Betrayed to be Loved

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Chapter-27 I Love You...

Arabella

Ethan held my hand in a soft yet firm grip and intertwined our fingers. We entered his office and he took me towards his table. I was about to stop and sit on the chair opposite his but he almost dragged me and made me sit on his chair while he leaned on the table and faced me. I don’t know why but once again his gesture won my heart. I couldn’t stop the smile on my face and giggled like a schoolgirl.

“So you made me sit on the big boss Mr. Ethan’s place...what if I get all bossy over you” I asked him with a raised brow. All my anxiety from the elevator long forgotten. He chuckled and man that husky voice....

“I would love to experience your bossy behavior” his reply made me feel shy for unknown reasons and I couldn’t look him in the eyes anymore. With the smile almost permanently plastered on my face I glanced here and there. What caught my attention was a beautiful memory from the day I met the little angel Aurora. I was surprised to see our picture nicely framed and kept right beside Ethan’s desktop. This was the same picture I had clicked, and now that I notice it seems like a beautiful family picture. Ethan holding Aurora and looking at me while I was looking at Aurora. The only person looking at the camera was the cute baby with us. Aurora and I had a smile on our faces and Ethan had admiration in his eyes while he was looking at me. I wonder if he liked me back then. I want to leave this question be as the look in Ethan’s eyes is enough of an answer.

“When did you frame this one?” He just shrugged in reply...I looked at him and said...

“She is such a beautiful baby, I wish I could meet her again someday...” Ethan smiled in response and suddenly I saw something flicker in his eyes and just like that once again he tried to discreetly change his position. But today I was more than determined to ask him about this change in his behavior.

I got up and stood right in front of him, he was taken aback and I could see the confusion on his face. May be he was wondering what I was trying to do. I held his hands and finally spoke...

“Don’t think that I haven’t noticed how you change your position whenever I am in front of you…You never did this when you were my boss. What has changed now that you seem to be insecure and so self-conscious in my presence?” He rolled his eyes and I could make out that he was trying to dodge the topic so I cut him even before he could attempt.

“Don’t you dare try to give me any lame excuse...I want to know what has changed?”

“I am not your boss anymore...this is what has changed Ari” he sighed and closed his eyes for a moment... I really couldn’t understand what does that even mean...I squeezed his hand silently asking him to share his concerns... after a painful long minute he spoke again...

“Back then I was just your boss Ari, now I am your husband. I don’t want you to ever regret marrying me, I know I look so ugly from this side...” he pointed at the burnt side of his face and looked down almost shamefully. I wanted to comfort him immediately but he had more to say. With his head bowed and eyes shut tight he continued...

“You are so beautiful Ari, and I can’t stop feeling that somehow I took advantage of your broken heart and crumbled soul otherwise which girl in a normal situation would agree to marry someone like me.” My heart broke at his confession, he was feeling insecure because he thought his wife was beautiful and he was the opposite. I have to get rid of this whole problem once and for all.

I did what I thought was most appropriate, something my heart and mind both approved of. Words are not always enough to express your love and feelings. Yes I can’t deny this anymore, not to myself at least. I really love him...

I held Ethan’s face in my palms and started placing soft kisses on every inch. I started with his forehead, then both of his eyes. His nose, both cheeks, his chin, his jawline, the corners of his lips. He froze when I did that, but I didn’t stop there. Today was my turn to show him my feelings and I won’t back off now. I took a deep breath and whispered...

“You are the most handsome man for me, never doubt my feelings for you and don’t ever try to hide from me…never once have a regretted marrying you…” with that said I placed my lips on his in a soft kiss...

“I love you Ethan, you have shown me what real love actually means and how it feels to be truly loved” he opened his eyes and I could make out a storm of emotions in those sparkling blue eyes. I hugged him tightly, I wanted him to understand that all his insecurities can’t stand in front of my love for him. I wanted to show him that he was a beautiful soul. I was happy that he hugged me back and held me tightly. After a couple of seconds Ethan pulled away and this time he held my face and once again joined our lips. This was the sweetest kiss I have ever had, and I eagerly responded to his kiss. Once he pulled away he joined our foreheads and smiled. Each time that smile melts my heart even more. And finally he said...

“I love you too…Thank you so much for making me a part of your life Ari...” He hugged me again and we found peace in each other’s embrace.

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