“Shawn, I lost my baby. The b***h killed my unborn child. I will hunt her down myself, I will…kill her.” Catherine’s nostrils flared and shook her head in disgust. The hatred, the longing to destroy Elizabeth was the reason she survived.
“Stop… Catherine, let me take care of it, please. I will take care of her.”
“Shawn, it’s been a year and you still haven’t found her. No one found her.”
“How did you know this?”
“Because I’m still alive. If she found out that I didn’t die that day when he ordered Javier’s men to kill me, I know she will send someone to hunt me soon enough, f**k… and all I thought was that she was with you when you got married.”
“I saw it in the n-newspaper. Javier 1-let me see it… 1-” F**k, she never thought about it. But thinking about them still hurts
“Hello Javier tricked you then. I never married her and will never marry her, so why should I? I hate her as much you hate her. I know that she was all behind this and behind your supposed death… f**k!” Shawn stood up and paced the floor and gritted his teeth. His bitterness grew inside him like a tumor. It was eating him alive as he continued, “Javier is seriously getting out of hand. But it really doesn’t have much to do with him. He was just a p**n in a much bigger game. Someone was behind him. He partners with other agencies to do his dirty work with some corrupt government officials and leaders to ensure the downfall of my company’s labor. Someone held separate business meetings to make sure no one in my company found out. I just drafted different contracts, then I was just fortunate that I found it soon enough and fired dozens of employees behind my company’s corruption.”
“Well… I have problems with the hotel’s management. I had so many bad reviews, bad publicity, and such that it was total mayhem. But I’m handling it fairly and unbiasedly, not until I found out that dozens of my employees were paid by someone to hold back accounts, contracts, and give out information and such? Shawn sat again beside her.
“But that doesn’t mean you’re managing the hotels wrong, right?” She spat as he dropped his head in shame.
“I tried everything Catherine did. But since then, since the accident, since I’ve lost you, everything was black and white to me. No gray areas.”
“I’m sorry, I know the child meant so much to you because it was supposed to be your heir and…”
“No! Damnit! You are not listening. You know, you matter to me, big time… above all. Yes… the child is important, as you are to me, but… Your safety was supposed to be my first priority, but I failed… I failed to keep you safe and you suffered so much… I hate, I despise myself for-,
“Stop. You did what was good for you I wasn’t being careful I trusted your men, i did but one of them had drugged me.”
“None of them survived the blast”
“Yes, someone had planted a bomb in that house, Everyone died, and I thought when the rescue found a w-woman, b-burned a corpse, I thought it was you.” Shawn paused and breathed in, as it filling his lungs hurt.
“Yes, and Javier, and you’re right, it doesn’t mean a thing to me at that time because I was so devastated All I wanted was to get revenge. Yes, I did. But he’s my cousin, a family member. So I made a treaty against my relatives. I don’t have the heart to go against them or order them dead.”
For a moment, the room was silent She was not angry and neither was Dave, but Shawn knew she was onto something. Catherine thought they both felt miserable about what happened and how conflicted they felt.
“Shawn, come with me, I want to show you something.” She entwined her fingers with his, the motion was simple, yet electrifying. It has been a while since they touched. His skin was soft, warm, and smooth, just as she remembered and he immediately relaxed at the sensation,
She led him over to a large box marked “baby,” located in the middle of the disorganized living room. It was where she stored all of her baby ultrasound pictures, little clothing and memorabilia from her trip to the doctor, even schedule plans and almost half a dozen pregnancy test kits. It was her most prized possession, and she rarely shared its contents with anyone, She digs through the box and quickly finds a stack of ultrasound pictures
“Wow, is this…It’s gorgeous…* Shawn said breathlessly.
“Yes, that’s her…”
“Yes, the day you left my OB called me and informed me that it was a girl, I’m supposed to tell you there in the kitchen, but..” She halted and showed him pictures of the blurred ultrasound picture, followed by the gorgeous landscape with its rolling hills, deep valleys, and lush fields. “That’s the picture I took two days before the incident. I was waiting for you to come back so we could go there together. I was planning to go hiking with… just us, and I’m supposed to tell you something.
“Oh, what is it?”
“I… I don’t know… I forgot…She replied and avoided his eyes. She was supposed to tell him that she loved him and she would accept anything as long as he wouldn’t leave her and the child, even if he didn’t love her in retum. Shawn looked at her then at the picture. But the picture he held was one of Catherine’s favorites. It showcases the lake landscape with the sun shining brightly on the horizon while a few birds and ducks mill about in the background.
“I took this picture that morning on my phone and sent it to Dave. That’s why he had the copt, Isn’t it beautiful? This was my view every day alone there when you left, and I never tired of it.”
“Catherine, I’m sorry.”
“Enough with the sorry, Shawn.”
He nodded and looked back at the ultrasound picture, “but that picture is my favorite, above all my favorite.” Catherine grumbled as a tear rolled down her cheek. “It hurts so much. It hurts that I can’t feel her anymore. It hurts that I lost her even before I could hold her.” She sobbed on his shoulder. Both knew they needed to move on with the pain, the memory.
“I wouldn’t tire of watching it either. It’s beautiful.” Shawn said as he kissed her on the forehead.
Wiping her tears, she smiled at him, quite smitten by his childlike awe over the photographs. “I bet she would be just exactly like you… lovely and demanding… and I’d be completely on her palm… Spoiling a little Catherine.
“Me, demanding? I am never demanding.”
“Of course, you have too many weird cravings. Shawn brought me those and that, or else you are not going to get any kisses from me the whole day. He teased her.
“I did notli.
“Yes you did, sweetheart, and you looked cute pouting when I ended up bringing you the wrong fruit and you ignored me for hours.
“You did… Shawn smiled! “But you know what? I miss all those cravings of yours.”
“Yes, because I got to kiss you and make love to you all night long.”
She blushed and bit her lips.
“Don’t do that, Catherine.”
“Do what?” She furrowed her brow.
“Biting your lips.” Shawn gazed at her while she wet her lips again as Catherine gasped.
“Because I want to bite it myself.” He slowly kissed her on the forehead and cheeks.
“Why don’t you? After all, I’m still your wife.”