The car reached in front of a luxurious villa and it was based on three-story building. A truly magnificent villa with an infinity pool and large garden, offering a stunning view.
The dinner was being arranged on an outdoor terrace on the second-floor balcony, giving a breathtaking view.
Billina stepped out of the car and walked towards the villa. Few servants waited for her arrival and greeted her.
"Good evening, Ms Bernand. The guests are here with your grandmother. I assume you are not ready yet." the manager, Lora said politely.
"I am all ready, Lora," Billina said and walked upstairs.
The sweet voices of two women talking about marriage were heard as Billina walked further in.
'Marriage.. marriage.. marriage." Billina sighed and walked into the terrace.
"Ahh... Billina finally you're here." her grandmother smiled sweetly, but her appearance made her a little uneasy. She was still dressed in business attire.
Even though her grandmother asked her to wear a dress.
Such a disobedient girl.
"Mrs Ostin, meet my granddaughter Billina Bernand.." Jules faked a smile and introduced her to the guest.
Billina confidently shook hands with the lady. Dressed in a dark blue pantsuit, she looked a complete professional person. It was of dark blue color, it means she is neither not interested or all of it was too boring for her and Jules knew it.
"Hello, dear. Such an epic name for a beautiful girl like you," said Mrs Ostin.
Although she joked Billina got offended and replied, "Well, I don't think so Mrs. Ostin. I'm quite satisfied with my name." she said faking my smile in a way that it really looked fake.
Then after a pause, she continued, "My mother said it's unique like me." Mrs Ostin's tongue was locked, she was unable to say another word.
Jules noticed the changed expression on the lady's face and quickly said, "Yes, her mother chose this name for her."
"Why? Any reason she chose this rare and uncommon name?" asked Mrs Ostin.
"Yes. She was really fond of 'Oz' the movie and there was a chicken named Billina so she named me Billina, cute isn't it?" she looked her right in the face and sneered.
Jules Bernand chuckled secretly at her granddaughter.
She was a hell of a badass and she knew it. All this time she was spoiled by her only. And only both of them got each other, Jules was seriously concerned for her granddaughter that she will be left alone in this cruel world.
Her stone heart will never melt in this way. Her hate for men was strong enough that all these years Jules could not do anything.
"By the way, Mrs Ostin. Where your son at?" Billina asked putting the steak on her mouth.
"Oh, he flew Japan this evening." she replied then turned to Jules and added, "I'm so sorry he could not join us for dinner."
"It's alright. I prefer to work first. Billina was also free tonight that's why I asked her to come. It's hard to catch young people to dinners." Jules joked and laughed lightly.
The dinner went well when Mrs Ostin went back, Billina and Jules were sitting on a large comfy sofa by the fireplace.
"So, grandma..... see Conor didn't come tonight. Don't ask me again to meet him. He's clearly not interested, neither am I." Billina said sipping her coffee.
"Oh, hush. He will come again." Jules said in a commanding tone.
"You won't give up, will you?" Billina asked raising a brow.
Jules simply shook her head, then Billina continued, "Just know that I am your granddaughter. I won't give up either." she sneered.
Next morning the egg yolk sun poured through the cracks in the blind and awaited entrance into a sleeping person's eyes. The sight still in the clutches of the night's glue he hesitantly rubbed the dreams away.
Thoughts of the visions in sleep come and go in. Waves clinging onto the very last memory of the night but with the little success.
He wakes up as if it's an emergency as if sleeping had become a dangerous thing. His heart beats fast and there is a buzzing in his brain and together they are as panic with jump-leads.
''Oh god.. oh god.. .I'm late." he jumped off the single bed which was broke and the mattress was also really old.
The visible springs were the probes that the bed was either second hand or really old.
He quickly ran towards the washroom and opened the tap of washbasin to wash his face but the water didn't come out of it.
"What..." he said unaware and looked at the clock it was 9 in the morning. He has a job interview by nine-thirty and he's not even ready yet.
He then opened the window of the bathroom and stick his neck out looking around.
"Barry! Open the water tap," he yelled and waited. After a full minute of waiting, the water streamed down the tap.
He smiled and brushed his teeth. Wearing formal clothes, he quickly tucked his office shirt inside those well-ironed pants.
Combing his perfect slicked-back hair, he felt something was pulling his pants. Looking down he jerked his leg off.
"Todo! No!" he yelled at his dog.
"Behave, Todo!" he added.
"Oh God! I'm late." he quickly poured the dog food in his dog's plate and grabbed the documents including certificates and CV.
Walking down the apartment he said hello to a few people.
"Hey, Ashton. Where to?" asked Barry- who was his neighbour.
"Oh, Barry. I have a job interview today." Ashton raised his hand to say hello.
"Okay, good luck, man." Barry smiled and went away.
Taking the public bus towards the area where his interview was going to hold, he seemed happy.
Chicago was a big city and the traffic here was unbelievable. After every two minutes, he was checking his wristwatch.
Then after an hour he finally reached the pastry shop.
"Hi, I'm here for a job interview," he said to the lady.
"You are late, the time is up." the lady showed no interest.
"But..." as he was about to speak, she interrupted him by saying, "Why the pantsuit? You were here to be a waiter."
He pressed his lips in a thin line and walked away.
"Today was suppose to be a big day for me," he mumbled as he walked crossing the main road and stood in front of a building.
Then someone from up threw a bucket of water o him, he sighed and added, "Or not."
Sitting in a nearby small cafe, he ordered a doughnut and a cup of coffee for himself.
"Hi. Please can I get a newspaper?" he asked the waiter.
"Job...job..job..." Ashton was searching for the job vacancies in the newspaper.
"Bad luck.." he talked to himself.
After having breakfast, he was passing by the busiest areas of Chicago and his eyes got fixed on a large television store.
Many TV's were playing there, he just kept on staring them.
Then, the ad of jobs appeared on it.
"Job ad?" his eyes brightened and he saw it attentively.
"BB Corporations are now hiring people?" he read the title carefully.
"BB?" he raised his brow.
"What is that?" he talked to himself. Ashton went to the TV shop and asked the salesman about BB Corporation's address.
"You don't know about BB?" asked the salesman.
"Are you from Africa? Oh, and by the way, Africa knows about BB too." added the salesman.
"Grandma, you know today we have lunch with the Parkers." Billina was sitting on her car and talking on the phone with her grandmother, while the driver took the car to the BB Corporations.After a minute of silence, she spoke, "Do you have a doctor's appointment today?" she asked with a neutral expression on her face."Alright, I'll go with you." she nodded.Ten minutes later, the car reached in front of a large building, painted in grey. BB was a multinational corporation and every person in the USA of out of it was aware of this company and Billina Bernand.At a very small age, she just made her name as the ruthless businesswoman of America. She was all over the news and on the front pages of magazines like Forbes, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and many more.And for the past two months, she was on the cover of Forbes with a title 'Billina Bernand, the billionaire beauty'.Many bache
Billina finished the meeting with the Parkers and went for an interview with Forbes.She was wearing a black tux, looking ravishing rich.After being greeted by the host, she got herself seated."So, Ms Billina Bernand. Why did you start your business?" asked the host, with a pleasant smile on her face."Well.. my grandfather started this business as BB Corporations back in 60's," she replied neutrally."What is the real story behind BB?" the host asked."Uhm.. there's no such story. My grandfather's name was Benjamin Bernand and he named the business BB as in the short form of his name. Then, he named his son-my father Brian. That was with a B too. Then my parents named me Billina. So all of our generations are taking after B." she replied with a light chuckle."I heard your business started with 5 employees by your granddad. What is it like to have thousands of pe
Billina took one quick look at her wristwatch and said, "I must go. Suit yourself.""Leaving so soon, Ms Bernand?" Conor asked with a ravishing smile on his face."Yes because getting wasted in a bar is not my style," she said proudly.Conor raised both of his brows in astonishment.There was something about this girl... she never throws herself for a man. Her reputation precedes her.Such a sophisticated lady she is.To be honest, Conor thinks that formal wear looks good on her.Another second and two girls- more like sluts in a knee-length dress threw themselves at Conor."I got company, Bernand. See ya!" he winked at Billina who just rolled her eyes and walked away.Next morning all the newcomers reached BB Corporations by 9 and were told that a trainer is coming to give them a professional trainer. Ashton was there too.Even if he knew that he was at risk here but he still wanted to try his luck. Maybe
All the parked cars were seriously damaged. The security came, Colonel was distressed, but luckily no one got hurt.Sweat formed off Ashton's forehead. He was in trouble. Wasn't he?"What have you done?" The colonel shouted at him."Just go!" he added, giving him an icy stare.Ashton, with a sad face, was going back from the building and met Jules where they first met."You! Stop!" Jules noticed that the man who saved her from falling off the stairs was going so she stopped him to thank him.Ashton was lost in his thoughts and he didn't hear what the old woman had said.It was his only chance to find a job but he was so unlucky that every time something was going good he makes a mistake.How will he able to pay the bills and what will he eat?He only has $5 with him. And in this big city like Chicago, he couldn't find a decent job.Walking a few steps and he got bumped into something hard. Raising his head, he saw a m
A week has passed by, Ashton was very happy in his new office and Jules was satisfied with him.His only work was to go through the files which she needed to sign, take her to the doctor's whenever the appointment was fixed and feed her food and supplements.As Billina was out of the city for some work, therefore, Jules attended the office regularly.The Smiths planned a meeting with BB and as Billina wasn't available, so Jules set up the meeting."All ready?" she asked Patrick, the manager as she walked through the elevator."Yes, Mrs Bernand, all is set. The Smiths must be here in a minute or two." Patrick nodded and said.Jules, followed by her new assistant Ashton, went in her cabin."Ma'am do you want a coffee?" he asked politely.Jules shook her head and waited patiently for her clients to arrive.A few minutes later, Patrick came and informed her about the client's arrival.Ashton helped her stood up and
Catching his breath, Ashton felt his stomach was tied in knots.Where did he go? Whose house did he break into? Oh and not to forget the saw a girl naked.Ashton was breathing heavily, when he saw the guard, he quickly walked towards him and said, "Let's go."Down the road, he kept on thinking about the girl. Although he couldn't saw her face he saw her beautiful cream-coloured body wrapped in a towel, her long blonde hair.Oh and the sexy tattoo on the backside of her neck.Later when he went to Jules and told her that he could not make it inside the house as it was locked."Locked? But the house is never locked." she shook her head.But he knew he was lying. He cannot lose a job for sneaking into someone else's room. For God sake, it was a naked girl he almost saw.He won't be spared. Plus nobody will hire him if he will be kicked out of the BB Corporation."Well, alright. Let it be." Jules sighed lazily
Ashton reached the office and took the elevator to the VIP floor. As he didn't saw Jules' car outside so he thought she didn't come today.He decided to arrange her table meanwhile. As he was about to open the door, he overheard the conversations of two people.One was the voice of Jules Bernand and she was talking to a female."No, grandma. The least I can do for you is to marry Conor," she said with a rage in her voice."But what's wrong with him? He's a nice guy." Jules argued in a despairing tone."Oh, yea? Ask me. He's not... He's a total playboy. Don't get me started because I know his biodata more than you do." the granddaughter argued back."Alright. If not Conor then it might be someone else. But kid, don't you think the topic of your marriage is closed." Jules said in a neutral yet sweet voice of her."Uh-huh.. not yet." Billina shook her head in disagreement."Alright.. grandma. Let's keep this argue for the next time. For n
Can I bring my pet too? I live alone too." Ashton said in fidgety."Of course. There's an application you have to fill and give your reasons." Clara smiled and said."From where can I get this application?" he asked attentively."Oh... I have one copy." Ron immediately checked his office bag and took a page out."Here. Fill it and submit in the administration dept." Ron added.He thanked them and filled the application, then submitted in the admin dept.After a long tiring day.. oh and not to forget it was a last-minute save. Ashton was finally in bed with his puppy."Yes, Toto. Tomorrow you are going to work with me." he played with his dog and went to sleep.Next day, when he reached his office with Toto in his hand, at first he wanted to keep his bag in his cabin, then Toto to the administration department.The door of his cabin was open and as he put his dog down, he quickly ran out of the room.When A