Lost Love by BillieK26

Ė Ch 11

John loves you so much, but heíll forget you. I know he will. You will lose everything that you hold dear. Dani adores you, but sheís young; she will get over you.

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A few days later, John was going into the diner and ran into Natalie.

"Hey, John."

"Hey, Natalie. How are you?"

"Iím good. How are you?"

"Iím good, just trying to get some lunch before I meet Evangeline."

"How is she?"

"Sheís fine. She told me you were taking over the community center event from her. She was glad that you were able to do it."

"Itís going to be a great event. She did a lot of the work before I took over."

"I know how much she wanted it to be a success."

"It will be. How is Dani? Is she enjoying that stuffed puppy?"

John frowned. He didnít think anyone knew about the puppy. He said, "Dani is fine. How did you know she had a stuffed puppy?"

"Oh, Evangeline must have mentioned it or I saw it the other day."

"Really? Well, she really likes the puppy."

"Well, I guess I better let you go so you wonít be late meeting Evangeline. Iíll see you later."

"Yeah, Iíll see you," he said watching her as she walked around the corner. That was weird. How did she know about that puppy? That didnít seem like anything Evangeline would have mentioned when she was with Natalie. Maybe she did see the puppy, but Dani was staying at his Momís. Did she leave the puppy at home or take it with her? Heíd have to ask Evangeline when he saw her.

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I have to be more careful. I almost gave myself away. John can never know Iím behind it. Iíve got to get to her before he can. Iíve got to make my move today.

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"Hello"

"Hi, Evangeline, do you know who this is?"

"Sure, I do. What can I do for you?"

"I need to meet you and talk about some of those plans for the event."

"Really, Iím about to meet John."

"I only need a few minutes of your time. Could you spare me just a few?"

She looked at her watch, "I guess I can meet you first. Where is the best place to meet?"

"Iím just coming back into Llanview from Philadelphia now. Could you meet me at the pier? I know itís not the best place to meet, but itíll be a central location."

"Sure, how soon will you be there?

"About 10 minutes."

"Iíll see you there, Natalie," Evangeline said and put the phone back in its cradle.

Evangeline left the house. She checked with the officer outside the house, when she couldnít reach John. She left him a message, but she didnít know if her phone would work at the pier. The officer had wanted to go with her, but she declined. She would be fine. She was meeting Natalie at the pier and then she was meeting John. She just wanted someone to know, so that John wouldnít worry.

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When John got back to the station, Evangeline wasnít there. He would have checked his cell phone, but somehow in all the commotion of a new case that had come in a couple of days ago, heíd forgotten to charge it. It was charging right now. When he called the house, he didnít get an answer. Maybe Evangeline was on her way to him.

Fifteen minutes later, when she still hadnít made it to the station, John checked with Danny, the officer that was still watching the house, against Evangelineís wishes.

"Danny, this is John McBain. Howís it going?"

"Itís going fine. No oneís been to the house."

"Thatís good. Iím trying to call home. Evangeline isnít answering the phone. Could you walk up to house and check on her?"

"Sir, sheís not home. She left 10 or 15 minutes ago."

"What do you mean, she left? She should be here by now if it was that long ago."

"No, she wasnít coming to meet you. She was meeting Ms. Vega at the pier. Didnít you get her message?"

"No, I didnít. Ms. Vega? Carlotta? For what?"

 

"No, not that Ms. Vega; Natalie Vega. She was meeting her at the pier about the community center event. I tried to get her to let me go with her, but she wouldnít."

"Yeah, sheís hardheaded," he said quietly almost to himself. Why would Natalie want to meet Angie at the pier? I should at least check it out. He then said to Danny, "Danny, thanks for the info. Iíll go to the pier and check it out."

"Okay, do you want me to do anything?"

"Just stay where you are. Iíll check back with you later," John said and went to Antonioís desk, "Antonio, Iím going to the pier. Evangeline is meeting Natalie there and something about it just doesnít feel right."

"I canít believe sheíd want to talk to Evangeline right now."

"What are you talking about?"

"Well, Cristian just served her with divorce papers, yesterday."

"Really, why? I thought they were happy."

"Well, he was happy until she told him, she still loved you."

"What? Where did that come from?"

"John, I donít know. Sheís been acting strange for a few weeks now. I donít know whatís going on with her."

"Oh, my God," John said and ran out of the police station.

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Evangeline got to the pier and didnít see Natalie. She sat on the bench looking at the water remembering her and Johnís first real date. They had come out on the pier after going to Evangelineís first football game. She loved football now and it was nice to remember the times she and John had spent together. She had leaned back with her eyes closed for just a moment when she heard footsteps.

"Hi, Evangeline. Iím glad youíre here."

"Hi, Natalie. I hope I can help you."

"I know that you can."

"Well, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?"

"Your life."

"What do you mean, my life? I thought you wanted to talk to me about the community center event."

"I knew that was the only way to get you to meet me."

"Natalie, whatís going on?"

"I hate you and I want you gone."

"Natalie what are you talking about?"

"Iím talking about the way you hurt John by leaving and then just came back like nothing happened."

"Natalie, how does any of that affect you?"

"I love John. I always have."

"I thought you and Cristian were happy together."

"Weíre getting divorced, because I couldnít get over John. I wouldnít have had to get over him if you hadnít come back. You came back after 4 years and John forgot about everything but you; you and Dani. I canít let you keep him. You never should have been given another chance. John could have learned to love me, if it wasnít for you."

"Natalie, John and I love each other and we have a daughter together."

"I know it. Sheís precious. Iím glad she liked the stuffed puppy I got for her."

"That was you. You threatened my daughter."

"I wouldnít have hurt Dani. Sheís a beautiful little girl. I just wanted you gone. I thought if you got those threatening notes, youíd leave like you did before, but no that this time. You stayed and saw John falling more and more in love with you, when he should have been with me."

"But you threatened my daughter. You threatened an innocent child. How could you do that?" Evangeline asked advancing on Natalie.

Natalie pulled a gun from her pocket, "Donít move, Evangeline. I will kill you. You mean nothing to me. I will comfort John after youíre gone."

"Do you think he wonít figure this out? The police know Iím here with you."

"Youíre lying. You just want me to let you go."

"Natalie, if you kill me, John will never forgive you."

"Natalie, sheís right," John said coming into view behind Evangeline.

"John, you have to believe that Iím doing this for us. She will never hurt you again," Natalie told John.

"Natalie, I love her. If you hurt her, you hurt me."

"No, John. Youíll get over her. You have to. I love you."

He moved closer and pushed Evangeline behind him. He couldnít let Natalie hurt her. As he was driving to the pier, heíd called Antonio on his newly charged cell, and told him what he thought was going on. Antonio was on his way, but he needed to diffuse this situation as quickly as possible to prevent injury.

"Natalie, I know you love me. Give me the gun."

"No, she has to die. Thatís the only way for us to be together. Iím going to have you one way or another. Move from in front of her. I will hurt you to get to her."

"Natalie, give me the gun," John pleaded.

"Natalie, donít hurt John," Evangeline said moving from behind him. She knew he would be furious with her, but she couldnít just stand there and let Natalie hurt him.

"I donít want to hurt him, but I will if I have to. I just want you gone."

"What if I just leave? Will you leave John and Dani alone?"

"If you leave, I can be with John and Dani. They will be my family. Iíll take good care of them."

"Okay, Iíll leave. Just give John the gun."

"You really think Iím stupid. You wonít leave John. Iíve seen the way you look at him."

"What do you mean?"

"You love him as much as I do."

"Thatís why Iíd leave. I love him enough to put him ahead of my feelings," Evangeline said. She knew the pain of losing someone she loved. She had been fortunate enough to get John back. Natalie must have felt so empty; to love John and know that he was in love with someone else. If it wasnít so sad, Evangeline would be furious with Natalie. As it stood, she just felt sorry for her.

"You think I donít love him that much. I do. I just need him."

"I know, Natalie. I know," she said and glanced at John. He was advancing on Natalie. He was just a foot away when she noticed him and the gun fired.

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