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Hearts United – Chapter 13

by: Rebecca Taylor

Sienna leafed through her mail. She was still receiving numerous letters and while she opened the all and skimmed them, most of them were simply pleas from men looking for someone – some of them for lasting love and others for a brief encounter. One return address caught her eye. It read L. Brody. She sat down at her kitchen table and ripped open the envelope, careful not to tear the paper inside. She read it quickly and then went back over it. The letter’s author claimed to be Todd’s mother. A part of Sienna worried that the author’s identity might not be truthful, and that the person might just be trying to take advantage of her, however, after careful consideration, Sienna saw that many of the details in the letter regarding Todd were personal things which few people would know, except for someone close to him, or someone like her who had a strange romantic connection to him. She was still having a difficult time wrapping her head around everything that she knew and felt about him. His mother Linda was inviting her to have dinner with her one day. They would meet half way between their homes. It would be a four-hour drive but Sienna hoped that it might answer some questions for her. Suddenly, the possibility of finding Todd frightened her more than she had ever imagined it could. Going public about him had been difficult enough but now that he might be within reach, it was unimaginable, especially as she and Ben were happily dating. Recently, she had begun to think that he might be the man she was destined to be with, but she wondered how that was possible when she had spent over a year believing it was Todd that she was meant to be with. She had no answers and decided that the only way to get them was to go forward with her search for Todd. She felt so close to him, but also to Ben and wondered how a woman could have such strong feelings for two men. She knew that if she found Todd and things between them were like they had been in her dreams before she had met Ben that she would have a tough choice ahead. With emotions twisting at her heart, Sienna picked up the phone and called Todd’s mother. They decided to meet in two days’ time. Then, Sienna headed to her closet. There were options inside but she had a hard time picking what to wear. She didn’t want the wrong impression to come across, a part of her wasn’t even sure which impression she wanted to give. Before Ben, she would have done anything to find Todd, now a part of her wondered if he was better staying in the past. But, she contemplated, things had been so good between them before she had started to date Ben, and she never would have met him if it wasn’t for her dreams of Todd. She wondered if her dreams of Todd might have been the universe’s way of helping her to find Ben, but she knew that only time would tell. She would meet with Linda Brody and see what happened. She knew that she could not pursue a lasting relationship with Ben, if other possibilities floated around in her mind.

Hearts United – Chapter 12

by: Rebecca Taylor

Thousands of miles away, Todd Brody couldn’t get the thought of Sienna Abbott out of his head.

“Three and a half months to go until this deployment is over. I can’t wait to get home and see my daughter and my parents. I know what to expect when I get there from them. I do not know what to expect when it comes to this woman who claims to love me. I’ve thought a few times about what it might be like to fall in love again and give Caralee a mother but I didn’t figure on it coming like this. How could a woman just dream of me and know so much about my life? I don’t even use social media.’

“Perhaps she’s a witch?” said Jack, “or a fortune teller?”

“This isn’t funny,” said Todd as he got up from his bunk where he was sitting and began to pace. “This is my life we’re talking about. I worry about my family back home. If she knows so much about me, then maybe she can find them. My mother heard of her search too and thought that perhaps she should meet her, but I told her to hold off. I do not think it is wise to let them meet.”

“Why,” said Carrie, “are you afraid that if your mother likes her, you’d be pressured to have a relationship with her. Sienna Abbott’s accounts state that you have some wonderful nights together in her dreams.”

“If there is some strange power happening out in the universe, then why don’t I dream of her too?” asked Todd.

“Maybe it’s because you’re a skeptic,” said Carrie.

“Or that yar mind is just ta busy concentrating on staying alive over here,” answered Jack.

“Maybe that,” said Todd, “this is all so strange. I figured I’d meet someone the traditional way, like maybe having a friend introduce me to a woman or something.”

“I don’t see any harm in your mother meeting her in a public place,” said Carrie, “she sounds like a good judge of character. Then, you’d maybe have a better feel for the situation.”

“I’ll think about it,” said Todd, “this is unbelievable.”

“Oh, but it’s real,” said Carrie, “and if she might be the one for you, maybe you’d best act soon because somewhere out there is going to be a man with qualities that she describes you as having, and if you don’t offer them to you, someone else certainly could. Sienna Abbott is an attractive, intelligent woman who has a full-time job.”

“I said I’d think about it,” answered Todd, “let’s just leave it at that for now.”

Hearts United – Chapter 11

by: Rebecca Taylor

Sienna’s heart felt torn. She loved Todd Brody, but having never met him had no idea if it would ever happen. She had been on a real date with Ben Bates and liked him. She had a chance to have a future with him, but was it being unfaithful to Todd? Technically not, she supposed, as they had no actual ties to each other, only the amazing love that she held in her heart from her dreams. Todd already had a daughter and she had no idea where he lived. Ben was in her town and easily accessible. She had a physical shot of being with him. She wondered if it was love that she craved and that was why she had so enjoyed her evening with Ben. The night after her date was dreamless, but she kept waking up. She and Ben were much closer in age than she and Todd. They also had a better chance of having a traditional relationship. She wished that she could find Todd. She hoped that by meeting him, she would know the truth about what they could perhaps be. She felt like she had exhausted all her avenues when it came to searching for him. Sienna hoped that he would contact her. She had too much information about him to believe that he was just a fantasy of hers. If she had just been seeking love, she didn’t think she would have dreamed up a man who was twenty years her senior. Nothing made sense anymore and she had no idea where to turn. She did know though that she had to keep living her life. Somewhere out there, there had to be the answers to her life and she just had to keep searching for them. A chilling thought ran through her – what if Todd wasn’t alive anymore – what if he were an angel sent to help her find love. The thought was too frightening and sad to think about. She said a silent prayer for Todd and for answers. She wished his name wasn’t so popular so that she could find information online. His being in the military didn’t help her search. She wondered how much a private detective cost, perhaps it was what she needed to settle things. If anyone could find Todd, it would be a professional. However, her savings weren’t very large, so she decided to hold out on that avenue for a while. She would see Ben again, and see where that led. She wouldn’t give up on Todd but she also wouldn’t give up on herself. Ben was a nice guy and by getting to know him, she would be able to find out if her feelings for him were real.

Hearts United – Chapter 10

by: Rebecca Taylor

Sienna switched shoes and then climbed out of her car. She had decided to accept a date for the evening. She was really nervous because she had never met Ben Bates before but his letter had sounded interesting and she liked the way his voice had sounded on the phone. He wasn’t Todd Brody she told herself but what if he was a way of making her meet someone else, a way of being forced to meet other people, like he was the driving force behind her need for a proper relationship. Sienna walked into the restaurant, clutching tightly to her shoulder bag. She knew exactly where her mobile telephone was should she need to call for help. There were also plenty of people in the restaurant should she run into a problem. She knew that the chances were higher that Ben Bates was an upstanding guy but from some of the letters she had read, she knew there were some men who just wanted to meet what they described as an ‘oddity.’ There were other men who wanted to be the ones to make her forget that Todd Brody had ever existed to her and some like Ben Bates, who sounded like they were just looking for a simple relationship and thought maybe they’d have a shot with her. Sienna spoke to the waitress who was seating restaurant guests and she walked her over to a table where a young man was already sitting. He got up and pulled out a chair for her.

“Thank you,” said Sienna feeling surprised at the chivalrous action.

“You’re welcome,” he said, “I’m Ben, although you probably already guessed that.”

“Yes,” replied Sienna with a smile, “I’m Sienna. It’s nice to meet you.”

“I feel honoured that you chose to go out with me,” said Ben, “after all of the offers that you have likely received for dates.”

“I have received a lot of mail,” said Sienna, “I haven’t even read all of it yet.”

“So, if I may ask,” said Ben, “what prompted you to choose me?”

“I liked the letter that you wrote me. It was kind and respectful and you sounded interesting, and then when we spoke on the phone, it cemented my decision to take a chance and go out with someone who wasn’t Todd.”

“You really think he’s out there somewhere?” asked Ben.

“I do,” said Sienna, “and it’s a feeling that I haven’t been able to shake. This whole experience with going public with how I’m feeling and that I’m looking for him is something that I wouldn’t normally have considered but the feelings I’ve experienced for him are so strong that I have to know, if there is any way.”

“Love can be a strange emotion can’t it,” said Ben.

“I agree,” said Sienna, “and when I decided to come out tonight, I decided that I was willing to take a chance and see what happens.”

“To see if some of the qualities that you saw in Todd in your dreams, might be in a man closer to home?” replied Ben.

“Something like that,” said Sienna, “so tell me about yourself. I got a glimpse in your letter and on the phone, but I’d like to hear more.”

“Alright,” said Ben, “well, I’m an architect. I’ve worked on numerous projects but my favorites to design are log cabins. I have some pictures on my phone if you’d like to see them.”

“I’d like that,” replied Sienna.

They chatted easily discussing their careers and their hobbies, until it was getting late and time for them to leave.”

“Can I see you again?” asked Ben.

“I’d like that,’ said Sienna.

“I’ll call you,” said Ben as they walked out of the restaurant together.

As Sienna walked back to her car, she wondered who would fill her dreams that night – Ben Bates or Todd Brody.

As Sienna walked back to her car, she wondered who would fill her dreams that night – Ben Bates or Todd Brody.

Hearts United – Chapter 8

by: Rebecca Taylor

“Mail, mail and more mail,” said Sienna leafing through another pile of letters that she brought in. “But nothing from Todd. Self-help groups, dating services, men wanting to go on dates. Some of them sound nice but they’re not Todd Brody. I need to know is he real or isn’t he.”

“Mrrow,” said a voice interrupting her thoughts.

“Yes, Pumpkin, I’ll feed you in a minute.” She put the letters down and headed to the kitchen, opened the cupboard and proceeded to put cat kibble in the dish. Why does this have to be so complicated. Why couldn’t I just meet someone at the coffee shop or my office or something, but no, the person that I think is right for me came to me in my dreams. And what if my dreams were just a way to get me out of my shell as some of these letters are telling me – a lily pad to my future as one person wrote. Ugh, this is all so frustrating. The shrill sound of the telephone interrupted Sienna’s thoughts and she went to answer it.

“Hi, Sienna, it’s your dad.”

“Hi Dad,” answered Sienna laughing internally, her dad always told her it was him when he called. She had caller id and had known him for her twenty-six years, she was well aware of his voice.

“Would you like to come to supper Saturday night?” he asked.

“That depends,” she replied, “is it going to be a nice family dinner or do you want to decide how much counseling I require.”

“Honey, we love you, we just want what is best for you.”

“I love you too, but I’m an adult and I have to make my own decisions. I know being on TV might be a bit out there but it seemed like the best solution at the time. People write to me all the time because of it, I’m still hoping that there will be a letter from him or someone who knows him. I still dream of him, and he matters a lot to me.”

“But, Sienna, you don’t even know if he is real.”

“You’re right, I don’t, but maybe someday soon I will. It’s been several months now that I have been thinking about him and the dreams aren’t going away. I can’t just give up – I won’t.”

“Come to supper anyways, I promise we will talk about other things. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you and I miss you.”

Hearts United – Chapter 7

by: Rebecca Taylor

Jack Lawrence was checking his e-mail on his downtime at base. He had one from his mother and he was surprised when he read it. It mentioned his friend and fellow soldier Todd Brody. Jack signed out and went to find him. He was sitting on his bunk.

            “Hey man,” he said, “there’s some woman looking for ya back on home soil, says she’s had dreams about ya. She knows your name and that you’re a soldier with a little girl.”

            “Who is this woman?” said Todd looking up from the letter he was reading.

            “Her name is Sienna Abbott, the e-mail from my mam doesn’t say much else. She went on a television show to talk about wanting to find ya.”

            “Jack, you making this up?”

            “No, man. I know it sounds weird.”

            “You’re right about that.”

            “So, what are ya going ta do ‘bout it?”

            “Find out who she is, she knows about my daughter and that isn’t something I can take sitting down.”

            “What if she was sent to ya?”

            “By who?”

            “Maybe Theresa picked her out.”

            “Leave Theresa out of this,” said Todd getting up and heading to the small room that held the computer. Jack didn’t follow.

            “She doesn’t have a criminal record, not even a speeding ticket,” said Todd a few minutes later emerging from the room, “and the way she talks it’s like she knows me, says I come to her in dreams.”

            “How do ya know how she talks?” asked Jack.

            “Video clip on the internet.”

            “You goin’ to contact her?”

            “I don’t know, she’s young and pretty but there’s not even just me to think about. I’d like it if Caralee had a mother again but I never thought I’d find a woman like this. I’m going to have to think about this, make some more enquiries, see who she knows, who she might have talked to, where she found out so much about me.”

            “In her dreams,” answered Jack with a serious grin on his face. “Cupid’s gonna get ya Buddy.”

 

Hearts United – chapter 6

by: Rebecca Taylor

A few days later, Sienna went to her mailbox, her cat trailing behind her. She put the flag down and opened the grey box. She started to pull out the magazines and invoices and at the back was a large brown envelope from the television station. It’s thick, I wonder what it is. It doesn’t feel like a tape of the interview. I’ve been hoping for something ever since it was on TV but I was thinking more along the lines of a letter.

“Mrrow,” said her cat rubbing up against her leg.

“Come on, Pumpkin, let’s go see what this is.” Sienna’s hands shook as she sat at the kitchen table and pulled the envelope open. Several envelopes were inside and Sienna took the first one out and opened it. She unfolded the plain white sheet of paper and began to read it.

 

Dear Sienna,

 

I saw you on television and wanted to tell you how brave I thought you were to go out like that and tell people how you are feeling about Todd Brody. I don’t know if he is real or not, but I think he sure is to you. Some people say I’m silly to believe in fate, but I think we all have to believe that somebody’s out there watching over us with a plan even when we don’t know what it is.

 

Don’t give up.

 

Gracie Heimer, Age 17

 

Great, thought Sienna, now, someone’s looking up to what I did and telling me I’m brave and she’s just seventeen. My mother thinks I need help, and I haven’t spoken to my father yet, so who knows what he thinks. My mother says counseling but she tends to blow things out of proportion. To be feeling this way about a man my own age would be hard enough for a lot of people to understand, let alone this. She set the letter aside and pulled out the next one.

 

Dear Ms. Abbott,

 

I enjoyed watching you on Ellen Young’s show this week. Your passion when you spoke of Todd Brody was engaging, however, as a professional matchmaker, I must tell you that there are other ways to find someone you love, someone real. Give me a call and I could set you up with someone who has qualities just like the ones you care so much about in your Todd Brody.

 

Sincerely,

 

Louisa McGrath

Matchmaker

Connected Hearts Matchmaking Services

 

Do I just want someone? wondered Sienna petting Pumpkin who was sitting on the table watching her intently. But’s he’s real to me, cried a voice inside her head. A woman doesn’t need a man to be happy, but this one makes me so happy, that I don’t know why I wouldn’t try to find him.

 

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