THE MAN SHE HAD LOVED
by Misty ©
Chantelle had now worked for The Ministry of
Parks, in their headquarters office for two years; and from the very first
moment she met Daniel there seemed to be a very strong connection between
them. To explain it, or even understand it was impossible, all she knew
was it was there.
It was as if they had met and known each other in
another time and another era. He was a Regional Office Director,
and the region he was responsible for in hectares and staff was to say
the least very large, as was his responsibilites.
He was tall, ruggedly handsome, impeccably dressed,
well spoken, and highly intelligent. His nature was a caring gentle
one, with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humour.
Now this day he had arrived in town for the annual
Park Director's Meetings, which usually went on all week. He made
his usual phone call after arriving in town to the headquarters office,
and Chantelle just happened to be doing relief duty while the regular clerk
was on her break.
"Hello, Provincial Parks, Chantelle speaking how may
I help you, she spoke softly?" Well here I am back in town, and no
one to meet me at the airport, no champagne in my hotel suite, or friendly
faces to greet me, Daniel rattled on jokingly, as he loved to do.
"Oh it's you she laughed, I should have known."
He replied back laughing, what do you mean you should have known, does
that mean you would have been a happy face greeting me? "You never
know Daniel, I just might have, Chantelle flipped back at him, knowing
he would of course have a quick response." Well, I don't mind a bit
of a wait, especially if it's someone worth waiting for he chuckled.
She paused for a second, and to this day has never has figured out what
got into her for that moment.
Well then I will pick you up at 7:00 p.m. sharp outside
your hotel how's that? There was a long, long, pause at the other
end of the phone, and then he spoke, "Chantelle are you serious?"
Yes I am, are you? Well I, ah, um, heck yes, I will be ready
at 7:00 p.m. sharp, he finally answered. Good, "my car will be the
one with me in it," she laughed and then hung up quickly.
She smiled to herself, she'd never done anything like
this in her life before, but she was now glad she had. She never
would have before either, as she knew Daniel was married, but had only
recently been told he had been seperated for almost a year, now she could
really get to know him.
Daniel was 53 yrs. old and 12 yrs. her senior, but
he was everything she had hoped to find in that special someone.
After her divorce she dated several men, but none could even come close
to being all that Daniel was. She could not believe now she would
have the opportunity to get to know him outside of the workplace and see
if what she felt for him was real.
She chose to wear her new designer jeans, and a nice
off the shoulder white blouse, complete with her new white summer sandals.
Her shoulder length redhair was done up in a pony tail, she was so completely
opposite from the way she dressed for work, there she was always tailored
and chic, and hair done just so. If Daniel was going to see her after
hours he may as well see the other side of her too she thought.
As she drove into the parking lot there he stood,
good lord he was handsome, being tall and carrying himself so straight,
to her he looked like a greek god. He had beige dress slacks on,
and an expensive white polo tee shirt, with a soft cashmere vee neck cardian
in soft yellow it suited him. So he had also dressed far more
casual than the usual tailored business suit he always wore at work, and
which he looked so good in.
He opened the car door, and as he got in, his gaze
swept over Chantelle, he smiled that slow, easy smile he did when he was
deep in thought about something, and this time it was about her.
You look different, but nice even to the pony tail, I like it, yeh I like
it a lot, and I like you either this way or how you look at work too.
His comment pleased her.
Good, you look different too no suit, but dress casual
hmmm she laughed softly. He leaned over just a bit closer to her and said,
you surprised me, you surprised me a heck of a lot when you said you would
She gazed into his eyes, "I scared myself, I have
never done anything like this before so I don't want to hear any complaining
about friendly faces not greeting you anymore." I can assure you
that I will never complain about anything to you ever again, his eyes twinkled.
He then put his big hand gently over her's and raised
it to his lips, you are beautiful and not only that you smell good too!
Chantelle couldn't help herself she laughed out loud, oh I do hmm, how
eloquent and nice of you to notice. "I have always noticed you Chantelle,
but I think you already know that at least I hope you do."
Now back at her apartment after going for a lovely
evening drive along the waterfront as the sunset, it was a beautiful pink
and red color which seemed to reach across the night sky and into the heaven's.
Once inside she turned to Daniel and inquired, would
you like a nice cup of fresh coffee or something stronger, and maybe something
to eat? Coffee is just fine my dear lady, and I hope you are going
to be joining me, "of course I am she replied," he stood just behind her
in the galley kitchen of her apartment while she put the fresh coffee in
That task now completed, she turned around and was
now facing Daniel with not too much room between them. They both
seemed caught up in the moment, and he moved towards her and drew her gently
to him as his hand slipped around her small waist making it easy to pull
He bent down and kissed her softly and deeply, and
Chantelle's legs almost gave out on her, as she felt Daniel trembling all
over. He held her firmly so she did not fall, and kissed her again.
His very touch sent electric like shocks through her whole body.
Each could feel the strong connection they shared at that moment.
What just happend Daniel, I almost fell down, my legs
became like jello. I know love, and I am still shaking like a school
boy, I feel like one too. I have always cared for you Chantelle from
the very first moment we met, it was (and please don't laugh, for this
is not anything I believe in), like I have known you in another lifetime.
Why are you smiling at me he asked her softly, do
you think I sound stupid? No, never, It's just that I have felt the
same way Daniel and after what just happened am truly wondering if it could
The coffee was now sputtering and ready, they came
back to the moment and poured themselves a cup and took it into the living
room with them, putting in down on the coffee table, then sitting closely
together on the sofa.
You do things to me I never knew were possible, or
even consider I could feel this way Chantelle, did you know that.
No, but I am not sorry that I do make you feel this way, because I feel
the same way Daniel, in fact I think I could fall in love with you very
You shouldn't say that he said. Why not, it
is what I am feeling at this moment, only time will tell as you well know
Daniel. What am I to do with you woman, his eyes were ablaze with
desire, as he put his arms around her and kissed her softly, but passionately.
He then backed away saying, have to cool down, we
need time and to go slow, I respect you too darn much to act like a kid
with hormones raging. She laughed and ran her finger over his sensuous
lips. Yes, your right and that's another reason why I think your
special Daniel, you really care. Of course I do, it's something I
never even considered or thought would be possible, but what I have shared
and felt with you tonight certainly gives me hope my sweet lady.
On that particular visit for the Director's Meetings
Daniel stayed a whole week, and each night he spent with Chantelle, either
taking her out for dinner, a movie or just being together and cuddling
on the couch. They talked and talked and found each of them shared
so much in common and not one minute of the time they spent together was
boring for either of them.
They had been seeing one another now for several months
on and off, whenever Daniel came into town, and phone calls in between
which of course led to large phone bills, but who was counting. They
had both realized their true feeling for each other, and the passion they
shared was also mutual. Love deep, wonderful, blow your mind love,
they both felt it, and for the first time in her life Chantelle was on
Then all of a sudden the phone call came the one she
didn't want ever to hear. Hello, she answered. Chantelle love,
it's Daniel. Yes my sweet man I know your voice by now, and how lovely
it is to hear you. Honey, this is not easy to say to you or to even
begin to tell you, please just listen my dear, cause I don't think I can
say it twice, this is killing me. What's wrong Daniel, now I am concerned
please tell me darling.
Daniel took a deep breath and spoke. It's my
wife Chantelle, she's taken a stroke and the kids phoned me, she is asking
for me, I can't turn my back on her she is ill, and I don't know how bad
or what the prognosis is, all I know is she was my friend when we parted
and is the mother of our children.
I love you with all that I am Chantelle, you have
given me so much I have never felt with anyone what I have shared with
you darling, please know that. I have to go to her, and I don't know
what the outcome will be. I couldn't lie to you or not tell you,
I care too much.
Oh Daniel, I am so sorry, truly I am and I understand
everything you have said, you must go to her, she needs you, and know that
I will not stand in your way or stop you, I love you, and sometimes when
you love someone as much as I love you, you must let them go. If
you come back to me Daniel then it was meant to be, if not then your place
is with your wife.
Oh god Chantelle, I don't want to hurt you this way,
I love you too, very much, but I would not be a man if I turned my back
on her. I know, your right Daniel, and that is only one of many reasons
why I love you so. Go to her Daniel, but always remember the time
we were given to be with each other, and to know a great love. One
day it maybe only a sweet memory, but nonetheless, it will always be our
You are a special lady Chantelle, and yes I do not
regret one minute of the time we shared and loved, you will always be a
part of me know that. I can't say I will come back, lord knows what
will happen, but please dearest take care and do not think to unkindly
of me. Never, I never will Daniel you are a honourable, caring man,
and the man maybe one day in looking back, I can say you are the man I
With the call made and the declarations made by both
Daniel and Chantelle of their love, the phone line went dead. Days,
months and many years have passed since that day and somehow the essence
of what they had shared ever lingered in Chantelle's heart, yes, Daniel
was the man she had loved. She knew not whether she would ever meet
such a man again, but then again one never knows do they.