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Ex-Husband’s Regret Novel Chapter 71

Chapter 71
Making a promise “Noah, are you done with your homework?” I call, but I don’t get an answer.

It was Friday afternoon and I was dead tired on my feet. I had forgotten when you’re pregnant how

easily you get tired. Every single thing tired me out.

The only thing I’m grateful for is that I never experienced morning sickness unlike when I was

pregnant with Noah. 1

“Noah?” I call him again.

I wonder what the hell he is doing. I usually get an answer immediately. Unless something has

caught his attention and distracted him.

Before I can carry my tired body to go upstairs to check on him, my doorbell rings.

I release a heavy sigh. It’s not that I didn’t want to see anybody, I just wanted to take a break.

Maybe have a long bath.

I spent the whole day at the Hope Foundation going through tons of documents that needed my

attention. My eyes were dry, My mind was burnt out and my body was aching all over.

Dragging myself, I open my door and I am surprised to find Calvin and Gunner at my doorstep. It’s

been two days since that day in my backyard.

When Gunner didn’t show up when Noah got back from school, I assumed that maybe Calvin

didn’t want anything to do with us. After all, he was really grumpy during our whole encounter.

“Hi” shock was clearly in my voice and I couldn’t hide it.

“Hi Miss Ava” Gunner tells me sweetly with a smile. “These are for you”

It’s then that I notice he has a bouquet of flowers. Pink roses to be exact. He hands them to me and

I take them gratefully.

“Thank you Gunner. These are beautiful” Without thinking, I bend down and kiss his cheeks.

When I straighten, he gives me a shy smile. Just like with Noah, I could already tell that Gunner

was a sweet boy.

I shift my eyes to his father, “Would you like to come in?”

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He looks hesitant at first, but when Gunner pulls his hand, he agrees.

I lead them straight to the kitchen where I had been baking cookies and cupcakes. Noah had

requested for them and though I was tired, I couldn’t refuse him.

“You’re just in time to eat some goodness” I tell them as the oven timer pings.

I look for a vase and place the beautiful flowers Gunner brought me.

“Noah” I call again as I place some cookies in front of our guests.

“I’m coming mommy” he shouts back.

I hear his bedroom door close. Then his footsteps as he runs down the hallway and then the stairs.

Seconds later, he breaks through the kitchen door. He comes to a stop when he sees that we have

visitors.

NCH TH

“Come, my love. I want you to meet someone” he hesitantly takes a step until he’s standing next to

me. W

Noah is a bit shy at first glance. That is before you get to know him better. When he sheds his

shyness, you won’t even believe that he’s the same boy. He’ll talk your ear off.

“Noah, this here is Gunner. He lives next door and Gunner, this is my son Noah. He’s the one I was

telling you about”

If I’m being honest, I thought things will be awkward between them at first, but I am wrong.

Gunner smiles “Hi”

“Wanna play in my room?” Noah asks at the same time.

“Sure”

With that, Noah grabs a bunch of cookies and hands them to Gunner. Then he goes to the pantry

and get a couple of juice boxes.

“Come on, I’ve got a new game to show you” Noah says as they walk off.

I was super surprised by his actions. I thought it would take a bit of pushing to get him to warm

up to Gunner. I guess I didn’t need to.

“Well that went well. I’m surprised Gunner made the first move. He’s usually really reserved”

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I face him. I had completely forgotten that he was even there.

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“Noah is like that too at first. He has to get comfortable with someone first”

“Really? Then he’s much better off. When I say that Gunner is reserved I mean, he likes his own company. He doesn’t like making friends or meeting new people. Even in school, he keeps to

himself”

“Seriously?” I ask shocked.

“Seriously. At this point I think Rex and I are his only friends”

I frown at that. I wasn’t a child psychologist but I was a teacher. Even I knew that that wasn’t typical behaviour for a child his age.

For a child to be that withdraw, then there is probably a problem. I know it doesn’t lie with Calvin.

You just have to take one look at them to know they adore each other.

Something else was wrong. If Gunner is as withdrawn as Cal says, then something’s made him.

that way.

“Hopefully Noah can get him out of his shell” I mumble, handing him a cupcake.

I round the island. Taking one of the barstools, I exhale in relief that I was off my feet. I dig into

one of the cupcake. My mind completely empty.

“I wanted to apologize” Calvin says after a while.

“For what?”

“Coming off as rude the other day.”

Waving my hands dismissively, I face him. “In your defence, I was being too extra, so don’t worry

about it”

Talking about that day reminds me of the pain I saw in his eyes. Right now he has done a good job

of trying to hide it.

Others may assume he’s okay, but I can tell he is not. I recognize the struggle in his soul because I

usually go through the same thing.

It’s easy for someone who’s been hurt to see the pain others are trying to hide. Especially if it’s the

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“So what do you do for a living?” He asks, probably trying to make small talk.

“I’m a teacher, but I’m on leave for the next few months”

I had thought about going back, but I decided against it. Even though I was bored being home

alone, I knew I needed this time to myself. Not only because of the pregnancy, but also because of

my mental state. O

“So you got together with Rowan? Noah is his doppelgänger. It’s so uncanny”

At that I snort. “Everyone in this damn city knows what happened with Rowan. I didn’t get with

him. It was a drunk night gone wrong”

I sometimes curse that night when I think of how my life would have been different if it wasn’t for

my obsession. Then I remember that if it wasn’t for that night, then I wouldn’t have Noah. In the

end I’m left wishing it didn’t happen, but thankful because I got someone precious from it.

“What happened?” Cal asks curiously.

I clump up. Feeling myself start to sweat. “That’s a story for another day. Right now I don’t want to

relieve it”

I haven’t heard from Rowan since the day he showed up at my appointment which was three days

ago.

I also haven’t gotten any surprise visits from Emma demanding I stay away from her man. I think

Rowan is probably too busy trying to do damage control with Emma and for that I am grateful.

I didn’t want him around me because when he is, he confuses things. His recent behavior is

messing with my head and I’m tired of trying to figure him out.

“What about you? Where’s your wife” he was the same age as Emma so I assume he’s married.

“I don’t have a wife”

“Okay…where’s Gunner’s mom?”

I see pure undulated pain flash in his eyes. The kind of pain that isn’t yours, but you still feel it all

the way to your soul. My heart aches for him, because I know how such pain can be consuming.

“S–she’s not in the picture” he stammers in a broken voice. A voice filled with pain and a bit of

anger.

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Fuck. I feel the need to comfort him, but I am not sure it will be welcomed.

“I’m so sorry to hear that” I whisper feeling terrible for asking because I drenched up his pain.

I can’t imagine losing a spouse. I can’t imagine living the life you imagined alone knowing the love of your life isn’t there with you. O

Calvin looks like the kind of man who loves deeply. If you love deeply then the loss is also just as deep. The loss becomes all consuming.

Now I know where his pain originates from. He wasn’t hurt by someone. He lost someone he deeply loves, 1

He breathes out. Trying to once again bury his pain. “It’s okay. She hasn’t been in the picture for a

while and I’m slowly learning to live with it” 2

I grab his hand and squeeze. Giving him the comfort he clearly needs.

Changing the subject into something lighter, I ask him if he would help me plant my garden again

since he didn’t send anyone to fix what Rex destroyed.

After talking to him, I realize why Gunner is withdrawn. Losing a parent at such a young age isn’t

easy and some children never recover from it.

I didn’t know them well, but right there and then I promise myself that I will be there for them. I

was going to help them. 15

We all need happiness and joy in our lives and from the looks of it, Calvin and Gunner haven’t had

it in a long time.

Ex-Husband’s Regret by Evelyn M.M.

Ex-Husband’s Regret by Evelyn M.M.

Status: Ongoing Author: Artist:
Ex-Husband's Regret ava and rowan story by Evelyn M.M. Ava: Nine years ago I did something terrible. it wasn't one of my best moments but I saw an opportunity to have the guy I've loved since I was a young girl and I took it. Fast forward to years later and I'm tired of living in a loveless marriage. I want to free both of us from a marriage that should never have taken place. They say if you love something.... It was time to let him go. I know he'll never love me and that I'll never be his choice. His heart will always belong to Her and despite my sins, I deserve to be loved. Rowan: Nine years ago, I was so in love I could barely see right. I ruined it when I made the worst mistake of my life and in the process I lost the love of my life. I knew I had to step up in my responsibility and so I did, with an unwanted wife. With the wrong woman. Now she has once again flipped my life by divorcing me. To make matters even more complicated, the love of my life is back in town. Now the only question is, who is the right woman? Is it the girl I fell head over heels in love with years ago? or is it my ex wife, the woman I never wanted but had to marry?

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