Tue. Feb 13th, 2024

Episode 37

 

Jill Malik P.O.V

 

“Oh my god, congratulations !”

 

Ximena barged into my office and took me into a bone crushing hug. “Let me see how much my brother spent on your ring finger?” Her eyes widened as she saw the shining diamond ring. “It’s so gorgeous, oh my god! I can’t believe we are going to be sisters!”

 

It still felt so surreal to think that I’m now Flynn Vasilios fiancee. Who would have ever thought the womanizer would settle down? The news and gossip papers were filled with articles about our engagement story. Flynn’s last name was even trending on twitter for a couple of hours. The night of the proposal I called Aunt Lydia to tell her the exciting news and she was crying tears of happiness. She knew from the start that this was going to happen. She knew that Flynn would eventually become my boyfriend and later on my husband.

 

Aunts knows best.

 

When we went back to New York we invited the family for dinner at the mansion and I showed them my ring. They just stared at it for a long time, Rodrigo was the first one who realized what had happened. The others were still confused slash in shock.

 

Reina started to cry river of tears after Rodrigo jumped on the couch and congratulate Flynn and I on our engagement. The Vasilios family was so happy and they welcomed me with open arms. They were so glad their son had settled down and left his wild past behind. They were tired of all his scandals. Sadly, Ximena couldn’t be there because she was on a business meeting in Australia.

 

“You and Rodrigo are invited to the engagement party.” I said as Ximena finally calmed down and settled on the chair in front of me. “It will be held at the Renaissance Event Hall.”

 

“Wonderful. I love that place! But why do you say Rodrigo and I? Why can’t you invite Rodrigo himself?” She asked with a questioning look.

 

“I thought you guys were a thing.”

 

Her eyes widened. “What?! No, we’re just friends.”

 

“Really?” I raised my eyebrows and smirked. “It does not look like that.”

 

She sighed and rested her head in her hands. “He’s friendzoning me.”

 

This time I was the one who had a shocked expression on my face. All this time I thought she was the one who was friendzoning him. “Can’t you just step out of the friendzone? That guy likes you.”

 

“I wish. I know he likes me, but it’s not that easy.” She opened her handbag and got out a silver package. She hand it to me and gave me a cheeky grin. “Something small from Australia.”

 

I opened the package and a smile crept on my face. It was a candle with Flynn and my name engraved on it. It was so beautiful and it smelled like chocolate. Ximena knew that I was obsessed with candles lately. I had already bought four from bath and bodyworks.

 

Damn such a great way to avoid the topic about Rodrigo.

 

……….

The room was filled with family, friends, and business partners. Aunt Lydia and Milan flew from Barcelona to New York again. They were the only family I had. I made my way to the stairs and took a deep breath.

 

I hope Flynn will love the dress I wore. It was a beautiful emerald green off the shoulders dress that was covered in sequins, glitter, and lace. When I saw it I immediately fell in love with it. It was so gorgeous. The designer had to alter it a little at my waist, but overall it fitted me perfectly.

 

The venue was beautifully decorated by a well known party planner from Italy. I think we might also hire him for our wedding. He did a splendid job in decorating and choosing the right venue for the right occasion. The inviting lobby bar of the Renaissance Event Hall sets the stage for a gracefully curved marble staircase where I’m currently standing, which descends to reveal the neo classical decor of the main dining hall and hardwood dance floor below, the soaring ceiling flanked by two spacious, yet cozy balconies.

 

I took another deep breath and walked down. All eyes were immediately on me and I was searching for Flynn. I found him on the end of the stairs waiting for me, his mouth slightly open and his beautiful blue eyes wide as saucers.

 

“You take my breath away pudding.” he said when I reached the end of the stairs. He took my hand in his and placed a soft kiss on my lips. His lips felt so warm and it tasted like champagne.

 

“And you are so damn handsome, darling.” I said biting my lower lip and making him groan. The effect I have on him. I love it.

 

“Stop doing that, otherwise we will skip this whole engagement party and continue it in my bedroom. How does that sound?” He asked, winking at me.

 

I chuckled and rolled my eyes. “Sounds tempting, but I can’t leave my guests alone. That would be rude.”

 

He laughed softly and put his arm around my waist. “Come, I want to introduce you to the rest of my family.”

 

I met his aunts, uncles, grandma, grandpa, nieces, cousins, and nephews whose names I forgot right after they introduced themselves. They were from all different parts of the world or from different states. California, Los Angeles, Greece, Sao paulo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, South Africa, etc. They all had million dollar or billion dollar worth companies. The Vasilios were very wealthy people and it was not only Flynn and his parents, but his whole family.

 

“Good evening JJ.” I heard a familiar voice behind me. I turned around and my eyes lit up immediately.

 

“Ethan!” I squealed and hugged him tightly. I had invited him too, but he had said he wasn’t sure if he would come. “You came! But where’s your fiancee?”

 

“So I need to tell you something. we cannot make it to the wedding, because we’re moving to Jordan. But she told me to wish you two all the best in life. Right now she’s very busy packing and arranging things for our residence in Jordan.”

 

“Really? You will not be here for my big day?” I was a little bit disappointed. I really wanted to have all my friends with me.

 

“I’m so sorry JJ, but we have to move. I already got my letter that said I can start working there so I need to move fast, because otherwise they will give it to someone else.”

 

“Oh, well I’m glad you’re here then! It means a lot to me.”

Ethan smiled and took me into another hug. “I can’t believe you’re getting married. I’m so happy for you and I wish you and Flynn a happy life together.”

 

I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around. Flynn took my hand and looked at Ethan. “Can I borrow my fiancee for a second?”

 

Ethan chuckled. “She’s all yours man. Congratulations and take good care of my JJ.”

 

“Thanks man. And I will, don’t worry.” Flynn said smiling. He brought me towards the entrance of the venue.

 

“An important business partner will come any second and I want you to meet him.” Flynn said and kissed the knuckles of my hand. “He’s a very nice man.”

 

Flynn couldn’t even finish his sentence when a man in his late forties entered the venue. He was dressed in a expensive armani suit and he looked really fit and fashionable for someone of his age.

 

He shook Flynn’s hand and then mine.

 

“Robert Quinn.” He introduced himself. His voice was croaky and low. “You must be the fiancee of Mr. Vasilios.”

 

I nodded and smiled at him. “Yes, I am. Pleasure to meet you Mr. Quinn.”

 

“Oh stop with the formalities. It’s Robert for you. Mr. Quinn makes me feel old.” He chuckled and then looked back at Flynn. “I want you to meet my girlfriend.”

 

“Girlfriend?” Flynn and I asked in surprise. He looks so old and he still had a girlfriend? I thought he already had a wife and kids.

 

“Yes, she just came from the Netherlands. An amazing woman. Beautiful curves. Very attractive.” He said and then turned around and beckoned at someone who was standing outside.

 

A beautiful woman appeared out of the dark. Her light yellow dress clung on her body like a second skin. Her figure was that from an hourglass and her hair was in a messy bun, yet it look so elegant. She looked confident, beautiful, but also very young. She must be in her early thirties or late twenties.

 

If I would not have known better I would think she was the daughter of Mr. Quinn. I felt Flynn stiffen next to me. When I looked at him he was staring at the girl.

 

He looked pale.

 

“Mr. Vasilios, This is my girlfriend.” Robert said as he kissed the cheeks of the girl. Flynn was still staring at her.

 

In complete shock.

 

“Sera.” He breathe out and the girl smirked.

 

“Hello Mr. Vasilios.” She greeted in a very sweet voice. It felt like honey was dripping out of her mouth. “Nice to meet you… again.”

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