A Broken Forever(137)

By: Megan Noelle

My mother stood there with her lips pursed, her eyes narrowed, and determination glowing from every inch of her figure.

“Hey mom.” I smiled, hoping her appearance was a random act and not because she knew, well, anything.

“We need to talk.”

The four most terrifying words anyone could hear. But they took on a whole new level of terror when said from my mother’s mouth.

I extended my arm for her. “Come on in.”

The second the door had closed she dove right in. “How could you, Greyson?”

“What??” I expected something along these lines but to start this harsh threw me off.

“Richard has just been to see me. I knew you kept secrets from him about your past. However, I am just discovering today that your past didn’t exactly stay where it belonged.”

“Richard was at your house?!” Here I had been worried about him. Turns out he had run off to my mother’s to tattle tale like we were little kids.

“Yes, he did. He was very upset at you and quite frankly, at all of us. Not a single person had his back in letting him in on those pieces of your past. It crushed him, Greyson. What I couldn’t believe though was the latest news. You never told me Stefan was back in your life. Not to mention, that you were seeing him regularly! Why in all that is holy did you return to him?”

“It’s complicated.”

“No, I don’t think it is! You have officially cheated on your fiancé, Greyson. With a man that had his chance! I get it, okay? You loved him. You cherished him. You wanted a future with him, but you know what? That time has long since passed.”

I refused to hear this. Who was she to say? Sure, she knew what happened back in the day, but not a single person carried the weight around that I did. Every single day I had to wake up and realize that Allie and Stefan were gone. While everyone carried on with their lives, I struggled to keep mine. There were people that loved me, and those that offered me a shoulder if I needed one. What none of them realized though was that what I needed, no one else could give me.

“Who says it has? You’re right, what I did was wrong. But denying everything that I wanted was even worse! For the past six years I’ve had to learn to move on. What if that was the wrong move? Leaving Stefan felt like the right thing to do but maybe I should have stayed and fought for him!”

My mother snorted in a dry, sarcastic laugh. “Oh please, my dear child, get off the Stefan train right now. Preferably before it derails again, because, it will.”

“What is that supposed to mean??”

“Do you really believe that you would never have left him? That Stefan Harrison would give up his world for you? He comes from a world of money and ease. Life with you and with a new child takes all of that away. It was only a matter of time before he did something else to lose your trust and drive you away. The event you faced was extremely overwhelming and it set Stefan off right then. But, you don’t marry men like Stefan. Look at his father, for instance. The man has more money than he knows what to do with. He has had more affairs than I have recipes in my cookbook. That wife of his doesn’t care though, just as long as she gets a credit card with money to spend. That isn’t you, Greyson. But that is Stefan.”

“No, it isn’t!”

“Oh really?” She sized me up with a sneer growing on her lips. “Well, let me ask you this. How many times has he reached out to you in the past six years?”

“He couldn’t, it’s complicated.”

She nodded. “Right, of course. So, why don’t you tell me, how many women has he slept with since you?”

“I…how would I know that number, mother?”

“Well, how many has it been for you?”

“You know the answer to that.”

Her finger pointed at me as if I had just solved a million dollar puzzle. “Yes, I do. One, and now you are engaged to that man. You have pined after Stefan because you are being haunted by the ghosts of the family you wanted. You are about to sacrifice your own happiness, Greyson Rose. Is that what you want? You love Stefan and I have no doubt he loves you back, but is that enough?” She took my hands in hers and forced me to see and hear every word she said.