The next day, Silas met up with his best friend, Wynn Starks. He was the only person he could trust with news of his and Janelle’s possible reconciliation. Wynn was happy for him and didn’t mind helping Silas find a ring for Janelle for what he hoped was the start of a new chapter in their love story. Silas couldn’t wait to slip it on Janelle’s finger.
As soon as the penthouse elevator pinged open later that evening, he hopped off the couch. He prayed Janelle hadn’t changed her mind because he had the ring box in his pocket.
Janelle was in a flowing white halter dress showing off her long legs and pert breasts. Silas’s mouth watered, but first things first. “Have you had time to think?”
“I have,” Janelle said, giving him one of signature smiles.
“And? Don’t keep me in suspense.”
“We need to take care of something.” She reached into her purse and pulled out the divorce papers he’d given her a couple days ago.
Silas’s heart sank.
She wanted a divorce.
But instead of pulling out a pen to sign them, she ripped them in half. “Does that answer your question?”
Silas’s heart filled with happiness. Janelle wanted to give their marriage another go. “It does. So allow me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. He bent down on one knee and took her hand in his. “Janelle Marie Tucker, will you marry me again?”
Janelle’s eyes filled with happy tears as joy burst through every cell in her body. She threw her arms around Silas and hugged him close. “Yes, I will marry you again and again because I love you so much.” She kissed both his cheeks. “I’ve been so miserable without you, Silas. Living without you has been half a life and I don’t want to exist like that anymore.”
“Good, because neither do I. All the successes I’ve had didn’t mean nearly as much as they would have if I’d had you by my side to share them with me.” He opened the ring box and Janelle was surprised to see a large marquise diamond surrounded by a band of diamonds.
“It’s stunning, but that’s not my ring.”
Silas grinned. “I upgraded you.”
“I want my ring,” Janelle replied. “Do you still have it?” She hoped so. For years, she’d regretted leaving the ring on the counter when she’d walked out on Silas during that terrible argument.
When Silas reached inside his jeans pocket, producing the plain diamond band and sliding it onto Janelle’s finger, she breathed a sigh of relief. “I’ve kept it with me all this time in the off-chance you might wear it again someday.”
“Oh Silas!” she cried, looking at the simple ring. It wasn’t much, but it meant the world to her.
“Can we compromise?” Silas asked, “And you wear both as a symbol of our second chance? I can even have them soldered together.”
“I love that idea.” She watched Silas slide the second ring on her finger and then held it up. “This is perfect. Just as you are.” She wrapped her arms around his neck and dragged him closer to let the soft line of her body mold to the hard line of his. “I hope this isn’t too soon to ask, but what do you think about expanding our family someday?” She’d always wanted a chubby chocolate baby that looked just like Silas.
“I want to have a family with you, if you still want that.”
“Of course, I do, sweetheart. How about we get started on that right now.” And with those words, Silas swept Janelle into his arms and carried her to his bedroom.
Don’t miss Yahrah St. John’s next Locketts of Tuxedo Park novel, Blind Date with the Spare Heir, available September 2021, exclusively from Mills and Boon Desire.
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