Then Came Indecision (Southern Love #2)

Then Came Indecision (Southern Love #2) by E. L. Todd Read Free Book Online

Book: Then Came Indecision (Southern Love #2) by E. L. Todd Read Free Book Online
Authors: E. L. Todd
here.”
    He looked up. When he saw her face, his eyes softened. “What’s wrong?”
    “Nothing,” she lied.
    He stared at her for a moment then climbed up the ladder. When he reached the landing , he sat beside her. “You can’t lie to me.”
    She didn’t look at him.
    Paul placed his hand on the back of her neck and rubbed her gently. When his fingers touched the strands that fell over her shoulder, her arms shivered. “Talk to me, baby.”
    “I’m fine,” she said quietly.
    He pressed his face close to hers. “Why won’t you tell me?”
    She sighed. “You don’t want to hear about it.”
    Paul dropped his hand. “I told you I want to know everything that bothers you, especially things that make you cry. Now tell me.”
    She shook her head. “I hate hurting you.”
    “You can’t hurt me more than you already have.”
    “I wouldn’t want to hear about you and that other girl.”
    He cupped her cheek and turned her gaze to him. “Well, you and I are different.” He pressed his lips to her forehead and held them there for a long time. “Now tell me.”
    Alexandra took a deep breath. “I miss him. And I hate it.”
    His features were fixed in place. He didn’t react in any way. “It’s normal to miss someone you care about.”
    “But I shouldn’t care about him…”
    “We all make mistakes,” Paul said gently. “Don’t let yourself carry that weight forever.”
    “When we—were together—I thought it meant something. Now I feel like I’m just another chain around his belt, another trophy for his wall. He says he loved me, that he still does, but how could he? I just feel so stupid for falling or him.”
    Paul looked away and stared at the hay below his feet, saying nothing for a long time. It didn’t seem like he would utter a word. “What happened with him?”
    “I already told you.”
    “In detail.”
    Alexandra sighed. “Everything was perfect between us. Then I found out he was still living with his girlfriend, who was carrying his child at one point. My friends told me everything….even his brother said they were still together.”
    “That’s sound evidence,” he said simply.
    “But he says nothing happened, that she only lives with him for a special circumstance.”
    “And what was the circumstance?”
    “He said he couldn’t tell me.”
    He shook his head. “Whenever I hear about this guy I want to shove my fist through a wall.”
    “I’m sorry I hurt you.”
    “No,” he said quickly. “I’m just mad someone hurt you so much. He clearly used you, baby. I’m sorry to be so blunt about it, but that’s exactly what he did. He got his dick wet then left when you found out the truth.”
    Her heart ached. “Then why do I believe him…at least a part of me?”
    “It’s wishful thinking.” He turned to her. “Alexandra, I’m sorry that happened to you. I’m not just saying that. I would much rather come back and win you back from a guy who treated you right. And with me, you’d never have to worry about that. You can trust me to always be honest with you, to always love you.”
    “But you cheated on me…”
    “And I explained why. I was drunk and depressed. Nothing happened anyway. It wasn’t like I slept with her or even had feelings for her. It’s always been you. It’ll always be you.” He grabbed her hand and brought it to his lips. “Come home with me.”
    She stared into his eyes, seeing the blue irises shine.
    “I’ll never hurt you again, baby. You have my word.”
    “I—I don’t know.”
    “Why?”
    She pulled her hand away. “I’m just so confused.”
    “What’s there to be confused about?” he snapped. “This guy doesn’t love you. He never loved you. I’m the man who made love to you every night for a year, the man who was your best friend through everything, the man who’s family you’ve already met, the man that will marry you right now if you agreed.” Her breathing increased as she listened to him. “Baby, I’ll wait

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