20. The end to it all
I then studied for four years. When I finished college, I felt like a new person. I had good grades and I quickly got a job at a bank. It was as if I could finally begin to live, but I still had the same relationship with Niall. He had become engaged to Annie, as she was called, and his father was satisfied. Niall often came to me and he tried to several times a month coming over to the USA. It became a habit and pretty soon I was used to having that relationship with him.
Tess was eight years old and she began to take one of their private cars and visit me. She was like my own daughter and I loved to spoil her, but not with things. Instead, we experienced the world and we talked about everything. I was her mama's contrast.
"I love you more than I love mom," she said sometimes. I just laughed and I hugged her gently.
"I'm your friend and it's your mother's task to be as she is. Mothers are never funny."
She laughed and she looked at me with her beautiful brown eyes. She started to be bigger and older but our friendship was worth more than anything else.
"Dad says you wont come back."
I smiled at her. We'd had this conversation many times and she was old enough to understand.
"No," I answered honestly. "I want to work and I want to take care of myself."
"Kath has stopped to work in our house!" she said and I saw at her she knew what had happened between Kath and her father.
"She was still never interested in me."
I didn't develop the conversation more. Instead, I smiled at her and pulled her through the park.
"I'm hungry for ice cream!"
"Me too! A big ice cream!"
"The biggest thing in the whole world?"
Niall hugged me tightly. He smiled at me and he kissed me.
"I have to marry her in the spring!"
I knew that this day would come. I pulled away from his arms, and I saw the disappointment in him.
"And then you will have sex with her?"
Niall shook the head, and he looked at me with pleading eyes.
"You know I don't want to poke at her. I love you!"
"But you don't want to marry me?"
"You know why and you know I can't go against my father in this matter."
"What happens if you do?"
He swallowed and he didn't answer my question. I saw at him coldly and he knew I could wait all day for a response.
"I get no money." he whispered. "If I choose you, dad to take me away from the testament and I get nothing."
I realized he was addicted to money. I wasn't surprised. I just looked at his face and I didn't know what to say. I also don't know what I expected? That he would throw away the legacy and choose me? Wasn't I worth more or was I worth something for him?
"I love you!" he whispered tenderly, "But I have no education and I will be ... a laughing stock!"
I shook the head quickly.
"If you haven't noticed, I have a job and I make money?"
"But I don't want you make my living!" he whispered. "I want the money that's mine."
I almost gave up.
"What's wrong to live off my money?"
He looked down at his hands and he looked generally disappointed. I don't know if he was disappointed in me or him, but he seemed to almost give up.
"It's not about your money. It's about I have made sure that my father's fortune has increased and I want my share of the pie."
I sat down on the couch and I tried to think about what I wanted. I didn't want to lose Niall, but in a way he was already far away from me, although he was in my apartment.
"And you?" I asked. "What do you want to do if you don't have the money?"
"I can't answer that question. I don't want to be poor and I want my fortune."
"What do I mean to you?"
He looked at me.
"YOU know that I ..."
I interrupted him quickly.
"No Niall. I know you love me, but do you really want me? Maybe you just love the idea that I'm here for you and that I love you back?"
He shook the head.
"No, I ..."
I interrupted him one last time.
"I want to end this relationship now. We have still gone too far and you're getting married in the spring. I have nothing to wait for and you will never be mine."
Niall began to cry, and I saw the panic in his eyes.
"But Maggie, I don't want..."
I stood up.
"Niall, this isn't working and I don't want to just here for your sake and remain your second woman., I want to be the only one and you don't allow that."
I cried all night until I almost had no more tears left. Still, I was sure I did the right thing. I broke up and he could live the life he deserved. I was free and I could do whatever I wanted with my life. I didn't had to wait for him to come home to me and I didn't had to miss him. It was over!
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