Here it is at last! Sorry for the delay. Thanks everyone for your kind reviews. I really hope I continue to please.
Renée awoke early that morning and went into the living room to find Larry curled up on the sofa in just his T-shirt and boxers. She was not as surprised to see him as triumphant to catch him in such a state.
"Goddam! Well there's a sight for sore eyes if I ever did see one. What are you doing here on our couch, Larry Paul? Showing Ally what she's not missing?"
Larry slowly sat up to face Renée, with his hair vertically piled on his head. He smiled at her sarcastically. "Renée! It's been too long. Before you start laying into me some more, I just wanna say that I already know and you're probably right about all of it. Satisfied?"
"I wouldn't waste my breath. I'm going to use the shower and when I get out, I strongly suggest you follow my example. I wouldn't want you to put us off our breakfast."
As Renée left, Larry murmured. "Always a charmer."
There was a knock at the door. Larry sat for a while and listened for any signs of life. When he didn't, he got up.
"I'll get it, shall I?"
Larry opened the door and, to his dismay, found Glen stood in the hall with a huge bouquet of flowers in his hand. Larry stared him up and down suspiciously, which made Glenn feel uncomfortable.
"I came to see Ally," he said.
Larry continued to stare at him, saying nothing.
"So would you let me in?"
"Who are you?" Larry demanded.
"I'm a friend. . ."
Glenn suddenly felt annoyed by this strange, defensive man who was asking him personal questions. "May I ask who you are?"
"I'm another friend of Ally."
"That's great. . . friends is what she needs right now. Could you let me through?"
Larry felt annoyed that Glenn did not take the hint.
"I don't think you quite understood me."
"Too right I don't! Now move your ass out the way!"
The two men stared daggers at each other for a while until they were interrupted by Ally.
"Glenn! Hey! Are those for me?" She took the flowers from Glenn.
"Why are you out of bed?" Larry asked her, as though she was a disobedient child.
She ignored him. "It was sweet of you to drop by."
"No problem," Glenn said. "But I didn't know you had security set up over here now."
"How do you mean?"
Glenn gestured towards Larry. "The interrogator."
Ally .sighed "Oh my. . . This is Larry. Larry – Glenn."
"Is this the Larry I think it is?"
Glenn looked at Larry. "Well, I think he has a real nerve."
"Yes he does. Would you like to come through to the kitchen? I want to get these flowers into some water."
Glenn followed Ally into the kitchen whilst Larry watched them, feeling about an inch tall. Renée returned and told Larry the shower was free. He started to make his way to the bathroom, nervously keeping his eyes on Glenn and Ally, whilst feeling enraged with jealousy. It was not until he collided with a doorframe that he concentrated on what he was doing. Ally saw out of the corner of her eye and couldn't help but grin.
By the time Ally had washed and dressed, he was pleased to see Glenn had gone and Ally was sat at the breakfast bar, nursing a cup of tea. He took a seat opposite her and smiled. He was surprised to see she smiled back.
"I'm very happy you've been able to move on and find someone."
"Oh please. . ."
"No, you're right. I hope he gets run over."
"At least he was there."
"I know. I'm sorry. At least I'm here now, though. Am I too late?"
Not wanting to answer, Ally instead focused her attention to her cup of tea.
"Surely your tea isn't more interesting than I am? I must be losing my touch."
Ally glared at him, unimpressed. Realising he wasn't going to get a response, Larry changed the subject.
"Is it serious between you and him?"
"Not really. There's been complications with his ex. I'm kind of tired with being in that situation."
Larry thought of Jamie. "Right. But is it. . . the same with him?"
Ally almost laughed. "How can it ever be the same? You were It."
Larry looked her deep in the eyes. "You know what my answer to that is."
"I can't trust you! Besides, you did completely destroy me."
"That's the last thing I'd ever want to do. Listen, I'm going to have to leave again."
"I knew that."
"I want you to come with me. It's just for the weekend. I have to go to Florida. I have an aunt who lives there; she's retired. I've never been down to see her before and she wants to see me."
"I'm not sure. Maybe she just misses me. But it's supposed to be incredible there. However, if I went alone, I don't think I'd enjoy it. The way I see it, it would only be incredible to me if you were there with me."
"You show up unannounced and expect me to go on some trip with you. Are you crazy?"
"Maybe. But honestly, I want to show you me. We can go as friends if you want. Perhaps I could prove myself and gain your trust."
"I don't know if you've noticed, but I have just had a miscarriage. I'm in no fit shape to go vacationing to the other side of the country."
"We'll go when you're ready. I'll wait as long as it takes."
Ally narrowed her eyes. "What kind of game is this?"
"It's no game. If it doesn't work out, then fine I'll go. You wont need to deal with me again. But what we had. . . we should find out. One last chance. What do you say?"
Ally looked at him and sighed.