Valerie: Today I’d like to introduce you all to Nathaniel Cavanagh. Welcome to Inspy Romance, Nathaniel!
Nathaniel: Hi, uh, you forgot to tell me this crowd was mostly women. But I see a guy or two here, too, so I’ll just focus on them for the moment.
Valerie: Do women make you nervous?
Nathaniel: Sort of. I mean, I grew up with five brothers, and my twin sisters are fifteen now. Frankly, they terrify me.
Valerie: But, if I’m not mistaken, you’ve fallen in love…
Nathaniel: More like pitched over the head of my horse, landed in a field of flowers, and obviously bonked my head. Hard.
Valerie: You say that as though it was a negative, painful experience?
Nathaniel (offers a death glare): Huh.
Valerie: Tell us what happened.
Nathaniel: I’m a very private guy. But… can I just be frank with these women here?
Valerie: Please go ahead.
Nathaniel: Don’t mess with a guy’s emotions. I was really into Ainsley, and I thought it was completely mutual. We’d been dating long enough I was sure she was the one, you know? I’d bought the ring, was planning the proposal, all that stuff.
Valerie: And then…
Nathaniel: And then… nothing. She disappeared. She quit her job, vacated her apartment, and closed down her social media. Like, whoosh. Ghosted me totally.
Valerie: Oh, wow. That’s a lot.
Nathaniel: The thing is, I was sure something had happened to her. I called hospitals and checked police reports and did everything I could think of. Then finally I realized it wasn’t likely that simple. A kidnapping or something would have explained her vanishing, but not how she closed down her apartment.
Valerie: You tried to find her.
Nathaniel: Of course, I did! I loved her. In spite of it all, I still do. I can’t seem to get over her, though it’s been two years now. But I finally realized there wasn’t anything more I could do. I’m trying to move on.
Valerie: But it’s hard.
Nathaniel: Yeah. Sorry to be so doom-and-gloom coming here today. It’s just… I don’t even know what to say. When I remember the times Ainsley and I spent together, I still can’t believe she left me like this, but the evidence speaks for itself.
If you’re reading this, don’t ghost someone who loves you. Tell him why you can’t be together. Maybe there’s another way out. Maybe there isn’t. How should I know?
Valerie: Is there anything Ainsley could say to you now to revive your relationship?
Nathaniel: Sorry. If she simply said, “I’m sorry.” That’s all I need to hear. I’d forgive her in a heartbeat. Do you think there’s any chance she might read this column? Ainsley, honey, if you’re out there, please come back. I love you. I miss you. I forgive you.
Valerie: If anyone knows the whereabouts of Ainsley Johnson, please let Nathaniel or the local police department know. Ainsley was last seen in Jewel Lake two years ago in May. She was wearing jeans and a white t-shirt at that time.
Nathaniel: Here’s a photo of her, if that would help.
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She’s only now remembering why
she ran away…
After months of searching, Nathaniel Cavanagh tries to forget the woman who ghosted him just when he was ready to propose. He fulfills his duties on his stepdad’s ranch and tries to accept what appears to be God’s will, but hope and joy are elusive.
Ainsley Johnson never meant to disappear, but when she unearths the truth of what happened between their families years ago, she retreats to determine her options. Soon after she discovers she’s pregnant, she loses her memory in an accident. As wisps begin to return, she recalls her baby’s father, but why is a sense of foreboding so strong? Nathaniel would never hurt her!
Returning to Jewel Lake and the cowboy she loves restores clarity but panics Ainsley. Run or stay, there’s no way forward without shredding Nathaniel’s heart once again. And this time, there’s a baby to consider…
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