“What are you doing here, Selena?” Ryan asked, his expression turning cold.The smile that had been on Selena’s face dropped.“Do I have to get a restraining order against you so it’ll be clear that I no longer want to set eyes on you?” The more he stared at her, the angrier he became. He detested the fact that she showed up with Julia_her new ploy to fight her way into his life. She was toying with the soft spot he had for the toddler.He should never have mixed up with this woman. The last thing he needed was for Amelia to see Selena and her daughter. It’d destroy all of the progress he was still struggling to make and he wasn’t ready for that.He expected Selena to respond with a sassy comeback but instead, her voice softened, a sad expression taking over her demeanor. Ryan’s brows knitted together, wondering what she was up to.“I have no intentions of disrupting your peace but I need a huge favor from you and I’ve looked around but you’re the only one that can help,”“I won’t he
Amelia’s thoughts were disrupted when Ryan threw her into his bed, towering over her. She bounced a bit before stopping and rising to a sitting position.“I promise I’ll never hurt you again, Amelia and I intend to keep that promise as best as I can,” his words caught her off guard but just when she was recovering, he sat beside her and reached for her palm, placing it flat on his chest.Amelia’s heart leaped, her lips suddenly going dry from lack of words. She instinctively licked her lips and his eyes darted to them but he returned his gaze to her eyes. The sincerity in them was almost enough to melt her heart, making it beat wildly against her chest.“Selena is out of town for a few days on a business trip and Julia has no place to stay,”“No friends or family?” Amelia inquired, feeling her anger rise from the ridiculous excuse.“Her friends are all busy, and no, her family resides in the UK,”Amelia’s gaze narrowed at him, still unable to believe that the same Ryan she knew would
Amelia emerged from the Home cinema with confusion etched on her face, wondering who could be looking for her, when she had no friends in New York, and when no one knew of her stay in Ryan’s home. But the moment she got to the door, her eyes bulged out, her mouth dropped open and her steps faltered. It was James. He was standing by the door, a look of betrayal and hurt etched on his face.James’ eyes roamed Amelia’s entire being, his jaw clenching and palms balling into fists. She was dressed in an oversized t-shirt that he had no doubt belonged to Ryan. The ghost of a pained smile flicked across his face, his heart dropping from the confirmation of his fears.“So, this is it…” he stated in the strongest voice he could manage, swallowing down his hurt. The moment he’d heard Dora’s voice over the phone calling to her dad, he’d known something was wrong and Amelia’s explanation didn’t add up. And from the way she stuttered while trying to make him believe her lies, coupled with how she
It was late when Ryan emerged from his office, intending to retire to bed but he was a bit astonished to see Amelia pacing in the living room with her phone on her ear. He stood by his office door, watching her pace about, completely lost in his presence. After some minutes, she took the phone from her ear and slumped into one of the couches, burying her head in her arms. Ryan didn't doubt that she was in this state because of the scumbag she chose to date and it annoyed him so much that the so-called boyfriend was making her restless.It’ll be over soon. He told himself before pulling away from his position by the door and strolling towards her. “Princess,” he placed an arm on her shoulder and she raised her head, her red-rimmed eyes meeting his.A mix of annoyance and envy surged through him that she felt so much for James that she had been crying over him.“Come on, let's go to bed, it's late,”Amelia shook her head, moving away from his touch. Ryan’s heart squeezed painfully from
Amelia barged into Ryan’s home office, not bothering to knock on the door to announce her presence. The force at which she pushed the door forced Ryan’s gaze from the paperwork he’d been immersed in, his eyes immediately darting to Amelia who looked devastated, and confused, with determination swirling in her eyes like a woman on a mission.“Baby…” he called in a questioning tone, cocking one of his perfectly shaped brows.“Do you know anything about this?” Amelia asked, dropping her phone with the email still opened on his table and pushing it towards him, folding her arms across her torso as she awaited a reasonable explanation for what she’d just read.Ryan’s gaze lingered on hers a bit before he glanced at the phone, picking it up to read through the email. As he read, a smirk curved his lips, that soon grew into a grin the more he read. Amelia watched his reaction carefully, her gaze darkening the more he grinned, and her confusion deepening.“Welcome to the company, baby,” Ryan
It had been two days since Ryan informed Amelia of his part in her transfer to DCL and his intentions of keeping her away from James. His decision had been made hastily out of pure jealousy after realizing the extent to which Amelia would go to save her relationship with James. Despite being the cause of their fight, he couldn't bear the thought of her fixing things with the man, not after how he’d verbally abused her to his hearing. The names James had called her out of anger had struck him with rage, fuelling his disdain for the man. He could never let Amelia go back to such a man.At first, he’d told himself it was because he cared so much for her but he knew it was more because of the affection Amelia felt for the man. It angered him and tore at his heart to realize the bitter truth that he was slowly losing his wife. Amelia may not accept it yet but he wasn’t going to give up until she was completely his and if he couldn't have her, no other man would take his place in her heart.
It was the weekend and Amelia was in a cab, heading to her apartment in Texas. She’d just got off the plane that morning and was heading home to pack up her belongings and those of Dora. After Ryan’s confession, things between them had gone back to normal and he’d given her some space. In that time, Amelia had accessed the entire situation, and her life, thinking of James, her daughter and what was best for them. She realized she wasn’t being fair to James and in an attempt to move on from her hurtful past, she was dragging him into her issues with Ryan and was hurting him more. Deep down, she knew she could never stick around if she was in his shoes, hence, she wasn’t going to let him stay anymore. The best thing to do was let him go to find the happiness and true love he deserved because she could never give them to him, not when she has to pick between her daughter’s happiness.Dora was glad to have her dad back and she wasn’t going to ruin her cheerful mood by denying her of that
Amelia stood on the porch of James’ home, her hands tucked in the pocket of her jacket and her eyes staring at the hardwood door, with her heart beating wildly. She knew the moment she knocked on that door would be the end of whatever she’s had with James. She was on the verge of tossing away all that they’ve shared together, both the good and bad memories and all of the times the man had cared for her, putting his feelings last and showering her with all of the love she craved. But still, it wasn’t enough.The sad reality hit her as she searched her heart, hoping to find one more reason to hold on but it was as if her mind had shut down. All that she was thinking of was how to make things right and to stop hurting him continuously. For the past few days, she’d gone over the incident at Ryan’s home when James had shown up unexpectedly and that alone was more than enough reason to let him go. She’d broken the trust he had in her.Glancing back at the cab that was waiting for her, and t