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Chapter 3 How It All Started

  • Lucien Rosenhall is world-famous as the current CEO of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. After evading marriage of convenience for years, he shocked the social scenes by announcing his engagement to his older co-worker, my mother. My mother has always raised me alone as a single mother so I was very happy when she found the love of her life. I first met Lucien when he came over to our house a few months before his marriage to my mother. I was only 12 at the time but I could tell that he was a kind and trustworthy person. He married my mother when he was only 28 years old. I learnt much later when I grew up to become an adult that although their wedding was sparkly and filled with happiness, Lucien’s family was deeply dissatisfied with his choice of a partner.
  • Our life together as a new family was amazing and just like a fairytale dream come true. We lived in a big mansion after we moved in to live with Lucien and his family at their family estate. We spent so much time as a family going out on vacations whenever Lucien was free from work at his family’s company. Everything was perfect. Too perfect…that it did not last.
  • “Your mother is at the hospital, Natalia. I’ve sent the driver to pick you up. Please come as soon as possible,” Lucien said. Lucien, why is your voice shaking?
  • Less than a year into their marriage. My mother passed away suddenly due to a road accident. Just like that, my only blood relative was gone. Her small funeral was held quietly with only her close friends and Lucien’s family in attendance. As I stood in a black dress beside Lucien to greet the guests, I felt so numb from the pain that I wished that the wind would just blow me away.
  • “What will happen to the child? They were only married for around 10 months? Does she have other family members on her mother’s side that can take her in?” they were whispering so loud and acting as if I’m no longer here. Mother is gone…what will become of me now? Where will I go? How will I live? I miss my Mother… Tears that I had been holding back streamed down my face slowly as I began to sob softly.
  • Then I felt a warm arm around my shoulders and in the next instant Lucien’s face was looking directly at me. Lucien has bent down to hug me tight to his chest. “We will be ok. I am here for you. Let’s continue to live together because we are a family. I love you, Natalia,” Lucien whispered and kissed my forehead softly. Those words and that kiss, saved me and my life.
  • --- Ten Years Later ---
  • I am now 22, and in my final year of university. The past ten years flew by and I have grown from a child to a young woman with a bright future ahead of me. I’ve continued living with my stepfather, Lucien, after my mother passed away. Lucien has been loving and supportive of me and the best father I could ever imagine for these past ten years. I am thankful to have him as my father and family but starting from my high school years, I started to yearn for more…
  • “Natalia. Please be home for dinner on time today. I have something to discuss with you,” Lucien called to tell me. He seems unusually excited. Perhaps he wants to discuss about my internship at the company’s laboratory.
  • “Sure. I’ll be back on time. See you then!” I replied to him in a cheerful voice. After all, I really do like to spend time with him and everything he does feels special to me. I hang up with a small smile on my lips as I look forward to having dinner with him, hearing his stories, laughing with him while watching him smile. All of those moments make my heart beat faster.
  • “Lucien, I'm home!” I excitedly announce as I walk in the door. Two maids immediately walked in to assist me with my bag and coat. After entering high school, I came to dislike calling my stepfather as ‘father’ so we have been calling each other by our names and that makes me feel so happy. I walked towards the dining room where I believe Lucien must be waiting for me.
  • “Hi there! I’m Angela! Nice to finally meet you, Natalia.”
  • A blond woman with sparkling blue eyes, gigantic tits and a curvy ass in a tight dress stood up from the table to greet me with an overly friendly hug.
  • “Hi. I’m Natalia, nice to meet you too,” I replied politely plastering on my face one of my most sweet smile that I have been trained to present during social gathering occasions. My eyes darted around to try to locate Lucien. He was nowhere in sight. Where is he? ... and who is she?
  • We both sat down at the dinner table where three courses of meal have been prepared and laid out by our maids. Thankfully Lucien walked into the room as I was fishing into my head to find some topic to start a conversation to fill in this awkward silence.
  • “Natalia, You’re back. Welcome home sweetie. Let me introduce you to our beautiful guest of the evening! This is Angela…she is my fiancé. Angela, this is Natalia, my daughter,” Lucien turned to me with the most ecstatic smile on his face. It took all the energy and soul in my body to plaster a sweet and joyful smile onto my face. If the world is going to come to an end, may it be now.
  • The three of us shared polite and seemingly pleasant conversations about random things as we ate our dinner. I had my body turned on autopilot with my training to act as a lady to deal with these events while my real-self retreated inside my mind as a way to handle the shock. Lucien looked straight at me multiple times over the course of dinner, showing me that he probably knew that I was not taking this as well as he would have hoped. I made random comments here and there as appropriate throughout dinner.
  • --To be continued...