Are you okay dad’? Nathan stared at his father, he thought he looked rather pale.
‘Fine’ Silas replied tightly.
Why was Greg so stubborn? Why was he bent on destroying the relationship he had built with Wendy’s parents? It baffled him. He had a feeling Greg would do all in his power to avoid a marriage to wendy.
‘You aren’t fine dad, here, sit , tell me everything’ Nathan led the older man into a chair.
A smile carved Silas’ face at the gesture of his younger son; in many ways Nathan had shown so much concern for him unlike his elder brother Greg.
‘Is this about Greg’? Nathan asked nervously.
‘Yes. He is refusing Wendy; I don’t know what to do’ Silas’ head swayed back and forth.
Nathan drew a deep breath and watched the man he called father; he had known from an early stage that he was less loved and less preferred to his half brother, Greg.
His mother had told him about the affair she had with Silas that gave birth to his existence; it had hurt him those years, when he had yearned for a father; one to accompany him to his baseball games; one to read him a bed time story; one to look up to but Silas had never been there.
He only sent him and his mother money; but money wasn’t everything.Nathan’s green eyes were unsettling as he stared at the older man, thinking up a suitable plan that would align with his’.
Greg had their father’s love and favor; though Silas kept saying he would hand over the company to him, deep down he knew his father was just bluffing.
Deep down, he knew Silas didn’t trust him as much as Greg; didn’t believe in him. If he did, why had he placed Greg as the C.E.O at the tender age of twenty?
However, he wasn’t perturbed. Beecroft was equally his birthright and he had returned to fight for her; he had carefully planned every moment of his ascension to the Software Empire.
First, he needed to appear like the good guy; he needed his father to play into his hands, that was the only way to hurt Greg eventually.
‘Greg can be handled, even the toughest rebels were tamed’ Nathan replied.
‘Not your brother Nathan, you don’t know a thing about Greg. He is purposeful, strong, self willed and his decisiveness scares me at times’ Silas felt frustrated with Greg, but he couldn’t beg him. He would never allow Greg see that side of him.
‘Have you told him that Wendy is pregnant with his child’? Nathan inquired.
‘Does it matter? Greg would still refuse to wed her and that means her parents would pull out’ Silas replied.
‘Or not’ Nathan breathed.
‘You have a plan or something’? Silas scoffed.
‘Of course, it’s time to employ tact’ Nathan replied.
‘Tact? Tact doesn’t work when dealing with your brother; hell, I don’t even know what works’ Silas replied.
‘Invite him over for dinner, I have something in mind’ Nathan’s emerald orbs gleamed mischievously.
‘And what could that be’? His father wondered.
‘Just make him come home’ Nathan replied and returned to his laptop.
‘Okay then, I’ll do just that’ Silas left for his room.
He grinned as he watched the pictures of a drunken Greg and his side chicks; he had been at the party and he had taken the pictures and leaked them on the internet.
‘How fun, daddy’s boy always gets into trouble’ Nathan sniggered.
Greg had been so drunk that he couldn’t recognize him and that was when he seized the opportunity to discredit Greg before Silas.
What was so special about Greg? Why couldn’t Silas choose him?
‘Done with that’ Nathan murmured and shut his eyes for a while.
He still remembered her lovely face; her light brown curls that cascaded to her shoulders; the glow of her sapphire eyes, her luscious pink lips and her shy smile.
‘Amanda’ he drawled her name.
She was the most beautiful blonde he had ever come across and he couldn’t stop thinking about her; he had searched the internet for her, but no results came.
‘I’ll keep looking’ he shut the computer and rose to his feet.
He would search the town for her later but now? He needed to work on his plan.
The sound of the doorbell halted his steps and he made for the door.
‘Who’s there?’ He asked.
‘A mail for the house, a man responded.
He opened the door and the uniformed mailman thrusted two envelopes towards him.
‘Why couldn’t you leave it in the box’? Nathan peered outside.
‘Because it is filled, thanks’ the man replied and rode away.
Nathan shut the door some agression.
‘What is that’? Silas observed he held two envelopes.
‘I don’t know, so have you spoken to Greg’? Nathan dropped the envelopes on the table.
‘Yes. He would be joining us for dinner’ Silas announced.
Mandy,still up? you need to get some sleep, you got an early start tomorrow’ her mother wheeled close to her chair. She tried to peek at what her daughter was doing.
‘I need to be like extra prepared you know; this opportunity could change a whole lot for me,for us’? Amanda sighed as she envisaged all she needed to accomplish. It was now or never for her.
‘I know honey, but you don’t need to wear yourself out a day before the interview, get some sleep, you’ve done enough reading; the woman insisted.
Amanda truly felt tired. She needed no further persuasion. ‘Ok mom,’she said.
‘Good. Now, off you go’ her mother grinned.
‘Goodnight, I love you’ she kissed her mother on her frail cheeks and trotted to her room.
‘Night Mandy’ the woman smiled as she watched her daughter. She was hopeful. It’ll be fine,she thought to herself.
‘I need sweet dreams tonight Amanda thought as she dived under her duvet. She couldn’t wait to land a job at such a prestigious company. Her eyes were wide open as she looked around her room.
Her eyes strayed to her purple dress that hung on her closet along with the nude beret that she planned to wear.
‘Beautiful’ she smiled and shut her eyes as sleep dragged her into a world of fantasies.
She found herself in a field of flowers; hydrangeas, roses, irises, Honeysuckles and Yellow bells. Everything smelt so beautiful; the azure clouds were impeccable; it snowed silver; everything was at peace in this place.
‘Where am I’? She thought aloud.
‘Here with me’ a male voice whiled
‘You’? Her face lit as she turned and faced the handsome stranger.
‘Darling, you are so beautiful’ he advanced towards her in a kingly match.
She stood there smiling; he was so handsome tonight; his deep brown eyes seduced her, called out to her and she couldn’t resist him.
‘You’re mine, forever’ he took her into his arms and caressed her golden head.
‘I love you’ she whispered and buried her head on his chest.
‘I love you too’ he whispered and then adored her lips with his kisses.
He was hesitant at first; why did his father invite him over for dinner? The man never ceased to baffle him. He felt so pressured and he knew he had aged over the past few days.
‘To accept that little bastard of course’ Greg scowled.
He had tried reaching out to Morgan but it kept going to voicemail; the job interview was the scheduled for the next day, Morgan was in total control of that. He trusted him to handle all its logistics.
He had never gotten along with his half brother Nathan; he liked to think he was the reason his parent’s marriage was strained. Everything had been perfect and blissful, till thate fateful day he showed up with his mother on their doorstep.
Nathan was a self absorbed egomaniac; the last time they met, there had been a very huge fight.
Nathan had come to spend the holiday with them; but he wouldn’t keep his hands off Greg’s things. He seemed to be all over the place. They were worlds apart.
He had sneaked into Greg’s room and had mistakenly broken the vessel that held the ashes of his mother as she had been cremated; all hell was broke loose and they’d fought so hard with each other.
Greg tried to push Nathan out of his thoughts and decided to focus on what was right in front of him; he was still going to stand by what he’d said earlier: He was not getting married to Wendy or any other person for that matter.
He slipped on a blue shirt and pulled up tight fitting denim pants that clung to his toned torso and left for his car.
He knew his father was trying to punish him for having been so reckless at the party; a lesson he had learnt quite well. Now he was going to put a stop to partying altogether, he needed to focus on taking Beecroft to its next level.
He drove out with determination written on his face.
It took him thirty minutes to arrive his father’s mansion.
‘Devil’s den’ he cursed and stepped down from the car. Yes, his father was a devil for trying to manipulate his life; he was a bird and nothing could cage him.
‘Greg! You came’ Silas rose to welcome him. For a moment he seemed pleased to see his older son.
‘Yes father, I came.’ Greg drew a chair and settled close to the table.
The table had been set and assorted dishes graced it; but he wasn’t in the mood to neither dine nor wine; he knew his father had called him for something important.
‘Good evening big brother, remember me?’ Nathan sauntered into the dining room.
‘No, clearly I have amnesia’ Greg growled.
‘Hey boys! No time for all this, this is the first time in a long while that we would be dining as a happy family, let’s not ruin it’ Silas gave a warning to his sons.
‘So, how have you been little bro?’ Greg stared at the green eyed monster that had made him lose most of what was left of his mother.
‘Awesome!. You never cared to check up on me; it’s been a long time Greg’ Nathan poured himself a drink.
‘Considering what you did the last time, you’re the last person that I wanted to see’ Greg replied.
His father gave him a stern look but he ignored it.
‘So what now? You’re back in town for’? Greg asked.
‘Beecroft. I’ll be working there’ Nathan replied confidently.
‘Well, I am the boss , I’ll think about it’ Greg’s voice dropped low and became deadly.
Nathan sensed his brother was threatening him, but he wasn’t perturbed, Beecroft was also his’.
‘Before you guys cut your throats out, I have good news for you Greg’ Silas fetched a docvment from an envelope and offered it to him.
‘What’s that’? Greg took it without looking, his throat was patched, and he needed some wine.
‘Microsoft wants us to send over six of our workers for intensive training, sign here, to affirm’ Silas handed him a pen.
‘Wow, that’s great news’ Greg was filled with joy at this, his plans of taking Beecroft to a higher level was gradually coming to life.
‘There, done and dusted’ he placed his signature and returned the papers to his dad.
‘Congratulations Mr. Greg’ Nathan raised a glass and chuckled softly.
‘Thanks’ Greg replied, he failed to note the mocking glare in his brother’s eyes.
‘So, what date would your wedding take place’? Silas grinned.
‘What wedding? I told you already, I am not getting married’ Greg’s appetite fled.
‘Of course you are getting married before your thirty first birthday else I give the company over to Nathan’ Silas replied.
‘What nonsense! You cannot force me nor threaten me’ Greg decided this dinner was over.
‘You’re right, I cannot force or threaten you because you already agreed to it’ Silas exhaled.
‘What are you talking about’? Greg’s jaw tightened.
‘Here, you signed the papers’ Silas offered him the docvments; his face paled as he took time to read the words that were written on it.
His head swirled in a confusing maze; his heart raced; his legs felt weak as he realized that he had just been played.
Amanda was in high spirits, singing and dancing as she dressed for her interview.
‘Someone seems excited and beautiful’ the woman smiled in admiration as Amanda stepped out of her room.
‘How do I look mother’? Amanda asked.
‘Elegant! That beret though…’ her mum replied doubtfully.
‘Its ok, its not waaayy off!Thanks mum, I’ll see you soon’ Amanda walked over and placed a light kiss on her forehead. Here goes nothing she thought.
‘Sure, now run along, don’t keep Alex waiting’ the woman waved at her, as Alex’s horn almost blasted their ears.
‘Bye mom’ Amanda made her way out of the house.
She wore a flowery purple dress; a pair of nude pumps and held a clutch purse.
‘Looking good gurl!’ Alex screamed across, then rolled her eyes as she realized Morgan would be very mad at her once he discovered Amanda was blonde, but she didn’t care. Why would someone have a thing against hair color? Wasn’t that even illegal? She thought it was a huge joke. Amanda would display her intelligence and they would love her, she told herself firmly.
‘Thanks hun, I did my best’ Amanda’s face lit with a smile.
‘You sure look happy today, look at that glow’? Alex scrutinized her.
‘I am always happy’ Amanda laughed.
‘No. If you weren’t a virgin……hmmmm I’d be thinking something else’ Alex replied and she meant every word.
‘Well, I dreamt about my crush’ Amanda blushed.
‘Oh my God, was it a s£x dream? Did you guys have s£x’? Alex was curious.
‘No! He just lifted me in his hands and kissed me deeply, it felt so good and perfect’ she recounted the dream to her friend.
‘Wow, that’s sweet; I wish we knew this guy, maybe you two are meant for each other, like soul mates’ Alex teased.
‘It’s just a crush, I’ll be fine I’m sure’ Amanda released a sigh.
‘Speaking of crushes, Morgan says we are running late!’! Alex exclaimed as she looked at her phone.
‘What’?! Amanda’s eyes grew wide, she hated being late for anything. She hoped she wouldn’t be too late when they got there.
‘Put on your seat belt its time for take off, we are gonna fly’ Alex dug the key into the ignition and fired the engine.
‘Wait! you mean you just signed a docvment without reading its content? How could you make such a silly mistake? Gosh!you’re business man Greg, what if that docvment wasn’t given to you by your father? What if someone else tried to outsmart you’? Morgan paced the room.
‘I don’t know Morgan. I am done beating myself up about it, I don’t know what to do now. My father has just gotten me into the corner where he wanted and he is about punching me in the face’ Greg replied.
‘You have to take a decision Greg, Wendy is not that bad, you could marry her and divorce her once your father dies; but giving up everything you have built to Nathan is sickening. That guy is crazy, I don’t like him’ Morgan complained.
‘Don’t you think I should call my lawyers’? Greg felt slightly irritated that his friend Morgan was fiddling with his phone at the heat of this important discourse.
‘No, you’ll never win because you weren’t coerced to sign that docvment’ Morgan replied.
‘What’s so important’? Greg pointed at the phone.
‘Oh, I got you a personal assistant, Alex just texted me, she has arrived. I am sure you’ll like her’ Morgan replied.
‘Alex? Who’s that again’? Greg asked.
‘You’ll see, let me speak to Gwen to get us some coffee, you could really use one’ Morgan moved out of the office.
‘Hey, Gwen could you kindly get us coffee’? Morgan asked sweetly.
‘Oh,sure’ Gwen snorted and left her work.
‘Morgan’! He swirled as he heard his name.
‘Alex’? Morgan was surprised to see her, she had not told him she would be coming along with her friend.
They had arrived Beecroft an hour later; Amanda had been so awed and intimidated by the architectural beauty of Beecroft that she failed to notice any other thing or person.
‘Meet my friend Mandy’ Alex grinned and pushed Amanda forward.
‘Hi…’ Amanda jerked back to reality.
‘Nice to meet you, Amanda…’? Morgan raised his brows questioningly.
‘Atkins. Amanda Atkins’ she supplied.
Morgan took her in briefly; she was simply dressed, not that he cared; he just hoped she would be good at work and making coffee.
‘Um, why are you wearing a head covering’? Morgan noticed the beret, he hated it.
‘Its a fashion accessory, is that a problem’? Alex chipped in.
‘No, I hope Greg likes it, come with me’ Morgan beckoned to her.
‘You can do this Mandy, be confident’ Alex gave her hand a squeeze.
‘Thanks’ Amanda smiled and trotted after Morgan.
She stepped into the office after him; there was another man in it, obviously that would be her boss, but she couldn’t see his face because his back was to her. He was taking a call.
‘Have a seat Amanda’ Morgan gestured with his hands.
‘Thank you Mr. Morgan’ Amanda replied with a smile, and sat on the edge of the chair.
‘Morgan please’ he replied. He was already liking her; she seemed nice and easy going and that’s just the kind of person they needed around here.
‘Coffees are ready’! Gwen sauntered in.
Greg had just been on the phone with his brother; Nathan had called to apologize for the trick their father played on him.
‘Get me some milk, I would like some milk’ Greg swirled and held his breath as his eyes landed on the stormy blue eyes, her face was familiar, he had seen her somewhere.
Amanda’s heart raced like never before as she stared at the man she had seen in her dreams; what was he doing here? Was he the boss?
‘Greg? Are you okay’? Morgan noticed the coldness on Greg’s face.
‘I am sorry Morgan, I have to go’ Amanda couldn’t stand the humiliation; she rose to her feet and rushed out of his office.
‘What was that about’? Morgan’s eyes widened.
‘That was the girl that slapped me at the party, what did I tell you about Blue eyed blondes’? Greg scowled.
‘Is she blonde? and is that really necessary?’ Morgan had not seen her hair.
‘Maybe I am blind’ Greg snapped.
He was enraged that his father tricked him and he took all the anger out on his friend; he was surprised to see her again; this time, in broad day light. His heart raced as he thought about her innocent blue eyes, they seemed soft and gentle; a contrast to the slap she had offered him the other night.
He was about rendering an apology to his friend when a loud scream filtered the air.
Greg quickly rushed to the window, his heart stopped as he realized she had just been hit by a car.