Ethan Phillips

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Chapter 12

Nina Clark POV

The crowd goes wild. Believing I'm who I said I was.

I felt my voice crack as I sang the end of the song. My eyes find Ethan’s once again as I wipe a tear away. ‘Sorry,’ I say as I let the tears fall. ‘Wooh, this song is always hard on me.’

I dry the tears away and get up to stand before the crowed again.

‘I don’t know why I sang that song, maybe to show how I felt this whole time? Why does a love need to be a secret? That’s a question I asked myself for years.’ I say immediately looking in his eyes. It’s the one thing I always wondered. I understood at the time, but found it horrible. I wanted to tell everyone about the man I loved or better love. Silly stupid me, still loves that man.

‘As for the reason I’m actually here, it’s not because I want to make my identity known. Lord no, I don’t want that. That's why you had to sign that NDA.’ I say shaking my head making them laugh a little. The thought alone is sending shivers down my spine. That’s the absolute last thing I want. I love my privacy.

‘I’m here because I made someone a promise.’ I start. I see my mom standing behind the shields with my daughter Lilly, hand in hand. Lilly with the big smile on her face as I will make her wish come true. A wish that is so hard on me… But a promise is a promise.

‘Before I make the reason know, I need to tell someone who’s here.’ I start looking Ethan in the eye, ‘That I’m really really sorry, I never wanted you to find out like this.’ I sigh closing my eyes, ‘The truth is, just before graduation. I found my boyfriend kissing someone else,’ The gasps fill the room and I see them talking and dashing to each other. I see cheating is still a horrible standard at this school. You go guys!

‘Don’t worry, I know the truth now. She kissed him, but before he could explain everything… I ran. I ran to America, with a secret. I knew I had to tell him, but the truth is. The day I left,’ I say looking Ethan in the eye, he takes a step forward, nodding at me to go on. I close my eyes. ‘I was pregnant,’ His eyes widen, and looks as if they’ll fall out of their sockets, ‘and I was about to tell him, but I was so shocked with the events of that day, that I didn’t.’ He stumbles back, whilst shaking his head. His hands raid trough his hair, a sign he’s shocked. But the good kind of shocked, I think, which is a relieve, I think. If it’s the bad kind, he’d just leave that, I know for sure.

Looking over to my other teachers they also look completely shocked. I guess the good Nina wasn't a virgin after all. I know they're thinking that. The crowd looks absolutely perplexed, their eyes are staring at me like I'm some kind of alien.

’So, I came here because I promised her that she could come to the place where her mummy and daddy met. It was her one birthday wish. She really wants to meet him, but I don’t know if he wants that.’

His complete figure switches to my side as I said, her, and he gave a nod. Telling me that he wants to meet her, or I think he means that.

‘So here she is, my birthday girl. Lilly!’ Just like that she runs out in her beautiful lilac purple dress, as I stand up and she jumps in my arms. ‘Happy birthday sweety.’ I say to her. ‘You already said that mummy.’ She giggles.

I put her down, ‘So, what do you want to do? Sing a song with me?’ She nods as the crowd goes wild. I place her on the piano. ‘But don’t we need some help with that?’ She asks me with a grin. ‘Who would be able to help us with that?’ I ask her sarcastically.

‘Let’s ask Lukas, he’s good with the piano.’ She says, I see Ethan looking shocked at Lilly and perplexed like he doesn't know what to do with himself. I'm sorry... ’What do you guys think, make another birthday wish come true?’ I ask them, they nod.

‘Okay than, here he comes, my birthday boy, Lukas!’ I shout as I see Lukas run on the stage. I pick him up and twirl him around. ‘Happy birthday, Luke.’ He hugs me tighter. ‘I love you mummy.’ I kiss his cheek. ‘I love you too.’

‘Like you can see, I had twins. Lord, it feels like just yesterday when I had them.’

We all sit on or next to the piano. ‘I know this day is a hard day, for you mummy.’ She tells me, ‘But he’s still here.’ She reassures me with a squeeze in my shoulder. Like seriously how smart is this kid?

I hug Lukas tighter, ‘I know, he’s sitting right next to me.’ I tell her jokingly. ‘What song do you want to sing?’ I ask them looking between them. ‘Daddy’s favorite.’ Lilly suggests and Lukas nods hysterically.

I’m happy that we always play together, that way we are well adjusted to each other for times like this.

I search again for Ethan; he looks pale but at the same time he looks happy. I give him a nod, telling him I’m fine and that they are fine. He just shakes his head in disbelieve.

I knew that this day could end up in a complete disaster, deep down I really thought that it would be okay. But I made them a promise and I intent to keep those promises.

‘Okay, my little Mozart start the song.’

Just like that he started the tunes of “Your song” from Elton John. I look for Ethan once again, as soon as the tunes of the song start his head snatched toward us and the pride on his face as he looks at Lukas playing drips of his face. Just wait buddy… I thought, because Lilly has the voice of an angel.

Lilly starts singing, Ethan’s head jerks back up. And he just shakes his head, not believing anything they are doing. But these kids, my kids are a gift and have a gift.

It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide, I
Don’t have much money but boy, if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
Oh, I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song
And this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but
Now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I give them a look that states, please stay. The piano is way too high for them to jump off.

‘I really hope for the sake of my kids, that you all keep to the NDA. The only reason, I never made myself known was because of them. I don’t want them to grow up in that kind of spotlight, I really hope you respect that decision so they can have their birthday wish.’

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