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Christmas at the Chatsfield

Written by Maisey Yates

Chapter Twenty Five

Nico had spent the whole night wandering the city feeling tortured. Feeling as though his heart had been ripped straight out of his chest and hung up on a tree in Rockefeller Center as a macabre ornament.

And then he had asked himself what the hell he was doing, wandering the city streets in the cold when he could be with his wife. When there was a woman who loved him. A woman he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

So, he had come to her.

"I would invite you in," she said, blocking the door with her petite frame. "But there are Christmas decorations in there. And I'm not sure yet how you feel about those."

"I love them," he said, the words rough, torn from him.

Her lips went slack, rounded into an O. "You do?"

"Yes."

"Why…why did you never tell Christmas? And why did you let Christmas almost divorce us? And why did you walk out of the hotel room without saying anything when Christmas confessed its true feelings?"

"Because," he said, tugging Lucy into his arms and kissing her hard. "Because I am little more than a frightened boy. I had aspirations. I wanted things. But, Lucy that's nothing compared to risking your heart. I didn't want to let anything or anyone hurt me, ever again. I married you because you were safe. But then it turned out you weren't. So I kept you at a distance and…and then you left me. Lucy, these past six months without you have been hell."

"They have been," she said. "I mean, for me too. Without you."

"I know I don't ever want to lose you again. And I know that means investing more than I have. I know that means giving, I know that means opening up. It means risking pain."

"But healing too," she said, tears filling her eyes. "And happiness. And love. Lots of love."

He kissed her again. "I know. It's worth the risk. And now you know my secrets. If I ever close up, if I ever turn away…"

"I'll ask you why. And you do the same for me."

"I promise."

"I love you, Nico."

His heart expanded in his chest. "I love you, too, Lucy. Stay my wife. Please."

"I will." She kissed him again and he looked beyond her, through the door and at the house inside. He could see a Christmas tree, lights twinkling everywhere. And he knew for a fact Christmas would never again be a promise not kept.

It would be, for him, the ultimate symbol of vows honored.

"Now maybe you should come inside," she said, a smile on her face. "I have a present for you that you might want to unwrap."

THE END

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