Let Love Stay – Alternate POV #2


Alternate Point of View #2 – Chapter 10 from Maddy’s POV

Thank god this day is over.  I thought office work would be somewhat easy, but my feet are killing me and my hands are all chapped and cut up from touching the files all day.  Kathy calls out from the front office, “Come on girls!  Let’s get a move on.  It’s closing time.”

Nikki comes up behind me as I’m gathering my stuff out of my small locker in the break room.  We’ve hit it off really well this week and I’m really glad to have such nice co-workers.  It makes the day move a lot quicker.

“So what are your plans tonight, Maddy?  A few of my girls and I are heading to the club.  Wanna come with us?”  I so want to say yes, I really do.  Getting all dolled up and dancing the night away with the girls, sounds like the perfect way to let go of some of this tension.

“Nikki, I wish I could, but I already have plans.”  I refuse to call it a date.  It is not a date.  Well, it might be if you ask Jay, but in my mind it is most certainly not a date. 

She’s peering out the window as she says, rather cheerfully, “Oh yeah?  Do your plans have anything to do with Mr. Hunkity Hunk in the parking lot.”  I have to laugh.  She has this weird creative thing where she makes every hot guy’s name into some cute Mr. Something-Or-Other.  Just the other day she called the Fed-Ex guy Mr. Schmexy McSexy.  Okay, that one wasn’t all that creative, but I think she was a little flustered.

Walking over to the window, I chance a glance at the freshly dubbed Mr. Hunkity Hunk and my stomach drops.

It’s Jay.

Just when I think I can walk away unscathed, without having to explain anything to Nikki, Jay sees me in the window and waves up at us.  Yeah, so much for that.

Nikki drapes her arms over my shoulders and waves back at him.  “So who is he?”  She ask, her voice all proud that she’s just discovered something about my plans.

Huffing at her, I try to defend myself.  “It’s not a date.  He’s my ex.  We’re just getting dinner.”

Tapping her finger to her bottom lips, she looks up to the ceiling pretending that she’s lost in deep thought.  When her eyes return to me, they’re alight with playfulness.  “So let me get this straight.  You used to date Hunkity Hunk down there who,” she peers out the window, “is still smiling and waving up here like a fool in love.  You’re going out to dinner with said Hunkity Hunk, but it’s not a date.”

“No, it is most definitely not a date!”  My attempts at self-defense are just making me look guiltier.  I huff again and try to walk away.

“Okay. Okay. But Maddy, promise me one thing.”  She asks, serious all of a sudden.

I stand and wait impatiently for what I just know will be a pointless question.

“Promise that you’ll call me the instant you get home from your non-date to let me know how it went.”

We both share a laugh at her ridiculousness as we make out way to the front where everyone else is waiting to leave for the day.

Walking out into the frigid winter air, I pull my jacket around me.  Jay catches sight of me right away and starts walking over to me.

Pulling me into hug, he says, “I’m so glad you agreed to come out with me.  You look beautiful, Maddy.”

I can’t help but roll my eyes at his compliments.  I look anything but good and that was the point.  My hair is in a sloppy ponytail and my make-up hasn’t been touched since early this morning.  Disheveled, hot mess is probably more along the lines of what I look like.

Suddenly, Jay’s eyes widen a bit more and he seems to be staring off in the distance behind me.  Curious to see whatever has caught his attention, I turn around and my stomach drops again.

It’s Reid.

My pulse skyrockets.  My heart careens into my ribcage.  My palms get sweaty.  My desire surges.

Before I can say or do anything, Jay pushes me behind him and eyes Reid up and down.  I want to warn him, tell him to just leave Reid alone, but my brain and my mouth with not function.

Stepping into Reid’s face, Jay says, “Who the fuck are you?  What do you want?”  Oh God.  Reid is going to punch him.  I know it.  I can see vivid images of Reid laying Logan flat on his ass and I want to step in the middle of them, to protect Jay and embrace Reid, but my goddamn feet are stuck to the floor.

I can’t believe he’s here.

Locking my eyes with his magnetic blue depths, I try to convey my love for him, my apologies for this scene that I can only imagine that he’s misreading.

“Me?  I’m the boyfriend, asshole.”  Reid bites out a few choice words to Jay, but his eyes are glued to mine.

His voice soothes my tattered soul.  It makes my insides clench and my heart soar.  He’s really here.

Jay’s voice breaks through to my distracted state.  “I’m Maddy’s date for tonight.  You know?  She never mentioned a boyfriend when I asked her out.  Must not be much of a boyfriend if she doesn’t even mention you.”  Oh God, no he didn’t!  Just as I’m about to speak up and stop the inevitable onslaught that I know he will bring, I watch Reid effortlessly drop Jay to his ass.

Standing over him and holding him up by his collar, Reid barks into Jay’s face, “Whether she mentioned me or not, she’s mine, so lay the fuck off.  Got it?”

I’m his?  Does that mean that he’s mine?

Reid reaches out his hand to mine and my mind is swirling with so much confusion that my brain isn’t firing correctly.  When I finally put two and two together and reach out for him, I see him visibly relax.  Fire and electricity travels from his hand straight to my heart and I feel like I’m home again.

In a freezing cold dentist’s office parking lot I finally feel like I’m home again.