The curtains flared up and I watched it without blinking my eyes. These past few days, I have been so not me. I felt as if I was losing myself and it pained me. I have been in edge and always cautious to things that I have never done. My heart ached for the reason that someday everyone is going to blame for something I was never a part of.
I clutched the armrest of the chair as I sat up searching for my phone. There was a continuous beeping sound and I checked the phone to find notifications.
Hot news around!
The famous world scientist, Ace Knights and the CEO of Knights corp has finally found his match. The genius heartthrob is all set to marry this year.
The National award winner scientist, finally set to hear the wedding bells at the age of twenty-nine.
According to our source, Mr. Ace Knights has found love in his childhood best friend Ms. Chelsea Kinsley, the daughter of George Kinsley. Earlier, it was said that Ms. Kinsley after graduating from Stanford’s would be the next in line to take over her father’s company but now we understand why she chose not to.
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I felt as if I would pass out any second. I stood up in shock as I read the news again and again. What’s going on? Why is my name with Ace?
All of a sudden something hit me and I understood, what was going on. Rage filled up me as I threw the phone on the bed and got ready to give a visit to my father, first.
I knew this was him. He has done this but today was enough! I just had enough. How am I going to face Ace after this? And to top of that Veronica. She is going to unveil me before Ace. She had clearly warned me if I did anything stupid then she would take it no time to unveil me. But she did give me an opportunity to talk everything out with Ace. And now, if she sees this news then she would think I am again behind all this and then she will come for us.
There will be a huge problem if something like that happened and I will not let anyone cause trouble for my family.
He walked out of his study room, as I removed the sunglasses and stormed up to him throwing the newspaper which had the news headline of Ace and me.
“What the hell is this?” I asked as calmly as I could because on the inside I felt like I was going to explode any second.
“Relax! It’s just a news headline,” he chuckled as he picked up the newspaper.
“Dad are you out of your mind? Why are you doing this to me? To your own daughter? Dad! Ace is not even in the country. Think about what will happen if he comes back and sees this. Because of you, there will be a problem between us,” I screamed as tears pooled my eyes and I saw my nana and my little brother standing on the stairs, looking at us.
“Why are you blaming me? I asked his father and his father agreed. Moreover, Ace doesn’t have anyone in his life. So why not you? There shouldn’t be any problem,” he argued as he shrugged and made his way to the sofa, having a seat.
“It’s not about having someone in your life or not! Did you ask my permission or Ace’s before going for such a step?”
“Well, it happened because you didn’t provide me the information that I had asked from you. Since you didn’t I will take things on my hand and if you are married to Ace then Knights Corp will eventually be yours.”
“Are you serious? What part of my statement did you not understand?” I snapped and he looked up at me.
“I have already told you, I am not in your games and I will never let anyone pass information to you from Knights Corp. Ace is my friend and he trusts me, I will never break his trust,” tears streamed down my face as I realized how hurt I was. If Ace, were to ever find out about this then he would never forgive me or never talk to me. I can’t bear to lose him, now when I realize I am in love with him.
“Chelsea, what’s wrong? Why are you so upset about such a simple matter and why do you always protect Ace?” he stood before me as he held my shoulder while I sobbed.
“You simply don’t understand what trouble you will have to face if Ace knows about me being in his company with an ulterior motive,”
“Why would he even know? Now if you two get engaged then he will not react to it as much as you think,” he chuckled at my reaction as he patted my back.
“No! You don’t understand! Because you have done this, someone out there knows about your plan of wanting to take over Knights Corp and she is going to expose you as soon as she sees this news. We will be in trouble,” I couldn’t believe what situation my dad has put us in. There was no way I could lose Ace and he has bound Veronica to reveal everything to Ace.
“What? Who is there? Who knows it? I know everyone and nobody would ever dare to go against me,”
“Veronica. Ms. Veronica Sullivan, the investor you tried to bribe is Ace’s childhood friend and his best friend,” I snapped as tears refused to stop and I wiped them away angrily.
“What? This is impossible. I have done a background check before approaching anyone. Sullivan is from South Africa but her origin is from Romania. How can she be Ace’s childhood friend?”
“Because she was studying with us at the London School of Science. She left in the middle but she was the closest friend to Ace and believe me you don’t have any idea how protective she is for Ace. She has played you well since the time you approached her. Now, she will definitely, expose you, us!”
“What are you saying?”
Dad looked like he would pass out as he plopped on the sofa with wide eyes, shocked to what he just heard. Unlike me, Veronica didn’t go for her father’s business but started her own and she was a powerful icon in the field of business and a wealthy one. Everyone knew her and admired her and worshipped her as a fierce tigress. She will definitely rip my father’s throat if she knows anything about this.
My father had no idea, what situation he had put us in. He had his head on his hand as he shook his head.
“How can I be so frivolous about this? If she reveals anything about this to the media and Ace then we will be doomed. Xavier Knights, Ace’s father is not someone you should mess with! Throughout our profession and friendship, I have known not to be his enemy but I had face humiliations and opportunities stripping of my hands because of him. I wanted to win Knights Corp and let him know that there is someone even more powerful and strategic to him. I took my steps carefully but now we are doomed.” he exclaimed as I felt the tension building up in him.
“Dad please stop this. Stop with your obsession with having everything that Mr. Knights possessed and just be over with it!” I exclaimed and he shook his head.
“Dad! Please I can’t lose Ace,” I cried and he looked up.
“Are you? Are you in love with him?” he asked all of a sudden interested in the topic and I couldn’t seem to deny as I wailed my eyes out even having the idea of him not wanting to see me hurts me.
Throughout my whole life, I had never met any guy so gentle, caring and well behaved like Ace. I was in bad influence when I was with Elliot and he was always so dominant with me. He tried to suppress me and I couldn’t take it any longer but with Ace, I was free and different. He made me want to be the best person and he was so patient.
I had bullied him back those days and if he comes to me with hatred, it would have been understandable but he simply chose to ignore me, never went against me nor did he ever try to take revenge. He patience level got me hard and the more I knew him, the more I started to develop feelings for him. I knew he couldn’t see what I was feeling for him but I had no intentions of hiding it from him. I wanted to have him and be his, but not this way. This is forceful and I refuse to be like this with Ace.
He has been so good to me and I refuse to ever hurt or backstab him. I will stop anyone who comes in my way even if it is my own father.
“That sums it all!”
“Oh! This solves everything!” he exclaimed excitedly. I looked up at him thinking about what he was talking about.
“Oh, Chelsea. You just solved everything,”
“W-What are you talking about?” I managed to ask as his beamed with happiness and pulled me to a hug.
“You just have to let Ace know, that you love him and blame everything on me if Veronica reveals anything to Ace. Like it is. You are not even lying. I did this and I will take the blame. I will tell everyone that you are not involved in this but it was definitely my idea but you know what? If you are able to make Ace love you back then he will definitely forgive us,” he looked beyond happy as if he had hit a jackpot.
“No man would be let his woman be in trouble. He will be angry but if he loves you, he will forgive you eventually,”
A smile finally made up its way on my face as I heard that.
“So, is it okay for me if I tell him everything? I will tell him that I love him and no informations were passed from the company,”
“Yes, it will be okay. But first, confess your love to him and make him fall for you and then only talk about it to him. Meanwhile, I will reach out to Xavier and ask him to settle everything with his son and the media and give him some time. If we don’t force Ace for the wedding then he will be in a cool state of mind. Give him an excuse that this was just a misunderstanding from both me and his father’s part,”
I nodded as I wiped my tears using my sleeved and hugged him putting my shoulder.
“Thank you, dad. Thank you for not letting me down before Ace. I really love him and I do want to get married to him, but not like this. I don’t want to lose him.”
For the first time ever, I felt light weighted as a burden coming off my shoulder. I wouldn’t have to act before Ace again. I will apologize and get down on my knees even if I had to but I will not lose him. Never. He had managed to ignite the feelings in me and he will have to take responsibilities. I am willing to wait for him to accept me and I will make sure, he accepts me.
Ace, I can’t wait to tell you how much I love you.