“I’m sorry for coming late,” Abigail apologized while removing her jacket. she placed it on the back of the chair which was opposite Damon. She sat on the chair and brought out her notebook, pen, and iPad from her bag since she thought they were having a business meeting with a client.
“Lawrence came up with a fever and he tends to be so clingy when he’s sick,” Abigail completed.
“It’s oka, Abigail. Is he okay now?” Damon asked looking truly concerned.
“Yeah, he’s better now. My best friend is looking after him. Thanks for asking.” Abigail smiled.
“So where’s the client we are dealing with?” She asked surprised since she and Damon were the only ones on the table. It was then she even realized it was a table for two in one of the VIP areas. Whereas whenever they were meeting with a client, Damon books a table for three at least, depending on the number of clients they were meeting.
“Sorry, Abigail. I may have lied a little.” He said.
“Sorry, I don’t understand,” Abigail chuckled.
“You see, Abigail, I called you here for another thing and not for a business meeting,” Damon said looking serious.
“So what is the matter?“ Abigail asked while dropping the pen she was holding.
“It’s about you, Abigail,” Damon said, confused as to how to place the matter before her.
“What about me?” Abigail asked getting impatient. She hoped she was not getting fired.
“About you and Liam,” Damon said.
“Liam?” Abigail repeated in shock. She really hoped Ernest had not said anything because she begged him to keep his mouth shut, which he promised to.
“Sorry, I don’t know what you are talking about?” Abigail denied shaking her head in a negative way.
“Abigail, stop pretending. I know you know very well what I’m talking about.” Damon replied.
“Fine. What is it about Liam?” Abigail countered.
“Abigail, I know you hate Liam so much right now and he is the last person you wish to see or to hear about.”
“You remember when you came for the interview and I said you look very familiar. [ Abigail nodded]. It was because I had seen your picture already. Liam showed me your picture.”
“I don’t understand. What do I have to do with this?” Abigail chuckled.
“Don’t be so unfair, Abigail,” Damon said.
“Unfair? Did you just say I’m unfair? If there’s anyone here who is unfair then it’s that bastard best friend of yours.” Abigail said and Damon knew she had the right to be angry.
They both stayed silent for a while.
“How did you find out about Liam and me?” She asked.
“Well, I was in Anna’s room yesterday when I bumped into your picture. I then remembered your face from the picture Liam showed me during our masters. And I decided to talk to you first before revealing anything."
Abigail let out a sigh of relief. She was so happy Ernest had not spilled the beans. At least for now. Only her boss knows.
“Thanks for keeping it to yourself,” She murmured.
“You don’t seem too surprised. Or did you know I was actually related to the Williams?” Damon asked.
“Of course not. If I knew, I wouldn’t have come to work here. It was just yesterday I found out. I bumped into Ernest when coming from my lunch break. I asked him what he was doing there and he told me he came to drop Anna to see her fiance, which was you. So I kind of put everything together. If Anna is your fiancee, definitely Liam is your best friend and you know the rest,” Abigail said. She didn’t want to talk about Liam being engaged to another Lady and most importantly when they are expecting their baby.
Damon exhaled, rubbing his right hand against his forehead.
“I don’t know what to do. Everything seems so complicated,” He said.
“You don’t need to stress yourself, Damon. Just don’t tell him about me and everything will be fine,” She said.
"Abigail!" Damon groaned.
“Liam has never forgotten about you,” he said.
A sad smile found its way to Abigail’s lips and she said, “You don’t have to lie to me Damon, I know very well that Liam despises me and would not want anything to do with me”.
“You are wrong, Abigail. Liam has never forgotten about you. He regretted his actions.”
“During our masters, he wasn’t the jovial guy he used to be. Guilt was killing him which made him open up to me.”
“Trust me, what he felt for you was very special. It was what he never felt for anyone before. Liam was just scared.” Damon said.
Abigail chuckled. ”I really don’t know why you are telling me all these Damon.”
“You see, when Liam finally opened up to me about all he had done to you and how he felt about you, I advised him to go face his fears and do things right. Trust me, Abigail, he was really excited to come back home and apologize to you, only to find out you had resigned. We both went to the address you put as your home address when you started working for the Williams only to find out it was a wrong address. Abigail, My best friend was depressed. He drowned himself in alcohol for days until Lucy came into his life and helped him to move on,” Damon explained.
“May I ask why you left, Abigail?” He asked.
“I left because I found out I was pregnant.” She whispered as tears began to fall from her eyes.
“After what transpired between Liam and me, he treated me badly. He ignored me and I suddenly became disgusting in his eyes. He asked me to stay away from him that what we had was a mistake that should never have happened in the first place.”
“But for me, that night was special. My babies were conceived and they were the best thing that could ever happen to me. It was very hard at first, especially when I heard I was having twins. But I was able to cope with the help of Bella and my mom.” Abigail said.
They both stayed silent for a while. Thinking of how complicated and messed up everything is. Abigail took that opportunity to calm herself down and wipe the tears off her face.
“So do you ever plan on telling Liam about...”
Damon said but before he could complete his statement, Abigail interfered and said a firm “NO”.
“I do not plan on telling him about my babies,” she said firmly.
“But don’t you think he deserves to know?” he asked.
“I don't think so,” Abigail said in a carefree voice.
“Abigail, but...” Damon said and was cut off by Abigail again.
“Don’t press the matter anymore, Damon. He’s already engaged and expecting a baby. he’s happy, isn’t he?” She asked.
Damon nodded and said, “But Abigail, he doesn’t know you are around neither does he know about the twins.”
“Thanks for your concern, Damon. He doesn’t need to know. My twins and I are happy and contented with what we have. We are okay without Liam in our lives. He’s engaged and happily expecting a child. His child needs him and I wish them all the happiness that life has to offer them.” Abigail said even though it was evident that she just made a very jealous statement.
Abigail stretched out her hands folding them into Damon’s own. “Promise me you won’t say anything to anyone,” she asked with pleading eyes.
“You know that will be very difficult right? It’s just as if I’m betraying my best friend and fiancee and not to talk about Rubi and Robert.”
Abigail exhaled. ” I know. just please don’t say anything. Give me time and I promise you, I will reveal everything myself,” she said.
Damon nodded. He stood up and engulfed Abigail in a hug.
“Don’t worry, everything will be fine and if you ever need anything, you can count on me,” he told her.
“Thanks, Damon. I appreciate it.” Abigail said as she pulled away from the hug.
After the confrontation, Damon and Abigail ordered some food and they made small conversation in between. Damon asked Abigail to tell him about her twins, which she did.
When Abigail spoke of her children, Damon could see the sparkle in her eyes, He understood what a mother’s love truly meant. It’s going to be very difficult for him to keep his mouth shut. As he has to face Liam and Anna almost every day.
That same night at Damon’s house.
Damon was cuddling with Anna as they were about to fall asleep.
“Are you happy with your brother’s engagement to Lucy?” Damon asked out of the blue.
“I think I am. We have so much to be thankful to her. If not for her, I don’t know what state my brother will be now.” Anna said.
“Yeah, I know. But do you think he really loves Lucy?” Damon asked.
“That’s a really big question,” Anna answered while drawing imaginary circles on Damon’s chest.
“I guess he does care for Lucy so much. Perhaps, this baby that they are expecting will make their bond stronger. But I doubt it if he has forgotten Abigail,” she said.
“You guys were so close, right?” Damon asked referring to Anna and Abigail.
“Very close and I miss her so much.”
“As at the time she got back to her hometown, she usually called me to say hi. Then suddenly she stopped calling. I tried reaching her but luck was not on my side,” Anna said. sadness evident in her voice.
“So what if Abigail appears today? What will you do?" Damon asked.
Anna chuckled. "You must be kidding me, I even doubt it. The Abigail I know won’t come back unless God intervenes. My brother really hurt her a lot.” Anna said.
“Don’t you think things will be more complicated if she comes back?” Anna asked, turning her full attention to Damon.
“I mean, Lucy and Liam have engaged already and they are expecting a baby.” she clarified.
“Yeah, it will,” Damon answered while running a hand through his hair, clearly frustrated from all these dramas.
“Goodnight, my love,” Anna said while yawning.
“Goodnight, baby,” Damon said and kissed her forehead.
That same evening at Liam’s house.
He and Lucy were cuddling.
Liam stayed with Lucy for the whole weekend because she was not feeling too well. Now that she’s pregnant, he treats her more like an egg, afraid that she could break at any time.
“So do you want our baby to be a girl or a boy?” Lucy asked.
“I guess I’m okay with any gender. I just want the baby to be healthy,” Liam replied with a smile.
Lucy returned a forced smile to him. A pang of guilt washed over her. She knows deep down she won’t be able to give Liam what he wants. “A healthy baby?”