Old 11-18-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Mark Prentiss pulled up in his ex-wife's driveway to drop off their sixteen year old daughter Chelsea, the only evidence of their marriage and divorce so many years ago. He had a few regrets, but Jessica had kicked him out, not vice versa. He didn't fret too much about it. It was an old scab that he'd rather not pick at. The divorce had ended surprisingly well under the circumstances, mostly because time had allowed their tempers to cool a bit and the need to think of their little girl had overridden all other concerns.

Still, a small part of Mark hated the way that Jessica had sent him packing. It was very abrupt, one-sided, unfair, aggressive, etc. After six years, he'd dealt with it mostly by staying out of the normal dating life. He'd acquired a jaundiced view of marriage and traditional life, seeing both the sexual and financial benefits of being a free agent.

So it was a bit of shock and had Mark on edge when Jessica didn't just watch him kiss Chelsea on the forehead and go. She indicated with a gesture that she wanted to talk to him about something. He just had no idea what in the hell it could be. He could deal with almost anything, as long as Chelsea wasn't in trouble.

He never worried about his ex's dating life, though he heard more than he liked about her various boyfriends. It was a revolving door of serial monogamy, not his cup of tea. Jessica never was the sort to be alone for any serious length of time. She needed a man in her life for too many things, above and beyond sex. Mark remembered the "honey do" lists all too well.

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Old 11-22-2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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Jessica had always been in love with Mark Prentiss. They had simply been too young when they married, too young when they had their daughter, and too young to know how to make their marriage work. She had just turned 30 when she filed for divorce, her anger and frustration at her situation growing until she resented Mark with a great passion.

Still, he had been the only man that ever really understood her. She had been through a string of relationships since the end of their marriage, men who would be around for a year or two until she decided that it just couldn't work out. She would watch Mark be a fantastic father to their daughter and she would kick herself for pushing him away.

At 36, she still thought of herself as attractive. She was tall, blonde, more womanly then she'd been in their high school days. Her blue eyes were still clear and bright. It was everything any man would have ever wanted. Lately, though, she'd been thinking about how Mark was the man that she really wanted and needed.

After he had kissed Chelsea goodbye, she motioned for him to follow her. She wanted to be away from their daughter where she wouldn't hear them talking. She entered into the garage of all places, waiting until the door was shut before she turned to look at her ex with her arms crossed over her chest.

"So...I've been doing a lot of thinking lately." She said softly. "And I think I owe you an apology for the way that things ended between us."
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Mark hadn't known what precisely to expect from Jessica, and to a large extent, he had anticipated it being another litany of complaints about something. To hear an apology over something that she had done six years ago was unnerving, because it never occurred to him that she might even considered that she had been wrong about something. It was truly stunning to him....as stunning as her continued beauty, which was admittedly a ravishing sort.

"Well...um...thank you. Apology accepted. I admit that I never thought that it would happen, but thank you for making it. Perhaps I should meet you halfway here and say that I not only forgive you, but also apologize if I have been in any way rude or bad-tempered toward you in the past six years, or called you any names during the divorce," Mark decided to make some sort of gesture to help bury the hatchet, since she had offered him an olive branch of sorts.

He still wasn't sure what was behind the apology and how sincere she was, but it was a start....now he would just have to take things slowly and see if they could at least prove a better team of parents as far as exes could go.

He also had to admit to himself that he still felt desire when he was around her, actually more now that she had done something to mollify him and he wasn't around her on a daily basis to get frustrated with her somehow. What the fuck was he supposed to do about that lust....even a little residual love that popped up despite his trust issues and his cynicism, not to mention his bitterness?
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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"The name calling went both ways." Jessica said softly as she let out a long sigh, thinking back on the bitter negotiations they had between their lawyers in order to hash out a custody agreement.

"We were too young, Mark. I tell Chelsea every day that she has to be careful with those boys at school because she's just too young to know what she wants." She had no idea why she was talking about their problems again, but it felt good to get everything out in the open. "And I'm sorry that I didn't at least talk to you about how I felt before I filed the papers. I know that you deserved so much more than that."

She went quiet then, letting the silence stretch between them as she thought about what she really wanted to tell him. "I still love you, Mark. I think about all of the good times that we had together and I can't help but want all of that back. Does that make me crazy?"

She knew that he had certainly thought that she had lost her mind during the divorce. There were times when she thought that herself, wondering if she were making the right choice and charging ahead in an effort to be free from what she thought was wrong in her life. It turned out that the problem was all hers and she had thrown away the best thing that she had ever had.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:26 PM   #5
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Mark was thunderstruck by this admission on Jessica's part. He didn't quite know what to say.....was this possible? While a large part of him still felt the hurt and anger from the past, and while he enjoyed the single life these days, a lot of him missed the many good things about his marriage to Jessica. He missed the things that she did for him, the gestures that she made, the mannerism, the different small ways of showing affection and gratitude. Even at her worst, with some of the pressure on the "honey-do" stuff, she had shown that she could be grateful...not using sex as a weapon, but rather surprising him with some initiative there.

"Uh....Jessica, are you serious about this? What brought this on, exactly? I mean, I admit that there are times when I notice things missing in my life from being single. Things like Thanksgiving and Christmas together, all three of us. Being there from day to day, little moments that we used to photograph....still, we had real issues in our marriage.... How do we know that we won't be stepping right back into that?" Mark thought aloud.

He was truly shaken, as he thought that Jessica had moved on with her life.....what if she had not lasted with those other men because she had not moved on, and frankly neither had he....he enjoyed other women in bed, but he had never let any of them get close to him. The pain had made it hard to trust and also he didn't want to have to invest in a new relationship what he had already invested and lost in his marriage to Jessica....and now she wanted to bring that back, to invest in it again? Was that even feasible?
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #6
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"I don't know. I've just been thinking a lot about this." Jessica admitted. "You're an amazing father to Chelsea. She is completely in love with you and I know that she resents me sometimes for ending our marriage. And there hasn't been a man in my life that even came close to what I felt with you."

"We did have a lot of issues. You had issues and I had issues. I wasn't happy but I know now that I wasn't happy because of things I was doing." She said softly. "And I miss not having you in our lives every day."

Jessica turned and walked away from him for a moment to gather her thoughts before she turned back towards him. They were both older and hopefully wiser then they had been six years ago. He was the man that she wanted and she would have done anything in her power to take back all the mean and nasty things that she had said and done to him during their time together.

"It's been almost six months since I was in a serious relationship. It gave me time to think and grow and realize what I want in a partner. I'm not asking for a relationship right now. I'm just asking you about us maybe being together again. We could at least try."
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:33 AM   #7
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Mark was once more floored at the serious, earnest way that his ex-wife was talking of even the start of a reconciliation. It was a dramatic change of attitude for her, and while his pride and pain wanted to hurt Jessica still, his empathy and nostalgia for what they had meant to each other made him feel a new rush of affection and desire for her.

So many conflicting feelings, so little time, Mark thought. Well, what was the harm in at least giving her something of a chance? If it failed, they would know for sure that they weren't right for each other and could move on with their lives. If it worked out, perhaps it was just that they were both more mature and reasonable these days....at least he liked to think so.

"Oh, hell, why not? God knows that I miss you, Jessica. I don't know if we can make it work any better this time than last, but perhaps if we take small steps, we can see how good our chances really are before making the final plunge," he smiled at her.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:43 AM   #8
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Jessica was nervous as she waited for Mark's answer on their relationship. She had hoped that he would say yes. She hoped that there was still a spark there that he wanted to explore with her once again. She let out a deep sigh as he agreed, giving her a smile that completely warmed her heart and made her belly clench.

"Well, that's probably the best thing I've heard in a while." She said with a smile on her own features. "And I promise you that I will work to make everything up to you, Mark. I'm going to show you that I've changed."

The silence stretched between them for a moment. She was unsure how to proceed from there. Did she kiss him? Was that too forward? What in the hell did a divorced couple who was rekindling their relationship do?

"Would you like to stay for dinner? Chelsea is making lasagna. I'm sure she would love to have you stay a little longer." Jessica offered.
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Hearing that his beloved daughter...their little girl, was now grown up enough to make a full-course supper made Mark feel a certain pride in his only child. It pleased his soul to hear this and he wouldn't miss that, even if Jessica and he hadn't been discussing a reconciliation, of course.

That reminded him, however. He did have one concern. It was vital that Chelsea not know until things were decided, one way or the other, on the reconciliation issue. He didn't want her confused and disappointed all over again if it didn't happen. He didn't want her heart broken again, as it was six years ago when her parents divorced.

"Very well. I wouldn't miss our little girl's cooking for the world. I want to be here for that. I'm very proud of her, you know. Let's just keep this on the down low, if you don't mind, honey. I don't want her hurt again if this doesn't work out for us, Jess," Mark shared his worries.

"If it does, of course, it will be a very nice surprise for her, I think. I just want to spare her any further pain, you know. Besides, I don't want us to feel pressure and rush things before their time. If we get back together, it needs to be for the right reasons....in other words, that it is because we want to reconcile."
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"I agree. Chelsea doesn't need to know any of this until we are ready to announce something." Jessica said, knowing that their daughter had been through a lot with the divorce.

Chelsea had hated her mother for a long time after her parents had split up. That anger had been multiplied ever more when Jessica had been awarded custody with visitation for Mark. Chelsea wanted to be with her father and had begged to be able to see him more. She had allowed weekends for Mark, holidays, summer vacations, anything to make Chelsea happy. As she had gotten older, she had calmed and come to understand that the two of them were doing their best for her.

"She'll be excited that you're staying for dinner. I'm surprised that she hasn't cooked for you while she was staying over. She keeps telling me she wants to be a chef when she graduates." Jessica said, leading him from the garage and back into the house.

The house was filled with the smells of a delicious dinner by the time they walked back inside. Chelsea was busy over the stove, stirring a pot of sauce as they walked into the kitchen.

"Chel? Daddy's going to stay for dinner tonight." Jessica said, Chelsea's wide blue eyes turning towards the both of them.

"Really?" She asked, looking at her father with a wide grin on her features. "Daddy, you've never stayed for dinner before."
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"Well, she has cooked, just not on this grand of a scale. It will be good to see her take pride in a very grown-up achievement. I love to see the smile on her face when she aces a test or gets a trophy in sports. I think that she inherited your talents and mine, so I wouldn't be surprised if she does well in the kitchen as well. I'm sure that she'll make a great chef if that's the path that she takes. I just hope that she knows that we're proud of her, either way," Mark beamed with a father's pride and love.

"So, it will be good to eat together like this, just like old times, won't it? Everyone at the dinner table," Mark waxed a little sentimental, as he missed those days badly.

Mark took a second to admire Jessica physically before Chelsea noticed him and showed her usual enthusiasm.

"Yes, I'm eating here tonight. I hear that you've cooked up something really nice. Do we have a future celebrity chef on our hands?" Mark half-seriously teased his daughter before kissing her forehead and giving her a bear hug.
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"Daddy..." Chelsea says, a little embarrassed by her father's praise as she turns back towards the tomato sauce she had been working on. "Mom and I were talking about maybe doing some cooking classes at the college. Maybe you should come with us sometime. It'll be fun."

Jessica glanced towards him as Chelsea suggested that, unsure of what she should say. Ordinarily, she would have told Chelsea some other time, but things were a little different now. She still needed to be guarded and watch what she said around her daughter. She didn't want her heart broken all over again.

"Why don't you and your dad do the classes together? I don't need to be in the middle of things." Jessica suggested as she set about setting the table for dinner. "Besides, I know how much you like spending time with him."
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