Travis broke his promise. He asked me to model for him again . . . and this time I said yes. Backstage at the launch of Gallagher’s new collection, everything is a blur as Travis fits me in his signature dress. What the hell am I doing? I swore I’d never set foot on another runway again. But when Travis asked me, I didn’t hesitate. Not when I know how badly he needs tonight to be a success.
I feel a tug on my hand. It’s Jessie, and she’s here specially to wish me good luck. Honestly, I was shocked when Travis asked me if I’d like to meet his daughter. All this time I’ve been thinking this thing between us isn’t going to end well. But seeing him with Jessie showed me another side of him. Can any of this be real? I wish I knew. What I do know is I’ve lived most of my life worrying about what other people think of me. Maybe it’s time to stop overthinking this and just start living in the moment. And that starts with owning this runway tonight.
I remember Natalie’s crash like it was yesterday. My therapist used to tell me it would get easier. But it’s been six years and I’m still haunted by the scenes from that night. Gallagher was our dream. We had it all. A beautiful daughter. And a perfect marriage . . . or so I thought.
I whisper in Celina’s ear that she looks stunning tonight. Bringing in an outsider to design the new collection was a huge risk. It’s a decision that has never sat easily with me. But I had to save the company. Seeing how beautiful Celina looks, for the first time it feels worth it. What would Natalie say if she could see me today? Would she tell me I sold out? Screw it. I did what I had to. And I’m done living in the past . . .