Why Did I Ever Marry You?

Prologue
Vanaya McLoughin is tired of her ex-husband’s, Tarrance, drama woe-is-me-pity parties and blaming her for everything that has gone wrong in his life. She decides to put an end to it! She packs a few belongings for her and her 3-year-old daughter, Eryn (who’s daddy happens to be Tarrance) and hightails out of the country, bound for Australia. Once there, all goes well when she meets a wonderful guy named Matthew Morrow, and after a short courtship, Vanaya has agreed to marry Matthew. But unbeknownst to Vanaya, Tarrance and his mother, Madeline, along with Tarrance’s new wife, Kassie, have been searching for Vanaya and Eryn. Will Vanaya make it down the aisle to marry Matthew, or will Tarrance destroy Vanaya’s hopes of a happy life?
Chapter 1
“Don’ worry mother.” Tarrance told his mother, Madeline. “We’ll find Vanaya and bring Eryn home to us.”
“You better! And Kassie better make good on her promise and have that bitch committed!” Madeline threatened.
“Yes mother.” Tarrance said.
Tarrance was stressed. He was pressured into finding Vanaya and have her committed. Why didn’t he do it when he was married to her. Now it’s up to Kassie, his new wife to do what he was supposed to do. And all because mother wanted Vanaya committed so badly, ever since he first married Vanaya! Vanaya wasn’t as crazy as he let on, but mother wouldn’t hear of it. She hated Vanaya and she hated the fact that she was Eryn’s mother! Mother has caused problems ever since Vanaya became pregnant—bringing up her mother’s smoking and the ill-effects of second-hand smoke. And when it got worse when Vanaya’s sister, Kristy, announced she was gay. Madeline was hard-pressed to have her granddaughter grow up around gays and lesbians. That was why Madeline wanted Eryn out of Vanaya’s life it was my job to have her committed so she’d be out of Eryn’s life and have no say in how Eryn was raised.
Now, it was up to Kassie to get the proof that Vanaya was insane and have her committed! Tarrance hated bringing Kassie into this mess. If she didn’t do what mother wanted, who knows what would happen to his marriage, or Vanaya!
“Tarrance, I got the files. I can proof Vanaya was once committed. She’s going to be locked up in the crazy house!” Kassie said, giving Tarrance a kiss.
“Thanks to Kassie, he have Eryn in his home, but Vanaya was going to be locked up forever.” Tarrance thought to himself. “You got what you wanted, Mother. I hope it makes you happy.”
Now all they had to do was find Vanaya and Eryn…she has taken off for parts unknown and no one knows where….
Chapter 2
Vanaya and Eryn arrived in Sydney, Australia under an alias. Vanaya couldn’t afford to have Tarrance find her or their daughter. Her good friend, Matthew Morrow, got her the ticket and the alias so she get to Sydney, Australia , where they could meet after dating online for a year.
Vanaya waited at the spot where Matthew said to meet him, but she didn’t see him. Instead, she was brought in for questioning by immigration. That’s when Tarrance and Kassie were sitting in the immigration office waiting for officials to bring Vanaya in.
“Well, well, well.” Kassie smirked gleefully. “Bitch! You thought you could flee to Australia under an assumed named!”
“How did you find me?”
“I’m big and bad, bitch! I have friends!” Kassie said proudly.
“I can’t believe you did this Tarrance!” Vanaya screamed at him, giving immigration officials proof of Vanaya’s “Insanity.”
“You see what I have had to go through being married to her?” Tarrance said to the officials.
“Well, she does seem to be insane.” One immigration said to the other.
“Take her away.” The other official said, as Vanaya was hauled away in handcuffs.
Eryn cried for her mother as Kassie reached out to hug the 3-year-old.
Chapter 3
Just when they thought everything was going according to plan and were about to board the plane back to the States, Kassie and Tarrance are brought to the Sydney International Airport by airport officials where they are confronted by an unknown man.
“I understand you are taking this 3-year-old girl out of this country?” the unknown man asked them.
“Well, her mother can’t do it since she’s been locked up.” Kassie told the unknown man.
“Well, let me introduce myself to you. I’m Matthew Morrow. Vanaya’s husband.” Matthew said as she showed Tarrance and Kassie proof of his credentials and the marriage license.
“Vanaya is remarried?” Tarrance asked surprised.”
“Not only that, but she and Eryn are now citizens of Sydney.” Matthew smiled, knowing he just thwarted Tarrance and Kassie’s plan to take Eryn back to the States.
“But, that can’t be?” Kassie said. “Vanaya never lt on she had remarried?”
“And who said I had to tell you two anything?” Vanaya said as she came out from hiding in the next room.
“You bitch! You tricked us!”
“Sorry, but I did nothing wrong!”
“You’re going to pay for this! Eryn will be back in the States soon! So don’t get too comfortable, bitch!”
With Eryn back in Vanaya’s arms, Matthew, Vanaya and Eryn watched airport officials escort Kassie and Tarrance back to their flight.
“How can I ever repay you, Matthew?” Vanaya asked him.
“Marry me. For real.”
“Agreed.” Vanaya told him by sealing it with a kiss.
Back on the plane, Tarrance called his mother to give him the news.
“You stupid fool! You had that bitch locked up! You failed miserably!” Madeline screamed through the phone.

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The Treasure

Synopsis

Shanna Reid is immediately thrust into a mystery when she visits her dying grandmother, whose last words to her are to find her treasure. But a mysterious stranger Shanna meets on the flight to her grandmother, is also looking for the treasure. Just who is the stranger and why does he want it?

Chapter 1

Shanna woke up the next morning…the alarm on her phone singing to the tune of “Good Morning.” As she got up to get some coffee perking in her old-fashioned percolator that her grandmother gave her…she just couldn’t part with it—it was part of her grandmother—she went into her bedroom to pick out her clothing before getting into a hot shower.

Feeling refreshed from her morning shower, Shanna poured some coffee and her favorite salted caramel creamer and sugar into a cup and sat down to check her emails. One email caught her attention. It was an email from her grandmother. Strange as it was to get an email—grandmother always sent a letter because she just couldn’t get a grasp on the email thing—she read the email.

My Dearest Shanna,

You know you are my favorite granddaughter. You need to come to Boston! A.S.A.P.!!!!

Love,
Your grandmother,
Henrietta

P.S. A treasure awaits!

Shanna’s mind was picqued. What could be so important that she must leave now. And what was the treasure that was waiting for her?

Shanna knew she couldn’t leave now. She had just accepted a new position as Chief Editor at the magazine she worked for. Things were a mess with the last editor having nearly run it into the ground. She hated to take time off with the magazine in such dire straits, but grandmother’s email also seemed urgent…and grandmother would’ve never sent such a urgent message if it wasn’t important.

After calling the magazine to give her regrets, she boarded her flight. She was lucky to get a last minute flight on stand-by. She was on her way to Boston.

It was a long, 2-hour flight and Shanna used the 2 hours to catch up on manuscripts to review. As she opened up her laptop, she preceded to get some reading done, but a mysterious stranger sat in the next seat next to her.

Shanna never got any reading done on that 2-hour flight as she got to chatting with the stranger who called himself Rod. Before Shanna knew it, her flight was descending into the Logan Air Terminal and she was on her way to her grandmother’s home.

When the taxi pulled up into her grandmother’s driveway, Shanna got out with her luggage and walked up the path to the front door. Gerald the butler answered the door and escorted Shanna to her grandmother’s bedroom to find her grandmother lying in bed, frail and near death.

It shocked Shanna to her core to see her grandmother lying there. Grandmother was always so full of life. Gerald gave Shanna the run-down on her grandmother’s sudden illness. She couldn’t believe her grandmother was dying.

Shanna sat next to her grandmother and held her hand. As soon as Shanna touched her grandmother’s hand, the life went out of her and her grandmother’s last words to Shanna were: “Find the treasure,” before taking her last breath.

Chapter 2

Shanna couldn’t believe her grandmother was gone. And what did she mean by “Find the treasure?” as her grandmother’s words rang through her head. She decided she would go to her grandmother’s bedroom to find some clues.

Once inside her grandmother’s bedroom, the smell of violets, her grandmother’s favorite scent, brought her grandmother to life. Shanna looked through the nightstand to see if she could find anything. But there was nothing.

Without much success finding any clues to the treasure in her grandmother’s room, Shanna decided to look in living room, but was interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell. As she opened the door to see who was there, a tall, swank, man in shades, stood on the doorstep.

“Is Irena Caldwell in?” the man asked.

“I’m afraid you’re too late.” Shanna told the man. “My grandmother has passed away.”

“Oh dear, this does not bode well.”

“What do you mean?”

“I was sent here to interview Ms. Caldwell on her 100th birthday for my magazine.”

“Well, I’m sorry for your inconvenience.” Shanna told him.

“Well, it’s not a total loss. I could interview you instead.”

“Me? Why would you want to do that?”

“Well, you were her closest relative. She loved you dearly.”

“And how would you know about my relationship with my grandmother?” Shanna asked with suspicion.

“It’s in the news. Your grandmother was a special lady.” The man said.

“Well, okay.” Shanna said reluctantly. “Let’s go into the living room.

As Shanna led the man to the living room, the man scoped for an opportunity to search Irena Caldwell’s home for the treasure his lead led him to.

Chapter 3

While the man was busy looking at her grandmother’s diary, Shanna grabbed the vase next to her and hit the man over the head with it. The man went down to the floor unconscious, giving Shanna time to escape the house.

Shanna knew she was being followed, so she went to her grandmother’s apartment in the city, and made herself comfortable until the man showed up. She knew that nothing would be hidden here, but in the home in the country. Satisfied the man would be out for awhile, Shanna made her way to her car and drove to her grandmother’s home.

Now she had a couple hours drive to her grandmother’s real home to search for clues to the hidden treasure. But what Shanna didn’t know is that the man had a cohort watching and followed Shanna to her grandmother’s estate in the country.

Back at the apartment, the man finally woke up and dialed his cohort, “The girl knocked me out cold and fled the this apartment.”

“Not to worry, boss! I’m on her tail now. Been driving for an hour now, so my guess is the treasure is somewhere in the country.”

“I knew I could count on you.” the man said.

“Well, when she gets to her destination, I will call you and you can be on your way here.”

“Where are you headed now?”

“We’re on Route 99 north of town.”

“North of town, Route 99?” the man wondered. “That’s it! I think I know where you’re headed!”

The mysterious cohort didn’t get to answer as the man abruptly ended the call.

Meanwhile, Shanna was getting sleepy. She only had an hour to get to her grandmother’s estate in the country. Sure she would get there just fine, Shanna continued driving…when she drove her car into the ravine…..

Homewrecker

Introduction
Cassidy Jenkins hadn’t seen her childhood friend, Daniella Thompson, since their high school days. When she suddenly receives a call saying that she is coming for a visit, Cassidy is overjoyed. But Daniella has learned of Cassidy’s recent marriage to Tyler Jenkins, and is jealous of Cassidy’s happiness. When Daniella tries to come between Cassidy and Tyler by making advances towards Cassidy’s husband, Tyler. When Cassidy discovers Daniella’s secret and the real reason Daniella is here, can Cassidy forgive her friend?
Chapter 1
“Hello?” Cassidy Jenkins answered her cell.
“Cassidy?” Daniella asked.
“Daniella?” Cassidy asked surprised to hear from her childhood friend. “I was just wondering about you?”
“I just want to let you know that I was coming for a visit.”
“You are? That’s great, Daniella! You can meet my new husband, Tyler!” Cassidy exclaimed excitedly.
“Yeah, that would be nice!” Daniella replied in a somber tone.
“Well, Daniella, I hate to break off our call, but I have to be getting to work now.” Cassidy told her.
“Yeah, sure! See you in a few days!” Daniella said, hanging up.
Cassidy hung up and began to get ready for work as a paralegal in her father’s law firm, she couldn’t believe she would see Daniella again. It’s been so long—too long! One thing bothered her though—their rivalry over the quarterback James Mitchell, whom both Cassidy and Daniella both had eyes for. It had been an ugly rivalry to which Daniella won the heart of James when the two married right after they graduated high school. Cassidy never heard from Daniella again—until now!

Daniella had packed her few belongings that James had let her have. When Daniella and James first married, it seemed the two were inseparable. They were the picture of happiness—that is for the first two months. Then James changed. He became possessive over Daniella. He controlled her every move, from the friends she had to the family she could talk to.
Things escalated further when James began beating Daniella and leaving bruises on her, even putting her in the hospital a few times. Daniella thought she was a dead woman—until a month ago when Daniella finally had enough and shot and killed James when he was sleeping.
The next morning, she woke in a daze to the news of Cassidy’s marriage to celebrity architect to the stars, Tyler Jenkins. After Daniella’s ordeal the last 10 years, Daniella seethed with anger toward Cassidy. How could she end up happy when she was miserable? It wasn’t fair that Cassidy got what she wanted and she ended up in a nightmare of a marriage. Daniella blamed Cassidy for her marriage woes. After all, Cassidy gave up on James way to easily, and Daniella wanted Cassidy to pay.
That’s when Daniella made up her mind to ruin Cassidy’s happiness at all costs. Daniella intended to steal Tyler away from Cassidy and make Cassidy pay for everything she went through. Her troubled life was Cassidy’s fault.
Chapter 2
“Dani!” Cassidy shrieked with excitement when she spotted her friend in the airport while waiting for her.
“Cassi.” Dani shrieked with fake excitement as she gave her friend a hug, while secretly eyeing Cassidy’s husband, Tyler.
“Oh, Dani, it’s been so long.” Cassidy said sadly. “How did we ever lose touch with each other?”
“I know.” Daniella lied. “I’m sorry for everything.’
Daniella and Cassidy talked about old times while waiting for her luggage at the baggage claim. When it finally came out, Daniella pointed it out and Tyler, like the true gentleman, picked up Daniella’s luggage and carried it to his and Cassidy’s car. Daniella was amazed that they had a driver. No, more like jealous!
As Max drove Cassidy, Tyler and Daniella back to Tyler and Cassidy’s mansion, Tyler poured Cassidy and Daniella a drink from the mini bar in the limousine. As the three enjoyed the drink, Daniella thought about her revenge on Cassidy and how to make the moves on Tyler. He was a man Daniella could fall for with his rugged good looks and chiseled features, those gorgeous blue eyes the color of the ocean—Daniella could get lost in them forever.
“Dani?” Cassidy spoke, breaking Daniella free of her thoughts.
“What? I’m sorry Cassi. I must have been lost in thought.” Daniella lied, as she continued to think about having Tyler all to herself.
“What do you want to do first when we get home?” Cassidy repeated.
“Oh, surprise me!” Daniella told her friend.
“Well, why don’t you two take a swim out in our pool while I make you two some lunch.” Tyler suggested.
“That’s sounds good, honey.” Cassidy said, giving him a kiss on the lips.
Max had just pulled into the drive of Cassidy and Tyler’s mansion. Tyler grabbed Daniella’s bags and followed Cassidy and Daniella up the front steps to the front door as Cassidy pushed the code for the security alarm.
Once inside, Cassidy led Daniella to her room—actually wing—that she would have all to herself. Amazed as she was by Cassidy’s success, Daniella couldn’t wait to take all of this from Cassidy for payment for all her hurt.
Daniella still couldn’t believe that Cassidy managed to get everything while she lost all she had.
“I’ll wait for you out by the pool.” Cassidy said to Daniella.
“Okay. I’ll get dressed and be out there in a few.” Daniella promised.
But first, Daniella had to put the first part of her plan into motion.
Chapter 3
Daniella dressed in her sexiest bikini…a blue bikini…and threw on her coverup. Daniella held her long locks up as she tried to decide whether she should put it up or let hang loose around her shoulders. After a few minutes, she decided she looked sexier with it hanging loose around her shoulders. Satisfied with her look, Daniella grabbed her cell and headed downstairs to meet Cassidy and Tyler out by their pool.
“What took you so long?” Cassidy asked her when Daniella finally emerged from the sliding glass door.
“Oh, just had to get ready.” Daniella expressed as she flung her coverup into the lounge chair and flipped her locks in Tyler’s direction.
“You. . .look nice.” Tyler commented, trying not to get excited by Daniella’s appearance, as hot as he thought she looked.
“Yeah, Daniella, you look great, as always.” Cassidy said, a bit jealous.
Daniella’s performance brought Cassidy back to their high school days. Daniella always seemed to get the guys, even the ones that Cassidy was interested in. She remembered how Daniella took advantage of the fact that she also liked James Mitchell and managed to land James before she could tell him how she felt. Now that she was married to Tyler, it seemed to Cassidy that Daniella was trying to do the same? But Cassidy shook it off thinking that Daniella was above that now. . .we were all adults. . .no time to play childish games we played back in high school.
Daniella went in the pool giving a show for Tyler. And as Tyler loved Cassidy, he couldn’t help but look at Daniella. She was hot and sexy, not that Cassidy wasn’t either. But there was something about Daniella. . .something that he couldn’t take his eyes off of her. He felt guilty for the way he looked at her. . .like he was cheating on Cassidy. . .but. . .he just couldn’t take his eyes off her.
Daniella swam in Cassidy’s pool, all the while, watching Tyler. She liked that he couldn’t take his eyes off her. . .her plan was working. Soon, Tyler would be all hers. And Cassidy would be left out in the cold. . .just as Cassidy deserved. . .
Cassidy, not wanting to watch Daniella’s obvious game, made an excuse to go into the house and get some snacks for them to munch on. When she got into the house, Cassidy opened up the refrigerator and took out the ribs that Tyler would barbecue for their dinner. Cassidy knew Daniella liked barbecued ribs. She placed the ribs on the cart along with the barbecue sauce for the ribs, the spatula, and salt.
When she brought the ribs outside for Tyler to start grilling, she couldn’t help but notice Daniella was hanging all over Tyler as he fired up the grill. Even after a swim, Daniella looked great. She couldn’t help but think that Daniella was after Tyler. . .she hoped she was wrong. . .but she just wasn’t so sure.
“So, Dani, what brings you out here?” Tyler asked, trying to keep his eyes off her gorgeous body.
“My husband died recently and I needed a break.” Dani explained. “I haven’t seen Cassie in awhile so I thought ‘why not?’”
“Well, I think Cassie is glad to see you. . .and catch up.”
“So how did you and Cassie meet?” Dani asked with mock enthusiasm.
“Our jobs.” Tyler explained. “I was an architect to the stars and Cassie was an interior designer we were both working for the same celebrity on their house.”
“Was it love at first sight?”
“No, Cassie couldn’t stand me at first.”
“Oh, really?”
“It took me months to get Cassie to warm up to me.”
“Yeah, Cassie always did seem to be like that.” Daniella reflected back on their high school days.
“But I finally won her over and I couldn’t be happier.”
“Yeah, Cassie does seem quite happy.” Daniella remarked, a hint of jealousy in her voice.
Cassidy came out with the cart so Tyler to begin grilling the ribs. She couldn’t help that Daniella seemed a bit too comfortable chatting with Tyler.
“Hey, you two. . .are you hungry?” Cassidy asked, as if trying to break the ice.
“Yeah, it’s about time you brought those ribs out.” Tyler joked.
“Mmmmmm, my favorite.” Daniella remarked.
“I know. And Tyler makes the best ribs.” Cassidy told her.
“I can’t wait to try them.” Daniella licked her lips seductively, catching a glimpse of Tyler eyeing her.
After twenty minutes of uncomfortable silence watching Tyler grilled the ribs, Tyler finally brought the ribs to the table where Cassidy and Daniella were sitting.
“Ribs are ready!” Tyler announced.
“Yeah. I can’t wait!” Daniella said as Tyler put a rib smothered in barbecue sauce onto Daniella’s plate.
“Mmmmmm.” Daniella said, as she took a bite immediately. “These are so-o-o-o good, Tyler. Cassidy is right. You do make the best ribs.”
The three of them enjoyed dinner and spent a few more hours by the poolside before turning in for the night. As Cassidy watched Daniella head up to her wing, Cassidy and Tyler got into a heated spat.
“Really, Tyler?” Cassidy accused. “You couldn’t take your eyes off of her!”
“What do you mean, Cassie?!” Tyler defended himself.
“The way you looked at her?”
“She’s a beautiful woman, but that doesn’t mean I want her?!”
“She was doing it on purpose!” Cassidy accused. “She wants you! It’s our high school days all over again!”
“Oh, come on, Cassie! You’re paranoid!”
“I don’t think so!” Cassie warned Tyler. “She has an agenda and you’re it!”
“Don’t be silly, Cassie!” Tyler told her. “You know I only have eyes for you!”
“But you couldn’t take your eyes off Dani all afternoon!”
“I can’t take your accusations!” Tyler said, storming off.
Cassidy couldn’t help it. She knew Daniella was up to her old tricks. She couldn’t believe that Tyler couldn’t see it.
Chapter 4
Daniella couldn’t be happier as she listened to Cassidy and Tyler fighting. All she cared about was that her plan was working perfectly. Cassidy was making the usual assumptions she did back in high school. And Tyler didn’t believe her. Soon, Tyler would be all hers. . .and Cassidy would be left out in the cold. . .just where she belonged.

As Daniella made her way downstairs to work on the next plot in her scheme, Cassidy fumed upstairs after Tyler had marched out of their room and into one of the other rooms.

Tyler, on the other hand, decided he wasn’t going to lose any sleep over Cassidy’s paranoia. It was ridiculous that Daniella was coming on to him. She was just his wife’s friend from high school. He had no interest in her. Why couldn’t Cassidy see that?

As Tyler tried to sleep, he heard the door open and someone come in.

“Cassidy?” Tyler questioned the intruder coming in. “Come to your senses, did you?”

But there was no answer, and assuming the intruder left, Tyler tried to go back to sleep. But instead, he felt a warm hand caress his body, and assuming it was Cassidy, turned over and planted a kiss on her.

“I’m sorry, Tyler.” Daniella lied. “I had no idea there was anybody in here.”

“What are you doing in here?” Tyler said, when he realized it wasn’t Cassidy he just kissed.

“I had to find another room to sleep in.” was Daniella’s excuse. “The sheets in my bed were all wet when I went to pull down the blankets.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, Dani.” Tyler apologized.

“I’ll go check out what’s wrong.” Tyler told her. “Just to make sure there’s no leak.”

“No, you don’t have to do that.” Daniella told him. “I’m sure the sheets will be dry in the morning.”

“It’s no problem, really.” Tyler offered. “I pride myself on having a leak-proof home and if you have a leak, I need to fix it.”

“Can’t you do it in the morning?” Daniella asked him, hoping to buy some time before she could get back to her room.

“Okay, I will wait until morning.” Tyler promised her.

“Thank you, Tyler. You’re such a doll.” Daniella said sweetly.

“I think I will go sleep in my own room with my wife, where I belong.” Tyler said.

As Tyler went back up to his and Cassidy’s room, Daniella made her way back to her room and crawled into the bed, knowing it wouldn’t be long before she had Tyler right where she wanted him. . .and Cassidy would be alone. . .just like her.
Chapter 5
Cassidy woke to find Tyler sleeping next to her, snoring as loudly as ever. It kept Cassidy awake and she couldn’t sleep ever since Tyler came back into the room. Not wanting to give into Tyler, Cassidy got up and put on her bathrobe to prepare breakfast. Cooking always managed to make Cassidy feel better.
But when she got downstairs to the kitchen, Daniella was already there dressed in a sexy black dress, cooking breakfast.
“Daniella, what are you doing in my kitchen?” Cassidy demanded.
“Well, I saw how busy you and Tyler were, so I wanted to help out a little.”Daniella told her sweetly.
“Well, I don’t need your help.” Cassidy spat out. “Especially with you looking like that!”
“What’s wrong with how I look?” Daniella asked innocently.
“That dress?!” Cassidy raged. “How many people cook in a sexy black dress?!”
“Well, I had a prior commitment so I got ready and thought I would make you and Tyler dinner before I left.” Daniella explained in her sugar-sweet voice.
“Yeah, I bet!” Cassidy screamed at her. “Why don’t you admit you’re trying to take Tyler away from me!”
As Cassidy threw out accusations, Daniella continued cooking, remaining calm. Cassidy’s ranting woke Tyler, who was still asleep upstairs, came downstairs to see what all the commotion was.
“What is going on down here?!” Tyler exploded.
“I was just making you two some breakfast and Cassie just flew off the handle?” Daniella said in her sugary sweet voice. “And she flew into a rage.”
“Cassie, what is wrong with you?” Tyler asked. “She’s just making breakfast.”
“Dressed like that!”
“I told your wife that I had somewhere to go, but thought I would make you two some breakfast before I go.” Daniella explained as sweetly as possible.
“There, Cassie, she’s just making breakfast for us.” Tyler tried to get Cassie to be rational.
“She’s trying to take you away! Who makes breakfast in that attire!”
“Cassie, she just told us she had somewhere to be after making breakfast.” Tyler continued to reason with Cassie.
“You know what, Tyler, I’m leaving.” Cassie yelled. “If you’re going to take her side, you can have her!”
Cassidy stormed out of the house and to her car and drove off. She had to get out. Drive somewhere—anywhere, but at home. Daniella was ruining their life and Tyler couldn’t see it.
Meanwhile, Daniella had breakfast ready and on the table when Tyler came back. She was sitting at the table waiting for Tyler and Cassidy to join her.
“Breakfast is served.” Daniella told Tyler when he came back to the kitchen after failing to reason with Cassidy.
“Thanks, Daniella.” Tyler told her as he sat down to eat.
“Where’s Cassie?” Daniella asked him, secretly happy inside.
“She left.” Was all Tyler said.
“I’m sorry, Tyler.” Daniella said as she squeezed his hand.
“It’s not your fault.”
“Is there anything I can do?”
“No.”
With Cassidy gone, it was time to make her move. Daniella soothed Tyler’s hand, as she inched her hand further up his arm, rubbing it soothingly. Enjoying the touch, Tyler let Daniella caress him, as he was hurting from Cassidy’s tirade.
Still hurting from Cassidy leaving so angrily and her irrational behavior, Tyler kissed Daniella. Daniella had Tyler right where she wanted him. Tyler grabbed Daniella and kissed her, as the two ended up in a passionate kiss.
While Daniella and Tyler were getting passionate, Cassidy was driving so fast as thoughts of her argument came back to her, making her more angry that Tyler would side with Daniella. The past was coming back to haunt her.
Daniella was coming between her and Tyler just like when they were in high school when Daniella came between her and any guy she was interested in.
Cassidy, seeing the oncoming car through her angry tears, swerved to the side of the road and went off into a ditch.
Chapter 6
As Daniela was busy seducing an unsuspecting Tyler, Cassidy lay unconscious in her car in the ditch with her head on the steering wheel.
A passerby who was making his usual jog, found Cassidy’s car and called 9-1-1 to get the paramedics on the scene.
Then he checked Cassidy’s wrist for a pulse and found one, although very faint.
The paramedics arrived on scene within 10 minutes and rushed to see how Cassidy was. They check her vitals: Temp—98.9, Pulse—110, Respirations—24, Blood Pressure—190/99, O2 sats—70 and falling fast.
The paramedics put an oxygen mask on Cassidy to help get more oxygen to Cassidy’s brain. They reported Cassidy’s condition to the hospital via radio before putting her in the ambulance for transport to the hospital.
“Do you know this lady?” the paramedic asked the jogger.
“No. I found her car while out on a jog.” The jogger asked.
“Well, does she have any identification?”
“I saw a purse in the car.” The jogger told the paramedic. “It said Cassidy Jenkins.”
“Thank you sir.” The paramedic said. “We will give her husband a call.”
As Cassidy was on her way to the hospital, the paramedic riding in the ambulance gave Tyler a call.
Back at Tyler’s home, Daniela was about to unbutton her blouse to give Tyler a show after kissing him passionately when the phone near the bed began ringing.
“I’m sorry, Daniela, but I must get this. It could be my employer.” Tyler said, feeling guilty about what he was about to do with his wife’s friend.
“Hello?” Tyler said, after picking up the phone by the bed.
“Mr. Jenkins?” the paramedic said.
“Yes, this Tyler Jenkins.”
“I’m afraid to tell you, but your wife is being taken to the hospital.”
“The hospital? What happened?” Tyler asked the paramedic.
“There’s been an accident. Your wife is holding her own, but is unconscious.”
“I’m on my way!” Tyler said, hanging up and pushing Daniela off the bed and putting his pants and shirt back on, making Daniela a little ticked off.
“Can’t you forget about Cassidy?” Daniela said selfishly.
“Who the hell are you?” Tyler accused. “I thought you were her best friend?”
“Oh fine. Have it your way.” Daniela said with irritation.
As Tyler left Daniela alone on the bed, Daniela felt hurt that Cassidy always seemed to win.
“Damn you, Cassidy!” Daniela said. “You won’t win this!”
Chapter 7
Daniela was left to sulk after Tyler fled to the hospital to see Cassidy. When he got there Cassidy was admitted to her room where she was resting peacefully. Or so the doctors and nurses thought. But Cassidy was having anything but a peaceful sleep. Despite being in a coma, Cassidy was wracked with nightmares that Tyler had left her for Daniela.
When Tyler held Cassidy’s hand, Cassidy’s eyes twitched. She wanted to wake up but something was preventing her from doing so.
Suddenly, Cassidy’s monitor started beeping and Cassidy was in cardiac arrest as doctors and nurses entered Cassidy’s room with a crash cart to begin CPR on Cassidy.
A nurse’s aide shuffled Tyler out of Cassidy’s room, despite Tyler’s objection to remain in the room.
Several minutes later—it seemed like an eternity to Tyler—the doctor came out to give Tyler the news:
“Cassidy was poisoned.”
“Poisoned?” Tyler asked in surprise. “Who would do that?” Then he thought of Daniela. Could she have done this?
“We have given your wife the antidote and are waiting to see if she responds to the treatment.” The doctor informed Tyler, just as Daniela arrived to check on her friend.
“Is Cassidy alright?” Daniela asked sweetly, almost too sweetly it made Tyler suspicious.
“Mr, Jenkins will give you the details.” The doctor told Daniela before walking away.
“Doctor, can I go see her?” Tyler asked the departing doctor.
Tyler felt a hand on his shoulder as Daniela tried to comfort him, but he pulled away from her.
“Leave me alone.”
“I just want to help.”
“After trying to seduce me?”
“I couldn’t help myself.” Daniela defended herself.
“I love my wife.”
“I know. And I’m sorry.”
“Well, if you’re so sorry then you’ll pack your things and leave our home.” Tyler lashed out at her.
“Okay. If that’s how you feel.”
Tyler didn’t say a word. He just left her standing there as he walked on to see Cassidy.
“Fine. Have it your way, Tyler! For now!” Daniela whispered to herself, as she went back to Tyler and Cassidy’s home and packed her things and then headed for a motel.
Chapter 8
Daniela didn’t feel the least bit sorry for her seduction attempt on Tyler. Cassidy deserved to lose Tyler and Daniela was determined to sleep with him and destroy Cassidy’s marriage, the way she destroyed her marriage.
Daniela flashed to the night before her husband, Stefan, and her fight the night before he died when he confronted her over what Cassidy had told him about cheating on him. It was a bitter fight between them that led to a heart attack that ultimately killed him.
It was from that moment on, that Daniela vowed revenge on Cassidy by seducing Tyler. She couldn’t believe that her best friend would rat her out about her one-night stand with an office worker. She told that secret to Cassidy in confidence. But little did Daniela know, it wasn’t Cassidy who told the secret to Daniela’s husband—the person who told Stefan not to tell Daniela who told him. That’s when Stefan lied and said it was Cassidy.
In an undisclosed location, a mystery figure was calculating his revenge as Daniela was driving to the hospital to visit Cassidy.
Daniela parked her car and checked in with the front desk at the hospital. Heading to Cassidy’s room, Daniela attempted to gain Cassidy’s forgiveness before Tyler could spill the beans about her seduction attempt.
And it was a good thing Tyler had to go to the office to meet with clients about their plans for the house he was designing for them.
“Cassidy.” Daniela said, knocking on Cassidy’s door.
“Daniela?” a groggy Cassidy said upon waking from a deep-drug –induced sleep.
“Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t visited. Been busy.”
“That’s okay.”
“So, how you been feeling.” Daniela said, breaking the ice between them.
“Lonely. I miss Tyler.” Cassidy said depressed.
“Well, I’m sure he’ll be by shortly.” Daniela encouraged her.
“Yeah.” Cassidy said unenthused after her and Tyler’s argument.
“Hey, he loves you.”
“Yeah. You think so?” Cassidy’s spirits perked up.
“Yeah. He told me so after a long discussion.”
Cassidy felt a little better after Daniela told her about Tyler.
“So, I just wanted to apologize for any inconvenience I may have cause you and Tyler?” Daniela told her.
“That’s okay. I forgive you.” Cassidy told her, as she fell for Daniela’s story.
“Friends?” Daniela said with crossed fingers behind her back.
“Friends.” Cassidy said as the two besties hugged each other.
“So when do you get to break this pop stand?”
“I don’t know. The doctor is due any time.”
“Well, when you do get out, what you say, we go for a burger and fries?” Daniela offered.
“Sounds good.” Cassidy agreed.
“Well, I’ll let you get some rest.” Daniela said as she headed for the door.
“Thanks, Dani.” Cassidy said before Daniela disappeared.
Daniela smiled knowing she had duped Cassidy into forgiving her. Cassidy was always a sucker for forgiveness. As Daniela got into her car and turned on the ignition, she was unaware that she was being followed.
Chapter 9
Daniela was driving back to Cassidy and Tyler’s home when she looked in the rearview mirror and noticed a police car with flashing red and blue lights. Pulling over to the side of the road, hoping the cop would pass her by, Daniela waited on the shoulder, since she wasn’t doing anything illegal.
But the car didn’t pass her by but pulled up behind her car. The officer got out of the car and walked up to Daniela’s window, tapping on it as Daniela rolled it down.
“Is anything wr—-“ Daniela started to say but was shocked when she realized who it was. “James?”
“Daniela, darling!”
“You’re dead?”
“No, Daniela, I’m not!”
“But how did you survive the fire?”
“I got out before the smoke and flames consumed me.”
“But, they found a body?”
“Well, obviously, it wasn’t mine!”
“I got to get going, James. I’m expected at a friend’s home.”
“Well, it was nice seeing you, Daniela.”
Daniela drove off creeped out that James was alive after she was sure he had died in the fire. Daniela got back to Cassidy and Tyler’s where Cassidy was recuperating from being in the hospital. She sensed Daniela was in a frantic mood when she came in to the living room.
“Dani, are you okay? You look as if you’ve seen a ghost?”
“I have.”
“What?”
“My husband?! He’s alive!”
“What? James is alive? But you never said he died?”
“It was too hard to talk about, Cassie.” Daniela said, covering for her lie.
“How did you find out?”
“A cop pulled me over and when he walked to my car window, it was James.”
“I’m so sorry.”
Cassidy comforted Daniela, who was distraught at James’ sudden resurrection.
Meanwhile, back at a motel room, James stood in front of the bathroom mirror, laughing as he pulled off his mask, revealing an old classmate of Daniela and Cassidy’s, Jeremiah Tompkins, who was in town to seek revenge on Daniela for dissing him back in high school.

Pokemon Frenzy: The Journey

Introduction
12-year-old Jared Coleman was addicted to Pokémon. His first video game was a Pokémon game and has collected Pokemon memorabilia and games since they first came out. But when the latest Pokémon Go virtual game comes out, Jared downloads the app without hesitation. And he has one journey after another. What will Jared encounter on his Pokémon journey?
Chapter 1
“Hey, Jared, you got the new Pokémon app yet?” his best friend, Xavier Richmond asks.
“Not yet.” Jared says sadly. “But I will.”
“Dude, you have to do it now.”
“But we’re in school?” Jared reminds his friend.
“So! Who cares?” Xavier says, tempting Jared. “Mrs. Springer’s literature class is boring. She’ll never notice.”
“I’ll do it after class.” Jared promises.
“C’mon! It’s the latest craze!”
“Okay.” Jared says giving in as he pulls out his Apple iPhone 6s and pulls up Google Play to download the Pokemon Go! App.
A few minutes later, Jared’s iPhone lets him know the app is successfully downloaded.
“Success!” Jared whispers in Xavier’s direction with a thumb up, who smiles back.
“We’ll play on our way home from school.” Xavier tells Jared.
Just then, Mrs. Springer notices Jared and Xavier talking to them and calls on them.
“Jared, who is the narrator of the “Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart?’” Mrs. Springer asks as the class is in discussion.
“Ah. . . . .” Jared stammers.
“It figures. You two boys weren’t paying attention to the discussion.”Mrs. Springer scolds. “You and Xavier are to report to detention after school.”
“Yes, ma’am.” Xavier and Jared says simultaneously as they nod in agreement.
The bell rings signaling the end of the school day.
“Xavier. Jared. I mean what I say. Report to detention immediately.” Mrs. Springer says to the two boys.
“Yes, Mrs. Springer.” Jared tells her as he and Xavier pick up their books and head to their lockers to get their backpacks and head to detention.
“I can’t believe we got detention for not paying attention in class.” Xavier says.
“Hey, be thankful she didn’t take our phones away for playing with them in class.” Jared reminded his friend.
“Yeah, you’re right.” Xavier said, nodding in agreement.
Jared and Xavier enter Room 130 where detention was being held. The two boys groaned when they saw it was heading the detention for the day: Old Croaker as students referred to him, Mr. Coughlin was his real name and students didn’t care for his teaching methods.
“Boys, you’re late.” Mr. Coughlin stated when Jared and Xavier arrived.
“Sorry, Old Cro—“Xavier started to say but bit his tongue. “Er, Mr. Coughlin.”
“Take a seat, boys.” Mr. Coughlin demanded. “For being tardy, you two are to do an essay on the topic of our science lesson, Mendelssohn’s genetic theory, which will be due tomorrow in science class.
“Yes, Mr. Coughlin.” Jared said as Xavier nodded in agreement.
As the boys studied for the hour in detention, the bell finally rang as Jared and Xavier began to get up, but before they could get out, Mr. Coughlin reminded them both of their assignment for being tardy.

Walking home after detention, Jared pulled out his iPhone and opened up the app to Pokémon Go! As Xavier did the same. Immediately, Jared got a Bulbasaur.
“Wow! Xavier, I got Bulbasaur!” Jared exclaimed.
“You lucky dude!” Xavier said with jealousy. It took Xavier an hour to get his first Pokémon.
The boys played the game while walking home and were 2 hours late when they arrived at Jared’s house. Jared’s mother was a more than a little mad when Jared walked in the door.
Chapter 2
“Playing that game again?!” Jared’s mother said a little irritated.
“Sorry mom!” was all Jared could find to say.
“Don’t sorry me!” Jared’s mother yelled. “Get up to your room now!”
“Yes, mom.” Jared said as he climbed the stairs to his room.
“And after I decide to call you down, we’ll discuss your behavior!” Jared’s mother called up after him.
Jared opened the door to his room to find it a mess. Was this the reason why his mother was so mad at him? Jared wondered. Jared sat down on his messy bed and picked up his iPhone to play Pokémon Go!
“Oh no you don’t!” Jared’s mother said, as she opened Jared’s bedroom door and grabbed his iPhone. “I knew you would start playing that silly game!”
Jared reached for his laptop, but his mother took that with her too.
“No technology for you!” Jared’s mother spat out. “Pick up this room instead!”
As Jared looked at the mess in his room, he sighed as he would have a technology-free night. What was he going to do? He couldn’t live without his iPhone. His very world depended on it. Gaming was his life! He knew no other way to live!
So he pushed everything off his bed onto the floor and went to sleep until his mother called him out of his room. He’d be damned if he was going to pick up his room.
Chapter 3
“Mom, I need my iPhone!” Jared yelled from his room where he was supposed to pick up his room, but he didn’t want to. He wanted his iPhone back.
“Pick up your room and you can have it back!” Jared’s mother yelled back at him.
Begrudgingly, Jared began picking up his room. Yes, he gave in. It’s was the only way he could get his iPhone back. And he needed to meet the gang at the park so they could play Pokemon Go.
After a miserable 15 minutes, Jared finally had his room picked up and as promised, and against her wishes, Jared’s mother gave back Jared his phone.
“Thank you mom.” Jared hugged his mother as he grabbed the phone from his mother’s hand and ran out the front door to meet his friends at the park.
20 minutes later, Jared found his friends waiting for him at their “bench” in the park.
“Hey man. What took you so long?” Chase asked him.
“Would you believe my mother made me clean my room first?!” he told him irritated.
“Oh, man, the horror!” Chase said. “That’s rough.”
Jared turned on his phone and pulled up the Pokemon Go app and they were on the lookout for Pokemon. Their first discovery led them just 20 yards away where they encountered Bulbasur.
Chapter 4
It took a few minutes, but Jared finally had Bulbasur captured. His friends were not so lucky. While looking at his phone playing the game, Xavier ran into the street when the game directed him to go and didn’t see the oncoming car and was hit.
Jared dropped his iPhone on the ground and ran to see if Xavier was okay. Running over to where he dropped his iPhone, and luckily, it was okay, called 9-1-1 to have EMTs dispatched to the park.
Jared waited near Xavier until paramedics arrived to tend to the boy’s injuries while Jared watched.
Conscious and awake, it seemed Xavier only sustained a few broken ribs and a broken leg and arm. Paramedics put Xavier on a gurney and loaded him into the ambulance where he was taken to the hospital.
Jared called Xavier’s mother so she could meet him at the hospital.
Jared and his mother, who Jared called to meet him at the hospital, were at the hospital when Mrs. Springer arrived at the hospital in a frantic state.
“How is my son?” Mrs. Springer asked a nurse at the nurses station.
“Name?”
“Joanne Springer. My son, Xavier Springer was brought in.”
“Yes, he’s in cubicle 3.” The nurse told Mrs. Springer abruptly as she rushed off to another patient.
Mrs. Springer went into see her son, who was in fine spirits despite Mrs. Springer’s mood.
“Mrs. Coleman, I’d like a word with you?!” Mrs. Springer said bitterly to Jared’s mother.
“Is Xavier alright?”
“Yes! No thanks to that stupid game!”
“You’re blaming that Pokemon game on Xavier’s accident?”
“No! I’m blaming your son!”
“What has Jared got to do with Xavier’s accident?”
“He got him hooked on that stupid game, Pokemon Go!” Mrs. Springer yelled at Jared and his mother. “He was looking at his iPhone playing that game when he was struck by a car!”
“Mrs. Springer, I see where you are coming from.” Mrs. Coleman said sympathetically, as she glared at Jared. “Jared, give me your iPhone.”
“But mom!” Jared whined.
“A whole week without his iPhone! What was he going to do now?!” Jared fumed.

The Phantom Man

This story came to me in a dream I had last night and upon waking up, I started Chapter 1.

Chapter 1
The day had began just like any day. Gray, overcast clouds had hung in the sky. I was sitting outside in my lawn chair, drinking a cup of coffee—my usual morning routine. A haggard, old man who appeared from nowhere came up to me and asked for a spot to sleep.
He looked like he hadn’t had any sleep in days, so, in my generosity, I offered him a room to sleep. He seemed relieved as I showed him inside and up the stairs to a room on the corner of my two-story home.
As soon as the old man’s head hit the pillow, he was asleep instantly. As I headed back down stairs to my chair on the front porch, that’s when things went crazy. A young woman in her 20s happened by and seeing my generosity with the old man, assumed I would give her a place to sleep too.
Not wanting to disappoint, I too led her inside and up the stairs to a room next to the room the old man was sleeping in.
Little did I know the horror that would come just by being generous….
As soon as I sat down in my lawn chair to do some reading and finish my coffee, I jumped out of my chair when I heard a blood curdling scream. I ran inside and up the stairs to the room the woman had been sleeping in, when I found her dead in the bed.
I immediately went to check on the old man in the next room and he was sleeping soundly like a rock. I shook him to wake him and he wouldn’t budge.
I then went down stairs and called the police about the dead woman in my home.
When police and investigators arrived at my home, they questioned me profusely for hours. My home was now a murder scene and I could not offer any guests a place to stay until after their investigation was over.
As I went over my story with the officers, one thing came to mind—after the death of the woman, I saw a strange black fabric appear on the floor outside of the door to the woman’s room, then disappear soon after…a fact I withheld from the officers, not thinking it was a substantial piece of evidence.
When the officers finished interrogating me, they closed of my home so guests would be deterred from coming by my home. It would be a while before I found myself offering someone a place to sleep because the untimely death would haunt me for days, as I wondered what happened to the woman?

Revenge of Jerry Chandler: Book II-When Love Hurts

Book II:Revenge of Jerry Chandler to “When Love Hurts”

As Marshall and Tanya begin dating after breaking up with Khrystyna, an explosion rocks the high school, leaving students and staff confused as to who could have done it. Jerry Chandler, the bullied teen of Khrystyna, Tanya, Marshall, Jon, Tyler and the rest of the classmates who picked on him, continues his revenge on his classmates. Will they figure out it was Jerry, or will Jerry be able to plot revenge on his unsuspecting classmates?

Also, a new girl arrives and plays havoc into Marshall and Tanya’s romance. Who will win Marshall’s heart: Khrystyna, Tanya, or the new girl?

Chapter 1

There is mayhem in the gymnasium as emergency crews are called to the scene. As Jon and Tyler manage to come out of this unscathed, Tyler is sick with worry that he can’t seem to find Khrystyna. And Marshall, comes to with a few minor injuries, but it’s Tanya who is trapped beneath a large sheet of board. Marshall screams out for help and a rescue worker responds to Marshall’s screams, as the two manage to pull the heavy board off of Tanya. She is still unconscious and rushed by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

It is Tyler is in total shock when he finally finds Khrystyna trapped in another room with noxious gases inside. It seems Khrystyna couldn’t bear the thought of watching Tanya and Marshall and their dance, that she slipped away unnoticed, into the empty classroom nearby. Trying to be the hero, Tyler busts the door into and grabs Khrystyna just as she is about to lose consciousness from the fumes. He manages to bring her outside where rescue workers notice Tyler bringing Khrystyna outside and they take Khrystyna to an ambulance for treatment.

But far off, unseen, but watching all this happening, is emcee of the Prom, Jerry Chandler, the nerd who has been bullied all year long, is congratulating himself for a job well done at getting back at all the students for poking fun of him and bullying him all year long.

Chapter 2

With class back in session on Monday after the explosion in the gymnasium on Friday night at the Prom, the students are all saddened as they walk by the roped-off gymnasium. There is talk that maybe it was a terrorist act or hate-crime or something. Students, teachers, and staff just can’t believe what happened and everyone is wondering who would do such a thing.

Jerry Chandler is sitting at a table in the school library, working on his next plan to get people to notice him and how they all treated him.

Meanwhile, Jon and Tyler, are discussing the night of the Prom and how their plan to ruin Tanya was foiled by whoever set that explosion off.

“So, Jon, who do you think caused the explosion Friday night at the Prom?” Tyler asked.

“I don’t know Tyler, but I’m mad as hell that it ruined our plans to ruin Tanya’s night!”

“Yeah! I know what you mean!” Tyler laments, suddenly realizing he was going to tell Khrystyna how he feels about her, and how it was gone.

“So, has anyone heard about Tanya and Khrystyna and the others who were hurt?”

“I think most everyone is back in class, with a few still in the hospital.” Tyler informs Jon.

“That’s good! Glad to know no one was really hurt. I was just about to push the play button to start the video, when the explosion hit.”

“I wonder who did it too, and why?”

As Jon and Tyler are discussing what happened the night of the Prom, Jerry Chandler walks by and manages to overhear their conversation. He thinks to himself, “You’ll never know what happened the night of the Prom; at least not until I let you and everyone else in on my plan to bring all you goody-two-shoes down for ruining my senior year Hill Country High.

Chapter 3

As friends and classmates welcome Khrystyna and Tanya and the others who injured in the explosion the night of the prom, Jerry looks on, with revenge on his mind. He can’t believe how nobody pays attention to him except to bully and make fun of him. Well, he is tired of everyone making fun of him, and he intends to make them sorry for all the cruel jokes they have all played on him.

Marshall pulls Tanya to the the side of the hallway where no one can see them as he gives Tanya a heartfelt kiss.

“Gee, I’m so glad you’re alright!” Marshall tells Tanya.

“I’m so glad you found me when you did. I really thought I was going to die.”

“I wasn’t going to give up until I found you. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you.”

“You really like me?”

“I think I’m starting to fall in love with you, Tanya.”

“But what about Khrystyna?”

“She’s in the past. Besides, she’s got Tyler. She just doesn’t know it yet.”

Tanya wraps her arms around Marshall and plants a big kiss on his lips. She doesn’t want this moment to end, ever. But, alas, Khrystyna is saddened when she spies Marshall in a warm embrace with Tanya.

Thinking to herself, “That should be me, Marshall is kissing. Dammit, Tanya, why do you always ruin everything for me?”

Just then, Tyler comes from behind Khrystyna, startling her.

“Dammit, Tyler, what do you want!?”

“Just wondering what you are doing?”

“Nothing!”

“Hey, Khrys, will you have dinner with me tonight?”

“Uh, gee, Tyler, I’m kinda busy tonight.”

“O. K. Never mind then.” Tyler says, looking sullen.

Khrystyna walks off to her class by herself as Tyler tells himself that he will find a way to get Khrystyna to fall for him.

Chapter 4

Jerry is working on his project for the next dance, the-end-of-year dance, when Khrystyna sees him sitting all alone during lunch hour.

“Hello, Jerry. How are you doing?” Khrystyna says, sitting down next to him.

“Ah, hello, Khrystyna.” Jerry replies, caught off-guard.

“What you working on?”

“Just a special project.”

“Can I see it?”

Jerry quickly closes his notebook, not noticing an important sheet of paper that has fallen on the floor by Khrystyna’s foot.

“No, thanks, Khrystyna. Besides, I just noticed I’m late for an appointment with the counselor.”

Jerry quickly rushes off leaving Khrystyna alone. She notices the piece of paper that fell from Jerry’s notebook, picks it up and is shocked as to what she sees on it. She can’t believe what Jerry has planned for the end-of-the-year-dance. She notices Tyler sitting down at a table alone with his lunch tray. She goes over to him to let him know what she found out.

“Hi, Tyler.”

“What do you want, Khrys?!”

“I need to talk to you. It’s important.”

“Yeah, it always is! Go away, Khrys! I’m tired of you always pushing me away!”

Tyler starts to leave as Khrystyna blurts out her next message.

“But, Tyler! I know who was behind the explosion the night of the prom.”

Curious, Tyler turns back around.

“Yeah, who do you think it was?”

“Jerry Chandler.”

“Why, pray tell, do you think it’s him?”

“Because of all the bullying he’s suffered by us all. Look at this!” She shows him the piece of paper that fell from Jerry’s notebook.

Tyler looks at it, stunned. “I don’t believe this. You say this came from Jerry’s notebook?’

“Yes. What do we do?”

“Can I borrow this, Khrys?”

“Sure, but what are you going to do with it?”

“I’ve got to show this to someone.”

“Okay.”

“Thanks, Khrys. You may have just saved the dance. Gotta go.”

Khrystyna watches as Tyler rushes out of the school lunchroom, curious as to what he is up to.

As soon as Tyler is out of earshot, he calls Jon and tells him what Khrystyna found, and they arrange for a meeting to discuss what to do.

Chapter 5

After leaving Khrystyna, Tyler immediately goes to Jon’s home to show him the note that Khrystyna found. Tyler arrives at Jon’s and knocks on his door.

Jon comes to the door and seeing that it is Tyler, opens it. “Oh hi Tyler.”

“Jon, we have a slight problem with the plans.”

“What could that be, Tyler?” Jon asks, a little perturbed.

“I think I know who it was that caused the explosion the night of the prom.”

Tyler shows the note that Khrystyna showed him from Jerry.

“So, that little punk is the reason for all this. Well, Jerry Chandler is not going to get away with this!”

“What’s wrong, Jon?”

“Jerry is the reason why we couldn’t bring Tanya down. We need to have a talk with Jerry.”

Jon brings out his cell from his pocket and dials Jerry’s number. Jerry picks up on the second ring.

“Hello?” Jerry asks, answering his cell.

“Jerry…this is Jon. We need to talk. Like right now. When can you get over here?”

“Oh, hi Jon. I can be right over in about about ten minutes.”

“Good. Make it quick.”

Jon hangs up his cell. Turning to Tyler, “Jerry will be here in a few and we’ll get to the bottom of this.”

As they wait for Jerry to arrive at Jon’s home, the town is rocked by another explosion at the town deli.

Chapter 6

Jerry arrived at Jon’s home where Tyler and Khrystyna were waiting for him. They wanted an explanation about his plot to ruin the end-of-the-year dance.

“Yeah. Jerry.” Jon said. “We need you to answer some questions for us?”

“Sure, what about?”

“Khrystyna found your note that suggested you had a plot to ruin the end-of-the-year dance?” Jon accused.

“That piece of paper isn’t mine.” Jerry said dodging the accusations against him.

“But it fell from your backpack as you were leaving the courtyard yesterday.” Khrystyna mentioned.

“Oh, I can explain.” Jerry said as he thought of a reason to get out of the accusations they were accusing him of. “My friend, Tim, gave this to me as a joke.”

“So, you’re trying to tell me that this piece of paper is just a cruel joke by you and your friend?” Jon said angrily.

“Yeah, man!” Jerry defended himself. “Do you think I could actually do something like this?”

“Well, you do have a point.” Jon said as the others nodded in agreement.

“So, am I free to go?” Jerry asked.

“Yeah, sure. Go!” Jon said.

Jerry left as fast as he could go. He narrowly escaped their accusations. It was a good thing they were all so dense that they believed his story…the idiots! They actually think he would be that stupid as not to have the knowledge to plan a plot to ruin the end-of-the-year dance? Well, it served all of them right for believing his story. They would see by the end of year!

The $Billion Dollar Promise

Introduction
Alisha Thompkins falls head-over-heels in love with the new guy, Hadley Jamison, at school. But due to competition from her best friend, Chelsea Grimes, Alisha does the only thing she knows and backs down. As Hadley and Chelsea grow closer, Alisha watches from the sidelines. But when a tragic accident injures Hadley, he makes a request from Alisha, that leaves Chelsea on the sidelines. Will
Alisha agree to Hadley’s request, or turn him down?

Chapter 1
“Alisha!” Mrs. Thompkins calls through Alisha’s bedroom door. “It’s time to get up for school!”
“Yes, mom, I know.” Alisha replies back. “I’m up getting ready!”
As Mrs. Thompkins heads back downstairs to begin breakfast for her husband and Alisha and her brother, Ellis, Alisha gets herself out of bed and dresses in the clothes she picked out last night for the first day of her sophomore year: a calf-length black skirt, pink sweater, and gold necklace. Then she heads into the bathroom to style her long brown tresses in curls.
Heading downstairs, Alisha joins her brother, father and mother for a family breakfast before they all go off to school and work. Mrs. Thompkins always insisted they enjoy a family breakfast before anything else, if it was the only meal they had as a family for the day. And that’s exactly what the Thompkins family always did.
“Good morning, father!” Alisha said, giving her father a kiss on his cheek.
“Good morning Alisha. How did you sleep?” Mr. Thompkins asked her.
“Just great.”
“Yeah, I’ll bet!” Ellis said, sarcastically. “Just who is it that you will have your eye on this year?”
“Oh shut up, Ellis!” Alisha said bitterly.
“Alisha! Ellis!” Mrs. Thompkins chastised them both. “Alisha, as the older daughter, I expect you to treat your brother with kindness. And Ellis, please don’t goad your sister.”
“Yes, mother.” Alisha and Ellis said simultaneously.
“Now apologize to each other.”
“Sorry, Alisha.” Ellis said, obeying his mother.
“Yea, I’m sorry too.” Alisha reciprocated.
As the Thompkins Family finished their breakfast, Mr. Thompkins got up, kissed his wife and wished his family a good day before picking up his briefcase and heading to Bradford and Thompkins, Attorneys at Law, where Mr. Thompkins was a partner in his firm he operated with his long-time friend and college buddy.
“Good morning, Chelsea.” Mr. Thompkins greeted Chelsea, who came to pick up Alisha for their first day of their sophomore year.
“Hi, Chelsea.” Alisha greeted her, who had just said good-bye to Ellis and her mother before following her father out the door.
“I can’t wait to get to school.” Chelsea said, enthusiastically.
“You mean you can’t wait to get your fix on some hot-looking guy.” Alisha said, knowing her best friend so well.
“Isn’t that the only reason for going to class?” Chelsea asked the rhetorical question.
Alisha disagreed, but kept quiet. Chelsea was only interested in meeting guys, whereas Alisha was interested in her studies. She wished to be a lawyer just like her father. She loved going to her father’s practice and watching him work with his clients and sitting in the courtroom as he defended clients he knew were guilty. The legal system has always fascinated Alisha and made it her life’s choice to be a lawyer one day.
As Chelsea pulled into Fairview High School’s parking lot, blond-haired, Hadley Jamison, noticed the girls as Chelsea parked her Jeep Wrangler.
Chapter 2
“Wow! Who’s the hot guy!” Chelsea exclaimed as she and Alisha were getting out of her Jeep.
“Chelsea!” Alisha chided her bestie.
“Oh, c’mon, Ali.” Chelsea responded back, referring to Chelsea’s nickname for Alisha. “Don’t act so modest. You know you were looking too.”
“Well, he is hot!” Alisha admitted, not letting on that she had the major hots for the new guy in school.
As Alisha and Chelsea walked together to their lockers to get ready for class, the new guy, Hadley Jamison, noticed the two girls and gave them a wink. Alisha felt butterflies in her stomach when Hadley looked their way.
Alisha and Chelsea went their separate ways as Chelsea had English first period and Alisha had Algebra. When Alisha walked into her Algebra class, she was surprised to see Hadley, looking as studly as ever before she and Chelsea had seen in the school parking lot.
Hadley noticed Alisha too and walked to the desk next to her.
“Well, hello!” Hadley greeted Alisha. “The name’s Hadley.”
“Alisha.” Alisha said, introducing herself.
“Is this class hard?” Hadley asked a nervous Alisha.
“No, Mr. Wilson is easy-going.” Alisha offered.
“Good, because to tell you the truth, I’m not that good at Algebra.” Hadley admitted.
“Oh? If you ever need help with any of the assignments, I could offer some help.” Alisha offered.
“I may take you up on your offer.” Hadley said, smiling at her.
Mr. Wilson called the class to order as students settled into their seats. Hadley was getting bored with the day’s lesson as Alisha could very well tell by watching him. As Alisha found herself looking at Hadely, she didn’t realize Mr. Wilson calling on her to answer a question.
“Pssst.” Hadely said, nudging Alisha. “The teacher is calling on you.”
Embarrassed that she was paying more attention to Hadley than to what was being taught in class, Alisha looked up immediately to the board as Mr. Wilson pointed to the blackboard for Alisha to solve.
Hadley watched as Alisha walked to the front of the class to solve the problem. Alisha didn’t know what was wrong with her. It was not like her to ogle guys. But there was just something about Hadley Jamison that intrigued her.
Chelsea was waiting outside Alisha’s Algebra class and happened to notice the guy that she and Alisha had seen in the school parking lot while waiting for her best friend.
“OMG!” Chelsea exclaimed. “You are so lucky to have that in your homeroom!”
“Yea.” Alisha said shyly, not wanting to admit her crush on Hadley Jamison.
“What’s his name?” Chelsea asked her bestie.
“His name is Hadley Jamison.” Alisha replied to her friend.
“You so have to introduce me to him.” Chelsea told Alisha.
“Well, when we see him again, I will.”
But Chelsea didn’t have long to wait as Hadley walked over to Alisha.
“So, who’s your friend?” Hadley asked Alisha.
“This is my best friend, Chelsea Grimes.” Alisha introduced Chelsea to Hadley.
“Glad to meet you.” Hadley said to Chelsea, as he winked at her, making Alisha a little jealous.
“Me too.” Chelsea said, batting her eyelashes at him.
“So, you two want to meet me in the cafeteria for lunch?”
“We’d be glad to!” Chelsea agreed for the two of them.
“Great! I’ll see you two at lunch!” Hadley said as he headed for his biology class.
Chapter 3
Alisha was sitting alone at lunch waiting for Chelsea and Hadley to arrive as agreed. She wanted to run away when she saw Hadley and Chelsea holding hands as they entered the cafeteria, unbeknownst to her that they had already made a first date for later tonight.
Alisha ducked down under the table, hoping Hadley and Chelsea wouldn’t see her, but it was too late. Chelsea came up behind her and sat down, Hadley sitting next to her.
“You two already a couple?” Alisha suggested, hoping they didn’t sense her jealousy.
“Yeah, we have our first date tonight.” Chelsea told her friend. “Hadley called me last night and we are going to The Tasty Freeze tonight for a burger and fries.”
“Oh, I see.” Alisha said with jealousy. “You two are dating?”
“You’re happy for us, aren’t you?” Chelsea asked her friend.
“Yeah. You two make a great couple.”
“Thanks Ali–, I knew you’d approved.”
“Oh, geez, look at the time. I totally forgot I had detention today.” Alisha lied, to make a quick exit because she couldn’t stand to watch Chelsea and Hadley smooching in front of her.
“Oh. You never told me you had detention.” Chelsea said, obviously upset because Alisha always told her everything.
“I’m sorry, Chels—it must’ve slipped my mind.” Alisha said, as she headed off toward the cafeteria doors, leaving Chelsea and Hadley alone.
A call comes in on Hadley’s cell from his mother. Knowing how his mother would react if he ignored her call, Hadley tore himself away from Chelsea’s lips to answer the call.
“Hello, mother.” Hadley said.
“Hadley, there’s been an emergency. Bryan has been in an explosion in Afghanistan!” Hadley’s mother said frantic with worry.
“I’m on my way home!” Hadley said as he hung up and gave Chelsea an apologetic kiss before rushing off in a hurry.
As Hadley got inside his car, started the engine and backed out of the school parking lot, Hadley saw a text come in from Chelsea. Ignoring the warnings from his mother about texting and driving, Hadley picked up his cell and replied back “I will miss you.” As he hit the “send” button, Hadley didn’t see the oncoming car in the other lane as he had swerved into the oncoming lane. Upon impact, Hadley hit the car sending him flying out of his car when the two cars hit.
A passerby who witnessed the accident immediately dialed 9-1-1. Emergency crews arrived within minutes of receiving the passersby’s call, locating Hadley’s body within minutes of arriving at the accident scene and placing him inside the ambulance.
The driver of the other car wasn’t so lucky as emergency crews pronounced the driver dead after several minutes of performing life-saving CPR.

Hadley was just being brought into the ER when his mother arrived at the hospital after receiving a call from the paramedics after they found Hadley’s wallet with his cell in his wallet.
“How is my son?” a Hadley’s mother said frantic with worry as ER staff pushed her out of the way.
“Ma’am, the doctor will let you know as soon as he examines your son.” The nurse tells Hadley’s mother.

The next day, Alisha is sitting in her homeroom class when the bell rings, signaling the start of class. She noticed that Hadley hadn’t arrived for school that morning, when the principal came on the PA system:
“Good morning students! I’m sorry to announce that one of our students, Hadley Jamison, was in an accident yesterday. Let’s all have a few minutes of silence for Hadley’s recovery.”
While the room remained in silence, Alisha couldn’t help but wonder how Chelsea was taking this news, when she heard someone whisper her name from outside her homeroom door.
“Pssst, Alisha!” Chelsea whispered as quietly as she could, but still getting Alisha’s attention without alerting anyone else.
Alisha raised her hand to alert the teacher, “May I use the restroom?”
The teacher motioned for Alisha to go so as not to disturb the moment of silence as Alisha grabbed her books and backpack and walked quietly out of the classroom.
As soon as Alisha got outside of her homeroom, Chelsea burst into tears.
“Chelsea, it’ll be okay.” Alisha tried to reassure her.
“It’s not that.” Chelsea confessed. “I want to go see Hadley at the hospital.”
“Well, why don’t you?”
“I’ve used up all my free passes.” Chelsea cried. “Will you go for me?”
“Me?”
“Please. I need someone to know how Hadley is doing.” Chelsea pleaded with her friend. “You still have your passes.”
“Okay, I’ll do it.” Alisha reluctantly agreed.
“Thanks, Ali.” Chelsea said, feeling relieved.
Alisha obtained her pass to leave the school grounds and exited the school, heading for her car to go see how Hadley was doing. She was in for a shock when she was finally able to see Hadley in his hospital room.
Chapter 4
“Hadley?” Alisha asked when he woke to find her in his room.
“Alisha?” Hadley said a little groggy from the drugs they gave him.
“What is it, Hadley? Alisha asked him.
“I need a favor from you.”
“What is it?” Alisha asked. “Do you want to see Chelsea?”
“No, I don’t!” Hadley said adamantly.
Alisha was taken aback at what Hadley said. “Chelsea is worried about you. Why don’t you want to see her?”
“Because, it’s you I really want!” Hadley confessed.
“I’m sorry, did I hear you right?” Alisha asked, confused.
“It’s you I really want.”
“But Chel…” Alisha started to say, but Hadley interrupted her.
“I don’t want to her!” Hadley said getting irritated with her.
“Okay, what do you want from me?” Alisha asked, feeling awkward.
“I want you to be my girlfriend.” Hadley confessed.
“Hadley, I can’t do that to Chelsea.”
“I will make it worth your while if you agree to be my girlfriend.”
“And how do you propose to do that?”
“If you agree to this, you will be the heiress to my family’s multi-billion-dollar fortune.”
“You think you can make me your wife with the promise of money?” Alisha asked him in disbelief.
“I need to be married by my 18th birthday in order to receive my inheritance.”
“So, why can’t you ask Chelsea?”
“My parents would never approve of Chelsea.” Hadley admitted. “They think she is gold-digger.”
“But you and I both know she isn’t.” Alisha told him.
“I tried to tell my parents that but they wouldn’t listen to me.”
“And what is this supposed to get me?”
“Well, you get the perks of being the wife of an heir to a multi-billion-fortune.”
“So, basically, a trophy wife, while you see Chelsea on the side?”
“Yes, so will you do it?” Hadley asked her again.
“I have to think about it.” Alisha told him. “I have to go.”
Hadley hated asking Alisha for this favor. He wished he had just been killed in the accident, but as luck would have it, he was spared with barely even a scratch. He was just in the hospital for observation for a concussion. Hadley knew his parents would never approve of Chelsea as his wife. That’s why Alisha had to fill the title. All he was going to have with Chelsea was a secret love affair on the side.
Chapter 5
Alisha couldn’t stop thinking about Hadley’s offer: a million dollars to marry him? Be his wife in name only while he saw Chelsea on the side? She could do a lot with a million dollars? Get her degree? It certainly would keep her busy while Hadley was busy with Chelsea? She decided to accept Hadley’s offer. After all, what did she have to lose?
She text Hadley to meet him at the java café to discuss his offer. When she got there, Hadley was with Chelsea. She should have known better. After all, he was in love with Chelsea. Not her.
“Hadley?”
Hadley looked up to find Alisha next to them, “Alisha, I’m glad you’re here.”
Chelsea was holding Hadley’s hand as Alisha sat next to her.
“I thought Chelsea should hear our discussion. After all, it does concern her too.” Hadley explained.
“Yes, it does.” Alisha agreed.
“So, what did you decide?” Hadley asked, waiting Alisha’s decision, as if it decided his fate.
“I’ve agreed to marry you per your terms.” Alisha told Hadley.
“Great! You won’t regret this, Alisha and you’re a life-saver!” Hadley told Alisha, as he smiled at Chelsea.
Chelsea agreed, although it met Alisha would be Hadley’s wife, albeit in name only. At least she got him where it mattered most: in her bed, and not Alisha.
“So, when will the wedding take place?” Chelsea asked.
“As soon as possible. Mother insists on it.” Hadley told the two of them.
“Well, how about next week?” Alisha asked.
“Sounds good.” Hadley said. “I’ll let mother know, and then she will get started on the wedding details.”
“I won’t have to plan the wedding?” Alisha asked with a sigh of relief. She was busy with school and everything. She planned to get her degree to distract her from this marriage since Hadley would be busy with Chelsea. She just hoped no one would find out the real intentions regarding this marriage.
“Hadley, what happens if someone finds out the real motive for this marriage?” Alisha asked him.
“It better not, or you and I are both screwed!” Hadley told her.
“I don’t have any intention saying otherwise. I’ll play the dutiful wife whenever I’m needed. But that’s as far as it goes.” Alisha told him and Chelsea, who seem glad to know this.
“Okay. We’re all agreed as to the plan on this marriage.” Hadley said. “Oh, Alisha, mother will want to meet with you to discuss the dress you will be wearing.”
“The dress I’ll be wearing?” Alisha asked.
“Yes, she will want you to wear the dress she wore when she married my father.” Hadley told her.
“Okay. Let me know when.” Alisha told him. “Well, I’ve got to be somewhere now.”
Alisha left Chelsea and Hadley to themselves as she went on her way to her next appointment. The dean of the university she was trying to get in.
Chapter 6
Hadley kissed Chelsea good night as she bade him good will the next morning on his wedding day to her best friend, Alisha.
He couldn’t believe that it had come to this. He had to marry a woman he didn’t love because his mother didn’t approve of the woman he did love. No one could find out the argument he had with his mother in the hospital after his accident while on his way home after his mother called him about his brother in Afghanistan.
After two days in the hospital suffering from injuries from the blast, Hadley’s brother, Tyler, died from his injuries. Hadley and his mother had a terrible argument over his future plans with Chelsea. His mother told Hadley she didn’t approve of Chelsea and told him she would make sure he never got his inheritance if he married her.
Hadley had to get his inheritance. He wanted to leave. And leave with Chelsea. But he couldn’t do it if he didn’t have his inheritance. So he came up with a plan to marry Alisha out of convenience in order to get the inheritance so he could be free to be with Chelsea when the inheritance came in.
But unbeknownst to Hadley, his mother had a codicil put in that would make Hadley stay married to whoever he chose for a year before he got the inheritance.
The day of the wedding was here and Hadley text Chelsea: “Babe, I miss you.”
“I miss you too!” Chelsea text back.
“Can’t wait to see you after the wedding.” Hadley text back.
“Me too.”
Hadley then text Alisha to see if she had arrived at the chapel yet: “You there yet?”
“I just pulled up to the chapel. Headed in to get ready.” Alisha text back.
“Great! Meet you at the altar.” Hadley text back.
As Hadley put his cell back into his pocket, he wished that he was saying that to Chelsea, but he would go along with the sham of a marriage. Soon, he would be marrying Chelsea. Just as soon as he got his inheritance on his 18th birthday in a month.
Guests were arriving for the wedding as Chelsea sat in the back row watching her best friend marry the man she loved. At least it was in name only.
As the pianist played the wedding march, the flower girl, Hadley’s two-year-old niece, Aysha, headed the march, followed by Hadley’s sister, Taylor, who was the matron-of-honor, as requested by (more like demanded) Hadley’s mother.
Finally, it was time for the bride to head down the aisle. There she was! Alisha looked ravishing in the dress that Hadley’s mother demanded she wear. Chelsea pictured her wearing it and got a little jealous at the thought.
The couple said their vows and after the minister pronounced them husband and wife, Hadley gave his bride a kiss on the lips, to which Chelsea felt a pang of jealousy watching them.
The newly married couple headed down the church aisle as husband and wife and headed to the country club where there was wedding reception waiting for the couple.
“I can’t believe my sister is married?” Ellis said to his new brother-in-law, Hadley, when he saw them at the country club.
“Nice to meet you too, Ellis.” Hadley said to him.
As the reception was in full swing, Chelsea showed up to see how it was going and was met with disdain by Hadley’s mother.
“What are you doing here?!”
“I wanted to congratulate my friend on her wedding.” Chelsea said.
“Well, this is a family party! And you’re not welcome here!” Mrs. Jamison said, turning up her nose at Chelsea, showing her disapproval.
“She’s my best friend!” Chelsea protested.
“Alisha is having the time of her life! She doesn’t need you anymore!”
“I can’t wish my best friend the best?”
“Get out of here before I have you thrown out!” Mrs. Jamison demanded.
Chelsea left before Hadley’s mother could throw her out, but not before texting Hadley why she left.
“Sorry, but your mother wouldn’t allow me inside the country club to see you at the reception.”
“K babe. C U 2nite @ R secret place! ” Hadley text back, before joining Alisha at her side for their first dance at husband and wife.
While Hadley and Alisha paid their dues at the wedding reception, Chelsea was at the hotel preparing for her night with Hadley on his wedding night.
Chapter 7
After the wedding ceremony, Alisha went off alone to the beach so Hadley and Chelsea could have some time in the hotel room. Alisha wondered if it was all worth it—pretending to be in a scam of a marriage for a billion dollars? Pretending be Hadley’s wife so he could spend it with Chelsea, his true love. It was sad Hadley’s parents didn’t approve of Chelsea. Poor Hadley! He had to pretend to be “in love” with Alisha while secretly see Chelsea behind Alisha’s back?
And it would have all worked out—if it hadn’t been for her little brother, Ellis, finding her alone on the beach on her “wedding night.”
“Hey sis, alone on your wedding night?” Ellis questioned.
“I needed some alone time.” Alisha lied.
Ellis knew his sister well, and he knew something was up.
“What’s up, sis?”
“Nothing brother dear.” Alisha insisted.
“I’m not buying it, sister dear.” Ellis told her. “I know something’s up, and I intend to get to the bottom of it.”
Ellis took off before Alisha could stop him. The only thing she knew to do was get to the hotel room and inform Hadley and Chelsea before Ellis found them alone together.
But Alisha was too late! Ellis had beat her to the hotel room and found Hadley and Chelsea alone, making love.
“Ha! I knew something was up!” Ellis shouted out, giving Hadley and Chelsea the shock of their lives. “Cheating on my sister…and on your wedding night!”
“And you’re not going to tell anyone, are you Ellis?” Hadley told him, more as a threat than a request.
“Wrong! I intend to expose this sham of a marriage!”
Alisha arrived to find Ellis in an argument with Hadley. While Hadley was arguing with Ellis, Chelsea gave Alisha a disapproving look.
“You put this in motion?” Chelsea accused Alisha. “You wanted this to happen?”
“How can you say that?!”
“You wanted Hadley for yourself?!”
“I did this to help you?!”
“Like hell you did!”
“It’s not my fault Hadley’s parents didn’t approve of you with their son. It wasn’t my idea to marry Hadley have him sneak away with you!”
“But he is married to you! You’ve wanted Hadley all along!”
Hadley’s father knocked on the door to see his son and heard the argument inside Alisha and Hadley’s hotel room.
“Son, is this true? Was this marriage all a scam?”
No had any words as Hadley and Chelsea looked at Alisha with hurt in their eyes. They both believed Alisha had planned this from the beginning. How was Alisha going to make them understand the truth?
Chapter 8
Alisha ran to the garden outside Hadley’s room. She couldn’t believe that both Hadley and Chelsea would accuse her of scheming to get Hadley? She did them a favor? She left them alone to be together in secret, didn’t she? Chelsea was the one who got to be with Hadley alone? What did she get? Marriage in name only?
But just as she sulked in the garden, she was seen by the maid and brought to Hadley’s father.
“Master Jamison, I found the bride in the gardens?” the maid said.
“Thank you, Claire.” Mr. Jamison said.
Alisha wondered what Mr. Jamison would do to her now that the secret was out. After she was reprimanded by Hadley’s father, she vowed to find out who ratted her out!
“Miss Thompkins, I want to know why you schemed to be my son’s wife?” Mr. Jamison demanded. “Was it the money you were after?!”
“No!” Alisha defended her actions.
“Well, I intend to have this marriage annulled due to your actions!”
But Hadley came down when he heard from the maid that she found Alisha in the gardens.
“You won’t do anything of the sort, father!” Hadley threatened. “I love Alisha! That’s why we married.”
“You can’t possibly love her after what she’s done?!”
“But I do!” Hadley said convincingly.
“Well, okay, son, I believe you.”
“Thank you father.”
Hadley and Alisha went back upstairs to his suite of rooms to discuss new arrangements.
“Now what are you going to do?” Alisha quizzed Hadley.
“I got you out of your jam.” Hadley said.
“But now we have to share a room.”
“What? You have to share a room?” Chelsea asked the two of them.
“Hadley had to convince his father he married me because he loved me.” Alisha told Chelsea. “Now we have to share a room to make it convincing.”
“Look, there are many rooms in my suite. You can have your own bed and I’ll share a bed with Chelsea.” Hadley reasoned.
“Okay. I just hope no one will check on us tonight?” Alisha said unsure.
“My parents never look in on me.” Hadley said.
But as they went to their respective beds, the maid was doing some last minutes chores before retiring herself when she discovered that Hadley was in bed with someone other than Alisha.