A gentle baby laugh filled the room, bringing joy to everyone who quietly cheered as the newly born continued to make pleasant sounds in his mother’s arms.“Hija, let me hold Asher too. You’ve been holding him in your arms for a while now. Maybe it’s time for me to hold him as well,” Mrs. Vargas told her daughter-in-law who was head over heels for her baby. “Have you eaten yet? Breakfast must be ready. I know how you feel but you wouldn’t be so stingy not to let me hold my grandson, would you?”Audrey laughed. “Mom, it’s not like that,” she said. In fact, Audrey didn’t feel like letting go of the baby. Even her arms felt numb and her back arched, she just couldn’t put the baby down to rest even a little. “Alright. Here’s baby Asher. I will need to eat something before you’d start nagging at me again. He’s so full of energy so you might want to put him down if you get tired.” Audrey carefully let her mother-in-law carry her grandson in her arms. “I’ll go wash my face for a sec,” she sa
“Shane…” Audrey blurted out when their eyes met. Her feelings which she thought were already washed away suddenly flooded back into her chest. She felt a roller coaster of emotion surging through her smallest veins, causing her body to shake the moment she faced him. She didn’t know what to do.It was as if the cracks within her system that she was slowly mending ended up shattering into pieces when she saw the man who was the reason why she had to sleep with swollen eyes from endless crying every night. The suffocating feeling she had and the lump stuck in her throat as anxiety built up to remind her of the painful past were only making her crazier by the second. Audrey was speechless… But her eyes told him the story she had when he was not around.“I couldn’t believe you wouldn’t listen to what I
Audrey let out a deep sigh when she heard Shane’s car engine outside. Her hand found its way to her chest. She felt better somehow. Finally, she took the first to reclaim her freedom. She didn’t want to continue getting blinded by love while having her neck shackled in the name of marriage. She spent years believing that love was the answer to all problems but it wasn’t the case. Reality worked differently for her and love was only sweet in a fictional world. It took her years to become courageous as she was when facing Shane. Unlike before, Audrey had made up both her heart and mind to live for Asher and herself. Shane may leave a mark in her life but that was all. She could manage alone just fine.The vibration from her phone got her attention. Audrey cleared her throat before answering the call.“Hi, Audie!
Audrey’s eyebrows met as she heard the caller’s voice. She was expecting it would be someone she knew but she could hardly recognize the person on the other line.“Who’s this?” She asked. It was less likely a stranger called her randomly. She should at least ask for the person’s name to find out if he was someone related to her or what.“So, you don’t even recognize me, huh? That’s harsh Audrey,” the man replied. “Why don’t you take a guess?”Audrey’s frown deepened. The man knew her name but she had no idea who it was. “I’m sorry but I don’t think I know you. Will you kindly tell me what you want and how you know my name? You shouldn’t have my number too,” she s
Shane opened his eyes when he felt the warm rays of the sun on his skin. He got up from the floor and hissed in pain when he bumped his head on the edge of the table. It was yet another day he woke up in mess he made last night. Drowning himself in alcohol somewhat gave him peace of mind at night ever since he came to meet Audrey after a while. He knew his mistakes and yet he expected everything would be resolved again as soon as he appeared in front of her. He was a total jerk to think that and he was aware of it more than anyone else.“Damn it,” he mumbled to himself, taking all the blame for why his relationship with Audrey turned out worse over time. One thing that kept bugging Shane was the baby he saw that day. He never heard about Audrey getting pregnant. His mother was keeping everything under her control that even his hired detectives couldn't find anything. If not for he