Chapter 31

🦋Tomorrow is not promised and the past cannot be changed therefore live each day to the fullest and know that every new day is a blessing.🦋

"We're gonna do it at noon. So be ready."

"So," you cooed.

"So," Ray deadpanned as he typed away on his silver laptop that was placed on his table in his kitchen. You bend over him and grabbed his face gently with your index and thumb, squishing his face together, making him form duck lips.

"What do you want, Y/n," he said unbothered by your playfulness.

Weeks have passed since everything had happened that night from the club. You never received anything back from Anna, she ghosted you after everything had gone down. Gilda was extremely upset because she couldn't find you and thought that you went missing. Even Don was worried about your well-being and tried to help find you inside of the nightclub. That next morning you had called her and told her that you were alright and that you were staying at Ray's and that helped her nerves go down.

She ended up scolding you, telling you to be more responsible and that you should tell her where you're going next time instead of disappearing because one thing could lead to the next. She could've ended up calling the police and tried doing a search party, but luckily you were safe and sound. That was all that mattered.

And it was Valentine's Day. The both of you haven't made it official but both of you made it clear that the both of you were together.

You spent more time with him and at his place more than you were spending time at your place. You even had your clothes there. You knew that- that wasn't a good idea but what can you say, you were in love with the man that you're with.

He didn't seem to mind. He never complains.

"It's a special day," you squealed lowly as you rocked him side to side with the chair in between the both of you but that didn't stop you, you still manage to get to him, pressing your body onto his.

"And what's today?" He said grabbing onto your wrist gently and brought it down, away from his face.

"You're serious?" You said sitting up looking at the back of his head and then towards his computer screen to see what he was up to.

"Yeah. Dead serious," he said turning towards you with a slightly confused look on his face.

"Ray," you groaned. "It's Valentine's Day," you said laughing awkwardly. "How did you not know?" You said looking at him incredulously.

"Oh. That's what you're on about," you grumbled. He put his hand out and placed his hand on your waist moving you out of his way gently and slid back his chair before stretching his long arms and legs. When he was done he moved his hand up to his eyes and rubbed them. "Yeah. That does sound about right," he yawned quietly.

"Yeah. Let's do something," you said paying no mind to the raven-haired man's laziness.

"You want me to take you on a date," he asked getting up and pushing his chair underneath the table slowly. "If so then where would you like to go?"

His hair was messy, and his clothes were slightly twisted to the side making him look adorable in your eyes.

"I'd like that," you smiled softly as you walked up to him and wrapped your arms around his neck. "It would be great for us to spend time together."

Ray rolled his eyes before letting out a snort. "You practically invited yourself to live in my place. I think we spend a lot of time together if you ask me."

"Well, no one asked."

"Fair point."

The both of you chuckled softly and he placed his hands on your waist and smiled down at you.

Over time you have been seeing that he was making progress, slowly but surely. He was smiling more which was rare moments only you could see. He was opening up more towards you and you were seeing bits and pieces of his personality that he was hiding so deep inside of the huge cave that he was placed in for so long.

Maybe he was lonely.

All this time, he was alone by himself and he needed someone to be there with him to help comfort him. To help him see better days. To take him away from the raining and terrible stormy days that kept him locked up inside of his penthouse for so long.

Maybe it was because he saw something in you that you didn't see in yourself.

Maybe it was because you were so caring and loving and were showing him multiple signs that you cared about how he felt and cared about his well-being.


All of those sounded accurate.

He didn't need a partner. No. But having you here made his days brighter and made him have hope inside of his beating heart.

"We can go do anything really, but I don't care to do something extremely over the top. Just something for us to have a good time and enjoy each other's company. You've been cooped up inside for so long," you mumbled. You placed your right hand against his cheek and softly caressed his surprisingly smooth glowing tanned skin.

"How long have you been in here? When was the last time you been out?" You asked him looking inside of his eyes with your e/c ones.

He placed his left hand over your own and sigh. "You know the media is trying to get to me and question me about Conny's death. Even if I don't have anything to do with it, they're trying to paint a picture on me and make me look like a bad person. It's all for money and it was starting to irritate me," he grumbled lowly.

That's right. You forgot all about that. Ever since the news surfacing all around the news, people were trying to figure out what was going on and who was involved in the ex-secretary's death.

Even though Ray was proven not guilty, he was constantly harassed on the streets by bloggers and journalists trying to get him to 'talk'.

The thought of Ray being harassed to the point that he would lose his mind made you frown. Why would people do that in the first place? He was only human and he has feelings and emotions.

But it seems like no one cares. People are selfish and they only care about their gain, which is honestly sad.

'What miserable lives do they have,' you scoffed internally.

"How about we go out to a park or something? I know it sounds cliche and all but I never really had a chance to do something like that. There shouldn't be too many people there. Maybe moms with their kids and old people with their pets and things like that, but overall it should be peaceful."

"Yeah..." he said smiling down at you and then looked to the side with a thoughtful look and parted his lips slightly.

You raised your eyebrows and tilted your head to the side so you could look at him better.

"Hey... what's wrong?"

"Nothing. I'm just... I want you to meet someone, " he said turning his head back towards you with an unreadable expression.

You raised your eyebrows in surprise and smiled softly, unsure of who he could be referring to.


The both of you were walking down the sidewalk, walking towards the hospital building. He was walking ahead of you while you were trailing behind.

You didn't know exactly who you were going to be seeing inside of this building but something was nagging inside of your head.

'Are we gonna see... her?'

The thought of it made your hands grow extremely sweaty and you were getting nervous just thinking about seeing the older lady inside the hospital. Just thinking about seeing her up close. Seeing the woman who gave birth to the man in front of you.

Seeing his mother.

The tall male was walking in front of you with a black turtle neck and grey pants to match, along with a long tan creamed colored trench coat.

You wore blue jeans that were slightly a little bigger than your size, a black long-sleeved fitted shirt that was cropped below your breast bone, and one of Ray's black jackets where the sleeve covered your hands, making you keep rising it up so you could hold the bouquet better in your hands.

Next thing you knew the both of you were standing outside of her room.

Ray looked back towards you and told you that he'll tell you when to come in and you nodded in response. You stood outside twirling your body slightly from slide to the side, trying to keep yourself occupied before you pass out on the floor.

You looked around and watched nurses, doctors, and regular civilians, walk around, talking, etc.

The door opened back up in front of you making you turn your attention back to the male. He looked at you with his usual calm look and nodded. You smiled softly and followed behind him and closed the door behind you.

You look towards the lady on the bed gasped quietly.

There she was.

She was dressed in a hospital gown with wires attached to her. Her skin was smooth and pale to the point you could see the color of her veins underneath her skin. Her hair was completely shaved off from her head, she had tired purple eyes gazing back at you with a slight surprise look of her own.

"Hello," you spoke softly and bowed gently. "It's nice to meet you, ma'am ."

She raised her eyebrows and smiled gently towards you with a welcoming one.

"Hello, love. So you're Y/n... It's nice to meet you," she started. When she realized that you were still by the door she raised her hand and gesture you gently over towards her. "Come over here. There's no need to be afraid. I won't bite," she joked lightly.

You shook your head in embarrassment and walked over towards her. "No, it's fine," you laughed lightly.

You walked up towards her and looked down at your hands before raising the bundle of flowers in your hand. "I wanted to bring you something. I know it's not much but I wanted to bring you a gift of my own," you said smiling at her. "Ray said that your favorite flowers were red verbena's."

Isabella looks towards Ray then towards the flowers then at you. "I- you didn't have to, Y/n-"

"No. But I wanted to," you said in a caring tone. "It's the least I could do. These are for you," you handed them to the lady and placed your hands back to your side, showing that you weren't going to take them back.

Isabella analyzed the flowers quietly, taking in the beautiful sight of the glowing bright brilliant red maroon flowers before her.

"They're... so beautiful," she said in awe. She looked from the flowers and looked towards you and grabbed your hand. "Thank you so much."

"And also, happy Valentine's Day to the both of you," Ray said in a dull tone, making the both of you turned towards the male.

Even though his voice sounded bland, his face showed a different expression showing that he was flustered with his eyes glancing away and he looked directly back at you with a slightly irritated look from having all of the attention on him.

"There's no need to be embarrassed, Ray," Isabella said in a calming voice.

He rolled his eyes and walked over towards the bags that he brought along with him. He brought the bags over and pulled out a chair that was placed towards Isabella's bed, and gestured for you to sit down.

You sat down and looked up towards him. He set the bags on the table and took out a couple of presents.

"This is for you mom," he said pulling out a small diamond bracelet.

It was beautiful to the eyes and there was no doubt about it that it was real. Clear crystals embedded inside of silver wire that was clipped together with a small clip. It was placed inside of a black box that had the name of the company who created it, a symbol on it.

He took it out of the box carefully and grabbed her wrist, and put it on for her. He walked back over towards the same bag and pulled out a fluffy cream-colored beanie hat and placed it carefully on her head. "Ik it's kind of chilly during this time. You should stay warm so you won't catch a cold," he said stepping back.

Isabella looked up towards him and smiled gently. "Thank you," she said holding onto his hand and giving it a light squeeze.

He nodded and smiled softly and went back to the other bag. And pulled out a smaller box that was for you. He looked towards you and blushed.

"I know this is all of a sudden but I just brought you something in thanks for everything... for being there." He opened up the box and grabbed your hand.

Your eyes widened and your lips parted slightly in what you were looking at.

He shook his head and scoffed before smiling. "Don't worry, it's not a promised ring. It's a little too early for something as big as that. It's just a ring to show that your someone who means a lot to me, you see," he said bashfully.

Isabella watched the whole scene play out in front of her in awe.

Everything was crashing down in his life and you were the one who was always there along with him and showed multiple times how dedicated you were to him. So he wanted to thank you for that.

He grabbed your hand and placed the ring on your index finger and smiled softly. "There."

You smiled brightly towards him feeling your body warm up and tingle at the heartwarming moment.

"I didn't do anything for my birthday in January so we can just do something today, for Valentine's Day," he said looking at you and his mother.

"No," you heard Isabella said shaking her head softly.

"Huh? What's wrong?" You asked looking towards her.

"The both of you shouldn't spend the rest of your day here inside of a hospital. It's Valentine's Day. Go outside and do something with each other," she said with a wave of her hand. "The both of you can always visit me later."


That word made Ray frown deeply. What if there wasn't a later?

"No," he said in defiance.

"Ray, I'll be alright. Enjoy yourself, you only live once and only stay young for such a short period," she said in a soothing tone. "I want you to enjoy your time with Y/n."

You listened to her words with slightly parted lips and a sad expression.

"I promise you. I'll be fine, just go with Y/n, okay? Whenever you have the chance I have some good news for you Ray," she spoke with a smile on your face.

He looks hesitant for a moment but only nodded in response. "O-okay." He looks towards you and gestured you towards the door. "Come on, Y/n and I'll see you later, Mom."

She raised her hand and waved at both of you and other a smile of her own before Ray closed the door.

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