Chapter 2

'Can-can I just have a cushion?' Sian asked as she headed towards his sofa.

'Um…yes…yes of course. ' Still dazed and horrified, Michael gave her a big one and fetched her a glass of water, 'What's going on?'

'I can't take it anymore alright!' Sian replied, tears fell down her cheeks, 'I've tried and I've tried but I'm just not happy!'

'And-and this?' Michael asked incredulously, gesturing towards her stomach.

'What Jez doesn't know won't hurt him.'

'You-you haven't told him?' Michael replied, shocked, 'Sian for god's sake! What is wrong with you! He has a right to know!'

'Oh yes? And hurt him any more than I have already?' Sian snapped, 'He doesn't deserve any of this.' She started to cry, 'You were right OK? I should've gone with you…going back to Jez was a huge mistake, I have been so unhappy.'

Michael looked at her in amazement, 'But-but you were the one who ran ofter him!'

'Yes! Not because it was want I wanted but because it was the right thing to do!' She looked up at him with her tear-filled eyes, 'I love you Michael, it's always been you, you know that.'

Michael hesitated, 'So…what are you saying? Are you saying that-that you are finally ready?'

'That's why my stuff's here isn't it?'

Michael kissed her with a mixture of joy and shock, 'But Jeremy Sian…'

Sian nodded, 'I know! I-I know it was the wrong call but I-I don't know what else to do.. I'm backed into a corner and I've done it myself. I wish Id never chased after him that day..'

'OK! OK! Shhhhh!' Michael tenderly stroked her hair, 'Just one thing at a time OK? Why don't you go upstairs and lie down on my bed? It'll be more comfortable..'

'OK…'

'Sian…' Michael called out, 'Don't you think he has a right to know?'

Sian shrugged, 'Ignorance is bliss. I- I'm not at all happy or proud about what I have done. I just needed to escape the prison I made.'

Michael went up to her and kissed her tenderly, he pulled her towards him and kissed her head. She buried her face into his chest and sighed, feeling a fraction better, 'It's OK.' He whispered, 'I'm here, you'll be alright now.'

Sian knew this was true. She wrapped her arms around him and hugged him tightly the dull thud of pain in her stomach being the only remains of her failed marriage.