Chapter 4 - Exploring The Neighbourhood
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Oh wow, about time. I finally fixed my game and now should be able to continue this story. I will try and give you two chapters this week to make up for the lack of chapters!

Jenna was stretched out on the bed with the duvet hanging off it. This was probably the best sleep she had in ages. Mainly because her friends wouldn’t wake her up with the microwave or something else obnoxiously loud. Something else was ready to wake her though. When she was at her most relaxed, the alarm on her phone rang with an agitating noise. She untangled herself from the sheets to try and grab it and turn it off, tugging and pulling, she finally grabbed the phone, swiped the alarm off and gave an enormous sigh of relief.

“Bloody hell” she burst out, pushing herself up into a sitting position. She couldn’t believe that for the first time she wasn’t living in a city. She wasn’t bombarded with tall buildings and honking taxis. As she woke herself up, she could hear raindrops crashing against the window. It was nice and soothing.

Rain again?

Releasing herself from the sheets, she walked to the bathroom to get dressed and put a light dose of makeup on. She was more caring about what she wore on her body than on her face, mainly because was never into makeup as much as her friends were. She quickly put a light layer of makeup on and as she made sure it was set for the day, she got up, popped on her shoes, grabbed an umbrella and went out.

The rain wasn’t as bad as yesterday and she could actually walk without the wind blowing droplets into her face. She gripped her umbrella tightly as she walked to the bus stop, damned if she was going to walk across the bridge in this weather. Life here was very different to London. She was hoping that the buses would be more reliable here...

...And they seemed to be…

As the bus arrived into town, she jumped off and walked down to the nearest grocery shop to get some food. She could see the sea, the beach and the harbour; it was stunning and a much better view than it was in London. In the sun, she could imagine it being absolutely beautiful.

The Cornish town of Portmayven was filled with beautiful shops, a bakery with cakes to die for and surprisingly, lots to do. The hospital was relatively large since it had to cater for the villages close by, perfect for her since she needed a job now she had left her old hospital.

She kept on walking, step by step, taking in every ounce of detail around her. She needed to remember the route to the shop after all. In the distance, by the park she saw a familiar face.

A very familiar face. A face she had only seen that morning…

It was Lucas, and… and…

He was with a girl…

Her heart sunk for a moment and she had to get herself together. This guy was with a woman. Was he… with her? She took a deep breath, and another. She felt herself go a little dizzy but she got hold of herself and continued walking.

He’s with someone.

Oh please don’t let him notice me.

Don’t let him notice me.

Oh God don’t notice m-


Oh God he noticed me.

Jenna sharply turned around, trying to look and act natural like she hadn’t seen them whatsoever. “Luke” she said, awkwardly.

“You alright?” he questioned as she tried to turn away, slowly.

She stopped again, turning back towards him. “Yeah, just popping to the shop”

She tried to turn away but he kept the conversation going.
“You sure? It’s not me is it?”

“No!” she assured in hopes to not give him the wrong idea. That was the last thing she wanted to do.

“Good, me and some mates are having a drink at the pub later. The Buddle Inn? You could come along”

“Oh, wow, erm, I don’t want to intrude on you though”

“Nah, you’d be able to meet some new people and maybe make some friends here. Better to have people you know in a new place, right?”

“That’s true,” she stated, “You sure?”

He nodded, hiding his desperation for an answer, specifically the word “Yes”.

“Go on then, why not?”

He smiled; she smiled too, then gripped the umbrella with her other hand to stop it slipping.

“Right, 7pm?”

“Sure! I’ll see you then”

“Bye, then. See you at seven”

She walked off, worried. Who was that girl with him? Was she his girlfriend? Were they in love? Nothing about him made sense to her anymore. The little area of shops was lovely and luckily, by a bus stop that would take her home. Inside the store, fresh food filled the containers. She picked up item by item to stock up her food cupboard and then walked over to the counter to pay.

The person at the counter made small talk and asked her about the day, wasn’t the weather awful and all the usual crap that they say to you. They ended with a “Have a good day, see you soon” in which Jenna walked out with her goods to catch the bus.

She sat in silence with only the sound of the bus to be heard. She sat infatuated with the view for a moment when…


She knew what it was, it was her phone. It was a notification; several, actually. Not just any, though, the ones she had been expecting for the last few hours. She unlocked her phone, went into the messaging app and looked at the three messages staring at her. It was exactly what she was expecting.

‘What the hell? Where the hell? All the hells. Where on earth have you gone? You think a stupid note’s going to explain everything. Get back here now. Some midlife crisis at 24 isn’t gonna be handled very well.’

‘Girl u get back here now. ASAP. U only had your position at the hospital 6 months, what happened? Him?’

‘I just got home to find text messages about how you had left their flat? Some weird and annoying thing to do in secret. You knew we were at the festival, couldn’t you wait and explain?’

The only person that hadn’t messaged her was her best friend. There was a reason for that though, she had more information than the others and she was probably still reading the letter she had left her.

It was going to be fun explaining this...

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