The Ringer

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Final Episode!

In the previous episode, readers voted that Scarlett does decide to meet up with Scott.

Episode 20

Scarlett ran her thumb over the buttons on her phone while staring at the smudged blue numbers on her hand and decided to give it a shot.

She dialed the number and hardly two rings went by before Scott’s voice came over the phone, “Scott Montgomery.”

“Hey Scott, this is Scarlett. I just—“

Sorry I missed you. Leave a message at the beep and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

Damn voicemail. She cursed at herself for not realizing it wasn’t him.

“Hi Scott. This is Scarlett,” she started again, “I just wanted to touch base and see if you’d be available for coffee sometime. It’s been a long time since we’ve talked and I’d like to catch up. So, give me a call when you get a chance. Bye.”

Her phone rang seconds after she hung up which made her jump. It was Scott.

“Hello?”

“Hi, Scarlett?”

“Yeah, hey there. I hope I didn’t catch you at a bad time.”

“No you’re fine. I was just talking with my brother so I silenced the ring. What’s up? Is everything ok? I listened to your voicemail and you sounded kind of nervous.”

“Oh, yeah everything is fine!” She said with confidence for the first time in a long time. “I’m just pretty open for the foreseeable future and was hoping to catch up about something other than serial killers and all the other negativity. Would you be available sometime this week?”

“Oh good. Well I’m available now if you’re not busy. There’s this café on Main that has the best coffee, especially the hazelnut.” Scarlett found herself grinning that he remembered how much she loved hazelnut coffee. “So,” he continued, “You up for it?”

She eyed the quickly filling bathtub for a moment before responding, “Ya know what, yes. That sounds great. What’s it called?”

“Know what, let me come to you. We can walk there from your hotel and it’ll be a neat surprise.”

She agreed and about a half hour later, they were strolling down the street laughing about how goofy they were in college and how neither of them utilized their degrees the way they thought they would.

They reached the small building donning a “Carol’s Café” sign and entered to a beautifully decorated area.

The pair walked straight back to a table along the wall. Scott waved at an older gentleman and a beautiful woman, both greeting him with hugs.

Scott turned to Scarlett and said, “Vince, Carol, this is Scarlett. We went to college together.”

“Vince? Like your brother Vince?” Scarlett stuttered a little. She knew he had a brother but never met him and certainly hadn’t expected to today. She regretted not putting makeup on with the goddess standing next to him.

“Yes ma’am that’s me! It’s very nice to meet you. This is my wife, Carol, and this is her café so, welcome!” Scarlett shook Carol’s hand before they got called away by a frantic cashier and Scott led her back to the table. She playfully scolded him for not telling her she’d be meeting his brother. He responded that it was about time anyway.

They talked for a couple of hours before Vince and Carol joined them. After spending more time laughing and getting to know them, Scott had to get to work.

They walked back out the door to a setting sun and realized just how long they’d been talking, though it certainly didn’t feel that way. The time had flown by.

“Scarlett, this was really refreshing. Other than my brother and family I don’t get to socialize much, no less with a beautiful lady,” he said, raising his eyebrows and pulling back his chin.

She laughed before saying, “I agree. It’s been a long and crazy road so far. This is the first time I’ve gotten to relax in a long time.”

“Hey, my family and I are going out to dinner for Vince’s birthday in a couple of days. It would be really great if you could join us. I know they’ll enjoy your company as much as I have today.”

She exaggerated her “thinking face” and said, “Welllll, I guess I could do that. I’m just glad you didn’t surprise me with your family this time!”

He walked her back to the hotel and once she got to her room, Scarlett plopped backwards onto the bed. She felt like she was in high school again and she was crushing on the cute guy in class. Only this time, the cute guy might like her back.

She was surprised with how comfortable she felt at that moment. Now that she had closure with Clark, Clay and Evie were out of her life, the divorce was in progress, and she knew the whole truth about her sister’s death, Scarlett had practically severed all the negative ties to her past.

Six months later, Scarlett and Scott were still dating. Neither was in a hurry to get married, but they enjoyed each other’s company and made it official.

Scarlett’s divorce was final and she moved into her own apartment where she fine-tuned her painting and crafting skills enough to make a living selling her work.

Nothing was set in stone, but Scarlett was okay with that, and so was Scott.

The End

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