The child’s innocent question only made Lucian feel more horrible. The word “homewrecker” was a cruel term. However, Lucian was the reason behind Aubree’s guts to call Roxanne that.
Realizing that, Lucian felt a suffocating pain in his heart, followed by an overwhelming guilt. When there was no answer from Lucian after some time, Benny started to panic. “Mommy’s not a homewrecker!”
Lucian snapped back to reality and patted his head with a heavy feeling. “How could your mommy be a homewrecker? She’s-”
Lucian stopped talking and said no more. Surprisingly, the children did not press on. The answer about Roxanne not being a homewrecker was enough to make them. relieved.
Lucian got up from among them, informing, “I’m going upstairs to have a look. Stay here and wait for me, okay?” The children nodded fervently and watched Lucian head upstairs.
When he reached Roxanne’s room door, he knocked on it, but there was no response inside. “Roxanne, it’s me. Open up. I want to talk to you.”
It was Lucian’s first time calling out her name so gently when she was conscious. Roxanne, who heard his tone from the room, felt as if her heart were crumbling.
“I’m sorry. I heard about what happened from the children. Aubree and Frieda came looking for you and even caused you a lot of trouble. It’s my fault for not protecting you and the children well.”
His voice was full of remorse.
Clenching her fists, Roxanne suppressed her wavering heart and walked to the door. “Go home. I’m really tired today. I want to get some rest,” she replied while trying hard to hide her crying voice.
He breathed, “Open the door, please. I just want to talk to you. Once I’m done, I’ll leave. I promise I won’t disturb your rest.”
Roxanne wiped her tears away, but she did not know how to face him. “Just say it right there. I’m listening.” Immediately, the person outside the door fell silent.
Neither of them spoke as they stood frozen by the door. After an unknown period of time, Lucian’s voice rang out again. “I know you blame me for it. Be it six years ago or now, I was the root of the problem between us.”
Roxanne’s eyelashes quivered while she stared at the door in front of her. It was as if she could see the person standing out there.
She had a feeling what Lucian was going to say next was something she would never imagine hearing.
“Six years ago, I didn’t realize my true feelings in time, which made you leave in disappointment.” Lucian’s tone sounded grim and determined at the same time. “Now that you’ve come back to me, I won’t ever let you leave. I won’t spare anyone who hurt you. I’ll definitely give you an answer regarding Aubree’s matter.”
Thinking back to how Lucian had been treating her recently, Roxanne felt her heart waver. It was as if there was a voice in her heart telling her to trust Lucian again and to give him another chance.
If things did not work out, she could just go somewhere far away, like how she did six years ago. After all, she had already come back from the brink of death. A little pain was nothing.
Hence, she opened the door mindlessly. Lucian, who was still apologizing outside, stopped the moment the door opened. He then stared intensely at the door.