Chapter One.

Disclaimer. I don't own Coronation Street or any of its characters.

Dear Diary

January 3rd 2015.

40 years old today, I'll admit there were times that I thought I wouldn't make it. But I did and here's my story in my own words.

My unspoken, unedited truth.

I don't normally share my personal life on social media and even rarer, family photos. But I wanted to share something with you.

There are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation for your unwavering loyalty, support and love over the years and yet, a simple thank would never be enough nor give it justice.

So I wanted to share a story with you, our story.

This is the story that became the defining part of my life, a split-second decision changed my life, and there's not a day that goes by where I don't thank my lucky stars that I made that decision.

I'm just a normal woman who goes about her daily life, as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, sister in law and businesswoman. I promise you that I'm nothing special. I'm just me.

Please don't go thinking that because I have the big house, the flash car, a business empire, more money than I could dream of (money isn't everything, nor should it ever be!) a loving husband and two of the most incredible human beings I have the honour and privilege of calling my sons, that I'm not grateful, because believe you me, I am. More than you'll ever know.

My life until that point had been a writer fantasy, to say the least.

I met this dark tall handsome stranger who at the time I could never imagine would go on to become the love of my life and the man in time I would go on to marry.

I never believed in fairy tales or happy ever afters, after everything I'd been through. They simply didn't happen for the likes of me.

People would give dirty looks and glare at us, told us we wouldn't last, gossiped and whispered in corners, but we showed them. They don't gossip and whisper about us now, do they?

Did you say it?

"Did you say it?"
"I Love you."
"I don't ever want to live without you."
"You changed my life."
"Did you say it?"
"Make a plan."
"Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'd shout it from the rooftops and tell the whole world.

You complete me You taught me how beautiful life can be and is!

Everything from your words, your touch, your kiss.

You gave me hope, you gave me love,

And I know you were sent from heaven above.

The way you showed me the person I could be,

It's something you, and only you, would see.

You were always different and unique,

But I never guessed it was me you would seek.

How someone like me would end up with someone like you,

I honestly don't believe it; it cannot be true.

But it is, and I know every day

That I have YOU, and it's needless to say

You've made my life beautiful and taught me how to live.

To show you how much I'm grateful, anything I'd give.

So thank you for coming into my life.

In doing so you've taken away the sorrow and strife.

You put a smile on my face and a skip to my stride

And I know you'll always be there by my side.

There'll never be enough words in the English language or dictionary to express my love for you or gratitude for the life we have built.

The most incredible, exhilarating, take my breath away, makes my heart skip a beat gift you ever give me was two of the most incredible little human beings.

Our sons.

Corben. He's our feeler, our lover, our everyday "I love you, mummy." "I love you, daddy." our inquisitor, our hugger, our blue-eyed and the blonde-haired handsome little prince who knows if he gives you that killer smile, we'd give the world. Our mummy's little guy.

Kai. Our little adventurer, our go-getter, and I'm willing to try anything once little guy. Or I'm having a bad day, don't come near me, little guy. Or I'm daddy little buddy. I can be proudly stubborn until I get what I want a little guy. Grandad's secret favourite.

Both I'm damn cute and I know it!

That's them and I wouldn't trade them for the world because they are ours.

(Don't you dare ask for a princess, because this uterus is in retirement, sunshine! Lol)

Happy 10th wedding anniversary! And here's til we are very old and Grey!

No amount of money in the world could ever compare to that nor would I ever change it for the world.

So, simple. Thank you, honey. I love you.

C xx

A/N A pre warning there is going to material in this story that may be a trigger warning or upsetting for some readers and for that I apologize in advance.

This is purely a work of fiction and I truly hope that you enjoy reading this.

Many thanks