Ronan leads me to the kitchen and I fix both of us a glass of wine. While I’m taking a sip of wine, his eyes rake over me like I’m a prime steak. I guess to him I am. He couldn’t help but take the bait I gave him. To him, I’m still fresh and can be controlled. With me fooling him to let me back in, he obviously thinks he’s winning.
After a few moments of silence, he clears his throat.
“So, you need closure, huh?”
I nod, slowly and smile.
“Is that what I called it?”
“Well, I guess I didn’t word it right. I don’t think anything needs to necessarily close or end. I think I’d just like to start new.”
“Oh really?” He smirks and comes over to me.
He places his hand on my hips and his thick cologne fills my senses like smoke in a burning room. His eyes darken as he looks down at me. I can tell he’s plotting on me. Making plans and demands for what he wants from me. To him, I’m desperate and willing to do just about anything to get the money rolling again.
“Yes, really? Last time you didn’t really lay down the law about your expectations. I guess I was a bit of a weakness for you.”
Ronan chuckles a bit, squeezing my hips in his large hands.
“With a body like this, I suppose I did overlook a few key points in this arrangement. Why don’t we go get comfortable and talk about this?”
“Sure.” I smirk and as I’m about to turn to walk to his living room, he stops me.
“But first.” He mumbles, leaning in for a kiss.
As much as I want to turn my head, I don’t. I let him kiss me. I, however, can’t help but resist a bit.
“Let me in baby. Don’t be mad at daddy anymore. I’ll make it up to you.”
I force a smile against his lips and allow them to part. Immediately, his tongue slips into my mouth and I want to gag. I feel horrible allowing this to happen. It feels wrong for me to do this knowing I’m with Marco now. I know he’ll understand, but guilt is overcoming me.
Ronan kisses me hard and eager the way he did when I was with him. Now that I’ve had Marco, I don’t know how I ever allowed this to turn me on. I was truly blinded by the attention and money.
When I can’t take anymore, I gently pull away and giggle.
“Whoa, down boy. Are you trying to get me out of this dress tonight?”
“Absolutely.” Ronan replies without missing a beat.
We finally retreat to the living room, I sit down on his sofa and he flops down next to me. I try to put some distance between us, but he wraps his arm around me, pulling me closer.
“Okay, now let's talk about this new beginning.”
“Lets.” I nod.
“I know that I looked past you having a job, but as you know, I’d rather have most of your time.”
“Done. I already put in my notice the other day.” It was easy to lie to him when it was only partial. In reality, my two-week notice was sitting on the glove compartment of my car. I just haven’t turned it in yet.
“What made you do that? Surely, it wasn’t me.”
“It was for me. I finally realized that I deserve better. I guess in the end, you were right as usual.”
“Soon you’ll realize that I will always have your best interest in mind.”
“I know. I’m sorry that I gave you so much trouble. You knew from the start that I was a stubborn girl.” I shrug, giving him a small wink that makes Ronan smile.
“Stubborn girls can be broken.”
I don’t know whether to take that as a threat or not. When I look in his eyes, I can tell that through the flirtation, he’s serious. It’s so easy to fall for his charming makes and intelligent appearance, but behind all of that is a man who is used to getting his way and will throw a tantrum when he doesn’t. As old as he is, he acts like a little kid.
Time passes, and we talk about all the terms of our new fake arrangement. He tells me how often he wants me to stay the night which is almost every night. He ups the amount of money he’s giving me in exchange for the time I’ve be giving him. Hopefully, I can get the first deposit before this thing blows up. Just because I can’t stand him doesn’t mean I won’t happily accept the money. He also tells me that I will drive a car of his choice. When I’m with him, I will have my own wardrobe at the house and will act accordingly.
He’s trying to make me a slave.
For the sake of the plan, I agree to all of the bullshit terms he’s presented to me. I don’t know how long I’m going to have to go along with this before I can get everything I need to end him, but I already know that even one day of being in his presence will drive me crazy. To ensure that for at least the first few days, I’m free of any sexual obligation to him, I decide to throw in some of my own terms.
“I need to make some rule too.” I say and he raises an eyebrow as if he’s surprised that I’m even trying to negotiate anything.
“I don’t want to have sex for a while. I had sex with you right off the back when I should’ve worked up to it. You barely had to buy the cow because you go the milk for free. That doesn’t seem so far, now does it?”
Ronan chuckles and lays his hand on my thigh.
“I suppose it doesn’t. How about this. For the first month, no sex with me. I will earn the right to your body like a true gentleman. How’s that?”
Suddenly, there’s a knock on the front door and it catches me off guard because when I was staying here, Ronan never had guests over. I frown softly as he calls for the doorman to get it.
“Right on time. I have a little surprise for you.”
“Yes. Come. I think you’re going to like this very much. I picked it out just for you, my dear.”
Thinking, it’s going to be a horse or car or something stupid that Ronan would buy, I follow him to the front door. When we’re close, he takes my hand in his. Frowning, I begin to hear a voice coming from the foyer and when we round the corner, my feet plant on the floor, stopping Ronan.
“What the fuck is going on here?” I almost yell as I snatch my hand away.
“This is my surprise.” He chuckles. “I hope you don’t mind a little extra company.”
Staring back at me with wide eyes and a red face is the last person I expected to see.
“What are you doing here, Blaire?”
“I…I…” She can’t answer so I look to Ronan for a reply.
“Well, when you contacted me about coming back, I was in the middle of accruing an arrangement with Blaire. It didn’t take much to find her and when I met her, I found her to be quite pleasing. When I told her about our wonderful arrangement and how sad I was that it ended, she fell into the palm of my hand.”
Blaire frowns and tears start coming to her eyes.
“You used me?”
“Everyone here is using everyone. Don’t act like you came here for a simple friendship. When I expressed interest in you, you wasted no time sending me naked pictures.” He laughs.
I shake my head, wanting to slap the hell out of Blaire for thinking that being with Ronan would be her way of stabbing me in the back. She just doesn’t realize what she’s gotten herself into.
Ronan wraps his arm around my waist and pulls me to his side.
“I hope my sweet, Malina here doesn’t get jealous that I’ve decide to have two babies in my life. I’m sure she can show you the ropes. Maybe the two of you can be close friends again. Actually, I’m sure you two will be close considering you both will be my lovers.” His hand comes down and palms my ass and I want so badly to punch him in the nuts.
Blaire stands there like a deer in headlights and I want nothing more than to tell her to walk away, but I can’t. She’s, unfortunately, going to have to find out the hard way what it’s like to deal with Ronan.
Things just became a lot more complicated.