Thursday, 25 August 2016

THE BILLIONAIRE BARITONE


Amethyst loves music and enjoys hip-hop dancing to spice up her dull and dreary life. But one evening on her way home from dance class, she hears a voice that drew her away from her route.

Caught in the act of eavesdropping, her life is about to change in a way she has never foreseen.


David didn't quite know what to do with the beautiful trespasser, but when he learned that she was injured, taking care of her was the only solution.

Little did he suspect that she was about to take care of his lonely heart in return.



CHAPTER 11

Phyllis switched off the television set. They had just seen the whole spectacle on a live news broadcast.
My heart ached for those people, but I also felt proud of the way David handled the situation. It must have been really hard to tell them that they no longer had a job.
The TV presenters didn't show what happened after that, but somehow I knew David didn't dessert his employees.
I had no right to feel that way, but there was no getting away from one's feelings. I twisted the blanket around and around as I considered my own situation. The chances of me still having a job by the time I got released was remote. It wasn't a good feeling.
I looked at Phyllis, sitting next to my bed serenely sipping her tea. To be honest, I envied her. Having money was one thing, but to be so content and happy were things I had not experienced since my parents died.
She had eaten Jeff's intended lunch, even a little of the dessert, after confessing that she didn't like ice cream or custard.
I looked at my own empty dishes. People who complained about hospital food had never gone without. My stomach was aching, but I held my tongue and finished my own cup of bush tea.
What is going to happen to them?” I asked nodding at the TV hanging high above the floor against the wall.
Phyllis put the cup down and looked at me. “I don't know; my poor son.”
Why did you say 'poor son'? It is his responsibility, isn't it?”
Phyllis put her cup and saucer back on the tray and sighed. “David has a brilliant mind for business strategies—”
But not with people?”
She nodded. “He was always the quiet one, finding it hard to make friends.”
I found that almost impossible to believe given all the women I had seen him with in the tabloids. Maybe those women were only interested in his money. I couldn't be with someone and not want to talk to him. Listen to him talk about his dreams for himself and his future.
Phyllis smiled. “Jefferson is the opposite, but he chose the piano instead.”
The piano?”
That was a surprise. I thought Jeff had been the one singing that night.
Yes, he is a classical pianist. We should go to a performance soon. He would love it if you came.”
I couldn't afford it, but held my tongue. It would sound ungrateful after everything the Morecrofts were doing for me.
Does he sing too?” I had to ask.
Phyllis laughed. “No, that is David's pleasure. I love it when both my sons make music together. And trust me, that doesn't happen very often these days.”
I could feel my heart jump when I remembered that rich and shiver-inducing voice. “It was David singing at the house? Outside in that theater thing you have at the back?”
Yes, it was him. He likes to sing opera arias, the focus it requires helps him deal with stress.”
She stopped and took my good hand. “Is that why you were there? To hear him sing?”
I didn't know he sang. I was on my way home when I heard someone sing. It drew me. It was so beautiful. I am not smart enough to understand opera, but I love music, and I couldn't help but go closer to listen.”
Embarrassed I looked down at my aching hand. “I am sorry for all the trouble I have caused you. I shouldn't have gone there in the first place. Getting injured is a sign that I screwed up.”
Nonsense,” Phyllis replied. “None of us think that. In fact, we are all happy to have met you.” She winked. “My sons especially.”
I like them too,” I replied avoiding her eyes.
Exhaustion dragged me down in the bed, and I closed my eyes. My foot hurt, but it was okay. I was going to be okay. It was what survivors did.
Even drifting off I wondered why David didn't sing all the time. He had such a beautiful and expressive voice. My problems didn't exist when I listened to him sing.

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