I stared between Hunt and Nicole,waiting for Hunter to correct her but he didn't. He only grinned and stretched his hands out to her. We have a lot to talk about.
"You know her honey?" I ask with a side grin and clenched teeth.
"Nicole is a good friend" he smiled at the blonde and I blinked. Is this a game? How did he know Nicole and they seem to be so much good friends.
A plump lady came out from the Rivera mansion with a worried expression on her face.
"Ma'am....Autumn won't have lunch" she said with full concern. I held my hands up to say something but Hunt pulled me away.
"See you around" he told Nicole before leading us back into the mansion. I found the nearest chair and sat down burying my face in my palms.
"Tiff. Are you alright?" Hunter asked kneeling in front of me.
"Why call me Tiff when you know who I am?"
He smiled. "I guess I'm just used to it"
"I'm fine" I wiped a lone tear from my cheek. I don't even know why I'm crying but hearing the housekeeper say Autumn won't eat, that made me hurt. Is she starving herself? She doesn't have that usual glow in her face anymore.
"Autumn would be fine. The Riveras love her so they won't harm her" Hunt assured me. is that even his real name?
"You don't know that"
"I do" he reached to wipe the tears on my cheek.
"And what was the meaning of that back there? Are you faking your identity too or what?"
Hunter shifted his weight from one foot to the other before deciding he needed to seat down .
"My name is not Hunter, Elaine"
"I figured" I clenched my fist together. "Your Lucas Grayson! How didn't I even think of that" I sighed getting up moving around.
"Ash said she knew you for two weeks when she told me about you and then the new owner of the bar is Lucas Grayson and you bought the bar four weeks ago" the conversation with Ash after she introduced me to Griffin came running back to mind.
I was just too stupid to think about anything. While he was busy gathering information about me, I was just being clueless.
Hunter got up too and walked to me gripping my hands in his. I pulled away and he frowned. Hunter actually frowned. I don't think I've seen him frown.
"I don't understand why your mad at me?" He voiced out.
"You Lied to me. "
"Your working with a fake identity too Elaine" he said. His tone matching mine. I stared at him with fury.
"Don't you dare turn the tables on me" he's right though. "I'm doing what I have to do for my daughter. You!. why are you helping me?"
I chuckled without humor when I noticed one detail I haven't pointed out and so I did.
"Your even a cop!" I walked to the kitchen to pour myself a glass of water. This heat will be the death of me . Hunter followed behind.
"What does it matter?" He asked and I shake my head in sarcasm.
"Nothing. I'm just a big joke to you. When you figure out all the information you need, you'll go ratting out to the police!" I yelled. I could feel steam letting off the top of my head but when Hunter pressed his lips in a thin line and walked away, I knew I said the wrong thing just now.
He didn't even reply me until he was at the top of the stairs. "Ash called to check on you a while ago" he said and walked away. I slumped to the floor as I cried. There goes my one chance of getting my daughter? What was I thinking? Who cares even if he was using a fake identity?
It's not even fake. He's Lucas Grayson, a billionaire and cop and would be able to help me solve all these in just few weeks.
My phone vibrated and I checked it to see a message from Ash.
Hey girl. call me
I wiped my tears with my gown before dialing Ash number. Her cheering voice made me smile.
"It's just some hours and I miss you already" she sing sang
"Me too" I sniffed. .
"Are you crying? Does Hunt already want a divorce?" She joked and I chuckled. Actually, I think it's me that just signed the paper first.
"No Ash" I told her everything right from when I met Autumn up to when Hunt walked away from me.
"Oh shit! This is bad" she cooed.
"I know. I didn't mean the things I said. I was just upset and insecure" I picked at the bottom of my dress with my nails.
"Tell him your sorry. Hunter is a nice man, he'll understand" Ash said. I'm glad I'm even hearing her voice right now.
"What if he hates me"
Ash busted into a fit of laughter.
"Hunt? Hate you? Never!.....girl, just tell him your sorry"
"Ok. I will"
"Good and make sure to call me often. Don't let married life get into your head" Ash joked again, lightening the mood. I smiled.
"Sure. Bye now"
"Bye love" as I cut the call, I sighed. How should I do this? I hurried to the kitchen checking the cabinets, I was able to put some few things together making cheesecake. Perhaps a little peace offering could help me out.
I strolled to the room Hunt occupies and knocked on the door. His voice boomed from the other side.
I opened the door slightly and walked inside and into a similar room to mine. Only, his own balcony was overlooking the pool area.
Hunter was seating on his bed, laptop on his legs and his eyes followed me as I walked up to him and placed the cheesecake in front of him.
"I made this for you"
He stared at the plate then at me. "We just had lunch"
"I um.... thought you needed it" I said rubbing behind my neck. Hunter just stared at me in amusement. The idiot is enjoying my little show of nervousness.
"Leave it then" he said easing my discomfort. I nodded.
He went back to typing whatever he was typing on his laptop.
"I'm sorry about earlier. I shouldn't have said those things. I was just insecure"
Hunter shook his head. "I've known a lot about you in just two weeks and you thought I'll just betray you like that?"
I wanted to speak up but he held his hands up. Silencing me.
"Now if you just shut up for a second, you'll realise I'm trying to get us to the charity ball coming up"
I stared at him with full grin. "I thought your mad at me"
"I could never" he smiled that boyish smile of his. One I've missed under the few minutes since he walked away from me. I flung my arms round his neck.
"Thank you so much"
"It's nothing" he smiled. A green envelop blinked on the screen drawing our attention. I sat next to Hunt on the bed. He clicked on the envelope and grinned.
"Now all we need, is for you to get a dress"
The fair bob lady in front of me kept trying to steal glances at Hunter. When she tried looking at our direction again, I scowled at her and she cleared her throat looking away.We both stepped into Kennedy & Co boutique. The lady by the counter smiled at us and did a full glare at Hunter. Can I ever stop calling him that? His name is Lucas.I glared at him and he wasn't even noticing all the attention seekers around him. His right hand was tangled with mine while the other punched into his phone. He's here with me beat that.... i grinned stupidly to myself."We're here" he suddenly announced beside me.Once more, we're greeted with a fair blonde but this time, Lucas does seem to know her. He hugged her, kissing both her cheeks."Content de te re voir, Lucas" she grinned at him. While I never paid much attention during french class, now i wanted to gnaw my eyes out fo
Staring at the woman in the mirror was just as inspirational as any motivation I could ever need. Myself. The Cocktail dress I and Jacq finally picked out was as dashing as ever on me. On the hanger it looked pretty and all but wearing it now, I feel powerful. Intimidating.It was a red Sheath/ column off-the shoulder Assymetrical cocktail dress, with sequins. Jacq finalised the entire dress with a pearl earring and diamond necklace."Make sure to not loose this" she said pointing to my neck. I stared at the necklace through the mirror as it shone like thousands of diamonds. It wasn't huge or anything but looked simple and intimidating as ever."Why? Has he got his family fortune on it" I said with a grin but Jacq shook her head. "So what?"She pushed my cheek gently to the side applying a little rosy blush to my cheek making me look plush."You wanna know what's on your neck?"she asked st
My palms felt sweaty and often times, I'd touched the diamond on my neck so the cold feeling of it soothed me. Hunter placed his warm hands on my cold ones."You'll be fine. I've got you" he said with a smile but that didn't stop the nervousness that still ran down my spine."Tell me... how's it going to be like?" I asked him and he looked at me in disbelief and a raised brow."Ethan never took you to charity balls?" He asked and I was shocked to notice how freely he'd mentioned Ethan's name. I don't think I've heard anyone say his name for a while now. Myself included. And Lucas just said it like it was an easy thing to do and like he knew him."Only once and that was before we had Autumn. After then, I just enjoyed staying home with her." I said and smiled in the end. "He never liked the events anyway""Ethan?" Hunt asked and I nodded. God! I can't even pronounce his na
My dark mood was suddenly brightened up when I saw Autumn. She was in a pink flowery dress with black flats. Her short bangs were parked in a tight bun, I feared it'd wound her scalp but she looked neat and lovely.. She took her seat opposite me and next to Nicole.I watched her as she focused on the napkin in front of her before her eyes darted to me and she smiled."Hello" she said in a shy manner. I squeezed my hands together under the table and took deep breaths before replying."Hi little one. Nice to see you again" I smiled lovingly at her."Likewise" she tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ears before looking at her aunt. She's grown so much.I can't believe I'm sitting with my daughter right now. She looks happy to be around people but bored at the same time.I spotted Diana coming over with her husband Ryan. She had smiles all over her face as she talked with
It was nice seeing a most familiar face coming towards our table. Alice Rivera was smiling gracefully at Diana. When she got to the table, they exchanged pleasant hugs.I didn't expect her to come and embrace me too cause she doesn't know Tiffany. She doesn't know me. She shook hands with Ryan and Nicole before smacking Cooper in the head."Good to see you after so long, bedbug" She teased him. That has always been her nickname for him. Alice had nicknames for everyone in the house except Mrs Neveah of course. Speaking of Neveah....I watched as she moved across the room carrying so much aura with her. Her gown was silk gold with sparkling diamond stones. Everyone turned to stare at her. She's Royalty. I watched as the woman who locked me in prison for murdering her son, smiled at the crowd.Everyone on our table got up as she joined us. A sign of respect for the elderly. The sixty eight years old woman to
As the night went on, the diamond on my neck seemed to weigh heavier and heavier. I'd had to listen to Jacob talk about how he bought a hotel from Irish men."Are you here with the Riveras?" Jacob suddenly asked me. I pushed my glass of wine away."What?""I see you sat with them...you must be close to them" Jacob half grinned and I didn't want to take that as a sign for anything."My husband, Lucas is quite familiar with them" I said.Jacob chuckled. "So your Grayson's wife" he clapped his hands together. "No wonder he hasn't taken his eyes of you"I turned toward the curtain to where Lucas sat. He held a glass of red wine and his head was tilted toward the bar."You can say so" I smiled. "About your earlier questions about the Riveras" I moved in my seat so I was closer to him. That way, I can whisper if I have to. "How do you know them?"
It's been four days and I haven't seen Lucas. I know he's sometimes around the house somewhere. But it's just so darn big to even look for him anywhere. four days ago, he hired a cook. She's in her fifties and pretty decent. She also seem to know Lucas from before. She has a daughter Anna.Her name is Lara. She's been a great company to me since she arrived yesterday. We shared jokes and also she even taught me some recipes. She's a great cook.As for Lucas, I wonder if he even has dinner. He leaves the house very early and comes back very late. Though Lara says he eats dinner. I think he's avoiding me.I saw him in the gazebo yesterday but he looked so busy and he was with a man so I didn't approach him. After then, he disappeared. Just like he'd been doing for two days.I spotted Autumn in the garden some few times. She found herself a new bug and she's building him a home in the trees. I usually w
The sound of a huge crash against the wall jerked me up immediately and I was in full panic. I searched the bedside for the lamp. When my hand found it, I clicked it on and then sat on my bed wondering what to do next.If I get out of bed and check through the windows, I might frighten myself but yet again, I'm curious. I reach for my phone by my bed side and turned on the flashlight. As I was about to get out of bed, the door to my room creaked opened and I shrinked in my movements.Too scared to ask who it was, I just got back under the blanket. The besides lamp was low enough for anyone to not see me under the covers. There was movement in my room and then I got a whiff of that familiar honey scent hit my nostrils.'Elaine" Lucas called out and I jerked up again and ran into his arms."There was a noise" I ramble on but his hands stroke my hair."I heard so I came to check up on you fir