1.26 – Change of heart

Chapter tune: Def Leppard – When love & hate collide

Warning: A bit of foul language

A couple of days had passed since Rose had given Jared the cold shoulder over the phone. He was seriously considering giving her another call, when Claire called him instead and invited him over to spend some time with Emily. This was not something to pass upon, so the next minute he was at Claire’s place.

“Thanks for inviting me” he told Claire. “Man, I really missed her… Do you think we can come up with a schedule? You know, so that I can see her a little more often.”

“Maybe… Would you like to discuss that over coffee or dinner? For old times’ sake…?” she asked suggestively.

Jared was taken aback. This was not typical Claire behavior.

“Whoa…are you asking me on a date? You know I’m with Rose, right? And I’m not cheating, no way!”

“Yes, I know, and now you’ll be having a new family with her and forget all about us!” she whined. Again, this was very unusual. Jared had never seen her behave like this, not even when they were close to breaking up. Claire was always a very independent woman.

“What? Where is this coming from? And what are you talking about, a new family? Rose and I are not there yet!”

“You mean you don’t know? Well, you’d better get there whether you want to or not, because… shit, forget it”

“Because what? What is it Claire?” Jared started losing his patience.

“You dumbass, your girlfriend is pregnant! Congratulations, you’ve done it again!”

Jared felt his head go numb and dizzy at the same time, his hands started sweating and his legs trembled, all in less then a second. He kept his balance at the last minute, only because Emily was in his arms.

“…What? When? How… how do you know that?”

“I knew when I saw her puking her guts out in the hospital. She had no idea then.”

Jared’s initial shock gave its place to another feeling, much warmer and certainly more welcome. He couldn’t exactly put his finger on it. Could it just be pure happiness for once? The only thing he could think about at that moment, was him holding Rose tight into his arms to protect her and their unborn child from the rest of the world. He’d never had such emotions for Claire, not even when he saw her and Emily together for the first time.

“A baby… Rose is going to have my baby” he muttered, staring into space.

“See, that’s what I meant” Claire said “you have already fallen in love with the new kid and now Emily will probably hear from you again in years. We don’t need you walking in and out of our lives whenever it suits you!”

Hearing Claire’s voice woke him up from his bliss. He became furious as he remembered that minutes ago, she tried to flirt with him, who knew why.

“So Rose is pregnant, and you knew, and you were fucking hitting on me? For fuck’s sake Claire, are you insane?”

“Hey, there’s no need to speak to me like that! Emily will start talking soon, I don’t want her listening to those words!”

“Whatever. You know what, you’re not making any sense today. I’m outta here. But you’d better not keep Emily from me again because of what just happened. And you bet I’ll want to see her again soon!”

“Wait!” Claire said “I’m sorry, you’re right! I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Please don’t leave like this!”

But before she’d managed to finish her last sentence, he had given her Emily back and was already out of the door.

Jared quickly arrived at Rose’s house. There was no way he’d wait for her to call him, not now. Philip answered the door.

“Hi, Mr Lafontaine… is Rose here? I’d like to speak to her if that’s ok…”

“She’s upstairs. She’s not feeling very well, but I’m sure it will do her good to see you” Philip smiled.

As Jared made his way to  the stairs, Philip spoke again. “I meant to tell you, thank you for what you did for me back in Twinbrook. You’re a good kid.”

When he went upstairs, he heard Rose in the bathroom. And man, she did not sound well at all.

“Babe… it’s me. Are you ok? Look, I was at Claire’s and… I know. She told me.”

A couple of seconds later, Rose dragged herself out. She looked really tired. Jared had never seen her like this, not even when they were working neverending shifts at the bistro.

“I didn’t know how to tell you this… I was afraid of how you’d react” she said.

“Are you kidding me? I’m psyched! We’re going to have a baby!” Jared said and reached out to hold her, but she pulled away.

“What’s the matter babe?” he asked.

“You’re psyched right now, but what about later? When I get fat and insufferable? Will you leave me like you did with Claire?”

“What? No, baby… First of all, I had no idea Claire was pregnant when we broke up. And I told you I’ll never leave you, you know that!”

“You did, but I don’t know if it’s true… I always wanted a family, but you’re so unpredictable, always on the go… And who knows if another kid you don’t know about shows up, and you decide you want to spend time with them instead?”

“Baby… how could you believe something like that? You know I’d never do this. I love you more than anything in this world…”

“Because you always leave as soon as things get real and not some kind of adventure!” she spat.

Jared paused for a little. Rose had a point, but hadn’t he proven to her that he was serious this time? Would he have to explain himself forever for all the mistakes made in the past? No, nobody could live like this.

“Things never got more real for me than right now Rose… And I desperately wanted to see you, to show you I’m all in for this. But you know what, maybe you’re the one who can’t deal with this shit. I’d remind you that I almost died for you, but I’m not gonna be that guy”

He furiously walked out. What was wrong with the women in his life today? He could laugh about Claire eventually (maybe with her too), but with Rose… she did manage to hurt his feelings pretty bad.

Rose watched him from the window as he hopped on his motorcycle and left. Did she seriously wanted the love of her life to leave her alone for good? She realized she’d taken things too far.

Jared didn’t feel like going back home, so he decided to kill some time at the bar. As he was contemplating on ordering another drink, he heard a woman’s voice.

“Jared Frio… long time no see”

It was Zelda, Xander’s on-again off-again girlfriend.

“Hey doll, nice to see you. How are things? Is Xander here with you too?”

“No… we kinda like, broke up… again.”

“Oh. Well that sucks I guess.”

“I know right? I mean, I know that we’ll be back together like, soon, but I feel so hurt right now, ok? He’s such a jerk, I just want to hurt him back!”

“Well, on the bright side, you ran into me” Jared joked “Remember, your old drinking buddy?”

“Yeah… let’s call it that” Zelda laughed “We’ve had quite the fun back then… Wait, are you like, having a bad day too?”

“Let’s say it’s not the best” he admitted.

“Maybe I can help you forget it… booze included or not” she purred.

Jared took his sweet time looking at Zelda, his hot old “drinking buddy”. She seemed like a ray of sunshine on a crappy day.

“You know, maybe you can help me doll” he eventually grinned “What do you say we go to your place?”

33 thoughts on “1.26 – Change of heart

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  1. If Rose wasn’t pregnant I would smack some sense into her!! How much does Jared have to do to prove himself to her?!?!
    After all he has done for her, she still questions him. I know that this doesn’t look god now, but I have learned that things are never as they appear!!

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    1. Hmmm, yep, things may not be how they appear to be! šŸ™‚
      Perhaps because Rose is pregnant and over-emotional by nature, she kind of overreacted. But Jared should not be in the position of always explaining himself, he’s done too much for her already!
      Let’s hope that everything will work out for them eventually! ā¤

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  2. *facepalm* Jared! You’re not gonna… are you??! You can’t possibly! I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Character growth and all that.

    That silly stupid smile on his face when he finds out that Rose is pregnant is so funny. Can’t help but wonder what’s going on in that brain of his. Like he’s mentally giving himself a tap on the shoulder. Happy fella, this one…

    Which is why it’s hard to believe that he’s just gonna sleep with someone else after all that. Tsk tsk. No no. Can’t do that.

    Oh and seeing Rose with the different hairdo makes me wonder if she’s going through a difficult pregnancy… šŸ˜¦ She does look zonked. I wonder how Jared is going to handle hormonal pregnant Rose.

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    1. Rose is having a difficult pregnancy indeed, and while she’s normally a pretty easygoing person, right now the hormones have taken over! (you could call her Miss Hyde lol šŸ˜‰)
      Jared metally giving himself a tap on the shoulder… that had me laugh!! And you know, I think it’s pretty accurate! šŸ˜ A very happy fella for sure ā¤
      As for what is going to happen with Zelda, I'm afraid I can't say much… but you'll find out in the next chapter which hopefully won't take one week to be out! šŸ˜‰

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  3. I kind of agree with Rose. Jared has given her up so many times and she doesn’t have the right to hurt him when he hurt her so deeply? I know this may not sound right. But Jared is really selfish, he has no idea how hurtful it was for Rose when he left her, each time she trusted him again, but it seems like the last straw that broke the camel’s back. For goodness sake, how many times can you forgive? If I were Rosie, I definitely would have given up Jared long ago. Love does wonders, I guess. But she was right, it seems – stuff happens and he again does things wrong? How can he be a good boyfriend/husband material when he goes unfaithful each time things get heated with Rose?

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    1. Yes, love redeems in a way.
      But she forgave him so many times when he did not deserve it, so this behavior did not come from nowhere. It was just a little late, maybe.
      But as for him being unfaithful, you may be surprised! šŸ˜‰

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  4. Jared, what are you doing?!?! The bar is the worst you could go! Shame on Jared for going to the bar and talking to promiscuous women. Shame on you Rose for pushing your man away; he’s been trying his hardest! Anyway, great chapter. You always kill me with the suspense.

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  5. Ohhhh, so Rose was worried about him leaving her! I thought they were over that phase… but with the way Jared is acting right now, no wonder she’s having doubts! What the hell are you doing, idiot!? Wake up! How is this going to prove to Rose that she can trust him if he goes off with Zelda?! I really hope that he’s going to ask for some sensible help rather than sleeping with her, or else I will 100% give up on him. Jared seemed so happy to hear about Rose being pregnant that I’m not ready to believe that he’s so easily going back to his old ways.
    I’m filled with suspense! I can’t wait to see what happens next šŸ™‚

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    1. It’s true they were over that phase, but this is over-emotional Rose we’re talking about šŸ˜‚ Maybe she won’t be that way for long!
      And hmmm, Jared was very happy, it does not make sense that he would act this way right now…
      Maybe there is still hope for him though, let’s just hope he has some sense left! šŸ˜‰

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  6. Sorry for the late comment! I’ve been a bit busy recently…
    I’m a little annoyed that Rose won’t accept Jared, after all he’s done for her, but I guess she’s worried that one day he’ll leave her and her child just like he did with Claire…
    Ooh I wonder why he’s going over to her place? I’m 90% sure that he won’t cheat on Rose, because he really does seem to love her, but there is still a possibility… nope that won’t happen, I’ve grown to like Jared, so I’m sure he won’t do anything stupid!

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    1. Yes, Jared hasn’t given the best impression with how he’s handled previous relationships, so Rose has doubts, especially now that she found out about having a baby!
      Who knows with Jared… Let’s hope that he won’t f@$& things up again lol! šŸ˜

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  7. NO! NOT THE BAR!! NOOOOOOO!!! haha, first off, I KNEW Rose was keeping her distance because she found out she was pregnant! And given Jared’s past it makes sense she didn’t want to tell him right away out of fear of how he’d react. I believe he’s made one too many mistakes till now to believe he’s about to make another one. So I’m going to give him benefit of the doubt and assume he’s going to ask Zelda her female perspective on how to cheer up Rose or something XD Secondly, that was low of Claire but I’m glad she at least did something useful and told Jared the truth so he could finally talk to Rose, even though their chat didn’t go all too well. Don’t betray me… I mean Rose… Jared, lol, I believe in you!

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    1. Yep, he aaaalways has to go to that darn bar! You were right about Rose too! šŸ˜€ And about Jared, he hasn’t given the best signs in the past…
      Claire was pretty much confused and a little jealous that day, but as you said, at least she did something useful! ā˜ŗ Let’s see if you’re right to believe in Jared! šŸ˜‰

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