Chapter 85:

It’s a Disheartening Chance Part 2

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I held my up phone and tapped at it… Bookmark here

I guess I’m left with no choice… Yeah, he would probably know more about this type of stuff. Connie Capperman…Bookmark here

I waited as the phone rang… Bookmark here

Geez, I didn’t want to rely on him. Not because there’s bad blood between us or anything, no, we’ve been friends since high school. It’s just… he’s an annoying manchild! He knows I’m smarter than him. And he’ll probably just pick on me for relying on him…Bookmark here

But even so, he’s still helpful. He’s really responsible — well, he is a principal of a school. And we’re friends, so even though he’ll have his fun for a while, he’ll be serious…Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, the person you are calling is-”Bookmark here

I tapped the red button to hang up.Bookmark here

Dammit… Well, I guess it makes sense because it’s almost midnight… But I think I still need help… Should I call Valerie? She’s the wife of Connie, so she might also know about this kind of stuff. But is she still awake? Eh, probably — she might be closing up shop right now…Bookmark here

On my list of contacts, I clicked on Valerie’s name. I waited as the phone rang.Bookmark here

But does she know about Camryn? Well, Camryn does work for her, so she might have told her… But then again, the topic is pretty sensitive to her…Bookmark here

After a few seconds, Valerie picked up.Bookmark here

“Oh? Hey, Bailey! Good evening!”Bookmark here

I’m not sure… I guess I’ll have to work around with my words.Bookmark here

“G-Good evening, Valerie. How are you?”Bookmark here

“Ah, I’m good, thanks!”Bookmark here

Oh, is she on speaker? I can hear things going on in the background.Bookmark here

“Um… Valerie, are you busy right now?”Bookmark here

“Hm? No, not at all. I’m just hanging out at Alente — I actually finished cleaning up a while ago. Why? What’s up?”Bookmark here

I exhaled deeply through my nose and spoke in a low voice.Bookmark here

“Well, I need some advice…”Bookmark here

“Hm? Sure — shoot.”Bookmark here

“Um…”Bookmark here

How can I avoid bringing up the specifics?.. I’ll just say it’s between co-workers.Bookmark here

“See, it’s about a co-worker at work. She’s having a bit of a problem, and I want to help her…”Bookmark here

“Huh? That’s unusual. I thought you didn’t your co-workers.”Bookmark here

Oh. Well, she’s not wrong…Bookmark here

“What? Well, I don’t hate this one…”Bookmark here

“Mmm…”Bookmark here

She was clearly in doubt. Is she catching my bluff?Bookmark here

“Eh, whatever. Anyways, what’s up?”Bookmark here

Okay… I took a deep breath.Bookmark here

“Okay… See, she’s having some personal relationship issues…”Bookmark here

“I see… I’m not sure if I can help much, but I’ll try my best… What is it?”Bookmark here

I hung my chest and my other arm over the balcony.Bookmark here

“See, it’s about her boyfriend…”Bookmark here

“Jealous?”Bookmark here

“Hell nah!”Bookmark here

Damn, I knew Connie would be a bad influence for her…Bookmark here

I heard Valerie sightly chuckling for a few seconds.Bookmark here

“Sorry… That was unrelated and you’re being serious, but I just couldn’t resist… Anyways, please continue.”Bookmark here

I did.Bookmark here

“See, she’s been fighting with her boyfriend… And right now, she’s very unsure about their relationship.”Bookmark here

“I see…”Bookmark here

“Yeah… She told me that she’s not even sure if he feels the same about her anymore… Right now, she’s really sad about this realization.”Bookmark here

“Hm…”Bookmark here

I could imagine that Valerie was sitting at a booth with her phone on speaker on the table in front of her. She’s looking down with her finger on her chin and thinking deeply about this.Bookmark here

“Say, how long have they been dating?”Bookmark here

Oh? Well, I’ll just tell her the length Ren and Camryn have been living together.Bookmark here

“Oh. About one month. A-And they’ve been living with each other…”Bookmark here

“I see, I see…”Bookmark here

After a few more seconds, I heard her slam something on the table.Bookmark here

“Well, the answer’s simple — the boyfriend does feel the same way about her.”Bookmark here

“Oh?”Bookmark here

“Well, that just might be me trying to stay positive. But I believe that the boyfriend still loves her colleague. I mean, they spent a month living together. I’m pretty sure they’d break up after a week or two if they truly fell out of love…”Bookmark here

I heard her shift in her seat.Bookmark here

“But that’s just what I think. Oh, and it’s also based on my experiences with love!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, yeah, you don’t have to flaunt your relationship status with me…”Bookmark here

Valerie giggled.Bookmark here

“Ah, sorry! I just couldn’t help myself again… Anyways, they should talk to each other to confirm their feelings…”Bookmark here

Yeah…Bookmark here

“Oh, and you said the girl was sad, right? Well, tell her that she should take a bit of time away from her boyfriend to recollect her thoughts…”Bookmark here

Yeah, we’re doing that… I hope Camryn was okay after our conversation… Bookmark here

“Hm… I’d say about a week or so apart…”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

Oh wait, I messed up!Bookmark here

“Hm? What do you mean?”Bookmark here

No, I told Camryn that we were meeting up with Ren tomorrow… Hm… It makes sense that she would need longer, but… Okay, I guess I should tell her that there was a change of plans…Bookmark here

“Oh, that was nothing… Okay, I’ll tell her to talk again with her boyfriend, but when she feels ready… Hey, thanks, Valerie.”Bookmark here

I nodded and smiled.Bookmark here

“You know Valerie, you’re a good friend… Actually, you’re a good person in general… Helping someone you barely know… Valerie, you’re so-”Bookmark here

“Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah… Actually, Bailey, I’d recommend something else…”Bookmark here

Wait… That wasn’t Valerie’s voice right now!Bookmark here

Dammit!Bookmark here

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