I walked up to Elena’s door and knocked softly.
I heard her moving before she finally opened the door after she knew it was safe.
“Uh… Hi,” she said as she bit her lip.
I could tell she was nervous but does she have to do the things she does. This girl will be the death of me.
“Hey. Can I come in?” I asked motioning inside.
She nodded softly opening the door wide enough for me to get in.
“You’re house is lovely.” I said looking over at her. Her nervousness was slowly fading away. The agitated Elena I seen at the diner was making a comeback.
“I don’t understand why you are even here.” She said giving me a harsh tone.
“We need to talk. I told you.” I said leaning back in the chair I was in.
“You already said that genius.”
I smirked at her and she seemed to only get angrier.
“Do you have a point in being here Mr. Matthews?”
“I find you intriguing”
“Is that it? If so you may leave.”
“I know you are having trouble here by yourself so why don’t we make a deal.”
“What kind of deal?”
“Marry me and I will give you everything you could ever want.”
He could not be serious. I quickly stood up.
“I think you should leave.”
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He didn’t move an inch.
“If you think I am low enough to marry you just for money you are just plain sick! That’s why you were nice to me and saved me in the alley wasn’t it? Just to get on my freaking good side. I knew you were just like all those other guys out there. I want a real marriage. One where you wake up in the mornings next to the person that you love more than anything in the world. I want a family with that man. I don’t want my marriage to end up as some lousy business deal.” I said as tears began rolling down my cheeks.
I couldn’t stop them. I tried. They just kept falling.
“‘Lena, what’s wrong,” I heard from the four year old behind me.
I quickly got up and put him in my arms.
“Nothing. We were just talking and I got sad. It’s okay now.” I told Kade as tears continued to roll down my cheeks.
I really missed my parents in times like these. Kade needs them. I need them. We are in a mess. My diner job barely covers the heat, water and light bill. I can’t get a second job because of Kade. Child services already threatened to take him away from me. He is the only thing I have left.
I felt a small hand wipe my cheek. I looked down into the soft eyes of my brother.
“I’m okay. Let’s get you back to bed.”
I turned around to bring Kade to his room when I ran into Brian. He must had moved while I was crying.
“I got it.” He said taking an already sleeping Kade out of my arms and into the bedroom Kade walked out of earlier.
I put my head in my hands and just cried. I felt a hand on my back. I looked up and seen Brian. I moved over to the other side of the couch.
“I didn’t mean it like that.” He said referring to his ‘deal’.
“How exactly did you mean it then?”
“I need a wife to present to my parents. They keep nagging me to get married. I told them I have a fiancé and they want to meet her. You need help with you’re life and I am open to help you. However, I expect something in return.” He said nonchalantly.
There was something he wasn’t telling me. I seen it in his eyes.
“I will even pay for your schooling. You can go back to college. There will be plenty if people to look after Kade. Even child services would stop bothering you. It’s a win win situation.”
“Didn’t you listen. I want a husband who loves me. I don’t need the glamour or the money. I want the love of someone that you would rather die than be without.”
“Fine. We can divorce after a year if you still aren’t happy. I will even continue to send you checks afterward.”
I thought about it for a few minutes.
“What do you say, Miss. Winters?” Brian asked.
What do I have to lose.
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