Epilogue - Tobias POV
I thought I was destined to be alone. It was what I had wanted for such a long time, so when she came into my life and changed everything, I didn’t understand what I was meant to do. I fought with my feelings, denied them until I almost lost her. I’d let my convoluted past almost ruin my one chance at happiness, but we’d been together five months now, and despite many trials, we were stronger than ever. At least we had been.
I looked down at my chest, and absorbed her nakedness as she lay strewn across my body, her wild hair sprawled around her beautiful face. She was fast asleep, completely at peace and it made me feel a certain contentment that I’d never felt before.
I closed my eyes, desperate to fall asleep. But the email I’d received anonymously before leaving work was plaguing my mind. I’d kept it’s existence from Ruby, she didn’t need the stress, but although I’d forwarded it onto a detective I couldn’t help but feel fiercely protective of Ruby.
I’d made my bed and I had to lie in it, but she didn’t. She didn’t deserve the wrath of my past mistakes.
I slipped out of bed, reluctantly moving Ruby from my body and walked naked through my bedroom, grabbing my jeans as I passed them on the floor. I smiled for a moment, as a flicker of our earlier tryst flashed through my mind. Our clothes, like they often did were strewn throughout my apartment. I held back a chuckle as I noted her bra hanging over the door handle.
I left the room and walked down to my study. I sat down and drummed my fingers on the desk. I had to nip this in the bud. Ruby was more important than anything… including my happiness. I had no choice.
I opened the email and hit reply.
You win, I’ll do it.