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More Than Words Can Say, Chapter 31

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, Chapter 29, Chapter 30

Anita spotted Karl waiting for her at the bar. He had called her as she was getting out of the shower after work. How he had gotten her number was beyond her. When she'd asked, he'd simply said that he 'had his ways'. She'd reluctantly agreed to meet him. She knew this was a mistake, yet something made her say yes to him. He'd assured her he just wanted to have a drink and talk. She wasn't sure she could trust his motives but she had come anyway.

Karl was twirling his stirrer around in his fingers when Anita came up to the bar. "Hey there, stranger."

Karl turned toward the familiar voice. He took her in slowly. How was it she seemed to look better every time he saw her? "Ani." He stood. "I'm glad you agreed to see me." He kissed her cheek before gesturing to a stool next to him. She sat and they just looked at each other for a long moment, Karl with a small smile on his face, Anita a little nervous. The bartender interrupted them and asked Anita what she wanted to drink. She ordered a glass of red wine and Karl asked for one as well before downing the last of his drink. While they waited, Karl suggested they find a table to sit at to talk. When their drinks came, they took them and went off to an empty table they'd spotted.

Sitting now, they really couldn't think of what to say. Anita played with the stem of her glass as she struggled for something to say. "So, how's Natalie?" She really didn't want to know, but she needed to say something.

Karl looked down at the table. "Actually, Nat and I have been separated for a while now."

"Oh, I'm sorry."

"No, it's fine. It's better this way. We tried, but we just couldn't get along anymore. I still get to see Hunter, so it's all good." Anita nodded silently. "So, what's been going on with you?"

"Not really a lot. Still out in the field, but I get to do more serious, important things now. No more fluff like movie premieres."

Karl smirked. "Yeah, who wants to do fluff like movie stuff..." Anita turned red realizing how her response sounded. Her apology was cut off before she made a sound by Karl's laughter. "I'm kidding. It's fine. It really is fluff, but it's part of the job." He sat looking at Ani for a moment. He had been thinking of all things he wanted to say to her since he'd gotten her number from Olivia, but now that she was sitting in front of him it was just so hard to get them out.

Anita just stared down at the table, her fingers still playing with the stem of her wineglass. This was so awkward. Why? They'd seen each other naked, for God's sake. Talking should not be this hard. She knew this had been a mistake. But something had made her say yes. That same thing that had made her jump into bed with him the last time, the same thing that had drawn her to him in the first place.

The silence was finally broken. "Why.." they said in unison. They laughed.

"What were you going to say?" Karl asked her.

"I was just going to ask why it's so hard for us to think of things to say." Karl smiled to himself. It wasn't that he didn't have anything to say, his problem was that he had too much to say. And somehow, a hotel bar just didn't seem like the place to say them. "What were you going to say?"

"I was going to say, why don't we take this conversation up to my room? The bar is just too...public." Anita gave him an uneasy look. "I promise. Just talking. I swear."

Anita thought about it for a moment. There really wasn't any harm in going to his room as long as they really were just going to talk. "Okay." She saw the smile light his face. "As long as we just talk."

"Promise." She nodded at him.