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More Than Words Can Say, Chapter 34

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, Chapter 31, Chapter 32, Chapter 33

Anita stood in the hall debating with herself one last time. "It's not too late, Anita. You can change your mind right now and no one will know any different." She almost turned. "No, This is what I want," she answered herself. She steadied herself, stood tall in her resolution. She knocked on the door.

"Just a minute," came the answer. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Just as she opened her eyes, the door flew open. "Anita!"

"Karl. Could we talk?" She was nervous. After the way she'd acted the last time, she was afraid he wouldn't want to hear her out.

"Of course, yeah. Come on in." He turned to let her in. When he turned from closing the door, she was still standing with her back to him.

"After the way I acted the other day, I wasn't sure you'd want to talk to me again. I'm sorry I was so..."

Karl stepped up to her and put his hand on her arm. "Ani."

"This is so hard. I don't want to let you go. I just..."

His heart fell. She was here to say her last goodbye. "Ani, please." It came out more a soft whisper than out loud.

Anita turned to look at him. Her resolve fell. She wanted to be pulled together, she wanted to stay strong. But one look in his eyes was all it took. "I just can't let you go without telling you that I love you." The tears were streaming down her face. She sniffed. "When I left here the other night, I called Olivia and we had a talk. She made me think, really think about everything. She made me see that I love you and I couldn't just let you go home and move on with my life. I can't move on from you."

Karl had trails of tears down his face to match Anita's. He pulled her in for a hug and kissed her tears away. "Ani, I'm so glad you came back. I was sure I'd seen the last of you. Then, when you showed up at the door tonight, I was sure you were here to say your last goodbye to me. I thought I'd blown it for sure." He hugged her tightly to himself.

They stood there, wrapped in each other's arms for quite a while. Tears were shed, soft, comforting kisses to each other's faces exchanged, but mostly, they stood in their comforting embrace just to have each other close.

They finally pulled apart. "So, what now?" There were so many layers to Karl's question. What now for them? What now for their feelings? What now for tonight? Anita shrugged. She really wasn't sure. Karl picked a solution for the easiest of the questions: What now for tonight? "Do you have to be anywhere in the morning?"

Anita looked at him, puzzled. "No."

"Why don't you stay here tonight? I don't have to leave until tomorrow afternoon, so I don't have to get up early or anything." She nodded at him. A soft smile graced his face as he took her hand and led her to the bed.

They undressed and slid under the covers. Karl pulled Anita close, resting her head on his shoulder. They spent the night like this, just wrapped in each others arms.