Brian spends most of the day in his office, getting all his work together. Elizabeth tries to keep herself busy, giving Brian the space he needs even though she misses him terribly. The last few weeks have been hard on her, she just keeps it to herself and hopes whatever is going on, they pull through.
When evening rolls around, Elizabeth can’t take it anymore, knowing Brian is right upstairs in his office makes her want to spend time with him. She misses there closeness, she misses him.
She takes a walk upstairs to his office and opens the door seeing Brian busy at work.
“You're still working?” She asks. Walking up to him, and taking a seat on his lap.
“Yes, Sorry I just have a lot to do. ” Brian answers.
“I know,” Elizabeth replies, going to kiss his lips.
The kiss is long and passionate like they always are. Just when Brian puts his arms around her, the feel of her growing belly gets to him. He stops the kiss abruptly, almost pushing Elizabeth off of him.
“I have work to do,” Brian says.
He looks at Elizabeth who is taken back from his actions. He has never pushed her away before, she feels hurt and now even unwanted. Brian can see the tears forming in her eyes.
“I didn’t mean to be so abrupt. I am sorry about that babe.” Brian states. Knowing that wasn’t what he really wanted to do. Elizabeth just slides off of him, standing up next to him, hurt to the core.
“You don’t want me anymore? That’s its right? You changed your mind?” Elizabeth says standing there holding back her tears. Feeling everything is coming apart.
“No, Babe, it's not that.” Brian answers.
“Then what the hell is it? I have held my tongue long enough. Ever since we have gotten home you have changed. You do your best to stay away from me. I never even see you anymore, I wait up only for you to crawl into bed and go to sleep. I eat dinner alone, and spend most of my time alone.” Elizabeth snaps.
“I have a lot of work to do. ” Brian says.
“Bullshit, you always had work, it never stopped you from being with me. From coming home and having dinner, to making love before we go to bed. You use to text me all the time. Just to see how I was doing. Now you barely do that. I need to know what is going on. I have a right to. I am not going to stay here if you don’t want me. I am not living like I used to. I don't want a loveless relationship. I am not going to stand here and be abused again.” Elizabeth says.
“I love you, that hasn’t changed at all. I just know if this child isn’t mine, you're going back to him. You will leave me behind and everything we share just to make sure that child is safe.” Brian admits.
“What? Why on earth would I go back to him? So that is why you're pushing me away? Because of what Ethan said? When do you ever take anything that Ethan says to heart? Do you really think I would just leave you?” Elizabeth remarks.
“I don’t know what the hell you would do. I live in the shadow of him. I know he hurt you and badly, but I am tired of getting the shit because of everything he has done. I am not him! Is the real reason you don’t want to marry me because, if this child is his, you're going back to him? Or maybe you just want to keep things open, so that anytime you can walk out.” Brian answers.
“That’s not true. I don’t want to walk out, I don't want to leave you. And stop putting me back with him. That’s not happening. I do not want him if I did I wouldn't have left him. Your killing our relationship over nothing. You thinking things that are not happening.” Elizabeth snaps.
“Nothing? It's not nothing. He is always in our way. You again avoided the topic of marriage. Every time I bring it up, you avoid. Never setting a date, never giving into it. I want more. I just don’t want to be the Loverboy as every freaking one calls me. I want to be your husband and that man that you spend your life with. The man that raises OUr child. Not just this damn sidekick. Why would Ethan ever respect me? When your not. You even still use his fucking name. I sent roses to Elizabeth Marks. How the hell do you think that made me feel?” Brian replies.
“That's not true or even fair. You know why I don’t want to get married. It has nothing to do with you. I just fear, things will be like it was. Your more to me than a sidekick or lover boy. Screw them and what they say. I am sorry, I never even thought about the name. I have used it for so long. I can always change it. I didn't know it bothered you so much.” Elizabeth responds.
“It has everything to do with me. It just means you put me in his category. I am tired of this, and feeling its all just going to disappear when the nine months are over. ANd yes it bothers me very much. You're still his, still using his name. He is still HERE.” Brian comments.
Getting up and walking out of his office.
“Brian wait, please. I love you. Where are you going?“Elizabeth says running after him.
Brian goes down the stairs and out the front door, getting into his car and riding away. Elizabeth just slides herself down sitting on the top stair. Sobbing into her hands. Her heart is broken. She doesn't know if this will be fixed or even can be. She just saw it crumble in front of her, just like she was scared it would. She knew Brian was hurt, that he has been putting up with a lot. She was putting up with same, just keeping it to herself and better hidden than Brian did. She was used to it. She did it all her life.