Meant to Be | Chapter 31 of 37 - Part: 1 of 5

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“Oh my God,” Beth said, jerking away from Joe. “Lucas, what are you doing here?”

“I’m the one who gets to ask the questions.” Lucas stopped at the base of the stairs, arms crossed, eyes shifting from one to the other. “What the fuck’s going on here?”

The words flew out before Beth could stop them. “It’s not what you think.” Such a cliché thing to say. “I mean, there’s nothing going on here.”

“That embrace didn’t look like nothing. Cassandra Wheeler was right. Goddamn it, how could you do this to me?”

Beth was about to answer when she realized Lucas had directed the question to Joe.

“She’s telling you the truth. Nothing’s going on here.” Lucas made it two steps before Joe’s words stopped him. “Don’t do it, Lucas. Throwing a punch isn’t going to solve anything.”

“Maybe not,” Lucas said, bracing on the middle step, “but it’ll feel damn good.”

“You two are not going to fight over this.”

“The hell we aren’t.” Lucas took another step.

“Lucas, look at me,” Beth pleaded. “Joe hasn’t done anything wrong. He did what you asked him to do. Entertain me. Maybe if you’d been here yourself instead of playing big-time lawyer, he wouldn’t have had to.”

Spurred by anger and growing confidence, her true feelings poured through. “This was supposed to be our vacation. Yours and mine. Instead you left me here without a second thought. I should have been more important than that case.”

He climbed another step, moving toward her. She held her ground in the face of his anger, her own gaining strength. “Elizabeth, you know I’m trying to make partner. We’ve talked about how important my career is to us.”

“Not to us,” she said, feeling a weight lift from her shoulders. “To you. And we haven’t talked, you talked. I listened, nodding and agreeing because that’s what I’ve always done. You’ve never asked what’s important to me.” Looking to Joe, she drew strength from his steady gaze. “Maybe I didn’t know myself before, but I know now.”

“Beth, calm down,” Joe said, taking a step toward her.

Lucas turned on him. “What did you call her?”

“He called me Beth because that’s the name I gave him. That’s the name that suits me. Short. Simple. Small-town Beth.” She switched her attention to Joe. “And don’t tell me to calm down. I don’t want to calm down. Joe, tell him this isn’t what it looks like. Help me make him understand.”

He shook his head and kept silent. Why wasn’t he helping her?

“I don’t understand any of this. Where’s Elizabeth? My Elizabeth? The woman I was going to marry?” Lucas made the final step and shoved Joe in the chest. “She was perfect until I left her with you.”

Dozer growled. “Easy, boy,” Joe said, holding his hand in front of the dog, palm down. “I didn’t do anything, Lucas. She figured this all out on her own.”

“Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!” Beth yelled, tired of being dismissed. “You fell for Elizabeth because she was the dutiful wife who would nod and follow wherever you led. That’s my fault, because that’s who I was.”

“Well, I want her back,” Lucas said, more angry than she’d ever seen him. A clear sign of how much he cared about her.

“I’m sorry, Lucas. She’s not coming back.”

Her words seem to take the wind out of him, but they felt good crossing her lips. Then a muted shade of red crept up Lucas’s neck. He turned abruptly, shoving Joe again, who had to jerk to the left to halt Dozer’s attack. “I’m not doing this, Lucas.”

“Wait a minute,” Beth said, remembering Lucas’s words. “Cassandra Wheeler was right about what? What did she tell you, Lucas?”

“What do you think she told me? That you two were fucking around behind my back. Making a fool of me,” he growled, punching the railing.

“And you believed her? Knowing how she feels about Joe? Knowing she was here trying to buy up the island?” She poked him in the chest. “Something you should have been here fighting with us. Knowing all that, you doubted your fiancée and your brother but believed Cassandra Wheeler?”

Lucas stuttered. “Well…but…what does it matter what I believed? It’s true.”


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