06. Married

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"Leah what the hell! Why did I not know about her?"
I whisper shout to her as we stand outside of her car while Mia waits in her car seat.

"You know why! We couldn't risk your crazy ass dad trying to kill her!"

"If I would have known Bay was pregnant I would have left with her!"

"Don't play dumb with me Asher. Bay told me how you fucked her and left her! You will never be a part of Mia's life so just go back to being a big shot fighter and get on with your life."

"Leah, what the fuck are you talking about? That never happened! I would spend the rest of my life in hiding to spend it with Bay and my daughter! Don't you fucking know that! I don't give two shits about fighting if it means I can't be with my family!"
I yell and she looks up at me with angry blue eyes.

"You know Bay is married, don't you?"
A knife stabs through my chest with her words and twists repeatedly until I can't breathe. Bay is married?

"She-she moved on? Please tell me she doesn't have any more kids. Leah, please tell me she doesn't have a kid with him!"
I'm almost begging her as she stares at me with such confusion in her eyes.

"No, no she doesn't have any more kids. Just Mia."
I can't take hearing anything else so I take a few steps away. I want to scream and punch something so badly but instead, I put my hands above my head and take a few deep breaths and walk back towards Leah.

"Who is it. Who did she marry."
She stares at me for a moment before looking away and back up at me.

"She married Drew. Mia loves him, Asher. You can't just come into both of their lives expecting to fit right in. They're happy. Drew has been there since the day you left her and if it wasn't for Baylor having some kind of stupid hope for you, Drew would have raised Mia as his own and that's who she would be calling dad."

"Don't even sit there and act like I wanted to leave! I woke up the next morning expecting Bay to be laying in bed asleep right beside me. But when I woke, I woke up to a cold empty bed with only a letter as a final goodbye from her!"
A tear slips down my face as Leah stares at me confused.

"You didn't leave? She said that she woke up and you weren't there?"

"No why the hell would I do that? Why the hell would she say I did that?"

"Okay, so you didn't leave her? Why would she say that if it wasn't true Asher?"

"I don't fucking know? Why don't you give me her number so I can call her!"

"No. I can't. Not until I ask her if this is true myself. Where are you staying? I'm calling Bay tonight and if it's true I'll come talk to you. I'll bring Mia if you want."

"If I want? Of course, I do! I've lost enough time without my daughter! I'm not wasting anymore!"


After getting back to this dreaded hotel I can't stop thinking about Bay. Why would she do and say the things she did. Was it my dad? Did he make her leave?

Why wouldn't she try to call me and tell me she was pregnant.


Five years ago Baylor Pov

It's been two weeks since me and Asher came home from the hospital. Cam was furious at him but it wasn't Asher's fault. The guilt I see in Asher's eyes every time I'm in pain shows me how much he's beating himself up over me. I can't stand him thinking he had anything to do with me being shot. I wish I could tell him the truth about everything, about what I've found out these past couple days...but I can't.

"Bay, I love you so much. I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am. I'm so glad you're okay... I-...I want to spend the rest of my life with you."
He says as he leans over me and places a kiss on my collarbone. The guilt in my stomach intensifies knowing he won't get what he wants.

"I love you too, Ash."
I say and I slowly pull his shirt up and over his head. I let my fingers trace over his chest and his eyes scan mine for permission before he leans over me and kisses me again.

My heart aches knowing this will be my last night I'll spend with him. This will be the only time I'll have him, all of him. The last time I'll talk to my first love.

Because in the morning, before he wakes, I'll be gone. Hidden from him to protect us both.

So after this amazing night, I'll be begging to stay, but I know I have to go.


Present-day Baylor POV

I sit here in my bedroom that I feel out of place in, staring at a picture of us from when we were young.

I sit here in my bedroom that I feel out of place in, staring at a picture of us from when we were young

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A rare smile is on your perfect face with your arm wrapped tightly around me.

We were both happy, despite our pasts we found each other. An unlikely combination turned into something extraordinary.

My artwork is inspired by you. Everything that I do somehow relates to you.

It's not even on purpose, my subconscious always comes to you.

And then today, I got called at work by Leah. That you found out about Mia Ashlor Campbell. Your daughter. I didn't mean to keep her a secret from you. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you, but he made it very clear that he would kill us. When I saw that ultrasound I knew I couldn't risk anyone hurting Mia. So in place of my happiness, I guaranteed yours and our daughter's safety. Nobody was going to take her away from me.


A/N; heyyy guyyyyssss hope you are enjoying this book!:)

Did y'all really think bay died?

Was gonna make it seem like it for a bit longer but I thought this was a good place to release the info.

Also what do you guys think about drew....

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