Chapter 5: Moving On Times Two

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Tristan arrived at work the next morning ready to face his day. They had been in the middle of a hard-fought court battle for one of their biggest clients for weeks, and it was finally over, giving him some much-needed breathing room. He noticed his partner getting out of his car at the same time and waited for him to catch up.

"Morning, man. How's it going?" Colin asked Tristan as they walked toward their office building.

"It's good, Colin. How's Steph doing?"

"She's great. Hey, listen, she made me promise that I would talk to you about something."

"That sounds ominous," Tristan chuckled.

"Yeah well, she means well. She has a friend who she'd like to set you up with."

"No way, man. No blind dates, no pity dates. Sorry, but I'm out."

"You haven't seen anyone since Sarah. Don't you think it's time? I know she cheated on you and it takes time to get over that, but it's been three years and you haven't been on more than a handful of dates."

"I do think it's time to move on," Tristan confirmed.

"So you'll go?"


"But, I thought you said it was time to move on?" Colin asked.

"I did," Tristan smirked.

"And did you have a plan for moving on? Because last I checked it would require seeing someone."

"I do. There's actually someone I'm...working on," Tristan said cryptically.

"Is it someone we know?" Colin asked.

"Do you remember me talking about Mary in law school?"

"The one who you tormented in high school and said she hated you?"

"The one and only," Tristan replied.

"And what makes you think she'll give you the time of day now?"

"Other than the fact that she's been with me, willingly I might add, half a dozen times in the last two weeks?"

"No shit, man? How'd you manage that?"

"I went to that Chilton reunion a couple of weeks ago and saw her there. We started talking and ended up going to get tacos and taking them back to my house. She's going through some tough times right now and really needs a friend, and I'm all too happy to oblige."

"Does she know that you're pursuing her?"

"Not exactly, but I'll get there. There's a small complication that I'm working on."

"And what's that?" Colin asked with a laugh.

"She's...kind of seeing someone occasionally."

"She has a boyfriend?"

"No, it's casual. Frankly, I don't think he knows what he has. I know if I ever got a woman like her interested in me, I'd be completely committed."

"Well, good luck to you, man. Keep me posted on your progress. If you ever get her to agree to a date we'll double with you. I'd love to meet the woman who's captivated you for the last 15 years."

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Rory had already gotten the next issue of the Gazette ready for the printer and found herself with some free time. Thinking about what Jess and Tristan had said, she opened her laptop and began to type. Her thoughts were halting and scattered at first, but she quickly got into a groove and before she knew it she had written a full chapter. It felt a little surreal to be writing her story, but she hoped that getting everything out might help her with some perspective.

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