She walked slowly towards him, taking in how he looked so eerily still. Okay you, she said, her voice choked. We have to have a talk. I know you’re a Dardano, but a wedding reception in the ICU? Not so classy. She lowered her head, her attempt at levity falling flat under the weight of her heartbreak. She blinked back her tears and cupped his face. You listen to me, okay? You are not leaving me. You’re not allowed. You’re going to fight, understand? Alessandro, I will not bury another husband. Do you hear me? I refuse to grieve for you. That is not even an option because you are my life. She kissed his forehead, the beeping of the heart monitor and the respirators the only sounds in the room. Funny huh? I spent so much time pushing you away and here I am begging you to stay. Not just for me, but for our boys. Will’s already lost one father, don’t you leave him too. And Gianni…don’t you dare leave him nothing but stories about some man in a picture frame. Bree took his hand, rubbing his ring finger. Please, Alessandro. Fight. I won’t survive without you. I won’t. She kissed his palm. We’ve fought too hard for you to just give up when we’re finally going to be happy. Dammit Alessandro, you owe me! You owe me a life, a happy life together. So don’t you dare die on me. Don’t you leave me to deal with that son of a bitch father of yours by myself. She covered her mouth with her free hand to stifle her sobs. She leaned down and kissed his still mouth. I love you…I love you so much… Her tears fell on his face as she rested her forehead against his.
E. Jamie