“I see.” Fabian’s grip on his phone tightened. “Thank you for informing me.”
Ashley looked on apprehensively, sensing that the man was growing livid. Grabbing onto his arm, she asked nervously, “F-Fabian, is something wrong?”
Fabian hung up the call and directed a glare so cold that it sent chills down the lady’s spine. Then, shrugging her arm away, he boomed, “Ashley Miller, how much longer are you going to lie to me!”
At the side, Mark was taken aback by the outburst. “Calm down Fabian! You’re going to scare the baby! Ashley, are you good? Does your stomach hurt?”
“I’m fine, Mr. Norton.” But mentally, she was nowhere close to being fine. Her heart was thumping wildly, and she feared for the worst.
“What’s with the tantrum, Fabian!” Mark bellowed.
“Tantrum? Do you think I’m that childish? Oh, speaking of “child,” do you have anything you want to explain?” The question was directed at Ashley.
The lady’s heart skipped a beat as a surge of fear overtook her. “H-Huh? What do you mean? Is this some prank?”
She really hoped it was an April Fool’s joke.
“Really! You’re still not going to admit the truth till now? Do you really want me to go as far as to produce the medical certificate that you’re not at all pregnant? Now then, you’re going to ask how I know this. Well, the lovely doctor you’re in cahoots with has left the hospital! Some other doctor took his place, and luckily has some form of respect for the Doctor’s Oath to tell me everything!”
Fabian was fuming as he continued his tirade, “I seriously can’t imagine how you manage to live with the guilt every day while others show so much affection to the so-called “baby” inside of you. I hope you’ve had fun fooling the entire family and me.”
“I-It’s not…” Ashley tried to defend herself, but words failed her.
Instead, she broke down on the spot, drowning out the flurry of emotions with her pouring tears. Her mind was in a chaotic mess. On one hand, she cursed at the doctor’s betrayal. I gave him so many incentives, and yet he has the audacity to walk out on me like this…
On the other hand, extreme fear overwhelmed her as she felt Fabian’s cold gaze lingering on her.
She was also terrified that all her efforts all this while would just go down the drain in an instant.
Fueled by desperation, she picked herself up and scrambled towards the man, begging for his forgiveness.
“I lied because I love you! I can’t live without you! Please, Fabian… Don’t leave me…”
“Get your filthy hands off me!” came his merciless response as he struggled to unlatch the lady from his body.
But the lady refused to budge. Hanging onto him like a drowning passenger hanging onto a buoy, she continued exclaiming, “When you wanted to break up with me that time, anxiety overtook my rationality. I loved you too much to let you go. I’ll die if you’re not with me! P-Please… Fabian… Please forgive me this once and don’t leave me… “
Back then, Ashley really did wish she had gotten pregnant when she drugged Fabian. Unfortunately, things did not go her way following the night at the hotel.
Ever since then, Fabian had been cautious around Ashley, and thus the lady had no other means to try again.
When Fabian asked for a breakup, Ashley was out of playing cards. No matter how pitiful she acted, the man was determined to leave her. Out of desperation, she conjured a playing card herself, and that was how the whole pregnancy saga began.