We only walked for a few more minutes before we finally came to an open space with a desk and a middle aged brunette who was busy with the computer, immediately she saw Mr Montgomery she smiled at him and said.
“Hello Nick,” Nick said a few words over the phone, then off his phone and slid it inside his pants back pocket.
“Hello Helena, how are you?” He said fondly and kissed her cheeks. I was left with my mouth wide open. Nick is smiling at this woman. Wow this is a first, she must be a really good friend.
“How is Delgado? Is he giving you a hard time?”
“He's okay, that man will never change. I'm thinking of quitting and looking for another job. Only then will he know how fortunate he is to have me work for him,” she said exasperated. Nick smiled. He actually smiled!
“Take pity on him, don't leave him. This firm will never be the same without you,” she beams.
“I know, right? He can't do anything without me, I'm literally running this firm of his,” she said conspiratorially. They both laughed amicably.
“It's good to see you Nicklaus, go on in, don't let me keep you.” her eyes run over Logan, she nods at him smiling,then they finally found me,she narrowed her eyes infinitesimally.
“It is good to see you too Helena,let me get inside he must be waiting for me,” Nick says, already heading towards the glass door.
“He is,” she agreed.
I bite my lip uncomfortable with the suspicious look Helena is sending at me. Logan strolled past her,and I undoubtedly followed. The office was a little bigger than the average lawyer offices I've been to, there's a big table, with black leather chairs, three equally black large leather settees in the shape of a U and a table between them.
The glass doors and windows have shutters. Delgado Enrique is a handsome man, younger than I first thought when his secretary and Nick were talking about him.
He's older than Nicklaus for sure but not by much. They greeted each other with the familiarity of old friends,asking each other about their lives.
Helena came in with a silver tray with three mugs of coffee, she passed the coffee around and excluded me. I didn't blame her, she seems to adore Nick and there's no question she knew a little of what I did. Nobody said anything about her behavior. Nick passed me his coffee mug after he'd taken a drink.
“Here, drink.” It was an order, there's no question about it. His eyes were dark as he held my gaze captive. I didn't want to obey him but my hand had already reached for the mug unbeknownst to me. The heat of the cup made me pull my hand with a hiss.
“I don't want to,” I said belligerent. Trying to prove to him that he may have choked me, starved me but he didn't break my spirit and I'm not afraid of him.
“Take. It,” he said our eyes locked in a battle of will, I didn't want to be cowed by his intimidating glare anymore. I refused to blink first, but Nick's eyes were dangerous, cold, hard and very intimidating. Those cold dark eyes could turn a strong man into a blubbering idiot, and I'm not a man. Just a tiny woman with no experience to counter his. Nick's older and has had experience with many formidable opponents than I. I couldn't hold his gaze for long.
I blink and lower my eyes, angry at him and myself. I don't know what is going on with me or him or the both of us. I refuse to look at him or any of them. Nick took hold of my chin and raised my face to look at him, the tears I've been fighting slid past my defense. I hate him and how helpless he made me feel. He stared at me for a moment searching, his face blank, his eyes dark after a few seconds that felt longer. He nodded approvingly and released my chin. He took the cup and put it in my hands.
“Now drink.” He watched me bring the cup to my lips and took a sip. Only then did he turn to Delgado, who I had completely forgotten was here, and who I'm sure had witnessed Nick display his dominance over me. I felt ashamed that they'd witnessed our interaction,angry that I had given in.
“Did you get the contract ready?” Delgado cleared up his throat and passed a long printed paper that had been stapled together to Nick.
“Did you add all the stipulations I've mentioned?” he asked as he leafed through the pages.
“Yes everything is in here, check the clause on the, first,third,and fourth page,” Delgado replied then came around the table to point out the pages.
I drink the coffee as I listen to them,my heart beating so loud I thought there's no way they didn't hear it. The coffee sat in my stomach like a heavy lead. They kept talking, discussing and making changes to the contract. Then Helena printed everything out when they were finally done. Throughout it all Logan stayed silently behind me,like a wall, I was close to screaming my head off at that moment, we have been here for a couple hours.
“Sign here, here and here,” Nick said opening the pages to show where I'm supposed to add my signature. My stomach sank with dread.
“Why do you want me to sign that?” I asked in a small voice. He raises that arched brow arrogantly.
“Do you want to go to jail? I could make it happen. But instead of three-years you would be expected to spend in prison according to the Stephanie law in addition to the fine. I will make it ten years of prison time, I have the money and connections to make it so.” I was trembling and blinking so hard.
“No,no you can't. I know my rights, okay you can't force me to sign anything.” I said my voice was so thick and shaking, I can't go to jail. I can't be a convict, it will ruin my life. My future and every dream my parents ever had for me and the life I have envisioned for myself. I pull my legs up on the leather seat and hug them.
“Delgado, Logan, could you give us a minute?”
“Sure thing.” Delgado stalked out of the room,Logan hesitated before he joined him.
“Look at me Andrea.” The hard tenor of his voice made me lift my head instantly and looked into his eyes.
“Come here.” I did. Without arguments, I just know that at that moment I couldn't say no to him. His eyes were dark and intimidating. I moved closer to him,my tears blur my vision. I was shaking so hard the coffee mug slipped from my hand and almost tumbled to the ground.
Nick's quick reflex save it from breaking, although he couldn't save the warm liquid from ruining Delgado's gold colored rug carpet. His hands were stained with black coffee,he took a handkerchief from his pants pocket and wiped his hands clean. Then he turns his focus back to me.
“Closer Andrea.” I covered the last space between us, until my knee brushed his hard thigh.
“Good girl,” he said bunching my hair and bringing my face closer to his.
“Andrea, you don't seem to understand the magnitude of your situation. Now, even if I was an average man, for what you did-making a sex video of anyone without their consent-you would be facing three years jail time with a hefty fine. And I'm not your average man Andrea. I'm a fucking billionaire with connections everywhere. Everyone wants to play nice with me, I can have you behind bars tonight if I want without any court hearing.”
He held my gaze, my hair still bunched in his large hand making sure I understood what he's saying, my throat bob. I believe him, he could really do that, more tears slip from my eyes to wet my cheeks. He'd choked me, had me locked in and starved for two days. Then when I was weak he'd have his thug wake me up with a full blast of icy cold water. He's cold hearted and unpredictable. Unhinged that's what he was.
He brings his other hand and uses his thumb to wipe my tears away. The other hand buried in my hair, eases, he began to massage my scalp, his dark eyes still held mine prisoner.
“But I don't.” he was running his long fingers through my hair even as he spoke.
“Are you letting me go? Is that why you need me to sign the papers?” I asked naively, even If a big part of my heart already knows that's not what the papers are for. His eyes darken.
“Even you are not that stupid, are you? I'm not a forgiving person Andrea, I fuck with those who fucks with me and I do it hard. Here's the thing, you Andrea are the exception. You have something that I want, so I'm choosing to make a deal with you.” confused, I said.
“But I don't have anything to give you, nothing at all.” I choke out, my voice clogged with more tears. His gaze hooded then lower to my lips, down my throat and fixed in my falling and rising chest.
“Not true Andrea, you have everything. your beautiful delectable sexy body. I have had you. And surprisingly I want more.I liked that I'm your first. It gives me ideas on how to explore and train your body for the things I like. You'd be the first woman I had ever owned. If you agree to sign the contract you will be mine for six months of your life.” I tried to shake my head helplessly in his grasp. I wanted to asked how he could do this to Jules.
He wipes my cheeks as my tears fall endlessly, still massaging my head and brushing my strawberry strands, my entire face in his two hands.
“You will be mine in every sense of the word,you will do what I want when I want it. You walk and talk when I want. You will wear and eat what I give you and you can never say no to me. You don't fucking breath without my permission, for those six month you are completely mine.”
I stared at him in horror, my eyes wide with panic, I was terrified of what my life would be like If I agreed to this insanity. But even in my panic I knew I had little to no choice over what happens to me. I did this! This was my fault, I should have never gotten between a married couple.
But I was desperate, afraid of getting hitched with someone that I hate, so I made a rash decision. The wrong decision from the looks of it, seeing as I'm beginning to understand it wasn't as easy as Jules had painted it to be. This job has proven that I had underestimated my mark and I'm now paying for it.
I still have the chance to do something. I have to do something, anything, to save me from my own foolishness. I tried to scramble away from Nick, to get as far away from him as I possibly could, maybe leave the country and go as far away as I could get, maybe to Africa.
But I couldn't detach his fingers from my hair, despair twisted my stomach. I couldn't even free my hair from his grasp. How do I hope to leave the country like this? I don't have any strength to fight a man like Nicklaus. I only get one option, so I beg.
“No, no, no please, please let me go Nick, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. Please just let me go, let me leave. I would leave New york. Go back to my town and you will never see or hear from me again.” I sob out hysterically.
He tugged my hair hard until It stung and my eyes finally focused on him. His face was blank, emotionless, there was no sign of mercy for me. Those blue orbs were icy cold as always.
“I'm sorry Andrea, I can't do that.” He said kissing and nipping my neck and ear, then he sucked hard on my neck until I was sure he'd left a mark. It would bruise and leave an ugly big hickey.
“It's already too late, I enjoy your body too much to let you go. I love the thought of owning you,of having you at my beck and call. From now on I will make every decision regarding your life. Until the six month period of your penance is over. Only then will I let you go, I will destroy the evidence I have against you. And you'll once again be a free woman to live your life as you wish.”
He said It so nonchalantly as though he wasn't talking about my life. As though I was a thing, not a living, breathing being. He wanted control over my life and he's not even remorseful towards me.