Sophie's Douce Amour | Sweet Love

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Summary

Sophie owns the known bakery shop Douce Amour. All she ever wants is to live a quiet life after her troubled past. Her plans start to change when a couple asks for her sweets for an engagement party. The soon-to-be-married man enters into her life against her wishes, and the more time they spend together, the harder it is to maintain some distance. But Sophie is sure about one thing, she's not the only one developing feelings for the wrong person. (Hiatus until 2022—I have 3 books to publish before this one)

Genre:
Romance / Erotica
Author:
Reira Richie
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
9
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

La rencontre

Chapter 1

The bell of my bakery shop happily chimes, making me smile. I’ll never get tired of hearing that sound. It means that people love what I do for them and keep coming for more. It’s the best feeling ever.

Douce Amour has been my baby for a while now. It’s a small bakery shop that sells any type of sweet that pops into your head. We even have a corner with various types of candies.

My love for sweets has no limits.

The double baby pink doors open to let my only employee and friend walk inside. “Sophie, I have a couple waiting for you for an engagement party,” she says, leaning on one side against the metallic counter with crossed arms.

I nod as I sprinkle the dough for my tarts with flour. “I’ll be right there.”

I can’t help but glance at Jessy looking behind me with desire sparkling in those sapphire eyes of hers. I smile, shaking my head. “You can pick one, if you want,” I say.

She murmurs a victorious ′yes’ under her breath before picking one of the small fruit tarts ready to be served. With a full mouth, she walks out with a smile on her face.

I quickly put a tea towel over the dough and follow her outside, meeting a short queue in the small vintage shop and an elegant couple with expensive clothes sitting at one of the small round tables. The girl with a gorgeous pale baby face stares at me while chewing on one of the macaroons Jessy offered them.

“You have flour on your cheeks,” Jessy whispers to me, and I smoothly wipe it away when I realize I still have flour on my hands as well. Damn it, I made the situation worse.

I quickly take out the hat that was covering my curls, letting the dark bangs fall over my forehead.

Ugh, I should have washed my hands.

I sit across from the couple, instantly smelling the rich cologne of the engaged man staring at the plate of macaroons with crossed arms.

“Congratulations on your engagement,” I start, receiving the attention of the blonde man. Oh, he’s cute. “I’m Sophie, the owner of all this,” I proudly say, waving my hand around.

The man stretches his hand for me to shake. “Pleasure to meet you. I’m Daniel Ward, and this is my fiancée, Linda Stuart.”

I give him an apologetic smile as I shake my head. “Sorry, my hands are not the cleanest right now. Unless you’re okay with flour.”

“It’s alright, don’t worry,” chirps Linda, eating another macaroon.

I release a breath of relief. “Well, let’s get down to business, shall we? May I know how I can help both of you with?” I ask, closely observing the couple.

They’re both gorgeous. How is that fair? Linda has long blonde hair with sparkling chocolate-colored eyes, while Daniel has hypnotizing emerald eyes and blonde hair long enough to be put in a man bun.

“We would like you to prepare your best finger food sweets for three hundred people by next Friday,” Linda casually explains as Daniel’s eyes slightly widen before straightening himself.

I see he didn’t know about it.

“I think I might be available. Jessy!” I call loud enough to be heard by her, “Could you check if I’m free next Friday and how much is it for an engagement party? I already forgot,” I murmur the last part under my breath.

“Yeah, you’re free, and the price is four hundred dollars for three hundred people,” she says.

I nod, focusing back on the couple. “I hope the price isn’t too high for you. I only use high-quality ingredients, plus I’ll include vegan and gluten-free sweets.”

Linda shakes her head, flashing me a perfect white smile. “No, no, don’t worry, it’s fine. My fiancé will pay for everything.”

My eyes flick back to Daniel, seeing him release a sigh before fishing out from the inside pocket of his black suit, a leather, black wallet. I can’t help but glance inside it, seeing many golds and black credit cards. Damn, he’s loaded.

“Can I pay by card?” he asks.

I nod and gently ask Jessy to hand me the card reader. The payment is quick, and the couple doesn’t stay for long. I escort them out and head back inside the kitchen when I feel weirdly watched.

I look back, locking my gaze with Daniel as he starts the car. My heart stops watching him drive off.

That was weird.


“I can close the shop on my own. You can go home, Jessy. Thanks for helping,” I say, my voice resounding in the now empty kitchen.

The red-haired woman pops her head inside the kitchen, bidding her farewell before walking out.

In no time, I clean everything and close the shop. I hum an unknown song as I head toward my car when I notice a shadow leaning over it from afar.

My body instantly stiffens, but my feet keep moving forward.

Do not freak out, Sophie. It cannot be him. Plus, you’re already a young woman, so stop shaking so much!

A memory of my past that I’m trying hard to forget flashes in my mind. I quickly shake my head, shoving it to the back of my brain.

My steps are silent, but my heart is pounding against my ribcage, making me start thinking that whoever is leaning over my car might hear it.

A ring of the phone breaks the heavy atmosphere, and a gasp escapes from my mouth. My hand comes to my lips in a second.

“Sophie?” a deep soothing voice I encountered this morning calls out. My tense shoulders drop. I ignore the call from my phone, and with more confidence, I fasten my walk, coming face to face with the guy.

“What’s a person like you doing out here at this hour?” I ask, tilting my head to the side, making my curly hair follow the gesture.

“I’m supposed to ask that kind of question, Sophie,” he says as he straightens himself and approaches me, completely invading my personal space.

I roll my eyes. “I work here idiot. What do you want? You should be at home by now.” I open my car’s door and carelessly throw my bag in it.

The tall Asian man tries to give me his best puppy eyes making me chuckle. With that smooth face of his he looks sixteen when he does it instead of twenty-seven. “Can’t you reconsider that interview?” he asks, making me laugh.

“I already told you, like every freaking morning, I don’t do interviews. Stop wasting your time for me, chéri" I say, flashing him a small smile.

“Oh c’mon, just a few questions! Your shop is going to get more famous than before, and people will finally find out who Sophie Baudelaire is. Don’t you want that?”

I shrug my shoulders. ”Non.”

Marcus, the journalist, groans, and I chuckle at his reaction as I hop inside my car.

“At least consider it!” he tries again, and I shake my head, closing the door and turning on the engine, driving off to my house.

I don’t want people to know me. If they do, then it’ll be easier for that asshole to find me when he gets out of jail. A shudder runs down my back just thinking about it.

I turn on my car radio and put the volume up to replace the silence I hate. It makes me start thinking about my past, and that’s a fat no.

I need to forget and move on for good.


Hope you liked it! I'll be doing a daily update since I reallyy need motivation to edit this piece of work, so hopefully this method will be in my favour. See you soon x

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