After having my heart broken by Mortimer Goth, I threw myself into my work even more.
Policing is a predominately male career field, and often times I would have colleagues come onto me. Many of them were handsome, but I was determined to be taken seriously and not have my reputation tarnished by sleeping with a loose lipped colleague.
I closed my first case that summer. A teenage shop lifter who frequented Magnolia Promenade was off the streets. It wasn’t exactly a shocking or crime television worthy arrest, but I was proud.
I finally gathered up the guts to confront Eva about why she had remained silent when she knew I was dating a married man. She tried to say that she just wanted to see me happy. That really didn’t make any sense though because even before I had started dating Mortimer, he was frequenting the club and she knew we were both interested in each other. She could have told me then that he was married.
I think she was trying to sabotage me.
I made a bigger arrest in fall, driven by my resentment towards Eva, and lack of hobbies outside of work. It was a murder case. It was pretty cut and dry, with only one suspect who was seen by multiple witnesses to be leaving the scene with bloodied clothes.
I still saw Bella Goth around town. My anger towards her turned to pity. She was clearly unhappy. I mean, how could she be happy if she was married to a cheater, and she herself was constantly hitting on the younger men at the gym.
Then I started to question why I even felt anything towards Bella – she wasn’t relevant to my life, or well being. Why was I wasting energy thinking about her and Mortimer?
That night I decided to make myself up and head out to a bar. I needed to start having a social life again rather than cooping myself up in my tent or working long hours daily to avoid the sting of loneliness.
I met a girl named Nina at the bar. Her and I went on to become bestfriends. She was fun, and carefree. When I was hanging out with her that rubbed off onto me, and I had a great time.
I was also able to upgrade from my tent to a modest trailer. It wasn’t large, but it was enough for me.
In the spirit of putting myself out there, I went to the Romance Festival. I met a bartender who was around my age that insisted I had to meet his friend Valentino since I was ‘totally his type’.
After his shift, we chatted for a while and set up a date. He said he would willingly be the third wheel so he could ‘admire Valentino’s jawline’. He was a hoot.
We all met up that Saturday for a casual outing to a bar. It was Knight Night, but thankfully neither of them had donned a costume.
Valentino was extremely attractive, but I think I played off my nervousness well by nursing multiple (re: six) glasses of nectar.
Valentino and I clicked, and he invited me out the following Friday for another date. This time, he took me to the waterside for a romantic stroll and ice cream.
I finally made Sergeant. I couldn’t stop smiling when the Chief told me the news. I knew that it meant more long hours, and even more responsibility for a minimal increase in pay, but at least I was moving up the ladder.
Most if not all nights I would leave work stressed from my new position though.
I continued to see Valentino frequently.
Valentino and I spent many nights together as well at my place. Those long nights really helped me de-stress after work and unwind.
That is until I found out that I was pregnant. My period was a week late but I didn’t really think much of it. I attributed it to my strenuous workouts messing with my cycle.
I was a bit devastated to be honest. Here I was, just finding my bearings, creating a home for myself, and now I would have another person to worry about taking care of other than myself. I knew that this would slow down my progress in my career because I would have to take maternity leave, but I was confident it would only make my relationship with Valentino stronger.
When I told Valentino the big news, I was hopeful that he would take it well. Instead he went on and on about how he wasn’t ready to be a parent, and that he didn’t think I was either. He said that with me being so busy with my career, I shouldn’t even be raising a child right now. He then started talking about our ‘options’.
Valentino even bringing up me aborting the baby within two minutes of telling him that I was pregnant really upset me and put me off him.
I gave the legacy coordinator a call to let her know the news.