Secrets Behind A Wedding Cake-Chapter Six

Driving up and down the street three times did nothing to settle Hallie’s nerves. She still felt completely undecided if she should stop or not.
Hallie glanced at her watch. It was eleven-thirty and Parker would be at work. Thinking about coming over here took two days to decide. Getting into the car and driving across town, then driving up and down the street three times, made her finally pull to the curb and switch off the engine of the car. She pulled the keys out and sat there with her head bowed anxiously trying to catch her breath. She could literally feel her heart beat inside her chest. She looked up, but sitting in front of Victoria’s house did nothing for her self-confidence, knowing she was about to come face to face with her best friend.
Hallie opened the car door and stepped out into the street. Readjusting her blouse, and with all the confidence she could muster, she walked up to the front door and rang the bell.
The door opened. Victoria stood there dressed in black slacks and white silk blouse. Her blonde hair was pulled into a high ponytail. Her blue eyes never blinked. The stare almost made Hallie turn and leave.
“What do you want?” Victoria leaned her arm on the edge of the door.
“Victoria, can I come in please. This won’t take long. I just want you to hear me out.”
“You are not welcome here Hallie. Besides, I need to leave and open the restaurant.”
“I know, but you own the restaurant. I promise this won’t take too long. I just need to say what I have to say.” Hallie pleaded.
Victoria’s expression slipped from surprise to disgust. Letting out a quick breath she said, “Make this quick, I really need to get to work.” She turned and walked back into the house.
Hallie followed her in and shut the door. Victoria went into the living room and plopped down on the couch. She crossed her legs and folded her hands in her lap. Then with one hand she pointed to a chair opposite her and on the other side of the coffee table.
“Victoria, may I have a glass of water?”
“No, say what you have to say and leave,” Victoria shot back.
“I know that whatever I say, even a million times, will never be enough to heal our friendship. I have been thinking a lot, for the past couple of weeks, about my choices. I know how much it has hurt everyone that knows me. I have not seen Parker in almost three weeks since he came over and said he wanted a divorce.”
“Do you blame him?” Victoria asked.
“No, I do not blame him, nor do I blame you for hating me.” Hallie rubbed a tear from her eye with her hand.
“What do you want Hallie? Do you want me to say it’s okay that you screwed my boyfriend. You got pregnant by him and now you wish to say sorry, can we be friends?” Victoria’s voice rose to a level just below yelling.
“I don’t know what to expect Victoria. I needed to come over and at least say, I’m so, so sorry. I showed poor judgment and no common sense or decency. It would be easy to say I don’t know how it happened or why.”
Victoria raised her hand to interrupt, “Okay Hallie, why would you do something like that. You were my best friend and Julian was my boyfriend. We were even talking marriage. I was excited about my future. I was excited about sharing that future with you and Parker, our best friends. We could have grown old together. Instead, you decide that a tryst with Julian would be a good idea. To hell with everyone you love. Then you lie about it to Parker, you even go through with the wedding knowing you were pregnant with another man’s child. Let me ask you one question. A couple days before the wedding, you confessed to me what had happened. That sent Julian and me into a lengthy discussion that resulted in me breaking off our relationship. Neither of us could attend your mockery of a wedding. How in the world did you explain to Parker why we were not there?
“I told him you were sick.”
Victoria shifted around on the couch and crossed her legs. “So you just told another lie. It makes me sick that we were even friends, Hallie.”
“What was I supposed to do? I found out about the pregnancy a week before the wedding. I panicked. I didn’t know what else to do. I love Parker so much, the guilt is unbearable, and I did not enjoy the wedding. You and Julian were not there, I couldn’t tell Parker. Everything was wrong and I had no idea how to handle it. To be honest with you, I thought about canceling the wedding, but it was too late.”
“Parker had every right to know before the wedding. Telling him after you married him is cruel. It says a lot about your character Hallie. I do not blame him for wanting to divorce you.” Victoria stood up and with her hands on her hips she said, “You need to leave Hallie. I have to go to work and there is nothing more you can say to make this better. I have no intentions of forgiving you for destroying our lives.”
Hallie stood up and turned to leave, then turned back to face Victoria. “I hope someday we can be friends again. I miss you. I’ve already said how stupid my choices were and now I have to pay the price for that. As much as I am sorry, you are the lucky one, Victoria.”
“How do you figure that, Hallie?”
“Julian is just as guilty as I am. If it were not for this situation…would you really want to marry a man who cheats?” Hallie said.
“Hallie, if that makes you feel better, go ahead and use it to soften your guilt, so be it. But for me, that is the worst reason to justify your choices. Now leave.”

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