Are you sure you don't want to come with us?" Adrienne asked as she stood at the lounge door.
"No I'll be fine here." Christine said as she carried on watching TV.
"Ring us if you need us." Albert said as he picked up his car keys.
"Dad, I'll be fine honestly. Besides, Serena said she might pop round."
"Alright." Adrienne and Albert left and got in the car.
A few minutes later the doorbell rang. That'll be Serena. Christine smiled to herself as she went to the front door.
"Paul is that really you."
"It sure is."
"What are you doing here?"
"I think we need to talk don't you?" Christine nodded as she opened the door wider for Paul to get past.
"How did you know my Mum and Dad still lived here?"
"I didn't. I just came on the off chance. I saw them leave."
"Go through to the lounge."
"Thanks." Paul said as Christine followed him.
I suppose you want to talk to Serena." Christine said as she sat down and gestured to Paul to sit down.
"Of course I do. Is she really mine Christine?"
"Yes she is. You were the only person I had ever slept with."
"Why didn't you tell me I had a child?"
"I was going to but you left. I didn't know where you had moved to."
"I'm sorry." Paul said as he moved closer to Christine.
"I was so scared when I found out I was pregnant. I didn't tell anyone. My parents didn't even find out until I was in labour.
"I bet that didn't go down well."
"Quite the opposite, they were fantastic. I knew I couldn't look after Serena myself
So Mum and Dad brought Serena up as their own. It was so hard to watch especially when Serena started talking and I heard her calling them Mummy and Daddy. I just wanted to pick her up and say, ``No darling I'm your Mummy. But I couldn't. As soon as I could I left home and moved to America. I just wanted to get as far away as possible."
"I'm sorry Christine."Paul reached out and put his hand on top of hers." I should have been here for you and Serena. I've missed out on so much of her life. And your's." Paul smiled as they looked into each other's eyes."I never stopped thinking about you, you know."
"Really. Then why did you tell Serena that you only slept with me once. When you know it was more than that."
"If this gets out I could lose my Job."
"Heaven forbid. You told me you loved me or was that just a lie?" Christine said as she looked at the floor.
"That wasn't a lie. Look at me Christine." I did love you."
"Erm Serena said that you have agreed to take a DNA test."
"Yes I have."
"There's no need to. You're her father Paul. No one else. Do you want a drink?"
"I'd love a cup of tea."
"I'll go and put the kettle on then." Christine smiled as she went into the kitchen.
"So did you have a good life in America?" Paul asked as he stood at the kitchen door.
"Yeah I did. I had a good job, a nice house. But all that changed when I married Justin." Christine said as she poured the drinks.
"Do you have milk and sugar?"
"Just milk please. Christine, what happened when you got married? Tell me."
"It was a very abusive marriage."
"He hit you?"
"No, he was very controlling. He wouldn't let me have any friend's. He used to take me to work and pick me. He picked what I could eat day in and day out. It was like being in prison. But what hurts most of all is not seeing my family."
"He wouldn't let you see them?"
"No or ring them."
"Where is he now?" Paul said as he could feel the anger bubbling up inside him.
"I don't know. He agreed to let me come over as long as he came with me. Then when he was asleep I just grabbed my things and ran till I got here."
"Is Justin still in Holby?"
"I have no idea. I hope he has gone back to America. But knowing my luck he's still probably round here."
"I better not see him."
"And what are you gonna do eh."
"I promise I won't let him hurt you ever again." Paul said as he put down his cup and walked closer to Christine.
"Paul don't." Christine said as her breathing got heavier.
"You're still as beautiful as you always were." Paul pulled Christine close to him. And kissed her slowly.