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A Match Made In Maui

Written by Nina Singh

Chapter Nineteen

If she didn’t know better, Tessa could have sworn she heard condemnation in his voice. But that couldn’t be possible. Jason in no way could be under the impression that she’d somehow been at fault for everything that had happened between them.

But when he finally looked up at her, the accusation in his face was all too clear. His next words confirmed her dreaded suspicion.

“Would you have tried harder, sweetheart, if it had been real? If you’d really been pregnant with my child?”

Jason Robahi had some type of ingrained gift—the gift of knowing exactly how to strike so that he managed to wound her in the worst possible way. She fought to keep her voice level. “I did try, Jason. But I wasn’t going to beg you to talk to me. Baby or not.”

His hands clenched into tight fists. ”I guess we’ll never know.”

“I guess not. But I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life wondering if you would bother to acknowledge me unless you felt an obligation to.”

“So, you just gave up.”

Her eyes stung at his phrasing. “Gave up? Is that what you want to call it?”

“What would you call it?”

Tessa pulled her hair off her forehead; the start of a pounding headache was beginning to form behind her eyes. “Accepting reality. Accepting that the man I’d fallen in love didn’t feel the same way about me.”

His eyes suddenly darkened. “You never told me you loved me.”

“I might have. You never gave me a chance. Once we left the island and reality set in, I figured you were moving on with your life.”

He shook his head. “I never stopped thinking about you.”

“You could have told me that.”

Jason shrugged. “It appears we both kept things from one another. You weren’t exactly truthful with me either.”

She couldn’t deny that. There was no point in trying to argue the merits of their motivations. They would never agree. “The fact is, we both had our reasons.” Her voice sounded foreign to her ears.

“Perhaps we need to accept that we may never understand each other’s so-called reasons, then.”

“Perhaps. I only knew I had to find a way to get over you, Jason. I couldn't risk my heart again. So, when you finally did start reaching out…”

“It was too late,” he finished for her.

“I’m afraid so.”

It hadn’t been easy to ignore him. Reminders of Jason had seemed to jump out at her wherever she went or in whatever she was doing. As if that weren’t enough, she’d had to endure the gossip rags in the grocery store or the celebrity websites that occasionally popped up on her browser. She’d had to witness countless images of Jason seemingly fully enjoying his life. Usually with a beautiful female by his side. “And then there were all the pictures,” she admitted.

“Pictures?”

“In the gossip sites. Of you with various other women.”

He waved a dismissive hand in the air. “That was just paparazzi and those useless mags trying to create a story.”

He might dismiss it, but seeing those pictures was just one more way her heart had continued to shrivel in her chest. How could she have demanded to see Jason as he suggested? When she’d received so many reminders that she should just let him go.

The sun finally rid itself of the cloud cover and brightened the sky. The change did nothing to brighten the mood between the two of them.

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