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My Beloved Billionaire

It’s the worst day of Skylin’s life: no job, no home, and nowhere to go. But then she meets Leyton, a kind man with an adorable daughter, and he seems to have the solution to all of her problems. But he’s keeping a secret from her. Will her feelings for him survive once she knows who he really is?

Age Rating: 13+

 

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Summary

It’s the worst day of Skylin’s life: no job, no home, and nowhere to go. But then she meets Leyton, a kind man with an adorable daughter, and he seems to have the solution to all of her problems. But he’s keeping a secret from her. Will her feelings for him survive once she knows who he really is?

Age Rating: 13+

Original Author: Loveberry04

Skylin

As I stood there in front of the building that was once my home, I felt tears well up in my eyes as my throat clogged with unshed tears.

My entire heart seemed to fill up with sorrow as everything settled in, I was homeless, stranded, and broke.

I felt the cold air as it nipped at my bare cheeks, but that was the least of my worries at the moment as I began walking down the street to an unknown destination.

I only had 50 bucks on me and that wouldn’t be enough to get me a decent motel around here.

Snow started pouring down in heavier loads as I continued to trudge down the path of nothingness, but I couldn’t complain, my life has never been easy.

I was raised by a single Mom because my father ran away when he found out that my mother was pregnant with me, so she had no choice but to raise me alone because her whole family had abandoned her.

My Mom put me through primary and high school but she couldn’t afford to pay for my college tuition and I didn’t ask her to because I understood how difficult it was for her already.

I knew that we couldn’t afford it so instead of going to college, I got a job so that I could try to help around but it didn’t pay much.

My Mom fell ill about a year and a half ago and she could no longer work so the financial burden fell on me.

I decided to move to the city in order to find a better paying job and I did, it wasn’t that much but it helped out a lot because I could send money back home while I paid for my own rental but it was only short-lived.

The small restaurant that I was working at hasn’t been doing well for the past 2 months and I was sadly the first that they got rid of. I had no money saved so I couldn’t afford this month’s rental payment so I was kicked out.

I had nowhere to go, I had no friends here and I barely knew this city. I’ve lived here for a year, but I only traveled to work so this city was still unknown to me.

As I continued to walk, the cold began getting to me. There was barely anyone on the streets due to the snow so it was a bit deserted which made me feel a little bit uncomfortable.

This place was known for its crimes and most crimes occurred at these times. I regretted wearing the leggings that I was wearing right now, as my legs began to freeze and my teeth began to chatter.

Even the coat that I was wearing was no longer providing me with enough warmth. What a bad day to be kicked out.

***

Leyton

“How about we get some pizza for dinner tonight?” I suggested to my 4-year-old daughter as the credits for Frozen 2 began rolling down.

“Yes, pizza sounds great Daddy.” She responded basically hopping around in her seat obviously unable to contain her excitement.

One thing that I knew about my little girl is that you could never go wrong with pizza when it comes to her.

“Alright, let me go and order some and then we’ll go and pick it up together,” I said getting off the sofa and grabbing my phone to make the call.

I quickly went to order the pizza and then went upstairs to dress Olivia up in warm clothes.

“What would you like to wear Livia?” I asked as she seemed to be deep in thought, probably trying to decide on an outfit.

“How about that one?” She asked, pointing to her pink sweatpants and matching sweater.

“Okay shoo while I dress up. Miss June says that boys are not supposed to watch girls when they dress up.”

Livia said as she shooed me out of the room which only amused me, my baby girl was really growing up, but it was a little too fast.

“I’ll be waiting for you in the kitchen then Sweetheart,” I said to Olivia as I made my way down the stairs.

“Okay.” She said going back into her room and closing the door.

When Olivia came downstairs we made our way to my car as I drove us to the pizza place to collect our pizza.

I sent my driver and chef home early today so that I could spend some quality time alone with Olivia today.

I know that she sometimes feels neglected when I become very busy with running my company so whenever I’m able to take a day off or something I make sure to spend all that time with my little girl.

Those days belong to just her and me and she knows it.

I buckled Olivia up into her car seat before I made my way to the driver’s seat.

“You ready to go Princess?” I asked, looking at Olivia through the rearview mirror.

“I’m ready, let’s go get some pizza.” She said just before her little tummy released a loud rumble.

Throughout the ride to the pizza place, Olivia and I sang songs that she sang at Kindergarten and I could see that she enjoyed teaching me these songs.

She would laugh whenever I made a mistake on her songs and correct me and then we would sing it again until I got the song correctly.

“We’re here, let’s go and get our pizza,” I said to Olivia.

“Yaaaay.” She responded in excitement as I helped her out of her car seat.

We got out of the car and made our way into the Pizzeria, and were immediately met by warm air when we entered through the doors and made our way to the counter.

We picked up our pizzas and then made our way back to the car. I quickly switched on the car heater to warm us up before I began driving off.

“Daddy, may I eat one slice of pizza?” Olivia asked, looking at me with her cute, hazel, big, puppy dog eyes which she knew I couldn’t resist.

“Sure thing, Sweetheart,” I said looking at her through the rearview mirror. As I was driving by I realized that the streets were pretty deserted right now.

People were probably trying to escape the upcoming storm tonight.

When I stopped at a red light I saw a young woman, who had a suitcase next to her as she looked around. She looked so lost and she was shivering.

Something I’ve never felt before occurred at that moment as I looked at this woman. Something about her tugged at my heartstrings in a way that was so foreign to me, a way I couldn’t understand.

“Daddy, do you see the woman over there?” Oliva asked, referring to the woman.

“I do, what do you think we should do?” I asked my daughter, confused about how I should go about this. I honestly couldn’t just leave her here, with the upcoming storm she will freeze to death.

“Maybe we should offer to take her home or we could take her back home with us or else she will get sick,” Olivia said, looking at me with her innocent big adorable eyes.

“Okay, let’s offer to take her home then,” I said and packed my car aside.

“Excuse me miss, would you like a lift? It’s pretty cold out here tonight.” I said to the lady. I watched her bite her lower lip, probably contemplating my offer.

“I promise that I won’t cause you any harm,” I said, trying to reassure her.

I watched as she hesitantly made her way towards the car.

“Thank you for the kind offer, but I’m alright.” She weakly smiled, but I could read her lie just like a book.

“I insist ma’am. I don’t mind taking you to a motel or hotel or at home if you’d let me.” I tried persuading her.

She bit her lip in thought, before sighing in defeat and murmuring in a barely audible voice, “I don’t have anywhere to go.”

My heart skipped a beat for some reason at that, and I found myself opening the door, making her move back as fear filled her mocha coloured eyes.

Her lips quivering in equal fear as her face lost all color, probably her mind presuming the worst.

I raised my hands to show that I was of no harm before saying,”I promise I won’t hurt you. Cross my heart.” I softly assured her as worry filled me as I looked at her abnormally pale lips.

“Even so, I have nowhere to go. I have no home, no money, no job, nothing.” She shakily admitted as her mocha orbs filled with barely contained tears.

She was breaking right in front of me and I didn’t know how to help her.

“You can come and live with me for a bit, I promise that I won’t hurt you.” I offered and watched as she hesitantly and slowly nodded her head.

“Thank you.” She said in genuine gratitude.

“You’re welcome, get into the car, the heater will help to warm you up,” I said as I took her suitcase and placed it in the trunk.

I also got into the car and drove away. 5 minutes into the trip back home I realized that she had fallen asleep. Probably due to the warmth that her body was feeling due to the heater, she must have been really cold.

“Is she okay Daddy?” Olivia suddenly spoke after about 10 minutes of silence.

“I’m not sure sweetheart, but I think that she’ll be fine once she gets into some warm blankets and gets some sleep,” I responded and watched from the rearview mirror as my daughter slowly nodded.

When we got back home I attempted to wake up the lady but she was out cold so I ended up carrying her upstairs and to the spare bedroom.

I placed a bunch of blankets on top of her and then closed the door to let her rest.

“Alright sweetheart, let’s go and eat some pizza, and then it’s bedtime for you,” I said as I dished up for Olivia and me.

“Okay.” She responded just as she released a yawn, Olivia chowed down her pizza with no problem while I took small bites.

I quickly bathed Olivia who had already forgotten about the boys must not see girls naked thing, I then dressed her up in a warm and fuzzy Elsa onesie.

“Goodnight.” She said as she kissed my cheek and got into her blankets.

“Goodnight Sweetheart,” I responded, kissing her cheek goodnight and tucking her into her blanket.

“I love you.” She said stifling a yawn as her eyes began to droop shut.

“I love you even more sweetheart,” I said before I switched off her bedroom light and closed the door.

I made my way to my bedroom, changed into my PJs, climbed into bed, and then let my mind run loose. I couldn’t help but worry about the lady as I lay in my bed.

I really hoped that she would be alright but I had a feeling that she might have a fever.

I really couldn’t help but be concerned about not only her health but also about her life story, she seemed to be carrying a lot on her shoulders and for some reason, I wanted to help her, but I didn’t know how to.

My body suddenly felt drained, as drained as it would feel after a hectic day at work, exhaustion came over me in waves, and before I knew it my eyes began drooping, and soon after I was falling into a deep and dreamless sleep.

I guess that all these thoughts and worries would have to be dealt with on another day, but today was definitely not that day.

 

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2

Leyton

I woke up at around 05:15 so that I could prepare myself for the day. I initially had to be at the office but due to having a guest, I decided to work from home.

I took a quick 15 minutes shower and then I made my way downstairs, where my chef Brianna was making breakfast.

“Good morning Sir.” She greeted as she flipped the pancakes for today’s breakfast.

“Good morning Anna, how many times must I tell you to call me Leyton, the is no need for formalities.”

I chastised. I liked having a casual relationship with all my employees here plus it kinda felt strange when they called me Sir.

“Oh yeah, I forgot.” She said with a small blush. Brianna was around 25 years old and she was a new employee of mine. She replaced my old chef who recently went into retirement.

“Has Charlotte arrived yet?” I asked to take out a bottle of water from the fridge.

“Yes, she’s doing the laundry, I believe.” She said stacking a couple of pancakes on my plate for me.

“Okay thank you, I’ll eat in my office,” I said making my way upstairs out the kitchen but quickly stopped by the doorway.

“Could you please prepare a bowl of chicken soup? I have a guest who I believe will be in great need of it.” I said with the plate of pancakes in my hand.

“On it.” She said as she pulled out a small pot to make the soup in.

I nodded with a smile and then exited the room and made my way back upstairs and to my home office.

I quickly ate my pancakes and then I responded to a couple of emails for about an hour until I heard a knock on my office door.

“Come in,” I said with my eyes still glued to the screen.

“Good morning dear.” Greeted Charlotte as she entered my office.

“Good morning,” I responded looking at her with a smile. Charlotte was my housekeeper, she was in her early 50s and she was like a second mother to me.

“I just came to make sure that you had eaten your breakfast.” She said, looking at me knowingly.

“I have,” I replied releasing a laugh but understanding where she came from considering the fact that there were times when I completely focused on work and neglected my hungry body.

“Good, let me take your plate, and then I’ll wake Livvy up for school.” She said, reaching out for the plate that had previously held my food.

“Brianna asked me to tell you that the soup is ready. Are you sick?” She asked with a look of concern.

“No I’m okay, last night I took in a woman, I found her alone on the streets. She seemed lost so I offered to take her home only for her to tell me that she had no place to go to.

I brought her here so that she could have a place to stay for the time being.

I asked Anna to make some soup for her because I have a feeling that she might be a little sick, she looked pale from the cold so I suspect that she might wake up with a cold or a fever.”

I said, explaining the whole situation to Charlotte.

“Poor thing, I think that you did a good thing by taking her in.

I’ll go and make sure that she is alright.” She responded, her voice laced in sympathy as she made her way out of the office and gently closed the door behind herself just as my work phone began ringing.

***

Skylin

I woke up with a pounding headache, my body burning up and covered by a thin layer of sweat, but at the same time, I felt so cold.

I struggled to pry my eyes open, they felt as though something had stuck them together, with something like glue.

I forcefully pried them open just to be met with an unfamiliar bright room. My heartbeat immediately quickened as fear and panic began creeping up inside my entire being.

How had I gotten here, what happened last night? Just as I felt an oncoming panic attack, memories from last night came flooding back to me.

I felt my body muscles relax as my body became lighter. I gently and slowly began sitting up just as a cough racked through my body making my already hurting head hurt even more.

The world began spinning around me so I did the only thing that I could do right now.

I slowly laid back onto the bed just as someone gently opened the bedroom door making me raise up a little to look at the person who entered the room.

“Oh dear, are you alright Sweetie?” Asked a kind-looking lady with beautiful blue comforting eyes, as she hurriedly made her way over to me. “I think that you might have a fever.” She said, looking at me with concerned eyes.

“I’m okay,” I said trying to smile reassuringly at her even though I felt awful, but I didn’t want to worry her.

“Let me go and get you some food, but first…” She trailed off as she made her way to a door that I assumed would lead her to the bathroom.

She came out of the bathroom with a damp cloth which she placed on my forehead. “This should help a little.” She continued.

“I’ll be back in a sec.” She said as she made her way out of the room and gently closed the door.

I laid there on the bed staring up at the white painted ceiling stuck in an unknown reverie, just for the pounding in my head to harshly jolt me out of the reverie, causing me to close my eyes in an attempt to try to ease the pain.

After a couple of minutes of having my eyes closed, I felt the pain slightly easing, making way for sleep to catch up to me.

Just as I was about to fall asleep I heard the bedroom door open, making me pry my eyes open a little, even as sleep kept threatening to swallow me.

“I’m back and I brought you some soup, it will help you to feel better.” She said as she helped me to sit up. “Alright open up.” She instructed as she held a spoon full of soup to my mouth.

I opened my mouth as she put the spoon into my mouth. I almost moaned in delight at the taste of the soup, it was honestly delicious so I was quick to devour the soup.

“At least you have an appetite.” The lady seemed pleased because I had finished my food.

“It was absolutely delicious, thank you for helping me, Ma’am.” I said with a voice full of gratitude.

“You’re very welcome Honey, and please call me Charlotte.” She insisted, waving her hand dismissively. “I’ll come back to help you get cleaned up, I think that a good shower will be very helpful.”

She continued before she made her way out of the door. She soon came back with a glass of water and 2 pills to probably stop the pain.

“Okay drink up.” She said giving me the pills and then helping me to drink the water because she noticed that my hands were shaking.

“Thank you,” I said again wanting to express my gratitude.

“You’re welcome, Sweetheart.” She said with a sweet, gentle beaming smile.

“Now, how about I help you to take a bath, you probably feel very uncomfortable in those clothes.” She said, looking at me with sympathy.

I nodded with a smile of my own, just to regret it when the movement gave me a slight dizzy spell, I guess that the pills hadn’t kicked in yet, then again I had only taken them a minute ago.

“I’ll go run you a nice, warm, bubble bath then,” Charlotte said, making her way to the bathroom as she hummed an unfamiliar tune. I heard the sound of water as it poured into the bathtub.

I sat on the bed while Charlotte prepared the bath. She then came back and helped me to go to the bathroom, she helped me to undress and even to climb into the bathtub.

I couldn’t help but sigh in content as my body was submerged into the water.

“I’m glad to see that you like the water.” She said as she released a small laugh.

“Let me take these clothes to the laundry room and I’ll be right back.” She said as she exited the bathroom and made her way to the laundry room.

The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous. All I can say, there was both a shower and a bathtub in here. It’s spacious, not too big but definitely not small either.

I gently took the cloth and soap that Charlotte had given me and began to wash up. The pills had started to kick in so my headache was no longer that bad.

I bathed myself and then stayed in the water for about 5 more minutes before Charlotte came back into the room.

“I see that you’re done.” She said coming in with a towel in one hand. “Okay step into this towel before the water itself makes you sick.” She said, wrapping the towel around me.

The towel felt so nice and fluffy and soft, probably the softest towel that I’ve ever covered myself with.

“You’ll probably be in bed for the whole day so I took out your PJs from your bag, I’m sorry for digging in without asking for your permission first.” She said looking guilty.

“It’s no problem, I really don’t mind, thank you for helping me,” I said with a reassuring smile, not feeling offended even the slightest.

She’s helped me so much that I honestly didn’t feel offended by her taking out some clothes for me.

“Okay, I also brought you a gown, just in case you think of getting out of the room or anything.

I switched on the heater in your room so you shouldn’t feel cold.

I’ll place the remote close by you so that you will be able to change the temperature to whatever will feel comfortable to you.” Charlotte explained as we made our way back into the bedroom.

“You’ve helped me so much, I honestly don’t know how I could ever thank you enough,” I said to Charlotte wanting to give her a hug but not wanting to get her sick.

“It’s no problem at all, now if you really want to thank me then get into bed so that you can heal and get better.” She chastised me in a motherly way that made me remember and miss my own mother.

“What’s a wrong sweetheart?” She asked with worry lacing her every word.

“Ha?” I asked confused only to now realize that a tear had trailed down my cheek. “Oh, it’s nothing, I just thought of someone who I miss a lot,” I said with a little and slightly sad laugh as I wiped the stray tear.

“If you say so, Sweetheart.” She said looking at me with a sad smile.

“Now get some rest so that you can get better quicker.” She said tucking me in like a mother who would tuck in their child and then standing up and making her way to the door.

She stopped at the doorway and turned to face me. “Sorry Sweetie, I don’t think that I caught your name.” She said.

“I’m Skylin, Skylin Larson.” I introduced myself.

“That’s a beautiful name.” She said and then her face took on a more serious look to it.

“If you ever need anyone to talk to, don’t be afraid to ask, if you need anything at all, I’m here for you.” She said flashing me with her kind and encouraging smile.

“Thank you, I’ll be sure to call for you if I need anything,” I said with honesty, lacing my every word.

“Alright then, get some sleep, I’ll come and check up on you later.” She said getting out and gently closing the door behind her before I heard her footsteps as they retreated.

As my eyes fluttered closed a single thought came to me, I hadn’t seen the man who had helped me ever since I got here, then again it was a Monday he was probably busy at work.

I just hope that I’ll be able to see him so that I can thank him. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know where I’d be right now, even if this was a temporary situation I still wanted to thank him for the kindness that he had shown me.

Not everyone is willing to take in a stranger even if it is for a short while. With those last thoughts on my mind, I let myself fall into a peaceful and dreamless sleep.

 

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