Hey everyone. It's been a good while since I've updated this has it not? Well I've finally decided to add a new chapter for this story and we'll finally get to see why Barry's estranged wife is at Patty and Felicity's door. I hope you'll all enjoy.
Disclaimer: I don't own "The Flash", "Arrow", or the character known as Wilfred Malick from "Agents Of Shield".
"What the hell are you doing here?!" Patty demanded to know as she addressed the woman before her with unhidden hostility in her tone. The latter responded by taking a deep breath.
"Don't worry Patty. I'm not here to cause any trouble or make things harder for Barry. Please believe me. In fact I just want to settle things with him and present him with what I need to so that we can both put all of this behind us and move on with our lives," she replied desperately, still holding onto the envelope. Patty however was ready to tell her where she could go and shove it when Barry called out, having heard everything.
"It's alright Patty, you can let her in. And I don't know if I'll ever be ready but she's right. It's time that we settle all of this and especially for my own peace of mind," he said to his friend, not looking forward to this but nonetheless ready to close this chapter in his life for it was the only way he could begin again. Patty on her part then let the wife in, albeit reluctantly, while giving her ex friend a glare the entire time in a silent warning to which the woman nodded in understanding.
She found Barry sitting on the sofa in the living room, waiting, and tentatively took a seat next to him but not too close. Patty and Felicity, the latter having stepped out of the kitchen to check out the unfolding scene, both asked the young man if he wanted them with him but he answered that he'd be fine. They then nodded and left, leaving him alone with his estranged wife for the first time in many weeks.
After a bit, she finally spoke.
"First, I'd like to say that I'm so sorry for everything. I'm sorry about what happened and especially how you found out. And I most certainly don't blame you for your reaction when you caught me with Wilfred and Eva. The truth is Barry that the three of us have been seeing each other for the last eight months. I did love you and a part of me still does, but I felt as though you'd been so busy with your job and everything that I felt neglected and so ended up succumbing to temptation.
"I do admit that doesn't justify my cheating and I don't blame you for anything and nor did you deserve any of this. The fault is entirely mine and I would understand if you'd never wanted to see me ever again after today. But I just wanted to explain to you as to why I did it.
"As for what Freddy and Eva said about my being love with them, I'm so sorry Barry but I am in love with them and I know it's not something you wanted to hear but it's true. And again I am sorry for all of this."
She then, with tears in her eyes, presented him with the envelope which he silently took and after opening it up and taking a look at its contents, he saw that they were divorce papers. As he read through them and took in what was written, his soon to be ex continued.
"I don't want anything to be messy or drawn out and I want the process to be as smooth as possible. And you can even keep the house and anything else you wish and I promise I won't contest anything. And I also won't ask for your forgiveness or expect that you'll ever do so. But please know that I'll always care for you and that I wish for nothing except the best for you."
She then waited as Barry finished reading the papers, the latter seeing that everything was in order and pretty simple. Once done he turned towards her.
"You really hurt me. You hurt me more than you can possibly imagine. You threw away all of our years of marriage like it was nothing. If you had just come to me and communicated as to why you were feeling neglected then we could've worked it out and not have ended up being at this point but no you had to go and selfishly destroy what we had instead as though it meant nothing.
"Seeing you with your new lovers in that shower shattered me, broke me and ruined me and for what? And worst of all you had our wedding song, OUR SONG, playing and that really added insult to injury for me. A major part of me is even wishing I'd never met you or I wouldn't be going through any of this. That things would've been better if you had never even existed on this planet. Seriously how the hell could you do this to me?!"
Barry stopped at that moment and took a shuddering breath, trying and failing to hold back his tears as they streamed down his face, and then continued.
"I'm not going to spend my life hating you and even though I did in the immediate aftermath of what happened and for quite a number of days. And while I'm grateful you convinced Malick not to press charges against me, truly I am, I still want you to know that I don't regret beating the crap out of him. But I do regret striking Eva and please believe that wasn't my intention. Not that I actually feel terrible for her but I still shouldn't have done it.
"And contrary to what you might think I am choosing to forgive you. But it's not for your sake but for my sake and my own peace of mine. And I hope you'll find whatever it is you feel you're looking for since it's clearly not with me. Plus I also wish no ill will towards you. And while I choose to forgive you, I also choose to forget you once this whole process is done with and I hope you can respect that."
Having finished getting all of that off of his chest, he took a pen that was nearby and calmly added his signature to the papers. Once that was said and done he handed them back to his ex who took them and with a sigh, she got up and headed towards the door before turning to face him one last time.
"I wish you well Barry," she said to him gently and with a bittersweet smile. He in turn nodded.
"Same to you," he returned while matching said smile. Afterwards she walked out the door and he collapsed onto the couch, emotionally drained. Patty and Felicity then came into the living room once his former wife had departed and they sat on either side of him.
"Are you feeling alright Barry?" Patty gently asked him. He sighed.
"I can't say I'm feeling completely better. It's just been so much to take you know," he answered while smiling sadly. "I mean I really thought that she was it for me, the one I was going to spend the rest of my life with. But it's all come crashing down and I don't know what to do moving forward. But on the other hand it feels as though a tremendous weight has been lifted from my shoulders and that I can now completely move on with my life and into a different future. I only hope that it will be a better one."
The two women smiled softly at him in response while Felicity wrapped her arm around his shoulders.
"It will be a better future. I know it will be and we'll both be there with you every step of the way along with the rest of our friends," the latter gently reassured him. "All of us care very deeply about you and Patty and I love you very much, more than you can imagine, and I promise that everything will be alright."
Barry on his part began to cry, overwhelmed by the two women's love and care, and they in turn wrapped their arms around him in a tight group hug while pouring all of their love into it and kissing his cheeks and neck, the three of them softly crying together while he burrowed himself deeper into their embrace.
The next month passed as Barry and his ex's divorce was underway. The two of them did not speak to each other except through their lawyers who served as intermediaries between them. And despite his ex-wife having offered him the house he'd decided to decline the offer since going back there would be too much for him and he felt that having a new residence would be a better part of the fresh start he'd intended for himself. At the end of the month the judge finished settling everything and granted them the divorce, closing that chapter in Barry's life.
Afterwards his former wife placed their former home up for sale since neither of them would be living there and then she, Eva, and Malick moved to New York and began a new life there. Sometime in the future they would all leave and relocate to another nation, one that didn't have an extradition treaty with the U.S., due to Malick's legal problems heating up and the authorities closing in on him.
And as Barry wished, he never heard from her ever again.
He also ended up moving in with Patty and Felicity full time. Originally he was going to leave following the divorce and find residence elsewhere, not wanting to impede upon their hospitality. But they were insistent upon it, unusually so to his surprise and curiosity, and refused to take no for an answer.
Over the next few months Barry continued with his life and job and was even feeling far happier than he'd ever been. And things brightened even further for him in that his foster father Joe West, captain of the CCPD, pulled him aside and revealed to him that due to his hard work and extremely excellent skills as a forensic specialist, he was being promoted to chief director of the C.S.I. division. At first he couldn't believe it but Joe assured him with a grin that it was really happening and he'd better get used to it.
He later headed back home and excitedly shared this awesome news with his two roommates and they responded with just as much enthusiasm as he did, squealing in excitement and congratulating him on this latest accomplishment in his life while taking turns giving him huge hugs and quick kisses. Though what was different about these kisses and which Barry noticed was that instead of just the usual cheek kisses they gave him, this time their kisses landed right on the corner of his mouth, between his lips and his cheek while slightly brushing the side of his lips.
He was quite surprised and wasn't sure what to make of it but he let it slide and the three of them went out that evening to a fancy restaurant known as The Cheesecake Factory in order to celebrate and enjoyed a delicious monster burrito and a medium size pizza, both of which they shared between themselves. Followed by a rich fudge chocolate cake for dessert.
As they ate and smiled, enjoying everything and each other's company, Barry realized at that moment that he was truly in love with them both and that what he felt for them was far stronger than what he'd felt for his ex-wife when they'd first met. Of course he'd always felt something for them as he'd shared with Caitlin and Thea, not to mention his feelings having grown stronger towards them during his separation from his former wife, but now he was no longer filled with any doubt whatsoever.
The problem however was that they were together and he didn't want to get between that and potentially ruin his friendship with them both. But he felt that he couldn't just keep it to himself no matter how much he wanted to and yet he was still afraid of their reaction if he said anything.
Following their dinner that night, he went over to Oliver and Sara's place knowing he needed advise on how to handle his feelings. Oliver wasn't home though but out on business with a government agency he worked for and so it was just him and Sara. She prepared them both a cup of coffee and they sat down on the couch and conversed.
"I just don't know what to do you know? On the one hand I'm just madly in love with them and wish I could be with them and more than anything else. But on the other hand I don't want to act like their relationship and commitment to each other means nothing to me or make them feel like I'm some kind of jerk who'd get between anyone," Barry explained to her, hoping she'd understand where he was coming from. Thankfully she did and listened patiently while giving him a sympathetic smile. After he finished, she shared with him her thoughts on the matter.
"You're not a jerk Barry and I know you're not the type of person who'd get between anyone. You can't help how you feel and it's perfectly natural for the heart to feel love and desire for someone, or maybe more than one person in your case, even though the circumstances are not ideal. But nor should you have to bottle up those feelings and while there's of course a chance that things could not go very well should you tell them, wouldn't it'd be better for you to get it off of your chest and let them decide for themselves regarding your feelings for them?"
Barry sighed, seeing where his friend was coming from and even understanding that she was right. But he was still uncertain about that course of action and desperately did not want to ruin his friendship with them. Sara then continued.
"Out of curiosity but do you think there's any possibility that they might feel the same way about you?" she asked him while wondering if it could potentially be two-sided. He shrugged.
"I don't really know. I do feel like there's something between us, a special connection and one that's been around for years, but I also don't want to assume. But now there's also the respective kisses they gave me yesterday."
Sara's eyebrows shot up in interest.
"What do you mean in regards to their kisses? Was there something different about them than what you're used to?" she asked him, intrigued.
"Well it was probably nothing but when they kissed me, both kisses were on the corner of my mouth and even brushed the side portion of my lips. It was brief and all but they've never kissed me that way before. Oh and on a slightly unrelated subject but when they had me move in with them permanently following my divorce, they refused to take no for an answer and were unusually insistent about it," he answered while replaying those events in his mind and wondering if they could potentially mean something.
Sara on her part found herself intrigued by what he'd just shared with her and thought about it a bit. Afterwards she gave him the only conclusion she could think that made sense.
"Based upon what you just told me, I'm starting to suspect that they might just feel the same way about you. However the only way you can know is if you confront them about your feelings and ask them," she shared her thoughts on the matter and advised him, and then continued. "Maybe you won't get the answer you're hoping for and I understand why you're afraid to tell them and that they might react negatively or think you're trying to ruin what they have. But somehow I doubt it and especially considering what you've said to me about their recent actions.
"All I can say is that perhaps you should take a leap of faith and come what may. And if no other reason but for your own peace of mine and hopefully the three of you will be able to come up with a solution for it that will be satisfactory or at least settle the matter. But I have a very strong feeling that your confession will only further strengthen what the three of you already have and for many moments to come."
Barry listened to her words, taking everything in, and as he listened his fears began to melt away and he began to feel more at peace with his feelings for the two women and somehow knew in his heart that no matter what happened, everything would turn our alright.
"Thanks so much for your advice Sara. It really means a lot to me," he thanked her with gratitude and a smile. She smiled in return and gave his shoulder a squeeze.
"Of course Barry. I'll always be there to help and steer you in the right direction. And whatever you decide to do in regards to what we just discussed, know that I'll support you and I wish you the best in whatever the future holds for you and for them," she assured him while still smiling. They then finished their coffee while chatting a bit more and afterwards they got up from the couch and shared a brief embrace, Barry promising to visit her and Oliver again while thanking her for their friendship and love. He then left their place while feeling more confident than he'd been earlier and accepted that whatever was meant to happen between himself, Patty, and Felicity would happen.
To Be Continued
A/N What did everyone think? Please let me know in the reviews if you want.
Regarding Barry and his ex's divorce process, I didn't know how long a divorce takes here in the U.S. from a legal standpoint and so I looked it up and also to see where the state where Central City is located, which is Missouri. And I read that under Missouri law it's a 30 day process. And so that's why I had their divorce process last for a month.
I'd also like to ask you guys for your help with this fic moving forward. Originally I was going to have Barry be the one to inform Patty and Felicity of his feelings for them first but then had the idea of them being the ones to approach him and share their own feelings with him first.
And so I ask what would you prefer I do? Have Barry be the one to confess his feelings for them first, or have the women confess their feelings for him first after which he responds? The majority of answers I'm given will be the option I'll use.
Have a great day.