His warm breathe gives me shivers. I don’t know why he has this effect on me. I hope I’m not falling in love with him. I quickly disentangle myself from his arms and he chuckles. I have to be careful around him. I don’t want to get carried away by all this.
“Do I make you uncomfortable Amelia?”
“Not at all. Why would you think that?”
“ The way you always react around me.”
“ I just don’t like you, that’s why.”
“You have to be rude in everything! I guess the feeling is mutual!” He has a wicked grin on his face.
I want to say something rude but I decide to keep quiet. I won’t win against him anyway. Sam parks outside some magnificent hotel and goes to open Chris’ door. I want to open my door but Chris grabs my hand.
“You wait here! I will open your door.”
The heck! It’s a command but it’s said in a whisper. I will open my door. We are not in love. He is acting all romantic and I don’t know what he is really up to. I open my door and quickly get out before he reaches my side. He glares at me and grabs my hand.
“Can’t follow a simple instruction Amelia, can you? Always stubborn.” I decide to ignore him. I’m not in the mood for an argument. Not now. I choose to be quiet around him. He notices I’m not willing to talk and shrugs. We walk into the hotel hand in hand without saying anything to each other. A man I assume to be the manager approaches us with a smile on his face.
“Thank you Nathan. Is everything ready?”
“Yes sir. Let me take you to your reservation.”
He leads us to a private dining room. A bouquet of flowers is on the table creating some ambiance. Chris pulls a chair for me and goes ahead to sit opposite me.
“We are okay Nathan. You can now leave.” Nathan smiles and leaves without saying a word.
“You like the place?”
“What are we doing here Chris?”
“Trust Amelia to answer a question with another question. I want us to talk. That’s why we are here.”
“About what exactly?”
“ About you! I want to know everything there is to know about you.”
“There is nothing you should know.”
“There is a lot to know. Let’s start with why you were sacked from Ethan Holdings.”
“I tried to seduce my boss and he sacked me.” I almost laugh at my answer. It’s lie but I don’t care what he thinks of me. A smile twitches on his lips and he stares into my eyes, his eyes burning into mine. He bites his lower lip and I’m almost losing it. I know he is doing it deliberately since there is no one else around.
“And you expect me to believe that?”
“It’s the truth. I’m an asshole. I seduce men and you should be scared for your life.”
He laughs and I try to stifle my laughter but I can’t. I join in the laughter.
“Really Amelia? I don’t mind being seduced by you. How do you go about it? Show me please.” He is chuckling.
“I can’t do it here. Maybe you can book a room or I can come to your office and do it.” I bite my lower lip and he grabs my hand.
“Stop what you are doing Amelia!”
“What am I doing?”
“Biting your lips. I don’t want to see you doing that.”
“ If you say so!” I shrug and smile. I have an effect on him too.
“You were not sacked because of seducing your boss. It’s something else and I want to know. I have been doing a background check on all this and I want to get my facts straight.”
“What is it to you?”
“It means a lot to me. Believe me Amelia. I asked around and was told the same thing but I don’t believe you would do that. You are not that type. Behind that stubbornness is a decent and reputable lady.” I feel flattered by all that. Maybe it’s high time I stop acting stubborn.
“Okay! I will tell you everything. I didn’t seduce anybody. He was making moves on me for a long time but I didn’t give in to his demands. He is old enough to be my dad. He called me to his office one day and tried raping me. I lost it and ended up hitting him on the groin and running away from his office. I didn’t want to stay there anymore. I went home and when I reported to work the following day there was a termination letter on my desk. Reason being, I tried to seduce my boss. That’s how I lost my job.” Tears are threatening to fall but I blink them back.
“Son of a b##ch!” Chris curses and I tremble at his harsh voice.
“Then I started working in your company and you fired me because that b##ch told you to! Is there any difference between the two?” My anger is rising. He is cursing another man yet he fired me out of baseless reasons.
“There is a difference Amelia.”
“Really how? I see no difference.”
“There is a reason I did that. You will understand it soon. I can’t tell you for now but you will get to know why soon.”
“When is that soon?”
“ Sooner than you think. I have been thinking and I want you back in my company. Not as my PA but as an operations manager.” His eyes are burning into mine.
“I can’t. Tina will still be there and I don’t want issues with her. A b##chy girlfriend will always be b##chy. She will never change. I’m not good with cat fights Chris. I better keep my distance. Anyway, I got a good job and I’m starting on Monday.”
“That fast? How come?” he is surprised.
“It’s called knowing people that know people.”
“It doesn’t concern you.”
“You know I will find out soon, right? You can’t keep things from me.” He has a stupid grin on his face.
I know he will find out soon. Just the same way he found out that I was in Heritage and where I live. I’m not telling him anyway. Let him do his research. It seems he is so idle. No, he has people who do that for him freely. How lucky can one get? He has everything at his beck and call.
“I’m not telling you Chris. Do your research!”
Our food is brought. He had ordered for it in advance. He stares at me and his gaze is darkening with time. I love his eyes.
“This is my best game Amelia.”
“I know. You will have to find out on your own.”
He smiles and we eat in silence. We keep on stealing glances at each other. I can’t keep lying to myself. I’m in love with him. I just can’t help it. I want him in my life and my heart is shattering at the thought of him belonging to someone else. Why did that b##ch have to be in his life? What does she have that I don’t and he does things to please her? I have to find out that soon.
We finish up eating and Chris rises up. He takes my hand without saying anything and leads me outside the hotel. I follow him without putting up any resistance. Sam sees us and quickly opens the door. I get in and Chris walks to his side and sits down beside me.
“Back to the house Sam!”
“Okay sir!” He plugs in his earphones and focuses on the road.
“Tell him to take me to my place Chris. I’m not going back to your house.” I feel elated that I’m going back there but I won’t give in without putting up any resistance.
“We are not going to argue about this Amelia. We are going back to my place. You will go home tomorrow.”
“Cut it out Amelia! We are done here!”
I can’t put up any other resistance. I look outside the window smiling to myself. I’m going to his place again. That’s worth celebrating. We get to the house and Chris comes to open my door.
“I thought you would resist that Amelia.”
“I don’t have the energy to. I can be good sometimes.”
We enter the house and Alice wears a warm smile on her face when she sees me. I smile back at her knowing what she wants. I want it too. Chris takes my hand and leads me upstairs to his room.
“I have a home you know!”
“I told you it’s not up for argument Amelia.”
“Seriously Chris, I want to go home. I miss my place and my bed.”
“What’s wrong with my bed? Don’t you like it here? Assume we get married, how will you cope without your bed.” He pulls the word ‘beeeeed’. Sarcasm is at its peak.
Has he mentioned marriage somewhere. I feel elated but I know it’s all a semblance.
“Marriage? That can never happen. You are not my type Chris.”
A smile twitches on his face and he pins me on the wall. He puts his hands on the wall, on either side of my face. He is so close and his perfume and body wash are so intoxicating.
“So I’m not your type Amelia!” his voice is in a whisper. I try talking but all I do is nod. He rubs his nose on mine and I shiver involuntarily. He notices it and chuckles. His lips are so close to mine and I feel tempted to run my fingers on them. His eyes are burning into mine.
I try shifting my gaze to something else but he holds my face in his hands firmly and stares into my eyes.
“ Repeat what you said Amelia!” He is smiling and he has a killer smile. I can’t talk. I’m not in a position to. Why can’t he just kiss me? Why is he taking long to do it?
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