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Harry was dating a beautiful reporter named Margaret Turner. She had short auburn hair, she was smart, sophisticated, enthusiastic, dedicated, and she had beautiful eyes. She seemed to be perfect in every way. Her and Harry got along great. They had been dating for a few months now and things seemed to be going great. Margaret and him had decided that Harry was going to move into her place. They were both excited about it. Harry couldn't stop telling his friends. He mentioned it every chance that he got. Everyone was happy for them of course, well… except for Dan. Dan couldn't believe that Harry was one step closer to being with the same woman for the rest of his life. He was doing everything that he could to talk Harry out of it. Things were going good between Harry and Margaret, but Harry admitted to himself that their relationship wasn't completely what it was like at the beginning. Margaret seemed to be becoming more controlling, telling Harry what he could and couldn't bring with him when he moved. Some things were understandable though. Other than that and a few other little things, everything couldn't be better. No one had ever made him feel so happy. He even replaced his picture of Mel Torme and put a picture of Margaret in it's place. At this point in Harry's life, everything seemed to be perfect. He had a great job as a judge, he had great friends, he had his health, and he had Margaret. He was very thankful for his friends. They had supported him from the very beginning. Even though Dan was singing a different tune now, he, in his own way, helped Harry get the nerve to ask Margaret out in the first place. The way that he asked her out for the first time was actually her walking in the room when Harry and Dan were rehearsing what Harry was going to say. Although, after the first date, Harry regretted not following Christine's advice. She had told him to stop trying to be like Dan and be himself. He agreed with her but the minute Margaret walked into the room he was back acting like Dan. When the date failed, he knew that Christine was right. He should have known all along anyway, Christine was the one who gave him the best advice. She was also a great listener. Whenever he needed to talk, she was there. And he was there for her. They had a great friendship, and he valued it very much. Christine was even helpful second before he saw Margaret for the first time. He was feeling a bit down about his love life and Christine reassured him that he was very attractive, she sang a Mel Torme line, and told him that the right woman would be right around the corner. Indeed she was right.
It was the night Harry moved in with Margaret. They were lying in bed talking about how happy they were together. It seemed to be a typical conversation between them, but Margaret suddenly brought up something that Harry did not expect at all.
"I know this is sort of out of the blue, but now that we are officially living together… I feel that I must ask a rather… personal question."
"What might that be?" he asked curiously.
Margaret took a slight deep breath, "What's your past relationship with Christine?"
Harry was puzzled, "What?"
"Nothing, I just want to know if you two have any history. You know, a past relationship maybe?" she liked Christine, she didn't have anything against her. But she did notice that she and Harry had a certain chemistry.
He had no idea what had made her think something like this. She couldn't be suspecting that there was something going on between Christine and his self, could she? He felt that he could be honest with Margaret, there was no reason that she should be suspicious. He wanted to set her straight, "I don't know what brought this up or made you think this, but technically, no. We were never in a relationship, relationship. I admit, there was a time that we both had some feelings for each other but that was years ago. We've both moved on. She's got a son, and I've got you." He smiled and lightly kissed her forehead.
"So you're saying that there is absolutely nothing between you two?"
"Nothing at all."
Margaret was glad to hear that but she had to ensure that no old sparks would ever be ignited. "Then it wouldn't be to much to ask you to stay away from her as much as you possibly can?"
Harry couldn't believe his ears, did that really come out of his Margaret's mouth? This was very unlike her. She wasn't the jealous type. Or… maybe she was? Maybe he just didn't know about it. "Are you serious?"
"I am. Is that a problem? Because you did say that there was nothing at all between you and her."
He was very confused, "I know, not romantically, not anything like that, but we are good friends."
"I know, darling. I just want to make sure it stays that way."
"I don't get it. You've never had a problem with her before… why now?"
"Harry… I didn't have a problem with her before because she was married to Tony. But now that they're divorced, it just seems to odd to have you being good friends with her."
"Exactly, she was married to Tony! We were good friends then, and nothing happened, nothing changed. Well, besides the fact that she was married…"
"And what exactly is that supposed to mean?"
"That we were friends even when one of us was married." This wasn't making any sense at all.
"The difference was that she was married?"
"Oh that? I just meant that we couldn't do something after work." It suddenly occurred to him that he should elaborate on that and make sure she knows that he means as friends, not a date… exactly.
Unfortunately, she started to talk before he could continue, "So you did date her."
"No, no, no, it was just a few friendly events. That's it."
"So where exactly did you two go?"
"I don't remember everything. There was… um… a few concerts, a few plays, things like that."
Margaret raised an eyebrow.
"Of course we wouldn't go anywhere now. We haven't gone anywhere alone together since she first started dating Tony. I'm with you. You know I love you."
"I love you too. That's why I'm asking you to please stay away from her after, during breaks, and anytime you're not working."
"Margaret, I can't do that."
"You seem pretty determined not to stay away from her for someone who has absolutely no feelings for her."
Harry sighed. He did love Margaret, very much, so he knew he had to do whatever he needed to, to make sure he didn't loose her. "Alright… if it will make you happy…"
"Thank you so much sweetheart! I feel better already." She kissed him, then turned over to go to sleep.
Harry laid awake unable to sleep. He was dreading the day that tomorrow would bring. He was about to loose his best friend…