Christian clenched his fist in anger and made his way to his dad’s office. He did not know whether he was angry because Serena had hung up the phone in his ear or because she had a pretty solid reason to fear him.
No, he wouldn’t hurt her. He did not like hurting people at all and only did so when there was no other way or when Lucio encouraged him to do so, but the thought of hurting Serena or taking away the baby hadn’t even crossed his mind.
Christian looked at Vincenzo with a confused look on his face and was probably wondering what his friend was doing here— while Vincenzo was probably thinking the same.“What are you doing here?” The two asked each other at the same time.“I came to check up on my employee, what are you doing h- oh...never mind.” Vincenzo had finally realized and looked from my stomach to Christian.“Employee? This is your doing?” Christian asked him and steppe
“You should’ve told your mom first.” Lucio shrugged his shoulders and walked past Christian to avoid his wife.Just as expected everyone had heard about the rumor and all it took for the word to get spread was one visit to the hospital.Christian did not get the chance to tell anyone himself— but instead, they had to hear about the pregnancy from others. He knew that Francesca would be pissed, but he didn’t have the heart to apologize over the phone and wished to do so face to face.
I could not deny that I felt like a princess while I walked through the driveway and made my way to the doorsteps. From the side of my eye I saw the moving van and the boxes I had packed being unloaded and brought inside.An elder woman waved her hand in excitement and had opened her arms. I did not have a single clue who she was but she seemed friendly so I gave her a smile and returned the hug.“You must be Serena, I’m Emmanuella and It’s so great to finally meet you.” She smiled and look down at my stomach. “Let’s get you settled in!”
The next morning I woke up it took me a second to remember where I was staying.The huge king-sized bed and spacious room were definitely not what I was used to— but I had to admit, I slept like a rose and had nothing to complain about.In case I would end up seeing Christian, I took a long shower and put on some makeup which was something I hadn’t done in a while. I definitely did not want to look pretty for him, but I was also not in the mood to look like some corpse.
“Get in,” Christian told me and opened the door for me. I frowned at his demanding behavior and got into the car.Did he always have to be like that?“No personal driver today?” I asked once he sat in the driver’s seat. “I think it’d be pretty embarrassing if my family knew I let you go to this special occasion with another man behind the wheel.” He spoke.“So you think men have to be in control all the time?” I asked him as a joke, but his scoff told me he thought otherwise. “No, not all men but I do.”
Christian intertwined our hands and held me close as he led me to the huge front door of the mansion.“You can’t let them see you nervous, they’ll eat you alive.” He whispered in my ear. A man at the doorstep gave us a polite nod and welcomed us. “It’s very nice to see you, sir.” He greeted Christian.Sir? Must be nice to be respected.Even at the front door, they had people working for them, that was crazy. I tried to do breathing exercises in my head and was hoping for once to not screw things up.
Cesca gathered everyone around the large table and the girl who sat down next to me gave me a warm and welcoming smile.“Make sure you empty your plate, even if you feel like your stomach is going to explode.” She spoke and had a traumatized look on her face. “I’m Dana, by the way, Gio’s wife.” She introduced herself and leaned forward to give Christian a polite nod.“Nice to meet you, I’m Serena,” I spoke, feeling more at ease that someone did seem to like me. The first thing I wondered was how she was even married to Gio.
A week had passed since the horror dinner and the past days had been quiet. Christian and I went back to ignoring each other, and everyone including Emmanuella acted differently towards me as if I was the monster. Since moving out was not an option I definitely agreed that there was no reason for us to talk unless it concerned the baby.Even though it wasn't like I did much anyway, I still felt extremely lonely and it was mainly due to living in a big empty mansion. Faith and Luna texted me now and then, but that was it. They obviously did not agree to me being here and made up excuses whenever I asked them to come over.