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Language: English
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She needs money. He needs a wife. The situation is a win-win for Anastasia and Caleb. To save her family, Anastasia signed a contract to marry Caleb for a year. Starting from a contract marriage, will it end up in a real marriage? Amidst the challenges, will they break a rule from the contract to survive in this marriage? or will they end up losing each other?

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130 Chapters
Chapter 1
(Anastasia's POV)I wake up swamped in my light blue covers, rubbing my eyes as the bright sunlight hits them. I glance over at my clock which is marked 8:05 am. Oh shit! I am gonna be late! Dashing off from the bed and quickly take a shower. As soon I was finished, I dressed in a white plain T-shirt and partnered it down with denim blue pants and black Converse. I apply a powder and lilting to my bare face before I brush my hair and tie it into a neat bun that rested on top of my head. I exited my apartment and headed to the Latte Cafe where I work as a cashier.Once I arrived, I stride inside the shop and was greeted by a warm smile from my co-worker."Good morning, Ana." "Good morning, Jane," I respond.After I set my belongings in my locker, I help Jane to set up everything before the customer dashes in. While doing our chores, Mrs. Smith arrived at the shop with a profound countenance."Ms. Hansley, to my office now." she coldly states.I glance at Jane but she just shrugged wh
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Chapter 2
(Caleb's POV)It was finally the night of the most awaited annual Carter charity event. Unfortunately, I have been feeling under the weather since this morning after waking up from a killer headache. Because of this event, my workload is packed more than ever and I had been traveling back and forth from the Carter main headquarters to several branches to handle management matters personally without a day's rest. I may love working but I also know how to appreciate rest days once in a while. And right now, spending some time alone in my penthouse with a cup of coffee and a book sounded good. I casually fixed my tux while looking at my reflection in the glass window of the library.A part of me is relieved that Lucas is handling the problem regarding my father's Will. Of course, I trusted my cousin. Josh is clever, smart, and an overall good kid. He's a Carter after all but I can't help but worry about him. Sometimes, there's a look on his face that spells trouble. I just hope that th
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Chapter 3
(Anastasia's POV)I followed Mr. Carter. to a private parking lot where all the VIP vehicles are. He unlocked the trunk of his car and took out a brown leather duffle bag, and pulled out a white cotton towel."Dry yourself first. I don't want you to catch a cold." he handed me the towel before putting the bag back in the trunk. He then unlocked the driver's seat and motioned his hand at me to get on the other side."I'll dry myself first. I don't want to ruin the seats. They look expensive."He rolled the sleeves of his dress shirt to his elbows, "It doesn't matter, you can do it inside. Now, get in before someone sees you."Reminding me of how scary reporters can be, I hurriedly hopped in the passenger seat.He started to move out of the car from the parking lot with ease. "So, what's this important thing you were going to tell me?"I looked outside the windows as they go past building by building. "W-where are we going?" I also noticed how the rain seemed to have also calmed down a b
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Chapter 4
(Caleb's POV)After she signed the contract. We headed to her place to pick up her mom and sister. Since she said earlier that they must move out, Josh can't find a vacant apartment near my house or company, so he ended up with a condominium near my company."Turn left..." I followed her instruction on which way is their home. This place looks like a poor residential area, you can see a crowded neighborhood and a loud situation.Somewhere a dog barked, I could hear the risings and fallings of a conversation being held on a porch near the corner, chatting and yapping and playing and shrieking; a car passed on the street, the roaring sound of a motorcycle revving on the other side of the cemetery intrudes like a profanity. How can they live here peacefully?"JUST LEAVE THIS INSTANT!!""S-stop the car, sir." she unbuckles her seatbelt and was about to open the door, adrenaline rushed through me as I stepped on the brake. She jumped off the car and run toward the crowded people. Is she cr
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Chapter 5
Anastasia's POVI stare up at the ceiling in deep thought. What the hell did I get myself into? My life is going to take a drastic turn from this point. Did I make the right choice by accepting this deal? I just signed my life to a stranger himself. I let out a long sigh before standing up from my bed. Enough thinking, Anastasia.I grab my grey sleeping robe and put it on without tying it. While walking to the kitchen, I tie my hair into a messy bun and start making breakfast for my mom and sister. As soon as I finished, the doorbell rang. Striding towards the door, to reveal the most handsome man I've met."Mr. Carter?" I ask confused as to why he was here this early. He raises his hand for a 'hi'. "What are you doing here, Mr. Carter?... Oh! Come in!""I am here to pick you up, we need to go somewhere." He sat on the couch."Uhmm... C-Can we go some other time? I... I still need to explain to Mom about the situation." I keep glancing at my mom's room, but his dark brown eyes gave m
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Chapter 6
(Caleb's POV)The sun rays that peeked through the window collided with my face causing me to bring the covers over my head. I rub my eyes and sit up before realizing that it's already morning.Laying back down on the bed with a sigh as I place my arm over my forehead. I am exhausted from my paper works as I need to finish reviewing the important documents before my wedding this week.The grumble of my stomach distracts me from my thoughts and I decided to go find something to eat. I walk out of the bed and come out at the main staircase. I let my nose guide the way. I could smell eggs, bacon, and best of all freshly made pancakes.I enter the kitchen to find my chef and the back of a woman. The only thing I could see was her light brown blonde-tipped wavy long-length hair that seemed to shine in the light. She was wearing a red patterned flannel shirt dress and a pair of black boots.The woman had turned around, and now I had a full view of her face. Her light blue eyes stared at me,
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Chapter 7
(Anastasia's POV)Today is the day, the day that I have been wishing throughout the week not to come, the day I would be joined in a marriage I never asked for, a marriage that came without a choice.The wedding day.I was already in my wedding gown which Mom and Aunt Susan helped me into and was currently retouching my makeup which I didn't find necessary but Angelica insisted.After the family dinner at his ancestral mansion, everything went very fast, since Caleb had decided to push the wedding to this Saturday, for reasons best known to him."Okay, pretty bride it's time to go," Olivia said when she walked in with Trina. She is the organizer of the wedding, as she is very close to Caleb's family. I wonder why they didn't date."You look beautiful," Mom said with a loving smile. One thing that gave me joy, was seeing my mom and sister smiling and not having worries in life, they look so happy. Tears formed at the banks of my eyes.We exit Olivia's building and drove to the church wh
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Chapter 8
(Anastasia's POV)I was woken up by a tap on my leg. I yawned and shielded my eyes from the light reaching through the windows.The tap on my leg continued, and I could hear Rosalinda's voice calling my name as I slowly regained consciousness."Good morning, madam Anastasia," Rosalinda said, smiling at me.I did my normal yawning and moaning waking-up routine until finally, I was fully awake then rubs my eyes to fully see Rosalinda beside the bed wearing a worried face."Good morning, Rosalinda." I greeted yawning."The boss said I should inform you that you should eat breakfast with him.""Oh really, sorry I...."I wasn't able to complete whatever I was about to say when the door barged open, and an unreadable Caleb came in.He was still in his PJ trouser and a black top, his hands were in his trousers as he stood at the door scrutinizing me that was still on the bed wearing only an undergarment underneath the blanket. I immediately cover myself. I was usually sleeping barely naked, w
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Chapter 9
(Caleb's POV)After our wedding, we were the talk of the country. Our photos were printed in every magazine and newspaper, and paparazzi followed everyone and everything related to us. It was getting on my nerves, but thankfully the spotlight will go away in a few weeks.I will be having a meeting later with some of my investors at the event, and I worked the entire morning together with the paper works, compiling it on my table.After hours of working, I lengthened my arms and opened a drawer to take some painkillers. But as I was about to reach it, the phone suddenly ring."Yes?""Mr. Carter, the charity event will be moved by two hours earlier, as requested by the investors." it was Kent, my secretary on the other line."WHAT?" a tiny gasps from a woman's voice overheard outside my office. "Okay, ready the private chopper." I ended the call as my attention is still outside my office. I don't remember that someone was waiting for me outside.My door was slightly open, that's why I he
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Chapter 10
(Anastasia's POV)He went back to ignoring me from the next morning onward. He didn't even look me in the eye and ignored me the entire day. I only saw him leaving the house since he came home after I slept. And then he ignored me the next day also.I'm totally confused by his sudden gestures towards me.I was sitting on a stool in the kitchen watching Fernando made food as he slightly sway his hips to the music banging from the radio. I know he was doing all this to brighten my mood and I find that very sweet and kind of him.Caleb was a box full of secrets. His entire life was a mystery full of discomfort and despair. His glare was enough to shut up anyone. Especially me, since he had been doing that a lot.I sigh and strode my feet to go back to my room and enjoy my horrible life watching movies. I miss Mom and Alice. Should I visit them? But Caleb warned me not to wander outside without his consent.Everything has been boring lately and I haven't spoken to Caleb since that dinner.
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