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Hearts United – Chapter 17

by: Rebecca Taylor

Sienna was nervous as she climbed out of Ben’s car at the community center where his sister Jennifer was throwing the thirtieth anniversary party.

“You okay?” asked Ben.

“Fine,” said Sienna, “just processing.”

“I know you’re scared of what is going to happen,” said Ben, “the future worries me too, but I have decided that what happens will. We have met, and we have lots of time before Todd comes home and makes the decision about whether the two of you should meet or not.”

“It’s not just that,” said Sienna, “meeting someone’s parents is a big milestone. I think of Todd often, but it hasn’t been with the same urgency, since we’ve been seeing each other. I don’t know if it is because I know that my dreams were true, or if it is because I have opened my heart to the possibility of love, and the fact that there are different paths available to me.”

“That pretty head of yours is doing too much thinking,” said Ben. “I just want you to have fun tonight.” He walked around the car to the passenger side where Sienna was standing. He took her in his arms and kissed her.

“That was so good,” said Sienna.

“And I’ve got plenty more where that came from,” said Ben.

“I am so lucky,” said Sienna, “I think we’d better go in now, or I might decide to keep you all to myself for the night.”

“Tempting,” said Ben with a laugh. He took Sienna’s hand and they walked together into the large building. It was already filling up with people. Jennifer caught sight of Ben and waved him over.

“Jenn, this is Sienna,” said Ben.

“Nice to meet you,” said Jennifer, “Ben has told me so much about you.”

“I hope that is a good thing,” said Sienna with a gentle laugh.

“Of course,” said Jennifer. She glanced at her watch. “Mom and Dad should be here in about ten minutes. They don’t know that this is for them. They think they’re coming to a Jack and Jill for the daughter of friends of theirs.”

“They are going to be so surprised,” said Ben.

“You’ve got to see the cake,” said Jennifer, “the decorator did an amazing job.”

Jennifer, Ben and Sienna walked over to the cake chatting as they went. Sienna found that she felt at ease with Ben’s sister and she found herself to looking forward to meeting his parents, despite being nervous about it. What worried her the most was knowing that she would probably have a difficult decision to make in time. She loved Ben so much that it hurt to think about the future, but as she felt such a strange connection to Todd, she knew that she had to at least meet him when he returned from active duty.

The lights went off and this brought Sienna back to the present. She and Ben walked closer to the front door of the community center.

“My parents are here,” said Ben quietly, “I recognize their car.”

“Get ready everyone,” said Jennifer.

As the door opened and Pamela and Peter Timmons walked in, everyone shouted, “Happy anniversary.”

“Oh, wow,” said Pamela clutching her husband’s arm, “I wasn’t expecting this.”

“Neither was I,” said Peter, “but it is a lovely thing that you have done for us, thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” said Jennifer, “we have this place all evening, so you’ll have lots of time to celebrate, but first, you’ve got to meet Ben’s girlfriend.”

“Yes, of course,” said Pamela. She approached Ben.

“This is Sienna,” said Ben, “meet my mother, Pamela and my father Peter.”

“We have heard some lovely things about you,” said Pamela, “it’s nice to finally meet.”

“Thank you,” said Sienna, “I’ve heard nice things about you too. Happy anniversary”

“Thank you, dear,” said Pamela, “Peter and I haven’t always seen eye to eye on things, but we’ve always managed to talk things through and work out the rough patches. If things get touch in your relationship with Ben, don’t forget that.”

“I will keep that advice close at hand,” said Sienna.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know you,” said Pamela, “but I suppose we’d better do the rounds and say hello to everyone first.”

“Of course,” said Sienna, “see you later.”

When the music started, Ben led Sienna out onto the dance floor. In the dim lights, Ben held Sienna in his arms and they waltzed in harmony. It felt so right, that it made Sienna feel slightly guilty, even though she knew that she wasn’t doing anything wrong. She knew that in time everything would sort itself out.

“One day at a time,” whispered Ben.

“Yes, one day at a time,” answered Sienna kissing Ben’s cheek as the song ended.

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Hearts United – Chapter 16

by: Rebecca Taylor

Todd Brody sat in the barracks with his comrades.

“My mother met her,” said Todd.

“She met your mystery lover?” asked Jack Lawrence.

“She is not my mystery lover,” said Todd, “I’m not much of a believer in fate, not with what we see over here.”

“What did your mother think?” asked Carrie Rimico.

“She liked her,” said Todd, “but she’s also dating someone else right now.”

“If you want to get to know her, you’d better contact her soon, before she’s too involved with this other guy,” said Carrie.

“I have no desire to be part of a love triangle, especially not with Caralee to think about,” said Todd.

“What else did ya mother say?” asked Jack.

“That she believed that Sienna was genuine in her knowledge about me,” said Todd, “and that she cares about me. I don’t understand caring about people you’ve never met before.”

“Seriously,” said Carrie, “with the work we do, we care about and protect people we don’t know every day.”

“It isn’t the same thing,” said Todd, “we are fighting for what is right, for justice and a good life for the people here, we don’t have intimate knowledge about their personal lives.”

“Maybe if you’d be willing to open your mind and heart to love with her, you’d enjoy some of the dreams that she has been having,” said Carrie.

“Enough,” said Todd, “there’s nothing more to discuss. When I return home, I will decide what to do next. I might just contact her and tell her that I’m cutting her loose from whatever dreams she’s been having, and that she has no responsibility to me and that she can continue dating whoever it is that she is.”

“How noble,” said Carrie rolling her eyes, “besides in three months, she might not even be dating him anymore.”

“I’ll deal with it, when I’m back on home soil,” said Todd, “after I’ve had time to see my daughter and parents again.”

Hearts United – Chapter 15

by: Rebecca Taylor

“I’d like you to meet my parents,” said Ben the next week when he and Sienna were out at a restaurant for supper.

“I don’t know,” said Sienna, “I don’t know if its fair to them to you. It could be months before I’ve figured out where I belong. Todd’s a real person and I can’t just walk away from the possibility of him and me. I care deeply for you, Ben, but I’d be doing us both a disservice if I didn’t at least meet Todd so that my heart can feel whole when I make a decision.”

“I’ve known about Todd from the beginning,” said Ben, “and now we both know that he is a real man. I know that you have to meet him when he comes home, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t see where things could go in the meantime. Three months is a long time.”

“Three and a quarter months,” said Sienna.

“Are you marking off the days until his deployment ends?” asked Ben.

“I am,” said Sienna, “and a part of me feels such relief when another day goes by and another part of me feels guilt, and then there’s the fear – that something might happen or that I’m not going to be able to choose between the two of you.”

“I suppose we could consider a polygamist relationship,” said Ben grinning, “or you could have a husband and the equivalent of whatever a male mistress is.”

“Hey,” said Sienna, “this isn’t funny. I feel like I’m stuck in the middle of something.”

“Listen,” said Ben, “there’s no need to worry about any of this now. You can’t make any decisions until Todd’s feet are back on home soil again, and even then he’ll probably want to settle back in at home and have time with his daughter and his parents before dating. Why don’t we just let things ride between us – no pressure. Meeting my parents doesn’t mean that you have to accept any marriage proposals. They’ve met other women that I’ve dated in the past. None of those relationships panned out, but I don’t regret allowing my parents to meet them.”

“I don’t want to hurt you and I don’t want to meet Todd, but I’m afraid that someone’s going to get hurt by all of this,” said Sienna.

“You can’t just hole up in your house until he comes home,” said Ben, “that won’t solve anything. I knew that there was the possibility of you finding Todd when I got into this and I have accepted that. Let’s just date until he comes home.”

“Alright,” said Sienna, “but you have to promise me that if you meet another woman who interests you that you will see her. We cannot be exclusive. It wouldn’t be fair to you to ask you to wait when you don’t know what I’ll decide eventually.”

“I promise,” said Ben, “now will you agree to meet my parents. They are celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary in a few weeks. I don’t want to go to the big party my sister is throwing them by myself and I thought it would be nice for you to meet a few members of my family before.”

“So, I see you have ulterior motives to getting me to agree to go,” said Sienna, “you don’t want to be the eligible bachelor of the ball?”

“Something like that,” said Ben, “all you have to do is say yes, and I’ll set up something casual.”

“Yes,” said Sienna laughing, “I will agree to meet them.”

“Thank you,” said Ben, “you’re a lifesaver.”

As long as I don’t end up breaking his heart, thought Sienna as she took a sip of her wine. It would be easy to fall in love with this real live man who is in the same town as me. And in over three months things could heat up considerably.

Hearts United – Chapter 14

by: Rebecca Taylor

It was a quiet café where Linda Brody and Sienna met. Sienna recognized her immediately from the grey sweater that she said she would be wearing and Sienna recognized similar features from the images of Todd which she had seen in her mind. It hit her heart with such strong emotions that she had to remind herself to breathe.

“It is nice to meet you,” said Linda, “Todd wasn’t sure about me coming here but since he has three and a half months to go before he can come home, I wanted to meet you, and to try and understand the situation better. Your dreams or visions or whatever you want to call them are like nothing I’ve ever heard of before.”

“They’re a first for me too,” said Sienna sitting across from Linda, “I’ve thought so many things since I started thinking about Todd.”

“It is all of the details that you know,” said Linda, “they are surprising.”

“I agree,” said Sienna, “it is all very confusing. And because I now know that the details I have known are true, it makes it even more surprising.”

“I believe in fate and God’s guiding hands,” said Linda, “and when it comes to you and Todd, I do not know what else it can be. I would like to get to know you better, and if it goes well, for you to meet Todd when he returns home. His daughter needs a mother again and Todd needs a woman in his life to love him and support him. If it turns out to be you, it won’t be an easy journey, and often it is a frightening and lonely one, not knowing…but if its true love, it’s worth it.”

“Ever since starting my search for Todd, there has been so much going on in my life. I even accepted a date from another man because I wasn’t even sure if Todd was real, or maybe if he was just a vision trying to push me towards finding love,” said Sienna.

“He’s definitely real,” said Linda with a smile, “would you like to see a picture of him?”

“I’d like that,” said Sienna.

Linda reached for her purse and took out a small photo album and handed it to Sienna. The first photo was of Todd in his military dress uniform. He was so handsome in the photo and Sienna could see the pride shining in his eyes behind his serious expression.

“He’s more handsome than in my visions,” said Sienna.

“He’s a fine-looking man, my son,” said Linda, “it’s hard having him in such a dangerous situation so far away. Loving a soldier isn’t easy on the heart.”

“I’ve been learning that since my visions started,” said Sienna, “and how I feel can be nothing in comparison to how you feel. I haven’t even met Todd yet and have such a strong connection.” She looked at Todd’s photo for a few more minutes and then turned to the next page, and found a photo of Todd in less-formal wear with a little girl at a petting zoo. “That must be Caralee,” said Sienna, “she’s so beautiful and Todd looks like he’s a great father. From these two photos, it appears that he takes pride in everything he does.”

“He does, and if you and he are meant to be, then he will give one hundred percent to your relationship too,” said Linda. “While Todd is overseas, he is only concerned with doing his job and getting home, but once he is back on home soil, I am going to recommend that he meet you, unless things change for you before that happens. You said you are seeing someone at the moment?”

“I am,” said Sienna, “I don’t know yet where our relationship will go, especially knowing that I have feelings for Todd. I promise you that my intention is not to lead on your son or to cause him any harm. I didn’t set out to have feelings for two men, one I haven’t even met.”

“Who is in a professional where he is gone so often from home,” said Linda, “you will have a lot to think about. When you make your decision, you have to do what is right for you. If it is not, Todd, then so be it, he is an honourable man and will understand. Perhaps, this happening is a way to open his heart back up to love, even if it is not with you.”

“Perhaps,” said Sienna.

Sienna left the café with mixed feelings. Seeing actual photographs of Todd only cemented the fact that he was a real person. For Sienna he had been real for a long time. However, Ben Timmons was also a real man, and there lied her major dilemma and it probably wouldn’t be solved for some time, not with Todd away overseas.

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.

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