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James pulled me out of the room after he questioned what I had just done to help Athena. He walked me into the meeting room, where we had all sat before. I could feel how sad and angry he was with me, his aura was strong with his emotions.
“What the hell did you do?!” He yelled once he shut the door behind him. “Why didn’t you talk to me about this?”
I knew I had to face him, but the tears kept pouring out of my eyes. I had to do everything that I could to save Athena, I wasn’t going to let my family suffer from my choices.
I turned to face him, “If I didn’t, Athena wasn’t going to make it.”
James’ face flushed as I threw my hands over my face and slid down against the wall to the floor. Hugging my knees and softly sobbing in my arms.
I knew what I did, I just didn’t think he knew how much it hurt me to do what I did to say, Athena. My brother had already lost his wife to a battle we didn’t need to go through, he didn’t need to lose Athena too.
“I thought the coma Elle put her in would’ve saved her?” James broke the silence and asked me. I looked up to him, as he then lowered down next to me.
I wiped my eyes. “The coma she was put in, could only do so much, but her wounds were deeper than Elle expected. She would be in a coma state until her body gave up.”
I looked over at James, a tear fell from his eyes, as I placed out a hand to him, but he pulled it away from my grasp. “You should’ve told me.” He snapped at me.
“There was no time, James. Once Athena was in her Earth coma, it would’ve been a matter of minutes that her body would start to shut down and it would’ve been too late.” I tried to explain, I gave him a hard look, as he turned away from my touch once again.
I stood up and looked down at him. “I know I should’ve talked to you about it, but it was my fault that Athena got taken in the first place. If it wasn’t for me, Lucas would have never known where Jade was and if she was pregnant or not. I was selfish and stupid, but don’t ignore me.” I started to head towards the door before turning to look back over to him.
He didn’t glance or move, as I kept my eyes on him. “It hurt me too. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a chance to be a mother, but I know that Tanner will get more time with her.
She’s the only one that reminds me of what I did because she looks exactly like her mother.”
I left the room and started to head back to the healing room when Tanner ran out of the room, happy as can be.
I smiled, knowing that I did something right for once in my life. Tanner ran over and embraced me into his arms, before pulling back and looking down at what used to be my swollen belly. “What happens to your belly?”
A tear fell from my cheek as I wiped it away. “I had a miscarriage,” I lied. “It just wasn’t my time.”
Tanner embraced me into another hug, squeezing me tightly. “I’m so sorry. Don’t worry, I’m sure Jade is taking care of it for us.” More tears started to fall down from my eyes as I didn’t want him to know the truth of what really happened to my baby.
He pulled away and smiled. “Athena’s been asking for you, she’s awake and doing great.” Tanner smiled as I nodded.
“I’ll be there in a second,” I said as my brother turned and walked back into the healing room.
I wanted to take a minute and try my best not to break down when I go see her, but before I could go in, James stopped me.
“You lied to him.” James mocked me as I turned to face him.
“So? I am protecting him. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” I snapped back at him, wiping my tears from my face and then taking a deep breath, staring back at him, “If I told him what I did, he would never forgive me.”
Chapter 40: TBA
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