Chap. 9

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Amanda's POV


I watched as Alice went up to the tree where Blake had pronounced his love for her all that time ago. I watched her cry, and I smiled. Those initials weren’t meant for her anymore, they were meant for me. He loves me.

Before I knew what I was doing, I was standing right behind her, watching her trace out the heart engraved in the tree.

“There you are” I said, with a sneer. “I’ve been looking for you all night.”

I saw her stiffen, but she didn’t turn to face me. It was like she didn’t want to see me.

“You haven’t changed a bit. You’re still the coward you were twenty years ago.”

“What do you want Amanda?” She sounded tired, like she’d been expecting me. What the hell?

“I came to warn you to keep away from my man.”

She turned to face me. I gasped at the dark, purple circles under eyes. She looked sick.

“Your man?”

I rolled my eyes. “Blake.”

She sighed. “Why would I want Blake? He cheated on me with you, and he injured my children.”

“You still love him. I can tell every time you’re around him. But if you ever make a move on him, it’ll the last move you’ll ever make.”

She rolled her eyes. “You haven’t changed a bit. You’re still a desperate, pathetic bitch.”

I narrowed my eyes at her. “Watch your back Alice Montgomery.” I turned and stalked off, my insides on fire.

He still loves me, I just know it.

Blake's POV


“We’re leaving” Amanda said, tugging on my arm. She looked beyond pissed.

“I haven’t seen Alice yet.”

She slapped me across the face. “I said we’re leaving.”

I stood there, stunned. Did she just slap me?

“No, we aren’t. Find your own damn ride for all I care. In fact, don’t even come back to my house tonight. See what it’s like living on the streets, and then try pulling a stunt like that again.”

I left her standing there and went to one spot I knew would calm me down.

As I approached the tree, I saw that somebody had already beaten me here.

I went to the opposite side of the tree and leaned my back against me. When did my life become so confusing? I thought I was going to marry Amanda, and now look at me. I’m a mess.

I could remember the day like it was yesterday…

“Blake” Amanda said, her head in my lap.

“Yes” I whispered, as I stroked her face.

“Do you love me?”

“You know that I do. I’ve loved you since the first time I saw you.” I kissed her lightly. How could she doubt me?

She looked up at me, with tears in her eyes. “Then why won’t you ask me to marry you?”

I shrugged. “I don’t think we’re ready for that, ya know? It’s a big commitment.”

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