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From Heartbreak To Healing

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Ashley’s once beautiful marriage comes crashing down on the night of her wedding anniversary after she finds her husband in bed with her best friend. Sad, heartbroken and betrayed, she files for a divorce after which she moves to a different city, looking to start afresh. However, she discovers that she is pregnant for her ex-husband. Ashley decides to navigate the pregnancy and motherhood alone until she meets Gerald, a billionaire who happens to be her boss. Gerald takes a liking to Ashley but she is adamant about not giving love a second chance. Gerald is not deterred and is determined to break her walls. In course of falling for each other, obstacles arise threatening to break the new-found love between Gerald and Ashley. One of them happens to be her ex-husband. Will there be a happy ending for both of them or will the obstacles prevail?

Chapter 1

Ashley

The sun in Florida beat down mercilessly as my plane touched down at Miami International Airport. I have been away from Florida for five days on a business trip. Excitement bubbles within my chest as I gather my belongings and make my way through the crowded terminal. I can't wait to reunite with my husband, Hector, and celebrate our third wedding anniversary in style.

Despite the exhaustion from my business trip, my heart cannot help but flutter with anticipation as I hail a cab and direct the driver towards our cozy suburban home. The drive from the airport to our home feels like an eternity as my excitement grows with each passing mile. Thoughts of Hector fills my mind, his warm smile and loving embrace awaiting me at the end of my journey. I can't wait to see him, to hold him close and whisper words of love into his ear.

As the cab pulls into the driveway, butterflies erupt in my belly seeing my husband’s car parked, an indication that he is at home. I alight from the cab, collect my luggage from the trunk and pay the driver before walking to the door, with a huge smile plastered on my face.

Deciding not to ruin the surprise by knocking, I decide to use my spare keys to the house. I push the front door and the sight before me is confusing. There are clothes splattered everywhere. I make my way to the clothes to inspect them when I hear giggling, followed by moaning.

I halt in my steps and from the noise, I can tell it’s coming from the bedroom. My heart pounds in my chest as I walk to the bedroom door, gripping the doorknob before revealing the scene in front of me. The scene before me unfolds like a nightmare I couldn’t escape, Hector and Rose, my supposed best friend, freeze in shock as they stare back at me guiltily.

My husband is on top of my best friend, on our matrimonial bed on the day of our third wedding anniversary!

My husband rolls off from the bed, shock written all over his face. Time seems to stand still as I take in the sight before me. A feeling of betrayal and disbelief washes over me as I stumble out of the room, my legs feeling like jelly.

I walk back to the living room, stopping to catch my breath as I struggle to comprehend what I had just seen. My mind races, searching for any explanation for what I had just witnessed.

"Ashley, it's not what you think," Hector stammers, his voice trembling with guilt.

I shake my head continuously, anger overwhelming me, “It’s not what I think? I find my husband in bed with my best friend! What does it look like?” 

“I’m sorry,” Hector says.

Rose comes out, wearing a sullen look on her face. I could care less at this point.

“Ash, it’s not what it looks like,” Rose starts to say, and I cut her off sharply.

“It’s Ashley to you! You must really think I'm foolish! You are supposed to be my best friend! I trusted you and what do I get in return? You’re sleeping with my husband! My husband! Wow!”

I couldn't bear to look at him, to see the betrayal written across his face. All I could think about was escaping, putting as much distance between myself and the pain as possible. So, I grab my bag and walk to the door.

I couldn't bear to listen to anything either of them had to say. Without a word, I turn on my heel and flee, the sound of Hector's desperate pleas echoing in my ears. The betrayal cut deeper than any knife, leaving me feeling hollow and broken.

As I stumble down the driveway, tears streaming down my cheeks, I couldn't shake the feeling of betrayal that clung to me like a suffocating shroud. The man I had loved and trusted with all my heart had betrayed me in the cruelest way imaginable, leaving me shattered.

The life I had imagined for myself and Hector, filled with love and happiness, lay in ruins at my feet. With quick strides, I hail a cab. Throughout the ride, I allow myself cry freely.

Recalling the events of the last few hours has been gruesome. Never in my wildest imaginations did I think that Hector would cheat on me and with my best friend at that.

I take a huge swig of the alcohol, downing its contents as more tears fall from my eyes. I lay on the floor in my hotel room, falling asleep instantly, tired from crying for hours.

The next day, I wake up as bright light shines into the room. I painfully open my eyes, groaning from the splitting headache I’m having. I search for my phone and see that I have more than twenty missed calls from Hector, Rose and my store manager, Gloria.

I toss the phone aside, not in the mood to talk to anyone. I grip my head and walk to the bathroom to freshen up. As I look at myself in the bathroom mirror, I release a heavy sigh, wondering what to do next. I spend the rest of the day with my phone switched off, cooped up in my room.

After a couple of days spent in seclusion, I decide to go to the store. I inform Gloria, my store manager that I’d be at the store. I freshen up and head to the store. I stroll into my office and as I sit, Gloria walks in.

“Gloria, how are you?” I ask, coolly.

“Fine ma, it’s good to have you back. Hope everything is okay?”

I nod, “Yes, great. Did anyone look for me while I was away?”

“Yes ma, your husband.”

I raise my eyes at her, “My husband? What did you tell him?”

“He said he’ll be here shortly. I told him you were coming in.”

“Why will you…” I start to say then I recover myself, “It’s fine.”

“Is everything alright ma?” She asks again.

“Yes, nothing to worry your head about.”

She gives me a slight bow before leaving my office. I sigh heavily at the thought that I’d have to face Hector today, something I’m not looking forward to. Shortly after, Gloria walks into my office with Hector behind her.

I almost want to lash out at her for not giving me a heads-up, but I realize that it’s not her fault and she has no idea what’s going on.

“Ma, would you like anything?” Gloria asks.

“No, thank you, Gloria,” I say curtly, not looking away from my computer.

As the door shuts, I ask, maintaining my gaze on my computer, without sparing a slight glance at Hector, “What do you want? Why are you here?”

“Where have you been? I’ve been calling you and you didn’t pick my calls,” he says.

“What’s it to you? Why do you care?”

“Ashley, baby, I was worried about you,” he says softly.

I cringe at the endearment he used to address me. An endearment I used to love has suddenly become sour upon hearing it.

“You don’t need to be worried about me. I’m perfectly okay,” I answer, my tone clipped.

“Please, can you come home?”

I heave a deep sigh then face him, “No, I can’t come back, Hector. I would appreciate it if you left my office.”

He suddenly gives me a forlorn look, “Babe…”

I blurt out, “Stop it! Stop calling me that! Stop! Just leave already!”

He nods and leaves. I slump into my chair, restricting myself from crying. I return to my hotel, more devastated than before. Having run out of clean clothes to wear, I make the hard decision to return to the house to pack some things tomorrow. The thought of facing Hector doesn’t excite me one bit. It’s been one week since I caught my husband cheating on me.

On getting to the house, I’m reminded of the beautiful memories we made in this house and I shake my head of the thoughts, determined to get it over with. I knock and within seconds, the door opens, revealing Hector.

I ignore him and walk in, heading to the room to pack.

“You came home? What can I prepare for you? Thank you for forgiving me,” Hector says as he follows me into the room.

“Don’t act like everything is okay between us, Hector. I just came to pack my stuff and leave,” I frown.

“Please, don’t do this, Ashley. Let’s talk about this. I’m still your husband and I love you,” He blurts out and I lose my cool.

“I trusted you with my heart, Hector, but you shattered it into a million pieces. Did you even remember that it was our wedding anniversary? You chose to sleep with your mistress on the day of our wedding anniversary. Is that how less you think of me? Of this marriage? Did I never mean anything to you in these last three years?” I point at him.

“I accept that I’m at fault but you can’t pin all of this on me. You had a part in it too. You refused to get pregnant. I wanted a child,” Hector shrugs.

I turn to him, with venom in my eyes, “How dare you?! You stand there to blame me when you know I suffered three miscarriages in this marriage! You were there when the doctor said I had a weak womb meaning I had a 50:50 chance of carrying a baby to full term! How dare you try to pin this on me? You cheated on me! I didn’t force you to cheat!”

I continue, “You know, I came here hoping that we could maybe, talk things through. Maybe I would see a reason why you would cheat on me but I was wrong! You’re just a narcissist. The fact that you would try to pin your wrongdoing on me just shows how wrong I was about you. I’m highly disappointed in you, Hector!”

He casts his eyes down, feeling ashamed all of a sudden, “I didn’t mean it that way. I just…”

“You never mean anything! The same way you didn’t mean to be in bed with Rose! I’ve wasted three years of my life in a marriage I thought would last a lifetime. How stupid of me!” I say.

I focus on packing my things, eager to leave the house quicker than I ever thought I would.

As I open the door, Hector grabs my arm gently and I growl, snatching it from him.

“What, Hector? Leave me alone!” I bark.

“What’s going to happen to us? Our marriage? We can’t just throw everything away like that,” He says.

“You should have thought of that before cheating on me. I can’t believe I never saw this side of you. You really tried to blame me for your mistake!” I sigh heavily.

“I want nothing to do with her anymore. I’ll break things up with her. I won’t see her anymore,” he says in a rush.

“You haven’t even broken things off with her? I must really be foolish to you, Hector,” I let out a humorless chuckle, wondering where and how I gotten it all wrong in this marriage.

“I mean…” He starts to say but I interrupt him, having heard enough.

“This just shows how delusional you are. I hate that for the past three years I never saw this part of you! Gosh! I feel like a fool!”

The mere thought that he hasn’t ended things with her sets me off the more. There is definitely no way this marriage can be salvaged anymore, not when Hector is still remorseless about what he did. There’s only one solution…

“I want a divorce,” I blurt out.

His eyes grow wide as I sidestep him, adding, “You’ll be hearing from my lawyer.”

I walk out of the apartment, slightly relieved and pensive about my decision.

Chapter 2

Ashley

Each passing day, my resolve hardens as I finally follow through with the divorce. I know my marriage is beyond repair, that Hector and Rose have shattered any semblance of trust between us. With a heavy heart, I make the painful decision to file for divorce, determined to reclaim my life and dignity.

A couple of days later I run into Rose at the mall. It takes everything in me not to turn around and head back to the hotel. She even has the guts to approach me.

“Ashley, Hi,” She greets.

I nod, trying to walk away but she stops me.

“Look I’m really sorry, Ashley. I didn’t mean to…”

“Save it, Rose! You should have thought about that before sleeping with my husband who, by the way, is all yours now. You can have him now! Thank you for ruining my marriage! If you’d excuse me, I have important things to do,” I say to her before walking into a store in the mall.

My mood is suddenly sour as I end up doing no shopping.

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