I turned comfortably on the mattress of our bed and peeled the thick sheets off my body. I stretched, feeling for Kerrick before sitting up when I realized he wasn't there. I rubbed my eyes and scanned the room for him but he wasn't there either so I brought myself to my feet and decided to look for him.
I searched the hall, the kitchen and the living room but he wasn't there, a crushing pain filled my chest when I realized he'd taken off again without telling me.
He was acting strangely for the past few days, stranger than usual and he avoided talking about it whenever I asked. At first I thought it was his past getting to him again but I eventually realized that wasn't it.
I decided to go back to the room and sleep a little more when I looked out the window and saw that his car was still in the driveway.
I furrowed my brows together, puzzled and confused until I realized where he must've been. I went back up stairs and went to the bathroom, listening to water running continuously from behind the door. I knocked but when he didn't answer I pushed the door in and found him standing under the shower, allowing freezing, ice cold water to beat against his body.
"Kerrick, are you crazy!" I ran and got a towel and turned off the tap and started drying him off. He felt so cold he seemed to be standing under there for a good while. He was so out of it and he didn't even look at me until I took his hands.
"Are you okay?" I inquired calmly.
"Cold water is good for the body." He joked.
"But pneumonia isn't."
He stepped out of the shower, shivering but dry so I got his bathrobe and put it on him.
"Kerrick, what were you doing? What happened?" I asked while leading him towards our room.
"I don't know, I just stood there and before I knew it you were helping me out." He rubbed his hands together and took a chilly breath.
"If you stayed like that any longer," I said, putting him to sit on the bed. "Your lips would've turned blue or possibly worse."
I continued rubbing the towel I had on his hair until it was dry enough and his shaking calmed down a bit.
"What's going on?"
He stared at me blankly while I took out clothes for him but his glum expression didn't change.
"Delancy, what kind of person do you think I am? Do you think I'm not good enough?"
"What do you mean?" I asked while closing his drawer and taking a seat beside him. "What happened at work?"
He looked stunned at my perceptive ability but I placed a hand on his to show him I was there.
"Delancy, you're too good for me."
I brushed a thumb against his cheek but I forced back my smile and gave him a firm look.
"Tell me what's wrong."
"Stephen has been spreading lies about me at the office." He confessed.
"What kind of lies."
"He's saying I've been cutting corners and mixing up our clients' information but that isn't the worst of it. Money has been disappearing and Stephan blames it on me. Delancy, I didn't do anything, I swear."
"I believe you, there's no reason to defend yourself." I brushed my fingers through his hair and he rested his head against my shoulder, tension practically steaming off him.
"The way everyone looks at me, wondering if it's really true - Delancy, even my own father doesn't believe me. The only reason I still have a job is because he doesn't have any evidence yet."
"Charles," I frowned from just thinking about that man. "It doesn't seem strange that he'd do that." I rubbed his shoulder and he pulled away and stared at me.
"I'm not going to get the company, I definitely won't." Even though he wore a plain face and his voice was calm, his eyes burned with tears.
"Don't think that, you just have to prove it wasn't you." This company to him was like my father's store to me. He'd put a lot of time, sweat and energy into it and the thought of losing everything was a horrible thing.
"How will I do that?"
"Let him trust you."
"I shouldn't have to fight to earn his trust or respect!" He clenched his hands into fists and stared hard at the floor. "I've done more than enough and I've given everything! Yet he trusts Stephen and he's setting him up for a fall!"
"Wait, what?" I put a hand on his shoulder and our eyes met, truth burning within his.
"I found out Stephen has been the embezzler and he's also selling our information to other people."
"Kerrick if you know this, why don't you tell him?" I inquired.
"Like he would believe me," He pushed himself off the bed and took up his clothes. "Don't be surprised if I come home early, this might be my last day at work."
"Kerrick be serious!" I grabbed his collar and looked straight into his eyes. "You can't let all you worked hard for slip away and Stephen to claim it, you have to show him up for the dirty rat he is!"
He leaned forward and kissed my forehead, I closed my eyes and pulled myself closer into him, his arms wrapping around me.
"I'll try for you, if that's what you want. If it was only up to me and I was by myself again, it wouldn't matter but I'll do it for you."
"Delancy! I did it!"
"Kerrick what's wrong?" I asked, putting down the spoon I was stirring the pot with. He ran into the Kitchen and embraced me, I smiled unsure of what he was so happy about. "Kerrick, what did you do?" I asked raising a brow.
"Stephen was fired!"
"What! H-How!" I drew my hands up to my face, too surprised to take in everything at once.
"Do you remember three days ago when you asked me to expose him? Well I did some digging and I found out that CM foods wasn't the only company he embezzled money from and stole information so I got enough evidence and showed my father my findings. He's been arrested for embezzlement and industrial espionage as well as a few cases of sexual harassment."
I threw my arms around him and coated his face with kisses, an uncharacteristic light radiating from his face.
"Kerrick, I'm so proud of you." I wiped at my eyes and beamed at him. "You've really surprised me and out done yourself."
"No, we did it. I owe this to you."
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The Good WifeRomance
Delancy lives with her father and works in his store. When the store falls into debt she agrees to marry the son of her father's wealthy friend. Marrying a man she could barely understand was difficult but the challenges she encounters as she tries...