In this post: Hailey England, Thea Hardy, Ella Schmidt, Malcolm Kane, Mateo Byrant,
Hailey couldn’t believe that she had let the whole thing with Malcolm get her down. In fact there was a whole period were she had refused to date, not trusting her own judgement in men.
Her friends had been instrumental during what she liked to call her “dark period”. Thea Hardy had suggested that she use her position at the paper to investigate him. She did and was shocked by what she found out. She called Thea first thing the next morning and told her friend everything she had found out.
“It’s 7am on a Saturday. Why didn’t you call me last night or stop by after work to talk?”
“Oh, I didn’t want to disturb you and Jace. I didn’t know what the two of you have planned for the evening. Since you sound like you were still asleep, I take it the night went well.” Hailey paused to take a breath, before rushing on “I want all the details. Well, not now but when you wake up fully. And of course when he is gone. Maybe we can do lunch. I love that way that sounds… Let’s do lunch.”
Hailey took the time during the “dark period” to concentrate on work and making friends. There had been rumors flying around the office that Lady Gossip was going to retire from her weekly gossip column in the next couple of years. Hailey wanted her job and the easiest way to get it was by being in the know. She made a point to have lunch with Ella Schmidt at least once a month, whenever Ella could escape the bakery and her four children. Ella’s family was the second richest in Oasis Valley. They weren’t high society but Hailey liked Ella simple nature and it was easier getting closer to the Schmidts than it was the Crabtress.
Ella was the first person to encourage Hailey to start dating again, “I was luckily. I met Robert in high school and knew off the bat that he was the one. I sometimes wish I hadn’t gotten married right out of high school. Don’t get me wrong I love my family but 4 kids can be rough. Enjoy it while you have it. Date and be merry.”
She went of several dates with different men but her favorite was Mateo. She had interviewed him for a column in the sports section. He didn’t seem to mind too much that she knew nothing about soccer. He ended up calling and asking her on a date after the interview appeared in the paper.
They had fun but she was determined not to repeat the same mistake twice. Instead of thinking that he might seriously be interested in her, she filed their date in the fun box.
She was happy with the way her life was progressing. Her career was picking up, her friends were fabulous and she was dating again.
She was even more pleased with herself when Malcolm came bu and she was able to brush him off easily. Honestly, not interested in anything he had to say.
- Hailey England is another one of semi-playable characters. I wanted to wrap her story up with a nice neat little bow before I take her out of the blogging rotation. If you frequent N99 you have seen a little bit of a preview into what she is up to in Round 10.