Karen pulled away and looked at Sidney who was leaning in to kiss her. Their lips were almost touching when a cell phone went of. Karen knew it was hers and looked at it.
"It's my mom" she told him answering it "hi mom."
"Hi dear. What's the matter? I got a message to call you when I got back."
"Yeah, um, can you hold on for a minute?"
Karen moved the phone from her ear "could you try Brit again. She might answer for you" she asked Sidney who kissed her cheek and nodded pulling out his phone. Karen made a motion that she was headed outside to talk. "Ok, I'm back."
"Karen what is going on" he mom asked nervously.
"Mom, something happened tonight" she said trying to hold in the tears but it didn't work "dad had a heart attack during dinner and we're at the hospital right now."
"Oh my god."
"Mom, he's ok. The doctor said he has some damage to one of the valves and they are repairing it now."
"I knew I shouldn't have left him alone."
"What are you talking about?"
"Your dad hasn't been feeling well and sleeping a lot more. I should've taken him to the doctor before I left but he said he was fine. I guess he really wasn't."
"You know more than any of us how stubborn he is."
"Yeah I do and that's why I married him." Karen could hear her mom start to silently cry and it killed her. "I am going to try and get on the first flight out tomorrow morning so I will be back sometime."
"Ok. We're at Allegheny General and he'll probably still be in ICU."
"I'll just look for you baby girl."
"Alright mom. I will see you sometime tomorrow. I'm going back in to wait for the doctor to see me when he's done."
"Call me when you find out, I'll be up."
"I will. Love you."
"Love you too." Karen closed her phone after they hung up and let the tears fall. She felt arms around her waist from behind and smiled as it felt good "hey, did you get ahold of Britnie?"
"Yeah, her and Jordan are on the way." Sidney looked to his left and saw the courtyard. He let go of her and took her hand in his, taking her with him. They walked through the garden of flowers and stopped at the gazebo.
"Why did you call me tonight?" she said looking out at the city.
"I heard you and Jordan talking today."
"You were still there?"
"Yeah, I saw him hanging around and knew that you would be leaving for lunch. I followed him to the hallway and stayed hidden as you two talked."
"Glutton for punishment to see us again?" she said turning to him.
"I wanted to see what you would do and to say you surprised me is an understatement. I thought you would give in to him and I didn't want to realize it was over between us but when you told him it was really over, I knew you meant it."
"Was does that mean for us?"
Sidney put his arms around her again "it means we start over, you and me. Forget about all this and move on like we're suppose to." Karen moved away from him "what is it?"
"Can you really forgive me Sid? I can't go back knowing one fight we have and you're throwing this back into my face."
Sidney moved closer and caressed her cheek "yes I can and will and have forgiven you. After we talked, I put myself in both you and Jordan's place. I understand why he couldn't let go of you because I can't let go of you. I love you and want you to come back home."
"You sure this is what you want?"
"It is what I want and you are what I want." Sidney leaned in for the second time and this time their lips met. The kiss began slow then turned into a passion filled one.
"Thank you" she said breaking the kiss.
"For being here with me, for my dad."
"Well, he is my dad too so it's not like I didn't have a choice."
"Yeah you did. You could've stayed mad at me and filed for divorce."
"That was never an option baby, ok?"
"Ok. We better go back in and see what's happening." Sidney took her hand as they walked back into the hospital. Karen asked the nurse if there was any news and she told her not yet. She went back over to sit beside Sidney, who put his arm around her until they heard something.
As they sat there, Karen got anxious and couldn't sit still. She told Sidney that she wanted to take a walk to the hospital's chapel. He nodded and said he'd come get her when there was any information. She smiled and then left. When she reached the chapel, Karen lit a candle before going to sit down and silently saying a prayer for her dad.
Meanwhile as Sidney was sitting in the waiting room, Jordan and Britnie walked in.
"What is going on? Any news?" Britnie asked.
"We haven't heard anything yet."
"We? Where's Karen?" she wondered.
"She went to the chapel about 20 minutes ago."
"I'm going to go find her" she said kissing Jordan "you two play nice."
"Should we issue the same sentiment for you and Karen?" Sidney asked with a smiling Jordan beside him.
"We'll be fine" she said walking away.
"Are we going to be fine Sid?" Jordan asked his friend.
"We will if you can stay away from my wife."
"Sid, we're friends. I can't do that."
"Keep it that way and everything will be fine" he said as they sat down and talked some more.
Britnie got to the chapel and saw Karen just sitting there. She went over to light a candle and then sat down beside her.
"Dad will pull through, he's strong."
"I know but that's not what I asked. Are you ok?"
"I'll be fine, don't worry about me."
"Why are you mad at me?"
"I know what I did was terrible and probably unforgiving, but at least you could have answered the phone, let me start talking, then decide if you wanted to hear what I had to say before hanging up."
"I didn't know it was going to be about daddy Karen."
"You would've if you answered."
"I know and I'm sorry. Did you get ahold of mom?"
"Yeah, she'll be home sometime tomorrow."
"Look, I'm not mad at you anymore."
"Good to know" she said getting up to leave.
"What Brit? You ignore my call that was an urgent one about dad and you want me to sit and listen to you tell me your not mad anymore. If you weren't mad at me, you should have answered the damn phone."
"I know but there's a reason I didn't answer."
"And that would be?"
"Jordan and I were in bed" she said as she started to blush.
"Let's say I finally forgave him too."
"Don't need the details Brit. I'm glad you forgave him."
"I see Sid's here. What's going on there?"
Karen sat back down "he forgave me and wants me to come back home."
"That's good, isn't it."
"Yeah it is" she smiled "I'm surprised he did forgive me. I thought everyday 'is this the day I'll be served with divorce papers'. I can't believe I couldn't stop it."
"From dating Jordan I can believe wanting more."
"It wasn't that Brit. It could've been anyone if it wasn't Jordan." Karen saw the look on her face "Sidney wanted to start a family and I wasn't ready. I kept thinking he would leave me for someone younger and if we had a baby, it would just complicate things. I figured letting it be just us for another year or so, if he wanted to go I would be the only one hurt. But I hurt him first. I am sorry that you were on that end too Brit."
"I know and it started between you and Jordan way before we met and began dating so I can't hold a grudge. I just wish it was a different player than Jordan."
"Well you know, when we were little you took everything that was mine so I figure I had to take something of yours" she said smiling at her sister that got them both laughing.
"I was a little terror to you huh?"
"That is an understatement."
"Well it's not like you didn't do things to me too. Remember all my Barbie's?"
"I was playing beauty shop and had no clients until I walked into your room and saw them all just sitting there."
"You cut all their hair off. I had to get you back."
"And you did you little brat, pouring bleach all over my new sweater."
"My Barbie's hair couldn't grow back, you couldn't wear your sweater again."
"I think we were even after that."
"Yeah we were. Are we going to be ok?"
"It's up to you but you know, you did the same thing a few years ago." Britnie looked at her confused "you were best friends with Michael and one drunken Christmas party at work, you guys got together. Then you started dating Alex and Michael kept going after you. You ended up cheating on Alex, he forgave you but then you ended it months later."
"I guess I blocked that out. I should have remembered that."
"I should have reminded you" she said looking at her watch "we better get back and hope there's news about dad."
"Yeah." They left the chapel and headed back to the waiting room.