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I Found a Love Letter from My Husband That Ended Our Marriage – Story of the Day

Rita Kumar
May 08, 2024
07:50 A.M.
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For 18 years, nine of them bound by the golden thread of marriage, my love for my husband Cillian was unshakable. But one laundry day, everything changed: a love letter fell from his pocket, revealing a heartbreaking truth that shattered our marriage...


The golden rays of the morning sun chased dust motes dancing in the air, casting stripes across the living room rug. Little Hollie, my niece, was already glued to the TV, a half-eaten bowl of cereal a colorful distraction beside her.

It should have been a peaceful Monday. It should have been.

Humming along to the mindless background pop music, I sorted laundry with practiced ease. Wedging a hand into my husband Cillian's pant pocket, I fished out a tissue and a stray receipt. Just about to toss them in the "miscellaneous" pile, my fingers brushed against something stiffer.

It was a crumpled paper folded in several layers. Curiosity got the better of me.

Unfolding it slowly, dread filled me like a cold hand squeezing my stomach. It was a letter, neatly written in Cillian's familiar scrawl. My heart pounded as I read the words:

"Happy anniversary, babe!

These 7 years were the best of my life.

Meet me at Obélix on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Wear red. Love you ;)"

My world turned dark that very instant. We'd been together for 18 years, married for the last nine.

Babe? Anniversary? Seven years? A tide of unease washed over me...


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Minutes crawled by, each tick of the clock an accusation. A deadly wave of fury threatened to consume me. I wanted to scream, confront Cillian, rip away the mask of the loving husband I thought I knew.

But a strange calm settled over me. What if... what if Cillian wasn't really cheating on me? What if this... this note in my hand meant something else altogether? What if it was a stupid misunderstanding?

I decided to find out.

I smoothed out the crumpled letter and folded it back neatly, my fingers trembling ever so slightly. With a nervous smile plastered on my face, I tucked it back into the pocket where I found it.


My stomach churned with every touch, a silent scream trapped within. Walking towards the bedroom, I hung Cillian's pants back in its usual spot.

Later, as I watched Hollie drift off to sleep, the forced smile clinging to my face felt heavy. Every memory, every shared glance, felt tainted now.

As the clock ticked closer to Cillian's arrival, I steeled myself, though my insides gnawed at me. Mustering every ounce of strength from my fractured spirit, I decided to catch my husband red-handed.

There was one thing I needed to do first, though: make a call.

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My fingers trembled as I dialed my friend Emerald's number.


"Hey Em, it's me," I forced a lightness into my voice that felt hollow. "Quick question… any chance your nanny Elisa's free on Wednesday? Work's throwing me a real curveball right now, and I need someone to watch Hollie."

Relief flooded me when Emerald readily agreed. She was a lifesaver, and this little lie was a necessary evil. Hanging up, I grabbed my purse and keys.

The town square was bustling as I navigated the familiar streets with a purpose, stopping at a boutique known for its trendy clothes. Red. The letter screamed red. Against my better judgment, a sliver of hope flickered to life.

Maybe, just maybe, it was a prank. Cillian had surprised me with a fake birthday party once, leading me on a wild goose chase before a confetti-filled entrance.

Could this be an elaborate anniversary surprise? No, our anniversary was still seven months away. And my birthday was long past. What could it be, then? An intentional prank, knowing it was laundry day today? A test of my jealousy, perhaps? Or maybe my possessiveness?

The sales associate swirled a fiery crimson dress in front of me, its silky fabric whispering promises. Ignoring the guilt gnawing at me, I swiped my card and hurried out of the boutique with the dress and pair of new high heels in a sleek bag.


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Back home, I slipped into the dress. Heels clicking against the polished floor, I stood before the mirror, a stranger in my own skin. The dress was perfect.

But the illusion shattered the instant my husband's car screeched to a halt outside. I scrambled back into my pajamas, shoving the dress into the closet just as the front door creaked open.

Cillian walked in later than usual, the familiar scent of his cologne annoying me. A feigned smile settled on my face.

"Long day, honey?" I asked, keeping my voice light.

He ran a hand through his hair, his smile strained. "Yeah, those client meetings dragged on forever." He leaned in for a kiss, a fleeting touch that did little to bridge the fissure of doubts that had opened in my mind.


Tuesday arrived, bringing with it a suffocating stillness.

As Cillian dressed for work, a glimpse of the letter peeking from his pant pocket sent a fresh wave of nausea washing over me.

Through the door crack, I watched him pull it out and read it with a smile that didn't reach his eyes. The image of it seared itself into my memory, a cruel confirmation of my suspicions.

I knew he was up to something. And it wasn't a prank as I'd hoped.

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Wednesday arrived. The day that would change everything.

Cillian kissed me goodbye, his lips lingering for a fraction of a second too long. "Late meeting with some bigwigs," he mumbled, his eyes avoiding mine. "And dinner with colleagues. Don't wait for me, darling!"


A forced smile stretched my cheeks.

"Don't worry, honey, I'll be fine," I chirped.

He was gone. The house felt suffocating, the silence deafening. With a deep breath, I retreated to my room, the red dress on the hanger like a crimson battle flag.

Tonight, the truth would come to light. Tonight, I would see it with my own eyes.

The expensive French perfume on my pulse points felt like a mockery. My reflection stared back from the mirror — a stranger in a fiery red dress, eyes rimmed with the tears I desperately fought back.

The doorbell buzzed, a jarring intrusion into the vortex of emotions swirling inside me. I opened the door to Elisa's warm smile.

"Hi, Mrs. Hill! Everything okay?"

"Hey, Elisa," I choked out. "Yeah, everything's fine. Come in!"

Elisa scooped up my unsuspecting niece.

"Just a little… stressed with work," I lied through gritted teeth. "Thanks a million for doing this, you're a lifesaver!"


With a reassuring pat on my arm, Elisa settled Hollie in her room, leaving me alone with my churning stomach and the shimmery purse that felt like a battle cry.

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Hailing a cab, I rattled off the address to Obélix, each bump in the road mimicking the erratic rhythm of my heart. Every passing streetlight blurred into a mosaic of colors, my gaze fixed on the wedding ring that felt heavy and foreign on my finger.

Memories flickered — the joy of our wedding day, the whispered promises that seemed so real at the time. A sob escaped my lips, raw and uncontrolled.

"Everything alright back there, miss?" the cab driver's voice startled me. His gaze flickered to me through the rearview mirror, concern etched on his face.


I was NOT okay. But I lied. "Just, uh, something in my eye," I stammered, wiping away the tears.

The restaurant's entrance loomed before me, a grand archway framed by cascading ivy. Stepping out of the cab, I took a deep breath, the cool night air laced with the faint aroma of jasmine, doing little to quell the inferno within.

Inside, the restaurant was a buzz of hushed conversations and clinking glasses. Scanning the room for a woman in a red dress, my heart almost skipped a beat.

There. Tucked away in a cozy corner, bathed in the soft glow of a candle, sat a young woman in a crimson dress. Her brunette hair cascaded down her shoulders, framing her face alive with nervous anticipation.

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Jealousy, cold and sharp, sliced through me. But I wouldn't crumble. I wouldn't cry. I would confront Cillian, head-on the moment I found out.

Quietly taking a seat at the table closest to the woman's, I ordered a latte. I feigned an interest in my phone, stealing glances at her.

8:00 pm. The clock on the wall ticked relentlessly, each second echoing the death knell of a marriage I thought was built on trust.

Then, the room blurred. My breath hitched as a familiar figure emerged from the shadows.

Cillian. His smile was charming, a sickening reflection of the man I thought I knew. He walked towards the corner table, a bouquet of red roses blooming in his hands.

"Looking gorgeous, Summer darling!" he cooed, bending down to peck her on the lips.

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That was it. My heart pounded so wildly I could hear drumbeats in my ears. My name wasn't Summer. And my marriage, it seemed, wasn't what it appeared to be.

Just as Cillian stepped away and pulled his chair to sit, he froze.

His smile faltered as his gaze collided with mine. Tears welled up, overflowing now, tracing angry tracks down my cheeks.

The silence was deafening, heavy with the weight of shattered trust.

"Dah—Dahlia? Wha-what are you doing here?" he stammered.

A strangled sob escaped my lips, morphing into a torrent of tears that blurred the world around me. This couldn't be real. This had to be some cruel, twisted dream. But the warmth of the tears on my cheeks, the sting of betrayal in my heart — they were all too real.

I pushed myself out of the chair, legs wobbling like a newborn fawn. Blinded by grief and fury, I stumbled towards the exit, desperate to escape the suffocating air, the sight of their sickening affair.

"Dahlia!" Cillian's voice tore through the haze, a desperate plea that barely registered.


The cold night air slapped me awake. I didn't stop, my feet pounding the pavement in a frantic rhythm: Just get away. Just get away from him.

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A hand clamped down on my arm, a brutal yank that sent me stumbling. Spinning around, I met Cillian's gaze, a storm brewing in his eyes that mirrored my own.

"Dahlia, wait! Please," he pleaded, his voice laced with a desperation that did little to soothe the storm that had engulfed me.

"Don't you dare touch me!" I screamed. Tears streamed down my face, leaving glistening tracks in their wake. "How could you? After everything? How could you cheat on me, Cillian??"

His jaw clenched, a muscle ticking in his temple. "It's not what you think—"


"Not what I think?" I cut him off. "I saw it, Cillian! The roses, the kiss... what else is there to think?"

People on the sidewalk turned to stare, their curiosity a burning wound on top of the gaping hole in my heart.

"Keep your voice down!" Cillian hissed, frustration lacing his voice. "This isn't the place for this. God, you look like a mess. Stop making a scene, Dahlia."

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"You think after what you've done, appearances matter?" I yelled, grabbing him by his shirt. The fabric crumpled in my shaking hands.

"Was our marriage a lie? Did you ever love me, Cillian? Tell me… why? Why Cillian… WHY??"


"It's not that simple," he mumbled, his gaze dropping from mine. "Dahlia, you and me... we just... grew apart."

"Grew apart?" A humorless laugh escaped my lips, a bitter echo in the night. "Is that what you call finding someone younger, someone flashier, maybe someone better in bed?"

Just then, the restaurant door opened, and Summer emerged.

"Answer me, Cillian," I spat. "Did I get too old for you? Did I become invisible at 38? Look at me. Am I not good enough than that... than that bloody homewrecker? What does she have that I don't?"

"Dahlia, stop it!" he roared, his face flushed with anger. "Don't you dare talk about her like that!"

His words were like a slap, a harsh reminder of where his loyalty truly lay. Tears welled up again, this time hot and angry. I looked at the woman, that freaking husband stealer, searching for something, anything, in her eyes.

"You," I choked out, my voice trembling. "Did you ever stop to think he might have a wife? A family? How dare you seduce my husband?"

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Shame flickered across her face for a fleeting second. Cillian stepped forward, shielding his mistress from my anger. "That's enough, Dahlia. Shut up. ENOUGH!"

Shut up? After he'd shattered our vows, our dreams, our future? After everything we'd shared? My heart hammered in my ribs like a trapped bird desperate to break free.

He took his mistress's hand, his grip possessively tight. "I'm moving in with Summer this very instant. This marriage is over."

His words hit me like a freight train, and the air knocked out of my lungs. Over? Just like that? Nine years, a lifetime of memories, reduced to a single, dismissive sentence?

"Cillian, please," I choked out. "Don't do this. Don't throw away everything we have. I beg you."

He remained silent, his jaw clenched tight, his fierce eyes consuming me whole. The silence stretched on, each passing second a hammer blow to my already fractured heart.

"Why?" I whispered. "Why her, Cillian? After all these years...?"

His gaze finally met mine, a cold indifference replacing the warmth I once knew.


"She's pregnant, Dahlia."

The words struck me like a sledgehammer, the air whooshing out of my lungs.

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"Pregnant?" I gasped. Disbelief battled with a dawning horror in my eyes.

"Yes," he said, a hint of triumph creeping into his voice. "She's having my child. Something you couldn't give me, no matter how hard you tried."

My breath hitched. "I... I was trying," I stammered, the sting of past disappointments mixing with the fresh agony of his words.

"For how long, Dahlia?" Cillian's voice hardened. "Five years? Ten? We've been together for eighteen years, married for nine… and all we have are empty promises and failed fertility treatments."


His words were a cruel twist of the knife, a brutal reminder of the years I'd spent battling my body with fragile hopes of conceiving.

"It wasn't my fault," I choked out. "I did everything the doctors said."

"Everything?" Cillian scoffed, the sound harsh and grating. "Except maybe accepting that it wasn't meant to be. You can NEVER make me a father, Dahlia. You can never give me a child."

"But I love you," I whispered.

"Love isn't enough, Dahlia," Cillian dismissed. "A man needs a family, an heir. Look around you. Look at everyone. They all have a beautiful family… and kids… a life I never had and desperately crave."

His gaze swept over me, a flicker of something akin to pity crossing his face before being replaced by a cold indifference. "You can't give me that, Dahlia. And frankly, I'm tired of waiting. I don't want to die childless."

The weight of his words crushed me. For all these years, had our entire relationship just been about this? A child? An heir to carry his name?

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"You... you make it sound like I just... chose not to have children," I stammered. "Don't you remember all those appointments, the heartbreak after every failed cycle?"

His expression remained impassive. "You found ways to cope, Dahlia. You fill your time babysitting your sister's child. But that's not how it works for me, understand? I want my own child… my own blood."

Tears streamed down my face, a silent scream lost in the cold night air.

Cillian wrapped his arm around Summer's waist, a possessive gesture that spoke volumes. "I'm going to be a father, Dahlia. Something I never thought possible." He turned to her, his voice softening. "Don't worry, Summer. I'll take care of everything. Let's go home."

Then, his gaze snapped back to me. "Expect the divorce papers soon, Dahlia. I'm sorry but this marriage is over. It's high time I considered my happiness."

Before I could respond, he turned and walked away, Summer clinging to his arm, a triumphant smile playing on her lips.

I stood there, frozen, the world spinning around me. Cillian's words echoed in my ears, a relentless assault on my already broken heart. Numbness crept over me, a cold, heavy fog that threatened to consume me whole.


Can you even imagine what went through me? That pain... no words can express it. How does anyone come back from this?

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Taking a shaky breath, I wiped away the tears. Turning on my heel, I began to walk. A taxi screeched to a halt beside me, and without a word, I climbed in, slamming the door shut behind me.

I needed to get home. To those confines that could hide my broken self. To the life I had to fight for, even if it was a life without Cillian.

The silence in the house was deafening, a suffocating weight pressing down on me. Elisa left as soon as I arrived. Curled up on the couch, my framed wedding photo felt heavy in my lap. Tears streamed down my face, blurring the image of the smiling couple staring back at me.


"Why, Cillian?" I whispered. "Why did you do this to me?"

Running my thumb across the glass, I traced the outline of his face. "It wasn't my fault. I was trying. God knows I was trying. I wanted to be a mother."

With a shaky breath, I grabbed my phone and dialed Cillian's number, only to hang up before it could even ring. I did this a dozen times. But I couldn't bring myself to talk to him. My eyes were fixed on the door, hoping he would come home. To me. To us.

Maybe a part of me still held onto a sliver of hope, a delusional fantasy that he'd walk through that door, apologize for his deceit, and beg for another chance.

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Exhausted from the emotional turmoil, I finally forced myself to rise. My little niece, blissfully unaware of the storm raging outside her tiny world, was due for her evening feed.

The night passed in a blur of feeding, rocking, and whispered lullabies. Exhaustion finally claimed me, dragging me into a restless sleep.


The morning sun filtered through the worn lace curtains, painting stripes of golden light across the living room floor.

Cillian wasn't there. Not a single sign of his presence.

Just then, my phone rang. I glanced at the caller ID — an unknown number. Hesitantly, I picked up.


"Mrs. Hill?" A formal voice greeted me. "This is Mr. Miller from Miller and Associates. We're representing Mr. Hill in his divorce proceedings."

The words made my blood run cold.

My heart screamed a silent plea, begging for this to be a nightmare, a cruel joke that I could wake up from. But the lawyer's voice, devoid of any emotion, shattered the last vestiges of hope.


The rest of the day was a blur. I hailed a cab to meet the lawyer. He explained the legalities, the division of assets, and the finality of an uncontested divorce. My signature on the dotted line felt like the death knell of a love story that once felt like forever.

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The following weeks passed in a haze of grief and exhaustion.

My sister and brother-in-law returned to pick up their daughter, leaving the house feeling even emptier. Their hugs and comforting words offered a thin veil of comfort in the face of my shattering world.

With the divorce finalized, I dumped the wedding photos, the anniversary cards, and every painful reminder of Cillian into a cardboard box. They joined a collection of dusty boxes in the attic, the graveyard of a past I desperately wanted to forget.


This was my home, my apartment. There was no reason for me to move out. So I forced myself back into the distraction of my work routine, hoping that the familiar tasks would take my mind off everything.

Two weeks later, I was in the middle of a client call in my office when a wave of nausea engulfed me. My stomach lurched, sending a jolt of panic through me.

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Hanging up the phone with a mumbled apology, I sprinted to the restroom, barely making it to the porcelain throne before my body emptied its contents.

Dry heaves wracked me, along with something sour rising in my throat.

The harsh scent of the lavender air freshener seemed to amplify the nausea churning in my stomach. My head spun as I splashed cold water on my face, gasping for air.


Wiping my face with a damp paper towel, a wave of dizziness overwhelmed me.

Reaching for my phone, I fumbled for the period tracking app, my fingers trembling slightly. My heart raced as I scanned the screen. Empty squares greeted me. I had missed my period.

A cold sweat prickled across my skin, a knot of dread tightening in my stomach. Could it be...? Am I... pregnant? No, it can't be. No.

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Desperate for answers, I typed 'pregnancy symptoms' into the Google search bar, my fingers flying across the phone screen. A list of symptoms popped up, each one mirroring the turmoil in my body with unsettling accuracy.

Terror flooded my veins. This can't be happening. Not now. Not after everything.


Fighting back a surge of panic, I rushed back to my desk, the room tilting slightly with each hurried step. Explaining my situation to my understanding boss, I secured a half-day leave, racing down the street to the pharmacy.

Grabbing a pregnancy test kit, I practically sprinted to the cashier, my stomach churning with dread and a flicker of something… hope? Shock?

Back in the empty apartment, I stared at the test kit. A million thoughts swirled through my head, each one more confusing than the last.

Part of me wanted to rip the damn thing open, to test myself, see the results, and finally know for sure. But another part, a more fragile part, clung desperately to denial and told me to wait until early morning.

What if it turns out to be positive? How would I handle this, alone, heartbroken, and freshly divorced? The weight of the past few weeks threatened to crush me.

Forcing myself to take a deep breath, I pushed aside the takeout container that still sat untouched on the counter — yesterday's dinner, barely eaten due to the constant nausea. Tonight, even pasta seemed unappetizing.

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The night passed in a restless haze, the unanswered questions swirling in my mind like a relentless storm. Sleep, when it finally came, brought no solace, only a vivid dream of a tiny hand clutching my finger, its touch both foreign and strangely comforting.

The following morning, I woke up with a start, the events of yesterday flooding back. Rushing to the bathroom, I dug the test kit out of my purse, my hands shaking as I tore open the plastic casing.

The silence stretched on as the minutes ticked by, each tick echoing the frantic beat of my heart. Finally, gathering all my courage, I opened my eyes.

Two pink lines stared back at me.

Tears welled up in my eyes, spilling over in a torrent of emotions. I was happy, scared, and heartbroken. My happiest moment arrived when I was at my weakest self.

I was pregnant with Cillian's baby.

The irony of it all was a bitter pill to swallow. The very reason he'd left me, the very reason he'd shattered our marriage, was now growing inside me.

I sank to the floor, overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it all.


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Grabbing my phone, I called the only person I could think of: my sister. My fingers trembling as I waited for her to pick up.

"Rosie," I choked out. "I... I'm pregnant."

Silence greeted me for a beat, then Rosie's voice, laced with surprise and concern, filled my ear.

The next few hours were a blur. Rosie arrived soon after, her arms enveloping me in a tight hug.

"What am I going to do, Rosie?" I cried in her arms. "My marriage is over. He left me for another woman. And now this..."

Rosie squeezed my hand. "Dahlia," she said, her voice firm but gentle, "this baby is a gift. A miracle. Don't let Cillian's betrayal taint this experience."


A bitter laugh escaped my lips. "A gift? He left me because I couldn't give him this!"

"Exactly!" Rosie interjected. "He left because he couldn't keep his hope alive, not because you couldn't. This child, Dahlia, is proof of that. Now, you get to be a mother, something he clearly thought was not written in your fate."

"But what about him?" I whispered, a flicker of doubt creeping back in. "Should I even consider telling him? Does he deserve to know?"

Rosie shook her head. "Cillian is a chapter closed, Dahlia. A torn page from your book that you don't need anymore. This child is yours, a part of you, and you get to decide how you want to raise the baby. Focus on that, on the future you're going to build for the both of you."

Her words were a balm to my wounded spirit.

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Wiping away the last of my tears, I took a deep breath, a newfound resolve settling in my chest. "You're right, Rosie," I said, my voice stronger than it had been in weeks.

"This is my journey now. And I'm going to make it the best damn journey of my life."

Rosie smiled, her eyes glistening with pride. "That's the spirit, sis. Now, let's get you some breakfast. You've got a tiny human to nourish!"

An hour later, Rosie's parting hug lingered on my cheek, a warm reminder of her unwavering support. As the front door closed behind her, I sank onto the couch, exhaustion coursing through my body.

This wasn't just about me anymore. There was a tiny life growing inside me, a tiny flame flickering with its own strength. Picking up my phone, I scrolled through endless videos of new parents, their faces beaming with a joy I desperately craved.

A gentle smile touched my lips as a tiny hand grasped its mother's finger on the screen. I reached down, placing my hand on my flat stomach, a silent promise echoing in the quiet room:

"We'll be okay, little one," I whispered. "We'll get through this, together."


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The next morning, I trudged into the office, the fluorescent lights assaulting my already sensitive eyes. The nausea was a constant companion, a tidal wave threatening to crash over me at any moment.

Several trips to the restroom punctuated my morning, each visit a desperate scramble to make it to the porcelain throne in time. The sympathetic glances from my coworkers did little to ease my mounting anxiety.

By lunchtime, my stomach felt like a churning washing machine. Rushing towards the restroom once more, I caught Nathan, my coworker from the sales department, hovering at his desk across from me.

He watched me dash past, his brow furrowed in concern. As I returned, pale and shaky, he approached with a concerned expression.


"Dahlia, are you alright?" he asked, placing a glass of water on my desk. "You don't look so good."

"I'm fine," I mumbled, forcing a strained smile. "Just a bit tired, that's all."

"Tired enough to have made three trips to the restroom in the last hour?" he countered with a smile. "Maybe you should go home and rest a bit."

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"I can't," I protested, guilt twisting in my gut. "I have a deadline to meet."

"About that," he said, pulling up a chair next to mine. "I noticed you were struggling a bit this morning. Mind if I take a look at your workload? Maybe I can help lighten the load."


I hesitated, torn between gratitude and a stubborn desire to prove I could handle this. "I appreciate the offer, Nathan, but I'm sure I can manage," I replied politely.

But thirty minutes later, when the urge to throw up hit again, I found myself racing for the restroom. Returning, I found Nathan perched in my chair, my half-finished report pulled up on the computer screen.

"It's done," he announced, a smile playing on his lips. "Go grab lunch and get some rest. You'll be much more productive when you're not on the verge of passing out!"

Surprise and a wave of unexpected warmth swept over me. "Thank you, Nathan," I stammered. "You really didn't have to do that."

"Of course I did," he said simply. "We're a team, remember?"

Later that evening, as I was leaving the office, Nathan appeared beside me.

"Heading home?" he asked. "Mind if I give you a ride? You look like you could use it."

The truth was, I did. The constant nausea had sapped my strength, leaving me feeling shaky and vulnerable. Despite the slight protest that rose in my throat, I found myself nodding in agreement.


As Nathan drove, I stole a glance at his kind face. He noticed my gaze and turned to me. "Everything okay, Dahlia?"

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I fidgeted with the wedding ring on my finger, a painful reminder of a life now shattered. Even after the divorce, I hadn't taken it off. It felt like a strange comfort, a symbol of what I'd lost.

Sensing my unease, Nathan asked, "Is something bothering you?"

With a sigh, I finally spoke, the words tumbling out in a rush. I told him about Cillian, the betrayal, the divorce, and the cruel twist of fate that had left me pregnant with my ex-husband's child.

Nathan's car screeched to a halt on the side of the road. He stared at me, his silence heavier than any words.


"I... I just don't know what to do," I whispered, tears gushing into my eyes.

Nathan stared at me, his gaze holding a depth of understanding that surprised me. "It's going to be alright, Dahlia," he said, his voice gentle. "You're going to be a fantastic mother."

My eyebrows shot up in surprise. "How do you know that?" I blurted out, a touch of defensiveness creeping into my voice.

He offered a reassuring smile. "Because there's no stronger force in this world than a mother, Dahlia. If you set your mind to it, you can bend the sky for your child."

His words resonated deep within me, a flicker of hope igniting in the darkness.

For the first time in weeks, a genuine smile touched my lips. "Thank you, Nathan," I whispered. "I... I don't know what I would have done without you."

He squeezed my hand gently. "You wouldn't have had to do it alone," he replied simply.

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The weeks that followed were a blur of doctor's appointments, prenatal vitamins, and a growing mountain of baby clothes. Nathan became a silent pillar of support, helping me navigate the uncharted territory of pregnancy.

He'd take over my workload when the nausea hit, offer to drive me home after work, and even walk me around the park every evening.

At first, I felt a twinge of guilt, a worry that I was taking advantage of his kindness. But Nathan's concern was genuine, devoid of any ulterior motives. He simply wanted to help, and his presence offered a sense of comfort I hadn't expected.

Weekends were spent at his house, a cozy villa he shared with his widowed mother.

Mrs. Lloyd, as she insisted I call her, welcomed me instantly, showering me with warmth and a never-ending supply of delicious homemade meals, tailored specifically for pregnancy cravings.

I was in my third trimester. One sunny afternoon, Nathan arrived at my apartment with a car full of boxes. His smile was wide as he unloaded an army of stuffed animals and dolls, a brightly colored crib, and a giant pregnancy pillow.

I'd recently learned I was expecting a baby girl, the news filling my heart with a joy I hadn't felt in a long time. As my belly grew rounder, so did the anticipation.


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I took maternity leave a few weeks before my due date when Nathan dropped by one evening, a determined glint in his eyes.

"Pack your bags, Dahlia," he announced, his voice leaving no room for argument.

"Pack my bags? Where are we going?" Confusion clouded my brow.

"My home!" he said simply. "You're heavily pregnant, and you need someone to take care of you."

"But your place..." I stammered, unsure how to refuse without seeming ungrateful.

"My mother would love the company," he interrupted, his smile disarming. "Besides, wouldn't it be easier to have everything you need readily available?"


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He wasn't wrong. The thought of navigating the last few weeks, the hospital visits, and the early days of motherhood alone was daunting. But a part of me, a part still reeling from Cillian's betrayal, hesitated.

Noticing my apprehension, Nathan pulled out his phone. "Here, talk to my mother yourself," he said, dialing Mrs. Lloyd's number.

Her warm voice filled the room, her words laced with a genuine concern that resonated deep within me. By the end of the conversation, a reluctant agreement had been reached.

That night, as Nathan drove me to his house, the city lights blurring past the window, I couldn't help but ask the question that had been gnawing at me.


"Nathan," I began, "why are you doing all this for me?"

He glanced at me, his expression unreadable for a beat. Then, a smile softened his features.

"Because, Dahlia," he said, his voice sincere, "you and the baby are my responsibility now. You guys… you guys have me, alright? I… I want to be a part of your lives."

Tears brimmed in my eyes, blurring my vision.

Could I allow myself to trust a man again? Could I let Nathan, this kind, considerate man, light a spark of hope in the darkness that had shrouded my heart? Could I give myself a second chance at life?

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Several months passed…

The rhythmic coo of my newborn baby Chelsea filled the crisp autumn air as I pushed her stroller down the tree-lined street. Fallen leaves crunched under my sneakers, a comforting counterpoint to her happy gurgles.

"We'll be home soon, sweetie," I murmured, a smile tugging at the corners of my lips. Chelsea responded with a delighted giggle, her tiny hand reaching out to grab a dangling leaf.

A sudden movement caught my eye, and I instinctively halted, my smile fading. Standing across the street, a familiar figure emerged from the bustling crowd.


Panic surged through me, a primal urge to turn and flee. But where could I go? My feet felt rooted to the spot, and my heart raced in my chest.

He crossed the street the moment he saw me. As he neared, I plastered a smile on my face, a flimsy barrier against the storm brewing within me.

"Dahlia?" he exclaimed.


"Cillian, hey!" I replied, my voice barely above a squeak. "Been a long time!"

His gaze flicked down to the stroller, then back to me, his eyes widening in sudden comprehension.

"Is that... is that your baby?"

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I simply offered a tight smile, refusing to be drawn into this unwanted conversation.

"Yeah! So, how are you?" I forced myself to ask, the words hollow on my tongue. "How's Summer and..." I trailed off, unable to finish the question.

A glint of despair crossed his face. "Summer and I... we're not together anymore."


Shock stabbed at me. "What? But I thought..."

His voice dropped to a low growl. "We had a baby, Dahlia. We were planning on getting married." He paused, his eyes filled with a raw pain that stole my breath away.

"But just a few weeks before the wedding, I caught her cheating on me. With another rich guy."

Shame colored his cheeks, a vulnerability I hadn't seen before. "I... I took a DNA test on the baby. I was convinced..." He stopped abruptly, his voice cracking. "He wasn't mine."

Cillian's gaze drifted back to Chelsea, his entire posture slumping with defeat. "Fate's a cruel joke, isn't it?" he whispered, his voice thick with bitterness. "Maybe I wasn't meant to be a father after all!"

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My breath hitched. "Cillian!" I whispered. "It's not true! You are a father!"

Cillian whirled back to face me, confusion etching lines on his forehead. "What are you talking about?"

"The baby," I stammered, my gaze darting between Cillian and Chelsea. "The baby in the stroller. She's yours, Cillian!"

Cillian's face was a canvas of shock and dawning realization.

"What...?" he gasped. "Dahlia, what do you mean?"

I forced myself to meet his gaze. "I was pregnant," I blurted out. "Found out just a few weeks after you left."

The truth slammed into him, raw and undeniable. The child in the stroller, this tiny baby with eyes that held a spark of my joy, was his flesh and blood.

Cillian's eyes were blazing, his expression twisting with a fury that sent a shiver down my spine. "How could you? Why didn't you tell me?" he roared, his voice edged with accusation.

He lunged forward, his hand outstretched towards Chelsea as if to reach for her. But I instinctively placed a hand on the stroller.


"Don't," I warned, pulling the stroller closer. "Don't touch my baby!"

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Cillian's face contorted in fury. "Your baby? She's my baby, too, Dahlia. You can't just keep me away from my daughter!" he roared. "I'm her father! I have rights!"

"Rights?" I scoffed, a bitter laugh escaping my lips. "Those rights evaporated the day you walked out on me, Cillian. The day you chose another woman over your family."

His anger faltered, replaced by a glimmer of pain. "That was a mistake, Dahlia. A terrible mistake I deeply regret."

"Regret isn't enough," I snapped. "This isn't about the past anymore. This is about my daughter's future, a future you have no right to be a part of."


"Don't do this," he pleaded, his voice cracking. "Don't punish me for my mistakes. You can't raise a child alone. She needs a father!"

A slow smile crept across my face, a smile laced with a hint of triumph. "You're right, Cillian," I agreed, my voice deceptively calm.

"This baby does need a father. A father who'll be there for her, who'll love and cherish her unconditionally. A father who won't abandon her at the first sign of trouble."

He opened his mouth to protest, but I cut him off, holding up a hand. "Don't worry, Cillian," I continued, my gaze dropping to the glint of a diamond ring adorning my finger.

"My daughter has a father!"

Cillian's eyes widened as they landed on the ring, a symbol of a life he'd so readily discarded. His face drained of color, the realization dawning on him with a painful jolt.

"Dahlia, you're..." he stammered. "You're married?"

"Happily married!" I confirmed, a genuine smile warming my senses for the first time in a long time. The weight of the past seemed to lift from my shoulders, replaced by a newfound lightness.


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The sound of approaching footsteps drew my attention. Nathan appeared around the corner, a bag of groceries slung over his shoulder. Chelsea, sensing her father's presence, gurgled happily, reaching out with a chubby hand.

"Hey there, cute princess!" Nathan cooed, scooping Chelsea into his arms. He leaned down, planting a gentle kiss on her forehead.

Turning to me, his gaze filled with concern, he asked, "Everything okay here, honey?"

"Everything's perfect," I replied. "Cillian, this is Nathan, my husband. And the very proud father of our little Chelsea."

Cillian's face crumpled. He stared at Nathan, then back at me, the weight of his choices settling on him like a boulder.


A mischievous glint sparked in my eyes. "Oh, and Nathan," I added, a playful smile dancing on my lips, "remember how I mentioned an ex-husband who left me for another woman?"

Nathan gave a slow nod, his gaze flitting between Cillian and me, a flash of understanding dawning on him.

"Well," I continued, my voice dripping with irony, "meet the guy. The one and only Cillian!"

A triumphant laugh bubbled up from within me, a sound both liberating and cruel. The months of hurt, the betrayal I'd endured, seemed to melt away with each hysterical peal.

Taking a deep breath, I composed myself. "Nathan, honey, why don't you take Chelsea to the car and wait for me? I'll be there in a minute."

Nathan nodded silently, his gaze lingering on Cillian for a beat before he turned and walked away, pushing the stroller down the sidewalk.

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The silence stretched, thick and heavy with unspoken emotions. Cillian stared at me, his eyes filled with a defeated sorrow that mirrored the wreckage of our past.

"You never were and never will be a part of our lives, Cillian," I declared, breaking the silence. "Everything — the love, the trust, the relationship — it all shattered the day you started an affair. I loved you, Cillian. Truly, blindly. But my love was never enough for you. Love doesn't excuse betrayal."

I slipped on my sunglasses, their dark lenses masking the tears of joy welling up in my eyes. As I brushed past him, I paused for a final parting shot.

"Betrayal reaps nothing but betrayal!" I finished. "I'm glad I found a gem of a man who loves me and my baby to the moon and back. A real man who doesn't treat me like a child-rearing machine, but someone who deserves love and respect. Goodbye, Cillian. I hope we never meet again!"

With that, I turned and walked away, my head held high. The past, with all its pain and heartache, was finally behind me. Ahead lay a future filled with love, laughter, and the joy of raising Chelsea with the man who truly deserved the title of father.

In the rearview mirror, I watched Cillian's silhouette shrink into the distance. His shoulders slumped in defeat. He looked nothing like the arrogant man who'd walked out on me all those months ago.


A pang of sympathy flickered within me, but it was quickly extinguished by the warmth radiating from Nathan and our baby babbling beside me.

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