Status: Fin.

Live In Reality

Chapter 16

As Sidney said his goodbyes to his family before morning practice, he whispered in Lenore’s ear.

“Call as soon as you’re done. I want to know if everything’s okay.”

Lenore smiled and kissed her husband’s cheek. “I’m sure everything’s going to be fine.”

“Get out of here, son!” Trina smiled patting his shoulder. “You have the first game tonight!”

“You’ll all be there?” he asked.

“That’s a stupid question,” Taylor rolled her eyes. “Of course we’ll be there!”

“Go on,” Lenore nodded towards the door. “We don’t need you getting in trouble before the first game.”

Sidney waved goodbye before shouldering his bag and walking out the door. As for the group in the lobby, Taylor and Trina had made plans to go back to bed while Troy was going to relax in the lobby.

“Uh, Troy?” Lenore asked as he began walking away.

“Yes?” her father-in-law turned around.

“Do you think we could…talk?” she asked uncertainly. “Maybe grab coffee?”

Troy’s expression was a little surprised, but he nodded slowly. “Sure, Lenore.”

*****

Lenore and Troy walked out into the Vancouver morning in silence. He knew she wanted to talk about the way he had reacted that day in the hotel room, but he wasn’t going to be the one to bring it up. She was just nervous.

Lenore stopped at the door of Tim Horton’s and gestured for him to go first.

“You want Tim Horton’s?” he asked with a smirk.

She blushed. “I figured you’d like it. I’m sure it’s just the same as what I drink.” That last part was a lie.

Troy chuckled and continued walking. “I’d like Starbucks today, thanks. I’m sure that’s okay with you, eh?”

Lenore smiled. “Always.”

After getting their coffee, Lenore and Troy made their way to a small bridge that overlooked a river.

“So I’m not going to beat around the bush, Troy,” Lenore sighed as she sipped her coffee. “I want to talk about the other day.”

“I assumed as much,” he nodded.

“I just want to know why you seemed…distant. Trina and Taylor reacted differently and I just… I want to know why,” she said looking out at the water.

“I wasn’t upset, if that’s what you’re asking,” Troy assured her. “That’s most definitely not what I was feeling.”

“It wasn’t?” Lenore gaped.

Troy shook his head. “Not at all. I was just…shell shocked, I suppose. And I was a little upset. But not in the sense you think.”

Lenore cocked her head to the side and looked up at Troy. “What do you mean?”

“Over the past year or so, I’ve come to see you as more than my son’s girlfriend,” he said. “I’ve come to see the woman that is that girl. And one thing Trina and I couldn’t help but notice was how you seemed a little lost at times. Don’t take offense to that, now. We just couldn’t help but think about how you seemed a little lost for guidance. That maybe, it was because your father wasn’t around.” Troy stopped to take a deep breath. “I told myself that one day, when Sidney proposed, I’d be at the wedding to tell you the things a father should tell his daughter on her wedding day.”

Lenore’s eyes were brimming with tears and her hands shook. “Thank you, Troy. Thank you so much.”

“Don’t cry, Lenore,” he said. “I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

“They’re happy tears,” Lenore assured him. Troy pulled her into a hug and soon, an idea came to mind. “Sidney and I want to have reception or something this summer in Nova Scotia and I think I want to have a vow renewal ceremony. Do you think… do you think you would walk me down the aisle?”

Now it was Troy’s turn to tear up a little. “Yes. Yes, of course.”

*****

Nearly an hour three hours later, Lenore made her way back into the hotel room to find Sidney pacing.

“There you are!” he exclaimed as he pulled her into his arms. “Is everything okay? Are you okay? You never called!”

Lenore laughed a little. “Everything’s fine, I promise. Everything’s great, actually.”

“You sure?” Sidney asked. He wasn’t going to press her for information.

“Absolutely. We’re just fine.”
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Hmmm...what do you think? I actually really like this one. At first, I wasn't too sure, but now-looking back on it- I'm pretty proud of it. Let me know what's on your minds, lovelies!