XL: A LETTER TO BURN

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She couldn't help but let out an audible noise, a gasp, hitch in her breathing, causing Luke to bite his lip and lean more over her shoulder, her back pressed up against him as he tried to figure out where she was in the letter. When he found it, he backed up slightly.

"Oh," Luke said, knowing that reading the words again made him realise the meaning even more. He could've been a father. "That part got me the most. I don't know what would have happened if she had actually gotten pregnant."

Ava looked up at him, his eyes unreadable in the dim lighting. "Would you have stayed?"

"Of course I would," He answered instantly, the two of them whispering to each other intently. "If not for her, then for the baby."

Ava knew that would be his response and she nodded, turning back to the paper.

For some reason, the details of it all made Ava feel guilty for not understanding, or rather, underestimating how unhealthy Luke's relationship with Ava was

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For some reason, the details of it all made Ava feel guilty for not understanding, or rather, underestimating how unhealthy Luke's relationship with Ava was. She would always respect his perspective, but looking back on all the issues they had had trying to be a couple in the past, it all made sense as the everything slowly unraveled.

His relationship—an excuse of one—with Delilah was borderline abusive and fully manipulative.

Ava didn't know how Luke had it in his heart to forgive Delilah, because he certainly didn't have to. He had no obligation to let bygones be bygones with someone so horrible, no matter how much they had changed, or how much they swore they were different. Sometimes even she was surprised at the size of his heart.

What Ava and Luke had now, could've never worked if they hadn't done what they were currently doing now—giving themselves their own time to heal. If Luke hadn't managed to be the better person and deal with things the way he did.

He didn't deserve to be sad for such a long time, Ava thought, resisting the urge to pour because she didn't want him to know that she was upset over the words written, He's too kind for that.

Mainly, she didn't know how someone could be so strong.

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