Chapter Forty-One - Abby
My heart was pounding so loudly in my chest, I was sure Cory could hear it from where he stood. He was the last person in the world I thought would be standing in front of me but the only one I wanted to be there. I couldn’t believe he was there. I had dreamt about this for the past two months now, hoping he would show up here and tell me he loved me still. Now that he was standing in front of me, I was failing for words to say. What could I say? Did he feel the same way for me now as he did before? What if he didn’t? What if he had come here to make sure I was staying out of trouble and that I was being good like I promised the CIA I would be? We stood there quietly for a moment, him unable to really form an answer to the question I asked him. Finally, he sighed and shrugged his shoulders. “I came to see you.”
“I’m glad.” I said, wringing my hands in front of me. He gave me a small smile, rubbing the back of his head like he usually does when he’s nervous. “Cory, I’m sorry about what happened the last time we saw each other.”
“Me too. I was out of line to do that to you. I should have given you the choice to make on your own, not for you.” I shook my head. If only he knew how much his decision had changed my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have had the courage to move here and to start school this fall. I was even writing more, turning our adventure with Scorpio into an inspiration for my first novel.
“I would have gone through with it then. I needed you to help push me in the right direction. I never knew how to make my own choices because I never had to before. After our fight, I had so many choices to make and I was afraid of making the wrong ones. But, they were mine to make and I did. I mean, Miss Sandelgo and Mr. Burns helped me a great deal but for the most part, everything that has happened was because of me. I never would have been able to see that if you didn’t do what you did.”
“I’m glad you’re happy, Abz.” My chest felt warm at the sound of his nickname for me. I had longed to hear it for so long now.
“What’s happened since then? I never heard what happened to Alexz.”
“She’s locked in a state max women’s prison in New York. She’ll be there for the rest of her life more than likely unless she can sweet talk a judge into thinking she’s changed. She refused to help locate the rest of Scorpio’s operations, convinced she was going to control them once she’s out of prison. We’ve got teams working on taking the rest of them out. Your information helped a lot with that.”
“I hope she’s miserable there.” I said, tossing my braid over my shoulder.
“I’m sure she is. How are things with your biological father?” He asked, stepping closer.
“Great. We are getting to know each other. It feels nice to know I didn’t come from that evil monster and that I can have a chance of getting to know my real father who is a wonderful man. Well, drug dealing set aside that is.” He let out a nervous chuckle towards my joke. Sighing, I looked up at him. “Cory, why are you really here? I don’t think you came all this way just to catch up.”
“I quit the CIA.” He replied, looking at his feet.
“What?” I asked, shocked. “It’s your life though.”
“No, it’s not. You are. I tried. I really did, Abby. I thought that if I worked hard enough, I’d forget yu and the feelings I had for you. I was convinced it was only the crystal that was making me feel that way. That was until I still felt the same two months later. I knew that I needed to do what my heart was telling me. So I quit my job yesterday and came straight here. The CIA was a good part of my life but you are the most important thing to me. There are other jobs I could do. It doesn’t matter as long as I get to spend the rest of my life with you.” I felt tears building in my eyes as he spoke.
“I’ve missed you so much. There hasn’t been a day I haven’t thought about you. I thought for sure I was never going to see you again. I know we didn’t have much time together but I felt like it was long enough for me to know I didn’t want to live without you.”
“I know. I feel the same way.” Stepping forward, he wrapped his arms around me in a tight hug. I gripped his white t-shirt tightly, not wanting to let go in case this was a dream. I didn’t want to wake up and have this be all gone. “I am never going to leave you again. This is it. This is where I want to be. Forever. And nothing is going to change that. I’m sorry for not being here sooner.”
“It’s okay.” I said softly, pulling away just enough to cupping his face in my hands. “I love you, Cory.”
“I love you, too.” Leaning in, he pressed his lips to mine. Pulling away, he pressed his forehead against mine. “You’re not going to find me boring now that I’m not an agent any more, are you?”
“Pretty sure I had my fill of adventure for a life time.” I replied, smiling up at him. Laughing, he bent over and scooped me up in his arms.
“Wanna know the best part of the whole thing?” He said, walking towards the house.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“They let me keep my handcuffs.” He shot me a devilish grin as a deep blush filled my cheeks.
“I’m sure we’ll find a use for those.”