Journey Of The REINE (ON HOLD)

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Angelina’s POV:

Sitting in the room was the one and only…..


I could see that he was also shocked by seeing me there. After some moments, he came out of his shock and excitedly came running towards me with an enormous smile on his face. He hugged me gently, but I couldn’t hug him back as Scarlett was still in my arms. He had kept the distance while hugging me so that he didn’t squeeze Scarlett in between us. Then, he broke the hug and said in an excited tone, “I can’t believe that I am meeting you here, Angelina. I thought I would have to spam your phone with my calls and messages to meet you again.”

“You didn’t need to do that. You are my friend and I told you I will give our friendship a chance. So, I would have met you when I was free,” I said with a genuine smile on my face. I don’t know why I feel so relaxed in his presence.

“You didn’t answer my phone calls or texts after the day of our date. I thought you were no more interested in being my friend,” he said while pouting.

I sighed. I hadn’t checked my phone used for my personal affairs after that day because of all the chaos going on in the recent days. “I am sorry for that. I didn’t mean to do that. Actually, I was really busy nowadays because of some work, so, I wasn’t able to answer your phone calls or messages. I promise I will answer it from now on, even if I would be busy. But, call me only if it’s something important.”

“That’s better and don’t worry, I will never disturb you in your work. But you will have to go out with me tonight for dinner, to make up for worrying me,” he said while huffing and crossing his arms across his chest and looking sideways like a petulant child.

I chuckled and agreed. Hearing that, he squealed. Yeah, you read it right. He literally squealed and started jumping around. I guess I always get surrounded by childish men in my life.

After some minutes, Aiden’s attention snapped to Scarlett, who woke up after hearing Aiden’s high pitch squeal and was now looking at him, curiously.

“Whose is the baby?” he asked curiously.

“Mine. She is my daughter,” I said with an emotionless face, not giving anything away.

He looked at me with different indescribable emotions swirling in his eyes for some minutes and then sighed and mumbled, “You know Angelina that you don’t need to lie to me. I know for sure that she is not YOUR daughter.”

I was surprised but kept a poker face and said nothing, waiting for him to continue that how he was so sure.

After seeing that I didn’t plan on saying anything, he continued, “She is Samuel’s and Maria’s daughter, Rose. You would probably wonder that how I know that, right. Well, Samuel was my best friend when we both were in college. So, I often visited him and his wife in his villa. Last, I met them was 6 days ago, I guess. So, I had seen this baby and also played with her so many times that it’s impossible for me to not recognize her. It’s difficult to forget about a beautiful baby’s face in such a short amount of time. I am the godfather of this girl and I knew Maria had a best friend named Angelina who was the godmother of this child. She often talked about her. I didn’t know her best friend was you till I saw Rose in your arms”

To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. I didn’t know what to say. Then, it hit me he used past tense while talking about them. He knows…?

“How do you know they are dead?” I asked him suspiciously.

He sighed deeply and replied in a pained voice, “He was my best friend. Of course, if anything happens to him, then I would surely know. Their caretaker had called me to inform that they were dead. I went to the villa to take their daughter but, I got to know that someone had already taken her. I thought that Maria’s friend would have taken Rose with her. But for my assurance, I sent private investigators to search about Rose’s location. I couldn’t trust just anyone with Rose. To my surprise, even the top investigators could not find her. So, I came here today for getting help but, I didn’t expect that I would find Rose with you. I am happy that she is well taken care of and that she has gotten such a wonderful mother.”

I could see his love for my baby girl in his eyes. He was really attached to her.

“Scarlett,” I said. I could see he was confused, so I continued, “her name is Scarlett Rossi now. And she will be known by this name only from now on.”

He nodded his head in understanding. “Scarlett,” he said softly while caressing her cheeks.

Our moment was broken when we heard someone clearing their throat. We both looked in the sound’s direction and saw my uncle with the great XAVIER KNIGHT. My uncle was giving both of us sly looks. He clearly got a wrong idea. And well...... Mr. Knight….. he was a totally different story…… he was standing there as stiff as a rock, clenching his fists by his sides and looking at us furiously. I never get what his problem is.

My uncle came over and hugged Aiden tightly. “How are you, my son? What are you doing here? You didn’t even inform me that you would be coming here to meet me,” he asked Aiden.

I stood there confused. I thought Aiden was the important person whom he wanted me to meet.

“I came here for some work, dad. I needed your help in something, but now the issue is solved,” he said while breaking their hug and turning around to wink at me, smiling like a maniac.

I chuckled at him and shook my head. Then, it hit me….. DAD? As far as I knew, Uncle had no child of his own. I guess I would have to talk to the old man about all this.

Mr. Knight cleared his throat, no doubt waiting for his introduction. I think he was the important person whom uncle was talking about.

My uncle turned towards him, then at me and said, “Well, I guess you already know, who he is, Angelina.”

I turned towards him and raised my eyebrow with a look on my face as if saying are you serious…..

He awkwardly smiled and said, “Well, I guess, I will have to introduce you all to each other. He is Xavier Knight, the chairman and the CEO of the Knight Industrial Groups. And Xavier, she is Angelina Rossi, my best friend’s daughter. And the one standing beside her is my son, Aiden Smith, the heir of Smith Enterprises and 50% of Daylight Groups.”

That was a fresh information. Daylight Groups is my Uncle’s business empire. I didn’t know that Aiden was its heir. I wonder who the heir of the other 50% is. I shrugged and focused on what was happening now.

Aiden firmly shook hands with Xavier with a calm and emotionless expression. I was quite impressed about how his expression changed swiftly into a business mode in less than ten seconds; a complete contrast to his childish nature.

Then, I also shook Xavier’s hand firmly and stepped away from him to stand beside Aiden.

“Uncle, we should have breakfast now,” I said.

He nodded, and we all went to the breakfast table. Uncle sat on the head of the table with me on his right side. Aiden sat beside me and Xavier across from me.

Suddenly, Aiden leaned over and whispered in my ear, “We could complete our earlier conversation tonight when we will have our dinner outside. I don’t want to know everything about Scarlett only because she is my goddaughter. I want to know everything because I am your friend as well. I want to know how you are feeling about all this. Okay?”

I looked up at him and nodded with a smile, “okay,” I whispered back. I noticed Xavier was looking at us with so much intensity.

“Dad, me and Angelina will go out for dinner tonight with Scarlett, if that will be okay with you,” Aiden said to my uncle.

My uncle beamed after hearing this and nodded enthusiastically. “Sure. Why will it not be okay with me? You both have fun,” he replied while smiling maniacally. I shook my head at his eagerness and continued having my breakfast.

After breakfast, I stood up and said, “Uncle, I will wait for you in the office to discuss some IMPORTANT MATTERS.” I wanted to know that how Aiden became his son.

He gulped while standing and said, “Okay, I will be there in ten minutes.”

I nodded and turned around to go.

“She sure is scary when she talks in that tone. Now, I know why people fear from her,” my uncle mumbled under his breath but, I still heard it. I shook my head and went in the office’s direction. Aiden had offered to play with Scarlett till the evening and I agreed. After all, he is her godfather.

After some minutes, uncle came in the office and sat on his chair. He knew what I wanted to talk about.

“Start with how I didn’t know that you had a son and that too a famous billionaire who is also the heir of another business empire,” I said in a voice which I mostly use for business meetings and dealings.

He sat up straight and said, “Aiden is not my son. He is my late younger brother’s son. My brother and his wife died while dealing with some mafia business when Aiden was only 1-year-old. My brother had built Smith’s Enterprise while I was building Daylight Empire. Both of our businesses became successful in few years only. But, when he died, I had to manage both the businesses along with the mafia world alone. I adopted Aiden and kept him away from the mafia world because I had already lost my wife, my brother and my sister-in-law in this and never wanted to lose Aiden as well. You were stubborn on coming into the mafia world and so, I couldn’t stop you. But, I never allowed Aiden to know anything about the mafia or his parents. He doesn’t know that he is not my son, and I want to keep it that way only. He is another Scarlett for me.”

Now, I understood why he was so emotional while talking about Scarlett. He was reminded of his own situation while seeing Scarlett with me.

I nodded understandingly and softly said, “Don’t worry, I will keep Aiden’s secret safe and will keep him away from the mafia world. I don’t know why, but I always feel a powerful urge to protect him. I feel relaxed in his presence. He is naïve and gullible but, I promise I will keep him safe in this cruel world till the time I will be alive.”

He sniffed and nodded. I could say that he loved Aiden very much.

“But remember, Old man, I am not in love with Aiden. He is only my friend,” I said in order to distract him from our previous conversation, and I could see that it worked perfectly.

“We will see….. We will see. Just wait till the future,” he said while waving his hand dismissively. I knew he would not give up.

I chuckled and stood up to leave the office and do some work before going out for dinner with Aiden.

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