DISCLAIMER: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
"..... .. this, this, this one and this. Oh yeah! Even the royal blue, red and purple dress I already showed you." I said pointedly at the saleslady.
Your right. Yes! I am shopping at 11 in the morning. Sooo fun! Well that's the only fun thing I can do when you have a degree but you have such sweet parents who don't want to see you working.
Just then, I saw my cell vibrating. 'Mom? Why would she call me now?' I thought. Anyways I picked her call."Hey Mom, why you-" I wasn’t able to complete my sentence as I heard Mom's worried voice "Carol come to the hospital soon. Now!"
"What?! Why?! Mom what's going on? What happened?" I asked.
"Just get here to the hospital. I don't have time to explain things to you!" She almost screamed at me and cut the call.
Okaaay.... That was something!After I reached the hospital I called mom and she told me to come to the second floor. When I saw mom, I had never seen her soo stressed. I also saw my dad's lawyer standing there holding my younger brother, Dylan.
Dread filled me. "Mom, where's dad?" I asked.
She started trembling and burst into tears and fell to the floor before I could catch her. She then pointed out towards the door in front of us.
I stood up to reach the door. And what I saw inside was what I feared the most. I saw my father lying lifeless on the hospital bed.
I went near him and sat on the bed. I tried to shake his shoulders. But he wouldn’t wake up.I didn’t know what to do....
1 week later
It was my father's funeral today. Now I was trying to get my mom to sleep.
Somehow after 2 hours I gave her sleeping pills and tucked her into bed.
Just as I was going to my room I heard a sob coming from Dylan's room. There I saw Dylan crying his eyes out, I went and hugged him trying to console him.
The question he asked next got me thinking. "What happens now?"
I don't know when but he was already asleep. So I switched off the lights and closed his door.
In my room, I sat in front of the mirror looking at myself. I felt something warm fall on my hands. That's when I realised I was crying. I didn’t cry when I saw my father in the hospital that day. Not even during his funeral.
But I wanted to be strong for my family. Mamma is already in the worst state she could ever be in. And Dylan is too young to be having such experiences in his life. Too young to lose his father. It’s on me to take care of them now. But what's haunting me was Dylan's question. 'What happens now?'
Another few weeks later
I was sitting in the lawyer's office. He informed me that the person who was responsible for the accident was drunk and has managed to escape out of the country. But I already have lost my father. Would I get him back if that drunkard is found. I was totally uninterested about that. Even Mamma said the same.
Then he read out the will for me. Dad had written all his property and everything in the name of Mamma and me. And for Dylan but only after he turns 18.
Same day, in the evening I was sitting in a cafe thinking about what I can and how I will take care of mom and Dylan. I might have a degree in Business but I never worked, not even a simple job. How will I run a company all by myself?!
I called Katie and asked her to meet me at the cafe. She was my best friend since childhood. I needed help, advice. Well I needed Katie now!
She was here within 15 minutes. She promised to help me with the company. But you know what?! She is worse than me! How was I going to manage.
Just then I saw a handsome hunk walking into the cafe. So tall, maybe about 6 feet I guessed. His grey eyes which a had a bluish glint which made me fall deep into them. I think he was British or maybe even American? I don't know..... I smiled. I smiled after weeks because of him.
'Oh my God! What am I even thinking'Just then I looked at Katie who was giving me the knowing look! I just shrugged. Then she suddenly started squealing looking at something. When I looked at what made her squeal, it was the same guy I was staring at who was now looking at me with a smirk as he left the cafe!!
I dropped Katie at her home and left to reach mine.When I stepped into the house I mean more like a mansion I was shocked! It was completely clean. I mean who did it?
Then I saw Mamma walking out of the kitchen with a smile.'Have I come to the wrong house or am I dreaming....?'
Mom came near me and sat me down on the sofa "Carol dear, I know its been many weeks since everything happened and I am soo sorry I forgot about you and Dylan in my own sorrow." She looked down seeming sad.
"It’s ok mamma, it’s been only 2 weeks. You know am a big girl now. Whenever dad used to go out for business, he'd make me promise to take care of you and Dylan. And now it’s me who'll have to take care of you both. You don't worry Ma. I'll make it alright. Dad would always want us to be happy and that’s what we'll do now ok!?" I said and we hugged each other crying our hearts out.
It has now been a month and a half since Dad's death and I have finally found the courage to walk into his office. Till now it was Uncle Anthony, dad's brother who was managing the company. He is almost 50 and still unmarried and a sweetheart. He usually stayed at our house almost all the time. He let me take my time to take over the company.
I stood there looking around until Uncle Anthony entered the cabin."Hey uncle, how are you?"
"Am absolutely fine baby girl. But I really need to speak to you about a few things related to the company."
I was confused, "But I hardly know anything about this company. Oh you want to teach me things?! Yes please! I'm ready." I said smiling.
But a worried look crossed his face. Now I was really really confused. 'Was it something I said?' I thought.
"Baby girl, there's a serious problem and I don't think it's good to hide it from you."
"I think whatever it is I can handle just fine. I've already lost my father. What more worse can it be?"
"Okay. Baby girl.... Roger had taken a lot of loan for a project. But now that he is not there all the shareholders have backed off thinking it's not a good idea to put their money into the project. We tried convincing them but they won't agree. And now..... n-now.."
"And now?" I urged him to tell me.
"Now we m-might have t-to be f-facing bankruptcy" He said and continued "we are going to be losing everything baby girl, even the house!"
That's it! And I fell into the chair behind me.
"Carol... please open the door" Katie started banging again.
"I don't want to speak to anyone. Go away" I said.
"Carol c'mon. Its been 3 days and you've locked yourself up. And I spoke to your mom just now. She thinks that you go to the office every day and your here in my house because its near to your office?! I mean seriously?! Your mom could have bought it but not me! Open the door now Caroline and tell me what happened!" Katie screamed through the door.
"Ok ok. I'll open." I said and went to open the door and came back to sit on the bed.
Katie folded her arms and stood in front of me and said "Explain!"
So I told her everything Uncle Anthony said about the company. With every word I spoke her eyes widened even more.
"Oh my god! Oh my god! What to do now." She panicked trying to take deep breaths
"Oh god! Will you just sit and calm down?! Even I didn’t freak out as much as you" I said.
"Oh really? Then who was it that locked herself up for 3 days, only coming out for food! I know that it was definitely not me" She said in an angry tone.
"Ok ok fine. Now tell me what to do" I pleaded.
"First thing, you better go tell your mom yourself before she gets to know by someone else and gets a heart attack" she said.
"Yeah! Your right. I'm leaving. I’ll call you later at night and tell you what happens?" I said.
"Yeah better" We said our goodbyes and I soon went to my house straight to mamma's room.
Daniel's POV"Hey dad! How are you?" I asked my dad as I entered their house."Well I'm good son. A lot better now that my son has finally decided to show up here after months. Anyways where have you been all these days huh?" He replied."Oh nothing, I was just caught up with work" I lied. You think I'd tell him about the holiday with my friends with lots of one night stands? Nah!"Oh sweetheart you work too much. You know you need to take care of yourself. Or much better! Why don't you get married?" Mom said excitedly as she entered the living room."Mom please! Not again! And how is taking care of myself related anywhere near to my marriage?!" I asked."Yes Darcy, leave the boy alone. He just arrived. Otherwise he wouldn't dare to visit again. And I'm sure you wouldn't want that. Right darling." He said to mom.Mom scowled at dad and replied "Mr. William Rochester I think it is also you
Caroline's POVI just came back from Kate's house. It's Thursday morning. Thought I'd be ready to handle dad's company from Monday. Well.. here I am. It's Thursday already and I've reached nowhere."MOM.." I called for her."I'm upstairs sweetie.. in your room" she replied.I got a nice look of my house while going up the stairs. You never know, it may be the last time I might see this house.When I reached the room, mom was cleaning! Weird! I don't know mom has got a bonding towards cleaning these days.I can't hide it anymore from her. I have to say this out loud. I went near her sat her down on my bed and told her everything uncle Anthony had told me and that I was at Kate's home since 3days.When I looked up at her face, she held no expression.Finally she stood up, it was as though she was in deep thought."Mom, are you fine? I'll get you some water?" I asked."No no I'm fine. How
Daniel's POV"Come let's go home." I say"NO!" She says with one hand on her hip and the other pointing out its finger at me as if daring me to take her home. It's been happening from the last 2 hours.I say let’s go home and she replies with a NO.I've learnt that her name is Caroline."....iel! Daniel!" Her voice brings me back from my thoughts."Yes?" I ask."I want to dance....."she slurred."I don't think we're going to dance. Or I don't think you'll be able to even stand. So that's a no no!" I say."Stop acting like as if your my dad! I've come here to forget that. Even he never allowed me to parties or clubs or to drink with strangers...." she rambled and stopped with sad eyes.I raised my eyebrow as to what she meant. She came near me showing her sad eyes. Her green eyes!Oh I can't handle girls crying or being sad.She then sat on my lap and hug
Caroline's POVI felt the light rays hitting my eyes waking me from my sleep. I got soo irritated that I opened my eyes suddenly, but quickly closed it back.I turned my face to the other side and looked around the unfamiliar room. I quickly sat up. Oh shit! The pain between my legs?! And I was naked! 'How...?' That's when I remembered everything that happened yesterday night.Oooh!! He was soo big and so awesome! I don't have words to describe or praise his skill. He made my first time memorable. I felt as though I already know him, as though I already had a connection with him before. But all-in-all I felt happy.After many days and weeks I woke up with a smile on my face. I finished my morning activities and went down to find him. Yesterday I might have not given his penthouse a glance, but looking at it now I feel like screaming 'WOW'!Finally I was able to find the kitchen
Daniel's POVI don't know what's wrong with me! I never brought a girl to my mansion. Nick, me and Alex, we all had our separate penthouses and that's where we always take the girls for a night.But then again we would never have any contact with them.'How could I bring her to my house? To my room!' I thought.I was soo pissed with myself. She was even ready to go home. I acted like a fool and asked her to stay. Which I never did to any girl!Just then I got a call, I received without even checking who it was."Daniel- " I was cut off by Natasha's screeching voice."Thank god! You picked my call. Finally! Where were you all these days huh? Neither did you call me nor did you answer my calls...-" she kept on rambling which I barely heard.Natasha Bloomwood is my dad's close friends' daughter. Well, her parents want me
Daniel's POV'CAROLINE' I'll never even think about that name again I said to myself.But it's hard to forget her. Another night with her will make me alright. But I'm not so weak that she has to control ME.I went to my room, and threw my blanket that we shared last night on the floor. Only to see the proof of her innocence on my bed. I saw a blood patch on my bed. Blood! She was a virgin! I never slept with a virgin. This made me feel even more worse and guilty.Oh god! I'm so stupid. The first time I pushed in her she screamed and moaned. I should have known that it wasn't a moan out of pleasure but a cry of pain.I need to find out about her. Right now, I'm not worried about my rule of one night but 'I need to see her' I thought.I took out my phone and started to search for my bodyguard and private investigator, Samuel Smith's contact in it. He was about almost 45 years old, very brilliant, very experie
Caroline's POV I reached the cafe ten minutes before 9am. Well actually he insisted to go somewhere private, have breakfast but I don't trust myself around him. But I don't think he'll come all the way here to just get his cell. He'll send someone I thought. So here I am waiting in a cafe filled with all lovey dovey couples. I sighed. There he arrives, as though he owns the place! Arrogant much! He stood at the door looking for me. I actually really did think that he might send one of his minions to get the phone. Why has he come alone by himself?! I tried hiding under the table. But I got to know by his smirk that he already saw me. "Hi Caroline" he says sitting opposite me with a smirk. "Hi" I say. I don't think he even heard it. We were silent for the whole time. Maybe for like 10 minutes? Me looking at my hands and him... just staring at me. I couldn’t take it anymore. And I think we're forgetting the reason why we a
Caroline's POVIs he offering me a job? With a house? Oh my god. That's....... WOW!But.... how will I work with him. He is too much of a distraction.But c'mon Caroline, it's not about your distraction. It's about your family. You’re not working for fun but to take care of your family. That's a big responsibility.I looked at him and said "I need time""May I know the reason why Miss Brook?" He asked raising his eyebrows."No." I said firmly and continued"Stop calling me Miss Brook. That's my mother. And how do you know it's 'Brook'?" I asked curiously."I have my ways" he said brightly."Don't try 'n' be smart with me Mr. Daniel......." I was thinking."Rochester" he answered.Well what can you do with a man like him whose name itself sounds so intimidating yet sexy. Everything about him is hot, handsome and sexy like him. What? I asked myself. Here come