The Heartthrob's Dark Obsession

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Chapter 7

Chapter 7:

Theo woke up to his beautiful Nori writhing around in his arms. All through the night she’d been restless. He knew it would be an adjustment for her. At one point he woke up and she told him she was having nightmares. He drifted back to sleep and it looked like she finally had as well.

He just laid there holding Nori for a long time. Then she started trying to rotate away from his chest. He loosened his grip. Although he loved the feeling of her cheek buried in him, he wanted her to be comfortable.

“Morning, love. How did you sleep?” he purred in her ear. He turned to spoon her. She felt so small in his arms.

“I’m still trying to sleep. I didn’t sleep well,” she mumbled.

“You should get up and seize the day.” Theo wanted to spend time with her. He knew she wouldn’t fall in love with him in an instant, but with some time together maybe she wouldn’t be so resistant to the idea.

“No,” she whined. “I’m still tired.”

Theo nuzzled his head into her neck. “God, you are so beautiful, Nori.” He couldn’t believe he finally found the one. He was gobsmacked. He’d never fallen so hard or so fast for a woman, then there was Nori. Just thinking about her aroused him.

“Please, just let me sleep, Theo.” He pressed himself against her leg and she gasped.

“Are you sure you want to sleep?” he whispered. He definitely didn’t want to sleep. He wanted to shag her. Then again, that’s how he’d felt every time they were together and that feeling was amplified with her lithe body in his arms.

“Yes,” she whimpered, “Please.” Nori started crying.

He sighed. She was likely still knackered from yesterday’s activities. Being drugged twice couldn’t have been easy on her.

“Don’t cry, little one.” Theo sat up and wiped the tears from her eyes. “Please, my love, don’t cry.” He was gutted that she was afraid of him. Why couldn’t she just love him?

“Can’t you just let me rest?”

Theo sighed. “Of course, darling.” He kissed her on the forehead.

He changed his clothes, put on his trainers, and grabbed his sunglasses. He needed to go for a run. He locked the door to their room then went to the next one. He typed in a code onto the keypad attached to the door and opened up his surveillance bay. Nori rolled over and grabbed her glasses. She looked around then took them off and went back to sleep. He grabbed his mobile from the charger and headed out, knowing full well the paparazzi would be waiting to take a picture of him now that he was back in London..

****

Theo got back to the house. He’d done a 10k. He went through all his layers of security then locked the door behind him. He checked the cameras from his mobile. Nori was still asleep. ′Someday you’ll love me.

He went to his computer room. He opened his email. He’d gotten a response from one of his friends looking for someone for their lighting team. He needed to keep up the façade. He gave them Nori;s number, not that it would ever ring. It was at the bottom of the Thames. It was important that he appeared unaware of Nori’s disappearance.

Theo made Nori some nosh and wrote her a quick note. He wanted to surprise her. She needed to know how much he cared about her, how much he wanted to please her. He silently went to their bedroom and put the tray of food down. He put her blood sugar metre on the tray and left a note on the bed.

"I didn’t want to wake you, love. I had some errands to run. I’ll be back soon. Please eat. Your blood sugar metre is on the table." Theo changed out of his sweaty running clothes and took a quick shower. He left to go pick out her surprise.

****

Theo stepped out of a cab in front of the pet shop. Nori told him about a dog she’d had growing up and how when she could afford it she was going to get another one. He remembered every detail of her life.

A young couple walked into the pet shop. The woman was very pregnant. He wondered how Nori would look pregnant. He smirked to himself. He’d give her time to acclimate to life with him before he had children with her. But it was something he very much wanted.

Maybe someday he could even bring her out with him. She’d never have to work again and she could just come to movie sets with him. His mobile started to buzz. So much for his daydream. He looked at it. An international call?

“Hello?”

“Hello, is this Theo Masterson?” said the man on the other end.

“Yes, may I ask who’s calling?”

“My name is Detective Albert Spencer. I’m an investigator with the LAPD.” Christ it was one in the morning over there. “I’m calling about a Ms. Honoria ‘Nori’ O’Connor. I hear you were acquainted with her.”

“Yes, I was. She was on the lighting team of the last film I worked on. She’s a good mate.”

“We have a few questions about the nature of your relationship with Ms. O’Connor,” said the man on the phone.

“Why? Did something happen to her?”

“Why do you ask that?”

“Well, I doubt the police would be calling me from another country unless something happened to her. It’s what, one in the morning where you are?”

“Closer to two. But time is of the essence in a case like this.”

“What happened? Is Nori okay? She’s not...She’s not dead is she?” he asked. He was a convincing actor. He was good at putting worry and surprise in his voice.

“She’s not as far as we know. But she hasn’t been seen in a few days.”

“Well, I’ll help in any way I can.” Theo walked down the block. As soon as the call was done he’d wrap back around to the pet shop.

“What was the extent of your relationship with Ms. O’Connor.”

“We were mates...friends. Nothing more. My driver picked her up for a week of filming and we went out for lunch before I left. We also spent down time on set together when we could.”

“When was the last time you saw her?”

“As I said, lunch before I left. We got Pizza in Santa Monica then my driver dropped her back at her apartment. She mentioned that she was going to be looking for another job so I sent her CV out to a few friends of mine.”

“I’ll need the contact info for the driver you had while you were in LA.”

“Certainly, if you give me a few moments I’ll find it for you.” The driver had already been paid very handsomely to keep his mouth shut and not to quit his job until a few months after questioning. The gentleman would get quite a bit more money as an incentive now that Theo knew questioning had started.

He gave the Detective the phone number.

“Anything else you’d like to ask me?” said Theo.

“When you worked on the film did anyone have any issues with Ms. O’Connor?”

“For the most part everyone seemed to like her. She was the only woman on the lighting team and seemed well respected. The gaffer, Jake, seemed rather fond of her. He offered her a job on his next project. I’m sure this was just a bit of gossip, but I heard he wanted to ask her out and was quite disappointed when he found out she had a boyfriend.”

This was true. Theo had overheard Jake talking to the best boy, Zev, about asking Nori out. He couldn’t let anyone near her so he firmly let him know she had a boyfriend. The other man wasn’t actually that disappointed, but it was definitely something to raise doubt.

“Okay, thank you, Mr. Masterson. We may be in touch again as it seems you were the last person to speak to Ms. O’Connor.”

“Feel free to give me a bell at any time. Nori’s a bright woman. I hope nothing happened to her.”

Theo ended the call and walked back to the pet shop. His dark glasses and hat did a good job of making him less noticed. Though he wanted the paparazzi to see him around a bit. It would give more credence to his story. He may have to go out to one of those wretched clubs tonight, lest everything went tits up. Throwing off suspicion was key.

Theo smiled. Now he just had to pick out the perfect pet for his perfect pet.

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