Cat laid in the fetal position hugging her stuffed tiger. She couldn’t stop crying. When Olivia suddenly appeared in the room again. She slowly sat up. “Is he gone?”
Olivia just nodded. Something about what Alex said was getting to her. ‘I’m not doing this to her. I’m doing it for her. Not everyone leaves because they don’t care. Some of us are just trying to protect the ones we love.’
When he said those words Dillion sprung to mind. Olivia damned her traitorous heart. Did he leave her to protect her? She immediately pushed the notion aside. No, that just wish of a young girl whose heart was broken, she will never be that foolish again.
“What is it? Did he say something?” Cat inquired not certain how to read the expression on Olivia’s face, she appeared to be upset by something.
“He uh… he wanted me to give you this.” Olivia held out the folded piece of loose-leaf paper. Cat’s hand shook when she took it. “Do you want a moment?” Olivia asked.
Cat nodded slowly. “I’ll be in the kitchen if you want to talk, just come get me. Do you want anything to eat?”
Cat shook her head no. “Okay." Olivia left to let Cat handle whatever was in that letter by herself, though she didn’t like the idea. Not one bit.
Once the door closed behind Olivia, Cat unfolded the letter. The necklace he had given her fell onto her lap. She picked it up and put it aside on the nightstand.
Why would he give her back her necklace? She noticed he kept the ring, and for some reason although she gave it back to him the thought hurt.
She took a deep breath in and exhaled trying to prepare herself for what the letter may contain.
I know I’m the last person you wish to see or talk to but I have to finish what I didn’t get to say earlier. I need you to know why I left. I’m stuck Cat. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, I swore I would never hurt you, or leave, that we were in this together and on the other, I learn my very presence in your life can lead to you losing your baby and I can’t be responsible for that.
As much as it may hurt you to walk away, I assure you it hurts me 10x more. Still, I’d do it again if it means keeping you and the baby together and safe from Liam. He doesn’t deserve either of you to be in his life; still, I have no say, as he is the baby’s real father, not me.
Having you and Peanut in my life was some sort of beautiful dream but like all dreams there comes a point where you have to wake up and face reality. I do love you, Cat, with every fiber of my being, don’t ever doubt that, but I understand and am willing to do what is best for you and the baby. Keep that little one safe for me and take care of yourself.
I’m sorry I didn’t know you were in the hospital. I’m even sorrier to learn I was the cause. I hope one day you will forgive me.
Love always and forever,
P.S. The necklace is yours to do whatever you like with it. I don’t feel right keeping it, as it was a birthday gift.
Cat didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or scream at the absurdity of his letter. He’s going to walk away to keep her safe but him walking away landed her in the hospital. She felt the tear slip down her cheek and she swiped it away. She wanted to scream at him. How dare he make such a decision for her? What the hell was is he thinking?
Yet, she knew she was a hypocrite. She feared this might be Liam’s reaction if he learned they were engaged. It was why she wouldn’t wear Alex’s ring in school unless Alex was around to see her. She too feared Liam might make good on his threat to fight for custody. She should have known deleting the pictures from Liam’s phone was pointless when he lived with the source. Jenny. God, how she hated that girl.
Her father warned her that the Davis family is wealthy and if Liam chose to fight, his own resources would not be enough to protect her. He didn’t doubt that Alex truly loved her, and was impressed that he reacted so quickly to do what was right by her. Still considering the damning evidence of that picture and her Dad was certain there were more, the fact that Cat began living with Alex the same day that Liam and she broke up, all of this could be twisted to make it look like Cat was the one who was unfaithful and in the wrong. And he knew all to well from what happened to Dillion that justice is sometimes blind to the truth.
Cat looked down at the letter. He loved her. She loved him. This was ridiculous. She picked up Alex’s necklace and put it back around her neck. They weren’t over yet. Not by a long shot.
She took the steps, two by two coming down the stair. “Olivia?!”
Olivia hollered to her from the kitchen where she was eating a salad.
Cat joined her there. “I’m going to the apartment. I need to talk to Alex.”
“He’s not there,” Olivia said with sad eyes. She knew that hopeful look Cat wore just as she knew this wasn’t going to end well for her friend.
“That’s right! He’s staying at William’s. Okay. I’ll be right back.”
“Cat, he’s not at William’s either,” Olivia mentioned as she toyed with her food.
Cat stopped in mid-stride and turned to look at Olivia. “What do you mean he’s not at William’s. William said Alex was going to stay with him."
Olivia shrugged. “He said he was going to be away from Campus for awhile. Something about a family matter.”
“Family Matter?” Cat couldn’t figure it. Alex doesn’t even talk to his family. What could have happened? Cat pulled out her phone and called William. The phone picked up on the first ring. “Cat? Everything okay?”