Empowerment. Engagement. Authenticity.

Rangers Lodge Saga - The aftermath

Kristen was dreaming. Dancing with Adam, then peals of laughter that couldn’t stop. Then Adrian was yelling…something about who had given her flowers? She tried to listen to him but everything was in slow motion and her head throbbed. She opened her eyes but a light somewhere intensified the pain. Groaning, shifting on what definitely was not her bed, she pulled the blanket over her head.

“Easy, sweetheart.” It was Adam’s voice. She felt him sit beside her. “Drink some water.” A cool bottle touched her lips and she drank gratefully. She shouldn’t have drank so much last night.

Last night! Kristen’s brain swerved and wobbled. Not a dream, a memory. She pushed the water away and struggled to sit up but everything was spinning. She felt Adam’s strong arms around her, helping her up. She leaned against him, trying to think straight.

“Did last night really happen?” She winced at her raspy voice.

“Fraid so.”

“But I didn’t drink that much.”

“You were fine as long as you kept dancing. Brendan’s refills snuck up on you after the DJ shut down.” Adam pressed Advil into her palm. “These should help.”

More memories stabbed through. Adrian choosing work over the dance, Adam with a vase of lilies ready to escort her, Adrian storming into the lounge. It played through Kristen’s sleep-fuzzed mind like a VHS tape on jittery fast forward.

“Well,” Kristen swallowed the medication, “all it took was great quantities of rum for me to be honest with Adrian. Was I honest with you, too?”

Adam grinned and eased them back against the cushions. “I’m a bad influence for making you think of yourself for a change.”

“Sounds about right,” Kristen quipped.

Adam hesitated, not sure he wanted to hear the answer to his next question. It had felt so right to have Kristen as his date last night. He didn’t want to consider that things could change. But he wasn’t so naive that he thought last night signaled the end of Kristen and Adrian’s relationship. “How do you feel about me this morning?”

Kristen glanced down at her clothes and then at her neatly folded dress on the coffee table. “You take good care of me,” she teased. “Did you change my clothes?”

“Nope. You managed that on your own with some coaxing.”. His voice softened. “The dance was a lot of fun. I had a great time with you.”

Kristen knew what he was asking and, although she wanted to give him the response he hoped for and deserved, she knew her head needed to be clear. “I had a lot of fun with you, too,” she agreed softly. A memory flickered across her mind. “It meant a lot to have you there when Adrian…”

Adam hugged her to his side. “I meant it when I said we’d change things together.” He bent to kiss her and felt a stab of hurt when she pulled away, shaking her head.

“I need to brush my teeth,” she explained. Chuckling, Adam gathered her into a hug


 (c) Kristy Kassie, 2016

Quick Links

The Kristy Corner Handouts

ESL Instructor Experience

Educational Administrator Experience

Accessible Media Portfolio

Kristy Wins 2009 BC TEAL Writing Contest

A Piece of Kristy's Story

From the Wordynerd

Daily Facebook Posts

Find The Kristy Corner on FacebookFind The Kristy Corner on TwitterThe Kristy Corner on LinkedInFind The Kristy Corner on Pinterest