Not In That Way *Completed*

There is always that one little thing that can keep a person stable. That one little thing that makes a person feel alive. The thing that can make a person smile even when they are having a bad day.

For Cora Smith that thing is more like a someone. Her someone is Zachary Dawson. Her long time best friend and the person that saved her when her life was in shambles. For years, she has been battling for his attention against all the other girls around her. However, little did she know she had him wrapped around her little finger since the very beginning.

Join Cora on her journey in discovering the truth about Zachary, while all the while she is consumed with the fear that, in the end, the only words she will hear from him are, "I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way......"

*Based on the song, "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith*

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34. Epliogue

Epilogue

~15 years later~

“William get back here!” I yell out, chasing after my four year old little boy.

“Catch me, mommy! Catch me!” he squeals, running around the coffee table.

“Come on, baby. You’re gonna hurt yourself! Just come and take a bath!” I beg, jogging after him.

For a four year old, he sure knew how to dodge all my attempts at catching him.

I will not be trumped by a little boy.

“Never!!” the little boy shouts as he turns down a different hallway.

“Isabelle, catch your brother!” I yell at my 10 year old daughter standing at the end of the hallway.

“Not my problem.” she grumbles, pushing past us.

I groan and continue to follow after my child.

After we reach the end of the hallway, William turns and squeals as he is caught in the arms of my husband. A smile over takes my face as he tickles William’s sides and the little boy continues to giggle.

“Did you run away from your mommy again?” Zach coos.

“No!” he giggles, squirming in his arms.

“I think you did!” Zach chuckles, hoisting William over his shoulder and taking him into the bathroom.

Walking in after him, I watch as he undresses him and places him in the tub.

“I got this, babe. You can go do something else.” Zach says, turning to look at me.

With a smile on my face, I shake my head and make myself comfortable.

“It’s okay. I like watching you with him.” I sigh.

Laughing, he turns back to William and begins to add bubbles to the water.

“Mom!” my daughter shouts.

“Yes, sweetie?” I call out the door.

She runs around the corner with a small redhead following after her.

“Sophie stole my book again!” she yelps.

Frowning, I lower myself down to my knees and look at my adorable niece.

“Now, now, Sophie. Did you steal her book again?” I question.

“No!” the little girl squeals.

Cocking my head to the side, I am about to question her again when both her father’s run around the corner.

“I am so sorry. I didn’t think she was going to run over here, she just saw the open door and ran in.” Luke apologizes, picking up his baby girl.

“We are so sorry.” Adam repeats.

A smile fills my face and I shrug my shoulders.

“It’s okay. You know I don’t mind.” I say simply.

“Mom! My book!” Isabelle whines.

Looking over at Sophie again, I take the small device from her grasp replacing it with a rubber duckie. Returning the book to my daughter’s hand, she turns and runs back into her room. Shaking my head, I look back over at Zach and William and take in their playful water fight. Turning back to Luke and Adam, I see them cooing at Sophie and making her giggle. A grin takes over my face as a feeling that consumes my life now washes over me. Happiness.

~~~~~

Zach and I got married a few years after we graduated high school. We were in college at the time, in England. Shortly after we graduated, we made the decision that we didn’t want to raise our children in the place that I feared. We all packed up and moved to England, including Luke and Adam.

Zach and I both finished college before we had our first child. Isabelle was born one year after we graduated college and was a blessing to us all. At the time, Zach was a working journalist and I a nurse.

A little while after that Adam and Luke made the decision to adopt a child. They chose one from Ireland, since that was Luke’s favorite place to go as a child. The small girl known as Sophie was a small little redhead with freckles all over her cheeks. She was around three now and loved annoying Isabelle. She was Adam and Luke’s pride of joy. She was a miracle of sorts. They never thought they would be able to adopt a child and were denied many times, until Sophie showed up.

William came into our lives just over 4 years ago and he is a giggling little thing. He loves to laugh and play. Whenever there was something that he didn’t want to do he would run from it. I guess he was like his mom in that way.

My father had died one week before he was supposed to be let out. He had been on tight strings for a while before he died and finally set someone off. A group of men crowded around him and beat him until he died. When we were informed of his death, I felt no remorse. I never even went to his funeral. Why should I mourn someone who nearly ruined my life?

But he didn’t because Zach saved me. He took all my broken pieces and glued me back together. Zachary Dawson is my missing puzzle piece. I thought that I was broken beyond repair, but he made me whole again. He saved me.

~~~~~

I used to live in fear of never being loved. I used to fear that I would be forever alone and heartbroken. Now all that fear is gone and finally, finally I am happy.

My name is Cora Smith and this was my journey.
 

THE END

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