Something About You – Part 39 by ShellyLynn

Republisher’s Note: Things always start getting better once Manny tell the truth to each other. That’s where we are tonight.

Something About You – Part 39 by ShellyLynn

“Come on Danny, you can’t be serious,” Michelle half laughed, half pleaded. “Mikey could wake up any minute.”

“Well then I guess you better get started. Why don’t we start with what you are doing at the hospital?” Danny said calmly, his voice steady and strong. He was determined to get her to tell him the truth and he wasn’t letting her out of his sight until he knew everything there was to know about her impending marriage to Bill Lewis. Even if he was wrong and what she had to say destroyed him forever, he had to know.

“It doesn’t matter,” she said, looking around her for another way out. She had always been claustrophobic and coupled with the difficult nature of the situation, she was sure it would be a monumental task to keep up her facade. She didn’t know if she could resist falling into his arms for much longer, it had taken all her strength to stay away from him for as long as she had. Seeing him in pain was sheer torture for her and she knew that whatever she said, it would only make things harder on him.

“Michelle,” he said, reaching out and placing his hand along the side of her face. “I love you. You know that, and I want to be with you, forever… The only way we can do that is if you tell me what’s going on and let me help you.”

She turned her head away, unable to look into his dark, pleading eyes. The love she saw shining in their depths made her want to do everything she could to make this better for him, to take his pain away. She wanted to do exactly what he said and tell him everything, she wanted more than anything to be his wife, but she was scared. Scared of what would happen to him and to Mikey if she didn’t go through with the charade as she had agreed. No, she had to be strong, for them. Someday, he would thank her for loving him enough to save him from this.

“I’m here to have blood tests done,” she said quickly, unable to watch as the realization that she was really going through with the marriage hit him. “We need them to get the marriage license.”

“You can’t go through with it, I know you can’t…” he said, his voice breaking off as he began to doubt himself. “You love me.”

“I’m marrying Bill in five days…” she said, tears welling in her eyes as she looked away from him. If she had thought hurting him at the lighthouse was hard, this was virtually impossible. Only the thought of Mikey being forced to live with Bill was enough to maintain her resolve. “Why can’t you just let me go in peace.”

“Because you aren’t in peace, I know it. Michelle, you love me…”

“I’m marrying Bill. Doesn’t that say something?” she cringed, unable to believe the words coming from her own mouth.

“Okay. If you can look me in the eyes and tell me that I don’t mean anything to you, that you love Bill and not me, I’ll never bother you again.”

She looked at him, her strength crumbling at the hope on his face and forcing her to retreat, as if somehow putting distance between them would make this easier. The tenderness he was showing her despite the pain she was inflicting on him made what she was doing all the more difficult. She would never be able to say something that felt so wrong, that would make her entire relationship and the one thing she had left to treasure, a lie. She loved him, and they both knew it.

“This has nothing to do with me not loving you…”

“Please,” he said, stepping toward her and gently bringing her back to face him. “I’m dying without you. Mikey cries himself to sleep at night and he barely eats. We need you. Just tell me what is keeping you away from us and I’ll find a way to fix it.”

“You can’t… no one can…” she cried, breaking down in tears. “There isn’t anything we can do. ”

“Tell me,” he asked one final time, stepping closer and wrapping his arms around her body.

She buried her head in his chest and cried huge, torrid tears of pain, of fear, and for everything she was losing. Being in his arms again, she knew that wherever they went from there, she had to tell him the truth. He had to know that no matter what she would always love him.

“I don’t want to marry Bill, but he’s going to take Mikey away from you if I don’t…” she blurted out, as if the simple words burned her mouth as they traveled through.

“He can’t do that baby,” Danny objected, unable to understand her reasoning. He was Mikey’s only blood relative and even Bill’s money couldn’t change that.

“Yes he can, he’s his father,” she explained.

Danny pulled away suddenly, his voice a bare whisper. “His father? Are you sure?”

“Not 100%,” she said, fruitlessly trying to wipe the tears away with the back of her hand, “but I couldn’t take that chance, not with Mikey’s life. He needs you and you need him. I couldn’t live with myself if I were the reason you lost each other.”

“What about you?” he asked, looking down into her tear filled chocolate eyes, “Who would you have? How would we live without each other?”

“I don’t know,” she confessed, “but I have to do this Danny, don’t you see? Mikey’s life is too important for me to risk.”

“We can stop this,” he argued, his anger growing. “We’ll just have to fight him in court. I have a good job now and Mikey is happy and healthy. I’ll have a solid family life with you. We could win.”

She groaned, her own frustration showing at his lack of understanding. “You wouldn’t have a good job if we fought this. My father is right with Bill on this one. If we fight this, we both lose everything and then it will be even easier for them to take him away. You are underestimating the power that my father wields in this town. If he wants something, he makes it happen. There isn’t anyone who can stop him.”

Danny’s shoulder’s slumped in defeat. Lose Mikey? He couldn’t bear the thought. NO matter how much he loved Michelle, she was right, it would be selfish of them to put their needs above those of the small boy that depended on him. Maybe they really didn’t have a choice. His mind began working furiously to come up with some other way to make this right, suddenly recalling what Mrs. Bauer had told him. It was worth a shot, somehow, he knew that if anyone could find a way out of this, it would b her. “Your mother.”

“What about her? Is she getting worse? What happened?” Michelle panicked, unable to get a grip on losing one more person in her life that meant the world to her. They had both already lost so much in their lives and she was beginning to wonder if somehow, they had both been destined to live alone.

“No, she’s actually doing well,” Danny said, trying to ease her obvious fears. “I mean, she said she would help us.”

“I don’t understand,” she said, her face bearing semblance to her confusion. “She’s not even mentally competent. That’s what Alzheimer’s does to you.”

Danny wanted to tell her what he knew, she deserved to know the truth, but this was something that her mother needed to tell her in person. He respected Mrs. Bauer enough to know that she had kept this secret for a reason and she alone had the right to tell her daughter. “She has her ways.”

“How? I don’t understand,” Michelle pleaded. She could see in his eyes that he knew something she didn’t.

“Do you trust me, Michelle?” he asked, and after she nodded, he continued, “then trust that very soon, you’ll know everything you need to.”

“But…”

“I love you baby,” he said, placing a soft kiss on her forehead and relishing in the feeling of holding her close. “But this is something that you need to hear from her. Can you meet me there tonight?”

She nodded her head against his chest, knowing that he would say no more. She didn’t want to fight with him, not now. She wanted to enjoy being back where she belonged. “So where do we go from here?”

Danny looked over her head at the wall behind her, his heartbreaking as he uttered the next words. “I think you have to go back to Bill.”

“You can’t be serious,” she said, pulling away suddenly. “We finally reconnect and you want me to go back to him. Are you out of your mind?”

“Listen sweetie,” he said, understanding her hurt. “We have to do this right. If Bill has any idea that we are up to something, it’s going to make it that much harder to pull off. You are going to have to let him believe you are going to go through with it. You are going to have to stay strong,” he said, pulling her against him again. “Can you do that? For us?”

She nodded her head again as the tears fell. “I love you,” she whispered.

He leaned down and claimed her mouth with his, unable to hold back his emotions any more. “I love you too, baby,” he breathed when they finally parted, their breath still mingling from the closeness of their bodies, “and from now on, we aren’t going to let anyone get in the way of our happiness.”

“Let’s go see Mikey and tell him the good news.”

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