Ch. 26

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He takes my hand, "Paxton, you can't fix what you did. It's over now. I need to think."

"Please, don't do this." He begs.

"I'm sorry." I don't wait for my phone, I walk away. Going past him into the pharmacy. Bryan is standing behind the counter talking on the phone. When he hangs up he comes over to me, looking sympathetic.

"Are you okay?" he asks.

I nod, "Yeah, can I use your phone?"

"Sure." He hands me his phone and I dial Trevor's number again. It rings twice before he answers.


"Trevor it's Addie, I need your help." I say, my voice breaking. I hope he'll help me.

"Okay, what do you need?"

"A ride and a place to stay. Paxton and I decided to call it off." I explain.

"Where are you?"

"The pharmacy in Canton right on Main st."

"Alright, I'll be there in about twenty."

"Thanks, Trevor."

"You're welcome." He hangs up and I hand the phone back to Bryan, who is looking at me strangely.

"My brother is coming to get me. Thanks."

"Oh, your brother. Sorry, I was...just sorry"

"Did you think I had another man? I'm not your brother." I reply, bitterly. I turn and walk to the front of the store exiting. Paxton, is still standing there looking guilty and hurt. I look away from him, I'm hurting too.

"Don't make me use your family again, babe. I'm not above doing it to get you back."

"Do what you have to do Paxton." I say, calmly. I know he won't anyway.

"I will kick them off the property Adelaide, don't test me." I shrug, but don't look at him. "Fine, I'll be pulling the papers." He threatens.

"I'll get you the deed back." I reply.

"Dammit! You know how I feel about you, does that mean nothing to you?"

"I need time, to process this." I explain. I don't want to end things like this with him. "I don't want the pressure with the wedding. It's too much anyway, the rushing around its not what I want. It's like we're going to fast for no reason. I want to be with you Paxton, that should be enough. Why does it have to be by the end of the month? Why can't we just be together?"

"Okay, no wedding. I still want you to were my ring. I still want to say you're my fiancee."

"I need you to listen to me, even if it's just this once. I can't make a decision like this. I need to be away from you so I can think clearly. I'll call you if you give me back my phone, when I'm ready to talk."

He reaches into his pocket bringing out my phone. He hands it to me. "How long?"

"How long, what?"

"How long are you going to make me wait?"

I shrug, "Not long, I just need to clear my head." I assure him.

Trevor pulls up along side us and I lean up and kiss his cheek. He looks at me unhappy but opens the truck door and I climb in closing the door. As we pull away I look back at him feeling nothing but loss. I already miss him.

"So, what did he do?" Trevor asks.

"He wasn't honest with me. I just don't want to rush this wedding either. All the appointments and picking things out so quickly, it's not what I want."

"What do you want, A?"

"Him, just him." I answer, sadly still looking in the rear view mirror.

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