“Love? Where are you going?” Mum asked smiling at me. Her eyebrow raised at me, I was leaving the house without breakfast. Mum, dad, Daniel, Jasmine, and Lilian were sitting on the dining table. However, I wasn’t going to join them. Having not processed what mum made me do last night, I was still annoyed and I worried about sitting with them as not to say something that might cause mum and issue with dad or not to hurt her feelings.
“I’m going out for a bit, the lads are waiting for me. We’ve got work to do” I answered and mum raised an eyebrow but nodded.
“Aren’t you going to join us to breakfast at least? You skipped dinner with us last night” dad said gently and I smiled walking toward him. I kissed the crown of his head and took a piece of toast making him chuckle and shake his head at me.
Walking out of the house, I sighed taking a deep breath before walking to my car, in reality no one was waiting for me. I was just simply annoyed and I wanted to stay alone, knowing that Kiara left the café, I couldn’t go and see her and J didn’t even know where she’d be working as to go and see her if I wanted to.
“Mr. Thomas?” Igor, my father’s driver asked and I raised an eyebrow at him waiting for him to tell me what he wanted. But he shook his head making me frown in confusion only to find mum standing by the house’s door waiting for me. Her arms were crossed over her chest and she kept her eyes on me as she watched my every reaction, studying my expression. Nodding at Igor, I walked toward mum who kept her eyebrow raised at me.
“Need I ask what you’re doing?” Mum asked angrily.
“Going out?” I answered though it somewhat sounded like a question, her tone revealed annoyance and anger and I understood why. Dad might have asked her why I was refusing to sit on the same table with them, he was a man of morals, we had to sit with one another for meals or he had his own rules which he wants us to follow as to keep a certain order in the house. Of course, me being me, I broke every rule he ever put in the house that he no longer bothers speaking to me about them.
“You are refusing to sit on the table with us, you have been secluding yourself in your bedroom since last night and when you do get out of that room, it is to go out…”
“Mum, if you came here to give me a hard time, I am not in the mood” I said stopping mum whose eyes widened at my words.
“You’re doing this because of the girl” mum stated sarcastically.
“Mum, I am leaving, you can work your schemes and leave me be” I said taking a step back and heading to my car. Mum stood by the door, her arms crossed over her chest as she looked at me, she nodded before walking back inside when our eyes met. I knew that she got annoyed and that I’d hear of it when she got the chance but I wasn’t in the mood to think of that right now.
“Gustave, come on. All you have to do is give me her address, I’ll tell her that I followed her here or something” I told Gustave who sighed and shook his head at me.
“I apologize, Mr. Thomas. But your mother has prevented me from giving you any information about the girl’s whereabouts. She would be sure that I would be fired and that I wouldn’t be getting another job elsewhere, I can’t…”
“I understand” I said stopping the man who looked down at his feet avoiding my eyes. I should have expected this from mum, though I had hoped otherwise. I knew mum’s ways and methods, she was a woman of her word and when she didn’t want me or Daniel around anyone. She’d be sure to do everything and I mean everything to make sure that we didn’t approach, speak, or even see that someone “I would appreciate that she doesn’t find out about this”
“That I don’t find out about what?” Mum asked from behind me, I sighed and turned around finding my mother standing behind me with a raised eyebrow. Her eyes hard as she looked at me, she nodded at Gustave who went to serve his costumers “need I ask what you’re doing, Thomas?”
“Are you following me?” I asked mum angrily.
“Yes, I am following you. I am your mother and it is my duty to keep you safe…”
“I am twenty-five, mother. What are you going to protect me from?” I asked angrily not caring that I was drawing attention to us. Mum glared at me and looked at the costumers who turned to look at us with, mum’s eyes flared with anger and she looked at the people who were looking at us. She nodded at me, anger drawn in her crystal blue eyes.
Mum didn’t answer me, she turned around and walked toward the door. Glaring at the people, I turned toward mum and I followed her walking out of the restaurant but mum wouldn’t look at me, anger was clear in the way she walked and the way she looked me in the eye “if you wish to follow the girl, then go on ahead. But you can forget your inheritance, you can forget money, and you can forget your seat in that company”
“The company belongs to father, mother” I said from behind her, mum turned to face me. She took a step toward me, her eyes meeting mine in a challenging manner, I raised an eyebrow at her but didn’t bother speaking as I waited for her to tell me what she wanted.
“You can consider it a challenge, Thomas. I am your mother, your father’s wife, and YOU are underestimating me” mum said raising an eyebrow.
“Am I now?” I asked raising an eyebrow “alright, love. Do your best”
Winking, I turned around and walked toward my car, starting it, I headed to the gym not knowing where else I would go. I didn’t know where else to go, I didn’t want to go to my apartment. Me staying there now would not be good or healthy for me. I knew that for fact, I knew that I would end up taking out my anger on the apartment by breaking everything inside it. Therefore, going to the gym was the best option right now.
Actually, it was the ONLY option right now.
“Did you get into a fight with your mum?” Dad asked the second I picked up the phone. I was at the gym and the only reason I answered the phone was because his call interrupted my music and despite me ignoring the first call, he called a second time.
“Yes, did she tell you about it already?” I asked in a mocking manner.
“No, the media is talking about you two yelling at one another in the restaurant. I had to shut them up about it again…” dad said and I removed the phone from my ear not wanting to hear his pointless scolding. It was always like this, I would somehow get into some trouble that would be caught by paparazzi or people who would be dying to sell some picture or information to the media about me, father would take it down then call to scold me for an hour.
“What was I to do, dad? She keeps following me wherever I go. Mum doesn’t seem to understand that I am no longer a child, I cannot keep accepting that” I said stopping dad who was still taking his anger out on me for whatever news was spread in the media.
“Then prove to her that you’re an adult. Prove to her that you are no longer a child, and stop acting as reckless as you are” dad said and I glared at the boxing bag which was in front of me, the red color tempting me to punch it.
“And how am I to prove it to her? In case you haven’t noticed that you and mum are on my heel, not allowing me to carry any responsibility and when I did ask for one, you two would never allow it” I said casually, I knew that I was playing with fire right now. But it was mum who put the idea in my mind, I never thought of taking any responsibility in any of dad’s businesses, I had my shares. I knew how everything went and what happened when it came to the companies having studied business at university. But I never bothered wanting anything with my dad’s work, I would have done with starting my own.
“Fine, if it responsibility that you’re after then prove it to me. I’ll give you a task to do every day, a few more if I see you capable, and if I see that you’re able to handle them all. Then you can take responsibility of My department’s head office” dad said and I raised an eyebrow though dad couldn’t technically see me. I was not expecting this.
“Are you going to give me the head department?”
“Yes, I have worked there for a long while, if I see that you’re capable. Then you’re in charge of the WHOLE head department” dad said and I smirked glad that I got things my way, actually, I got a lot more than I actually expected. But mum was going to learn that I’m no longer a child and that she can’t threaten me with whatever power she thought she had. Father could easily let her go like he did with the other women he was married to, the one thing stopping him from filing a divorce was me and Daniel.
“Don’t worry, dad. I won’t let you down”
Kiara:“You must be Kiara” a woman wearing a black dress and apron said opening the door for me, I smiled and nodded at her as she opened the door wider for me to walk inside the Brooke’s mansion. The house was bigger than it was in the numerous magazines it was pictured on. I couldn’t imagine anyone being able to clean the place on his own. But then again, I’m guessing that they could easily hire a bunch of maids to clean the place for them.“I am Maria, I will give you the outfit you’ll be wearing and I’ll explain the details of your job here, Mrs. Iris would explain to you what she wants you to do at the company” Maria said and I nodded taking a deep breath as I looked around the house, imagining what it would be like living in a place like this was almost an impossible dream for me. The house was huge, and would fit at least fifty or sixty people easily, no wonder these people rarely rented a place to hold their
Thomas: “Why? Just why would you hire the girl here after you told me to stay away from her?” I asked mum once everyone had left. Her eyes met mine and she raised an eyebrow at me, looking me up and down before she walked back inside the living room. The woman was still angry with me, I was aware of that. But that gave her no right to do what she did right now. The fact that she brought the girl that she knew I had feelings for, the girl that I was with and SHE made me break up with. Why would she be doing so? “Mother…” “How did you even know that she’s here? Weren’t you the one who said that you would be staying at your apartment? So, what brings you here?” Mum asked angrily and I raised an eyebrow at her. “Last I checked this was MY father’s house, whether I was to stay at the apartment or here was MY choice. I don’t think I need to ask for permission on where I’ll be staying” I answered glaring at mum who raised an eyebrow at me. “This may
Kiara:I entered the house after a very long day of working at the Brooke’s mansion, Mrs. Iris was sure to instantly pay me after giving Thomas his drink, and asked me to leave a few minutes later saying that I did a good job and that she didn’t want to exhaust me anymore. Not that she did, I was happy doing what I was.“Grace! I’m home!” I called as I walked through the door, taking off my jacket, having changed back to my own clothes before leaving the Brooke’s house knowing that I couldn’t possibly get on the bus with maid’s clothes on, I would most likely be harassed and I didn’t want that. Mrs. Iris thankfully didn’t mind me leaving the house in my normal clothes. I later learned from Maria that not even she left the house with maid’s clothes on, these people really did treat their workers as humans rather than slaves.“I’m in the living room” she called and I walked to the
Thomas:“Alright, I’ll get them done. You should have them ready in your email before the day ends” I told my father who just had his secretary send me ten emails to look over, review, and check for any mistakes in the financials.“I’ll be waiting for them” dad said before he hung up. I sighed and read through the emails which would be keeping me busy for the rest of the day. I haven’t seen or spoken to anyone since I left the house this weekend. This conversation with my dad was the first in two days, Daniel has been sending me messages but I’ve been too busy with everything that I had to prepare to have time to speak to him, and I know that it was wrong. The kid was probably having it from mum who would be worried sick about me, but I needed time to get used to being alone and the new system that I would be living in.Checking the emails, I started reading through them. Though one person kept running through my m
Kiara:“Is there anything that you need, Mr. Adrian?” I asked smiling. Having brought Mr. Adrian his coffee, he smiled and shook his head, the man was a decent, well controlled human who treated his workers justly. At least that was the case with me, I have been working here for a whole month and so far everything has been going great.“Thank you, Kiara” he said softly and I smiled. Heading toward the door, I was stopped by a question that took me off guard “what is your major, Kiara?”“Sorry?” I asked frowning in confusion.“University, what did you study?”“I-“ I looked down at my feet, embarrassed of his question. Everyone here had a degree when I barely finished high school, having been forced to leave home when I was eighteen. Mum had sent Grace with me to London and the two of us were forced to struggle to stay on our feet, I have been working since to ensure that my sist
Thomas: “Mum? Hi” I smiled standing up to greet mum who came to the office. It being the third or fourth time she came to the office, normally dad wouldn’t let her come as not to interfere with work, and I knew that he probably didn’t even know of her being here. Well, not for long, I knew that it would be reported to him somehow. “Hello” mum said in a sass tone which made me smile. I cupped her cheeks and kissed her forehead making her smile, her and I had somehow gotten past our arguments, that didn’t mean that I went back to the mansion though. I do go there to visit, but I got used to living alone in the apartment that I didn’t want to go back. Jasmine, Lilian, and Daniel tended to come and stay over when they wanted to, which was mostly on weekends. The apartment technically being a penthouse, it had eight empty bedrooms, therefore each got a bedroom and we still had more for guests. “How are you?” Mum asked gently, she cupped my cheeks then looked at me
Kiara:My hands shook as I walked out of the office. Hugging the tray as I fought to stay calm not wanting to show my nervousness, having not seen Thomas for months, the last thing I expected was finding him here in front of me. Well, that was technically because the man never once showed up here. His father often left the office to go somewhere, his secretary always said that he would go to his son’s office, but it always stayed there.“Kiara? Are you okay? You look like you’ve seen a ghost” Diana, one of my colleagues said walking toward me. I shook my head, snapping myself out of the daze I fell into and smiled. I wasn’t one to open up to anyone and I had made sure not to make any friends in this office. Having heard a few rumors which were spread around about me, I made no attempt in trying to prove anyone wrong. But I made sure to keep my distance.“Yeah, I think that it’s lack of sleep” I said calmly, and tec
Thomas:“Thomas, where are we going?” Kiara asked and I rolled my eyes. Her and I have been walking for the past ten minutes because she refused to get in the car with me.“If you would have gotten in the car; we would have been there by now, princess” I said rolling my eyes.“I would rather rot in hell than get in a car with you” Kiara said angrily and I rolled my eyes once again. Having found out that she was to be my ‘waitress’, I was worried that I would end up getting poisoned one morning, and the thing was; I couldn’t even blame her for it. Having hurt her as badly as I did, insulted her, and cheapened her, I couldn’t expect any less from her.“We’re here” I said casually entering a café.“Seriously?”“What now?” I asked standing in front of Kiara who raised an eyebrow at me.“You dragged me out of the office, to co