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Needing Him

(The Heiress, Book 2)

 

By:

Michelle Dare

 

Needing Him

Michelle Dare

Published by Michelle Dare

 

Copyright ©2015 Michelle Dare

First Edition, ebook - published 2015

Cover Design by Sommer Stein

Photography by Sara Eirew

Interior Design by Riane Holt

Edited by Ellie at Love N. Books

 

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~ Table of Contents ~

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~ 2 ~

~ 3 ~

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~ 12 ~

~ 13 ~

~ 14 ~

~ Acknowledgements ~

~ A note from the author… ~

~ Other Titles by Michelle Dare ~

~ About the Author ~

 

 

~ 1 ~

I was frozen in place.  Erin called me, but why?  She was divorced from a huge oil tycoon because she cheated on him with Radek, my boyfriend.  For some reason hearing her voice on the other end of the line caused me to feel like ice had been poured over me.  A chill set in and I knew nothing good would come of the call.  I needed to breathe.  Deep breath in, exhale.  Repeat.  Talk, Kasi.  I needed to find out what she wanted.

My voice shook when I spoke and that pissed me off.  I didn’t want to come off nervous to her, but I couldn’t help it.  “Okay, Erin, you have my attention.  What do you want?”  I could hear Radek in the shower and was hoping he took his time so I could find out what was going on without distraction.

“Ever since you and Radek have gone public, I’ve been getting a lot of attention.  Old wounds have been reopened and I don’t like it one bit.”  Her tone was clipped and I didn’t like
that
one bit.

“I’m sorry you have been dealing with extra attention, but that’s part of being in the spotlight.”

“You see, I’ve been left alone.  No one bothers me.  You two show up in the news and the next thing I know I’m being hounded again.  I want it to stop.  I want you to break it off with him.”

My jaw dropped open.  Was she fucking serious?  Who did that bitch think she was?  All of the sudden I went from nervous to full-fledged pissed off.  “That’s not going to happen.  Don’t call me again.”

Before I could move the phone from my head to hang up I heard her say, “Your loss.”

I couldn’t resist but to respond.  “How the fuck do you figure it’s my loss?”

“What I know could have adverse effects on your life.”

“It’s funny that you think you have sway over me.”

“Oh, but don’t I?  I’m not the one who has been keeping secrets.”

She baited me and I knew it.  I should have hung up, but something in me told me not to.  “Stop being an asshole and get to the point.”

She laughed.  Psycho.  “I want you to listen to me and listen real good.  If you don’t end it with Radek I will make your life a living hell.  You think I don’t know who you are Kasi Markson?  I know all about you.”

I wasn’t going to let her threaten me.  “Erin, I’m not afraid of you.  You know nothing, so back the fuck off.”

I was trying to act tough, but I knew our circles crossed.  I knew about her long before I met Radek.  When she cheated on her husband the gossip mill went wild.  She had slowly climbed her way back up and had been to the same functions my father and I have.  I had never spoken to her though.  She had some very influential connections, but was vicious.  Cut throat to get what she wanted.

While I wasn’t one to kiss anyone’s ass, I played nice for my father and his business, not wanting to cause waves.  I would never want to do anything to jeopardize his livelihood, and mine for that matter.  It wasn’t only myself I had to worry about.  Every one of my actions also reflected onto him.

“I don’t?  Hmmm…that’s surprising since I know all about Kai and his band.”

Kai?  What the fuck did she know about him?  He was one of my best friends and the lead singer in a hugely popular band called Stars and Lies.  We were friends growing up, but I hadn’t seen him in a while.

The gears in my mind started to turn.  Could she be referring to the fact that I used to sleep with him?  Big deal.  We crossed the friend line, but decided outside of sex we were better off not being in a relationship.  There was that one night after one of their shows where we all hung out backstage.  I had a drink or two, but didn’t get drunk and well, one thing led to another.  I slept with Kai and one of his bandmates, Lee, joined us.  I didn’t know how she would have known that though.

I was tight with all the members of the band.  I knew none of them would violate my trust.  The fact that she knew I was close with Kai wasn’t a surprise.  There were tons of pictures of us together growing up and as adults.  She could have been bluffing.  Just then a thought occurred to me.  Oh my God, what if she knew more?  What if she knew what happened after that night?  I needed to call the guys.  I also needed to calm down.  My mind was going crazy jumping to conclusions and maybe she didn’t know what I suspected.

“I don’t know what you’re getting at, but everyone knows that I’m close with Kai and his band.  I really have to get going.”

“I mean it, Kasi.  I have information and I’m prepared to go public with it.  How much does Radek really mean to you?  How would he feel if he found out what you used to do or
who
you used to do for that matter?  If that’s not enough incentive, how would Radek feel if he knew you were knocked up by your friend?”

The blood drained from my face.  How did she know that?  No one knew but Kai, Lee, and myself.  No one.  I tried to make my voice sound confident, but knew I would fail.  “I wasn’t pregnant, Erin.  Not then, not now.”

“I think I’m done with this conversation,” she said, sounding bored.  “You have all of the information you need to make your decision.  You need to call things off with him or I will release this.  Believe me.”  The last few words came out like venom.  “You have one week.”  Then she hung up.

I stayed in place, gripping my phone.  She could easily spread the pregnancy throughout our circles.  I never told anyone.  Only Kai and Lee knew.  Not my father, not even my best friend.  If it got out I could be labeled a whore for having a threesome and not knowing who the father of the baby was and Radek would be drug through the mud for being with me.  I didn’t want him to go through that again.

The room became blurry and the tears that had begun to form in my eyes spilled onto my cheeks.  I started to hyperventilate as the enormity of the situation rested on my shoulders.  I was sitting on the edge of the bed, bent over, taking deep breaths to calm myself.

I heard the bathroom door open and froze in place.  Radek was in the bathroom and I completely forgot about him being in there when I hung up the phone.  Shit.  How must I have looked to him?

His voice was hesitant when he spoke.  “Kasi, are you okay?”

Slowing lifting my head, I stared at the wall in front of me.  I wasn’t able to look at him.  I was embarrassed of what happened between Kai, Lee, and myself.  We used protection, but one of the condoms failed.

Soft footsteps were heard on the carpet as I dropped my head, not wanting to look him in the eyes.  His feet came into view and he hooked his finger under my chin, bringing my gaze up to his.  I couldn’t hold back the tears that continued to fall.

He dropped to his knees and pulled me into his lap.  “Baby, what’s going on?  Talk to me.”

I tried, but all that came out were sobs.  My body shook as they over took me.  I didn’t know how to tell him what had happened.  It’s something that I buried so deep inside of me.  I didn’t allow myself to think about it.  All that would do is bring me back to a depression that was so dark I didn’t want to return to it.  I still didn’t know how Erin found out.

“Whatever it is you can talk to me.  Please, Kasi.”

He moved to hold my hand, but I was tightly gripping my phone in it.  Prying it from my fingers, I heard him set it on the nightstand.  “Did someone call you?”

I nodded.

“Was it your dad?  Is he all right?”

I shook my head.  “No, it wasn’t my dad.”

“Talk to me, baby.  Let me help you.”

I lifted my head from his chest to look into his eyes.  We were both too deep in our relationship to keep this to myself.  “Erin called me.”

His eyebrows furrowed and confusion was etched on his handsome face.  “Erin Daltin?”

I nodded.

“What did she want?”

Deep breath in, exhale.  “She doesn’t like the extra media attention she is getting and wants it to stop.”

“What does that have to do with us?”

“More than you know.  The media is bothering her because we went public.  They are bringing up the past with her like they have with you.  Radek…” a sob broke free again before I could continue.

“Shhh, it’s okay.  We’ll deal with it together.”

“She…she wants us to break up so they will go away.  She threatened me.”

“What?  She threatened you?”  His voice was hard and I knew he was pissed.

He gently lifted me and placed me back on the bed.  I saw him reach for my phone, but he had it pressed to his ear before I could object.  I only heard one side of the conversation since he started pacing, walking away from me once Erin came on the line.

“No, it’s Radek.”

“You have no business calling Kasi.  You need to stay out of our lives.”

“She told me enough.  We do not rule our relationship around you and your needs, Erin.”

“What do you mean there is more?”

“She’s not hiding anything from me.”

“Yeah, I’ll do that.”

He hung up and dropped the phone onto the bed next to me.  His eyes were fixed on mine and I started to cower under his gaze.  I’m a very confident person, but in that moment I wanted to crawl under the covers and not come out.

We only had an hour until we had to leave for the airport and we still had to pack.  Do I tell him now or wait until we were home?  My dad had just married for the second time and we were staying at his house in Kansas.

“Kasi, what was she talking about?”  I guess I needed to tell him now.

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