Leaving Lauryn's office, I head up to go kick Jake's ass, but decide to leave it alone for the moment when I see the door is closed and hear Theresa in there. I have more important things to do. After completing some paperwork and calling Lewis about Damen Rodriguez, I hurry off to my buddies' jewelry shop at lunch.
Ben and I go way back. We went to college together and partied too much at the frat. We stayed friends throughout the years and when I need something special, he's my man.
When I asked Jaiden to marry me, I got an exquisite ruby and diamond combo. The minute she saw it, she cried and said yes. Of course, she was a money digging whore. The day I left that bitch, I felt free. I still can't believe that she fucked my best friend and kept their relationship hid from me for years.
Shaking my head, I walk into his little jewelry shop. He turns around at the doorbell and laughs.
The end of the day finally rolls around and I pack up my stuff to leave and go to the penthouse. Making sure I have the elevator key, I shut my door and walk to the parking garage. On the way, I notice Janet standing in the lobby and decide to ask if I can give her a lift anywhere. After all, I do have an hour before I have to be at the penthouse. "Hey, do you need a ride? I'm on my way out anyways?" I stand there smiling, figuring that I would give her one more chance. I know that he didn't give her an option, and she really needed the money. "Girl, I didn't think you would ever talk to me again after that. Mr. Denver didn't give me a choice. When he offered I had to take it. My rent was due and I didn't have it." She starts to laugh and then thinks twice about it. "Well, let's say that I am a forgiving person to a point." She immediately frowns. "I am really sorry. I
Taking her back to the penthouse, we stop briefly at the store to grab some wine, a package of strawberries and a can of whip cream. Arriving at home, I scoop her up in my arms and carry her up to the rooftop. The look in her eyes is that of a child, when she sees the lights of the city surrounding us. In the corner, I had a small table placed with chairs. On the table is a lit candle and a wrapped gift for her. When she realizes that it is for her, her eyes double in size and she practically jumps out of my arms. Considering that I have already given her a ring, she doesn't have a clue what is in it. "For me?" She asks, and takes it. "Yes, baby. It's for you. Something you won't expect." I wait for her to open it. First, she takes the bow off and places it aside. Then, she unwraps it. Opening the box, she reveals what's inside and gasps. A re
Waking up in his arms to the alarm, I remember last night and smile. It's amazing how much pleasure I'm getting from something I never even took part in before. Maybe it's because Darren is doing it to me, I don't know.What I do know, is that he really loves me and wants me. That's all I have ever dreamed of or wanted. Now, between my job and Darren, I feel fulfilled and extremely happy.Last night was the start of our new life together and if I'm being honest, the start to a new beginning for me. No more having to worry what people think, or what a man wants out of me. I know fully well what Darren expects and wants from me.With all my dreams coming true, I get up and take a shower while Darren works out at the gym. When he gets back, I'm already ready to go and making him breakfast. He walks in the kitchen after his shower and closes his eyes."Do you realize how wonderful that smells, especially w
I walk in with lunch for Lauryn when I see her crying on Janet's shoulder. Not knowing what the fuck is going on, I demand answers. "What happened? Are you alright?" She looks up at me with red tear stained eyes and I know that there is something really wrong. Motioning for Janet to get out, I wait for her to move and then shut the door. Standing next to Lauryn's desk, I feel clueless when she won't tell me what is going on. Instead, she just starts crying again. Shaking my head, I bend down and pick her up in my arms, letting her head fall on my shoulder. Sitting down, I hold her for several minutes quietly, trying to figure out what has happened. Eventually she stops crying and looks me dead in the eyes, but doesn't say anything. I gaze into those sad and lonely eyes, not knowing what to do for a while until she finally tells me. "Jaiden visited me today and you two have a daughter together.
I can't believe he just left me sitting here crying. Of course, I knew I should have never said anything to him, because the minute I did the look on his face told me exactly what I thought it would. The child means more than I ever would and now that he has one, our relationship will never be the same. So much for a fairy tale romance and ending. Now there are complications and I know very well that this will never end well for me. Knowing this, I should back out now while I still have an ounce of dignity. Maybe, just maybe I can still keep my job and my parents' house if I keep my head down and pretend I'm not here. If he doesn't ask for the ring back, I can sell it to pay for the back payments on the mortgage. Thinking back, I should have realized that this would never be able to work out. He's a handsome billionaire CEO and I'm me, simply put. Thing is, I wouldn't have changed any of this for the world.<
"What the fuck?" I slam Jake against the wall and yell at him, his face covered in guilt and fear. "Did I just find you with your hand up my fiance's skirt, taking advantage of her?" I stare at him about an inch from his face and breath heavily on him. Realizing that Lauryn and Janet had left, I couldn't stop from taking it out on Jake. Something was going on and I was pretty sure it had to do with him. I know that earlier was quite a shock, but we are still the same aren't we? Why would the whole Jaiden thing make Lauryn upset? We are still getting married and I still love her. That hasn't changed, just the fact that I might have a daughter and I would never let anything tear us apart. She is mine and now Jake has touched my private possession intimately. I doubt she was willing, considering she looked smashed. Looking down at him, I let go realizing that he can't breathe. Jake s
After a horrible night, I wake up the next morning and borrow a couple of Janet's things to wear. I am lucky she still has clothes from before she gained a lot of weight or they would have never fit me. Looking in the mirror, I have to admit that they look pretty good for something borrowed."Janet, I want to thank you so much. You are awesome and I am just glad that it is all over. Now I can just keep my head down at work and try to stay out of trouble. Hopefully, Jake leaves me alone too."She pats my back with a hand and then hugs me. "I sure hope so too. Yesterday, was enough drama for a lifetime. Unfortunately, you may have to see him at work. If he tries anything, let me know and I will kick him in the balls."I laugh and she winks at me. Shutting the door to her apartment, we hail a taxi and get to work just in time. Mr. Lawrence watches me go by his of
I can't believe what I see when Julian almost knocks me out with the door. Lauryn of all people, in his arms. They look too chummy to be just friends and then I notice that she is wasted. I can't pretend that I dont see it and most importantly, I don't want to. When she falls and hits her head, I pick her up and take her back to my apartment. Waiting for her to wake up, I call Dr. Peters and have him check her out in case she has a concussion. "It's always a good thing to get checked out when someone is unconscious. Who is she?" He smiles and checks under her eyelids. "Thank you for coming over right away Dr. Peters. You are a life saver. She is my fiance and she was a little drunk, so she fell." I lie and watch everything he does, trying to help out anyway possible. Lauryn has been asleep for three hours. While she has been asleep, she is developing a nice goose egg o