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   Chapter 7 Hannah's Regret

The Billionaire's Demand By Shafira Sardar Characters: 15562

Updated: 2018-07-14 12:02


Hannah served up Valerio's usual coffee order and listened to him complain about his son. He didn't know that Nero talked to her first. Nero didn't give her any details, but he mentioned the heated argument with his father. Valerio was seriously pissed though. It was amusing to hear that man nag on and on about how much of an idiot his son was. She would have agreed with Valerio, but after the considerate call last night, she wasn't so sure anymore. Nero always showed her sides of him which she seriously liked. She realized that in the end they were still human and humans made mistakes, since she was marrying Nero it might be best for the both of them if she gave up on all her anger and hatred. Instead of encouraging Valerio she tried to defuse the situation.

"I'm sure Nero had his reasons, he mentioned to me over dinner how important you are to him. I don't think he'd purposely pick a fight."

Valerio quieted for a minute and then continued, "I realize that." He sighed, "The business is doing fine, but fine isn't good enough for him."

Hannah smiled, remembering one of the talks she had with Nero when they dated, "It has to be perfect." She told Valerio, whose eyebrows lifted.

"You know about that?"

She nodded, "He mentioned it to me once or twice."

"The thing is it doesn't have to be perfect, we're at a good place."

"Nero is only thinking of the future." Hannah made herself a cup of mint tea and followed Valerio to one of the seating areas, the morning rush was over so she could take a minute or two to talk to her future father-in-law, "We shouldn't hold that against him."

Valerio leaned back in his seat and took a huge gulp from his coffee, "You're on his side now." He accused her.

"I'm not taking sides." Hannah giggled, "I wouldn't dare."

"You are so taking sides." Valerio muttered, "Did he dazzle you again?"

She laughed, "Dazzle me?" She took a sip from her mint tea, "I'll admit that when I first met your son I was definitely dazzled." She loved using that word, a grin spreading from ear to ear, "But I know better now. It takes more than a charming smile to dazzle me now."

Valerio narrowed his eyes at her, "I hope that's true."

She patted Valerio on the arm, trying to comfort him, "Don't be so upset anymore. Whatever happened was a misunderstanding, yo

s to her. She never thought she was slow to understand things, that she could read people easily, yet nothing could have prepared her for this. She felt like an idiot.

"Nero." She got to her feet and carefully approached him, "They didn't leave you because they wanted to-"

"So do I need to worry about you running away from me every time a woman comes close to me?" He asked her, completely avoiding the subject which actually needed to be discussed, "Are you always going to accuse me of cheating because of some silly insecurities you have?"

"I admit that I jumped to that conclusion because Serena provoked me-"

"You should have given me the chance to explain myself." She watched as he walked around her and reached for his jacket, he looked frantic, like he couldn't be in the same room as her, "I need to get out of here." He muttered under his breath, heading to the door.

She followed after him, not wanting him to leave her. Not when he admitted something so personal to her, something he apparently had been struggling with for years. It made her heart ache to think about how betrayed and lost Nero had felt all these years. She also realized that Nero probably felt the way she was feeling right now as she watched him leave.

"Nero, please just-"

They both froze when Lillian stood in the doorway, confused to see Nero standing before her. She took in the situation and within a second things clicked. Hannah was actually jealous of how quick Lillian pieced everything together. She wished she inherited her mother's traits rather than her looks.

"You're the father?" She asked though Lillian's eyes told them she was certain of it.

Nero cleared this throat and held his hand out to Lillian, "Nero D'Amore, nice to meet you." He glanced over his shoulder, a smile which didn't reach his eyes was spread across his face, "I'm sorry to cut this meeting short, Lillian, but something came up." He then looked back at her mother, "We should have dinner soon, we have a lot to talk about, " He then stepped around her mother and wished them a good night.

Lillian stepped into the apartment and closed the door behind her, "Hannah, what just happened?"

Hannah walked back to the couch and sat down, burying her face in her hands, "I screwed up, mom." She whispered, fighting back the tears.

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