This is another alternative scene, which didn’t appear in the book. But I think Intertwined fans will love reading this heartbreaking scene. Enjoy!
My phone beeped as I waited with Sarah in the reception of her OBGYN.
Travis: Going to a gala now to meet some investors. Don’t want my father to beat me to it. I know he’ll only fuck it up with his arrogance.
Travis: Meeting with many strange, boring people. I wish you’re here with me. You would keep me laughing.
Yeah! Because I’m a damn clown!
Travis: I miss you, cherie. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow.
I bet you can’t, you big, fat liar!
That night, before I went to bed, my phone rang. I stared at Travis’s name on my screen.
I didn’t answer. But he was relentless. My phone rang six more times before I finally picked up.
“Thank God! I was worried. Are you okay?”
“Yes. I was… asleep.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I woke you up. I was worried.”
“I’m okay. Where… where are you?”
“At my hotel room,” he replied.
“Really? It’s not only ten. The gala ended so soon?”
“I left so soon,” he said, chuckling. “I told you, it was boring. I met a lot of boring people today, I struggled to keep my eyes open.”
Seriously? Alyanna’s plunging neckline wasn’t enough to keep you up?
I heard him sigh on the other line. “I would give everything just to have you beside me right now.”
“We’ll see each other tomorrow,” I said.
“Too long. Next time you’re coming with me me on my trips.”
Then how else will be able to hang out with rich heiresses and beautiful socialites?
“You can handle a few days without me,” I said.
“I can’t,” he said almost instantly. “Not anymore. Too bad there are no more flights available to Connecticut at this hour. Otherwise, I’d have gone to the airport directly from the gala.”
Why? So I could smell Alyanna’s perfume on you?
“It’s okay, Travis.”
“If my father wasn’t in this gala, I would have taken you with me, you know,” he said. “Tonight, all I thought about was you. I imagined what dress you would have worn, and how beautiful you would have been in it. I’m sure I’d be the envy of many men. I’d be restless… always guarding you, making sure people know that you belonged to me.”
Tears peered in my eyes. For a moment, I imagined that moment too.
“But I wasn’t there, Travis. I couldn’t be. You’re there for business. And I don’t belong there. I would be useless to you.”
“I think I’ll be the useless one if you were there. To hell with business. I’m with my wife and that’s all I’m gonna care about,” he laughed.
But I couldn’t laugh. Because whatever his reason was, it did not take away the fact that I didn’t belong to his world.
“Travis, it’s okay. I know you have a life in the business world and I can’t exist in it,” I said. “I’m okay with that. I know where I stand.”
There was a moment of silence on the other line. Then he said, “What? No, Brianne, that’s not what I meant.”
I didn’t want to hear the rest of what he was going to say. I couldn’t.
“Travis, I’m tired. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Then I hung up without giving him a chance to say anything more. I was torn between getting mad at him and dealing with the fact that I was so wrong for him.
Tom and I forced him to this fate. He was just trying to make it work so he could get something out of it too.
I fell asleep crying my heart out.
I woke up to the smell of food coming from my kitchen.
What the hell?
I got out of the bedroom and found Travis cooking in the kitchen. He looked so hot, shirtless, wearing only a pair of jeans and my apron.
His face lit up immediately when he saw me.
“Good morning, cherie.”
He walked towards me with a big smile on his face. He snatched me into his arms and planted a hard kiss on my lips.
“What are you doing here?
“Cooking breakfast for my lovely wife, what does it look I’m doing?”
“Weren’t you supposed to be in LA?”
“Yesterday, yes. Not today,” he replied, planting a tingling kiss on my neck.
“Well, Karl can handle all my appointments except this one. My appointment with my wife is something that needs my personal attention.”
I gave him a slight push. He blinked back at me in surprise.
“Um… I need to use the bathroom.”
I ran to the bathroom without another word. Another day, I would give it to his advances. But now, I know where I stand in his life, I can’t help but pull back.
I can’t fall for him even more. I would be damaged beyond repair after all this ends!
When I came out of the bathroom, Travis was waiting for me patiently in the dining room. He had set up the table with breakfast and there was a long-stem rose waiting for me.
“What time did you leave LA?”
“Four AM. I took the first flight.”
He shrugged. “I couldn’t wait to see you.”
The look on his face was genuine and I wondered how he could have managed that.
After breakfast, I volunteered to clean up. Travis stared at me for a moment and then he gave me a slight nod, his face looking sober.
I washed the dishes quietly and lost myself in my own thoughts.
I love him. He acts like he’s in love with me too. But how could he say those words… How could he say that I was nothing more than a responsibility for him.
When I finished washing the dishes, I was shocked to see Travis leaning on the kitchen wall with his arms crossed. He was silently watching me.
“How… how long have you been standing there?”
Instead of replying, he shook his head.
“Brianne… are we… are we okay?”
I shrugged innocently. “Yeah. Why do you ask?”
“I just sense that something’s different.”
“Different from what?”
“Different from how you were acting the other day and the days before that.”
“I don’t… know what you’re talking about.”
“Brianne, if there’s anything wrong, anything that’s bothering you, you can tell me, you know,” he said.
“If I’m messing this up… I want you tell me so I can fix it,” he said. There was a hint of desperation in his voice, it broke my heart into pieces. “I would do anything… everything just to get this right.”
“Travis… you don’t have to. Really. I owe you so much already.”
He shook his head. “I ended your quest to find the right man for you… the guy you’ve been looking for almost half of your life. I promised that I’m going to be that man. So, if I’m fucking this up, you have to tell me immediately, so I have time to get it all right.”
Oh my God! What did he have to be so damn perfect?! Can he not see I’m already too far gone? I’m already too in love with him!
Tears rolled down my cheeks. He wiped them with his fingers. Then he pulled my face gently to him and gave me a kiss on the lips.
He kissed me passionately… desperately. The moment his mouth descended on the base of my neck, I was lost.
His hands went to my buttocks and he gave them a squeeze. I moaned. Then he lifted me off my feet and made me wrap my legs around his waist. He carried me to the bedroom. We made love with fevered passion. For a moment, we left everything behind.
I forgot all my doubts, my reservations. At that moment, I know… Travis is mine!
He stared down at me with eyes dark with desire and raw passion.
“You came all the way for this, didn’t you?” I asked in a whisper.
He shook his head. “No,” he replied. “I came all the way for you… all of you!”
Then his face descended on mine as he began to bruise my lips with his kisses over and over again.
His soul may belong to the devil.
His heart may be up for grabs.
But his body is definitely mine!
I think I’m okay with that.
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