What a gorgeous day I think to
myself. The sun is out and shining brightly, the mountains are
only wreathed in the smallest amount of fog and the forest feels
alive with happiness for the new day. Looking up to the trees
that surround our house I can hear the cockatoos singing and just
smile. A great day for university for sure. Getting into my
little xl I back out of my driveway and start making my way to
uni, well not exactly uni because there's none close enough to
home and my father didn't want me going into the city by myself
it's more of a community college just in town but it has the
course I want to do so I'm happy.
I make it to school an hour early
like normal and lay down on the grass in the nearby park and pull
out my notebook, before too long I'm working on my latest story a
romance my favourite type, I never notice that someone is
standing over me until he speaks.
"Bell Bell Bell. Must you always
have your head in a book? Try doing something worthwhile for once
like having a coffee with me."
I just ignore them I know who it is
already without having to look. Guss. His father owns half of the
town so he thinks he owns whoever he wants and lately he's set
his sights on me.
"What are you writing to day." I
keep ignoring him because I know he's not actually interested he
just wants me to look at him so I move my head letting my long
curly brown hair fall over my shoulder hiding my face from his
Seeing that im going to ignore him
he snatches my notebook out from under me, causing a dark blue
line to appear across the page because I was in the middle of
writing a sentence, and holds it up in the air.
"Oooh his lips brushed hers softy
causing her to melt inside."
Hearing him readout what I'm
writing makes me start to see red and I reach to snatch my book
back from him. All to no avail though he is at least a foot
taller than I am.
"Give it back Guss right
"If I had of known that this is the
sort of thing you wanted I would have done this a long time ago."
Waving the notebook in my face with one hand he grabs me with the
other and pulls me close crushing his lips to mine.
I push him away with all my might
and slap him across the face leaving a red mark on his cheek that
is almost as red as my face.
"Go away Guss how many times do I
have to tell you that I don't give a dam who your father is I
don't want to date you." With that I snatch my notebook back and
put it in my bag as I head into school.
"You will regret this bell I could
have anyone I want and I will have you."
I stop and look back at him. With
his black hair brushing his deep blue eyes he really is the most
handsome guy in town but none of that matters to me. I smile a
small smile and call back to him.
"Thanks for the offer Guss but I
don't date dogs only people." And with that parting comment I
wave and go inside leaving him there fuming on the grass.
My day passes quickly all of my
work got done and the teacher couldn't stop gushing about how
good my latest story is, she wants me to try to get it published
but I decide there's still a few kinks I need to work out before
I try that. I decide to go home straight after school even though
we finished at twelve and the house will be empty what with dad
at work and all.
Surprise filled me when I saw not
only my dad's car in the driveway but a sleek black limousine. I
wonder why dad is home so early and who the visitor is. We don't
know anyone rich we might live in a nice house in Gisborne but
that's only because my grandparents left it to dad when they
I park my car and walk inside
wondering what on earth is going on. When I reach the front door
I can hear my father and someone else yelling at each other but
can't make out the words. My father yelling I have never heard
him yell at me ever in my life. This can't be good. I'm tempted
to turn away and go back into town but if my father is in trouble
I want to help.
Gathering my courage I open the
door and walk into the lounge room. The sudden silence shocks me
but nowhere near as much as the man I see standing over my
father. His eyes are a light blue framed by his long blonde hair
but the thing that I notice the most is his full lips they look
like they should be kissing some supermodel. Instead they are
looking over at me with a sneer.
"Bell your home early." My dad
looks flustered and shoots a quick look at the man standing above
him before he finishes. "Sweetie would you mind going out for a
little while I'm pretty busy at the moment."
"No she shall stay." At his words I
look at him sharply. Who does he think he is commanding my father
and me like this. He must have seen the defiance in my eyes
because his next words were silky smooth. "Your father and I have
some business that concerns you so you might want to know what's
"Fine." I walk across the room and
sit next to my father. "who are you and what do you think gives
you the right to yell at my father." Seeing his face harden I
lift my chin in defiance and give a sweet smile.
"Why I am the man that your father
owes fifty thousand dollars too that's who. And it's way past
time that he should have paid me back"
"What." I look at dad and he nods
his head agreeing with this man
"Look I can't pay it back yet can
we come to a new arrangement please."
"Dad why on earth did you burrow
that much money?"
"Bell I needed it to repair the
house it was falling apart last summer so I borrowed from Adam
here because no bank would give me a loan."
I'm distracted from what my
father's telling me when the stranger, Adam he has a name now,
comes over and cups his hand on my face turning me to look at
"Belle isn't it? I think we can
come up with an agreement." He looks at my father as he says the
last part. "I heard your father mention that you are doing a
course in literature and want to be an author right."
I just nod my head numbly not
comprehending where he was going with this and feeling slightly
distracted by his smooth hand resting against my cheek.
"I will give you another year to
pay off what's remaining on your debt if ell here comes to live
at my place." Hearing my shocked gasp he turns to me. "My cook
has a six year old son who could use some extra tutoring in
English you shall help him." Looking back at my father he adds in
a low voice. "And it's also extra insurance for you to pay it off
At his words my father glares at
him. "What happens if I refuse?"
"Then I shall ruin your company and
send you broke, you will no longer be able to afford here and
will have to shut down your entire business." His face is so
serious that I believe every word he says.
Dads carpentry business is all that
he has left in the world except for me after mum died when I was
young. He worked so hard to get it as successful as it is now all
those years and hours.
Knowing there is no other option I
take a deep breath. "Ok ill live with you and help tutor this
A smile of triumph flashes across
his face. "Good it's settled then pack what you will need and a
car will be here for you at 6pm. And his name is chuck in case
you were wondering. The boy that you will be tutoring." With that
he walks out of our house.
"Belle you don't have to do
"It's ok dad if it helps you out I
can tutor this kid I'll be fine."
"Ok then if you're sure?"
"I am dad don't worry." With that I
go upstairs and start packing
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