A Chance in Dead Love

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Chapter 2

"Laura! I need those files!"

I sighed as my boss, also my best friend, Bethany Charles entered my office.

"Laura, what's wrong? You're always looking gloomy and tired, I can squeeze in a break for you, if you're looking for one."

I stared at Bethany, her blonde curls and her cherry smiles seemed to lit up the blue sky in her eyes.

For once I felt free, like someone had just given me the freedom I needed, and that God had been my best friend since university. I smiled and nodded my head, as she walked over and rubbed my back.

"Maybe I could work from a different location?"

"What, like move away, forever?"

Her face drained of colour in sorrow and worry.

"No, just for a couple of months, Beth. Los Angels is a bit too crowded..."

"Okay, I know some people in Georgia, think of it as a holiday present, from your bestie."

Bethany stated as she gripped me into a hug, I smiled, maybe I did need a holiday from the people I knew so well. Just for a little while.

"Alright, how does next week sound?"

"What, no! If you're going on a holiday, you go right away. And you don't come back here unless I see more smiles than frowns, missy. That's a order for your job, if you want to keep it."

We laughed as she left my office, alright Georgia, here I come.


Georgia USA seemed like a nice place, lots of trees, a lake, tall glassy buildings. Everything seemed perfect.

I was with my tour guide when it happened, a simple tour around the city with my new, temporary boss. A slight tap on the shoulder and everything changed, a new complicated emotion entered my life, yet it felt oddly familiar.

"Excuse me, ma'am, you look new around here. It'd be my pleasure to show you around."

I looked up at a man, he was about 6ft 2, wearing a nice dark suit. His pitch black hair surrounded his slightly tanned face, his dark brown eyes pierced me. Like I was helpless, and he played me like his puppet. A small but visible smile was attached to his face, he held out his smoothed skinned hand in greeting. I tried looking away, I tried to move, but his gaze glued me to the ground. I was stuck like his prey.

"Um, no... No thank you, I'm fine."

The words came harsher than I expected out of my mouth. Yet, I knew this predator, he could hurt me just by touching me.

He backed up a few inches, like I had hurt him from the inside.

"Sorry, I rushed a little, didn't I? Let's start with new beginnings, shall we?"

His tone of voice was hushed, and almost audible, but the way he said it. It was sexy, but luring.

"I'm-"

"I know who you are, you're that rapist, Jake Valentino."

"But, I-"

"No, leave me alone, I don't want you to hurt me. Get lost, you monster."

I took off running back to my boss.

"Eric! A man's after me!"

Eric Finwey was Bethany's other friend, he was so nice and very smart, they said he would look after me.

"Where? I don't see him, hurry up, or you're going to miss out on the hotel check in."

I looked back as Mr Finwey dragged me down the street, Valentino was nowhere to be seen.

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