Ok. I've gotten your messages. Though I've said this would be the last chapter, I just couldn't do it. I've been trying to wrap this up but I've had a serious case of writer's block. Yes akin to constipation of writing… This story has finally started speaking to me again. And since this week marks a special occasion in my life, I've poured myself into this brief update. Hope it sates you as I finish this up. Sorry for the delay and the actual last chapter will be coming… enjoy.
After doing as her mother asked, Alex returned to her seat in the lobby, waiting for the doctor to return with an update on her father's condition. She wished she could have Olivia by her side, holding her hand in comfort but knew that was impossible. As much as she wanted, even needed the brunette at the moment, she knew they'd need the distance if they'd ever have a future together. With David and Trevor on one side and her "expected" family obligations on the other, the blonde knew she'd have to stand on her own to go through them both to get to Olivia who would be waiting on the other side. But how did she do so without ruining everything in the process? Would Olivia understand that they wouldn't be able to have any contact for a while? She had no choice but to acquiesce to David's demand that she stop working at the school. She had no good reason to refuse him and every reason to give in. She knew the only way she'd truly be free was through a divorce. Did she have the strength to break up the family she'd known? Would that even be possible with her father in David's corner? At the end of the day David wanted more money and she truly believed her father solely wanted for her to be happy. Though it seemed it would be his idea of happy. She was determined to leave them both wanting and to finally pursue her own happiness. Olivia was all she needed to make her happy.
First things first, Alex needed to obtain a copy of her marriage contract. She knew her father stipulated that David would have access to more money if she produced an heir, but she needed to know what would happen if they divorced. Alex knew for certain David couldn't touch her inheritance. Since she married at 21, she was guaranteed her inheritance. Alex also realized there were more stashes of money in accounts that David knew nothing about thanks to her father's desire to make sure she was always taken care of. But would that change if he knew about Olivia? Could she really keep their love a secret and truly be proud of what they shared?
Alex was exhausted. Between trips to the hospital and gathering information about the money behind her marriage, she'd barely had a moment to herself. On one hand she was happy because she'd been away from the house and David, but on the other, it meant she hadn't had a moment to talk to Olivia. After her silent exit from the Benson home, they hadn't shared a word. Could a week really feel like an eternity? The blonde knew it felt that way to her. In that week she learned David would have access to her share of the Cabot fortune if they were had an heir and could claim a hefty alimony if he could prove she had a relationship with Olivia. Through her discoveries the blonde concluded she wouldn't be able to be with the brunette until this was all over. There was no way she'd give David the satisfaction of getting the only thing he cared about, her money. Questions and uncertainties littered her mind, but the three most prominent were how could she tell Olivia? And would her love understand? Could she go through with this without her father's blessing? He'd been in a coma the entire week. The doctors were hopeful he would pull through but said it mainly depended on him. It seemed so did her precarious future…
Though not perfect, Olivia thought her home life had definitely improved. She wanted so desperately for it to last. After finding out that history had nearly repeated itself, her mother actually became more attentive and realized she worked. She was drinking less and refrained from being passed out on the sofa when the brunette got home from school or work. The only thing that could make her world even better would be to see Alex. Her class was informed that Alex would no longer be working at the school and she didn't answer when she called. The brunette was determined to get the answers she needed. Where was Alex?
As she finished up her shift, Olivia grabbed her things out of her locker and pulled out her phone, determined to get in touch with the blonde. Walking to the front door, the brunette was surprised to see her favorite pair of blue eyes staring back at her. Silently they walked out together and headed to Olivia's car. Once inside, confused brown eyes demanded answers. As the silence grew the blonde took a deep cleansing breath. With resolve she looked into the face of the woman who held her heart, "Olivia we can't see each other anymore."
As the words began to sink in, the brunette sat stunned unable to move or breathe. "Why?" Olivia breathed, unaware of the silent tear slipping down her cheek.
"I have some things that I have to take care of before we can truly be together. I don't want you caught in the middle of things should everything not work out as I've planned. As it is, you are at the center of everything. David has his sights set on you, Trevor thinks he's in love with you and I know I am. I couldn't take it if anything happened to you Liv. You mean everything to me. Please tell me you understand?"
"Alex, what exactly are you trying to do that could end up that bad? As much as you want to protect me, I want to protect you too. It would kill me not to have you in my life. You give me hope for a future; one that I want to share with you."
The blonde felt tears pool in her eyes. "Liv, I want that for us too and we will have a future together."But for now, we have to stay away from each other. I want David to pay for what he did to you and I know the best way is by taking away his access to my money. If he finds out about us, he could build a case for divorce based on adultery to gain access to my family's money and since adultery is a class B misdemeanor, that could possibly mean jail time for me."
The brunette observed Alex's serious expression with a mixture of dismay and incredulity. "Well it sounds like you've put a lot of thought into this already. You really are only here to inform me and not include me in the decision making."
Sad blue eyes connected with intense brown ones. "Don't take it that way Liv. I at least need you in my corner. I can't stand the thought of doing all of this and losing you in the process…."
Olivia wiped an angry tear that managed to escape a way. "Well Alex, you can't expect me to be overjoyed about this. I'm finally getting a taste of normalcy at home only to lose you indefinitely. And it's not like I'll see you at school. First we were told you were out due to a family emergency and then that you would not be returning. Do you know how much it sucked hearing about what's been going on with you that way?"
"I know Liv. But David essentially made me quit and after we had a blow up about you, there was no way I could immediately contact you. Then my father had a heart attack so that's also added a lot of stress and strain. And to top it all off, I've been researching the best way to end things with David so that we can be together. I've never had to work this hard for what I want, but I so desperately want a life with you."
Olivia felt her heart constrict at the blonde's words. Doing the only thing she could think to do, the brunette wrapped the blonde into a tight embrace and held on as an overwhelmed Alex let silent tears wash away the intense waves of emotion rushing through her.
Alex broke the silence that filled the car. "I need to know that we'll be ok. That's the only way I'll be able to get through this." the blonde whispered in a small voice.
"We will be ok."