โ€œMaking her Mineโ€ {18+}

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He dialed her number no less than three times, each time his call being reject and the third time going to the voice mail.

The promise that Bennet has made to the Koreans needs to be settled with Marisa tonight and he has to stay.

Their request is not an easy one and Chase can only hope that it won't jeopardize his long relation with Marissa's company.

But Paula's matter is urgent as well.

"Fuck!" he curses and runs the fingers of one hand through his hair, torn between the two urgent matters of tonight. And he decides the business comes first.

It will take only an hour more and time is running short.

He and Paula have the entire weekend to solve their matters and besides, she has been threatening him to leave a few times before but she never has.

Yeah, he'll find her crying her eyes out in his penthouse like every time whenever they fight.

It will take him an entire night to talk things through and make her lose the attitude just to close their fight with having mechanic sex, supposedly washing off all the resentment for each other, just to pile it somewhere in the back of their minds before taking it out again.

Eventually, it proves to be always the same, sex and promises for better, promises that never come true and most probably she'll do the same tonight.

But the weekend is coming. He'll have enough time to deal with it.

He sits back in his office leather armchair under the stares of a blushed Marissa sitting on one of the chairs in front of his desk, pretending to listen to a whispering Bennet leaned with his butt against the desk and trying most probably to calm her down and convince her that she's not the cause of any matter between Chase and Paula issue.

She looks as if she has cried and that makes Chase even angrier.

"Marissa, I apologize. I'm truly sorry for Paula's behavior over there. It's really nothing personal," Chase says in a deeper tone than he has intended but, fuck it!

He has had enough of constantly swallowing his bitter heart and fight to make things right.

"Well... let's just get over it and tell me what's the other thing we need to talk to about," she replies after nodding her head in acceptance for Chase's apology and trying to look as if she has already forgotten the events.

"Right," Chase says running for the tenth time his hand through his hair. "Well, Bennet here had to grant a request of the Koreans to seal the deal and I'm not really sure how you or Jackson are going to... welcome that," Chase replies, sitting back at his desk after removing his suit jacket, loosening his tie and opening his first three buttons of his shirt.

Paula's visit has really pulled him out of his comfort zone, and no, that is not the reason for feeling so tense and fussy.

It's her again, coming out from some dark corner of his mind where he has been isolating her for the past days but from where she would come out whenever she feels like it, or whenever Chase needs a refuge away from his daily life... and Paula.

Like for example now, when he wishes with every beat of his heart to have her close and hold her till all tension is gone.

Why did he feel so much for a woman he has merely met for no more than three minutes and exchanged three sentences?

The hell if he knew!

"What is it?" Marissa asks, pulling him back from his daydreaming.

He shifts his eyes towards her and sighs before speaking but Bennet intervenes, sparing his brother of the inconvenient tasks of bringing the news.

"The Koreans want the architect of the project to stay in Seoul for the entire period of construction," he brings it upfront in a breath, marking Marissa break into a burst of healthy laughter.

The two brothers exchange some surprised looks, unsure if her reaction is actually irony or a reason for relief.

"Don't worry about that," she waves hands in the air. "We did work with the Koreans before. It's something they usually ask and we're always prepared for it," she clears her partners' fears. "You know, we work with a lot of interns and this is one of the reasons we keep them quite involved in our projects and they know the details sometimes better than us. Don't fret about it. My intern is my mirror and Kath will do just great in my place in Seoul. I'm pretty sure she'll welcome the idea. She's a very ambitious and hard worker. And damn good at her job."

"Wow. This is really comforting news, Marissa," Bennet replies, feeling indeed at ease.

Chase laughs loudly, curling an index in his tie and removing it from around his neck. At least one good news for the day.

"You and Jackson are really good to do business with," he tells her and then turns towards his brother. "You're off the hook, it seems."

"Yeah," Bennet mumbles, pressing his lips in a thin line.

"Well, if this is all, I would really like to call it a night. It's been a hard week and I can only dream about a quiet evening," Marissa concludes, collecting her files and shaking hands with Chase and Bennet.

"Jackson and I will have a conference with the Koreans next week to let them know about Kath joining them in Seoul. It will work just fine. Talk to you next week. Bye for now."

"I'll show you to your car, Marissa," Bennet offers. "Chase, wait a few minutes more. We need to have a word," he continues towards his brother and Chase confirms with a nod.

As soon as Marissa and Bennet are out on the door Chase exhales a deep sigh, rubbing the hands on his face as if throwing the stress away.

He stands up and shoved his hands in his pockets, strolling towards the glass walls opening to New York's vast beauty.

Life with Paula becomes heavier every day and it's harder to handle.

They did try to mold everything back to the previous stage but her behavior of today and the gorgeous brunette popping up in his mind as a cold shower slash eye-opening matter that seems can't be avoided or forgotten become the prerequisites of their imminent separation.

Maybe, just maybe letting Paula leave for a while is exactly what they both expect.

And he needs a catalyst in his life, something to put salt and pepper in his existence, something to bring him back to life, something or someone...

No, he needs her. He needs this gorgeous young brunette to clear the clouds wrapping him in the past week and turning his life upside down.

The door opens pulling Chase back to reality and Bennet shows in, walking directly to the bar to fix some glasses of well-deserved brandy for him and Chase.

His brother follows him with tired eyes and takes the glass when Bennet hands it to him.

"Listen, Chase. Paula's matter needs to be clarified. I know you don't feel to talk about it but..."

"Ben, please. I'm really not in the mood ..." Chase tries to avoid the subject.

He'll have plenty of Paula tonight and the thought cringes his stomach.

"I've seen you with the girl in the club last Friday, Chase," Bennet cuts him off. "It was not something easy to overlook, you know."

"What?" Chase mumbles with a frowning stare at his brother.

"Yeah. Well, I haven't seen very often that mug of yours being so fucked up by the sight of a woman," Bennet tries a joke that his brother doesn't really taste, holding the same frown glare.

"Maybe in college. Yeah, you were like that in college. But like a fucked up guy that you are, you've never given yourself another chance once you've become 'grown up'. A total loss, if I may say," he continues, sipping from his glass and waiting for his brother's wrath or... approval.

Chase keeps quiet for a few moments, glaring at his brother, mentally admitting he's right.

He turns his face again towards New York's view sipping from his glass and enjoying her image flashing in front of his eyes again.

"It was something... just chemistry, Bennet. It happens all the time," he finally replies, dismissing Bennet's assumptions.

"Call it whatever you wish, Chase. But I know what I've seen there. And there was no Paula in any corner of your brain."

His elder brother sighs when hearing Paula's name, remembering that he's expected home for not a very pleasant matter.

He checks the time and it's almost midnight. He has promised Paula to get home soon and talk to her but he feels rather distancing than getting closer with her.

Moreover, he feels no need to fix things with Paula. Something is missing in their relationship and that is coming way back, from the beginning of their life together.

"I know what I've seen on your face, brother. And I know you. I know you better than you know yourself. You always do the right thing being sure that's what you want or need, or... others expect from you. But you're lying to yourself, Chase. What you're having with Paula, doesn't look right to me. Don't let yourself down on that road, brother. Don't follow dad's steps."

Chase smirks bitterly. Yeah, the forever story of their father, stuck in a marriage for the sake of money and drained of bitter heart till the day he died.

They found her a couple of years after their father's death. She inherited a substantial amount of money and Chase promised his father he would find her.

She was leaving in another city, away from their mother's long arm, living in a rather poor neighborhood but never wanting to take the money.

She still held love in the eyes while shedding tears admiring the two sons of the man she loved all of her life. Still beautiful and warm-hearted, she soon earned their respect more than anything and promised themselves that they would never touch that money and would be at her disposal any moment of her life she would need it.

"Paula has been always there for me, Bennet. I can't just throw that away," Chase defends her and Bennet couldn't only nod at his brother's words, understanding his struggle.

Paula came into his brother's life when the time was really right. Chase was all buried in work, knowing nothing but long nights of work and multiple business trips.

It was also true that his business increased tenfold and he moved from being a millionaire to the billionaires' league in a matter of a couple of years but all that effort moved Chase as well from being a cheerful guy and easy going to a grumpy businessman waking up with deals in his head and taking them to bed at night.

They met at a dinner party at her father's estate, exactly when Chase thought life couldn't turn any other way but keeping him a forever bachelor.

He didn't lack women, of course. He had always been a breathtakingly handsome man.

He was rich and he was one damn good deal for any businessman's daughter to marry him and companies to merge. And that was exactly expected from him and Paula.

For years Chase managed to avoid marriage. Women were coming and going in his life and of course, he preferred the ones he paid or sent some disgusting expensive gifts and never hear about them again. They were the most comfortable.

But not Paula. She was coming from an equally rich family, her father being already a business partner with Chase and she did have a way of comforting Chase, of making him feel he belonged to someone and somewhere.

"Listen, I really need to get home," Chase says, rubbing the back of his neck with one hand.

"Chase, give yourself a break, man."

He looks back at his younger brother. He really needs a break. He needs time for himself and most of all he needs someone... yeah, he needs that someone in his life to make him feel alive again.

"See ya. Take care," Chase prefers to reply and cut the subject short no matter how much his brother wants to convince him of something he already knows.
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