She sighed deeply. She couldn’t imagine being friends with Jake. He’d tear her apart. “I don’t know about that. I’ll think about it. Let’s just have coffee for now and we’ll see.”
“If you say so, Phillipa.”
They went to the nearest cafe and asked for two coffees. Jake sat smiling opposite her and she thought his intentions were genuine enough, but she didn’t trust him completely.
“I think I’m beginning to love this country Phillipa. What a wise thing you did by coming here. I can see how you’ve been so relaxed here and not itching to come back to England. You look stunning with a tan too. “I’ve missed you.”
“Jake, I don’t want to hear how you’ve missed me. How could you?”
“How could I what?”
“Come on Jake. Don’t you realise I’m getting on with my life now and I’m not going to come back to you. You’ve got to stop harassing me.”
“I will. I’m sorry, but I’ve realised what an idiot I’ve been. It’s all my fault. I’ve ruined your life and mine.”
“Don’t be silly. I’m fine now. I’m completely over you, I’m sorry to say,” she paused for minute, thinking to herself. “Look, why don’t you stay in Cyprus for a while, just like I did and unwind. Go sight seeing and enjoy yourself, but don’t ask me to go with you.”
He smiled at her and she grinned back at him.
“Thanks Phillipa, it’s a brilliant idea. I will and I promise I’ll leave you alone. Anyway, I think I’ll have a great time here. So, is it okay to be friends?” he asked hopefully.
“Uh, maybe. I’ll think about it.”
She turned her head, hearing a familiar voice behind her and saw it was Demetri standing there with another woman. He was talking to a man in Greek. She shivered and turned back quickly to face Jake.
“What’s wrong Phillipa? Are you cold? You can’t be in this heat!”
“No, don’t be silly. I’m fine. Look, I’ll be off now, because I must rush.”
She began to get up, as Jake touched her arm. “Where? We’ve only just got here and you haven’t finished your coffee yet,” he exclaimed, not understanding.
She didn’t want to leave really, but she couldn’t bear the thought of seeing Demetri with another woman. It was too painful for her.
“Okay, I’ll come with you,” said Jake.
“No. I want to be alone now, Jake. Please. I’ll be fine,” she answered quietly to him.
“If you say so then,” he replied.
“I do. I’ll see you in a few days probably. Bye for now, Jake.”
She left quickly. She had to get away before Demetri saw her. She didn’t want a scene and it was best that Jake didn’t meet Demetri.
She walked out onto the pavement and was only a few yards down the path when a hand squeezed her shoulder, turning her around abruptly.
She gasped when she saw Demetri standing there.
To be continued……………