“There’s no rush. We can go down a little later.” Shane pulled her back into his arms and rested his forehead against hers. “I missed you so much.”

Natalie was momentarily stunned. “Why are you saying this all of a sudden. I’m right in front of you, aren’t I?”

“No. I’m talking about what happened a while back. I’m sorry.” Shane retracted his arms and continued, “I didn’t know how to face you because of my parents’ deaths, so I stayed away from you and treated you coldly. But you were always on my mind, and I missed you so, so much. You have no idea how much willpower it took to stop myself from looking for you…”

This was the first time Natalie heard this man express his longing for her so frankly. Her heart clenched with pain as she recalled that period of time.

At last, she gently patted his back and comforted in a tender voice, “Forget it. It’s all in the past now. I just hope that you won’t do that to me again. If there’s anything on your mind, just tell me. Don’t keep secrets from me. Whatever it is, we’ll face it together, okay?”

 

Shane kissed her forehead lightly. “Okay.”

Natalie pushed him away and waved her phone in front of him with a smirk. “You promised, and I recorded everything down. If you hide things from me, give me the cold shoulder, or doubt me again, I’ll really file for divorce. I won’t go soft and come back like I did this time.”

“Okay.” Without asking when she had started to record their conversation, Shane nodded seriously in response.

Then, he added as an afterthought, “Also, nothing happened between Jacqueline and me during that time. I only allowed her into the guest room and apartment because of the recovery banquet, but I’ll get her to leave very soon.”

 

peered at Natalie with a trace of nervousness in his

 

chuckle before reassuring, “Alright. I

“Does that

 

forgive you.” Natalie put

he lifted her

her arms around his neck

would let her go after kissing for a while, then they would go downstairs for

she thought wrong because the man became more and more

man’s hand move to the strap on the back of her neck, her eyes flew wide open and she pushed

corner of his mouth with an unhappy

not touched her in a

smile made its way onto Natalie’s lips upon

hand and under his quizzical gaze, placed it gently on her lower

was startled. “What does

at him. “This is the real present I want to

Silence ensued.

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