She sighed. She missed him so much! She couldn't wait to tell him that she'd finished his portrait!
She grinned when she looked at it. This had to be the best love letter in the history of mankind! Hurrying to the mailbox, she posted it, eager to hear back from Gage!
Haley looked up from her weeding. "Hey Rach! Did I wake you?"
Haley followed Rachel's gaze. "Huh, I don't know. I haven't seen it before. Maybe Gage left it for me since he knows how much I love my garden!" she said with a grin.
"Have you seen him lately?" Rachel asked, surprised since she hadn't seen him around.
Haley hedged, focusing on watering the plants and avoiding Rachel's eye. "Well, no," she admitted finally. "But, he said he was going to be pulling some double shifts since so many of the guys he worked with had kids." She turned just in time to see the face the face Rachel made. "Well, I think it's nice! He's letting the guys with kids spend time with their families!"
Rachel nodded, unconvinced. "So, are you almost ready to go to the appointment with me?"
Haley wiped her hands off on her jeans. "Yeah, let me just go wash up!"
Haley smiled, "Well, you're not going to ride your bike pregnant, are you?"
Rachel laughed. "I don't even know if you'll be able to convince me to use a bike after I've had the baby!"
"For every mile you bike, you can save about 1lb of cardon dioxide and other pollutants from entering our atmosphere..." Haley lectured.
Rachel interrupted her before Haley could really get going. "I know! I know! I told you that after this baby is born I'll bike!" She held her hands up in supplication. "I promise!" she added with a laugh.
Haley grinned sheepishly. "Sorry," she said. "I know I can go on and on about it, huh?"
Rachel elbowed her. "Ya think?"
Haley squeezed her friend's hand back. "I wouldn't miss it for the world!"
Rachel glanced back at her friend. "What? I'm pregnant, not dead!"
"But you're not really going to call him, are you?"
Rachel shrugged. "I dunno. He was pretty cute. And he's a doctor."
"Rach, he's not a doctor. He's an imaging technician."
Rachel shrugged again. "Close enough for me!"
"Look, can we just not talk about this right now. It's a beautiful day. I'm having a good hair day. And, look! The Spring Fair! We should totally go and enjoy the day!" Rachel said, attempting to distract Haley from the serious conversation she seemed intent on having.
"That sounds like a great idea!" Haley agreed. They had four generations of pictures on the dining room wall at home going all the way back to her great-great-grandfather, Jesse Black!
The two friends crossed the street and mugged for the camera. "Okay, serious this time," Haley said when she was done laughing. It was so nice to get out of the house!
Haley bit her lip, tears forming in her eyes and pointed across the park.
Haley reached out and grabbed her arm. "No. Rachel. Don't," she pleaded.
Rachel hissed, pointing towards Gage as a little girl ran up and wrapped herself around his leg. "Don't defend him! He's cheating on you, Haley!"
Haley shook her head and pulled Rachel back again. "Don't you see?" she asked tearfully. She pointed at the little girl that clung to his leg and the baby in his arms. "I'm the other woman..." she said shakily. "Please... I just want to go home.."
With one last deadly glare towards the jerk who broke her friend's heart, Rachel wrapped her arm around Haley and lead her away.
Gage remained blissfully unaware that his dirty little secret had been discovered.
She lowered her head into her hands and bawled.
Rachel hung up the picture they had taken at the fair and straightened the corners. You never really knew what kind of crap life was going to throw at you, she thought sadly.