Molly and I left and when we arrived in the city it was obvious to me she didn’t come in much. She was wowed by the skyscrapers, tilting her head so far back she would almost topple over. She pointed to CoranCorp and squealed with pure delight at the fact it belonged to her father.
We bought coffees and Donuts then walked into the building.
The security walked over and looked me up as down.“Are you expected?”
“I’m sorry, but I can’t let you through.” The guard exclaimed.
“This is my Daddy’s Company. So you can let us through.”
“Sorry little girl, but without being on this little list, you can’t come in unless the boss says so.”
I frowned and pulled my phone from my pocket.
Your daughter was sad you didn’t say goodbye. We’re down in the lobby. Your security do an amazing job by the way. – Felicity.
A few minutes later Dominic walked out of an elevator. He stared at me for a moment before looking down at Molly and smiling. “Hey sunshine, I’m sorry I didn’t say goodbye. I had to be in super early.“Molly held out the coffee and bag of donuts.
“Flick got me a hot chocolate.”
“That’s awesome sweetheart, thank you.” He took the coffee and bag and then looked up at me. “Let’s go up?”
Molly was a ball of excitement the entire way. Dominic had never taken her in to the office before and it showed. When we walked through the main office I couldn’t ignore the stares they were so rife. Dominic led us in to his office and pointed to the desk.
“I just have to finish something, I’ll be right back.”
Molly looked around in awe. She picked up a picture of her and Dominic and held it to her chest. I could see tears begin to line her eyes. She placed it down and looked up at me. “Daddy loves me.”
“Of course he does.”
“And I love him.” She added. “And I love you too.”
She caught me off guard, her admittance hit something in my gut, her ability to say it like it was admirable. I held my arms open and she walked into them, I kissed her on the head, inhaling the scent of coconut conditioner.
“I love you too.” I replied.
“Yes... of course, how could I not?” I replied.
“Mommy didn’t.” She whispered. “She ran away.”
Shit... she knew? She looked up at me and bit her lip. “I pretend I don’t remember.“She squeezed me as tight as he arms could. “But I she told me before she went away. She said she never wanted me.”
My jaw clenched, never before had I come so close to hating someone. Molly had only been five when her Mom left. How could she have been so cruel? I pulled Molly closer and lifted her face until she was looking at me. “She didn’t deserve to love you Molly. You are the sweetest little girl I have ever known, and if she couldn’t see that light in you, then she is the one who lost.”
Molly sniffled and smiled. “Sometimes I pretend she just died, does that make me a bad person?“I shook my head.
“We do what we do to get through the tough times.”
“You’ll be a good Mommy.” Molly whispered. “I wish you were my Mom.”
I muffled the gasp struggling to surface, and blinked back the tears threatening to fall. I had never expected to feel so connected to Molly, so blessed by her presence, but I did. I couldn’t begin to understand why anyone would want to leave her, and I didn’t want to.Dominic walked and I looked up at him, he frowned and then his eyes fell to Molly.
“Yeah. Just having a heart to heart.” I smiled.
“Flick loves me.” Molly beamed.I looked down at her and smiled.
“You’re hard not to love.“I heard Dominic click his tongue.
“Mol, why don’t you go look around the office?“Molly jumped back and looked at Dominic with a wide grin and bright eyes.
Dominic nodded and without hesitation Molly left the glass office.
“It’ll be like a labyrinth to her.” I chuckled.
“Bringing her to see me. It was the push I needed.”
“Push?” I questioned.
“I’m not sending her away to school. I don’t know why I ever thought it was a good idea.“My heart soared, and I struggled to hold back my happiness, Dominic smiled at me. “I take it that my change of mind pleases you.”
“Yes.” I whispered. “Very much. I know it’s not my place but...”
“It’s your place when you know my daughter as well as you do.” He whispered. “When you love her.”
I swallowed hard, I knew what was coming, and I wasn’t sure I had the strength to say no. I had the flight job in the back of my mind, and the end date I had placed at the end of a dark tunnel. I had been counting down the days where I could be out of Dominic’s way, and he could be out of my heart. I hadn’t counted on Molly’s heart capturing mine as well however, and that was exactly what had happened. Leaving her would be impossible.
“I want you to stay on indefinitely.”
“Ms Taylor, I know you didn’t start this job with the intention of being a Nanny forever, I understand that. But she wants you around... I want you around.”He wants me around too?
“I don’t know.”
“We’ll re-do the contract, I’ll give you capital to start your business and you can be here for Molly too.”Oh god.
“Let me think about it?” I managed to say when my head and heart were screaming ‘Yes’ at me simultaneously. The money to start my business wasn’t even a factor... Molly was almost all I was thinking about.
“Of course.” He replied. I wasn’t sure time would change my answer, I’d already agreed in my head, even if it was a stupid idea.Dominic sat down at his desk, I followed him with my eyes. When his met mine I felt my heart twinge, I wanted to tell him how I felt, but I couldn’t not here.
“I have a date tonight.” He murmured suddenly, his eyes didn’t leave mine. I tried hard to hide my disappointment, and I must have been successful, because his expression didn’t change.
“Well, I hope you have a good time.” I said as cordially as I could. Memories of last night flashed inside my head, and I felt jealous even though I had no right to be.
“I’m sure we will.” He murmured. “I have a meeting in ten minutes.”
“Well we’d better leave you too it then.”
Molly and I left. We spent the rest of the day drawing pictures, when Dominic returned he told Molly that she would be staying, and that she would continue school here. To say she was excited was an understatement. She ran around the house shouting at the top of her lungs for a full ten minutes. When she finally stopped she looked at me and smiled.
“Does that mean you’re staying too?” she asked with hope filling her voice.I looked at Dominic, and then back at Molly and nodded.
“Yes. I’m staying too.”
Molly wrapped her arms around me. “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!” she squealed.
“It’s truly my pleasure Molly.” I replied.”
Molly, Felicity and I need to talk, can you go wash up for dinner?“Molly let go of me and skipped from the dining room all the way upstairs.
I felt Dominic’s eyes bore holes into me. “You’re sure?”
“Yes.” I whispered, I let my gaze fall on his eyes, his beautiful blue eyes.
“I’ll have my lawyer draw up a new contract then. I’m really happy you said yes.”
“No problem Mr Coran.” I replied. His eyes narrowed and he bit the side of his lip.
“I should get ready.“I nodded and turned away.
“You need to tell Molly you’re going on a date.” I whispered, unsure if I was crossing the line.
“I’ll see you later sir. Let Molly know I am in my room if she needs me.”
I called Flight to decline the job, they were disappointed, and told me if I ever reconsidered to give them a call. Once I’d crossed the opportunity off, it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. One less decision to make. Surprisingly, despite all the feelings I had rolling through me, the thought of staying left me content.
“Ugh.” Molly cried, she bounced into my room and threw herself down on the bed.
“Daddy is going out with a lady.”
“I’m sure she is lovely.” I replied.
“I don’t care if she is lovely or not.” Molly mumbled. “I like how things are now.”
“Molly, Your daddy needs someone to fall in love with.”
“I know.” She replied, she slipped her hand in mine and squeezed. “Can’t he fall in love with you?”
“It isn’t that easy. We don’t really get to choose how our hearts feel.”
She sighed and stood up. “It isn’t fair.”
“Come on, let’s go see your Daddy off. Then we can eat sundaes and watch harry potter.”
“Okay.” She tried to reply sounding glum, but I knew the mention of ice cream and movies was more than enough to put a smile on her face.
Hand in hand Molly and I walked downstairs. Dominic was talking to a tall blonde woman, no older than me. She was wearing the most expensive exquisite sexy red cocktail dress I’d ever seen, and it made me, in my track pants and t-shirt, feel underdressed. They looked up, she turned away from us, not even giving Molly or me a simple hello, but Dominic eyes looked me up and down briefly. He then looked down at Molly and ran his fingers through her auburn hair.
“Be good for Felicity alright.”
“Always Daddy.” She smiled.His eyes returned to mine and he smiled.
“Good night Ms Taylor.“I nodded and watched as placed his hand over the door knob.
“Have fun.” I choked as he walked out the door.Molly grabbed my hand and tugged.
“I don’t want her to be my new Mommy.”
“She isn’t.” I replied, and if Dominic had any sense she wouldn’t be. Going from an ex-wife who was a gold digger to a snobby bitch would be a terrible decision, even if she was drop dead gorgeous.
“She smelt like nail cleaner.” Molly noted. “And she didn’t even say hello to me. It was like I wasn’t even here.”
“But you are here, and I see you and I’m not going anywhere.” I replied. “You heard me say I was staying right?”
“Yes.” She smiled and skipped down the hall.
Molly fell asleep halfway through Harry Potter. I carried her to her room, and when I returned downstairs to clean up I noticed there were lights on outside. I peered through the glass pane in the foyer door and I watched as Dominic got out of Ms Snob’s car. She walked around to him and placed a hand on his forearm. She leaned in for a kiss, and I turned before I could see if he took it, knocking over a vase in my haste. I ran upstairs desperate for Dominic not to see me so flustered. I slammed the door shut and fell forward on to my bed. I hated that I was so hurt, that him dating someone else hurt me so much, I had no right. I sat up and climbed under my covers.
I couldn’t make him see me as anything other than a distraction. I knew I couldn’t stay here, even though I had promised Molly I would. She would hate me... Tears streamed down my cheeks, falling on to my top. He’d probably invited her up, they were probably in his room, his hands on her bare skin, her body his for the taking. I let out a strangled sob and pulled the blankets into my face.
A knock at the door interrupted me, and I sucked in my emotions, I pretended I hadn’t heard it, but the knock came again.
“Felicity, it’s me. Are you okay?” Dominic’s voice was like a cooling salve to my currently combusting heart. The tears dried. He was alone.
“Yeah. I’m okay.” I sniffled, my voice hadn’t recovered from the crying yet, so I sounded upset. Fuck.The door opened and he looked at me from the door way, his eyes narrowed and he made fists with his hands.
“You’ve been crying.” He mumbled. “Why do you lie to me?”
“I’m okay.” I replied. “I promise.”
“I don’t believe you.” He said walking in to the room, he stopped by my bed.
“I can’t stay here.” I croaked. “I need to finish as soon as possible. I’m sorry”
“You’re taking the flight job?” He whispered.
My eyes widened, he knew about it? He smirked and shrugged his shoulders. “I told you I get what I want.”
“I put your name forward, I asked your boss at glow for a reference. I’ve known about the offer as long as you have.”
“So you want me to leave?”
“No.” he replied sitting down. “I wanted to see who you’d pick. Your dream job, or us.”Us? Meaning Molly and Him?I frowned and shook my head.
“A dream job Dominic, not mine.”
“It doesn’t matter, you’ve made your choice.” He croaked. “I think all things considered it’s best you leave sooner than later.”
“I declined the job at flight.” I said softly. “But I can’t stay here either and I know I’m going to hurt Molly. Especially since I said I’d accepted your offer to stay.“I closed my eyes and willed the tears away but it was useless. “But I just can’t.”
Dom sat down and took a long slow deep breath. “Why?”
“I can’t watch you bring home other girls, but I also can’t just be your distraction.”
His eyes searched mine and he grabbed my hand. “I don’t want you to be my distraction Felicity. You’ve never been my distraction. When I’m with you I feel something I didn’t know I could.”
“What do you mean?” Feelings?Dominic took a deep breath, a few times he tried to speak, but the words wouldn’t come out. Finally had looked away from me, out the window, and then once he had composed himself he looked back at me
“I’m in love with you.” He said, his words were rushed, and suddenly I knew why he had trouble saying them. He felt the same way I did. “I think I was from the moment we met.”
“You just came home from a date.” I reminded him.
“It wasn’t a date, not a real one. I just let you think it was. I was an escort to a business friend’s daughter. It was platonic. She’s not really my type.”
I frowned, so he’d purposely let me think it was more than it was. He had wanted me to feel jealous, and it had worked.“You’re right.” I sighed. “When you said you’re manipulative.”
His smile faded and his hands slipped from mine. “I know. I’m sorry.”
“Why didn’t you just tell me?”
God, I was such a hypocrite.
“I was scared you didn’t feel the same way. I still am.“I knew the feeling well, it had been plaguing me for weeks. I leaned forward and pressed my lips against Dominic’s. It was a soft kiss, no tongue, no flashy moves, and no expectations. I pulled back.
“I’m in love with you too.” I breathed out, it was as scary as I had imagined it would be, actually saying it even if I knew he felt the same now.Our faces were only an inch or two apart, Dominic smiled and lifted his hands to my cheeks.
He didn’t wait to kiss me properly, his mouth connected with mine causing an electric like voltage to bind us and else everything just faded away. My heart was racing, I was scared that this would end, that I would wake up from whatever dream I was having. It didn’t end, and my dream was reality. Dominic felt the same way I did. He pulled back slightly, resting his forehead on mine.
“Why do you love me?”
“Because I do, because even when you annoy the hell out of me, I still want to be around you.”
“That’s good, because I get the feeling I annoy the hell out of you all the time.” He chuckled.
“Dominic.” I murmured, letting his name roll of my tongue for the first time in a while, he let out a stilted breath
“Stay with me?”
“As long as you want me.”