Crossing Paths

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Chapter 38

Harper didn’t speak to Liam, she was hurt, she thought he wanted her, she didn’t want to hear what he wanted to say. Eventually he gave up trying to explain to her, Heath left her with him, she was angry at Heath but couldn’t blame him totally as well.

She was discharged from the hospital a few hours later, she was stuck with Liam, she was tempted to call an uber, but she knew Liam would never let her go alone, so she stuck with him. Getting into the uber Liam called, she sat staring out the window lost in her own thoughts..

They arrived at the Ritz, Harper was confused but too exhausted to argue, Liam helped her out from the car and they checked in. Earlier when Liam was trying to explain to Harper, she wouldn’t listen to him, so he decided to text Heath letting him know that Harper will be with him for the night, and told the receptionist to prepare the room.

Instead of going to the room, Liam lead her to the rooftop, Harper was confused, he took her hand as they stepped out of the lift, she looked down and she could see rose petals on the floor leading the way.

“What’s going on?” she questioned, as Liam smiled at her, leading her to the pool area, she could see there was a candlelight dinner set up, rose petals were everywhere, even some in the pool.

It was beautiful, everything was amazingly done.

Liam pulled out a chair for her, gesturing for her to take a seat, she did, looking around it was beautiful, she was simply in awe. Suddenly feeling underdressed, she looked at herself, she was in her ripped jean shorts and a tank top that Ryan had brought for her.

“What’s all this for?” she asked Liam, as he took a seat in front of her, there was no one else on the rooftop, it was only them and the soft music playing in the background.

Pazienza, (patience) I need to explain” he told her before removing the lid of their food, in that instant her mouth watered, the smell of the pasta hit her nose and she was salivating. He smiled, knowing that she would be hungry, he picked up his glass, bringing it up cheersing to her, she did the same. She picked up her fork, digging in her food, she didn’t care about anything else at that moment.

Once they were done, she looked around at the surroundings, it was beautiful, there were candles dimly lit that she missed earlier. As she looked around taking in the surroundings, Liam gazed at her lovingly, he missed her.

“I was supposed to arrive at 5pm yesterday, but the flight had to make an emergency landing, my phone ran out of battery, so when I could get in contact with you, it was late and you weren’t responding. I’m sorry for not being able to meet you there last night” he apologised sincerely, she took in the news slowly, before realising that he wanted to meet her last night but was unable to, instantly she felt like a fool.

“So you wanted to meet me?” she asked softly

“Si” he smiled, her heart warmed, feeling shy and silly

Non essere timido (Don’t be shy), after the time apart, I need to know how you feel about me?” he asked in a serious tone, he needed to know

“How do you feel about me?” she questioned back, not wanting to put her heart on her sleeve

Ti ho sempre amato bello (I’ve always loved you beautiful), let me tell you everything, starting from after you came back to LA” he sat forward, wanting to finally explain to her everything before she leaves again, she put her hands up, gesturing for him to stop or pause.

“I know about you trying to find me, I know that you hired a private investigator to track me down, I know that you were disappointed each time when it wasn’t me. I know about the picture that you have, and I know that Wyatt basically lied to us to get to me. Wyatt confessed yesterday at our divorce finalisation” Harper informed. Liam was surprised to say the least, he was surprised that Wyatt would confess it to her.

“I didn’t mean to leave you that night Harper, it was never my intention, I was already in love with you at that point, but I had to help Charlotte, then I wanted to see you, but I fell asleep and by time I woke up you were gone. That was the biggest mistake of my life” he sighed, “that morning when I woke up, my heart left me, I couldn’t breathe, I felt so stupid for taking a nap, I felt so stupid for being selfish and let you slip through my fingers, ma non ho mai smesso di amarti, ogni giorno e ogni notte, tutto ciò a cui penso sei tu (but I never stopped loving you, everyday and every night, all I think about is you)”

Liam got up from his seat, to kneel beside her, she gasped, not understanding why he was on his knees, using her thumb she wiped his tears that escaped, he was emotional, “when you left me, I woke up to an empty bed, my heart broke, then I read the letter you left, it gave me hope, you gave me a timeframe, and in that timeframe I made a decision, if you chose to be with me, I will migrate here for you, I would travel a lot for work but I will make wherever you are my home, you have my heart Harper. I spent three years looking for you, I got your name tattooed on my wrist, I was going insane, my heart would not let you go, my mind would not allow me to forget you. Harper, I love you with everything I have in me, I have loved you back in Oxford, and from the moment I saw you walking the aisle I knew that I had found my way back to you. That day all I wanted to do was ripped Wyatt away from you, all I wanted to do was replace him, because someday I hope that you will make me the happiest man alive and marry me. The day of your wedding, I thought that I have lost it all, I finally found you but it was too late, you were marrying my best friend, I didn’t know how to deal with it, then our kiss during New Years, it brought back everything, I could not push away my feelings any longer, I confronted Wyatt after our trip, he confessed that he knew that you were my Harper, he lied to you and to me, I felt betrayed, but he was my best friend. After the trip, I went back to Italy, I told my mama about you, and I was devastated that I would never get you, she assured me if you were meant to be for me, God would work it out, I just had to be patient. Then when you were getting divorced, I knew it was a sign from God, everything would work it’s way out. Voglio chiederti di sposarmi, ma so che è troppo presto. Ti amo e farei qualsiasi cosa per te, prenderei un proiettile per te amore mio. (I want to ask you to marry me, but I know it’s too early. I love you and I would do anything for you, I would take a bullet for you my love.)”

Harper leaned down, kissing him on the lips, her tears flow freely, “I love you with all that I am” she whispered, a huge smile broke out on his lips, he stood up pulling her to her feet, he kissed her.

Sarai mia? Will you be mine?” he asked breaking apart from the kiss, she nodded.


Two years later, Anika was pregnant with their second baby girl, Tyreese and Anika got married a year ago, Heath asked Melissa to marry him, and they were currently planning their wedding. While Ryan travelled to the Philippines for work, he was always away. Mark remained friends with Harper, he remained single.

Harper and Liam broke up four months ago, they were drifting apart, they loved each other however it was hard to have a long distance relationship, he tried to be in LA for most of his time working remotely, but it was tough on both of them, soon it put a strain on their relationship. They were heart broken that their relationship couldn’t work out, they still called each other, they were in constant contact. Their love was still present and strong, it was just hard to work it out.

For the past two weeks Liam wasn’t replying to her messages, she convinced herself that he was done with her, she got herself ready for her dinner with Mark, he had some news for Harper, and he told Harper to dress up. Looking into the mirror, she was happy with her look, her black dress was snug on her body, letting her hair cascade down her back, checking her phone one last time, no messages from Liam, she sighed, deciding not to check it again, she put it on silent before leaving the house.

Arriving at the address given by Mark, she wasn’t familiar with the address or the area but she didn’t want to question much of it. The houses that she passed by were beautiful, it was in Malibu, where some celebrity houses were at, she got down from her uber, she looked around before walking up to the main door. There was a note on the door that was addressed to her

Harper,

Come in, the door is unlocked

Harper was curious, she didn’t know what was going on, opening the front door, there were white rose petals all over the floor, there were no parts of the floor to be seen, Harper didn’t know what was going on, she walked in the house, looking around, looking for Mark. As she walked deeper, she saw a white grand piano in the middle of the next room, she looked down, there were red roses leading to the other side of the piano, she followed it and the red roses among the write roses spelled

Will you marry me?

She was surprised, she turned to see Liam on his knees with a ring, she was shocked to see him.

“Harper, bellissima, I promise to love you every single day, I have never stopped loving you. I’m sorry for not being in contact with you for the past two weeks, I needed the time away to plan this, I didn’t want to let it slip. I love you Harper, and each day I’m away from you, I feel less like myself, I can’t live my life without you. Two years ago, I asked you to be mine, two years ago I promised to make you my wife one day, and with us breaking up, it taught and reminded me that I have let you slip away from me, I can’t believe I was careless and lazy to let you go just like that. Harper, I’ve sold my shares in the companies I’ve invested in, I only have one company left in Italy, with the money that I’ve earned, I’ve bought this house for us, and I will move to LA, I will start fresh here, I can’t live without you Harper. Six years ago, I met you, and from the moment I met you, I’ve completely left my old ways, it took some time, because I was healing and depressed from losing you, but I left my old ways, my quest was always to search for you, and I’ve found you, and it would be foolish for me to let you go. Le nostre strade dovevano incrociarsi, dovevamo farci strada l’un l’altro. Our paths were meant to cross, we were meant to make our way to each other. Harper Emmy Wilson, will you marry me and be Mrs Liam Toussaint?”

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