Chapter 3.10: Out in the Open

I was nervous. Way too nervous, just for a date. I’d been trying on outfits for at least 45 minutes. Everyone is going to know.

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I sighed. It shouldn’t be this hard. I just wanted this girl, Lucinda, to like me. She’d be the first person I would be dating and everyone would know about us. I walked downstairs, finally having decided on an outfit, one that wasn’t too much…or too little.

“Adelaide, where are you going?”

Oh Watcher, I forgot to tell them about the date. “Umm…I have a date. Her name is Lucinda.”

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“Oh. That’s great!” Mama exclaimed.

Lexie smiled faintly. “You have a date?”

“Yeah. She’s really nice!” I moved my hand over to the doorknob. “I think she’s waiting for me. I’ll see you guys after!” I smiled, even though I realized how some things would be different after tonight.

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“Hey.” Lucinda said. “You look amazing.”

“You do too!” She really did look stunning. Red looked good on her.

“Lucinda, I’m not out. Nobody knows I’m gay.”

She smiled. “Addie, it’s fine. I’m out, in a way. I don’t tell everyone that I’m gay, but I don’t care if someone knows I am.”

“Want to get a table?”

“Yeah.” She slid her hand in mine. “Let’s.”

“Hey, how old are you two?” We stared at the waiter.

“Uh, I’m 17.”

“So am I.” Lucinda added.

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“You two can’t have any alcohol.”

I laughed. “We’re not here to drink juice. We’re on a date.” I couldn’t believe how easily that came out, saying I was on a date with a girl, or on a date at all. I eyed the waiter, the first person that knew I was a lesbian besides my ex-girlfriend and my family.

“Ok.” He said. “I’ll get you guys a table. Is outside ok?”

“Yeah.” Lucinda said.


“So, this is your first date, ever?”

“Yeah, it is. This is kinda a new thing for me.”

“Adelaide, you said you aren’t out, right?”

“Yeah… I was confused for a while, and…”

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“No, it’s ok! So…you’re coming out to have a date with me?”

“Kinda.” I sighed. “Ok, yeah. I really wanted to have a real date, and I didn’t want to hide anymore.”

“I know how that feels. So how did your parents react?”

“It’s just my mom, my dad died when I was a baby. She was fine with it, though. So was my sister. My brother’s not old enough to really understand.”

“That’s nice. It took my parents a few years to understand. My mom ignored it, and my dad, he just wanted me to be straight so bad. I tried to be what they wanted and I couldn’t. I almost broke.”

I slid my hand over her shoulder, pulling her closer.

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“Lucinda, I’m sorry.”

“No, Adelaide. I realized I just had to be myself, lesbian and all.”


It went so great. Everything was so easy around her. It was simple. I knew the next few days would be way less simple… But for the moment, everything was perfect.

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Chapter 3.11: Consequences »

6 thoughts on “Chapter 3.10: Out in the Open

  1. Alison Dilaurentis June 3, 2018 — 9:30 pm

    I actually really liked this chapter (I haven’t read any other ones 😉 I just saw “Consequences” and I had to read it 🙂 ) Even though I haven’t read anything else, as I said before, I’m sure it is just as great. This chapter, at least to me, is very well written. But honestly, I don’t write enough (or write good enough) to REALLY know if what I’m saying is true, but I believe it is. 😋🤫🦒

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  2. I like that Lucinda had a very different experience with her family than Addie! Just shows that not everything is so easy, some people have to go through a bit more struggling ❤ ❤

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    1. Yes. definitely! Some people aren’t as accepting, sadly.

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  3. Those pictures, <3. They're so cute together even if it doesn't work out in the end. I would say this relationship isn't a failure even though it ends, it got Addie out which is def. going to help in the future. (Although I do worry if others from school saw them and they aren't so great of folks).

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    1. Yes, they were very cute together and it did get Adelaide to come out as gay 🙂 You’re definitely right about that!

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  4. They look so adorable together ♥

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