“Marry me?” I laughed so hard that my ribcage began to ache,which did not really take longer because the car that had hit me had obviously broken some of them.
“Are you done yet or do you want to keep on going?"
” Actually I think I'll keep going because this has to be one of the funniest jokes of the century...“
Hayden Smith, one of the most notorious Playboys of the country, wanted to settle down and of all people he chose the rejected heiress. It was really worth cracking a few more ribs.
” Is this your way of mocking me?“
” Do I look like a man that plays around? I am being 100% serious right now?"
I tried to sit up but my body ached too much to allow me so I just lay down again, blinking at him with utter astonishment.
“Your reputation aside, we don't even know each other!”I said to him and he just sighed.
“Are you saying that you don't know THE Hayden Smith?"
Wow this guy is really full of himself wasn't he? I had thought.
” Well I know who you are from the news and the several articles that come out about you, and what some business partners have said about you...But this is the first time I am even talking with you; they are basically strangers.“
He didn't even seem like he was slightly troubled by my complaint and they just seem to go over his head in such a casual way that it astonished me.
I had always wondered what this man would be like because I always heard about him but I never got the privilege to meet him in person, and now that I finally have it's easy to confirm that he's actually just crazy.
” Marriage is not some game that strangers can play together, it's something that only two people that love and care about each other can even think about-“
” Just the way your fiance loved and cared about you?“
I thought the remaining color in my face immediately drained out after he said that and then anything else I wanted to say was choked down in my throat as I struggled not to cry.
” Miss Lane, you are a business woman so you understand how this thing works. I have something you want and you have something I want so let's help each other...“
Looking away from him so that he would not see the tears that were bubbling up at the side of my eyes I asked him.
”And what exactly do you want that is making you go so far?"
“That...”,He paused,"...is none of your business, Miss Lane, what should concern you is how to get back at the people who hurt you... Of course I can't force you.“
Suddenly I felt something soft dabbing on my cheek. I turned to see him putting his handkerchief in pocket.
”But I advise you to think about this, Miss Lane.“
And now he was looking at the contract with a satisfied expression.
” You have made a good choice...“there wasn't a smile on his face but I guess that's as far as he could get.
”...My dear wife.“
There was a way he said it that sent shivers up my back, and he carefully folded it into his front pocket.
”Won't you finish your food?"he asked with his usual monotone voice.
He reserved an entire 5-star hotel, they're just for me to come here and sign the contract. This place was almost impossible to reserve and despite her wealth in my family it was always a battle for me to grab a table here.
Yet, he had reserved the whole place with such ease.
Even if I had not been rejected by my family, their wealth would have been nothing to him.
The same question that always troubled me came to my mind again; what would this man gain from marrying me?
That night he drove me to his mansion and then he said to me,
“I'll be going on a business trip now.”
A business trip? Now of all times?
“Aren't we supposed to be planning now? You promised me that I would be able to get my revenge..”
He groaned with his full chest, as if he wanted to throw me out of the car.
“You won't be able to do much like this...”
He said looking down at my crutches.
“So you should be focused on recovery now while I'm on my business trip,”
He made a good argument and I could not say anything against it, I couldn't imagine myself dramatically walking back into their lives with crutches.
“So when you are fully recovered and I'm back from my business trip then we can begin to really plan.”
He suddenly cocked his eyebrows.
“Do you have any other issues with my idea?"
” Well I still don't understand why you are helping me with all of this... And even if it's in my favor it's really troubling me,“
Suddenly silence took over the car as he just looked at me with” piercing blue eyes '', it was as if the air in the car was being sucked out and I was finding it hard to breathe.
“I believe I have already told you that that is none of your business,”
I could see that he was trying to intimidate me but this was not something I could allow to rest anymore.
“Well, you also said that our relationship is basically a business transaction and when you are transacting in a business, both parties should obviously be aware of what the other is gaining. That's what I'm just curious about...”
He didn't reply immediately, as if he was weighing his answer then he spoke.
“Has anyone ever told you that you are too sharp for your own good,"
”Maybe a couple of times.“
”Then I'll tell you, but not now..."
He leaned over and whispered.
”On our *official* wedding night."
Hayden's POV “So, the first phase of your plan is now finally complete, congratulations man...” My best friend said sipping his glass of whiskey, the hotel bar was becoming stuffier by the second I knew we should have reserved this place but my best friend had insisted that we didn't because he wanted to find some cheap girl to pick up for the night. “It's hardly time to even begin celebrating, I'm still very far from what I actually want, Ray.” “Well the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step my dear friend...” he said as he signaled the attacks will refill his glass again. “But why did you lie to her that you were going on a business trip?" I knew that he was eventually going to ask this question. ” There's no need for me to be around her if she isn't going to be of use to me yet.“I replied the same glass of whiskey that I had been holding while my friend was on his third. ”True, true...“He nodded. ” But that doesn't really answer my question: why did y
Sarah."Hello…" My voice echoed again, but instead, I got no reply. It immediately dawned on me that he ended the call seconds ago.Taking a deep breath, I fell down back on the huge bed, while facing the ceiling and rolling my hands around to feel the emptiness of it.What was the essence of sleeping all alone in such huge bed, when I have no one by my side, and even now my contract husband keeps acting weird and pushing me away.My thoughts suddenly drifted off too Clark, and my grip on the bed spread tightened. I found a tear escaping through the corners of my eyes, as I recalled what he did to me. Most especially my sister Becky. I trusted her, and spoilt her so much that I never imagined she would ever betray me this way.Suddenly, I felt my throat dry up, and I instantly sat up back on the bed. Reaching for my crutches, I got up from the bed and started towards the door because I needed a glass of water.I could have easily just reached for the bell on the table close to me and
"What?" I asked Kira, dumbfounded with what I had just heard now.She smiled at me, nodding her head again to confirm that it was all true."How? I don't even understand.""Mr Hayden gave the order, Mrs Sarah" Kira replied.I was still trying to process what I had just heard. Just how powerful was Hayden, and just how mysterious is he. One more important thing, why is he doing all this when he knows absolutely nothing about me.I watched them all leave one after the other, and that was when I realized my sister was standing just a distance away from me.The look on her face wasn't pleasing, and I was quick to guess she was quite surprised to see me in a stunning outfit as well as in the same shopping mall with her.Part of my face was covered with a white handkerchief, and I wore a long black pop sock as well in order to cover part of my bruises, but I was sure Becky recognised me even with all that.Feeling thankful that I left my crutches back in the car, I let out a smirk, startin
HaydenEyes fixed on my laptop, my phone started binging like I was expecting it to."Greedy set of fools." I whispered, and picked up my phone."It's just like you expected sir, what should we do?" I remained silent for a few seconds, thinking of what next to do."Make it false, and ensure the rest does the same as well." I replied, and hunged up the call immediately.Staring back at my laptop, I could only think of one person. How was she? And most especially, how did she feel seeing her sister so suddenly.My hands went to my phone again, but then I dropped it back. I should just concentrate and leave Sarah out of my mind.But within 2 seconds, I found myself dialing her number."Fuck."The call ended immediately, when I pressed the red button, and one way or the other I fell back on the bed roughing my hair.My eyes closed, it was opened back by the ringtone of my phone."Hell no."I stared at it for a whole minutes before deciding to pick up the call.Placing it on my ear, I he
HaydenA knock was rasped on my door, making me raise my head to stare at it."Come in." The door opened the next second, and I saw my private investigator walk into my office." Have a seat."He sat down like I had offered, and brought out something from a leather bag of his."Here it is sir, everything you need to know about Becky Lane." He said, dropping a file as well as a tab on the table.I took down my glasses, and then picked up the file first."Look into her husband next, and find out the minor places he goes to.""Yes sir."I was still busy checking out the pictures of Becky, as well as some minor infos about her, but then I raised my head to stare at him."What about my wife?" I asked."Nothing to be suspicious of for now, she's absolutely fine, and I have my boys keeping their eyes on her just in case of any attack. No need to be worried.""I'm not worried, I am just being careful for certain reasons.""Good. You can go now." He rose up on his feet, striding towards the
SarahMy entire body shivered as I walked in along with Clara. I felt uncomfortable, and I could feel the heavy, hard stare people gave me as I walked past them most especially the men around.Their looks only made me wonder if I went too far with my dressing. I was on a crop top, with a pink tight mini skirt, long black heels with heavy makeup. My eyes went round the bar to watch out for Hayden, but no matter how much I looked, there was not even a sight of him anywhere."Let's go order Sarah." I heard Clara's voice, as my eyes kept searching for Hayden."Huh?""Sarah, are you alright? You're literally shaking right now." Clara said, sounding so worried.Her words made me take in deep breaths, that would keep me calm, but nothing was working. Never have I been to a bar before, and it creeps me out especially with the gazes of countless people on me."I'm fine Clara. Over there!" "There's a spare seat over there, let's go." I said to Clara, although my eyes were still desperately s
SarahI was really sure Clark heard it too, and because of that, he gave me a hard stare once his eyes caught Hayden."Let's see what you can do now." I said, boldly staring into his deep brown eyes this time."Listen to me Sarah." He whispered"I really don't know how you got to know a man so powerful, but if any word spills out from your damn lips, then consider your sister dead the next second. I'm not the same Clark I used to be Sarah, right now I'm a big bad wolf who'll come after your entire family if you spill out anything."My heart returned back to beating harder, and as he spoke, my words were caught in my throat."Good girl." He said to me, at the same time, patting my shoulders before walking away.As I turned to stare at him walking away, I also saw Hayden walk past him.Today definitely is the worst day of my life."Sarah, are you alright." I heard Hayden's voice as I tried coming back to my senses."Did he hurt you?" He said again"Get your hands off me, and stay away f
Sarah..My whole body made a little kind of strange movement when he said that. I was still so scared of the media. Nevertheless, something made me happy and I couldn't figure out if it was to pay back Clark, or it was because the marriage was something I was desperately waiting for."You think it's time?" I asked.He clicked his tongue at first, waiting for a long second before replying"You want to get things done as soon as possible, right?'' he asked.I nodded my head in agreement, but why couldn't I tell him about what I heard and found out about Clark. Why the hell am I so scared?"Yes, I do."Then, he smiled again, crossing his right leg against the other. I watched him scan through his wristwatch,"It's late, go to bed now. Tomorrow might just be a long day.""Goodnight." I said, just as he stood up to leave the room, but I got no reply from him.Like a cold dice, he just walked away, closing the door behind himself.I sat on the bed, thinking back to what Clark had said to me