Ineffaceable

Ineffaceable

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Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

When he let her go, he regretted it, but there was no way to come back from what he did. Several years later, she's done some unforgivable things herself. Tragedy throws them back together, and he may get a second chance, but if it can't be forgotten, is it truly forgivable?

Summary

When he let her go, he regretted it, but there was no way to come back from what he did. Several years later, she's done some unforgivable things herself. Tragedy throws them back together, and he may get a second chance, but if it can't be forgotten, is it truly forgivable?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Ineffaceable

Author Chapter Note

When he let her go, he regretted it, but there was no way to come back from what he did. Several years later, she's done some unforgivable things herself. Tragedy throws them back together, and he may get a second chance, but if it can't be forgotten, is it truly forgivable?

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Submitted: May 29, 2014

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Just like the last time Nick had seen her, her eyes were rimmed red. He hated that image of her with every blood vessel clearly outlined, turning the whites of her eye pink. This time, her eyes weren’t wet. So many years had taken all the water out of her, so there were no more tears left to cry. He stood a few feet away, waiting for her to acknowledge him. Instead, she leaned against the back of a chair, staring at a futile battle and looking like a ghost. Visiting hours were over. Sometimes they didn't make her leave, but let her spend the night. Tonight, they said that she needed sleep. 

She needed sleep and she needed to work to pay the bills, and she needed to curl up in the hospital bed next to her ailing daughter, even though visiting hours were over. There was no way around it, she was going to have to call him. She was going to have to beg, since he was the only hope. 

You're just not compatible. Is there a father?

No. The word had slipped out. Obviously, there had to have been a man involved somewhere in the making of the child, but the doctor had only stared for a brief moment before he said, then she'll have to go on the list. 

When she did not acknowledge him, Nick stepped forward and saying her name, “Molly.”

Her eyes flicked upwards toward him, but she did not say anything, so he did. "I want to see her."

"Of course you do. I'm not in a position to stop you," Molly sighed. Though she continued speaking, Nick wasn't exactly sure that Molly recognized that he was there. There was so much grief weighing down on her, reality must have seem to fluctuate. Swallowing the natural resignation that rose in her, Molly agreed. "I'm not compatible."

She must be exhausted, dealing with it on her own, but he could deal with Molly's breakdown later. Nick prompted, "First, tell me where she is, and then we'll see if I'm compatible. Which room is hers?"

"That one," Molly nodded to the door behind him, repeating mechanically, "But visiting hours are over."

Nick turned towards the door,  "I don't care. I want to see my daughter."

"Did you say daughter?" interrupted a man in blue scrubs, who looked too young to be a full-fledged doctor. He'd just come out of the room Molly's daughter was in. "You said there was no father."

 Molly stood, wiping sleep from her eyes. "All she got from him was her gender-determining chromosome and blood type . . . and jawline." That last part she had to relent because that strong jawline did not come from her. 

"We need to see if you are compatible, immediately. Sadie needs a new kidney as soon as possible," the intern or resident said. "If you are her father, then you're her next best chance."

"Okay," Nick replied, feeling the breathe being sucked out of him. One day he was a lonely, bitter man. The next he was saving his long lost daughters life. There was no reason to the order of how the world worked any more and yet, his world was suddenly illuminated with reason.

"I'll alert Dr. Allen," blue scrubs said. 

Molly stepped into the space that the blue scrubs had occupied. Softly, she murmured, "I can't repay you for this."

He almost hated her then. Even worse than when he thought sweet, innocent Molly was capable of cheating, worse than when he thought Sadie might not be his. As a father, this was not a choice, and he didn't just find them to lose them again. "I don't need your money, Molly."

"What do you want?" she croaked, holding back a sob. If he asked for her, well, Molly couldn't exactly refuse. He was doing something Molly couldn't do and that was save Sadie's life. Now, no matter what, Molly was going to lose her daughter anyway. Surely, Nick would take her and refuse to allow Molly to see Sadie, after how Molly had taken Sadie from Nick for years. 

That had been his chosing, Molly closed her eyes and reminded herself. She tried to fortify herself against Nick's forthcoming decision and his past one when he screamed at her, just leave and take your daughter with you. Is she even mine?

Of course. Molly had never cheated, but Nick was too enraged to understand. By the time he calmed down, Molly had left the small town and never looked back. 

"Weekends and Christmas," Nick told her, because he didn't know what to say. He needed time before he could rearrange his life to suddenly take on a daughter. When Molly had become pregnant, they'd nine months to prepare for Sadie's arrival to this world, and now that she was back in his life, Nick had to get every back. A house or a place that had two beds. She'd need toys and clothes and kid things and school stuff. 

First, she needed to live. 

Molly felt herself melting on the inside. "If you do this, and she lives, you can see her whenever you want."

If she lives. How could Molly think that? Had the struggle for Sadie's life been so long and harrowing that all hope was lost to Molly?

Well, you've certainly never given her cause that happy endings exist, he reminded himself. Happy endings were a luxury and they didn't exist in her world. 

He stared at her lips. When Sadie was first born, Molly would wear vibrant lipsticks that were pink or red, and eyeshadow that lit up her eyes. Now she looked tired and the light was gone from her eyes. All he saw was the Molly he used to know, the one he lost. It was wrong that she ranaway. It was wrong that she kept Sadie from him. He couldn't blame her after what he had done. 


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