Her Pregnancy Secret(38)

By: Ann Major


“We’re not back together,” he said.

“I know. The doorman told me you hadn’t let her up. If he hadn’t told me that while he was helping me hail a cab, I would have lost my courage and gone home.”

“We haven’t been together since I called it off months ago. Her new boyfriend broke up with her and she has such low self-esteem she goes crazy when that happens. She can’t stand to feel abandoned or rejected, so she came over here. But I was in no shape to deal with her.”

“It’s a very difficult feeling...abandonment,” Bree whispered.

“Yes, it is,” he said.

“That’s how I felt that first night when you told me you’d lied and didn’t care about me.”

“I’m so sorry.” He sucked in a breath. Without Bree these past few weeks, he’d felt as if he was a dead man. Now that she was here, he felt alive again. “I missed you,” he whispered. “I missed you so much.”

She sat down and put her arms around him. “I love you, too. I love you enough for both of us. I’m going to hope that what you feel for me will grow...as you said it would.”

“Bree. I do love you. Now. And forever. If I didn’t know it before, I know it now. You don’t know what I’ve been through...without you. I couldn’t work or think. I was utterly worthless without you. I want you and our baby...more than anything.”

He set his coffee cup down as she circled his neck with her arms. Her hands moved gently through his hair, which was still damp from his shower.

“You really love me?” she said.

Their eyes met. “Yes, these past few days I haven’t been able to forgive myself for how I treated you. You don’t know how I despised myself. You were so sweet and wonderful that first night. And I never gave you a chance. I tried to crush you. And I nearly did. I couldn’t blame you for not trusting me.”

“We both must forget about that night.”

“Never. It’s the night I first began to love you...I just didn’t know it or couldn’t admit it. Forgive me...please.”

“I do. Oh, I do.”

He took her face between his hands, his thumbs lightly brushing her lips. “I thought I’d lost you, and I didn’t know how I’d live without you.”

“I felt the same way. Isn’t it wonderful we don’t have to live without each other?”

It was too wonderful for words.

He kissed her long and hard. He pulled her closer and kissed her again and again, drinking of her deeply, tasting her, reveling in her nearness, her sweetness, until they were both breathless. “I will never get enough of you.”

“I love you,” she said again.

“Yesterday, I dreaded all the tomorrows of my life,” he murmured. “Now I’m looking forward to them. You, dear, sweet Bree, have freed me from myself, from Anya, from all the dark emotions that hardened me.”

“If I’ve helped you even a little I’m very glad.”

“You’ve given me such happiness, a whole new life.”

His lips claimed hers, and he didn’t let her go for a very long time.





Epilogue


Never had Bree felt so content, so proud of herself, nor so filled with love and affection as she did right now. Lying in her hospital bed she watched Michael pace proudly, his voice soft as he tried to soothe their darling, newborn son.

Michael was such a good husband. Every morning she woke up loving him a little more, and she knew he felt the same. Not only had he stayed with her during labor and stood beside her during the delivery, he’d gone with her to every doctor’s visit and to every childbirth class she’d taken.

Baby Will’s eyes and hair were as black as ebony. The instant the nurses had laid him in her arms she’d fallen in love. She’d uncurled his fingers and he’d wrapped them around hers and hung on. Maybe she loved him so much because he was a tiny replica of his handsome dad.

Michael walked over to the bed and leaned down to show her their son was sleeping. As she lifted back the blue blanket to stare at her son’s wrinkled, red face, a great rush of tenderness swept her.

She was the luckiest woman in the world.

“Michael,” she whispered. “Isn’t he wonderful?”

“He is, and so are you. I love you,” he said in a low tone that shook her to the depths of her soul. “I love you more than anything in the world.”

His words shook her because she was sure, so very sure, he meant them. Deep down, he’d always been a family man. Even though he’d been wrong about her in the beginning, love of his younger brother and his fierce desire to protect him was what had brought them together. He’d wanted his brother to experience the kind of love he’d never had himself, but had craved.

She was so glad she saw who he really was now—a man who had found the love he must have been looking for his whole life.

He was a fighter. He would always be there for her; he would always love and protect her.

Yes, she was the luckiest woman in the world to have this man and be loved by him.

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One


At the designated time on the Fourth of July, Chance Lassiter and his half sister, Hannah Armstrong, approached the doorway to the massive great room in the Big Blue ranch house. “This seems wrong. I just learned two months ago that I have a sister and now I’m giving you away,” he complained.

“That’s true,” she said, smiling. “But since you and Logan are good friends, I think we’ll probably be seeing each other quite often.”

“You can count on it.” He gazed fondly at his five-year-old niece waiting to throw flower petals as she preceded them down the aisle. “I told Cassie I would come over and take her into Cheyenne for ice cream at least once a week. And I’m not letting her down.”