Her phone rang, the cheery sound letting her know her best friend Seychelles was calling for an update on her hot date the night before. Suzie debated letting it go to voicemail but decided it wouldn’t deter her best friend. Sighing, she picked up the phone and tapped “answer.”
“Hey, Suzie. Can you walk this morning?”
She closed her eyes and fought tears. “Yes. Easily.”
A short silence sounded on the other end of the phone. “Uh oh. What happened? Isn’t Enrique there with you?”
“No. He drove back into Cheyenne last night.” She cast her gaze south, wishing she’d gone with him.
“Oh, honey. What the hell happened?”
“I was stupid and selfish and scared.”
Seychelles snorted. “Those are all shitty S-words. Tell me how you could think you’re all those things, ’cause that hasn’t been my experience in all the years I’ve known you.”
“I accused Enrique of hiding the truth about his medical history from me.”
“Why? Jeez, Suzie, even I haven’t told you my medical history. Why the hell would it matter?”
“Because he sterile.” The word came out in a wail, the tears finally bursting the dam of her resistance.
“Oh, honey.” Sympathy oozed over the phone line. “I’m so sorry. I know you want to have kids real bad, but is that little thing big enough for you to toss away the heart of a good man like Enrique? There are other ways you can have kids.”
“But they won’t be his. They won’t be his because his risky behavior caused his sterility, and he didn’t tell me.”
Seychelles laughed. “Honey, he’s a Navy SEAL. His whole life and profession is risky behavior.” She sighed. “Who told you about his sterility if you didn’t hear it from him?”
Suzie brushed the tears away as she cleared her throat. “Edward Lyttle.”
“Dr. Lyttle who works at the Cheyenne Med Center?” Seychelles growled. “What the fuck are you listing to that pissant for? That guy’s had the hots for you the moment you showed up there for the free clinics during CFD. He’d sabotage any guy interested in going out with you.”
“What?” Suzie sniffed hard as surprise hit her between the eyes. “What are you talking about?”
“You don’t know?” Seychelles groaned and she could picture her shaking her head. “Oh my glory, Suzie. Edward Lyttle has been panting after you like a bitch in heat for years now. I’ve heard him talking smack about you to warn guys off. He says you’re driven. A ballbuster. A bitch. Married to your work. You know the drill. But Enrique’s the first guy who ignored all that, didn’t seem to care, and went after you anyway.”
“Yeah, he did. He never let me push him away. Until now.”
“Look, I know havin’ kids is important to you, and you really wanted them to be Enrique’s genetic code.”
“I love it when you talk medical to me.”
Seychelles laughed. “Shut up and listen. You’re a healthy woman and have enough money to look into other ways of getting kids, whether you carry them yourself or adopt. But it’s so much easier to deal with kids if you have a good partner. And honey, I’ve never seen a better partner for you than Petty Officer Enrique Sanchez. The man is sexy, smart, patient, driven, and strong in more ways than just his body. You can’t let him walk away. You have to have faith in the man he is, not his past. And certainly not what Dickhead Lyttle tells you.”
Suzie barked a watery laugh then sniffed. “Oh my glory, Seychelles. Enrique was so angry last night. How will I fix this? I don’t even know if he’s still in Cheyenne.”
"First of all, you gotta stop sniveling and call him. Even if he doesn’t answer, you call and leave a message. Then you text him with a request to meet.”
“Meet? After the shit I pulled?”
“Gotta start somewhere. See what he says and go from there. Slow and steady wins the race, darlin’.”
“I look and feel like a waterfall raging out of control. I was such a bitch to him, Sey.”
“Do you love him, Suzie?”
She let her eyes unfocus as she stared out at the sun gilding the fields around the ranch. The answer the Sey’s question was easy. She’d loved Enrique pretty much from the moment they shared coffee in Cheyenne. He represented the very best of the men she’d ever met, despite his military and medical history. And I want to be with him no matter what.
“Yes, with all my heart.”
“Well, then, you got your answer. Call him. Text him. Chase his ass to the ends of the earth if you have to. Slow and steady, relentless. He needs to know you won’t ever give up on him.”
Suzie coughed another laugh. “When did you get so wise, Sey?”
“Are you kidding? I can see problems in others a hundred miles away. But in my own life?” She hissed a cuss word. “The problems I have with men are incomprehensible.”
“I promise to help you should the need arise.”
“I might hold you to that. But in the meantime, get off the damn phone and call your man. He needs to hear from you right now.”
“All right, all right. I’m going. Bye, Sey. I love you.”
“I know you do. Now call him.” Seychelles hung up before Suzie could say more.
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