Derrick’s laugh interrupted my rant. “You didn’t care about the money? She told me everything, Cassie. My wife told me everything! You lied to me. And you didn’t care about the money? You really want me to believe that you didn’t care about the money?”
Tears started to fall down my cheeks. I was infuriated. His words cut like a knife, but I wasn’t ready to give up this fight. After everything I went through for him, I couldn’t believe that he really thought I didn’t love him. “I always loved you,” I snapped back. “From day one, I lost contact with all of my friends and family, for you! Yes, the money was nice. The gifts made the drama bearable, but listen very carefully. I would have given up all the money and gifts just to feel your love, to have you to myself and to know that you were solely mine.” With those words, I got up and started heading towards the door. He tried to grab me but I was too fast. I ran out of his office.
Once I got out of the building, I sat on a bench near the parking lot. I looked up to the sky for answers, hoping God would somehow reassure me and give me strength. I closed my eyes and just concentrated on the warm sun hitting my face, when suddenly, I felt someone sit down beside me. When I opened my eyes, I saw Derrick, with heavy, tear-filled eyes.
“I loved you too, Cassie. I wanted us to work out more than you could ever imagine.” A tear ran down his face and he quickly wiped it away. He also looked up to the sky, perhaps for the same reason I did, and then closed his eyes. He wrapped his arm around me and we both sat there in silence. I don’t know how long we were sitting there, but it felt like an eternity. In our silence, we were able to communicate things that words could never have described.
When he finally took my hand in his, I actually felt the peace between us. We were just two old lovers, sitting next to each other in silence, trying to figure out what our next step would be.