A year passed.
"Marry me. I would rather spend one lifetime with you – than face all the ages of this world without you,” said a green-eyed beauty before her.
"Marry you?” While completely entertained, Scarlett was fairly taken aback. She absolutely did not know how to react to such a sweet and genuine proposal, no matter how young her new suitor may be.
Raising both her brows, she sought, “Where -where did you learn that?”
"It’s called, G - O - O - G - L - E. Lines from Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien,” the young man answered with a wink.
Scarlett snorted and laughed at her handsome and utterly adorable admirer.
After Luca broke her heart, she claimed to get revenge one day. Sadly for her, Luca crushed her dreams of becoming a lawyer, thanks to his connections. She never got to take the bar examination. Luca blocked her from taking it, including getting hired from big to small enterprises.
Since she never left Braeton City, she could not get a stable work either. Whenever she settled with one job, Luca would learn about it, and she would get fired right away. She should have known better. The James family was the fifth-richest family in the city. She stood no chance against their wealth and influence.
In the end, Scarlett Barnes, the biological daughter of Cindy and Philip Barnes, an heiress to Barnes’ empire, a lawyer in the making, was now waiting tables at a restaurant bar in the center of Braeton City.
Scarlett at least hoped that by showing Luca her new and happy love life, it would be enough vengeance; her happiness after the storm.
She had long dreamed that one day, a knight in shining armor would sweep her off her feet - a handsome man, with a decent profession, would fall madly in love with her and give her the happiness that she had always desired. After a year, however, her unexpected marriage proposal came from... a six-year-old boy.
'Great! Is this my chance at happiness?’ She thought. ‘Are you my knight and shining armor, little boy?’
She had earlier spotted Luca and her adopted sister, Courtney, entering the Herbal Twist Restaurant. Trying to avoid encountering them, she hid behind the old and unused bar counter, furthest to the back of the establishment where no customers were allowed to enter.
Scarlett ended up with the company of a young boy whom, over the last two minutes, she had come to know as Liam.
"What do you say, lady? Will you marry me?” Liam asked again, through his long and thick lashes, his green orbs remained glued to her, his cute and pinkish lips forming a sweet smile.
'Damn, he is really cute. Too bad he is… a child,’ she thought, pouting her lips at him.
"Ummm.” She pursed her lips, flushing in amusement at the boy’s proposal, and said, "Don’t you think I’m a little too old for you? I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, young man, but you were born way too late.”
Liam smirked again. His little fingers brushed through his honey-colored hair and he replied, "Miss Scarlett, you are older than me, but you haven’t heard of the saying, Age doesn’t matter?”
Scarlett’s jaws dropped. Her hand immediately covered her mouth to cut off the laughter that escaped her lips. She replied, "My, my. Looks like G - O - O - G - L - E is doing you some good.”
Then, Scarlett resumed, "Liam, I’m sorry, sweetie, but our age gap is far too big. It just would not work. I’m old enough to be your mother.” In an effort to escape the little boy’s pursuit, she asked, “And how come you are here? Where are your parents?”
"I ran away from my dad.” The boy sneered, and his eyes narrowed as he revealed, "He was going to bring me to my doctor. I don’t like needles.”
"Well, I prefer a man who is courageous. Someone who isn’t afraid of needles,” she said out of nowhere, making the boy cross his arms against his chest.
The boy appeared not interested to cover his fear of needles and he sought, "What about you? Why are you hiding here, Miss Scarlett?”
Scarlett sighed. She wasn’t the type to tell her sad story to anyone, but this was an innocent little boy. Thus, she revealed, “I’m hiding from my ex and his new lover. They took everything away from me, you see. I did not want them to see me in my pathetic state.”
“They are here? Where?” The boy asked, his brows met with curiosity. Liam really liked the lady before him and so he wanted to see if her ex-boyfriend was a worthy competition.
With difficulty, Scarlett peeked at one opening of the counter, her eyes scanning the entire restaurant for any signs of Luca and Courtney. When she found them, she pointed with her finger and said, "There they are. See that blond guy and the girl with short hair? That’s them.”
A scoff left Liam’s lips as he said, "He is like one of my bodyguards, about to go bald. Sure, he is good-looking, but.” He leaned back down. He stretched his arms and gazed back at Scarlett before suggesting, "I promise you, when I lose all my baby fats, I am far more handsome than that man.”
Liam winked at her and added, "Lady, I am the better choice.”
With a hand over her mouth and the other over her stomach, Scarlett let out another laugh. She was just so entertained by the little boy that she could not help but go at it repeatedly. Eventually, she spoke, “You know, for a six-year-old, you talk like you are what? A Casanova in his twenties.”
“Lady, I’m serious.” He added. “And if you have any doubts about my genes, when you meet my father, you will know that my genes are impressive.”
“So you want me to meet your dad now?” Scarlett asked, still giggling at the cute little boy. “Simply to show off how handsome you will become, twenty to thirty years from now?”
Just when she thought Liam was going to prove his point, he hushed all of a sudden. A frown formed on his face as he took back his words, "Nevermind.”
"I lied. My good looks did not come from my father. I think I got them from my grandma and grandpa.” He maintained his grimace and added, "You can’t see my dad.”
Liam thought, if anything, his father would be his greatest competition in Scarlett’s heart. Her ex-boyfriend was just a small fry, but her father? Being the last unmarried heir to the Wright Diamond Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company in the country, was undoubtedly the city’s most eligible bachelor. He would not let this beauty meet his father. No way.
He really liked Scarlett. She had such a sweet smile and her giggles were adorable. Most importantly, he felt Scarlett was such a nice lady for talking to him and listening to his proposal without giving away any look of dislike. That also essentially made him believe, he had a chance.
"You would not like my father. He is fat and old. He has many gray hairs. He has a big belly, and he sings so strangely when cooking.” Liam purposely described their Italian Chef knowing he was quite the opposite of his father.
He shook his head and resumed, "I feel sorry for my dad. He did not take after me.”
"And what about your mommy?” Scarlett asked, still grinning at him.
"I don’t have a mother. I don’t know why,” Liam calmly answered, but end up frowning, momentarily wondering why his father always avoided the discussion about his mother.
"I’m sorry to hear that, Liam. But you at least have a father. Some kids out there don’t have any parent at all.” It was Scarlett’s way of soothing the boy after an obvious sudden change in his temperament.
"It’s fine. I know my dad loves me,” Liam answered. A fainted smile formed on his face at the thought of his father.
The two spent an entire ten minutes chatting behind the counter, but eventually, Scarlett saw how Luca and Courtney left their table. Sighing in relief, she suggested to Liam, "The ghost is clear now. We need to find your father and you need to apologize to him. The poor old man must be worried sick.”
"No. You are not meeting my dad,” Liam insisted. “I can find my way home.”
“Why?” Scarlet asked back, now utterly curious.
Liam warned, "Because you would not like him. Nope! Fat, white-haired dad, big tummy, remember?”
"Does that even matter?” She asked, shaking her head at the boy’s defiance.
Nearly two hours later, Scarlett found herself standing in front of the Third Diamond Hotel’s penthouse door, gawking at a tall and handsome man who was… wearing a Pooh Bear printed sweatshirt.
“Mister Pooh?” She asked, thoroughly puzzled, all while holding Liam in front of her.
“Miss Beauty?” The man said in return.
Liam wound up, staring back and forth at Mister Pooh and Miss Beauty.
Earlier that day at the Herbal Twist Restaurant. Wearing a hat over his head and dark sunglasses to cover his eyes, Kaleb Wright smirked at the sight of the woman who, for him, had the most beautiful espresso-colored eyes. Her straight and long dark brown hair cascaded down her back, and her smile easily brightened up his day. "Hello, Mister Pooh, I see you wearing my favorite character again. What would you like to have?” Said Miss Beauty. "I’ll have the usual hibiscus tea, please. Tha nk you,” Kaleb replied, and behind his dark-shaded glasses, he winked at her. Too bad she could not see it. That was all he knew about her… that she was beautiful. It was weeks ago that he discovered this restaurant and bar, a hidden gem in the heart of Braeton City. They served the best kinds of floral teas, which he had hoped to bring into the Diamond Hotels, the hotel chain belonging to their company. Back then, When Kaleb first spotted the establishment, he was only wearing a polo shirt,
“Liam! You got us all worried, son!” setting aside the presence of one, Miss Beauty, Kaleb leveled with Liam. He pulled him abruptly into his embrace and took pleasure in his arrival. He was feeling him, smelling him until he cupped his face, saying, “Why did you do that, Liam? You could have gotten hurt, or -” Kaleb stopped himself at the thought of Liam being taken. Considering his family’s wealth, that was not too far from possible. He gulped and pleaded, “Please, don’t do that, ever again. Do you understand me? I don’t know what I would do if anything bad happened to you.” Liam’s arms returned his father’s hold. He took a deep breath and said, “I’m sorry, daddy.” His green eyes wandered to Boris and asked for an apology, “I’m sorry, uncle Boris. I - I did not want to have my injection. I wanted to hide. Don’t worry. I wasn’t hurt. I was with her.” It was as if it took all of him to resume, “I promise not to do it again.” Kaleb was stunned. Liam had the tendency to push whatever
The next day, Kaleb was busy at work, listening to a new investment proposal from inside a conference room at the Wright Diamond Corporation. He noticed his phone vibrating inside the pocket of his trousers, but considering how important the meeting was, he ignored the calls. After some time, however, the trunk line to the conference rang, disturbing the presentation. Kaleb’s eyes narrowed, wondering how important it was for his assistant to forward the call. No one else knew about the meeting, except for his assistant, and of course, the CEO, his brother. One of the managers took the call, and then he turned to Kaleb. "Mister Wright, it’s an emergency from the Third Diamond Hotel.” 'Emergency?’ Kaleb took a second to grab the handset and another moment to scan the team of employees who were equally curious about the emergency. “Hello." "Mister Wright. I’m very sorry to disturb you, but we have a situation.” Kaleb was familiar with the voice of the hotel’s General Manager, Miste
Heading back to the parking lot, Scarlett bit her lip at the sight of the splendid car. She pursed her lips and thought, ‘This may very be… my only chance to get a picture of this baby.’ Turning to Kaleb and Liam, she asked, “Can I possibly get a picture with the car?” She pouted and reasoned, “I really love this car. You have no idea how many times I’ve fantasized about this in the past.” Kaleb smirked. He replied, “You love the car? How about...” He coughed, covering his mouth, and faintly resumed, “the owner?” “What?” Out of excitement, Scarlett missed his last word. Liam, however, heard it perfectly. He said to Scarlett, “My beauty, who do you love more, the car or me?” Scarlett just could not help but be amused by the young man. She snorted as she laughed at his cute bluntness. She lowered her gaze and pinched his adorable cheek, saying, “Of course, you are the cute one. I’d choose you over the car on any day!” Liam reflecte
Scarlett’s heart was galloping profoundly. Her breaths were heavy against Kaleb’s frame, and the fluttering feeling in her stomach was going wild. She might have escaped from Luca that evening, but she may very well get a heart attack from this strange excitement she was riding out. As the tip of her nose brushed against Kaleb’s inviting neck, she took a good whiff of his spicy cologne, and that further added to the static that ran through her body. ‘God, I feel so hot,’ she thought silently. ‘How long have I been in his hold? How long did it take for them to leave this hallway? Seriously!’ She sucked in a breath and use everything in her willpower to free herself from what it felt like a spell, binding her toward Kaleb. Faintly, she managed to find the words to say, “They should be gone by now. It’s already been what? Five minutes?” It was as if she heard the man groan, but Kaleb quickly coughed, pulling away. He responded, “Yes, they are gone now. Damn, who walks that slow? That
“So, Mister Wright? Will you allow Liam to be friends with Scarlett, despite what you have learned about her?” Boris asked, his brow raised with curiosity. “With the time I have spent observing her at the restaurant, Boris, I sensed she has a noble character. Maybe she made a mistake. Maybe her mistake was that she tried to fight for her past relationship. We don’t know for sure. Until I get her side of the story, I won’t judge her," Kaleb sighed and suggested. “Still, a single or a few mistakes do not define us. For those who learn from mistakes, it molds them into a better person.” Kaleb’s eyes narrowed, thinking about the words that Scarlett said in the car. She mentioned how Luca and Courtney were part of her past that she wished she had never had. He concluded how she regretted whatever happened or regretted getting involved with them. “I made many mistakes, Boris, but my mother and father never stopped being my parents. If there is some truth, even for a little to the accus
Earlier that evening. “What’s your name, darling? You are beautiful,” said the man who was introduced to Scarlett as Mister Sanders. He was the president of a small enterprise, a group of hardware stores, to be exact. Scarlett had never served the VIP rooms at the Herbal Twists Restaurant. Management only gave the opportunity to the tenured attendants. She had heard that VIP guests gave a lot of tips. On one occasion, her co-worker was rewarded with two thousand dollars. She never understood how one could give such a generous tip. However, Scarlett also heard stories about how customers were a little too demanding. Thus, she never looked forward to getting those extra tips. This time, however, she was forced into the situation. A few days ago, she brought Liam home without the approval of her boss. Now, she had to choose between getting fired and serving VIP guests. “I said! What’s your name?” Mister Sanders repeated, alerting Scarlett completely. “My name is Scarlett,” she cur
“Scarlett, I don’t think it’s wise to go to your house. I heard Mister Sanders sent some people to your address. I have your wallet and your phone. We can meet tomorrow and I can give it to you.” A friend of Scarlett's at work said over the phone. Since she fled the restaurant earlier in a hurry, she left her belongings in her locker. Thankfully, her co-worker was kind enough to take it for her. “Thank you, Dale. I owe you one. I will contact you again when I collect my things,” Scarlett said before bidding goodbye. She handed the phone to Kaleb, saying, “Thank you for letting me use your phone.” “You are welcome, Scarlett,” Kaleb answered. Pointing to the door leading to the bathroom, he suggested, “Take a warm shower so you won’t get sick. I have asked the hotel manager to buy a dress and shoes for you to wear.” “Okay, thank you, Kaleb. I am so grateful,” she said before seeing the man leave the room. *** Two hours later. Wearing a yellow floral sundress, Scarlett scoute