CHAPTER 25: HEARTBEAT
As soon as I stepped into the kitchen, I instantly regretted coming unannounced. My feet hesitated to take a step forward as I analyzed the situation and stood grounded.
I contemplated leaving but it was too late as the little girl with two pigtails and a wide smile, missing one front tooth looked up to see me.
Her hands were covered in what looked like cake batter as she joyfully skipped off the stool of the kitchen island, nudging Reid, who was sitting next to her by smearing the remaining cake batter onto his jumper.
“Julie, sweetheart no...” Reid grabbed her arms in his hands, stopping her little rebellion on his clothes. “You promised not to make my clothes dirty.”
“But Prince, I wanted to clean my hands...” Like a deer caught in headlights, she barely whispered in a sweet tone before she started giggling and ran out of Reid’s grip as he tried to catch her until she reached me and stood right in front of me.
“Hi, who are you? I am Julie, princess of-” She was cut off as Reid suddenly picked her up started tickling her sides and she started laughing hysterically and that’s when I noticed the masterpiece Reid’s face was.
Poorly applied pink lipstick not only ran across his lips, but also covered most of his lower face. His cheeks had two bright red spots, making him look like one of those matryoshka dolls and his hair was in two small ponytails tied with bright pink hair ties on top of his head.
I couldn’t help but let out a little laugh myself as my eyes drifted over to the little pink tea set on the kitchen counter.
“How-what...is happening?” I was genuinely confused as I tried to understand why the kitchen was a mess of pinks and why Reid’s face looked like a Barbie had vomited on it.
Julie squirmed in his arms until he let her go, kicking him in the process and ran away from him, still giggling and obviously on a high dose of sugar.
“Well...I am babysitting for Ryan.” He sighed, his hands running across his face, making his makeup smear more and that’s when my fit of hysteria started as well which only seemed to anger Reid more as he tackled me down and made me laugh until I had tears running down my cheeks.
“Can you do my hair before I leave, Lizzie?”
“Sure Julie, come here.” I patted the space in front of me as I sat up straighter against the headrest of the bed.
After an hour of just running around the house and trying to get Julie to a rest, she had finally settled down, her sugar rush thankfully coming to an end as we ended up watching Frozen as Reid hid away in his study, finding an excuse to escape watching the kiddish movie that I still enjoyed, preferably over a glass of wine, albeit Tangled was still to this day my favorite.
Flynn Rider or rather Eugene Fitzherbert’s smolder was all the convincing that I needed for it to be my number one.
She ran and got her brush as she sat in front of me and handed it over to me.
Undoing her pigtails, I slowly started to brush out her blonde hair. She definitely got it from Ryan.
“You have beautiful hair.”
“Thank you but they are still not as gorgeous as yours...Can I be as beautiful as you someday?” My heart melted at her words and I turned her around to face me.
“You already are much more beautiful. You are such a gorgeous and sweet princess, you shouldn’t even worry about anything like this ever again.”
“Then why don’t I have a prince yet?”
“You will find him someday. Even I haven’t found mine-”
“That’s not true, you have uncle Reid. He is your prince and you are his princess.”
I laughed as I didn’t know what to say. As amazing as what she said sounded, it wasn’t true. Not true at all.
It was way more complicated than that.
“You’ll find him soon enough. He will be a really sweet and charming man, who will treat you like you mean the world to him and will be worth the wait because after you meet him, you’ll get to spend an eternity together, in love and happy.” If only it worked that way.
My words didn’t sound true to my own ears but as I finished Julie’s braid, she seemed happy enough as she skipped off the bed as soon as the doorbell rang and I followed her.
“Dad!” Julie ran into Ryan’s arms as soon as I opened the door and he picked her up, giving her a spin and cradling her up to one side. “I missed you.”
“I missed you too sweetie.” He kissed the top of her head and finally noticed me. “Hey Elizabeth, everything good?”
“Yeah, great. Do you want me to call Reid?” I said as I handed him over Julie’s backpack loaded with her toys and her makeup kit.
“No, it’s okay. We gotta get going anyways. It’s way past her bedtime. Sorry for being so late. I was stuck up in a set the entire day... Anyway, it was lovely seeing you again.” He smiled and winked at me. “I’ll see you guys later.”
I smiled back, “Later Steele. Bye Julie!” I shouted as the doors of the elevator began shutting down. Julie screamed her ‘bye’ right back at me and vigorously waved.
“I wanted to talk to you.” After grabbing a little snack well, more like eating whatever edible thing I could find in the kitchen to fulfill my insane hunger, I finally warmed up and made my way to the study.
Hearing my voice, Reid looked up from the laptop screen in front of him. “Is everything alright?...You don’t look so good.” He stood up and walked towards me, wrapping his hands around my face.
“Just...yeah, about that, I think I had something bad maybe.” I said, referring to the little vomiting session I had earlier as I wrapped my hands around his wrists.
“Come, sit.” He guided me towards his chair and sat me down as he stood leaning on the desk in front of me. “What’s going on?”
“Did you hear anything from Bea? Did she come...visit you? ” I almost spit her name out even though I tried to remain as calm as possible as I fidgeted with my fingers.
“No to both of your questions but what did she do?”
“She...came over to visit me with a proof...about us.”
“What kind of a proof?”
“She has a footage of us kissing.”
His eyes widened as he heard me. “Fuck.” He ran a hand through his tousled hair.
“I am going to kill that bitch-”
“Reid, no.” I argued with him to calm down and he sighed.
“It’s going to be okay Elizabeth. I’ll- I’ll just talk some sense into her or just...find some way to keep her mouth shut. Don’t worry, no one will find out-”
“Reid, no. You don’t get it. Even if you shut her up now, people are going to find about this...scandalous affair one day or another. We can’t keep doing this. This has to stop.” I stood up. The words coming out of my mouth were way more serious than I had earlier thought they were.
“Elizabeth, I know... I know they’ll find out one day but it has to be the right time-”
“No, no, no.” I knew I had to stop speaking but I couldn’t. My hormones were messing up with me, maybe my period was close. “This is so wrong. I have... I don’t even know what I’ve been doing for the past few days... My mother will disown me. Do you have any idea how bad this could be for you too? You are a fucking CEO. Knowing Bea, rumors will spread fast and you will be devastated. This is so fucking messed up!-” I automatically flailed my arms around until Reid caught them and crashed his lips against mine, shutting me up. A few unknown tears sprouted from my eyes, and I could taste them on his relentless lips as they nipped against mine.
His tongue pushed demanded entrance and fought in an unending battle for dominance with mine as I moaned into his mouth, while my hands tightly pushed against his chest, my lips moves fast against his.
The kiss was full of my frustration and restlessness fighting against Reid’s patience and calmness.
I did not know whether to push him back against the desk and scream at him for no reason or kiss him until my lips were numb and I barely had the energy to speak.
I was just about to choose the later option as I bit his lower lip and pushed it into my mouth, sucking it before he pushed me away from him.
“I love you, I love you so fucking much my Elizabeth. Whatever happens, we will go through it together. You just need to believe in me. I’ll make this fucking right. All I need is for you to calm down.” His forehead rested against mine, his beautiful orbs digging into mine, searching my soul for a response that I already knew he knew and was just at the tip of my lips.
My heart stopped for a second there. He said he loved me and not only did my lips feel numb, but my whole body felt numb except for my heart that was beating so fast that I was scared that he could hear it beat erratically. I rested my hand over the top of his heart through the flimsy gray t-shirt, feeling his heart beat that almost matched mine.
A fire ignited in my chest, spreading through my whole body and warming every little niche of my tissues as they burned with desire, need, love and in that moment I couldn’t care less about some silly footage that could possibly ruin my life.
All I cared about was telling how much I loved him back, kissing every inch of his body as he devoured every cell of mine, creaming around his cock as I screamed his name and showed him that no other woman could ever make him feel that way but I guess the universe had some other plans for us today.
“I love you more, you fucking asshat.” I replied with a smile through my tears and kissed his chin and was just about to trail my lips a little further up before his phone started ringing. Reid canceled the call and picked me up, sitting me down on the desk before his phone started ring again.
“Fuck. I should probably take that. It’s my PA, it must be something important.”
I nodded my head as I pushed myself into a slightly more comfortable position on the desk as Reid listened to whatever the other person was saying in what seemed like a rushed tone.
Reid’s hand gripped the phone tightly as the conversation went on and I got off the desk, sensing it was something serious from the expression of pure anger that seemed to control his face all of a sudden.
I grabbed his arm as he ended the call and flinched when he threw the phone at the wall in front of us with so much force that the glass screen broke into tiny little pieces.