Theresa twisted her cup of coffee between her hands as she sat at her kitchen table and thought on what to do. She needed to leave for work, but Jeffrey was still sound asleep in her bed. Should she wake him or leave him where he was? She just didn’t know.
If she woke him, she’d have to face him. After the confession he made about loving her, she wasn’t sure she was up to that. The thought of him withholding his feelings from her for so long and mistreating her because of them just made her blood boil. She knew she’d eventually forgive him for being an ass after they’d made love. After all, she was pretty riddled with guilt about it herself. People acted oddly when they were overridden with guilt. Forgiving him for not telling her that he loved her when he knew how she’d felt about him since she was a young girl and allowing her to move forward with David… well…. she wasn’t sure
It seemed like days, instead of hours, since she left Jeffrey sitting at her kitchen table. The memories of his half-naked body sitting casually at her table with a steaming mug of coffee in his hands plagued her throughout the day. He’d looked so sexy. More than once she had to take a deep breath to calm her desires as the vision of him floated through her mind. Oh, how she wished she’d stripped him bare and taken him right there in the kitchen. The question of STDs flitted through her mind at the thought. She’d been extremely cautious about who she had sex with. She wasn’t lying when she told David he was only her second sex partner. Her fear was just that great.She trusted David when he said he was faithful. Besides, he’d agreed to have the tests run and came through clean as a whistle. As for Jeffrey, she’d heard enough complaints about his celibacy from his parents and his brother
Pain pierced his jaw as Jeffrey slowly tested whether it was broken. He couldn’t say how long he’d been out and he had no idea where David and Theresa had gone to. He struggled to stand, but his equilibrium was off, so he sat on the floor and leaned against the desk.Worry over Theresa’s safety overshadowed his hesitancy in admitting that he’d been caught having sex with her in her office by David. He pulled out his cell phone, took a deep breath, and dialed his father’s telephone number. Henry picked up on the second ring.At normal speed, Theresa’s office was twenty minutes from the ranch. Henry made it in fifteen. Jeffrey was leaning on his truck when he pulled into the parking lot. He leapt out and immediately inspected Jeffrey’s jaw.“I don’t think it’s broken,” he said with concern, “but you’re going to have a doozy of a bruise. What did he hit
Jeffrey saw no sign of David during the two-week vigil he held in Theresa’s room. It was just as well. He was still angry enough to pound first and ask questions later.Theresa was awake for a few days when Glenda brought the news that David and Pattie were married. It seemed that Henry put his foot down and threatened to disinherit David if he didn’t do right by Pattie. They’d done a paternity test and the babies David fathered were his. When Jeffrey asked about Linda, Glenda said that when they demanded a paternity test, she admitted that she’d arrived in Montana with the baby already in her womb and that she was just trying to be crafty and railroad a man into marrying her. Had Jeffrey been fool enough to sleep with her, he’d have been labeled the proud father. Joan was so disgusted with her niece’s antics that she disowned her. The last they heard, Linda was packing up and heading back in
It was her first day back to work. Jeffrey was reluctant to let her go, but she eventually convinced him that she was well enough. Her cast was off, the scar on her face was less angry, and she felt fairly strong. She saw no reason to sit around and get fat any longer.Insisting on driving her to her office and picking her up when she was ready, she kissed him good-bye with the promise that it would be a short day.As she unlocked the door, memories of Jeffrey making love to her in her office flooded her mind. Her body tingled at the thought until her mind shifted to David’s vicious assault. Cold sweat coated her body and her fingers trembled as she opened the blinds and replaced the closed sign with an open one.Jeffrey was thoughtful enough to have cleaned things up before she returned to work, so there was no sign of what occurred. He even managed to have fresh flowers in a vase waiting for her. It had a card declarin