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More Than Words Can Say, Chapter 29

Previous Chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 21, Chapter 22, Chapter 23, Chapter 24, Chapter 25, Chapter 26, Chapter 27, Chapter 28

Anita put the coffee on and started looking through her cupboards for something small, in case Karl wanted a bite with his coffee. She found some danishes and tossed a few on the table. She put the sugar and creamer on the table as well. As soon as she heard the shower start, she pulled up a chair and rested her head on her arms. How had she let that happen? Normally, she would have talked to someone she hadn't seen in three years to see what they'd been up to before jumping into bed with them. Okay, nothing like that had ever happened before. And Karl wasn't the average guy she'd been with. She never would have slept with anyone else after only knowing him a few days. There was just something about him. She couldn't help herself when she was around him. At least she knew that he would be gone after this morning and her life could return to normal. Hopefully, by the next time he rolled through town she'd be over him and could control herself. Or he and Natalie could work through their problems and he'd be able to keep any contact they may have on a purely friendly basis.

As the hot water ran down Karl's back, he mentally beat himself up for what had happened. This was definitely not going to help his situation with Nat. Not that he planned on telling her. But now he was going to be thinking about Anita again. It was hard enough the last time. And then he wasn't living with Nat and they didn't have a kid. How did he let this happen? He didn't normally go sleeping around. There was just something about Ani that made him forget about everything else. He had to get a handle on this before the next time he came to LA. Right now, that was going to be a year, but in this business, you never know when you'll get an offer. He may be back in a couple months. At least he wasn't going straight home from here. He'd never be able to face Nat if he were. Boy, had he made himself quite a mess.

Anita's thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the shower turning off. She got up and poured each of them a cup of coffee and took them out to the table. By the time Karl came out, she was already nibbling on a danish and sipping at her coffee. She was lost in her thoughts again and didn't even realize he had come out until he sat at the table across from her. She looked up when she heard his spoon stirring in some sugar. "I found some danishes, in case you wanted something to eat. You did burn off a few calories earlier." She turned a little red as she added the last comment.

Karl smiled slightly as he reached for a danish. Why was she suddenly so shy? She hadn't looked directly at him since she left the bedroom. Alright, he knew why she wasn't looking at him, but why the blush? They were long past the blushing stage. He kept glancing up at her as he ate. He wanted to talk to her, to say anything, but she looked lost in her thoughts and he didn't want to disturb her.

Why wasn't he talking? She hated the uncomfortable silence. He kept looking at her like he wanted to say something, but never did. Why couldn't she just open her mouth and say something? Anything. She was half tempted to talk about the weather. She just wanted the silence gone.

Finally, Karl got up the courage to talk. He cleared his throat before he began. "I know that me and Nat having problems is no excuse for me letting this happen. I should have told you when I first got here that we were back together and had a son. I just..." He let out a sigh before he continued. "It's just that whenever I'm around you, I totally forget about everything else that's going on in my life." He didn't get a response. "Ani, will you please look at me?" She looked up at him. "I really didn't mean for this to happen. Especially like this. And I didn't mean to make you feel bad about it. You have to believe me."

"It isn't all on you. I should have tried talking to you. If I had asked, I would have known." He was about to protest, but she cut him off. "But it's done now and there's nothing to be done about it. I'm not going to lie and say I didn't enjoy it, because I certainly did." She turned red again. "Our emotions got the better of us. Maybe we can learn to control ourselves if we happen to see each other again." Just then there was a honk outside. "I took the liberty of calling you a cab. That'll be it." He just nodded.

Anita followed him to the door. He turned just before he stepped out. "It really was good seeing you again. Perhaps we can get a drink the next time I'm in town."

"Maybe," she smiled. They hugged.

He brushed a hair out of her face before saying, "Goodbye."

"Bye." He smiled one last time and jogged out to the cab. She waited until it was out of sight before closing the door and locking it.