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Chapter 14 : I love you

April 17, Saturday, 8:13 am

As I wake up earlier than usual, I yawn and massage my eyes. I rolled over to see Isaac sound asleep; he usually wakes up before me, so this was a nice surprise. I leaned against his chest and traced the tattoos on his body; he has a sleeve tattoo, but it’s not one big tattoo; it’s a collection of small and big tattoos connected and joined together; there’s one that looks like a dragon and another that looks like Mickey Mouse, and I begin to wonder about the stories behind this permanent ink.

This reminds me of a conversation I had with Isaac about my tattoo. (Book 1, Chapter 27) Then I remember my brother Kai, I haven’t thought about him in a long time, I remember being terrified of him and what he would do to me as a kid, I remember having to walk on eggshells around him, sometimes literally, but I never hated him for everything he did to me, I don’t know why I’m not a merciful person, I hold grudges, I have flaws, but my parents hid behind a mask, and they told me they did these things because they loved me, but he set it to me straight.

You don’t hurt the people you love.

I’m sad just thinking about how I used to live, and it makes me even more grateful that I’m here in the first place; if it hadn’t been for Lovey, I’d still be in Indiana, enduring more torture from my parents, my self-confidence would be in shambles, and my parents would most likely force me to marry one of their friends’ sons because I’d be too afraid to find someone who would love me. That little girl saved my life and she wasn’t even born yet.

I blinked and A Tear rolled down my face and I’m to Isaac’s chest.

“Are you ok?“I hear a deep groggy voice say, I look up at Isaac and I can see the concern and worry in his eyes, I gave him a smile.

“I’m fine,” I said pushing up off Isaac and going to the bathroom, Isaac pulled me gently by the arm.

“Don’t do that,” Isaac said sitting up.

“Don’t do what?”

“Don’t shut me out.”

“I’m not,” I say in denial, Isaac dinner raised a perfectly sculpted eyebrow, I then sigh.

“I was thinking about my brother.”

“David?”

“No, Kai.”

“Why were you thinking about him don’t you hate him?”

“What?! I don’t hate him.”

“He tortured you as a kid.”

“I know, but I’ve always had thicker skin when it comes to people who try and tear me down, and that mainly comes from my brothers; because of Kai, I’ve never had body image issues, or given a damn about what other people think of me. In a way, I owe everything to Kai, and it’s not like he could do anything about it; he was fucked up, and he didn’t just torment me; he tortured my brother Owen, and everyone liked David, so there was no way he could ever come after him.”

Isaac sighed then rubbed a spot under my eye.

“My baby’s such a good person.” Even though I can’t blush I felt like I was blushing, I think it’s a mutual agreement with everyone that has ever been on the receiving end of Isaac’s love and affection that its heaven.

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8 hours later

8:35 pm

Me and Isaac actually have somewhere to be, It’s a gala, we were invited by another rich and powerful family, at this point, I can’t keep track of the names, I’ll just ask Isaac to remind me. I decided to wear a stretchy but slimming black dress that has off-the-shoulder straps, I like this dress, and I bonus it makes me not look pregnant at all, from the front.

I’m scared to go to this gala, everyone will find out that I’m pregnant, and Isaac’s parents will be there too. we haven’t told anyone about the baby yet, I haven’t even told my brother, ever since he got with Valerie he’s tolerated, Isaac so much so that he wouldn’t give Isaac the occasional glares, but this news might set him off, so I’ll hold off for now.

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I feel all eyes on me as soon as we step out of the car and into the gala; everyone is staring at me in shock, and I’m a little uneasy; however, Isaac puts his arm around my waist, and I feel a little more at ease; I then notice Isaac’s parents staring at me with their mouths wide open, and I’m having flashbacks of what happened to my parents.

You know that butterfly feeling you get when you see someone you really like and in every book, they describe it as something so amazing but it’s actually awful? That’s how I’m feeling right now.

We walk over to Isaac’s parents, I keep looking up at Isaac willing him to turn back, I swear I’m going to shit a brick right now, and that will be less embarrassing then this.

“Oh my goodness!” Colleen said covering her mouth and smiling, I have never gotten this reaction before and it feels weird but slightly great. “Rowan look at you,” Colleen said happily, but then turn to Isaac with a frown and hit him in the chest with her black clutch. “You know good and damn well that I don’t like surprises,” she said with a finger in Isaac’s face and a hand on her hip.

“Sorry, mom.”

“Your luck that your mom doesn’t hold grudges when a baby is involved.“Colleen said before foning over me.

Isaac Collins POV

My dad gave me a big hug then pated my back

“Why didn’t you tell me and your mother sooner? do you have a death wish?”

“First of all it’s none you god damn bisnuss old man, and second you know mom can’t resist babies.

“I jenuenly thought once you got into a good and healthy relationship you would be less of a dick, but I was wrong.” My dad said with a small smile on his face.

“Good job,” My dad said putting a hand on my shoulder.

“Thanks,” I said momentarily looking down at the ground and then looking up at his proud smile.

moments later my dad and Rowan walk of together.

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Rowan’s POV

“Rowen, It’s been so long since I last saw you.”

“Oh yeah, sorry about that.”

“No no It’s ok, I new you were at the chrismas party but you and Isaac left before I could say hi, was their somthe wrong?” More like what wasen’t wrong. (Chapter 28 & 29 Book #1)

“Oh no i just was feeling not to great, but everything is fine now.”

“Oh Ok.” I feel taribal lying to Arthur, but I cant tell him that Isaac’s bitch of an ex-girl showed up out of thin air, Isaac would kill me, and expesaly because he didn’t tell than that she was bad news.

“So Arthur, how did you get to be the CEO of a Multi-million dollar company?”

“Actually I inherited the company”

“Really?”

“I came from a poor family, and I didn’t have a lot of connections, but I was smart, so I got a scholarship to Columbia and then looked for an internship. I ended up getting an internship at Barlow, the company’s former name before I rebranded it.”

“The company’s CEO wasn’t a very good guy, to say the least. Mr. Barlow treated everyone like crap and was a truly awful person. mind you I did my internship for about three years till I got a job with his company.” Arthur added.”

“Wow.”

“Apparently He had stage four cancer, a tumour in his brain, and it was too late for treatment he then gave me his company on his deathbed. I’ll never forget what he said to me.”

“My children are spoiled and ungrateful, and you were the only person who has ever been there for me, even now; you’ve worked for me for three years you will know exactly what to do; you were more like a son to me than my own.”

”Jesus,”

“Exactly, I think at his core Mr. Barlow was You’re just a person who didn’t care about what other people thought of him, and because of past Traumatic things he decided to treat people like dirt but in the end he still was human and I guess me following him around everywhere like a lost puppy made him feel wanted or needed in some weird way.”

“to be honest I was not expecting that”

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Isaac Collins POV

Jenette walked over to me with confident strides; I don’t know if I’ve noticed it before, but she carries herself as if the entire world is watching her, causing me to roll my eyes.

Jenette comes to a halt by my side, and I turn to face Rowan, who is laughing and chatting with my mother’s friends; how can one person shine so brightly with just a smile? I briefly wonder.

“What do you want?” I say harshly while bringing my glass up to my lips.

“Forget about it,” Jenette said blankly, and I look over at her, confused, but she doesn’t look at me; her face is blank and dreamy all at once like she’s thinking about something thoughtfully.

“Forget about what?” I ask.

“The favour, forget about it.” I couldn’t believe this, Jeanette is famous for being fearless and steadfast, especially when it came to those she didn’t care for.

“Why, is this a trick?”

“Nope.” She said popping the p at the end.

“Then why?” I say putting my empty glass on a waiter’s tray as he passed by. Jenette’s brows were drawn together when she looked at me for the first time since we started conversing.

“When I first met Rowan in college, she always had a sad look about her, and it was the same when I met her after graduation. At first, I assumed she just had a gloomy personality.”

“Yet once you started bothering her, she became happy; I don’t get it; I don’t understand your relationship; I don’t understand how she can care for someone like you, but you make her happy, and she’s the Rowan we all know and love today because of you.”

“So do us all a favour and marry her before you fuck this one up, again,” Jeanette said falling back into her old mannerisms, and it worried me that she sounded like an actual human with feelings; to be honest, I had always pictured her as a heartless creature, but she genuinely cares about Rowan.

Wait, what did she just say?

“What?” I say stunned.

“Ask her to marry you, it’s not a favour, I’m asking .” Jeanette said then walked away.”

“Jeanette,” I called after her, she turned her head and gave me a faint smile, but there was a moment of understanding, that even though we don’t like one other, we both love Rowan.

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My heart began to feel so full, as I stared into the eyes of the man who had given me so much, and words came out of my mouth without my even realizing it.

“Isaac, I I love you” Isaac’s eyes widened to the point where they appeared to be about to burst out of his sockets. “You make me so happy that I’m not sure why I haven’t told you before.”

“What did you just say?”

“I don’t know why I haven’t told you before?”

“No before that.”

“You make me so happy?”

“Before that.” I smiled and snickered.

“I love you.”

“Say it again.”

“What?” I said with a smirk still plastered on my face.

“Say it again.” I sighed while smiling.

“Isaiah Elijah Collins, I love you so much.”When Isaac looked me in the eyes, he had a look of bewilderment on his face. He then kissed me. unlike our usual kisses that leads to more this one was sweet and warm and full of so much emotion.

“You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for you to say that,” Isaac exclaimed, panting as if he’d just run a marathon. When I touched his chest, I could feel his heart racing at the same rate as mine.

“I’m sorry it took so long, I guess I prolonged it because I thought you would leave me.” As we danced, I embraced his chest and closed my eyes, his woody cologne which went so well with his sope, and warm body heat making me feel right at home.

“I could never leave you,” Isaac whispered then kissed me again, but on the cheek this time.

I love this man.

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