My Forever Is You, Book 1: ReunitedBy: Ashley Blake
Eventually, Jake stopped calling and emailing me. For three years I immersed myself in my law studies, graduated at the top of my class and passed the Illinois bar exam. I accepted a position with a top law firm in Chicago and started to build a life there. I thought of Jake quite a bit and I wondered how he was doing and if he was OK. I wanted to call him but I was afraid of what he would say to me. He was really hurt and angry when I broke up with him. And since I never answered his calls or emails after we broke up, I figured I was probably the last person that he wanted to speak with.
Over the years I made a name for myself in the legal world and I had many articles published in legal magazines. I was quickly promoted to partner after three years and I felt really good about where I was professionally. Personally I was doing okay also. I had made a few really good friends and I was casually dating a nice guy named Mike. There weren’t a lot of sparks, and I kept telling myself that was okay because we made a lot of sense together. We had similar backgrounds; we were both from the Midwest, we both liked the same kind of food and we were both lawyers. We had agreed to keep things casual but I longed for a more fulfilling relationship with someone. I longed for more because I knew that more existed. I’d had that with Jake. There were many nights that I caught myself thinking about where we would be right now if we had stayed together.
The invitation caught me off guard and I started to think of ways to get out of going, but I had promised Amy I would go and I didn’t want to let her down. The reunion was going to be held on a week-long cruise to the Western Caribbean and we were leaving from Miami. She was convinced that Jake and I were meant to be together and she thought that if we saw each other again we would pick up right where we left off. I was afraid to let myself get excited at the thought of seeing him again. What if he had a girlfriend or fiancé, or worse yet…what if he was married? I pushed those thoughts out of my mind as I sat down to RSVP. I decided not to bring Mike because I didn’t want him to get the wrong idea. I didn’t want him to think things were more serious between us than they actually were. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach as I thought about what I was going to wear and what it would be like to see Jake after all this time.
The ringing of the phone jolted me out of my mini-fantasy.
“Did you get yours in the mail today?!” Amy was breathless with excitement.
“Yes I did,” I laughed, “and I already filled out the RSVP.”
“You’re not bringing Mike, are you?”
“Of course not Amy.”
“That would kill any chance of you and Jake getting back together. Oh Lauren, I just know that you guys are meant to be! I can’t wait for this reunion ! I think it’s so cool that it’s going to be a week long cruise. We’re going to have the best time!”
“Paul will probably be there, you know.” The lilt in my voice lightly teased her. Amy and Paul dated briefly in college.
“I’ve been trying not to think about that. I don’t think it’s in the cards for me to meet anyone Lauren. I’ll just live vicariously through you and Jake!”
“First of all, it absolutely is in the cards for you to meet someone. You are a fabulous woman and any man would be lucky to have you even look their way. Second, me and Jake? He probably hates me so I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one. I think if Paul shows up and he is single, you should definitely see where things go. You guys really liked each other in college but you were so focused on your business that things kind of just fizzled. Who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up right where you left off. If you are going to be so optimistic about Jake for me, then I am going to be optimistic about Paul for you.”
“OK, you’re right. I’ll keep an open mind. Happy?” Her pouty words didn’t faze me.
I smiled through the phone. “Ecstatic.”
I rushed around my apartment looking for my keys so I could head to the airport. Amy lived 15 minutes from me, but she had some last minute work to finish up so I was meeting her there and we were flying to the reunion together. I finally found them tucked in a sofa cushion and grabbed my purse and suitcase and headed out. I did a quick mental check as I hurried down my hallway to the elevator to make sure that I’d brought everything. I started packing for this trip the night I received the invitation. I wanted everything to be perfect and I didn’t want to forget a thing, so I had quadruple checked my luggage to make sure I had everything. The closer I got to the airport, the more nervous I became. The flight to Miami was only a little under three hours, so it wouldn’t be long before I saw Jake.