After being away for hours, Brian is finally home parking his car in the driveway. It's now dark outside, he looks in the window and everything is dark inside as well. He goes up to the door and opens it with the key, to see everything is quiet and dark. Like no one is even here.
He goes to the table near the stairs and puts the table lamp on, to see where he is going. Then he heads upstairs seeing Elizabeth still sitting at the top of the stairs. Her eyes filled with tears. He knows she sat there the whole time in pain. Just that thought a lone hurts him, he was the cause of this. How was he any better than Ethan at the moment? Making his six-month pregnant girlfriend a crying mess.
He runs up the stairs to her, where he puts his arms around her and holds her tight. Lifting her up and carrying her to their bedroom.
“Babe, I am so sorry. I just couldn’t hold back how I felt, and in return, I hurt you. I am sorry. I let my insecurities do this to us.” Brian says.
Laying Elizabeth in bed, and he gets in on the other side, wrapping his arms around her.
“I understand how you feel. I know this is a lot for you to take. I am sorry, I never meant to hurt you this way. I never even thought about the last name thing. I will start using my maiden name and try to be more aware of your feelings.” Elizabeth answers tears still flowing down her face.
Brian wipes them away.
“I know that was stupid to be mad about huh? I just couldn’t help it. It just seemed no matter how hard we tried to get away from him, parts of him were still there. Sometimes, I feel he will always be in our life no matter what.” Brian admits.
“After we get the DNA test we need to make sure that doesn’t happen. I will no longer go back to Wisconsin for any reason. Its the only way to break free from him.” Elizabeth states.
“It's not really a reasonable way, not if you want to see your children. There will still be times you need to go there, even if you don’t want to. There will be occasions you will be needed for. What happens when you have grandchildren? I know you will want to see and be with them. I can’t ask you to do this. I will just have to deal.” Brian says.
“Can you? Will it affect our relationship and hurt it? I don’t want that. I want us to be happy and together, but yes I do love my children, and I do want to be there on main occasions. I will have to talk to them and work something out. ” Elizabeth comments.
“I am going to have to make it work if I want to be with you. I thought about that all the way home. I am going to have to let Ethan just slide off me. I just take it personally, the things he said bothered me. You leaving me to go back to him. I know you say you won’t but I also know how much you want this child to have a regular life. I see why he says it. It's not far fetched. I guess I now know how he felt, it's not good.” Brian admits.
“I want you to get me leaving you out of your head. Yes, I love this child and want the best for him, but I am not going to leave my life and give everything up. If it happens to be Ethan’s we can fight him. It does make things a lot more complicated though, where you may not want to still be with me. It means you will have to put up with him and even his child.” Elizabeth confesses, the thought hurting her.
“If that's that case, I will deal, it will take me some getting used to. I just know I don’t want to lose you. Have you given any thought to the marriage part? I know I keep pushing, and it's not really what I want. I don’t want to push you into it. I want you to marry me because you love me and want to be with me. Just if this child isn’t mine if we are married it looks better. Gives it a more stable environment. Then us just living together.” Brian says.
“I thought about it, I love you and I want to show you that I do. You're not pushing me to, you want to do things the right way. I understand that I wanted all that the first time also. If we do this, I want you to promise me, you will always tell me how you feel. That you won’t push me away like you did these last few weeks. Just be honest with me, so we can work on what's wrong. Not let it fester and eat away at us.” Elizabeth replies.
“I promise, I know I went around this wrong. I just didn’t want to hurt you, I just see I hurt you more.” Brian answers.
“Then let’s do this. We can get married at city hall, just me you, your brother Sean and his girlfriend Martha. After the baby is born, we can have a reception inviting other family and friends. And no I’m not hiding the fact we are married, I just would prefer to party when I am not six months pregnant.” Elizabeth responds.
“I can do that. Are you sure though? I know I am the one to keep asking. I just want you to want this.” Brian asks.
“I do, I love you,” Elizabeth answers giving him a tender kiss.
Brian is over the moon, even though he knows he is the one to push her. That in a way she is doing it to make him happy and keep him quiet. He just knew it would give him more leverage against Ethan. It now wouldn’t be so easy for Ethan to think he was coming back into her life. Maybe he would get the idea and move on. A guy could dream? Couldn't he?
Elizabeth, on the other hand, didn’t really feel rushed. She cared deeply for him and as scared as she was, she wanted to give him what he wanted. Knowing she had to let go and she was. It made her feel good, she was undoing another big chain from Ethan that was wrapped around her.