[i "You can tell me anything Chloe, haven't you figured this out yet? There is nothing in the world you could say that is going to rattle me more in this life than what has already been done."]
That was true.
Nothing would rattle him, but this....this secret on telling him about the baby that was there's but was lost, that could make someone a little bit, sore in the heart.
Chloe tilted her head down and reached under the table only to pull out the napkin from her lap and placed it onto the table beside the plate and breathed out, trying to find the right words.
[b "Do you remember that night when I came around and I threw all that money in your face and ..we said the most horrible things only to end up in bed?..."] Chloe spoke, finally tilting her head up and glanced at Alphonse carefully before nodding. [b "Of course you remember, you were there. Um... that night, um, well that night ...the little boy, I told you that i lost, in the park today, was your son.."]
Tears started to well up in her eyes.
[b "I didnt find out until 3 weeks later in rehab. I was 7 months when I lost him because I fell down the stairs with a load of washing in a basket I was carrying and I missed a step, so all of this..this house, you with her and ...Henry is a little..um...overwhelming..."]
[b "He is such a handsome and ..charismatic boy."] Chloe spoke out, wiping her face free of tears to try and hide the evidence that she was indeed crying when Eric came back.
[+red "I should not have laughed at you the way I had, it's just, with learning so much in such a short period of time, I guess I needed something like that to happen to release some of this nervousness and anger I have built up."]
[+blue Your boy needs a few table manners. I understand how you are feeling. I went through it three years ago when they both came clean to me. I dont blame you for acting the way you are..."] Eric spoke, grabbing the damp towel and started to wipe himself down free of the food.
Alphonse continued to bellow out in laughter while Catherine showed Eric to the bathroom, before long the two were alone. This made Capone clear his throat. [+crimson "There is something I need to tell you...."]
There was something in her voice that put him off ease as he wiped his mouth, [b "You can tell me anything Chloe, haven't you figured this out yet? There is nothing in the world you could say that is going to rattle me more in this life than what has already been done."]
Shifting, he rested his elbow on the table, and then his chin on his fist, [b "There is no one around,"]
Leading Eric to the bathroom, Catherin felt the need to apologize. [+hotpink "I should not have laughed at you the way I had, it's just, with learning so much in such a short period of time, I guess I needed something like that to happen to release some of this nervousness and anger I have built up."]
Finally she opened one of the white wooden doors to a beautifully decorated bathroom. It was one thing she was good at, decorating. In fact, Capone had allowed her to decorate every room in the house.
[+hotpink "Here, let me help."] She said, wetting a cloth and gently wiping the potato from his eye. [+hotpink "My Henry certainly has an arm on him."] she smiled.
[i "I have made plenty to eat, so please, don't hesitate."]
Chloe cleared her throat the moment she sat down upon the chair ever so slowly and made herself somewhat happier by thinking of all the happy times she did have in the past.
There was no point to linger on the horrible things she had done, what she had said to people and the man she loved and with the loss of her child.
Right then and there she had to focus on the present and the future and it was in that moment all she wanted to do was be proper and kind, heart warming as she indeed, was a guest.
[b "It looks lovely, Catherine...."]
[+red "Quiet, Chloe...."] Eric spoke, leaning back the moment Catherine walked around the table and gave out a few peices of food before sitting down herself, motioning for the guests to eat, pick as that they wanted.
[+red "In light of everything, I do hope you all enjoy your-"]
[i "Shut up and let me eat woman."]
Chloe didnt know why but she indeed loved this sight of Alphonse.
Sure it was horrible and mean of him to treat a woman in such a manner but, him doing this showed Chloe that he didnt love this woman, he didnt care much for her - the only caring he did was because of the handsome little boy they had created from a one night stand.
Everytime the little boy looked at her, Chloe looked back and she wanted to cry.
Too think that if she was careful enough, she would have a little Prince to match her little Princess.
Chloe stared upon Henry the moment he spoke out "SHUT UP" but jolted back in the chair the moment the little boy flung his utensils and food, flew in the air and collided with Eric on the other side, a sight that caused everyone to laugh at the table, except for him.
Chloe brought a hand to her mouth and tried to keep it in knowing a smack across the face would come when they were home but cleared her throat anyway to contain her composure.
[+blue "May I...use your rest room?..."]
[+red Of course, let me show you and help you where it is..."] Catherine muttered only to shift away from the table along with Eric and the two wandered off and away from the room while the two little kids decided to leave the family dining area and go back to playing, leaving Alphonse and Chloe alone.
[b "There is something I need to tell you...."]
Alphonse sat there, now in a deeper and even more drunk state, staring with hatred into the eyes of Eric Harrison. He wanted more than anything to reach across the table and knock the lights from his eyes. To watch as the life was drained away by hands that were his own. But instead, he ordered Catherine to bring him another drink, this time being the bottle.
[+hotpink "I have made plenty to eat, so please, don't hesitate."] Despite her shock, Catherine was probably the only one in the bunch who seemed completely calm. Like this was just another one of Capone's ruses that would soon be over.
Before long she had placed a decent amount of food on everyone's plate and had taken her seat beside Capone, the man she loved with all of her heart, but who could never love her in return. [+hotpink "In light of everything, I do hope you all enjoy your-"]
[b "Shut up and let me eat woman."] he snapped before she could finish.
[+hotpink "Of course, my apologies."] She said, bowing her head before taking a mouthful of green beans.
[+teal "Shut up!"] Henry shouted, throwing a spoonful of potatoes and hitting Eric dead in the eye with them.
[B "Henry!"] Alphonse began, before busting into a laughter that had spread to Catherine as well.
[+hotpink "I'm so sorry Eric."] she said in between laughing, [+hotpink "It really isn't funny. But, I mean..."] she could not finish her sentence and Henry, feeling a little left out began to laugh in a hysteria with his parents.
[i "Chloe, no need to be so modest."]
[i "Chloe and I are lovers from years ago, she was even engaged to be my wife. But that was in the times of the old days and per my job I left her. By the time I returned the love of my life was gone, gone into the arms of another man."]
It was true.
Chloe tilted her head down while Eric raised his eyebrow and stared into the eyes of the man who sat on the other side of the room, speaking out like he had rights over Chloe.
Everything was true, Chloe and Al were supposed to be married but due to his, choice on fighting rather than loving in bed, he left but the damaged was already done.
Chloe had a broken heart that was soon mended by the announcement that she was pregnant with his child. A little girl who was the most precious, the most beautiful Princess in all the land.
[i "But, not even that kept us apart. Three years later we were reunited upon my eyes laying onto Ava's. We reconnected, we even engaged once more. But Chloe had already married and she told me to leave. Now, here we are. Sitting in my living room, pretending to be old friends. The fucking irony."]
[b "Alphonse, that isnt fair..."] Chloe muttered, tilting her head up and again stared upon Al who looked like hell with a broken heart along with Catherine who was beyond belief that these people were in her home.
Now wasnt the right time either to speak of her pregnancy of a little boy that she lost due to falling down the stairs.
However the moment Al stood up from the couch and spoke on the dinner being ready, Chloe, Eric along with the two children followed in front but Chloe stayed behind, feeling the arm of the man she loved around her waist pulling her in close only to whisper the words in her ear that she was dreading.
[i Don't think I can't see what's happening.]
[b "Leave it, please...."] Chloe whispered, begged before stepping on the other side of the table and sat down slowly.
This had to be the worst, dinner party..ever..
How could she prove to Alphonse that she loved him?
How could she make Eric leave her?
Should she speak of the baby or just leave it alone?
Alphonse did not give Eric any satisfaction of his words, instead he only smiled, [b "Chloe, no need to be so modest."] He looked to Catherine, [b "Chloe and I are lovers from years ago, she was even engaged to be my wife. But that was in the times of the old days and per my job I left her. By the time I returned the love of my life was gone, gone into the arms of another man."] That was when he looked to Eric.
[b "What I didn't know however, was that she had been carrying my child, that beautiful little girl over there playing with my son."] He looked back to Chloe, [b "But, not even that kept us apart. Three years later we were reunited upon my eyes laying onto Ava's. We reconnected, we even engaged once more. But Chloe had already married and she told me to leave. Now, here we are. Sitting in my living room, pretending to be old friends. The fucking irony."]
Capone then finished his whiskey before standing, [b "It smells like dinner is ready, shall we go eat?"]
As Catherine grabbed Henry, lifting him from the floor and into her arms, Capone took the liberty of wrapping his arm around Chloe, [b "Don't think I can't see what's happening."] He whispered, before joining Catherine and Henry in the dining room.
[i "Looks like Henry and Ava have taken a liking to one another, why not let them be Eric, no need to break up a good thing."]
[+blue Youd like that, wouldnt you?...."] Eric replied, stopping mid step beside Ava and turned his head to glance at Alphonse, but listened none the less and didn't reach down to grab his "daughters" hand.
Chloe continued to rub her arm, eyes fashioned of Alphonse who looked away the moment Catherine wandered back into the room with the wine in hand, wine that Chloe willfully took and held it close.
She needed it.
The house was beautiful, not compared to hers.
The clothes she wore were...nothing compared to Catherine's own and the worse of it, Catherine had the companionship of a wonderful, a man who...had Chloe's heart but rather stay in that house, live a life with her than run away with Ava and Chloe in tow.
[+red "Here you are, a glass of wine for you."]
[b "Thank you, very much..."]
[+red 'Whiskey for you.."]
[+blue "Thank you, Catherine..."] Eric muttered, making his way back to his wife and stood close.
However the moment Alphonse stared upon the margerita, Chloe turned her head to the side and gave out a slight smile from the way he spoke to her.
He didnt love her.
Alphonse only put up with her, god knows why and Chloe would tell from the tone in his voice.
[i "I was telling Chloe earlier how much Ava has grown, I would like to come and see her from time to time. With all do respect, I feel I have been made to miss too much of her life already, being I'm her father. I mean, if that's alright with you."]
Alphonse motioned for Chloe and Eric to take a seat and the two of them did, listening to his words and Eric was unimpressed but gave off a spiteful smile anyway.
[+blue "For the past 6 years, I have brushed her hair, put on her clothes and tucked her into bed. I have fed her, I have played in the backyard with her and I have even shared her birthdays. With all do respect, Alphonse, you are no where near..a father, like I..."] Eric spoke out before taking a sip of his whisky, smiling, knowing Chloe turned her head and watched Eric.
[b "That is not nice, Eric..."]
[+blue "Its the truth. He needs to hear it and finally be put in his place. He has a home and a child of his own, Alphonse can now leave us be..."]
[+red "Here you are darling."] Catherine spoke out the moment she reentered the room and passed the glass of whiskey to Alphonse before taking a sit beside him, placing a hand upon his leg, a motion that irritated Chloe something shocking, a motion that Chloe started to breathe heavily at becoming annoyed. [+red I'm sorry, Capone has told me so little about you, who exactly are you?"]
Chloe shifted her eyes from Catherine's hand upon the leg of the man she loved and glance in her direction, sitting tall - poised and straight like the powerful woman she was.
[b "Alphonse and I are, well..old friends...."]
Of all the things Capone was not, observant was not one of those things. He had noticed the way Chloe rubbed her arm the moment Eric had released her, and her nod telling him she was fine was none too convincing. Eyes lay rest on Eric, loathing him in a way that made the male sickened.
[b "Looks like Henry and Ava have taken a liking to one another, why not let them be Eric, no need to break up a good thing."] It was not the children he had been talking about, but still he smiled just the same.
[+hotpink "Here you are, a glass of wine for you."] Catherine smiled as she entered the room holding a gold platter filled with glasses and handing one to Chloe. [+hotpink "Whiskey for you"] She said, as she handed one to Eric as well, [+hotpink "And a margarita on the rocks for you."] She stretched her arm out with the glass for Al to take but instead he looked at her as though she was an idiotl.
[b "When have you ever known me to drink a margarita Catherine? Go back to the kitchen and poor me a real drink."] to which the woman obliged.
Shaking his head, Capone motioned for the three to sit. [b "I was telling Chloe earlier how much Ava has grown, I would like to come and see her from time to time. With all do respect, I feel I have been made to miss too much of her life already, being I'm her father. I mean, if that's alright with you."] His eyes seemed to challenge Eric while he spoke.
In the kitchen it was becoming all too clear to Catherine just who this family was to Capone, her Capone. The thought of it caused the woman to feel such an anger towards them, and to Capone for allowing them in her home, in their home.
[+hotpink "Here you are darling."] she said, returning once more holding only a glass of whiskey.
This time she placed herself right next to Capone, resting her hand on his leg and looking towards Chloe, [+hotpink "I'm sorry, Capone has told me so little about you, who exactly are you?"]
[i "They're here Alphonse"]
The woman's voice inside of the house made Chloe turn back around towards the door and continued to wait patiently, trying to hold in the anger she had for Eric.
All she wanted was to toss a fist in his face and punch him over and over - making him bleed and made him feel as bad as she felt.
God damn it.
Chloe was so close in speaking her peace but when she opened her mouth and was almost close to speaking out, the door pulled open and finally, infront of her stood a woman who was pretty, who seemed to of had a shitty life but with Alphonse's money, made herself out to be what Chloe was supposed to be.
[+red "Hello! Please, do come in, Alphonse should be down in a moment."]
[b "Thank you..."] Chloe muttered, taking a step inside of the house with Ava standing beside while Eric followed, not speaking - not giving two fucks.
[+red "Here, let me take your jackets, coould I get you something to drink? Wine perhaps?"]
[b "I would love a wine, thank you...]
Walking into the house, Chloe gave off a fake smile and a bite of her lower lip in nervousness and wandered into the foyer while her beautiful green eyes stared upon a gorgeous little boy who looked like Alphonse.
[i My god... there he is....] she whispered to herself and smiled a sincere smile the moment they locked eyes on each other.
[+red "This is my son. Say hi to daddy's friends Henry. He gets a little shy around new people."]
[b "Hello Henry. My name is Chloe and this is Eric, and this...is Ava.."] Chloe spoke out softly, feeling Ava cling onto the side of her body embarrassed just as much as Henry was, but was a little more intrigued and took a step forward closer to the boy.
[i Hi...] Ava spoke, waving.
[i "I'm glad you all could make it, we were beginning to worry you wouldn't come."]
Seeing Alphonse, Chloe bit her lower lip as the look of his was incredible, good enough to eat but held it all in.
[b "I said we would be here...here we are.."] Chloe spoke out, feeling Eric's hand around her arm tighten which made the female quieten straight away.
Looking off to the side, her eyes witnessed Henry and Ava play together on the ground the moment they entered the study and Eric pulled away from her finally only to attend Ava, wanting to grab her hand to follow.
When he was away for those few seconds, Chloe rubbed her arm and witnessed Al mouth if she was okay.
Chloe just nodded and didnt speak.
All she wanted to do was cry.
Here she was in an abusive relationship while Alphonse had a perfect one when it should of been hers.
Catherine had been pulling a roast from the oven and Alphonse had been drinking in his study when a knock could be heard. [+teal "Knock Knock, come in!"] Henry began to shout, running around the living room as a child his age was expected to do.
[+hotpink "They're here Alphonse"] She alerted him before wiping her hands on her apron and heading for the door.
[+hotpink "Hello!"] She smiled, the moment the door swung open and she stared upon the three. [+hotpink "Please, do come in, Alphonse should be down in a moment."]
Curiously Cathering stared upon them, she had been told so little about them that they're connection to Al had been unclear. [+hotpink "Here, let me take your jackets, coould I get you something to drink? Wine perhaps?"] she asked, taking their coats and hanging them on the coat rack.
Although she was talking to the two of them, Catherine's eyes lingered on Chloe. She instantly began to wonder about this strange woman in her home.
[+teal "Knock knock, come in!"] Henry came whizzing into the room, only to stop short upon seeing the strangers and run into his mother arms.
[+hotpink "This is my son"] she said, scooping him into her arms [+hotpink "Say hi to daddy's friends Henry."] she smiled as the boy buried himself into her shoulder. [+hotpink "He gets a little shy around new people."] she kindly explained.
By the time Capone had sauntered to the hallway, the alcohol could be smelled on his breath. [b "I'm glad you all could make it, we were beginning to worry you wouldn't come."]
What he really wanted to say was [i look who decided to grow a pair and join us, the cock sucking woman stealer.] But he decided worry would be a nicer approach.
Offering his hand to Eric the two shook, the tension in such a shake was one that filled the entire room.
[+hotpink "Well, I've got drinks to pour and a roast to tend to."] Cathering smiled, handing Henry over to Alphonse before disappearing into the kitchen.
[b "Shall we head to the living room?"] he asked, as gentleman like as he could, given the situation.
As the five of them made their way, Alphonse's eyes fell to Chloe, there was an emotion in her eyes that he could not place. [i Are you okay?] he mouthed to her.
[+red "You're what?...."]
There it was.
The face she was dreading.
The once face in life that she never wanted to see because it was a face filled with anger and a face that was about to explode only for it to become right up in her face before fists.
Chloe was never one to be afraid of anything however when Eric turned into a violent, sore loser, that was when the powerful and confident Chloe turned to a coward and hid in corners, begging - no pleading for forgivness.
[b "I went to the grocery stor-"] [+red "I heard all that. Youre leaving me?...."]
[b "Yes. I should of done that along time ago, Eric and, you know that as much as I do..."]
[+red "And it was all because you see him again that you finally come to this choice? A choice of fucking up a family?..."]
He really used this ammo?
[b "This isnt a family. It hasnt been a family the moment Alphonse walked out three years ago because I told him too. Ever since then you have been cold, marose and you no longer touch me. That's not a marriage Eric. Thats what fucked up this family. Not my choice on ending it.."]
[+red "You fucked him...."]
[b "Oh, real mature asshole. No I didnt. I had Ava, you think I really have time for that?"]
Eric raised from his seat, swiping his hand making the cup filled the coffee fly across the table and onto the floor smashing it with smithereens to which Chloe stepped back.
[b "Im sorry. Im sorry. Forget what I said. Alphonse has invited us to go to his place for dinner. He has a girlfriend and a baby now ..so ... Maybe this outing can fix it...."]
[+red "Fix what, the fact you want to leaving leave me? ...."]
Chloe looked down, afraid of the man she married, the one man who treated her so well only to now, make her feel like trash.
[b "One night. See how it goes. Please...."]
Eric stared upon Chloe with a raised eyebrow and shifted away from the table with a gruff, signifying that he would attend but he wasnt happy that Alphonse was back in town and had already made moves on Chloe.
The whole day was filled with uncertainty.
As soon as night had fallen, 6 pm, the family was out of the house and got into the car that belonged to Eric and drove to the address that Alphonse had given her during the shared time together.
Ava was dressed in a lilac ballerina dress with white leggings and ballerina shoes with a hat and jacket to keep her warm while Eric dressed in a suit with a red tie.
Chloe whore a white lace dress that clung to her body like a second skin.
Hair was down as per usual but her lips were now a deep red wine colour and not longer that blood red signature look.
twety minutes had passed and the car pulled up to the driveway and the three got out, Ava held Chloe's hand and Eric walked beside, not speaking to his wife, nor did he want too after hearing thr words from her earlier.
Why the fuck was he even with her, here, right then and there?
Knocking on the door, Chloe reached up and knocked twice, looking down at Ava who smiled back up her mother, finally behaving like a little Princess.
[b "Behave tonight, please. Dont make Daddy angry...."]
[+blue "Which one, Mommy..."]
[+red "Enough out of you, Ava. Shut up and behave, or you'll get a smacked bottom.."]
The moment he told Ava to shut up, was the moment Chloe turned her head and stared upon Eric in a hateful stare.
[b "Dont tell her to shut up. You want this marriage to work? Youre not making it hard for me to reconsider what I said from earlier.."]
[+red "You really want to fucking do this now?. Im telling you right now Chloe, you step one foot out of line tonight, you'll know about it....."]
[i Alphonse. Help me....]
Walking through his front door Capone went to the kitchen where Catherine had been cooking and set the milk on the counter. [+crimson "Where were you Alphonse, it's been nearly an hour, I was worried sick about you, I thought-"]
The woman's words were stopped short by Al's lips. It was his lips pressed to hers that made her forget whatever it was that she was about to say. [+crimson "Alphonse Capone, just what has gotten into you."]
Without response he lifted the woman from her rear and set her on the counter, pressing himself into her and kissing her deeply. It wasn't out of love for the woman, but rather out of lust. Lust that he had for the woman he loved, Chloe.
Responding in a way that any woman in her situation would, Catherine raise her hands, tousling them through his hair and smiling beneath his kiss. It was the kiss she had been longing for, a kiss from Capone was like a kiss from God. [+crimson "Henry is asleep, if we stay quiet we won't wake him up."] But Al had other plans.
Lifting her from the waist he carried her into the study, taking her on the desk, not with love, but rather with lust.
[b "We are going to have company for dinner."] he said, lighting up a cigarette and pulling into his trousers.
Catherine stood, pulling Al's shirt around her and looking at him dumbfounded, [+crimson "Oh and when were you going to tell me this?"]
[b "I just did."] he responded, taking a drag from his cigarette and pouring himself a shot of whiskey.
[+crimson "So that's what this was about? Sweetening me yp before you drop the bomb, is that is?"]
He did not look at her, instead he finished his drink, [b "No, this was because I could not fuck the woman I wanted. My cock just doesn't grow for you Catherine. Now take off my shirt and go start making dinner, something real special alright?"]
The woman was heated but she knew better than to cross Capone. The last time she had done that she wounded up with two black eyes and a split lip. Instead she pulled herself into her dress and quietly left the room.
[i "I have missed so much already, so many things that I can never get back. When I watch Henry and see the way he has grown there is a place inside of me that saddens me to know that I was not there to witness all of these things with her. I was not there when she began to walk, or held her own bottle. I was not there when she rode her first bicycle or had her first bite of real food. There are so many things that I missed that"]
[b "I will admit, it was hard. It washard bringing up Ava on her own and truthfully I dont know I did it on my own but there are days I thank Eric for coming into my life otherwise I dont know where I would be...."] Chloe spoke out, as it was the truth.
Chloe wouldof been in the gutter somewhere or wouldof taken her own life as it was hard bringing up a child as a single parent.
Well, others seem to do it but Chloe knew she wouldnt be able to handle that.
Alphonse was the tough one.
[i "I don't want to miss another thing. My heart couldn't stand it."]
[b "I dont want you to miss another thing. I wont let that happen, it wont happen because you are her father and you need to be in her life regardless on what Eric thinks. Im telling you...."]
Then everything collided with Chloe opening her mouth and telling Al that she loved Alphonse more than life itself.
Chloe loved him so much it hurt.
[i "Then prove that to me."]
[b "Prove it?. My words arent good enough?"]
[i "Prove to me that you love me and that you want to be with me and I can give you the world. Spit on me and I will forever be but a man in this world, waiting and wishing for his death."]
The words on him.
Chloe continued to stare into Al's eyes, unable to look swaydue to the hold he had upon her face, clutching her chin - refusing to let go but ...she didnt want him to let go, shewasalready so deep in speaking her feelings, why stop?
[b "I dont...I dont know how I can prove it. My words should be enough...."]
Should of been.
However the moment Chloe opened her mouth to speak once more, Alphonse up andleft the seat and wandered off into the distance not uttering a single wordand not looking back which Chloe didnt understand.
He just left?
[b "AVA!. Come on, were going home.."] Chloe called out and grabbed her groceries that were bought by Al and grabbed her childs hand only to find a cab, get into it and told it where to go.
Chloe's house she shared with a man who didnt love her anymore because heknewher heart was with someone else.
Getting out of the cab, Chloe paidand got inside, seeing Eric sitting at the table, doing a crossword and drinking a coffee.
Bags upon the sink, Chloe stood there with the feeling of Al'sfingers upon her face burning into her skin.
[b "I went shopping today..."]
[+red "Yeah, and?..."]
[b "I saw someone I havent see in three years..."]
Eric tilted his head up and stared upon his wife and shrugged.
[+red "Who was it Chloe? Idont give a fuck, but who?..."]
Chloe smiled, turning and stared upon her pathetic husband.
[b "Alphonse Capone...."]
Hearing she had missed him while he was away certainly lit a place deep in her heart. But in the same place it had been lit was the painful memories of her telling him to leave. The entire thing in a whole was one complete mess.
[+crimson "We were talking about...Catherine. Henry and ...me coming to see you tonight for dinner."]
[b "You are right, that is exactly what we were talking about."] without meaning to he had completely avoided her expressing her missing his presence. It was not that he hadn't missed her, but it was more out of his fear that one day, she would disappear or tell him to leave once more. It was the fear that the next time that shall happen, he would be worse than having a drinking addiction.
[+crimson "I was angry at you. I was still in love you, I had so many feelings I just couldnt decipher but ...Al, you are Ava's father and it was wrong of me to decline you of that and seeing her. Its not far. Its really not fair. You can see her anytime you like, because when you see her, I see you and that makes me feel so much better..."]
[b "I have missed so much already, so many things that I can never get back. When I watch Henry and see the way he has grown there is a place inside of me that saddens me to know that I was not there to witness all of these things with her. I was not there when she began to walk, or held her own bottle. I was not there when she rode her first bicycle or had her first bite of real food. There are so many things that I missed that"] he looked at Ava with loving eyes, the eyes that only a father looking at his child could have [b "I don't want to miss another thing. My heart couldn't stand it."] He looked back to her.
[+crimson "I'm so glad you are okay and doing well. I'm happy you are happy. That's all I ever wanted.."] Her words, although sincere were laced with venom. He began to wonder how she could want happiness for him when it was she whom had ripped his happiness away. He was not happy, he was but a man, moving through the motions of life in a drunken state, most times blacking out and beating the one woman who had actually tried to be there for him.
[+crimson "Im still head over heels in love with you and I always will be..."]
There they were.
The words he had been longing to hear for three years.
But it was not the same.
Releasing his touch he stood, [b "Then prove that to me."]
Without another word he bent down, grabbing her chin with his hand and lifting her lips to his, [b "Prove to me that you love me and that you want to be with me and I can give you the world. Spit on me and I will forever be but a man in this world, waiting and wishing for his death."] and then he left.
Leaving the woman he cared so deeply for wishing and wanting more as he himself wished for more. But there was something inside of him that would not let his lips touch hers, not this way.
[i "I apologize for keeping you waiting."]
The moment Alphonse came back, was the moment that Chloe stopped from speaking in her mind and turned herh ead to the right, witnessing the man of her dreams finally come too and sit beside her where he belonged.
Ava was safe.
Ava was totally fine entertaining herself on the swing with a brand new friend she had made.
Kids had it so easy.
The littlest things always made them happy and in this case, it was Ava swinging back and forth, higher and higer to which Chloe again called out telling Ava to slow it down and calm down.
[b "No its okay. You werent long. Is it wrong to say that for the time you left, I actually missed you?..."] Chloe muttered, giving off another smile, watching Alphonse ever so carefully, glancing over his gorgeous good looks, looks that were somewhat older perhaps due to the arrival of a baby boy.
Waking up in the morning, crying its little heart out.
[i "Where were we?"]
[b "We were talking about...Catherine. Henry and ...me coming to see you tonight for dinner."]
The feelings were still there.
Feelings that Chloe knew would always be there but once seeing Al, it brought it all back, stronger than she ever knew.
It was killing her to know she couldnt do a single solitary thing.
[i "It's still hard for me to believe that you are really here, both of you. After that day in the hospital I figured you had moved on, never wanting to see or hear from me again, I'm glad that wasn't the case."]
[b "I was angry at you. I was still in love you, I had so many feelings I just couldnt decipher but ...Al, you are Ava's father and it was wrong of me to decline you of that and seeing her. Its not far. Its really not fair. You can see her anytime you like, because when you see her, I see you and that makes me feel so much better..."] she muttered, turning her head to stare upon Ava then back to Al who motioned his hand up and gently tucked the loose, free strands of hair behind her ear, keeping his hand against her cheek which made her become weak and made her heart fluttter.
[i "You really are something else do you know that?"]
[b "Im so glad you are okay and doing well. Im happy you are happy. Thats all I ever wanted.."]
All Chloe wanted was for ALphonse to be happy, even if it made her unhappy.
[b "Im still head over heels in love with you and I always will be..."]
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