The Court of Love

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Chapter 22

Arabella entered her office and began scanning through her emails. There were several that involved meetings about the company while others were about invitations to events. She responded as many as she could.

Suddenly, someone knocked on her door. Arabella called them in and the door opened.

"Hey Arabella," Sefora smiled.

"Hey how are you Sef?" Arabella stood up and hugged her. Sefora returned the hug.

"I'm good and you?" She asked.

Arabella sighed, "oh well you know how my life is. Zoilo has been acting different lately. I'm schedule a bit more modeling gigs in the next few months. Oh and I'm pregnant, you know life is life." Arabella smiled.

Sefora gasped, "you're what?! Omg Arabella that's great news!" She clasped Arabella's hands in hers and pulled her into a tight hug. When they pulled away she asked, "how long has it been?"

"Almost three weeks," Arabella placed a hand on her stomach. She knew it would take a few weeks before her stomach would slowly grow bigger, but just the thought of being given a second chance of being a mother made her day brighter.

"Congratulations Arabella!" Sefora smiled. "I'm so happy for you."

"I couldn't believe it at first. I still can't. I'm just worried you know that..."

"Arabella this is a good thing," Sefora grabbed Arabella's hands in hers. "You have to think positive from now on. You've been given a second chance of being a mother and who knows, this might not be the last chance either." Sefora winked and smiled.

"Thank you Sef," tears began to blur her vision and she pulled Sefora into a hug. "God these hormones!" They both laughed as Arabella wipes away her tears of joy.

"It's Zoilo's, right?" Sefora asked.

Arabella nodded, "I still haven't told him yet. I don't know how to tell him. I don't know how he'll react either. We're getting divorced in a week." She bit her lower lip.

"Do you want to raise the baby with him?"

"I... I don't know," her heart ached. "I want him to be a part of the baby's life but I don't know what Zoilo wants."

"You don't have to worry about him not raising the child," Sefora said. "I remember the day you announced at the office of your first pregnancy and you could tell Zoilo was happy. He wanted to raise the baby with you."

"I just I don't know what to do. I keep thinking of the way he acted towards me a few weeks after my miscarriage. I know I hurt him. I pushed him away. I wouldn't stay with him in the same room. I wouldn't talk to him as much. I was just so... I lost our first child Sef. Then a few weeks later after I realized it wasn't the best way to handle the situation. I should have talked to him. I should have let him in. I-I ruined our marriage and he became this person I didn't recognize. I did this to him. I did this to myself. I did this to us."

"Arabella you can't blame yourself for what happened," Sefora placed a hand on Arabella's shoulder. "I can't say I've been through the same because I haven't, but I know I wouldn't be the same if it did happen to me. It's sad to say that things like this happen, but what's important is what you do after they happen." Sefora gave her a toothless smile.

Arabella nodded and sighed, "what should I do?"

"Well I know Zoilo would take responsibility and take care of the baby. I mean he can't just say it wasn't going to happen when you guys didn't use protection." Arabella's blushed and Sefora giggled. "What's important is whether or not you want to be at his side as your child grows. And I mean it as whether you want to still be his wife as it happens."

"That's the thing I don't-" Arabella sat down at one of the chairs in front of her desk. "A few weeks ago I-I saw an old friend of mine from college and I..." Her cheeks and she placed her hands over her face while her elbows rested on her knees. "We didn't do anything. I wouldn't do that to Zoilo, but we were close to this one time. It's been so long since I've seen him and everything I felt for him before I married Zoilo suddenly... the feelings suddenly came back. And I don't know what to do."

Sefora took a seat next to her. "Do you love him?" Sefora asked.

Arabella removed her hands from her face. Tears ran down her face. "I don't know... everything's just so complicated. I can't be with him, and yet I do. Back then I thought he didn't feel anything towards me and just thought of me as a friend. A few days ago he told me otherwise and that he still had feelings for me and now I'm just... torn... I love Zoilo, but I think I also... I don't know."

"Have I met him before?"

Arabella shook her head, "Zoilo met him a couple of times, but it wasn't until just a few weeks ago that we started seeing each other again after many years."

"Is he good to you?"

Arabella smiled as she sniffled. She wiped away a tear and said, "yeah. I'm glad I was able to find him again." She laughed as she thought about the day she bathed into his office.

"Find him?" Sefora asked. Her face showed she was confused.

"He's my lawyer. When Zoilo filed the divorce, he made it impossible for me to find one. Luckily I got Costano before Zoilo could."

Sefora's eyes widened, "oh wow."

"I shouldn't be feeling like this towards him. He's my lawyer, I know, and I'm still married to Zoilo."

"It's not that it's just- okay yes it's complicated like you said, but you said Costano makes you happy. And it's not like we can decide who we have feelings for."

"You're not against the fact that I have feelings for someone other than my husband?"

Sefora slumped her shoulders, "no, I'm your friend Arabella. Look, I really don't know everything that's been going on in your life. All I know is what you've told me and what I've seen. I know you and Zoilo went through a tough time since the miscarriage. I understand why you both acted the way you did towards each other, but I don't understand why Zoilo began to act cold towards you. I don't know why he filed the divorce and I don't know why he's being all sweet again. I mean he could be bipolar-"

They both began to laugh. Arabella wiped a few more tears away and Sefora continued.

"You never know," Sefora laughed. "But anyways, what I'm trying to say is that you decide what you want. Costano seems like a very nice guy. I'm glad you two met once again. I'm just worried about him being your lawyer. Even if I don't know him, I don't want him to be at risk or to lose his job because I know that would upset you." Sefora sighed once again, "but I just want you to be happy. You could try to make things work again between you and Zoilo. You tell him about the baby and maybe he'll cancel the divorce and you two can continue to live as husband and wife, as long as both of you love each other."

"Or you can talk with Zoilo and tell him about the baby. That you want him to be a part of your life, but only as the baby's father. You can then see how things go with Costano. Does he know about the baby?" Sefora asked.

Arabella nodded, "yeah. He was the one that took me to the hospital after I fainted and nearly fell onto the floor."

"And would he be okay with raising this child with you even though it isn't his?"

Arabella's body tensed, "I mean he said he would be there for me if I decided to keep the baby or not... I know he cares, but I know it would be uncomfortable for him to be with me and a baby that isn't his." Arabella groaned, "I shouldn't be doing this! He has a son, but doesn't live with him and he isn't married anymore. But still, what if he wants to go back with her? I wouldn't stop him, even... even if I didn't want him to."

"As your friend I suggest you talk to both of them and think about it. You can't really make a decision without knowing your options. Just know that I'll support you with whatever choice you make. If you can't make a decision at the moment then you can always decide later. What's important is that you and the baby are okay and happy. If you're happy and healthy then so will the baby," Sefora smiled.

"Thank you Sef. This means a lot to me. I know we haven't been as close as we were since my miscarriage and I take full responsibility for it. But know that I missed you and I'm sorry."

"I missed you too and you don't need to apologize, I understand. I'm happy that you feel better. I'm glad that you told me about your problems. I know it's not healthy to keep everything inside. Besides, my life's boring," Sefora pouted. "I need you to teach me how you find all these men! I hate being single."

They both laughed once again. They were glad that they were able to go back to how things were before. Even after everything, their friendship hadn't broken. Instead, it became stronger.

Arabella looked at the clock on her wall and turned back to Sefora. "I should get going. Zoilo will be home soon and I need to speak with him."

"Yeah I need to head home as well. Call me if anything." They stood up and said their goodbyes. Once Sefora left, Arabella grabbed her things and headed to her car.

As Arabella entered their driveway, she noticed Zoilo's car. Arabella parked her car and stepped out after shutting the engine off. She unlocked the door and went inside.

"Zoilo I'm h-"

She could hear Zoilo's voice, but couldn't understand what he was saying. She made her way to the living room.

"This needs to stop Veronica." Arabella furrowed her eyebrows together and she slowed her steps. Why is Veronica here? She asked herself. Stop what?

"You know, I actually thought you'd leave her for me." Arabella froze. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. Arabella opened her mouth to speak, but no words came out.

"I'm sorry Veronica, but I love her. This was a mistake."

"Are you going to tell her?" Veronica asks.
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