That conversation had occurred three years, five months, and eight days ago. And through all of this time, Zack had not once stopped thinking about it since then. All the things he'd had to do, what with the divorce, telling the kids and family and his friends and ultimately getting his life back together. He didn't move or change jobs or sell his car or any of that, he just kept going. He loved all that stuff, but he also loved Kelly and even though part of him knew he needed to move on, the other half just wouldn't let it go, couldn't let it go. And no, he didn't have some big, emotional intervention or start going to church or seeing a counselor, he just sucked it up and remembered the good things about that past life, but with this common bravery of his always, always came the thought that he could somehow find her and shake her and make her come back to him and they would pick up where they left off all those years ago. But he couldn't do that, no matter what, he knew that that was NOT going to happen and that thought was what did him in. He had to call, to make sure that she hadn't been ten digits away from him for three years. So he picked up the phone in his bedroom and with a trembling hand, unfolded the crumpled piece of paper with the last phone number that he had that had at least at one time been hers. He slowly, deliberately pressed in the numbers on the front of the cordless phone and slowly raised it to his ear. He briefly glanced at the clock, 7:09 pm, not too late but late none the less.
"Hello?" rang a deep, gentle voice.
"Hi, uhhh, look I know this is a little weird, but is there a Kelly Mor- uhhh, Kapowski there, it's an, uhhh, old friend."
"Yah, yah no problem. Hold on a sec, let me get her."
At that exact moment, the reality of what he was about to do hit him full force and that thought was one of the scariest to ever pass through his mind.
Oh god, what the hell am I doing? I can't talk to her! Not after all this time, not after all that had happened! I can't just pick up the phone and call her after over three years have gone by! I don't even know what I'm going to say, what if she's still mad at me, what if-
"Hey Kel, been awhile huh?" he stuttered out in a nervous breath.
"Zack." she breathed out his name, sounding to be nowhere as startled as he was expecting.
"I need to say some stuff. Got a sec?"