I pursed my lips as I ejected the USB drive. I drew a long breath to calm myself down before I sat beside him. “I thought I hated you too. But as time goes by, I realized I was terrified and I blamed myself for losing my child. It’s all my fault.”

Ashton held my hands and gazed at me as he tucked my hair behind my ears. “It’s not your fault,” he said softly.

I lowered my gaze, trying to pull myself together. Then, I looked up at Ashton and smiled at him. “What were you thinking? It was snowing very heavily last night.”

He burst into laughter upon hearing that. “I thought you would feel sorry for me,” he replied.

“You’ll still feel bad for it anyway.” The past left our hearts scarred for life.

One wrong choice led to another.

I recalled what Emery once told me. ”Ashton was the one in agony. He thought he was protecting you when he switched the DNA report. But turned out, he became the one who made your life a living hell. He failed you and he killed a living child. He’ll be haunted by the guilt every night for the rest of his life.”

Ashton hugged me in his embrace and took a deep breath. “Scarlett, I know my apologies and compensation won’t change anything now. Just stay by my side. If it’s too painful for you, I’ll let you go.”

I sigh softly, then I wrapped my arms around his waist and laid my head on his chest. “Emery once said that we have to move on to keep our lives going. We can reminisce about the past occasionally, but we shouldn’t hold on to them stubbornly. We won’t be able to move on if we keep looking back.”

He hugged me in silence.

The relationship between two people started off by attracting each other, then they slowly became dependent on each other.

The past is painful indeed, but I still have a long life to live. I believe that time is the best cure for all wounds.

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