day. Jennifer spent the day at the beach with Jana but she thought about Dave and Mark constantly. She couldn’t decide what she wanted to do and the day seemed to drag on forever. She debated whether she could call Mark but that would only upset him and he didn’t need to know what was going on until she made her decision.
Later that evening, after dinner, she and Jana went for a walk through the campground. Jennifer introduced Jana to some of her and Dave’s friends and five straight friends asked her if she was proud of Dave for winning the British Open. She thought, “Of course I’m proud. What a stupid question,” but she kept remembering Dave saying he won the tournament for her and she eventually got very upset.
She and Jana returned to the trailer and spent another quiet evening in her bedroom. Kyra eventually called and gave a brief update on Dave. She explained that he was patiently waiting for Jennifer to decide but he was still very anxious. She also asked if they were still going to Basin Head the next day and Jennifer paused before Kyra said that Dave would give her lots of space but he really wanted her to go. Jennifer said she would.
She and Jana eventually fell asleep cuddled in each others arms. Jennifer was relieved to have Jana’s support.
The trip to Basin Head the next day was very hard on Jennifer; she was afraid to face Dave. As they pulled into the parking lot, Dave’s family and friends were unloading their van. Jennifer’s dad pulled up beside them and they were unpacking their car when Dave walked over to Jennifer and asked to speak to her. She followed him a short distance away from both of their families. She was nervous that he might ask for a decision but instead he explained, “As I said, I will wait for as long as I have to for an answer but I realize that we both have friends here on vacation and it’s not fair for my stupidity to ruin their fun. Please let’s just behave as if we are normal friends for their sake.”
She was shocked as she thought he was questioning their friendship. She had thought they would be friends forever but now he suddenly wanted her to pretend to be friends. She got very upset and replied, “We are friends. I don’t want that ever to change. I’m sorry I can’t answer right away but it is just a very difficult decision.”
He shook his head. “I said I don’t expect a fast decision. Let’s just carry on as normal as we can, okay?”
She nodded. “I’ll try.”
Her mind was racing as she wondered if she was losing her best friend but she pushed that thought briefly from her head as she felt his arms wrap around her and he kissed her cheek before he guided her back to the car. She felt so wonderful in his arms and she asked herself why she couldn’t simply tell him she loved him the same way he loved her.
The rest of the day went really well and she eventually started to feel very comfortable with Dave. He seemed like his happy self as he played in the water with the twins and Jennifer enjoyed spending time with all of them. Dave eventually asked if she and Jana would like to go to the theatre that evening and Jennifer agreed to go.
She had a wonderful evening and she was happy to spend some enjoyable time with Dave. She got to know Alec and Shauna better and she liked them very much. After the show Jana asked Jennifer if they could sleep with Dave that night as she had previously planned. Jennifer got very upset and said, “Jana, I can’t do that after everything that has happened this week.”
Jana tried to talk her into it, but Jennifer refused. Kyra suddenly walked to them and when she heard what Jana was asking she berated Jana and told her to stop acting so damn selfish. Jana got angry at her sister and started pouting. Jennifer turned to face Dave who was standing too far away to hear the details of their conversation. She was surprised to see him staring at her curiously. She called to him to say she and Jana were going to North Beach. They went to Jennifer’s car and drove off; the drive to North Beach was very quiet. When they were eventually in bed together Jana explained that she really wanted to spend the night with Jennifer and a man so she asked if maybe they could do it with Mark instead. Jennifer was surprised by the request and simply said, “We’ll see.” Deep down she hoped Jana would forget about it.
They fell asleep and Jennifer felt much better about the day she had spent with Dave. She still wasn’t sure who she wanted to be with but she hoped that if she did choose Mark that she might not lose Dave’s friendship.
They slept in the next morning and, after spending the morning at the pool, they had a good lunch at the trailer. Jennifer and Jana went for a long walk before returning to the trailer to relax. Jennifer was sitting on the couch when Dave entered the trailer. He looked very upset and asked to speak to her alone. They walked up the clay lane towards the entrance to the campground; as they walked Dave started, “Kyra told me last night what the argument between you and Jana was about.” Jennifer tried to explain but Dave cut her off. “Please let me finish. As I told you, I love you more than anything but I could never allow you to have sex with another man. If we were in a committed relationship, I would never sleep with another woman and I would expect you not to sleep with another man. Why would Mark allow you to do that?”
Jennifer was very surprised by Dave’s anger. She had never seen him so mad. She tried to explain, “Mark believes in open relationships and he …”
Dave cut her off and said, “Well, I don’t agree with him and if you do then we are obviously much more different than I thought. If that is the kind of man you want, then Mark is the man for you and you are welcome to him.”
Jennifer started to get angry as well. Dave had no right to judge her or Mark’s decisions. But she could hear an eerie finality in Dave’s words and she pleaded, “What about when we were with Ann and Katherine?”
Dave looked a little surprised but quickly replied, “That was different. We all agreed to those relationships and we were still exclusive to each other.”
Jennifer could see Dave slipping out of her life and she didn’t want that to happen. She started to cry and gasped, “What if I want you and not Mark?”
Dave looked into her eyes. “Then tell me so right now.”
She still didn’t know who she wanted but she didn’t want to lose her best friend. She sobbed, “You said you would wait; I haven’t decided yet.”
Dave’s anger would not allow him to waiver. “I need to know now or it’s over.”
She cried, “I can’t decide now.”
Dave sighed. “I guess it’s over then. I love you, Jennifer, and part of me always will – but you have actually made your decision.”
Dave started to walk back towards the campsite. He was walking out of her life and she couldn’t allow him to do that. She ran to catch him and she pleaded, “We’ll still be friends, won’t we?”
Dave turned and faced her. “Right now I hurt so bad that I don’t even want to look at you. I don’t know. Maybe over time but right now I need to get away from you and I never imagined I would ever say that.”
He turned and continued walking. She couldn’t believe he wanted to get away from her. They had been best friends forever and she couldn’t imagine a future without him as some part of it. She chased him and pleaded with him but he wouldn’t even listen to her. When he got to his car, he turned and looked at her. “Goodbye, Jennifer.”
She yelled, “No Dave, I can’t lose you.” But he had already slammed the door and was pulling out of the campsite. Jana came running out of the trailer and held Jennifer in her arms as she cried.
Jana asked, “What happened?”
As Dave’s car drove out of sight, Jennifer ran into the trailer and threw herself on her bed. She cried into her pillow and it was at least fifteen minutes before she could explain what happened to Jana. Jana shook her head before she said, “That’s not fair of him. He said he would give you enough time to decide.”
Jennifer got angry and growled, “Pack up your clothes. I’m leaving for Charlestown right away. You can come with me or stay with Dave – it’s your choice.” Jennifer then got up and started stuffing her clothes into her bag as she growled, “He has no damn right to order me around. Who the hell does he think he is? He has no right to demand that I leave Mark. He left me and went to live his stupid fucking golf dream. The hell with him!”
Jana pleaded, “Let me call Kyra and see if she knows what’s going on.” Jana called Kyra and told her what happened. Jennifer suddenly realized what she was doing to the twins when she heard Jana sob, “I don’t know what we are going to do, Kyra. Jennifer wants to leave immediately and I don’t want to leave her this upset.” Jana listened to Kyra for a moment and then turned to Jennifer and asked, “Will you wait for Kyra to talk to Dave?”
Jennifer saw the deep sadness in her friends face and she nodded yes then lay down on her bed and buried her face in a pillow as she began crying again. Jana joined her a few moments later. Jennifer and Jana cuddled on the bed as Jana tried to console her. After twenty minutes Kyra called back and by then Jennifer had calmed down a little. She agreed to stay one more night and convinced Jana to go to Cape Breton with Dave and Kyra for the weekend as originally planned. Jana was relieved and she told Kyra the news. After Jana promised to be ready early in the morning when Dave came to pick her up, she said goodbye to Kyra. Jana then sat with Jennifer and they talked about Jennifer’s relationships with both Dave and Mark.
When her mother got home later in the afternoon, Jennifer asked her to go for a walk and she told her what happened with Dave. Heather told Jennifer that whenever you bring extra people into your relationship then you bring significant complications with it. Heather agreed that Dave had no right to judge her and Mark’s decisions but she also sympathized with Dave when she explained that Dave probably wanted Jennifer very much and the idea of sharing her with anyone was beyond his imagination. Jennifer felt better after the conversation and she realized she still had a lot to think about.
She and Jana spent a quiet evening around the trailer. Jennifer’s thoughts were on Dave and what life would be like without him. She had always known he would be there for her, just as when her father had that heart attack. She couldn’t imagine not talking to him or even sending e-mails to him. Jana knew Jennifer was deep in thought and allowed her space to think.
When they eventually went to bed Jana asked if Jennifer wanted her to go back to Charlestown instead of Cape Breton but Jennifer insisted she had to go to work and that Jana should spend some time with Dave. They eventually fell asleep, naked, cuddled in each other’s arms. Jennifer really appreciated Jana sticking by her.
Jennifer was broken from her reverie when she heard a car pull up outside – she knew it had to be Dave’s car. Part of her mind told her to run to Dave and beg him to forgive her for not immediately agreeing to marry him but most of her was angry with him for doing just what Mark had predicted – snapping his fingers and expecting her to run to him. Dave was truly her best friend – they had literally grown up together and she would always love him deeply, but did she love him more than Mark?
She heard voices outside; then she heard the front door of her trailer open. She thought Jana must have forgotten something so she looked up and waited for Jana to enter her room. She heard heavy footsteps move through the kitchen and she was surprised to see Dave appear at her doorway – she immediately became defensive. She growled, “I don’t want to speak to you, Dave.” Dave’s angry words the previous day had really hurt her and she was ready to fight back this time but Dave’s expression today was totally different – her heart instantly melted. He moved towards the bed and she automatically moved over to make room for him to sit. He looked like the old Dave – her best friend.
He softly said, “You don’t have to speak but please listen. I’m sorry I was an asshole yesterday. I was very upset that you rejected me, or at least put me off, and when I found out about the other thing, I lost it.”
She listened patiently and as he apologized her heart sank even lower. Inside her mind, one part of her wanted to wake up another part of her brain with a slap to the face. Why couldn’t she simply say yes to him and agree to leave Mark? Mark’s prediction kept repeating in her head and she knew she had resolved not to do that to Mark. No matter how much she truly loved Dave, she also loved Mark. She stared into Dave’s loving eyes and softly replied, “I didn’t reject you.”
He quickly responded, “By not immediately agreeing to be with me, it felt like a rejection. I obviously feel much more for you than you do for me.”
She immediately argued, “That’s not true.” As he continued to talk, her mind raced and she barely heard what he said. She wondered silently, “How could Dave say he loved me more than I loved him? I love him more than anyone. More than Mark? Yes, even more than Mark. But I do love Mark and can’t simply dump him after two wonderful years.”
Lost in thought, she heard him make some sort of apology but wasn’t really focused until he said, “Have a good life with Mark. Goodbye, Jennifer.”
His words sounded so final and she watched a tear run down his cheek. She had hurt him deeply. She felt awful. She had hurt the one person she loved more than any other in this world. She was almost numb when he stopped talking and she stared at him in shock. He looked so sad; she wanted to hug him but before she had a chance he stood up and walked out of the trailer.
She lay there staring at the door for a brief moment in complete surprise – she had to have him in her life. She jumped out of bed quickly and found her robe. She pulled it on as she ran through the trailer then dashed out the door. Dave’s car was sitting in front of his family’s trailer and her heart jumped into her throat as she ran towards it. She suddenly realized it was empty and she saw his family van pulling away up the clay road.
Tears ran down her cheeks as she waved at the departing van to stop. Surely Dave would look back. The van kicked up a cloud as it moved up the lane and as the dust rose, Jennifer’s heart sank. She watched for him to look back. Dave didn’t look back. “Why didn’t he look back?” she fretted.
When the van disappeared out of sight, Jennifer sullenly walked back to her trailer. As she walked through the door she saw the portable phone and picked it up then walked into her room. She pulled off her robe and crawled into bed staring at the phone. She started to dial Dave’s cell number but she heard Mark’s words echo in her head and she cried as she hung up even before it began ringing. She was still being torn in two directions but she didn’t know what to do. She finally set the phone on the bedside table and cried into her pillow. She eventually cried herself back to sleep.
She woke shortly after seven o’clock and packed her bags in her car. Her mother came into the kitchen as Jennifer was carrying her bag to the car and asked if she was okay. When Jennifer shrugged, Heather hugged her daughter lovingly. Jennifer cried on her mother’s shoulder as she said, “I’m so confused. I don’t know what to do. Who should I choose, Mom? Please tell me; I can’t decide.”
Heather held Jennifer at arms length so she could look lovingly into her eyes. “I can’t make that decision for you, honey. You will have to live with your decision so you have to be the one to make it. Your father and I will completely support whatever choice you make.”
She pulled her mother close. “I know you will. I love you, Mom. I don’t know what to do but I do know I need to get away from here so I can think clearly. I’ll call you later.”
Jennifer kissed her mother on the cheek before she pulled away and went out the door. She waved to her mother standing in the door of the trailer before she backed onto the clay road and followed the same path Dave had departed on just hours earlier.
As she drove back to New Dominion she thought about Dave and she continually asked herself if she had made a mistake not accepting his engagement request. She arrived in Charlestown mid-morning and decided to go to work. She felt she needed the distraction of work plus she had a project due the middle of the following week. She had planned on working the entire weekend to make up for the vacation time she had taken during the week. Her boss was happily surprised to see her and they went over some design modifications before she sat down in front of her computer and started working with the AutoCAD design software.
She managed to push Dave from her thoughts as she concentrated on her design project. After two hours of relatively productive work she opened her mail program to see if Mark had left any messages. She read a message from Mark asking her to contact him when she returned. She sent a reply explaining that she was home but at work.
She didn’t feel hungry so she went back to work on her project. The afternoon passed quickly as she made steady progress on the revisions. Just before normal quitting time she saved the project on the server and went in to review her changes with her boss. He was very pleased with her progress and he complimented her on her excellent work.
She loved architectural design and knowing she did it well felt very satisfying. The sense of accomplishment when she finished a project was unbelievably fulfilling. She wondered what it would like to work on a huge project – her ultimate dream. Then, she thought about how incredible Dave must have felt when he won the British Open but suddenly she remembered him telling her he had won the tournament to show how much he loved her. A tear came to her eye and she unexpectedly excused herself and went to the washroom.
She went into one of the stalls and sat on the toilet. Tears were running steadily down her cheeks as she thought about Dave and the hurt look on his face when he left the trailer that morning. She was still sobbing when she heard the bathroom door open. The familiar voice of the receptionist asked if she was okay. Jennifer assured the older woman that she was fine and would be out in a moment.
After she heard the door close, Jennifer pulled herself together and walked out of the stall. She freshened herself up in front of the mirror before she returned to her boss’s office and apologized for rushing out so suddenly. Mr. Jones asked her to sit down before he said, “Jennifer, you are one of the brightest and most enthusiastic technicians I have hired in many years. Your work is spectacular and you seem to anticipate my thoughts almost as well as my wife. I can tell something is bothering you, is there anything I can do to help?” After she wordlessly shook her head no, he continued. “If you need time off, I can find someone else to finish your project.”
Jennifer again shook her head. “No, sir. I really need to finish this project myself. I’ll be fine but thank you for asking.” Her boss nodded and they reviewed his newest changes before he left for the weekend. She took a short break to go out for a bite to eat but she returned by six o’clock and started right back into her project. She had been working hard for three hours when she heard the buzzer for the front door. She looked at her watch not realizing it had gotten so late. She shook her head as she walked to the door. She had actually been able to push Dave out of her mind completely, but the moment she saw Mark standing outside the door, she thought about Dave’s proposal again.
She opened the door and Mark strolled in casually before he locked the door behind himself. He looked lovingly at Jennifer in her knee-length navy dress skirt and soft white blouse. He pulled her into his arms and kissed her passionately before he asked, “So how was the week? Did you have a good time? Did you and Jana have sex with Dave? Tell me all the details.”
Jennifer couldn’t believe he wanted to hear the details. He had told her she had to describe the scene in detail when he approved the initial idea. She thought how upset Dave was about him approving of her having sex with another guy and now she thought how much more angry Dave would be if he knew that Mark actually got excited about hearing the potential details. She looked into his eyes and shook her head as she explained, “We didn’t do anything. Dave got upset when he found out you approved of your fiancée having sex with another guy and he refused to sleep with me.”
Mark shook his head. “What a goof. He had a chance to make love to two beautiful women and he didn’t? What kind of stud does that? I guess I was all wrong about him.”
Jennifer got mad at Mark for calling Dave a name and she protested. “Don’t call Dave a goof. He just has different values than you.”
Mark smiled down at her and pulled her into his arms again and kissed her. He then whispered, “I don’t care about your ex; he’s history. I just wanted to come by and show you how much I missed you.”
After a very sensual kiss, he guided her to her cubicle. As soon as they reached her desk he began unfastening the buttons on her blouse and, even though she protested, he continued until her blouse was slipped off her shoulders and tossed onto her desk. He sucked one of her nipples through her white camisole and, even though she continued to protest, he pulled the camisole off before he unhooked her bra.
Her nipples quickly grew hard, more from the cool air conditioned office than any passionate feelings; Mark sucked the other one into his mouth. He slipped his hand under her skirt as he pushed her back against her work surface. Jennifer pleaded, “Please, Mark, not tonight. I have a lot of work to do and I really don’t feel like making love, especially here.”
He smiled at her and overrode her objections, “I told you I always wanted to make love to you here in the office and after a week without seeing you, I’m really horny.” He slipped his hand inside her panties and directly eased a finger into her soft love hole.
She really didn’t want to make love but his teasing mouth and fingers had made her body respond and juices began to flow automatically. She thought about Dave and a tear came to her eye as she suddenly realized she had made a huge mistake. Dave would never force himself on her and what she had previously thought was love and passion might just be Mark’s controlling personality focused on meeting his needs.
His finger began rubbing her clit and her body betrayed her again as she moaned in pleasure. As he pulled her panties off, she kept telling herself that this wasn’t right but her body continued to get very excited; when Mark pulled his rock-hard erection from his pants, he easily slipped into her very wet pussy.
He pushed her ass onto the hard work surface as he began driving into her. He fucked her hard until he groaned loudly then released his juices deep inside her. After catching his breath he smiled at her and kissed her tenderly. She simply stared at him in disbelief.
She eventually told him she had to clean up so she pulled on her clothes then went into the washroom. After she used the toilet she simply sat there and cried. She was so confused about who she really wanted to be with. Mark had just forced her to have sex and she slowly got very angry. After quickly cleaning herself up, she stormed out of the bathroom. Mark was sitting contentedly in her chair and she growled at him. “What the hell was that all about? I told you I wasn’t in the mood but you pushed it anyway. I don’t like to be treated as your sex toy.”
Mark was surprised by her words. “I’m sorry, Jennifer. I missed you a lot and I just got excited seeing you in your dress clothes.”
Jennifer pulled him out of her seat and guided him to the front door. “Well you’ve had your little fun so it’s time to leave – I have a lot of work to do.” Mark tried to apologize again but she pushed him out the door; after locking it, she went back to her cubicle. She put her head down on her desk and cried as she continued to ask herself if she was making a mistake not accepting Dave’s proposal. Her phone rang several times but she ignored it and let it go to voicemail.
For twenty minutes she tried to work but without any luck. She finally decided to call it a night. She listened to her voicemail before she left – it was Mark apologizing profusely and begging her to forgive him. In the last message he promised to call her the next day at work and asked her to go to dinner with him the next night.
Jennifer went home and went to bed but she couldn’t sleep. She kept thinking about Dave and Mark and she continued to grow more confused as to what she should do.
She spent most of Saturday working and the project became a good distraction. Late in the afternoon she called Mark and agreed to go out to dinner with him. After dinner they returned to her house and had a long talk. They made up and Mark spent the night with her. When they woke Sunday morning they talked more about her trip to QAI, but she didn’t tell Mark that Dave had proposed to her. She didn’t know how Mark would feel and she still didn’t even know how she felt. Mark asked if maybe Jana would want to spend some intimate time with him and Jennifer instead, after the deal with Dave had fallen through. Jennifer wasn’t sure what she thought of that but she knew Jana was hoping it would happen so she simply said, “We’ll see.” She eventually cooked them breakfast before she went back to work for a few hours. When Jennifer left for the office, Mark said he would meet her at the house around six o’clock. Jennifer worked for the rest of the morning until she got a call from Jana. She said she would leave immediately.
She locked the office and as she got in her car she thought about Dave again. She thought about him the entire drive to Nova Scotia. She had agreed to meet them in Stellarton and she tried to think about what she would say to Dave. In the end she wasn’t exactly sure what she would say but she was desperately looking forward to speaking to him.
When she pulled into the service station where they had agreed to meet, she saw Dave’s family van. She pulled up beside it and got out of her car with a nervous excitement. When the driver’s door of the van opened and Dave’s father, Roger, got out, her heart sank. Dave didn’t even want to see her. He must have been so angry with her that he couldn’t even face her.
Jana ran to her and hugged her excitedly before she helped Roger move her bags into Jennifer’s car. Jana and Kyra both hugged Roger goodbye and he told them to have a safe trip home. Roger saw the very sad look on Jennifer’s face and he walked to her. She smiled up at him as he hugged her. She couldn’t help but cry into his chest. She started to say she was sorry but he cut her off and said he would always love her like a daughter and that she was always welcome in his home. She thanked him before they got into their vehicles and went their separate ways.
As soon as Jennifer was on the highway she asked, “Was Dave too angry to come see me?”
Jana, who was sitting in the front seat, replied accurately, “He said he was tired from his golf but that wasn’t the whole truth. I don’t think he was angry as much as he was sad.”
Jennifer nodded understandingly but didn’t speak. After a moment’s pause she asked, “How did he play?”
Jana explained, “It looks like he made the cut for the match play but his dad said he could tell his focus was very poor – his mind was definitely not on his game.”
Jennifer sniffed. “I know how he feels.”
From the backseat, Kyra asked softly, “Are you okay?”
Jennifer looked into the rearview mirror at Kyra and nodded that she was; although that was a lie, everyone accepted her statement. The next hour of the drive was very quiet; eventually Jennifer asked what Cape Breton was like and the twins described how beautiful it was. That seemed to open up the conversation again and the last ninety minutes passed quickly. Just before they reached Charlestown, Jana asked, “So, are we going to have some fun with Mark tonight?”
Jennifer hesitated before she replied, “I don’t know. I’m not sure if I really like the idea anymore.”
But Jana wouldn’t let it go and convinced Jennifer to do it. Jennifer could see that Kyra was getting very angry in the back seat but didn’t know why. When they arrived at the house, Mark’s car was in the driveway. As Jennifer walked into the house she didn’t notice the twins drop behind and start talking. She found Mark sitting in the living room and he stood and kissed her. He asked how the trip was and she said it was fine.
Jana strolled in a moment later and she moved next to Mark. Mark hugged her and then kissed her softly on the lips. Jana seemed to enjoy it and, while Jennifer wasn’t expecting any sex to begin immediately, she didn’t really mind the kiss. Mark then pulled Jana onto the couch next to him and began rubbing his hand on her thigh. Jennifer heard Kyra enter the room and she immediately saw a very angry look on Kyra’s face. Mark made to get up and move towards her when Kyra said, “Don’t bother getting up, Mark. I’m just going to my room to pack.” She then glared at Jana and said, “You know you shouldn’t do this.” Jana simply glared at Kyra who added, “Fine, I’ll see you later then.”
As soon as Kyra left the room Jennifer asked, “What was that all about?”
Jana looked a little sheepish as she replied, “Kyra’s mad because Dave said he didn’t want me to have sex with you and Mark.”
Jennifer was surprised to hear what Jana said, but before she could say anything, Mark blurted out, “What a fucking hypocrite. Jennifer, didn’t you tell me that he was screwing his English Princess? What? He can fuck around but Jana can’t?”
Jennifer immediately wanted to defend Dave but Jana looked at her and asked, “Don’t you think Dave is being unfair?”
Jennifer looked at the pleading eyes of her very close friend, the same friend who had stood by her the entire week. Jennifer simply nodded but deep down she knew it was wrong for them to get intimate together.
She barely heard Mark say, “Jana, go over and kiss Jennifer. I want to watch you two make love, it’ll be a real turn-on for me.”
Jennifer’s body almost felt numb as Jana moved into her arms and kissed her. Jana’s familiar lips felt very soft but Jennifer kept thinking about Dave and how angry he was going to be.
The next hour was a blur. She vaguely remembered making love to Jana and spreading her thighs to Mark and watching Mark with Jana. Jennifer remembered the many times she had slept with Dave and different women and this didn’t feel anything like those special times. There had always been a deep love for each other in those sessions but this didn’t seem right. She watched as Mark fucked Jana and, although they were both clearly enjoying it, there were obviously no true feelings involved – it was just physical sex.
Jennifer felt a tear come to her eye – she finally realized she had definitely made a big mistake. She should have told Dave she wanted to be with him – but now it was too late. Dave would be furious about Jana fucking Mark and Jennifer was all to blame. If she had agreed to be with Dave then this would not have happened. Dave would hate her forever for this.
Jana and Mark both climaxed together then collapsed on the couch. Jennifer explained that she was going to make a late dinner and, after she pulled her clothes back on, she left the room. When she got to the kitchen she cried and cried. In the last week she had rejected Dave and now she had chased him out of her life forever by allowing Jana to talk her into a three-way with Mark. Dave would never, ever forgive her for this.
She tried to think of a solution – maybe if she called Dave and apologized? No, he would be even angrier when he found out she had led Jana into Marks arms. She finally wiped her eyes and started making something for dinner. After a few minutes Kyra came into the kitchen and Jennifer looked into her angry eyes. Jennifer simply said, “Dave’s going to be furious. Isn’t he?”
Kyra whispered softly, “He’s going to be devastated. He begged Jana not to do this but she wouldn’t listen. I’m the one who is furious.”
Jennifer began crying again, “I’m sorry, Kyra; I know I should have stopped it but …”
Kyra rushed to Jennifer and hugged her. “I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at Jana; she knows better. She knows that open relationships can only work if there is trust and by going against Dave’s wishes, she has destroyed their relationship. You had nothing to do with her decision; she’s old enough to make her own choices.”
Jennifer asked softly, “Do you think Dave could ever forgive me?”
Kyra looked into her eyes, “Dave is really hurt right now and this will make it even worse, but I know he loves you very deeply. You will have to give him some time.”
Jennifer nodded dejectedly then resumed preparing the food. With Kyra’s help, Jennifer prepared a nice meal. Jana and Mark eventually strolled smiling smugly into the kitchen and the four of them ate. Kyra never said two words during the meal and after they all finished Jennifer asked Mark if she could spend the night alone with the twins. Mark wanted to stay but he realized by Kyra’s silence during dinner that she wasn’t going to let him have sex with her, so he left.
After he was gone Kyra started right in on Jana. “Jana, you’re a selfish bitch. Dave asked you not to fuck Mark but you did anyway.”
Jana growled back, “I didn’t object when Dave slept with Danielle, Sheri, or Sarah so he had no right to tell me I couldn’t sleep with Mark.”
Kyra was about to let into Jana again but Jennifer started to cry and Jana rushed to her side. Kyra finally relented and said softly, “Jana, you take her up to bed and I’ll clean up here and join you shortly.”
Jana helped Jennifer up to her room and after she stripped her naked she lay her down on her queen sized bed. Jana then stripped and cuddled into her – Jennifer was happy to have her friend’s soft body to hold on to. Eventually Kyra joined them and Jennifer noticed that Kyra climbed in next to her, avoiding her sister, and cuddled into Jennifer’s other side. Jennifer eventually fell asleep thinking about Dave and the huge mistake she had made.
Jennifer drove the twins to the airport the next morning and after their heartfelt goodbyes she went to work. She finished her revisions on the project just before noon when the phone rang. She was happy to hear her father’s voice and he invited her out to lunch. She happily accepted.
She enjoyed her time with her father and they talked extensively about her relationships. She explained what she loved about both Dave and Mark and then asked her father who he thought she should be with. Her father simply smiled and replied, “Jennifer, you make me proud everyday. You have matured into a beautiful, intelligent woman. I can’t and won’t make that decision for you, but I will stand behind you completely in whatever you decide. I love you, Jennifer.” Jennifer appreciated her father’s praise; having gotten exactly the same response from each of her parents, she knew it truly was her important decision to make.
The rest of the week went fairly well. She completed several more revisions on the project and it was completed on time. Mark was busy at his job so they didn’t have much time for each other. She started a new project on Wednesday and was looking forward to working more closely with the clients as her boss had asked her to sit in on the preliminary meetings with them.
That same day she saw the headline in the local paper which read ‘British Open Champion Loses Third Round Match.’ She read the article and learned that Dave had been eliminated and she suspected that his disappointing finish was partly her fault. She knew he was leaving for Wake Forest on Friday and she debated going to see him but thought, ‘What if he asked about Jana and Mark?’ She had no right to tell him about that. She was also afraid he would still be angry with her – so she simply re-immersed herself in her job.
She logged onto her computer at home on Saturday evening and was happy to see an e-mail from Dave. The title was ‘This is how I feel’ but there was no further message, only an mp3 file. She saved the file to her hard drive before she played it. Kelly Clarkson’s song began to play and as she listened to the words she began to cry. She was shocked when she heard the song line “For hating you I blame myself” and she wondered if Dave really hated her. She considered sending Dave a message but instead sent one to Jana and asked her if she had talked to Dave. She didn’t get a reply until late on Sunday and Jana said she was avoiding Dave because she didn’t want to speak to him about what happened with Mark.
For the last two weeks of her summer vacation she spent more time at work than anywhere else. Mark asked her why she was working so hard and she blithely explained that she had to finish all her projects before she went back to University. The fact was she didn’t want to spend too much time with him. He had several times talked excitedly about the adventure of sleeping with Jana and wanted to try it again with another girl. Jennifer wasn’t sure if she wanted it to become a regular occurrence but he obviously did. She was also trying to stay busy so she didn’t have to think about Dave. She kept telling herself that she did the right thing and that Mark loved her and that time would help heal the wounds. She had a hard time convincing herself though as she would go through times of complete depression over the loss of Dave. She debated calling him everyday but couldn’t do it.
She got a frantic call from Jana the Saturday night before she went back to school. Jana explained that Dave figured out what happened with Mark and that he had kicked her out of his apartment – he said he never wanted to see her again. Jennifer said she was sorry, but deep inside she knew Dave very well and knew that was going to be his reaction. She told Jana to give him some to time cool off. Jana asked her to call him and speak to him and Jennifer promised she would call later in the week.
She moved back to university on Labour Day after spending an intimate albeit somewhat unsatisfying night with Mark at his apartment. His roommate, Max was due to arrive the next day and Mark was looking forward to his second year at the University of Charlestown. The previous year Jennifer hadn’t been sure if she was happy that Mark went to a different university but this year she was looking forward to getting back to the University of New Dominion and away from Mark. The ninety-minute drive to her university was filled with thoughts about Dave. She kept hearing Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ on the radio and she would cry each time as she thought about Dave being so torn apart about her.
She moved into her dorm and was happy to see her new roommate, Shelly Palmer. They were friendly classmates from the previous year and had agreed to share a dorm room in their second year. Jennifer got unpacked and settled into her room. She thought about calling Dave but put it off for another day. She and Shelly talked about their summers and Jennifer confessed what happened with Dave. Shelly sympathized with her and told her to move forward with Mark.
She finally got enough nerve to call Dave on Thursday night. The conversation with Dave went very poorly. She didn’t expect him to criticize her for calling him a hypocrite. She had never actual said that. When he said that she had been the one who cheated on him with Alex, she knew he was right. They had had several mutually agreeable relationships but he had never cheated on her while they were together. It broke her heart to hear him so angry at her and she decided that he probably did hate her and would for a long time. She finally apologized and hung up. She cried herself to sleep that night and even Shelly couldn’t console her.
Classes that week went very poorly as she couldn’t get Dave off her mind. That damned Kelly Clarkson song kept playing on the radio and she couldn’t seem to escape it. When she read in the newspaper that Dave didn’t make the cut at the Canadian Open she was even more upset – she blamed herself for screwing him up, again.
She didn’t go home that weekend because she didn’t really want to see Mark. She tried to study but her concentration was very poor and she couldn’t think about anything but Dave. She struggled through classes on Monday and was sitting in her room sulking when Shelly showed her the newest National Enquirer. There was a new picture of Dave and Hilary Duff with an article about them going to a party together in Los Angeles. Jennifer cried herself to sleep that night as she thought she had truly lost Dave forever.
Over the next month she continued to correspond with Jana by e-mail but Jana and Dave’s relationship had not improved and Jana was very bitter toward Dave. Jennifer sent a few e-mails to Kyra and was disappointed to find out Jana had forced Kyra to end her relationship with Dave as well. Jennifer tried to convince Jana not to punish Kyra for their mistake but Jana only got angry at Jennifer.
Jennifer’s mid-term exams went very poorly and her relationship with Mark continued to worsen. She maintained her correspondence with Jana and was sad to hear the bad rumors about Dave – he was acting like an arrogant jock and he had begun treating women very poorly.
Jennifer went home for a weekend in mid October and went to Mark’s apartment. When she got there, Mark had another girl in his room with him and tried to convince Jennifer to join them. Jennifer said she didn’t even know the girl and had no interest in being in bed with a total stranger. She stormed out of the apartment after calling Mark some nasty names.
She returned home very upset and her mother tried to console her. Jennifer confessed, “I’m miserable, Mom. Mark has been pressuring me to bring other women into our bed but I have put him off. I caught him in bed with a strange girl tonight and I stormed out of his apartment but the truth is I’m more worried about Dave. Kyra says he has not been acting like himself and he’s been drinking a lot. I’m mad at Mark but I’m scared for Dave. I want to fly down and see Dave but I don’t think he wants to see me.”
Heather held her tight as she explained, “If you want to see Dave, I will pay for your ticket to fly down there and see him, but make sure you are doing it for the right reason – because you love and care for him. Don’t do it because you want to punish Mark. If you don’t want to fly down you can always call him.”
Jennifer looked intently into her mother’s eyes. “I think I picked the wrong one.”
Heather patted her on the back. “Don’t look back at what you did in the past. Look forward to what you want to do in the future. Do you still love Mark? Do you still want to spend your future with him? Do you still love Dave? Would you rather spend your future with him? Think carefully what you want to do then put all your efforts into making it happen.”
Jennifer leaned against her mother and thought about who she wanted to be with. Most of her wanted to be with Dave but she felt guilty over the Jana-Mark incident and she didn’t think Dave would forgive her. She thanked her mom for her advice before she went up to her room. She thought more about Mark and the strange girl in his bed. She finally decided to call Dave. She dialed his cell number and as it rang her heart was in her throat. She heard Dave answer the phone and music blared through the earpiece in her phone. She could hear talking and realized it was Dave’s voice almost downed out by the music. She heard him say, “Yeah, baby, you look gorgeous. That’s it, dance for me, honey. Wait second – I need to answer this call. Hello??”
Jennifer could tell Dave’s voice was slurred and he was obviously at bar with some girl. Jennifer panicked and hung up the phone without saying a word to him. She thought about Kyra’s e-mail and she cried even harder as she thought about Dave throwing his dream away. She considered calling his parents to tell them but didn’t. Deep down she knew Alec would keep an eye on Dave. She eventually cried herself to sleep as she thought about Dave.
Mark called her the next day and they had a big fight. She yelled at him, “You cheated on me, you son of a bitch!”
He replied, “I was hoping you would join us. You’re the one who started this open relationship by spending time with the twins and you didn’t seem to object when we slept with Jana.”
Jennifer was surprised that Mark would throw the twins in her face and she retorted, “That may be true but you knew I was going to spend some time with them before they arrived and if you had said no then I wouldn’t have done it. This time you just picked up a stranger and expected me to hop in the sack with both of you. I won’t sleep with just anyone and I don’t want a relationship where you treat me as simply a sex toy.”
Mark quickly apologized, “I’m sorry, Jennifer. I promise I will never do anything without first getting your permission. Please let me come over so we can talk this out.”
Jennifer was happy to hear his apology and she eventually agreed to let him come over. They spent the balance of the day together which included him taking her to a restaurant for dinner. He invited her back to his apartment but she refused and made him take her home. She left early on Sunday to go back to UND. She wrote her midterms that week and they didn’t go very well because she was too upset about both Dave and Mark to concentrate on her studies.
Her studies and her relationship with Mark continued to struggle along and in November Mark convinced her to join him in bed with another girl she had never met before; she did not have an especially good time and mostly confirmed in her mind that the casual sex with strangers was not nearly as enjoyable as the intimate sex she had with women she knew and cared for. The creeping worry about the possibility of sexually transmitted disease did not help. She got an e-mail from Jana explaining that Dave had seemed to straighten out his poor behavior and that Kyra was again spending some time with him, as friends and classmates. He had also started dating a new girl and it looked as if that was getting very serious. Jennifer was a little jealous that Dave seemed to be moving on while she was stuck with a partner who wanted to move in directions she found unattractive, but she was happy that Dave was starting to return to his old self.
She wrote her final exams in early December and managed to get a little more focused; she passed all her courses, but her marks were quite low with only one over eighty, three in the seventies, and one in the sixties. The previous year her worst mark had been an eighty-five.
Her relationship with Mark continued to be distant as they seemed to be going along divergent paths. He continually wanted to bring new women into their bed and she began to feel sexually inadequate. Her self-confidence continued to decline and even her parents noticed her depressed mood.
Several days after Christmas, she was pleased when her mother gave her an excuse to cancel a date with Mark, so mother and daughter could spend an evening together. She was in her room, upstairs getting ready when she heard a faint knock at the front door. After a moment she heard the door slam so she curiously walked towards the top of the steps. She peered down the stairs and tears rushed to her eyes as she saw Dave standing there. She heard him say, “Hi, Jennifer. Can we talk?”
She didn’t remember touching a single step as she flew down the stairs and into his arms. Her first thought was he was back to ask her to be with him again – she would definitely say yes this time. She hugged him and tried to apologize but he cut her off. She followed him to the couch and listened intently as he explained how much he loved her. She cried even more when he asked to be her friend again. She hugged him close and said she really wanted that too. She knew that if he had asked her to marry him she would dump Mark instantly but he only seemed to want friendship and that was enough for now. She explained how she had been torn apart without him and how sorry she was. He said they should move forward and she was simply happy to be in his big strong arms again.
She sheepishly asked, “I hear you have a new girlfriend, is it serious?”
Dave nodded. “Yes, it’s pretty serious. I went to her home in New Mexico and her family is incredible. They own a ranch and I got to ride horses and help with the ranch work. It was physically hard but very satisfying. I loved riding through the open fields and that is where I decided to mend all my fences with you and the twins. Alec has been a great friend and I finally heard what he has been telling me for months. I need to think before I let my emotions make bad decisions.”
Jennifer had her head lying on Dave’s chest as she stared up at him. As he described the ranch she could see the joy in his face but she wondered why he wasn’t talking about Anne. When he finished speaking she asked, “Her family sounds really nice but what about her?”
Dave looked into Jennifer’s eyes and sensing she wanted him to talk about Anne he said, “She’s very pretty and has recently gone through a tough breakup as well. She’s easy to talk to and I care for her very deeply.”
The comment about a recent breakup really hurt Jennifer and she got mad at herself for not accepting his proposal. She instantly hated Anne for being with Dave. She pictured her as some evil witch that she had to save Dave from. She was distracted when Dave asked, “How are things with Mark?”
She quickly recovered and she lied, “Pretty good. We’ve both been busy with school but we spend as much time as we can together.” She thought how Mark was the only reason she wasn’t with Dave instead of Anne and she started to get angry at Mark.
Their conversation switched to school and she was happy to move away from the talk about relationships. They spent the entire evening talking and she couldn’t believe how relieved she felt just spending quality time with Dave. She was confident that she could now move on with her life. When she opened the gift that read friends forever she cried and kissed him softly. She quickly added it to her chain that Dave had given her previously. She promised not to tell Jana and Kyra that he would be having a similar discussion with them but she knew that Jana would be relieved to put all this behind her as well.
Her parents arrived home before long and when her father invited Dave to stay the night Jennifer was already planning a midnight visit to the bed of her reinstated best friend. Dave – unfortunately – declined and, while she was disappointed, she could understand why. Especially when she saw the bulge in his pants – she almost squealed out loud as she guessed that Dave was having the same thoughts as her and it was exciting him.
She walked him to the door and told him she loved him. He repeated her words and promised to send lots of e-mail. She kissed him goodbye and after his car pulled down the street, she rushed into the living room and hugged her parents. She could tell they were both very happy for her.
She thought about her relationships a lot that night and decided to dedicate more time to Mark. They had had a very good relationship before the summer and maybe she was partly to blame because she was too distracted by Dave’s proposal. The next day she had a long discussion with Mark and she expressed her concerns about their open relationship and their intimate one. They agreed to concentrate on their intimate relationship first.
They had a very enjoyable New Years and Jennifer felt they were moving back towards the old love they had for each other. She returned to university but made sure she came home the first three weekends to be with Mark.
She traded excited e-mails with Jana and Kyra who were both very pleased to have Dave back in their lives. They both relayed that Dave was back as a friend but wouldn’t make love with them because of his commitment to Anne. They both missed the intimate times with Dave but were happy to have him as a friend again. Jennifer’s concentration in class improved significantly and she could feel her old confident happy self return. She traded e-mails with Dave at least once a week.
The winter was going well until the middle of March when Mark again started suggesting they bring someone new into their relationship. Jennifer tried to maintain an open mind and they went out to a bar together to find an acceptable third person. They both noticed a pretty red-head and agreed to strike up a conversation with her. Jennifer expected the girl to reject the idea of a threesome but surprisingly she found Jennifer attractive and agreed to go back to Mark’s apartment with them. They made love for hours and Jennifer actually enjoyed being with a woman again. Mark seemed extremely pleased that Jennifer was willing to try new things and suggested maybe they try a swap with his roommate, Max. Jennifer didn’t like that idea and told Mark so. He told her to keep an open mind but she explicitly told him that, although she didn’t mind spending some time with a mutually agreeable woman, she had zero interest in sleeping with another guy, especially Max. Jennifer had no feelings for Max and had never felt any attraction to her lover’s room-mate.
Over the next two weeks Mark continued to try to convince her to swap with Max and his girlfriend but she sternly refused. The first weekend in April she was staying with Mark at his apartment and had fallen asleep when she suddenly felt Mark kissing his way down her body. His mouth felt hot and inviting as he sucked her nipples. He unexpectedly bit one of her nipples as he slid a finger deep inside her. He was much rougher than usual so she glanced down at him. She screamed as she immediately knew that it was not Mark on top of her. Max jumped in fright as she pushed him out of the bed and yelled, “Get the fuck out of this room!”
As soon as he was out of the room, she jumped out of bed, turned on the light, and pulled on her clothes. She was just reaching for the doorknob when Mark opened the door. She yelled at him, “You son-of-a-bitch! I told you I didn’t want to fuck another guy but you tried to make me do it anyway.” She pulled off her diamond ring and threw it at him as she cried, “I don’t want to marry you, Mark. I don’t ever want to see you again.”
He pleaded, “Please, Jennifer, I’m sorry. I’ll never do it again. I just thought it would be fun to try different partners. Max really wanted to sleep with you and I wanted to sleep with his girlfriend. I won’t do it again.”
Jennifer scowled at him, “Or at least not until another one of your buddies wants to fuck me. I’m not a fuck toy you can pass around to all your friends. You seem to want someone to pimp around – I don’t want a relationship like that and I don’t want to be with someone who does. You’ve had the last of your chances already. Goodbye, Mark.” She pushed her way past him and out the front door to the apartment.
Her mother heard her come in and went to check on her. As soon as she saw Jennifer’s tear-filled eyes she rushed to her and hugged her. She eventually asked, “What happened, Jennifer?”
Jennifer explained, “For the last few weeks Mark has been pressuring me to swap partners with his roommate, but I refused. Mark and I fell asleep together tonight but I was awakened by someone making love to me. It turned out Mark had traded rooms with Max without my consent. I immediately kicked Max out of my room then Mark and I had a big fight. I threw his ring at him. It’s over.”
Heather hugged her daughter even tighter. “I love you, Jennifer. I’m so sorry that happened to you.”
Jennifer cried on her mother’s shoulder. “I’ve made a horrible mistake, Mom. I should have told Dave I wanted to be with him but I didn’t want to hurt Mark. I thought I loved Mark but now I know I was definitely wrong. I was such a moron. Mark is history; I can’t think about ever going back with him. How will I ever get Dave back?”
Heather soothed her daughter. “I know Dave and I know he loves you. Don’t worry; you’ll be back in his arms where you belong, someday soon.”
Jennifer tried to think of how she could tell Dave she had finally come to her senses. She wanted to just call him and ask him to leave Anne for her but that was what he had done the previous year to her and that definitely didn’t work for him – it probably would not work for her either. She decided to tell Jana what happened and ask her to talk to Dave. As her mother held her she was already composing an e-mail to Jana in her head.
Jennifer sent a message to Jana the next morning and asked her to tell Dave that she and Mark were finished. Jana replied later in the day and said Dave was at a golf tournament then was going directly to the Masters; since she and Kyra were going to go watch him play, she would be able to tell him what happened. Jennifer was very pleased and felt better immediately.
Mark visited her several times over the weekend for an attempted reconciliation and they talked for over an hour each time, but she repeatedly told him they obviously weren’t compatible and they both should move on. With each meeting, Jennifer’s resolve to forget about Mark intensified as he made the same tired points again and again. It was now clear to Jennifer that Mark would apologize and promise but never actually abandon pushing her to do what he wanted. Mark got mad and tried to somehow blame Dave; at that point she told him Dave had nothing to do with it – then she kicked him out of the house.
She was happy to go back to the university on Sunday and she had a long talk with Shelly. Classes went by quickly that week and she soon realized that she didn’t miss Mark nearly as much as she had expected. She was studying in her room Wednesday evening when her phone rang. Shelly answered the phone and Jennifer heard her say, “Yes, she’s studying… oh, okay, just a minute.” Shelly was smiling as she passed Jennifer the phone – Jennifer looked at her questioningly but didn’t get a reply.
Jennifer took the phone and said, “Hello?”
She started to cry as she heard Dave’s calm voice, “Mom just told me you and Mark split up. Are you okay? Do you want me to fly there to see you? I’m sure I could get a flight in the morning.”
Jennifer’s mind raced and she wanted to tell him yes but she suddenly realized he was supposed to start the Masters tomorrow. Another overwhelming realization came to her – he really was willing to give up his golf for her. Her heart jumped as she realized there was definitely hope of getting him back. She composed herself as she replied, “I feel much better just hearing your voice. I’m okay; you don’t need to fly up here to my rescue.” A small joke came to her mind and she chuckled as she whispered, “No, you don’t need to find a phone booth to change into your blue tights and red cape.”
Dave was very happy to hear her little joke and replied, “Maybe you could fly down in your invisible jet and see me then.” Jennifer laughed out loud and she was certain it was the first time she had laughed since the breakup with Mark. Dave continued, “Seriously, do you want me to come see you?”
Jennifer became serious, “No, as I said, I’m much better now just hearing your voice. I’m a little sad and relieved at the same time; the relief is getting stronger as time passes.” She wanted to ask him to leave Anne and be with her. But how could she do that when she wouldn’t do the same thing for him the previous summer? She slowly asked instead, “When are you coming home? I would definitely like to spend some time with you then.”
He explained, “The next two months are crazy. I have the ACC tournament next week then three weeks off from golf to catch up on my classes, then the NCAA Regional tournament, then hopefully the NCAA Finals. The week after that I’m turning pro, as I told you in my last e-mail, and then I have the US Open the week after that so I’m not planning on going home until the first week of July. But if you need me I can fly home whenever you want.” Jennifer was disappointed to have to wait almost three months and Dave could tell by her sigh. He continued, “I promise I’ll call you every week so we can simply talk, is that okay?”
She finally replied, “I’d like that. I love you, Dave – and I really miss you.”
He whispered, “I love you too, Jennifer.”
Jennifer hung up the phone and yelled to Shelly, “He loves me. He was ready to drop out of one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world to be with me.”
Shelly moved onto her bed and hugged her. They talked for over an hour before Jennifer finally fell asleep. She spent the rest of the week watching the television intently as Dave played in the Masters. She growled at the television when Dave wasn’t playing well and she jumped up and down cheering when Dave pulled ahead of Tiger on the next-to-last hole. She called Phil Mickelson terrible names when he made the winning shot on the last hole and she cursed Dave’s ball for not dropping in the hole on the final green. Shelly thought she had gone absolutely nuts but she could see Jennifer was happier than she had ever seen her.
Dave called from the locker room after his final round and Jennifer was happy he was thinking about her. He called every week for the next two months. They talked about his tournaments and about the women’s team. Jennifer was very proud of what he had done to help his new friends. She never asked him about leaving Anne because he never talked about her at all – she was simply happy to have her best friend back in her life. She knew she could win him over when he returned in July and they were within touching range.
She finished her second year at UND and returned to her architecture job. Her boss was happy to have her back and she was equally happy to be back. Dave’s phone calls continued on a weekly basis and she was disappointed to hear he came in second for the NCAA individual title, but like the old Dave she loved, he was happier for his teammate Darcy than he was upset for himself. He told her he was nervous about turning pro but was convinced that he was definitely ready. She said he would make QAI, his friends, and his family very proud.
She waited to hear how his meetings went with the agent who he had planned to meet on Monday but she never heard from him that night. She was sure he would call the next night but he didn’t and she began to worry that things had not gone well. When she didn’t hear from him on Wednesday, she took the initiative and called. Alec answered Dave’s phone and explained that Dave was practicing but Dave had asked him to tell her he would call her later in the week. Alec confided that Dave had really good news but he wanted to tell her himself.
Jennifer waited anxiously all week but still no call from Dave. She was worried about Dave but she tried to think positively. She was reading through ‘The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture’ in her living room on Saturday when her mother called her to answer the door. She thought it strange that she hadn’t heard anyone knock but she set her book down, got up, and walked towards the front door. As soon as she turned the corner she saw Dave standing in the doorway. The bright sunlight framed his muscular body and she saw him holding something in his hand as he dropped to one knee. He was wearing a pair of navy dress pants and an aqua golf shirt with a prominent Adidas logo on the left breast. She focused her attention on the black velvet box as she suddenly realized why he was dropping to one knee. Her heart and mind raced as tears began to pour out of her eyes. He was proposing to her! Butterflies the size of eagles flapped around in her stomach as her thoughts screamed in excitement, “He loves me! He wants to be with me forever! He really loves me!”
She heard him say, “I really missed you and I need you in my life forever. Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?” She noticed tears running down his cheeks as she ran down the hall and into his arms.
As they fell together onto the hard tile floor she quickly replied, “I love you, Dave MacDonald, and, yes, yes, YES! I will marry you.” She had dreamed of this moment since Dave had called her in April and now it was finally coming true. She had him pinned beneath her and she wanted to rip his clothes off and make love to him right now. She pressed her breasts into his chest as he smiled up at her.
She heard him say, “I love you, Jennifer Samms. I love you with all my heart.”
She kissed him passionately and his soft lips felt so nice on hers. She suddenly heard a gasp from behind her and realized her mother was watching them together on the floor. She turned back to Dave and stared into his beautiful eyes as the image of her soul-mate was forever imprinted in her thoughts. He opened the velvet box; she was shocked to see a spectacular ring glimmering in the light still flowing in the front door. As he slipped the ring on her hand she was again surprised that it fit perfectly.
Her emotions raced again as a hundred thoughts came to mind. “I didn't think you were coming home for another month? I've wanted you to come early but I was too afraid to ask because I knew you had a girlfriend and Jana said you refused to let her talk about me. She wanted to find out how you felt about me because I realized you are the only man for me. I knew it last year but wouldn't face it, but when you came home at Christmas and were so nice I finally realized I had to have you in my life. But you said you had moved on and I was very disappointed. When you called me in April I wanted to ask you to come home immediately but I couldn't make you miss the Masters. I'm so happy your mother told you about Mark and me breaking up.”
Dave smiled before he replied, “I know; I was very surprised and pleased. But I was also worried about you.”
Jennifer thought about Ann and she whispered, “What about Anne?”
He looked at her sadly. “Anne is a nice girl but I eventually concluded she loved my money and my earning potential more than she did me. I had already realized it was a problem before Mom told me about you but I took some time to think about the whole situation before I made a decision. I didn't want to rush into something without thoroughly considering all options. That is also why I wouldn't let Jana talk to me about you – the decision had to be mine and mine alone.”
“When did you tell her?”
He explained, “I flew to New Mexico last week after the NCAA Championships. Anne and I had talked on the phone several times since she had left Wake Forest and she knew that we were probably going to break up but I had to do it in person.”
Jennifer stared at the ring, amazed how large the main diamond was and the diamond on each side made the entire setting look exquisite. The ring was truly spectacular and she said, “This looks to be very expensive. You know I don't need a ring like this.” She knew deep in heart that as long as the ring came from Dave, it could be made of plastic and she would be just as happy.
He softly said, “I know you don't care about the cost but I wanted something very special for you. You know that I have dreamed of being one of the best golfers in the world since I was very young and I think I have almost accomplished that. What you don't know is that I have dreamed of putting a ring on your finger since the first summer we were intimate with each other. This ring shows how important that dream is to me. I love you, Jennifer, and look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.”
She quickly replied, “I love you too, Dave, and had dreamed that I would marry you someday too. Thank you for being patient with me.”
He kissed her passionately before he whispered, “Last summer is in the past; we are together now and that’s all that matters.”
Jennifer finally realized that she was pressing Dave on the hard floor so she got off of him then, after he stood as well, she guided him to the kitchen where her mother was having an intense telephone conversation with Dave’s mother. Jennifer proudly put her hand in front of her mother’s face and Heather gasped when she saw the exceptional ring and blurted out, “Oh my God, it’s huge! Oh, Carol, the ring is truly beautiful.”
Jennifer gently pulled the phone from her mother so she could speak to Carol directly. “Thank you, Carol, for telling Dave about the news Mark and I had broken up. I’ve never been so happy.”
Carol chuckled. “I’m really happy for you, dear, and welcome to the family.”
Dave took the phone next. “Hi, Mom. Thanks for helping set everything up. Jennifer and I are going to stay at the trailer tonight, okay?”
“That’s fine, honey, but please drop by the house so we can see this incredible rock.”
Dave replied, “It will probably be a while before we get to the Island so we’re going directly to the trailer, but we’ll stop by in the morning for sure.” Dave was looking at Jennifer as he spoke, hoping she would be agreeable to staying at the trailer. He was rewarded with a huge smile and nod from her as she whole heartedly agreed. He finished with, “See you tomorrow, Mom. I love you.”
After he heard his mother repeat that she loved him, he passed the phone back to Heather who squealed excitedly into the phone. “They’re finally together, Carol. I’m so happy for them.”
Dave and Jennifer turned to see her father standing in the doorway. Ron smiled as Jennifer ran to him and hugged him. She showed him the ring and Ron beamed with pride. Dave walked to him and shook his hand as Ron said, “Make sure you take good care of my precious little girl.”
Dave nodded. “I promise, Sir.”
Ron chuckled, “I know you will, Dave. Welcome to the family.”
Jennifer then guided Dave to the living room and they cuddled together on the couch. She said, “So tell me everything that happened in New York.”
Dave explained in detail about the negotiations with his agent and about the contracts he signed the previous day. He described meeting the representatives from the different companies and how happy they were to have him endorse their products. He then showed Jennifer the cheque for his uncle Alan and, when he told her that $12,220,000 had been deposited into his bank account, she gasped in surprise. He quickly said, “We will never have to worry about money. Dad is booking appointments with an accountant and an investment councilor. We will go see them together when we get back from the US Open. We also have to go to the bank and get a joint bank account setup; everything will be in both our names.”
Jennifer shook her head. “I don’t think we should do that until after we’re married.”
Dave kissed her before he replied, “I’d like to share everything from this moment forward. I think of us as partners and you should be involved in every decision I make. But if you want to put that off for a while then we need to at least set up a common account to pay our bills when we go to college next year. I was thinking we could rent an apartment close to UND and, while I won’t be there as much as I’d like, I will be there every second weekend. I was thinking I would play in tournaments every second week and go to school every other week. That would allow me to fly home the weekend I’m not in a tournament. What do you think?”
Jennifer kissed him excitedly. “That sounds fantastic. I didn’t expect to see you that often but I knew you only have one more year at Wake Forest so we’ll be together lots after next spring.”
Ron and Heather soon joined them in the living room and Dave described his the previous week in New York. Both Ron and Heather were surprised and pleased to hear about his contracts. They both looked at him with pride as he and Jennifer described their plan for the next winter. Jennifer went to her room to pack for the trip to the US Open and Dave told her to only pack two outfits as they would have to buy her a new wardrobe of Adidas clothes. He thought his fiancée should wear his sponsor’s clothes as well. Jennifer smiled before she ran upstairs. Heather followed close behind as Ron rolled his eyes and said, “You’ll be lucky to see her within a half hour.”
Ron actually looked surprised when they reappeared in fifteen minutes. Jennifer’s parents told them to have a good trip and wished Dave luck. Dave and Jennifer got in his rented car and headed for QAI. The sun was setting behind them as they made their way east. Jennifer eventually asked if she could use Dave’s phone to call Jana and Kyra. She dialed the number and Jana answered. “Hello?”
Jennifer fought off the urge to blurt out that Dave proposed to her. She quickly decided to tease Jana a little. Jennifer made her voice sound sad as she said, “Hi, Jana, how are you?”
They had exchanged e-mails the previous night and Jana knew Jennifer had not heard from Dave all week. Jana blurted out, “Did you hear from him? What’s going on?”
Dave chuckled quietly as he heard Jennifer act very sad and say, “Yes, I spoke to him a few moments ago and he’s engaged.”
Even Dave could hear Jana scream, “What? He’s fucking engaged? How could he propose to that gold-digging bitch? Jesus Christ, he’s lost his fucking mind again. I’m going to call the stupid son of a bitch and give him hell.”
Jennifer chuckled, “Here, you can talk to him now!” Jennifer heard a loud huhhh before she passed the phone to Dave.
Dave only had a chance to say, “Hi, Jana” before Jennifer pulled the phone back.
Jennifer screamed into the phone, “He’s engaged to me, not Anne.”
Jennifer pulled the phone from her ear as Jana squealed into the phone and even Dave could hear yell, “Kyra, he asked Jennifer to marry him. They’re engaged.”
Jana quickly came back o the phone and fired off a bunch of questions in rapid fire fashion. “When did he do it? Where were you when he proposed? What does the ring look like? Do your parents know? Is the ring pretty?”
Jennifer laughed before she replied, “Mom knew all about it and he came to Charlestown about an hour ago and proposed to me at my house. The ring is unimaginable; it has a huge gorgeous diamond offset by two incredible shoulder diamonds in the most amazing setting I’ve ever seen.”
Jana asked, “Where are you now? What are your plans?”
Jennifer was as excited as Jana as she explained, “We’re on our way to his trailer in North Beach. We’re flying to Mamaroneck, New York tomorrow so Dave can play in the US Open. After that I’m not sure. Oh shit, I just remembered I have to call my boss and get some time off. I know he will understand. Dave has a lot of golf plans this summer so I may just quit my job. Anyway, that’s as far ahead as we’ve planned.”
Jana gasped, “I have to see the ring. Can you get a digital picture of it and send it to me?”
Jennifer chuckled. “I think Dave’s mom has a digital camera. We’ll see if we can send one tomorrow.”
Jennifer could hear Kyra asking to speak before Jana explained, “Kyra wants to say hi.”
Kyra came on the phone and gasped, “Oh Jennifer, I’m so happy for you both. Congratulations. I knew Dave would come around.”
Jennifer giggled. “I’m happy you were right. And thank you, from both of us.”
Kyra asked, “Can I speak to Dave?”
Jennifer turned to Dave, “Kyra wants to speak to you.”
Dave nodded before he said to Jennifer, “Do you mind driving for a while?”
Jennifer spoke to Kyra, “Just a minute, Dave’s pulling over so he can speak to you. Goodbye, Kyra.”
Kyra thanked Jennifer and a moment later Dave came on the line. “Hi, Kyra, how are you?”
“Not nearly as good as you are. I’m so happy for you both but why didn’t you talk to me about Anne?”
Dave spoke very softly to her. “Kyra, I know you would have supported me but I really didn’t want you to get caught in the middle. I love you too much to let you get hurt, again.”
Kyra cooed, “Thanks, I love you too, Dave. You and Jennifer should come to The Pines with us this summer.”
Dave laughed as he heard Jana cheering in the background. “I don’t know if I could go to a nudist camp. I think I would be too scared.”
Kyra snickered. “You have nothing to be scared of; you have a great body.”
Dave was actually worried about walking around with an erection from seeing beautiful naked women, but he merely replied, “Thanks, Kyra. I’ll talk to Jennifer about it. Are you having a good summer?”
Kyra replied, “Yes, and I know it will be much better now that I know you are with Jennifer. I’m just so happy for the two of you.” Dave could hear Jana asking to speak to him before Kyra added, “Jana wants to speak to you.”
Dave heard Jana’s voice softly say, “Hi, handsome, I’m so happy you proposed to Jennifer and she had the good sense to accept. I love you both so much and couldn’t imagine you two without each other.”
Dave laughed as he teased, “And you didn’t really like Anne very much did you?”
Jana chuckled. “Don’t get me started on that jealous …” Dave heard Kyra growl at Jana and pull the phone from her. After a brief struggle Jana came back on the line. “Sorry, Dave, I shouldn’t say anything about Anne, but I will say I didn’t like her very much.”
Dave replied, “Anne was very unique. I know I will be much happier with Jennifer.”
Jana then returned to Kyra’s suggestion. “You and Jennifer should definitely come to The Pines for a vacation. We’ll have a great time.”
Dave simply said, “We’ll see.”
Dave and Jana chatted for a few more minutes before they said their goodbyes. Kyra said goodbye to Dave then Jennifer said goodbye to the twins and Dave hung up. Jennifer was still smiling excitedly as she explained, “The twins have been trying to convince me to go to their camp for the last two months. We should think about going.”
Dave shrugged. “I’m not sure I want to go. It would feel strange walking around nude all the time and I’m not sure how I would feel about guys staring at you.”
Jennifer took his hand and squeezed it gently. “They would only get to look because you are the only man for me.”
Dave was happy to hear her say that but he softly said, “I was serious about what I said last summer. I don’t think we should sleep with anyone but each other and I know Jana will want us to make love with her.”
Jennifer squeezed his hand again before she explained, “Dave, I will do what you want; I really enjoyed sharing you with Ann and Katherine and I wouldn’t mind sharing you with Jana or Kyra.”
Dave looked at her very seriously. “I’m not sure. We’ll have to talk about it a lot more before we’re ready to make that decision. I also still feel uncomfortable with the idea of having sex with Jana. She hurt me really bad last summer and I’m not sure if I’m completely over that yet.” Jennifer didn’t reply but she again squeezed his hand.
They talked more about their plans for the summer and when they pulled into North Beach campground, it was fairly deserted. They pulled up to Dave’s family trailer and carried their bags inside. They were barely through the door when Jennifer moved into Dave’s arms and kissed him passionately. He slipped his hands under her short red skirt and massaged her round ass as she pushed her breasts into his chest. Their tongues dueled briefly before Jennifer pulled Dave’s shirt over his head and dropped to her knees. She unfastened his shorts and his rock hard prick pushed out through the opening. She pulled his shorts and underwear down in a quick motion and sucked his throbbing meat into her mouth. Dave moaned in delight as she stared up at his smiling face.
She worked his hardness with her magical touch and he soon warned, “I’m going to cum.” She increased her sucking pressure and he exploded in her mouth. She loved his tangy taste and happily swallowed every drop. She smiled up at him as he slowly recovered from his euphoria.
When he regained control of his senses he pulled her to her feet and peeled her rose blouse over her head. He kissed her passionately as he unfastened her bra. She moved back and allowed her bra to slide off her arms before she pushed her breasts against Dave’s chest. He felt so wonderful and she loved having his huge arms wrapped around her.
Dave guided her to the couch and after quickly unfolding it he lay her down and pulled off her panties and skirt. He dropped between her legs and began licking and teasing her thighs while his one hand massaged her breast. She could feel her excitement oozing out of her slit and she moved her hands to Dave’s head to try and steer him to her excited sex. He kept teasing her and moving past her soft lips as she moaned in a combination of frustration and excitement. He finally slid his tongue between he soft petals and she moaned louder. She could feel her excitement building as he moved his tongue inside her opening. Her spine tingled as he flicked his tongue across her clit and she pushed her hips to meet his hot tongue.
Her climax was building faster and faster and when he slid two fingers deep inside her wet opening she yelled, “Fuck me with your fingers, Dave. Ohh yeah, right there. OOHHHHH!”
She thrust her hips as her climax overloaded her senses and she held his head tightly against her mound as she pushed her hips to meet his sucking lips. Her body shook with excitement and she thought she was going to pass out from the incredible sensation. Her body continued to shake and convulse as he eased her down from her climax.
She stared up at him with half closed eyes as she gasped, “That felt wonderful. I’ve missed you so much.” He kissed her softly as she stroked his rejuvenated rock hard pole. She asked, “Ready to fill me up with this little monster?”
He smiled as he moved on top of her and eased his girth inside her wet opening. She quickly wrapped her legs around his hips as she pulled him deep inside her. He ground his hips against her as they started a smooth rhythm. She dropped her legs to the bed as he began thrusting harder and harder. She pulled his face down to hers and kissed him sensually. He steadily increased his pace as her excitement grew. He filled her so perfectly that she could feel his crown moving in and out of her. As her climax started to peak, Dave thrust ever harder and ground his pelvis against her clit. It drove her over the top as she moaned in excitement. She felt his hardness begin to throb before the warm jets of his seed splash deep inside her. She wrapped her legs around him again and held him deep inside her. She stared into his loving eyes and she knew she would be forever happy.
He slowly rolled onto his side and the two lovers, best friends and soul-mates, cuddled together as they drifted off to dreamland.