“Hello boys,” Andrea chimed gaining the attention of the few reporters, who were talking among themselves as they went through the photos they have taken for the day.
“Hello ma’am,” one of them grinned politely.
“How is your evening?” Andrea asked with a casual smile.
“Oh, it’s wonderful ma’am,” the same reporter answered.
“I know a way to make it more wonderful,” she stated as the reported shifted uncomfortably on his feet. “Oh, no. Not the way you think,” she chuckled. “A little birdie told me that something is going to happen in this party.”
“How big is it?” Another reported perked up.
“Big enough to grace your headlines for days,” Andrea smirked.
“Where?” The third reporter asked as he adjusted his camera.
“Hmm… Just cameras are not enough. We need video coverage too,” Andrea stated.
“I’ve got it covered ma’am,” the fourth reporter stepped forward.
“Good. Then, you may head to the eastern side of the mansion. You’ll see it for yourself,” she informed with a mischievous grin. “Well, what are you waiting for? Go!” She said when they stood there for a moment.
The reporters scrambled away, heading towards the direction she pointed and she raised her hand, giving a thumbs-up gesture at Samantha.
“What’s going on?” Axel asked when Samantha came back to stand with him.
“You’ll see in less than –“
She was cut off by the commotion that could be heard from the eastern side of the side. Samantha grinned as Lillian Norman made her way to the area as more shouts and yells followed.
“Alana McKenna thought it was a good idea to try and seduce Uncle Norman,” Samantha informed with a wicked smile.
“Oh, no. She didn’t,” Antonio deadpanned.
“She just did,” Andrea piped in as she joined the group with a huge grin.
They all watched as the camera flashes went off like fireworks. Lillian dragged the semi-naked Alana into the garden area as she spat at her. The guests gasped when the ruthless Raegan Norman stepped into the threshold with a face filled with hatred.
“What did you think when you decided to seduce my husband, you whore?” Lillian’s voice boomed across the garden.
“I… I didn’t. He asked me–“
The sound of the slap resonated through the area and Alana clutched her cheek with an unbelievable expression.
“I know very well about women like you, Alana McKenna. You should’ve known whom to pick up when you decided to get your thirty-sixth boyfriend,” Lillian spat venomously. “Your husband seems is in jail and you are here, seeking out other men. What kind of woman you are?”
Alana’s face turned red with embarrassment as she collected herself. The cameras were recording the incident and Samantha was sure it will air sooner than they expected. Samantha turned to look at Alicia, who had a horrified expression on her face.
It was going better than her original plan, Samantha smirked. “I’ll be back now,” she whispered to Axel as she slowly but made her way to Alicia.
“Like mother, like daughter.”
Alicia whipped around to see the Sinclair heiress approaching her with a grin. She stepped back when she met her eyes. A look of pure disgust and hatred danced in Samantha’s eyes.
“Your mother should’ve known when to keep her legs closed, don’t you think,” Samantha chirped in a casual tone. “Raegan Norman, really? He is bad news.”
“What do you want?” Alicia hissed.
“Just to meet you and see for myself what kind of person you really are,” Samantha answered.
Samantha stepped closer. “I was seeing you one last time to remember how you were before I destroy everything you ever had,” she emphasized the last few words.
“You bitch –“
“Tsk, tsk, tsk,” Samantha clucked her tongue cutting her off. “You’re in no position to talk to me, Alicia. Future mother in law of your fake fiancée, the Hollywood heartthrob Alexander McGregor caught cheating in Sinclair’s annual ball. Mmm… the news just gives me goosebumps…”
“Shut up –“
“I said no talking, Alicia!” Samantha hissed. “You will only listen from now. You listen and listen carefully. I am going to destroy you, Alicia.”
Alicia clenched her jaw and balled her fists as she looked at the girl standing before her. How the hell did she know that her engagement with Alexander wasn’t real?
“You messed with what’s mine. If that was not enough, you had the audacity to come to my party and walk around in that skimpy outfit.”
“I said no talking! I agree that you are a seductress, but no more. When I am done with you, you will feel disgusted with your own self. Count your days, Alicia. Maybe put your brain to some good use while I am at it.” Samantha concluded with a wicked smile. “Oh, and do me a favor. Get out of my home before I have the security escort you outside.”
Alicia fumed when Samantha turned and walked away.
She looked at the woman she called her mother being dragged away by the uniformed guards. She couldn’t risk the media snapping her photos at this situation. She’ll have to get out of this wretched place and feign innocence if the media approached her for a statement.
“Boys, I think you’re missing someone important,” Gabriela chirped and the reporters threw her puzzled look. Gabriela pointed at Alicia silently walking out of the party and the reporters gave her a knowing grin before stalking the popular fiancée of Alexander McGregor.
The boring Sinclair annual charity ball had become a sensation just with once incident and they couldn’t contain the excitement that bubbled within. The girls with Samantha burst out laughing when they saw Alicia hiding her face as she power walked towards the exit.
“Remind me never to get to the bad side of these women,” Sebastián whispered as he wiped the sweat from his forehead.
“We all have to keep that in mind,” Axel stated and took a sip of his drink. He was definitely not expecting this tonight and he didn’t know how he felt about the entire ordeal. It sure was ugly and he wouldn’t have planned something like this.
“How did you know that she will be there?” Axel asked once Samantha came back to him.
“I didn’t. I just planned to have a small talk with your ex-bitch. But, her mother was just a bonus,” she informed. “Silvia saw Alana following Uncle Norman in spite of him swatting her advances. She followed them and sure enough, Alana was trying to seduce him and they were having a heated argument.”
“So, you just guided Mrs. Norman and the media hawks to the scene,” Axel concluded.
Samantha shrugged. “It made the work with Seemus easier, didn’t it?”
“It did,” he agreed.
As if on cue, the speakers blared with loud music which had their feet tap to the rhythm. “We should dance,” Amelia announced and dragged Eric towards the dance floor while he groaned mumbling she was pregnant. Gracie was already following them with a grumbling, Antonio.
“May I have our first dance, my beautiful fiancée,” Axel offered his hand to Samantha, which she took gladly with a huge grin.
Soon, they were all on the dance floor, shaking their bodies to the rhythm. Axel spun her around the dance floor as the song changed to a slow one. It has been years since he danced and he was enjoying it. Samantha’s shy smile and happy giggles made his day.
When the song changed to a fast beat, the siblings cheered as they grouped together to dance. The others joined mimicking their funny movements as their laughter filled the dance floor.
A few hours later…
“I’m tired,” Samantha whined as Axel led her into the mansion.
“Same here, I need some fresh air and some lone time with you,” Axel stated.
“Okay. Let me change first. Do you mind?” She asked.
“No. Wear something comfortable. I’ll borrow something from Eric. It’s two a.m. and I don’t think, my parents will be up for traveling now.”
“Okay. Meet me here in a few minutes,” Samantha said tiredly as she climbed the stairs to her room and Axel went to find Eric, who was trying to drag a hyper Amelia to their bedroom. He chuckled internally as he noticed Antonio having the same trouble with Gracie. The others were still on the dance floor.
“Here,” Eric thrust a pair of sweatpants and T-shirt at Axel. “God save me. I don’t know how she is still up. She should be out like a light now,” he whispered with a serious look.
“Eric! I’m horny!” Amelia called.
Eric’s eyes widened as his cheeks heated up. Axel chuckled under his breath as he bid good night and left Eric with Amelia.
Samantha was waiting for him by the stairs when Axel came out. She was wearing cotton shorts and a loose T-shirt. One thing Axel always adored her simplicity. A few minutes ago, she looked like a Goddess from heaven, and now, she looked so simple yet beautiful, her face and body, bare of any makeup.
“We can go to the roof. It’ll be peaceful there,” she said, rubbing her temples.
They proceeded towards the stairs and Axel smiled to himself when her fluffy flip-flops squeaked with each step she took. Their rooftop took his breath away. A huge swimming pool lit with lights sat with a canopy and comfortable cushion sofa, which was covered with white curtains. Black Balencia Chaise lounge with white cushions lined up at the side of the pool.
“This place is beautiful,” Axel said in admiration.
“Yes, it is. Amelia designed it,” she stated in a proud tone. “Before, it used to be just the pool. She did most of our interiors.”
“She’s really talented.”
“That she is. Eric let her do all the office, buildings and home interiors. Let’s sit there,” Samantha pointed the comfortable cushion sofa.
“Here, let me do it,” Axel volunteered when he saw her rubbing her feet.
“Thank you,” she beamed with gratitude as he positioned her legs on his lap as she lay down, stretching her sore muscles. “Axel, can I ask you something?”
“Do you feel like everything is happening so fast?”
“Yes, I do,” he answered honestly.
“A few months back you were snapping at me at every instant you got. Now, we are engaged and you are rubbing my feet,” she stated. “When did you start seeing me differently?”
Axel was silent for a few moments. “I don’t know,” he smiled. “At first, I didn’t feel anything. After the first few months, I kind of got used to you being my secretary. You took my cruel retort with a nod and always finished the work. I think your work and activities spoke a lot than your words.”
Samantha smiled, remembering those days. He was always serious and had a short temper. He snapped most times instead of replying to the simple questions.
“You reduced my workload a lot and I think I was able to focus on the other things. Like, being home and eating dinner with my parents for one. I kind of got used to seeing your smile and I missed it when I couldn’t see you. You gave me my space yet took care of me in your own way. You made sure I ate something in between all the work,” he said with a warm smile.
“I kind of started to look forward to seeing you every day, just to hear your sound, see that smile. I started noticing the way you dressed every day, it was always formal, simple yet elegant. I wondered how you never tried to go out-of-the-way to impress me. How you always took my compliments with a shy smile.”
“It was my parents who helped me to really see you as a woman for me. They knew that I liked you and was comfortable around you, unlike the other women. They encouraged me to go for it. I agree that I was skeptical at first, but now I don’t think I can be any happier than I already am,” he grinned and a warm feeling spread through her body at his words.
“Thank you,” she whispered and hugged him.
“You know, Sam, I was so worried about facing my past. After you, I don’t feel the same anymore. I feel stronger, more confident.”
“I am glad I mean something to you,” she whispered.
“You mean everything to me now, Samantha. I haven’t seen my parents this happy in years, all because of you.”
“It’s nothing,” she shook her head and buried her face further into his chest as she adjusted her body between his legs. “Did you see Alicia’s face when her mom was caught?” She chimed excitedly. “I loved each moment of it.”
“To be honest, I didn’t see her at all,” Axel admitted.
“I was busy admiring my girl, who looked like a Goddess. I was wondering if her skin was made of gold or it was just the light playing tricks with my sight. I was thinking where she was all these years,” he whispered in a husky voice make her shiver.
“Shh… It’s true, Sam. At this moment, I really don’t care about Alicia or anyone else. I just want to spend the rest of my life with you and your beautiful family.”
“I love you, Axel,” she whispered and snuggled close to his chest as happiness overwhelmed her.
“I love you too, Sam.”
Axel combed her hair with his fingers and gently massaged her scalp as he glanced at the stars scattered across the sky. He felt his eyes droop as her breathing evened. Axel adjusted her in his arms and embraced the sleep ready to claim him.