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PostSubject: From Paris with love   Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:23 pm



Character list:

Sheena Halliwell
Amanda Halliwell - Sheena's daughter.
Millie Halliwell - Sheena's mom
Dr. Christopher Halliwell - Sheena's dad
Tim Michaels - Halliwell family lawyer
Rebecca Torres - Sheena's best friend
Virginia Parker - Sébastien's fiancé
Miki Buhler - Urs' wife
Maggie Miller - David's wife
Pierre Dubois - French painter and gallery owner.
And of course Urs, David, Carlos and Sébastien Very Happy 

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Prologue

Los Angeles – March 2002

Sheena Halliwell looked at the test in her hand and she could feel the tears forming in her eyes. A baby was not part of her plans and she couldn’t understand how this had happened. Well, she knew how it happened but she couldn’t understand how it could happen because they took precautions. What was she supposed to do now? A baby was a lot of responsibility and she would be raising the baby on her own. Telling the father was out of the question because she never wanted to see him or hear from him again. Sheena took a deep breath and threw the test into the trash can before leaving the bathroom.

“Are you ok, honey?” Rebecca Torres asked as Sheena walked into the kitchen.

“Yes, I’m fine,” Sheena responded as she sat down.

“No, you’re not fine. You were in the bathroom for a long time so tell me what is going on,” Rebecca demanded, looking at her.

“I’m pregnant,” Sheena told her friend as her hands played with the mug in front of her.

“What did you say?” Rebecca looked at her.

“You heard me. I’m pregnant,” Sheena repeated as she buried her face with her hands.

“What are you going to do? Are you going to tell him that you’re pregnant?” Rebecca got up and walked over to Sheena.

“No! I won’t tell him and I am keeping the baby. That man will have nothing to do with the baby,” Sheena looked at Rebecca with anger in her eyes.

“He has a right to know, Sheena,” Rebecca raised her voice.

“No, he doesn’t. The baby is mine, not his. I really don’t care what he is doing or who he is doing. I consider him to be the biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Sheena said, looking at Rebecca.

Rebecca let out a sigh as she looked at Sheena. They had been friends since kindergarten and she knew that Sheena was lying because if he had been such a big mistake, then why had Sheena been with him for two years? It didn’t make any sense to her but it was not the right time or place to discuss this. Sheena was really emotional and Rebecca didn’t want to push the subject, at least not right now.

“I will support you in this but I still think you should tell him,” Rebecca spoke her opinion as she hugged Sheena.

Sheena knew that Rebecca was right but she didn’t want to see the guy again. She would never forgive him for what he did and she knew that if people knew what had happened that night in Paris, they would say that she had been overreacting. Ok, so maybe she shouldn’t have left without a word but she had no other choice and if she never saw him again, she would be happy.

“I promise you that I will think about telling him but I can’t do it right now,” Sheena promised.

“Are you ever going to tell me what happened that night in Paris?” Rebecca questioned as she looked at Sheena.

“I don’t know,” Sheena let out a sigh.

“Well, if you want to talk about it, you know where to find me. I have a lunch meeting with Marshall to discuss the new designs but I will call you later,” Rebecca said, picking up her purse.

Sheena nodded her head and watched as Rebecca walked out of the door and she wondered why it was so hard for her to tell her best friend about what happened in Paris. They had been best friends for a long time and they had always been able to talk about everything. Maybe Rebecca would understand how she felt if she knew what had happened back then but right now Sheena couldn’t tell her.

Letting out a sigh, Sheena walked into the bedroom and lay down on the bed. She opened the drawer in her bedside table and took out a picture. The picture was taken in front of the Eiffel Tower on their first anniversary and the memories of that day were still locked deep in her heart and she couldn’t deny that her two years in Paris with him had been amazing but all of that was now in the past. She couldn’t deny that the feelings were still there and his face still haunted her in her dreams but she didn’t want to get involved with him again. It was time to move on and forget about him.

Sheena put the picture away and walked into the hallway where she grabbed her purse and jacket before she left the apartment. She needed to tell her parents the news and she knew they would be thrilled to know that they would be getting a grandchild soon. Sheena unlocked her car and drove to her parents to tell them the news about their grandchild. As she pulled up in front of her parents’ house, she knew that her life would change from now on.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:40 pm

Chapter 1

Los Angeles – Monday, May 2007

It had been two weeks since the passing of Doctor Christopher Halliwell and even though she wasn’t feeling up to it, Sheena had to look at the papers and documents he had left behind. Her mom had been in no condition to look at anything and as the only child Sheena had to take care of things. The family lawyer, Tim Michaels, had offered to help her out and she had accepted his offer as it would make it a lot easier for her.

“What’s wrong, Sheena?” Tim asked as he noticed her staring out of the window.

“I was just thinking,” Sheena replied, looking at him.

“You think too much, Sheena, and I can’t stand to see you like this,” Tim walked over to her, placing his hands on her shoulders.

“I’ve got a lot to think about, Tim,” Sheena said, turning around to look at him.

“I know you do but you don’t have to deal with it alone. You know how I feel about you and you know that I am here for you,” Tim told her as he touched her cheek and moved his head closer to hers.

“Please don’t do that. You know I don’t have that kind of feelings for you,” Sheena reminded him, pulling away.

“You’re still thinking about him, aren’t you?” Tim asked with anger in his voice.

“He is Amanda’s father and I am reminded of him when I look at her. Sometimes I do think about him but not in the way that you think,” Sheena responded in anger.

“I’m sorry, Sheena. I shouldn’t have said that,” Tim apologized.

“Apology accepted. Now can we move on with the documents?” Sheena asked, sitting down at the table.

Tim joined her at the table and they went through the papers and documents on the table. As she looked at the papers, she came across a folder with the words confidential written on it and she looked at it, wondering why her dad had a folder like that. She opened the folder and found a picture from her christening with her parents and some other man in it. Who was the man in the picture and why was he holding her in his arms? Questions entered her mind and only one person had the answers to her questions.

Half an hour later, Sheena and Tim had finished with the documents and everything had now been sorted out. Well, almost everything because the folder and its contents still bothered Sheena and she had to speak to her mom as soon as possible. Sheena took the folder and put on her jacket as Tim approached her.

“Care to join me for dinner?” Tim asked, opening the door.

“Thanks but I have to pick up Amanda,” Sheena replied.

“You do know that I won’t give up, don’t you?” Tim took her hand.

“Yes, I know that and you know that you’re wasting your time. Goodbye Tim and thanks for all your help,” Sheena kissed his cheek and left.

Tim watched her leave and he couldn’t understand why she wasn’t interested in him. He was a very successful lawyer and he could give her anything she wanted but that wasn’t enough. Turning out the lights in his office, he sighed and left the office. He got into his car and drove home to his penthouse apartment, thinking of Sheena and how to make her love him the way he loved her. Tim grabbed a beer from the fridge and heated up some left over pizza before walking into the living room where he turned on the TV. He didn’t pay much attention to the TV until he noticed a man who reminded him of someone he knew, someone who was born four years ago. Could it be a coincidence or was the man on TV Amanda’s dad? Tim turned off the TV and he picked up his phone and dialed a number.

“Hi, it’s me. I need a favor. Meet me in my office tomorrow at nine. It’s important,” Tim said and hung up.

He finished his beer and walked into the kitchen to get a new one. Even though he had no proof, this discovery called for a celebration. With a smile on his face, he opened his laptop and began his research.

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The driveway to the Halliwell house never seemed so long before and Sheena wondered how her mom would react to the picture in the folder. There was no doubt that her parents knew the man in the picture but would her mom tell her more about the man? Sheena stopped the car in front of the house and got out. She walked inside the house and took off her jacket before she walked into the kitchen.

“Looks like the two of you had a great time,” Sheena said as she looked at her daughter who was covered in flour and chocolate.

“We did. How did it go? Did you and Tim sort out your dad’s papers?” Millie asked her daughter.

“Yes we did but I need to talk to you alone,” Sheena replied.

“We’re almost done here. Christina can give Amanda a bath and then we can talk,” Millie smiled as she put the cookies in the oven.

Christina was the maid and she had been Sheena’s nanny when she was a child. As soon as Christina and Amanda had left the kitchen, mother and daughter walked into the living room and sat down. When Sheena took out the folder, Millie knew what she wanted to talk about and maybe it was about time that Sheena knew the truth. Sheena took out the picture and handed it to her mother.

“Who is this man?” Sheena asked, looking at Millie.

“His name is Pierre Dubois and I met him in Paris before I met your dad. I was an art student in Paris and Pierre was one of my teachers. Even though it was against the rules, we started dating and I moved in with him. After three years in Paris, Pierre asked me to marry him but I turned him down. I wasn’t ready to live in Paris for the rest of my life and I went back home to Los Angeles,” Millie explained, looking at the picture.

“Didn’t you love him?” Sheena asked.

“Yes, I loved him very much but it was just not the right time. I returned to Los Angeles but a few months later, I discovered that I was pregnant and I knew that Pierre was the father of the baby. I contacted him and informed him that he was going to be a dad and he asked me one more time to marry him but I turned him down again. He was disappointed but he promised to help me with everything I needed for the baby and he wanted to be a part of the baby’s life,” Millie said.

“That was nice of him,” Sheena, thinking that not a lot of men would offer that after being turned down twice.

“He was and still is a nice man. A few months before the birth, I met your dad and we fell in love. Pierre had met a woman and was in a relationship with her so everything was just perfect. Pierre came to LA to attend the birth and later the christening where that picture was taken. Pierre went back to Paris and he has been a part of his daughter’s life ever since,” Millie explained.

“Does that mean what I think it means?” Sheena enquired, hoping her mom would tell her the truth.

“Yes it does. You are the only child I ever gave birth to,” Millie replied with tears running down her cheeks.

“What? My dad is not my dad? Are you telling me that this Pierre is my dad?” Sheena asked, raising her voice.

“That is what I am telling you and I know how much you must hate me right now but your dad, Chris, didn’t want you to know,” Millie replied.

“Why not? I had a right to know,” Sheena angrily said, pointing at herself.

“Chris was afraid of losing you. His biggest fear was that you would want to meet Pierre and never return to us. To stop that from happening, we agreed not to tell you. Yes, we made a mistake but Chris loved you like you were his own daughter,” Millie answered.

“I can’t believe this. And this Pierre is still alive?” Sheena questioned her mom.

“Yes, Pierre is still alive. He is a famous painter in Paris and he has an art gallery. His wife died five years ago and you are his only child. That means you’re the sole heir to his fortune,” Millie informed her daughter of what she knew.

“Anything else you want to tell me?” Sheena asked.

“Pierre is dying,” Millie told her.

“This is a bad dream. First my dad dies then I find out that he is not my dad and now you tell me that my real dad is dying,” Sheena said.

“I understand that you’re upset but we did what we felt was right. We knew that someday you would find out the truth and Pierre gave me a letter to give to you when that happened,” Millie rose from the couch.

Sheena watched her mom as she walked over to the desk and pulled out a drawer. Millie took out a letter and returned to the couch where she handed Sheena the letter. Sheena took the letter and looked at it. She wasn’t sure of what to do or say. All of this was overwhelming and she didn’t know how much more she could take at the moment. Letting out a sigh, she opened the letter and read what it said:

‘My darling daughter,

If you are reading this letter it is because you’ve found out the truth. Yes, I am your father and the day you were born was the best day of my life. You don’t know me but I know you. I’ve got a lot of pictures of both you and my granddaughter.

I have a request but I understand if you say no. I would like to see you and my granddaughter and if you accept, I will make all of the necessary arrangements.

I’ve attached my business card and I really do hope that you will consider coming here.

All my love,
Dad’


“He wants to see me and Amanda,” Sheena told her mom as she put the letter back into the envelope,

“Do you want to see him?” Millie enquired.

“I don’t know. I need some time to think,” Sheena replied truthfully.

“I understand. I really am sorry for not telling you earlier but you know how stubborn your dad could be,” Millie reminded Sheena as she took her hand.

“Yes, I know. I’m sorry for raising my voice but everything just became too much,” Sheena apologized.

“It’s ok, honey. Let’s get something to eat,” Millie said as she rose from the couch.

Mother and daughter walked into the kitchen and soon after they were joined by Christina and Amanda. The four of them had a great time and after dinner, Amanda was tucked in. It had been an exhausting day for her and Sheena didn’t want to put her in the car and drive back to the apartment. After spending a few hours with her mom, Sheena decided to say goodnight. She walked upstairs to her old bedroom and after seeing to her needs, she climbed into bed.

As she was in bed she thought of her mom’s story. It reminded her so much of her own story but there was a difference. Pierre was serious about the relationship with her mom, unlike Amanda’s dad who seemed more interested in other women. She did the right thing when she left Paris but she had always wanted to go back and now she had a reason to go. Sheena closed her eyes and slowly drifted off to sleep, thinking of Amanda’s dad.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:40 pm

Chapter 2
London –  May 2007

Virginia Parker woke up in the bed alone. She rose from the bed and put on a robe before she walked into the living room of the apartment she was sharing with her fiancé. He was sitting at the desk, checking his emails and she walked over to him and wrapped her arms around him as she nibbled his ear.

“The bed is really lonely without you,” Virginia whispered in his ear.

“I’m sorry but I couldn’t sleep,” Sébastien told her.

“Who said anything about sleeping? I want to enjoy the time we have together before you have to go away,” she said as she ran her hands down his chest.

“Just give me five more minutes and I am all yours,” he smiled.

Virginia kissed his cheek before returning to the bedroom and Sébastien opened the email he had received. It was from an old friend in Los Angeles who had some interesting news for him. Sébastien read the email and he opened the attached document to find an obituary of Dr. Christopher Halliwell. His eyes scanned the document and one section caught his attention. Dr. Christopher Halliwell leaves behind a wife, Millie Halliwell, a daughter, Sheena Halliwell and his granddaughter, Amanda Halliwell. Sébastien stared at the name Sheena Halliwell and his mind drifted back to 2000.

*Flashback*

Paris – January 2000

It had been a busy day and Sébastien was having dinner at one of his favorite restaurants in Paris. He had just ordered his food when he heard a young woman arguing with the hostess about a table. From what he could understand, the young woman had booked a table but somehow it had never been written down in the book. As the waiter brought Sébastien his food, Sébastien told the waiter that the young woman could sit at his table if she wanted to. The waiter left and returned a few seconds later with a young woman.

“Sébastien Izambard,” he said as he extended his hand.

“Sheena Halliwell. Thank you so much for letting me sit at your table,” Sheena smiled, taking his hand.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, mademoiselle. Please, sit down,” Sébastien gestured for her to sit.

Sheena took a seat and the waiter came to take her order. After he was gone, Sébastien wanted to know more about the woman across from him and Sheena told him about her family and what she was doing in Paris. She was in Paris to study art and she had been in Paris for a few months. Sheena told him that she was living with one of her fellow students but she hoped to find a place of her own soon. All Sébastien could think about was when he would see her again because he wanted to get to know her better. She was very different from the women he had dated before but maybe that was why he found her attractive.

Sheena looked at the handsome Frenchman in front of her and she felt a slight blush in her cheeks whenever he smiled at her. Normally she wouldn’t have accepted an offer like that from a stranger but this man just had something about him that made her feel comfortable. Deep down she hoped that he was single but she knew a man like him would probably be married or at least engaged. If he was single, he would not even be interested in her.

After finishing the dinner, Séb offered to pay for dinner but Sheena wouldn’t accept that. She wasn’t trying to get a free dinner and there was no way that she would let him pay. He offered to walk her home and she didn’t say no that offer. As they walked through the streets of Paris, it started raining but they didn’t seem to pay attention to that. They were busy talking and both were having such a good time.

“Well, this is it,” Sheena said and looked at him.

“That’s too bad. I was having a good time,” Séb smiled at her.

“Well, you could ask me out to dinner tomorrow if you want,” Sheena said without thinking.

“I could do that,” Séb laughed.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know where that came from. You probably have a girlfriend,” Sheena said, looking down.

“Don’t be sorry. I was going to ask you anyway. Half past six tomorrow?” Séb raised her head to look at him.

“Yes, that sounds good. Goodnight, Séb,” Sheena said and kissed his cheek.

“Goodnight, Sheena,” Séb smiled and left as she disappeared into the building.

*End of flashback*


That was the beginning of his two year relationship with Sheena Halliwell and he had no idea what went wrong between them. Everything had been great even though they were not living together but one day Sheena was gone without a trace. She hadn’t even left him a note. Séb closed the computer and turned out the lights before he walked towards the bedroom. As he walked into the bedroom, he found Virginia sound asleep and he let out a sigh of relief because he couldn’t deal with sleeping with her right now. He climbed into bed and hoped that she wouldn’t wake up and he was lucky. Séb looked at the ceiling and he wondered about the baby that was mentioned in the obituary. Could it be his? No, if it had been she would have contacted him and told him about it. He didn’t even know how old the baby was and he hadn’t seen Sheena since January 2002. As he closed his eyes, he made a promise to himself about finding Sheena and find out what happened back then.

The next morning Virginia had already left when Séb woke up. He had been dreaming about Sheena and their time together and the dream had been so real. A few times it almost felt like he could feel Sheena’s lips on his but he knew that was impossible. What did the dream mean? Was he still having feelings for Sheena after all these years?  No, that was impossible because he was in love with Virginia and they were getting married. He rose from the bed and walked over to the closet where he took out a box from the top shelf. The box had a lot of pictures inside and he took out one that meant a lot to him, one showing him and Sheena in front of the Eiffel Tower.

As he looked at the picture he heard the front door open and he quickly put the box back in the closet. He put on a pair of pants and a T-shirt before he walked into the kitchen. Virginia kissed him but Séb didn’t kiss her back. It just didn’t feel right anymore. Yes, he knew that they were engaged but something had happened to him since he saw Sheena’s name and he needed closure before he could marry Virginia.

“Are you ok?” Virginia asked him.

“Yes, I’m fine,” Séb replied without looking at her.

“Who is Sheena?” she questioned as she poured coffee for both of them.

“Why do you ask?” Séb looked at her.

“Well, you called out her name last night. Who is she?” Virginia repeated the question.

“She is an old friend but I haven’t seen her since 2002. A friend of mine from Los Angeles sent me an email with some info on her. Her dad, Christopher Halliwell, passed away two weeks ago,” Séb informed her.

“Dr. Christopher Halliwell?” Virginia questioned.

“Yes, he is one of the best heart surgeons in the world,” Séb answered, looking at her.

“I know. He is the doctor who performed my mom’s heart surgery a year ago. A very pleasant man,” Virginia said to him.

“Yes, he was. If I have time to do so, I will visit Sheena when we go to Los Angeles,” Séb told Virginia.

“That sounds like a good idea. I’m going shopping but I will see you tonight,” Virginia kissed him and left.

Séb watched her leave and he let out a sigh. Virginia was going shopping again but lucky for him she had her own money. He couldn’t wait to go on tour again and Virginia had told him that she didn’t want to come because she would just be bored to death. Séb was a bit surprised to hear that because normally she loved spending time with Urs’ wife, Miki and David’s wife, Maggie and now she didn’t want to come. Well, he wasn’t going to force her into coming with him and her not being there would make it easier for him to talk to Sheena alone.

He looked at the clock on the wall and it was time for him to get ready for his meeting with Simon, the guys and their tour manager, Matt LaRusso. They had to discuss the last details for the tour and then they had rehearsals every day until it was time for them to leave. Séb walked into the bathroom and took his shower before getting dressed and leaving the house.

Fifteen minutes later he arrived at Sony BMG and he was the first Divo to arrive. Normally Urs was the first one but Simon informed him that Urs would be late because he had some personal things to take care of. Séb took a seat and shortly after David and Carlos walked into the board room. They greeted each other and Matt was in a hurry so he decided to start the meeting without Urs. He knew the other three guys would inform him of their schedule once he got there.

Urs arrived halfway through the meeting and Matt told him that the guys would fill him in. Matt excused himself and left the boardroom, leaving Simon and the guys alone to talk. Simon decided to inform Urs of the schedule and Urs nodded his head in agreement. After telling Urs of the schedule, Simon informed the guys that he had to leave for a business meeting in Paris a few hours later to discuss the possibility of a performance there. He had already discussed it with Matt and according to him they would be able to spend a week in Paris. A few minutes later, Simon left the boardroom and told the guys he would be back two days later.

Séb hadn’t said much during the meeting and it wasn’t like him not to say anything at all. The guys looked at each other, wondering who should start asking questions because something was wrong with their friend.

“What’s wrong, Séb?” David was the first to speak.

“What?” Séb looked at him.

“Something is on your mind and we want to know what it is,” David said.

“Before I joined Il Divo, I was in a relationship with a girl named Sheena. We met in 2000 and everything was perfect between us but in 2002 she left Paris without a word. I don’t know why she left,” Séb told his friends.

“Didn’t you try to contact her?” Urs questioned, sipping his water.

“Yes, I tried to call her but she refused to talk to me. My letters kept coming back and after some time, I chose to stop writing,” Séb sighed.

“It sounds like she hates you. What did you do to her?” David looked at him.

“I didn’t do anything. Ok, we were supposed to celebrate our two year anniversary but I cancelled, telling her that I was sick. Instead of spending the evening with Sheena, I went clubbing with some friends. When I went to see her the next day her friend told me that she had left Paris,” Séb replied.

“What you did wasn’t a nice thing to do but you must have done something more than that. It sounds strange to me that she would just leave because you cancelled your dinner,” David said.

“I swear that I didn’t do anything else,” Séb looked at them.

They all looked at him and they could tell that he was being honest but something must have happened to make her leave like that. The only thing they could think of that would make her leave was if Séb had been cheating on her but they knew him well enough to know that he would never do something like that.

“Do you still love this Sheena?” Carlos asked.

“I’m with Virginia,” Séb reminded him.

“Just answer my question,” Carlos said.

“I don’t know how I feel. All I know is that I can’t marry Virginia until I know why Sheena left me. I need closure,” Séb looked at him.

“So what are you going to do?” Carlos sipped his coke.

“According to my friend, Sheena is back in Los Angeles. Her dad died a few weeks ago and Sheena decided to move back home to be closer to her mom. It seems like Sheena has a daughter,” Séb informed them.

“Do you think it’s your child?” Urs questioned him.

“I don’t think so. No matter what made Sheena leave, she would have told me about a child,” Séb responded.

“So what is your plan?” David asked, looking at Séb.

“I will contact Sheena’s mom when we get to Los Angeles and hopefully she can convince Sheena to talk to me. I really need to find out what I did wrong,” Séb sighed.

“It will be difficult for you with Virginia around,” David voiced his opinion,

“Virginia won’t be in Los Angeles. She doesn’t want to come with me. Maybe it is for the best,” Séb explained.

“Whatever you decide, the guys and I will support you,” Carlos said, looking at David and Urs.

They nodded their heads in agreement and finished the meeting. David and Urs said their goodbyes and left and Carlos invited Séb to join him for a cup of coffee. He had something important he wanted to talk about. The two of them walked to a nearby café and sat down. After ordering something to drink, Séb folded his hands and looked at Carlos.

“I am listening,” Séb looked at Carlos.

“What I tell you has to stay between the two of us. You can’t tell David or Urs about it, at least not yet,” Carlos said.

“Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone. Now tell me what is going on,” Séb said as the waiter brought them the coffee.

Carlos looked at Séb without saying anything. It was time for him to tell Séb the secret he had been carrying around with him for a year, a secret that would surprise Séb.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:03 pm

Chapter 3

Los Angeles

Sheena woke up the next morning after a night without sleep. She had spent most of the night thinking of what she had learned about her real dad. He wanted to meet her and a part of her wanted to meet him too but she wasn’t sure if it was a good idea. She didn’t know the man and what if she got close to him? He was dying and she couldn’t deal with losing another dad but she also knew that if she didn’t meet him, she would regret it for the rest of her life.

She rose from the bed and put on a robe before she walked into Amanda’s room to wake her up but there was no sign of Amanda. As she left Amanda’s room, she heard laughing in the kitchen and she knew that Amanda was in the kitchen with her mom, having a good time. Sheena walked to the bathroom and took a shower before she joined her mom and daughter for breakfast.

“Morning mommy,” Amanda said with jam all over her face.

“Good morning, pumpkin. Did you sleep well?” Sheena asked.

“Yes and I had a great dream. We were travelling and you met this nice guy and fell in love with him,” Amanda replied.

“That does sound like a nice dream but I don’t think I’m that lucky,” Sheena smiled.

“Grandma told me that I could go into town with Christina today,” Amanda looked at her.

“Did she really?” Sheena questioned, looking at her mom.

“Yes. Can I?” Amanda tilted her head.

“Of course you can but we should clean you up first,” Sheena smiled as she picked up a napkin and wiped the jam off Amanda’s face.

Amanda finished her milk and ran out of the kitchen, calling out Christina’s name. She loved spending time with Christina and Christina had always been great with kids. Sheena looked at her mom and they both smiled. The little girl knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it.

“She reminds me of you when you were her age. You could get away with anything,” Millie said to Sheena.

“Was I really like that? That’s scary,” Sheena laughed.

“It’s not that bad. She is a wonderful child and she is so pretty but it doesn’t come as a surprise though. With a beautiful mom and a handsome dad, she had to turn out pretty. It’s just sad that she will never know her dad,” Millie looked at Sheena.

“Amanda is a wonderful child and yes, she is pretty. She looks a lot like her dad and she has his eyes. It’s amazing how you can love someone who looks so much like a person you hate,” Sheena said.

“He has a right to know that he has a daughter. I accept that you will never tell me what happened between the two of you in Paris and I accept that the two of you may never get back together but he still has a right to know that he has a daughter,” Millie told her.

“I know that you and dad loved him like a son and you had big plans for our future but it turned out that he had other plans. Even if I did tell him about Amanda, he wouldn’t care,” Sheena explained and left the kitchen.

As Millie watched her leave, she wondered if Sheena would ever tell her what had happened in Paris. They had been so happy together and Sheena would have never left him like that unless something bad had happened. It was a mystery that might never be solved and she would have to accept that but deep down she still had hopes that Sheena would tell her everything.

Sheena was in the living room, staring out of the window. She had a lot to think about and she was happy that Christina wanted to take care of Amanda for the day because she really needed time to plan her trip to Paris. After reading the letter from her dad again, she knew that she had to go to Paris and meet this man but she wouldn’t go alone. Sheena knew that Rebecca had always wanted to see Paris and this would be the perfect opportunity to see Paris and spend some time in the City of Love.

“We’re leaving now. Can we have pizza tonight?” Amanda interrupted Sheena’s thoughts.

“Yes, we can have pizza tonight. Have fun with Christina,” Sheena smiled at her.

Amanda flashed her smile and hugged Sheena before she ran out of the living room. Shortly after, Sheena heard the door close and she picked up the phone and dialed Rebecca’s number, hoping she wasn’t busy but all Sheena got was a voicemail. She left a message, saying that she needed to speak as soon as possible before she hung up. All she could do was to wait for Rebecca to get back to her. Sheena hated to wait for people to get back to her but she decided to check her emails and get something done. That would take her mind off things for a while. As she turned on her laptop, Millie walked into the room with two cups of coffee and Sheena knew what that meant. It was time for a chat.

“What’s going on?” Millie asked.

“I was up most of the night, thinking about what you told me and the letter from my dad and I think I’ve made my decision. I’ve called Rebecca and if she wants to come with me, I will go to Paris,” Sheena answered.

“You’re making the right decision, Sheena. It might be good for both of you and the two of you seem to have a lot in common,” Millie said.

“As soon as I hear back from Rebecca, I will contact Pierre and make the arrangements,” Sheena informed her mother.

Millie smiled at Sheena who had returned to checking her emails. As Millie watched her daughter, it occurred to her that the story was repeating itself. Both of them had gone to Paris to study art, both had fallen in love with a French man and both had ended up getting pregnant. The only difference was that Millie had found a kind man who wanted both her and the baby and she hoped that Sheena would be just as lucky. The only problem was that Sheena wasn’t interested in finding a man and Millie knew it had to do with Amanda’s dad but she wasn’t sure of why.

After checking her emails, Sheena closed her computer and finished her coffee. She was tired and told Millie that she would try to get some sleep before Amanda came home. Sheena picked up her phone and walked into the kitchen with the cup before she walked upstairs to her room. As she closed the door behind her, her phone started ringing and she knew by the ringtone that it was Rebecca.

“I got your message. What’s up?” Rebecca asked.

“Can we meet for lunch? I really need to talk to you,” Sheena said, hoping Rebecca would say yes.

“I have a meeting in 10 minutes but I can be at Mike’s at 12.30 if that’s ok,” Rebecca told her.

“That’s fine. I will see you then. Bye,” Sheena hung up the phone.

Sheena looked at the clock and she had time for a small nap before she had to get ready. She lay down on the bed and closed her eyes. Images from her past flashed before her eyes and suddenly she saw his face. Why on earth was his face haunting her again? It had been five years and she didn’t even know where he was or what he was doing. ‘Stop that, Sheena. You don’t care about that’ her inner voice told her and the voice was right. He was not worth thinking of and if she never saw him again, she would be the happiest woman on earth.

*******

It was just around noon when Sheena woke up from her nap and the nap had been just what she needed. With a smile on her face, she rose from the bed and got ready for her lunch with Rebecca. Hopefully Rebecca would be open to the idea of going to Paris with her. If not, then she had no other choice but to go alone. She couldn’t explain it but something told her that she had to go to Paris and she had a strange feeling that it would change her life forever.

Twenty minutes later, Sheena arrived at Mike’s and it was her favorite diner. He made the best burgers in Los Angeles and he had even named a burger after her. Mike was a few years older than her and she had always thought of him as an older brother. He had always been very protective of her and he had even asked her to be his date at the prom and that was something she couldn’t say no to. Thinking of it made her smile because Mike had always been very popular with the girls and they had been really angry when he had showed up with her by his side.

“Welcome, Miss Halliwell,” Mike said as she stepped into the diner.

“Thanks Mike. Do you have a table for two?” Sheena asked him.

“Who is the lucky man?” Mike asked as he walked over to her.

“There is no man, Mike. I’m meeting Rebecca for lunch,” Sheena replied.

“That’s good,” Mike smiled.

“Why?” Sheena looked at him.

“Because it means that there is still a chance for us,” he winked at her.

“Not sure your wife would like that,” Sheena laughed.

“You're right about that. Hello Sheena,” Maria said with a smile.

“Hello Maria. Looks like it’s almost time,” Sheena said, looking at Maria’s belly.

“Only one more month and I can’t wait,” Maria beamed.

Maria was Mike’s wife and they had been married for three years. Their love was amazing and watching them brought back memories to Sheena’s two years in Paris. That was the kind of love she had with Amanda’s dad and she wondered if she would ever find that kind of love again. She knew that her mom thought that she had given up on love but that was not true. Sheena wanted what Mike and Maria had but she wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

“Earth to Sheena,” Rebecca’s voice suddenly said.

“Sorry. I was far away,” Sheena looked at her friend.

“That’s ok,” Rebecca hugged her.

“Can we get two mega burgers, fries and two large sodas?” Sheena asked Mike.

“I will bring them to you personally,” Mike winked and disappeared into the kitchen.

Sheena and Rebecca found a table and sat down and shortly after, Mike arrived with their sodas. When he left, Rebecca turned to Sheena and asked what was going on. Sheena told her everything and Rebecca was really surprised to hear that Christopher Halliwell wasn’t Sheena’s dad. She was even more surprised when Sheena told her that she wanted to meet her real dad. Rebecca wasn’t sure if it was a good idea but she knew Sheena was a stubborn woman and nothing would make her change her mind about going.

After thinking about it for a few minutes, Rebecca agreed to go with Sheena to Paris as long as they would have time to enjoy the city. Sheena told her that they would spend at least one week in Paris and Rebecca couldn’t say no to that. Mike brought them their food and the two friends continued their conversation.

“When do we leave?” Rebecca questioned, sipping her soda.

“I don’t know yet. First I have to speak to my dad and find out when it’s ok for him. I’m hoping it will be before my birthday,” Sheena replied.

“Can’t it wait until after your birthday?” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“Why?” Sheena asked.

“I’ve got something planned for your birthday and I can’t change it now. Your mom has already agreed to take care of Amanda and we can go out and enjoy ourselves. You need a night out and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed,” Rebecca promised.

“How can I say no to that? Ok, we can go Paris after my birthday,” Sheena agreed.

“Great. I can’t wait,” Rebecca said.

Sheena looked at Rebecca and she was actually looking forward to a girl’s night out. She hadn’t really had one of those since Amanda was born but it wasn’t because of Amanda. When Amanda was born, Sheena had to grow up and going out with her friends, partying all night just wasn’t an option. Amanda was a big girl now and it couldn’t hurt to go out and have a good time with Rebecca.

After spending almost two hours at the diner, the girls said goodbye to Mike and left. Sheena told Rebecca that she could join them for a girl’s night in with movies and pizza if she wanted and Rebecca couldn’t say no to that offer. She didn’t have any plans for the evening and her boyfriend, her secret boyfriend, was in London for two more days and spending time with Millie, Sheena and Amanda would make her miss him less. They had been dating secretly for a year and she hadn’t even told her best friend about him. She knew that Sheena would be disappointed when she found out but hopefully she would understand why they had to keep it a secret.

“You will need a new dress for our girl’s night out,” Rebecca said to Sheena.

“I’ve got more than enough dresses,” Sheena reminded her.

“Trust me on this one. I know what I’m talking about,” Rebecca took Sheena’s hand and dragged her to their favorite dress store.

Rebecca told Sheena that she would choose their dresses for the evening and Sheena agreed to let Rebecca decide. After all she knew what she was talking about. Sheena was told to sit down and relax while Rebecca would find the perfect dress for both of them. Rebecca had found a dress for Sheena and she ordered her to try it on. Sheena took the dress and disappeared into one of the dressing rooms. When she came out, wearing the dress, Rebecca knew that she had made the right choice. The dress looked good on her and she would turn a few heads on her birthday.

It was almost 4 pm when Sheena and Rebecca arrived at the Halliwell estate and they couldn’t wait to start their girl’s night in.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:24 pm

Chapter 4

London – same day

“Are you going to tell me this secret or what?” Séb looked at Carlos.

“After our concert in Los Angeles last year, I was on my way out of the venue when I heard someone arguing with security and of course I wanted to check it out. It was a young woman who had forgotten her scarf after the concert but the security guard wouldn’t let her back into the venue to look for it. I told the guard that I would help her look for the scarf and he agreed to let us look for it. We found the scarf and left the venue and then I asked her out to a late dinner,” Carlos replied.

“Did she accept?” Séb was curious.

“Yes, she accepted the offer and we had a great time. We started talking online, we called each other and little by little, it became a relationship,” Carlos smiled.

“Did you go to LA when you told us that you had to go back to Madrid?” Séb was stunned.

“No, I did go home to see my family but a few times I went to LA. She is a designer and she travels a lot and if possible, we would meet where she was,” Carlos said.

“Carlos Marin has been dating a woman for a year without anyone finding out. That’s hard to believe,” Séb told his friend.

“I can prove it to you,” Carlos said.

He took out his wallet and showed Séb a pic of him and the mystery woman together. Séb stared at the picture and the woman in the picture reminded him of someone but he couldn’t place her. She looked very familiar but he couldn’t figure out why.

“Are you still with me?” Carlos asked.

“Sorry but she reminds me of someone. What’s her name?” Séb looked at Carlos.

“Her name is Rebecca Torres. She is younger than me but she is a great woman and it just feels right. She will be at the concert in LA and she is bringing a friend to the concert. It’s her friend’s birthday and Rebecca wants to do something nice for her friend. They will be at the Meet and Greet and maybe we can do something for her too,” Carlos said.

“We could sing a birthday song at the concert or maybe invite them to our hotel for a drink or something,” Séb suggested.

“That sounds like a good idea. I will talk to Rebecca and see what she says,” Carlos said.

As the two Divos continued to talk, Virginia walked through the door with a friend and a lot of shopping bags in her hands. Séb let out a sigh and Carlos knew that Séb was bothered by her shopping habits but lucky for Séb, Virginia had her own money. The two women joined Carlos and Séb at the table and both men wanted to get up and leave but they didn’t. Séb knew what would happen if they left and he didn’t feel like listening to her yelling and screaming all night.

“Did you miss me?” Virginia asked Séb.

“Of course I did,” Séb said without looking at her.

“You are so sweet. So, what are we talking about?” Virginia looked at the guys.

“We were just talking about the concert in LA,” Carlos told her.

“I have some really great news about that. I’m coming with you,” Virginia smiled.

Séb and Carlos looked at each other, then at Virginia. This was not part of the plan and why had she changed her mind about going? Suddenly Séb remembered his conversation with Virginia and he knew why she wanted to come with him. She wanted to make sure that he didn’t fool around with Sheena. Séb didn’t even know if she wanted to see him and if they met, they would not fool around because Sheena hated him.

“This morning you didn’t want to come because you couldn’t stand to be around Miki and Maggie and now you want to come. That doesn’t make sense,” Séb told her, not hiding his anger.

“I never said that I didn’t like Miki and Maggie. They are really nice women and I love spending time with them,” Virginia looked at him.

“Ok, you can come,” Séb said without looking at her.

“We have some more shopping to do but I will see you at dinner,” Virginia kissed Séb and left the diner with her friend.

“That was not part of the plan. How do I get close to Sheena now?” Séb looked at Carlos.

“We will figure something out. Let’s get something to eat,” Carlos suggested.

Séb nodded and Carlos called the waiter. The two friends ordered their food and they talked about the concerts. They were looking forward to being on stage and meeting all of their fans again. The only thing Séb wasn’t too happy about was having Virginia with him in Los Angeles but he had no other choice. They were engaged and it would seem strange if she didn’t join him on tour. After they had finished their lunch, the ordered a cup of coffee and before they knew it, it was time to leave.

“Time flies when you’re having a good time,” Séb said as he put on his coat.

“It sure does. I will see you tomorrow at the airport,” Carlos told Séb before they said goodbye and left.

On his way back to his apartment, Séb prayed that Virginia wouldn’t be there. He really was not in the mood to talk to her and he needed some time to think. The picture in Carlos wallet still puzzled him and it was frustrating that he couldn’t figure out where he had seen her before. As Séb opened the door to the apartment, he called out Virginia’s name but there was no answer and he let out a sigh when he closed the door behind him. He took off his jacket and walked into the kitchen to get a bottle of water before he walked into his private office.

Séb put the water on the desk and sat down before he unlocked the top drawer. It was his private drawer and nobody but him knew where the key was. He opened the drawer and took out a small velvet box with the initials S.H written on it and he opened the box to take a look at the ring inside. As he looked at the ring, he wondered why he had kept it all of these years because it wasn’t like Sheena would ever get the ring now. He had planned everything for the proposal but he never got a chance to propose to Sheena. Here he was, five years later, holding an engagement ring in his hand. Séb closed the box and put it back in the drawer when he heard the front door open. He locked the drawer just before Virginia walked into the room with more shopping bags than she had at the café.

“I’m glad you’re home because I want to show you what I’ve bought today and I can’t wait for you to see it. Isn’t this gorgeous?” Virginia asked as she held up a revealing top.

“Did you get a nightly job?” Séb asked her.

“I don’t understand,” Virginia looked at him.

“It looks like something a paid companion would wear when working at night. You should bring it to LA. Then you can join your friends down at Hollywood Boulevard,” Séb said without thinking.

“Why are you acting like a jerk?” Virginia questioned.

“Sorry, it has been a strange day. I will start packing and maybe you should do the same. We will be leaving tomorrow at noon,” Séb told her and disappeared.

Virginia couldn’t understand why Séb was acting like that. He had been acting strange since last night and it made her wonder if it had something to do with his ex. Well, she would find out when they got to LA and she would make sure that Sheena wasn’t getting her hands on Séb. The man was off limits and she would do what she had to do to keep him for herself. No woman would steal her boyfriend. She picked up her bags and joined Séb in the bedroom where she too started packing her suitcase.

After he had finished packing, Séb walked into the living room and sat down on the couch. He had been a bit rude to Virginia but sometimes she just got on his nerves. All she cared about was spending money on shoes, clothes and jewelry and her closet was full of those items. Séb wondered why she had changed that much since they started dating. What made him fall in love with her was the way she cared for other people and didn’t put herself first. Now she was completely different and put herself and her needs before everything else.

“Are we ok?” Virginia asked as she sat down next to Séb.

“I don’t know. What happened to the woman I fell in love with?” Séb looked at her.

“I’m still that woman. Yes, I do have other interests now but I’m still the same Virginia Parker,” Virginia replied, touching Séb’s face.

“Have you thought more about the wedding?” Séb asked, trying to change the subject.

“I’ve got most of it planned but I need your opinion on the suit and the bridesmaid dresses,” Virginia beamed.

“Ok. What do you have in mind?” Séb looked at her.

Virginia kissed him and left the room, returning a few seconds later with a big folder marked ‘Virginia’s wedding’ and Séb just stared at it. It looked like she had been planning her wedding since she was a little girl and he had a bad feeling about the whole thing. He knew it would be a very expensive wedding and he wasn’t sure that he wanted to spend that much money on a wedding, especially since he had doubts about his own feelings.  

Séb looked at Virginia’s wishes and he noticed that she wanted her brothers to be groomsmen and none of the Divos were on the guest list. He knew they needed to talk about this because he wouldn’t get married without his brothers and their wives. Séb counted a total of 60 people on the guest list and the only person on that list with relations to Séb was his mother. The rest of the guests were all Virginia’s family or friends and he didn’t know half of them. No, he would not agree to this. If she didn’t want his friends at the wedding, there would be no wedding at all.

“What do you think? Isn’t it great?” Virginia smiled at him.

“I see a lot of names missing from the guest list and I wonder why,” Séb looked at her.

“Missing names? I don’t know what or who you are talking about,” Virginia asked.

“Let me see. David, Maggie, Urs, Miki, Carlos and my family,” Séb pointed out.

“This wedding is my big day and I just think that my family and friends should be there,” Virginia said.

“Excuse me? Your big day? This wedding is our day, not just yours. I want my friends and my family there or you can get married without me,” Séb angrily said and left the room.

He walked into the hallway, put on his jacket and slammed the door behind him. Virginia was shocked and she couldn’t believe that he had made demands. A wedding was the bride’s big day and he had no right to ruin that day for her by inviting his family and friends but if she wanted the wedding, she had to agree. Sighing, she took out a pen and added more names to the list but she would make sure they knew that they were not welcome at her wedding. With a smile she closed the folder and leaned back on the couch, feeling good about herself.

*******

Carlos was in his apartment, relaxing with a diet coke when there was a knock on the door. He wasn’t expecting company and as he walked into the hallway, he wondered who would visit him now. Carlos opened the door to see Séb standing there and he could tell by the look on Séb’s face that something was wrong.

“I take it things didn’t go well with Virginia,” Carlos said as he stepped aside and let Séb in.

“You’re right about that. I don’t know what is going on inside her head,” Séb took off his jacket.

“My guess is nothing,” Carlos blurted out.

“That’s my fiancé you’re talking about Marin but I have to agree with you right now,” Séb looked at him.

“Take a seat in the living room and I will get you something to drink,” Carlos said and disappeared.

Séb walked into the living room and sat down on the couch and shortly after, Carlos walked in with a glass of wine. He handed Séb the wine before taking a seat across from his friend and waited for Séb to tell him what was going on between him and Virginia. Séb took a sip of his wine and told Carlos everything. Carlos couldn’t believe that Virginia would do something like that, well yes, actually he could. After all these years, Carlos still couldn’t understand what Séb saw in Virginia and he hoped that Séb would call off the wedding because she was all wrong for him. Hopefully Séb would see that before it was too late.

“You know my opinion of her,” Carlos told him.

“Yes, I do and I know the other guys agree with you. I love her but her idea of a wedding is not my idea,” Séb ran his fingers through his hair.

“Do you want to marry her?” Carlos asked.

“I don’t know. As I told you earlier, I have to talk to Sheena before I make a decision about the wedding. It just feels like I can’t commit myself to Virginia until I know why Sheena left,” Séb answered truthfully.

“Do you have any idea how you can talk to Sheena alone? I mean we both know that Virginia will be watching your every move,” Carlos sipped his coke.

“I will figure something out. First I have to convince Sheena to talk to me,” Séb reminded his friend.

“You know we are all there for you and we will do whatever we can to help you with this,” Carlos told him.

“I know that. Well, I should go home. We are leaving for LA tomorrow and I want to get a good night’s sleep,” Séb said as he stood.

“If you want, you can stay for dinner. It’s almost done,” Carlos looked at Séb.

“I’d like that but I have to call Virginia,” Séb said and took out his phone.

He dialed Virginia’s number but all he got was her voicemail and he left a message before hanging up. Letting out a sigh, Séb joined Carlos in the kitchen to see if he needed any help. Carlos had finished the dinner and he handed Séb a plate with pasta and meatballs in tomato sauce.

“Thanks,” Séb took the plate.

They walked into the living room and enjoyed their dinner. Carlos wanted to know more about Séb and Sheena and Séb told him everything there was to tell. As he listened to Séb’s story, Carlos was convinced that Séb had never stopped loving Sheena and from what Séb told him about her, she was a better match for Séb than the woman he was engaged to.

“It’s almost midnight. Maybe I should go home,” Séb stood, noticing the time.

“You’re probably right and I have to call Rebecca before I go to bed,” Carlos stood too.

“I can’t wait to meet this Rebecca and I’m looking forward to meeting her friend,” Séb said as he put on his coat.

“I’ve never met her friend. In fact, I don’t even know her name,” Carlos laughed.

“You will find out in LA at the concert,” Séb said.

“I’m sure she is a nice woman and who knows, maybe she will be a good match for you. Rebecca told me that her friend is single.” Carlos told him.

“Maybe she is a good match. What am I saying? I’m getting married for God’s sake,” Séb looked at Carlos.

“Well, you never know what happens,” Carlos opened the door.

“Goodnight Carlos,” Séb said and left.

After Séb had left, Carlos closed the door and returned to the living room. He hoped that Séb would come to his senses and dump Virginia before it was too late. There had to be a woman out there who would be better for Séb and he hoped that this woman would show up soon. He really wanted Séb to meet someone nice because he deserved better than Virginia. Carlos got ready for bed and as soon as he was in his bed, Carlos picked up his phone and dialed Rebecca’s number.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:40 pm

Chapter 5

Los Angeles

At the Halliwell estate, Sheena had just put the first movie in the DVD player when Rebecca’s phone started to ring. A big smile appeared on Rebecca’s face when she saw the caller ID and Sheena knew it had to be a man. Rebecca excused herself and disappeared into the hallway to answer her phone.

“Hi Carlos,” Rebecca said.

“Hola querida. How is life in Los Angeles?” Carlos asked.

“Life is great but I miss you,” Rebecca sighed.

“I miss you too but it’s only two more days and we will see each other again. I told Séb about us and that you’ll be at the concert with your friend. He suggested that we did something for your friend since it is her birthday. We were talking about singing to her or you could join us for a drink at the hotel after the concert,” Carlos told her.

“That would be great. I’m sure she will like that. It’s been a while since she has been out like this and I want her to have the best birthday ever,” Rebecca said.

“It will be a good birthday. The guys and I will make sure of that,” Carlos assured her.

“I have to leave now. I’m with Sheena now and we’re having a movie night with pizza and wine,” Rebecca told him.

“Sheena?” Carlos asked.

“Yes, my friend. The birthday girl. Sheena Halliwell,” Rebecca answered.

“Does she by any chance have a daughter?” Carlos wanted to know everything.

“Sheena has a four year old daughter, Amanda, but why do you ask?” Rebecca questioned him.

“It would be nice to know more about the woman we will be singing to,” Carlos replied.

“True. I really have to leave now, Carlos. I love you and I can’t wait to see you again,” Rebecca said.

“I love you too, querida. I will call you when we arrive in Los Angeles,” Carlos hung up.

Rebecca walked back to the living room and sat down on the couch but she couldn’t really concentrate on the movie. All she could think of was why Carlos had been so interested in learning more about Sheena. Of course he wanted to know more about the woman they would be singing to but she couldn’t stop thinking that it had to do with something else, something he didn’t want her to know about. Did he know something that she didn’t? If so, then what could it possibly be? Well, hopefully Carlos would tell her more when they met again.

“Who was on the phone?” Sheena asked Rebecca.

“It was just a friend of mine from London. She wanted to tell me that she would be leaving London tomorrow,” Rebecca lied.

“Oh, I didn’t know you had friends in London,” Sheena looked at her.

“It’s just a girl that I’ve been chatting to on IM,” Rebecca said, hoping Sheena would leave it at that.

“Great. I can’t wait to meet her,” Sheena smiled.

Rebecca smiled back and she wondered how Sheena would react when she met the person. Back in 2006, the idea had been for both Sheena and Rebecca to attend the Il Divo concert but Amanda got sick and Sheena had to cancel. It meant that Rebecca had to attend the concert alone and Sheena never saw Il Divo perform. Now it was time for Sheena to see Il Divo and Rebecca hoped that Sheena would like her birthday present. Rebecca knew that Sheena would be disappointed at her for not telling her about Carlos but she didn’t know how to tell her. All she could hope for was that Sheena would be ok with it and forgive her.

The pizza arrived and the girls had a good time, eating pizza and watching movies. Amanda fell asleep during one of the movies and Sheena had to tuck her in. It was just around midnight when Rebecca announced that she was leaving but Millie told her she could stay in one of the guest rooms for the night and Rebecca accepted the offer. Millie said goodnight and left Rebecca and Sheena to talk.

“When are you going to tell me about Amanda’s dad?” Rebecca asked.

“You’re never going to let this go, are you?” Sheena looked at Rebecca.

“No, I’m not. You can’t keep hiding it from everyone and you know as well as I do that Amanda will start asking questions one day and I doubt that you will lie to your daughter,” Rebecca answered.

“He was, and probably still is, a French singer and musician. I was so in love with him and I really believed that he was the man I would someday marry but things didn’t go that way,” Sheena sighed.

“What happened to make you leave him?” Rebecca questioned.

“Well, we were supposed to go out to dinner to celebrate our two year anniversary but he cancelled because he was sick. Everyone gets sick and I told him that we could do it when he felt better. I offered to come over but he told me that he was tired and just wanted to sleep and I accepted that. Since it was Saturday night and opening night for a new night club, I called some friends and we agreed to meet up at ‘The Bounce’. When I stepped into the night club, I spotted my sick boyfriend on the dance floor surrounded by women. I was hurt and shocked to find out that he had cancelled our date to go to a night club,” Sheena explained.

“He cancelled your anniversary date to go clubbing? I don’t believe this,” Rebecca was shocked.

“He didn’t seem to know that I was there and I didn’t want to make a scene or anything. I just wanted to have a good time with my friends. It was just around midnight when I saw him leave with a man and one of the women he had been dancing with. A few minutes later, he returned with the woman and they went straight to the dance floor. Her hands were all over him and she was rubbing herself against him and it didn’t seem to bother him one bit. At half past one, he and the woman left the night club and I followed them outside where I saw them get into a cab. I walked back to my friends to inform them that I was leaving, not just the club but Paris as well,” Sheena sighed.

“I’m speechless. I don’t understand how a man can do something like that,” Rebecca said.

“Well, he did and I haven’t had any contact with him since he called me that day. Now you know what happened and that’s all you need to know,” Sheena told her.

“Thanks for telling me,” Rebecca smiled.

“You’re the only one who knows the whole truth and it felt good to tell someone about it. I haven’t told mom yet because she really liked him and she would never believe me if I told her that he cheated on me,” Sheena said.

Rebecca and Sheena went to their rooms to get some sleep but Rebecca couldn’t sleep. ‘That is a very stupid thought, Rebecca. I’m sure there were a lot of French singers and musicians in Paris back then,” Rebecca said to herself as she climbed into bed. If she was right in her assumption, the Meet and Greet, the concert and the drinks after the concert would be a challenge for sure. As she closed her eyes, she hoped that she was wrong.

It was almost 3 am when Sheena woke up. She had been dreaming about Paris and of course the man who still had a special place in her heart, even though he ripped it out of her chest and stomped on it. Sighing she rose from the bed and put on a robe before walking downstairs to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. It usually helped her to calm down and relax and that was exactly what she needed. Sheena returned to her bedroom and stood by the window, looking at the moon. It brought back memories to her time in Paris and especially the night when he had kissed her for the first time in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Sheena let her finger touch her lips as she closed her eyes and it was almost like she could feel his lips on hers again. No! She didn’t want to think of him again. He was out of her life and even though he was Amanda’s dad, there was no way that she would ever let him into her life again. She hated him and she would always hate him. Sheena finished her tea and climbed back into bed. She closed her eyes and slowly drifted off to sleep.

The sun was shining outside of Sheena’s window when she woke up but she didn’t feel like getting out of bed. It had been a long night and she was still tired but she had a busy day ahead of her and she had to get up. Letting out a yawn, Sheena rose from the bed and walked into the bathroom to get ready for the day. Half an hour later she walked into the kitchen where Millie, Amanda and Rebecca were having breakfast.

“Don’t say a word. I know what I look like but I didn’t get much sleep and I’m tired,” Sheena said, looking at her mom, daughter and friend.

“You look beautiful,” Millie said to her.

“Grandma is right mommy,” Amanda agreed with a smile.

“Thanks but I don’t feel beautiful,” Sheena smiled as she poured some coffee.

“What are your plans for today?” Rebecca asked Sheena.

“I have a phone call to make and then I’m taking my daughter out for a mother/daughter day with shopping and lunch,” Sheena replied, looking at Amanda.

“Yippee,” Amanda said with a big smile on her face.

After breakfast, Sheena walked into her dad’s old office and sat down behind the desk. It was time for her to call her real dad, Pierre, to make arrangements for the trip to Paris. Sheena stared at the phone number in front of her and she took a few deep breaths before she picked up her phone and dialed the number. She was shocked when a man answered the phone.

“Galerie Dubois,” the man said.

“My name is Sheena Halliwell. I need to speak to Pierre Dubois,” Sheena told him.

The voice on the other end went silent and Sheena wondered if she had said or done something wrong. Or was the man on the phone her dad? Was that the reason for the silence? Suddenly Sheena’s heart started beating a lot faster and she really didn’t know what to do now.

“I’m Pierre Dubois and you’re my daughter. I am surprised to hear from you because I wasn’t really sure if you wanted to speak to me but I’m glad you called,” Pierre told her.

“I got your letter and I would like to meet you. My birthday is tomorrow and my friend has got something planned for my birthday but I thought of leaving the next day if that is ok with you,” Sheena said.

“That would be perfect. My secretary is in San Francisco at the moment and she will be returning to Paris in two days on my private jet. I will ask the pilot to pick you up at LAX,” Pierre informed her.

“I won’t come alone. My daughter and my friend will join me,” Sheena explained to him.

“The jet is big enough for all of you. I will send you an email with details and then I will see you in Paris. I can’t wait to meet you and Amanda and I hope you will enjoy your stay with me at my mansion,” Pierre said.

“I’m sure we will. I haven’t been in Paris since 2002 and I can’t wait to see Paris again. I have some good and bad memories from the city, mostly good memories and I want Amanda to see the City of Love. Her dad is from Paris and I think she should learn about his hometown, even though she will never meet him or even know who he is,” Sheena told him.

“I will let you decide for how long you want to stay here. The mansion is big enough but I should inform you that I will have other people staying at the mansion too. I hope you don’t mind?” Pierre asked her.

“No, I don’t mind at all,” Sheena replied.

“Good. I’m sorry but I have a meeting in ten minutes and I have to leave now,” Pierre informed her.

“That’s ok. I have to take Amanda shopping anyway. I look forward to meeting you,” Sheena told him.

“So do I. Au revoir,” Pierre hung up the phone.

Sheena hung up too and she was staring at the phone in her hand when Rebecca walked into the office. She looked at her friend and she wasn’t sure if the conversation had gone well or not because the look on Sheena’s face was difficult to read.

“Are you ok, Sheena?” Rebecca walked over to her.

“I’m fine. We are leaving the day after my birthday. His private jet will be waiting for us at the airport and he will send me the details on email. Guess I’m meeting my dad,” Sheena answered.

“Everything will be fine. It’s time for me to leave and you have a date with your daughter. Are you staying with your mom or are you going back to your own place tonight?” Rebecca asked.

“We’re going home because I have a lot of things to take care of before the trip and mom won’t be home tonight anyway,” Sheena replied.

“Ok. What about tomorrow?” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“Mom will take Amanda home with her after lunch,” Sheena stood.

“Great. I will just bring my clothes to your place and then we can get ready there,” Rebecca smiled.

“Perfect,” Sheena smiled back as they left the office.

As they stepped into the hallway, Amanda came running down the stairs with a big smile on her face. She was excited about going shopping and Sheena was looking forward to it too. They said goodbye to Millie and left the house. Rebecca had just left the Halliwell estate when her phone started ringing and the ringtone told her it was Carlos. She smiled as she pulled over and answered the phone to hear Carlos’ deep voice.

“Hola querida, how are you?” Carlos questioned.

“I’m a bit worried because we need to talk before the concert tomorrow. You asked me questions about my friend and I need to know if those questions had anything to do with Sébastien,” Rebecca answered.

“Now you’re making me worried but the answer to your question is yes. That’s all I can say now but I will call you when we arrive in Los Angeles. Simon wants us but I will call you later. I love you,” Carlos hung up.

Rebecca hung up the phone with a bad feeling in her stomach. Her assumption was correct and Carlos had just confirmed it. Sébastien was Amanda’s dad and he didn’t even know about her. Rebecca didn’t know what to do with this information because no matter what she did, Sheena would get angry but it would be better to just wait and see how Sheena would react when she met Sébastien again. Rebecca sighed as she continued on her way home.

Meanwhile Sheena and Amanda were shopping and having a good time. Sheena had bought some new clothes for Amanda to wear in Paris and some shoes. After shopping, they had lunch at Amanda’s favorite diner and it was almost 3 pm when they drove home to the apartment. Amanda fell asleep in the car on the way home and Sheena had to carry her to the apartment. After tucking Amanda in, Sheena picked up the rest of the shopping bags and grabbed a bottle of water before sitting down in front of the computer.

She was checking for emails and she found one from Pierre with information on the trip to Paris. Sheena printed the email and closed the computer. She needed some rest too and she checked on Amanda before walking to her own bedroom to get some sleep. Sheena woke up an hour later when Amanda climbed into her bed but it didn’t take long for both of them to fall asleep again.

They woke up around dinner time and Sheena made some lasagna for them while Amanda was watching some cartoons on TV. After dinner, they snuggled up on the couch for a few hours before Amanda had to go to bed. Sheena tucked in Amanda and finished the dishes before she started packing for the trip to Paris. It was almost 11 pm when Sheena climbed into bed after a long day. With a smile on her face, she closed her eyes but if she knew what was awaiting her the next day, she wouldn’t be smiling.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Chapter 6

It was almost 7 am when Sheena woke up to the sound of birds singing outside of her window. She smiled to herself as she heard footsteps in the hallway and she turned onto her side and closed her eyes, waiting for the usual birthday greeting. Sheena heard someone opening the door and shortly after the words to Happy Birthday filled the bedroom. She turned around and saw Amanda, Millie and Rebecca standing next to the bed.

“Happy Birthday mommy,” Amanda smiled.

“Thanks pumpkin,” Sheena smiled back at her daughter.

“We have breakfast ready for you in the kitchen,” Millie informed her.

“That sounds good. I’m starving. Let me get dressed and I will join you shortly,” Sheena said.

Millie and Amanda left the room and Sheena stretched before she rose from the bed. Rebecca was still in the room and after her discovery the day before, she had so many questions she wanted to ask Sheena but did she dare ask those questions? She knew that Sheena had a bad temper and since it was her birthday, maybe it was a bad idea to ask too many questions about her and Séb.

“I know this may sound strange but do you have a picture of Amanda’s dad?” Rebecca questioned.

“There is a picture in the top drawer,” Sheena pointed to the table next to her bed.

Rebecca opened the top drawer and found the Eiffel Tower picture. She compared that picture to the picture of Amanda that Sheena had on her night table and it was the proof she needed. Amanda looked so much like Séb and if Séb ever met Amanda, he would know that she was his daughter.

“He is really handsome,” Rebecca said as she put the picture back in the drawer.

“I know that,” Sheena let out a sigh.

“You still love him, don’t you?” Rebecca asked.

“We should go downstairs. They are waiting for us,” Sheena walked towards the door.

“You didn’t answer my question,” Rebecca said.

“I don’t have an answer. A part of me still has feelings for him but the other part hates him,” Sheena told her.

Rebecca walked over to her and the two of them walked downstairs to join Amanda and Millie for breakfast. As they walked into the kitchen, Amanda was holding a large present and she gave it to Sheena. Sheena opened the present and she didn’t know what to say. It was a painting of Amanda, something Sheena had wanted for years and she knew exactly where to put it.

“It’s from both of us. Amanda wanted to give you something special and I suggested a painting,” Millie said with a smile.

“Do you like it mommy?” Amanda asked.

“I love it pumpkin. Thank you so much,” Sheena hugged both of them.

“This is from me,” Rebecca handed her a package.

Sheena opened it and inside she found a new brand new collection of clothes, designed by Rebecca herself. Rebecca told her that the collection had been designed for Sheena and nobody else would ever get to wear the collection. Sheena couldn’t believe it and she hugged Rebecca, thanking her for the present. They enjoyed the breakfast and after receiving a text message, Rebecca said goodbye and left the apartment. Sheena wondered what could have been so important but it really wasn’t any of her business.

After breakfast, Sheena took a shower and got dressed for the day. Millie was taking them out to lunch later and after lunch, Millie and Amanda would go back to the house, giving Rebecca and Sheena some private time to get ready for whatever Rebecca had planned for Sheena’s birthday. Millie, Sheena and Amanda decided to do some shopping before lunch and they left the apartment, looking forward to spending a few hours together.

Rebecca had returned to her own apartment and she had just finished making coffee when there was a knock on the door. She hurried into the hallway and opened the door to see Carlos standing in front of her. Rebecca smiled at him as she stepped aside and let him into the apartment. As soon as she had closed the door, Carlos pulled her into his arms and kissed her.

“I’ve missed you,” Carlos said after he broke the kiss.

“You’re not the only one,” Rebecca smiled.

“I have to be at the venue at 4 pm but it has been a long trip and I would like a nap before I leave,” he wiggled his eyebrows.

“Well, we need to talk first because we might have a few problems tonight at the concert,” Rebecca told him.

“What kind of problems?” Carlos followed her into the kitchen.

“You admitted that the questions you asked about my friend had something to do with Sébastien and I think that Sébastien is the father of her daughter,” Rebecca answered.

“Are you telling me that Séb has a daughter that he doesn’t know of?” Carlos was surprised.

“Yes. Sheena told me that she dated a musician in Paris when she was studying there but she left him in 2002. She returned to Los Angeles and found out that she was pregnant. The child was born in October and she will be 5 years old this year,” Rebecca explained.

“I don’t believe this. How could she keep something like that a secret? He has a right to know about her,” Carlos said.

“What exactly did he tell you about Sheena?” Rebecca wanted answers.

“He told us that he cancelled an anniversary dinner to go out with his friends and the next day he found out that Sheena had left Paris,” Carlos looked at Rebecca.

“It sounds like he didn’t tell you everything about that night. He forgot to tell you about the blonde woman he left the club with,” Rebecca snapped.

“Did you just snap at me?” Carlos smiled.

“I’m sorry but I’m just furious. Sheena is my best friend,” Rebecca apologized.

“It’s ok. I understand how you must feel. Are you sure that Séb is the father?” Carlos sipped his coffee.

“Yes I am and I have something I want you to see,” Rebecca left the kitchen, returning a few seconds later with a picture.

“Is that Sheena and her daughter? She looks so much like Séb,” Carlos was stunned.

“I never thought about it before but now I’m sure,” Rebecca took the picture from him.

“She looks so much like him and there is no doubt that she is his daughter. He knows that Sheena has a child but he doesn’t think he is the father because he is convinced that Sheena wouldn’t keep something like that a secret. You should know that his fiancé is in Los Angeles and she will be at both the concert and the hotel when we meet for drinks,” Carlos told her.

“We just have to keep Amanda a secret a little longer,” Rebecca smiled.

“I agree. Now I would like my nap,” Carlos said.

“Well, you know where the bedroom is but I have to meet Sheena in two hours,” Rebecca reminded him.

“No problem. I will lock the door behind me,” Carlos winked.

*******

After having a nice lunch with her daughter and her mom, Sheena walked back to her apartment. The sun was shining from a clear, blue sky and a light breeze played with her hair as she walked down the street. So far it had been a perfect birthday and she knew Rebecca well enough to know that she had planned something good for them. Smiling, Sheena unlocked the door to her apartment and stepped into the apartment. Closing the door behind her, Sheena kicked off her shoes and opened the door to the balcony to get some air.

Half an hour later Rebecca arrived and the two friends took turns in the bathroom. Sheena knew that something was bothering Rebecca but when she asked her about it, Rebecca told her it was nothing. Rebecca hated lying to Sheena but she couldn’t tell her what was going on. She knew very well that Sheena would be upset with her after meeting Sébastien but she also knew that Sheena would not yell at her until they were alone but she was ready for that argument.

“Are you ready?” Rebecca asked Sheena.

“No! I think this dress is a little too much. We are just having dinner,” Sheena looked at herself in the mirror.

“Trust me. The dress is perfect. Now let’s go,” Rebecca demanded.

Sheena let out a deep sigh as she picked up her purse and jacket and followed Rebecca into the street where a car was waiting for them. Rebecca explained that she wanted Sheena to feel special and just enjoy the evening. They drove off to Sheena’s favorite restaurant and they were met by the hostess who was a good friend of both of them. She hugged both of them and gave Sheena a small present before showing them to their table.

While Sheena and Rebecca were having dinner, the Divos were in their dressing rooms getting ready for the concert and Carlos wondered how Séb would react to seeing Sheena at the Meet and Greet. Carlos couldn’t deny that he hoped the meeting between Sheena and Séb would make Séb think twice about marrying Virginia because she was not right for him. He didn’t know a lot about this woman Sheena but he was sure that she wasn’t anything like Virginia.

Carlos had told David and Urs about his relationship with Rebecca and he had told them about Séb being the father of Sheena’s daughter. David and Urs couldn’t believe that the man they knew would have cheated on his girlfriend but if he had done it, they couldn’t blame Sheena for leaving Paris and him. It didn’t justify hiding his daughter from him but maybe Sheena had felt like she had no other choice. They hoped that Séb and Sheena would be able to talk alone before the guys left Los Angeles because there were a lot of questions needing answers and only two people had those answers.

*********

“So, where are we off to now?” Sheena enquired as they left the restaurant.

“Last year we were supposed to see Il Divo in concert but Amanda got sick and you couldn’t come. Well, they are back in town and I didn’t want you to miss out on them again so I’ve got tickets for us,” Rebecca smiled.

“That sounds good. I can’t wait to hear them sing live and see them. In fact, you’ve never showed me a picture of them,” Sheena pointed out.

“I never thought about that but you’re right. Well, there will be posters at the venue,” Rebecca informed her.

“Are they handsome?” Sheena questioned.

“Yes, they are all very handsome but the Spanish one is my favorite,” Rebecca replied with a smile.

“Do tell me more. What is it that you’re not telling me?” Sheena looked at her.

“This stays between us. I’ve been dating Carlos since last year’s concert. He is the friend from London I told you about,” Rebecca confessed her secret.

“You sneaky little devil. I should be mad at you for hiding something important like that from me but you are my best friend and I want you to be happy,” Sheena smiled.

“Thanks. Hopefully we can find someone to make you happy too,” Rebecca said.

“I don’t need a man in my life to be happy. I’ve got a beautiful daughter, a good job, good friends and a family,” Sheena explained.

“Well, you never know what happens. Who knows, you might meet that special someone tonight,” Rebecca said with a smile.

“I doubt that. It’s a concert with four handsome men and I don’t think there will be a lot of single guys there. Nice try though,” Sheena laughed.

Rebecca looked at Sheena without saying anything and as the car pulled up in front of the venue, Rebecca was starting to get nervous. Posters of Il Divo were all over the place and Rebecca feared for her friend's reaction when she noticed Sébastien on the poster. Sheena was the first one to get out of the car and when Rebecca got out, she saw that Sheena was staring at one of the posters above the venue.

“Are you ok?” Rebecca asked.

“I’m fine. I just didn’t expect them to be that handsome,” Sheena nervously smiled.

“Well, I told you they were. Come on,” Rebecca took Sheena’s hand.

The venue was filled with fans, mostly women and they were all looking forward to meeting the guys in person. As she listened to the women, she was happy that they didn’t have Meet and Greet because she couldn’t and wouldn’t meet Sébastien. She looked at one of the posters and it felt like Sébastien was looking back at her, asking her why she had left him. ‘You haven’t changed much in five years and your daughter looks so much like you. She has your eyes and your smile’ Sheena thought to herself.

“I got our tickets but we have to hurry,” Rebecca pulled Sheena back to reality.

“Why do we have to hurry?” Sheena asked.

“Meet and Greet over here,” a male voice said.

“That’s us,” Rebecca said with a smile.

“What? No. I am not doing a Meet and Greet. You can’t do this to me, Rebecca,” Sheena looked at her.

“Is there something you’re not telling me?” Rebecca questioned her.

“Not something I want to share here. Let’s do the Meet and Greet,” Sheena answered.

They followed the man down the hall and he stopped in front of a room. He informed them of the guidelines at the Meet and Greet but Sheena wasn’t paying any attention. She just wanted this to be over so she could get out of there. Rebecca could tell that Sheena was nervous and she took her hand and gently squeezed it to let her know that everything would be fine.

The doors to the room opened and it was time for the first people to enter the room. Sheena and Rebecca were third in line and Sheena tried to stay calm. She hoped that Sébastien had forgotten all about her and suddenly she wasn’t nervous anymore. Rebecca asked Sheena if she wanted to meet them alone and Sheena nodded her head yes.

When it was Rebecca’s turn to see the guys, Sheena watched her as she walked into the room and she found herself staring at Séb. Rebecca greeted and spoke to all of them and after she had her picture taken with them, she walked back into the hallway and smiled at Sheena. Sheena took a deep breath and she tried really hard to avoid Séb’s eyes as she walked into the room.

The first Divo was Urs and he shook her hand, asking her how she was doing and he seemed like a nice man. David was next in line and Sheena liked him right away. He had this boyish charm and an amazing smile. You couldn’t help but feel happy when he smiled at you. Then it was Carlos, Rebecca’s favorite Divo and the man she had been dating for a year. Rebecca had warned her about Carlos being flirty and Rebecca was right. He was flirty but it wasn’t in a bad way. The last Divo was Séb and Sheena reached out her hand to him. Sheena looked into his eyes and it was obvious that he was surprised to see her there. He greeted her and told her he
was happy to see her. When it was time for the picture, Séb switched places with Carlos because he wanted to stand next to Sheena. Suddenly she felt Séb’s arm around her waist and she didn’t know what to do. After the picture was taken, Sheena left the room and joined Rebecca in the hallway.

“You survived,” Rebecca said.

“I will make you pay for this,” Sheena told her.

“Make me pay for what?” Rebecca looked at her.

“Séb is the French guy I was involved with in Paris and he is Amanda’s dad,” Sheena whispered.

“I know he is. I’ve known since you told me the story. Let’s go find the seats,” Rebecca smiled.

Sheena followed Rebecca but she was ready to run out of the venue when she saw their seats. They were to be seated right in front of the stage and Sheena had a bad feeling about this. She would make Rebecca pay for this later but for now she just wanted to get the concert over with and get out of this place. Twenty minutes later the Divos walked onto the stage and it was concert time.

Séb was doing what he could to get Sheena’s attention and after a while, his hard work paid off. Their eyes met and Sheena hated herself for feeling what she did. She didn’t want to have those feelings for him again and she hoped that after the concert, she would never have to see him again. Rebecca was watching Sheena and it was easy to see that she was fighting her feelings. Even a blind man could see that Sheena still had feelings for the man on stage and it looked like he still had feelings for her.

Sheena closed her eyes and just listened to the voices and the music and it seemed to calm her down. She had to forget about Sébastien for now and just enjoy the concert. Before she knew it, it was time for the intermission and nothing could have prepared her for the surprise awaiting her after the intermission. The Divos returned to the stage and the first thing they did was to sing Happy Birthday to her. Sheena just stared at them and she had never felt more embarrassed. She could feel her cheeks burning and she just wanted to hide somewhere. They finished the song and Sheena had no choice but to thank them with a smile.

The guys continued with the concert and about an hour later, David informed the fans that it was time for them to say goodbye. After the last song, the Divos left the stage but they returned to the stage to do two more songs before the lights were turned on. People left the venue and Sheena let out a sigh of relief. She had survived the concert and now she could go home and not worry about Sébastien again.

“Can we go home now?” Sheena asked Rebecca as they left the venue.

“No we can’t. The night is not over yet and I have plans for us. Let’s get a drink,” Rebecca said, taking Sheena’s hand.

Rebecca and Sheena walked down the street until they reached a hotel. Sheena wondered why they couldn’t just have a drink at a regular bar but Rebecca had put a lot of effort into making it a good birthday and she had no right to ruing that. As the girls were enjoying their drink, David and Urs walked into the bar with their wives, followed by Carlos and suddenly it made sense to Sheena why Rebecca had chosen this hotel.

“Let’s go over there and say hello,” Rebecca rose from the chair.

“You’re kidding me, right?” Sheena asked.

“I’m serious and why don’t you want to go over there? Sébastien is not there,” Rebecca said.

“I hate you so much right now,” Sheena said.

“I know you do but I can live with that,” Rebecca smiled, reaching out her hand.

Sheena sighed as she placed her hand in Rebecca’s and reluctantly rose from the chair. As they walked over to the Divo table, Carlos noticed them and he got up and walked towards them. He greeted both of them and they followed him over to the table. Sheena was not in the mood to meet Séb again but she had no choice.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:22 pm

Chapter 7

Since David and Urs had already met Rebecca and Sheena at the meet and greet, Carlos introduced the girls to Miki and Maggie and they hit it off right away. He told Miki and Maggie that he had been dating Rebecca for a year and they were surprised to hear that. They couldn’t believe that he had been able to keep it a secret for so long but they were happy for him and Rebecca seemed like a nice woman.

“What is your story?” Miki asked Sheena.

“Well, I’m an artist and I’ve been studying art in Paris. I met a man in Paris and we fell in love but it didn’t work out and I returned to Los Angeles where I opened my own art gallery. That was five years ago and now I own two art galleries and I’m a single mom to a wonderful daughter,” Sheena told her.

“How old is your daughter?” Maggie questioned.

“She will be five in October and she is my pride and joy,” Sheena smiled.

“I hope you don’t think I’m being too nosey but what about her dad?” Maggie looked at her.

“Well, he doesn’t know that he has a daughter and I want to keep it that way. Yes, I know he has a right to see his daughter but when I think back on what he did to me, I doubt he will even care about her,” Sheena sighed.

“Did we miss anything?” Séb suddenly asked.

“Our guests have arrived,” Carlos replied, rather annoyed by Séb being late.

“Hello again,” Séb greeted Rebecca and Sheena.

“Where is Virginia?” David asked him.

“Upstairs. She broke a heel and had to put on another pair of shoes. She should be down soon,” Séb looked at Sheena as he sat down.

“I’m here now. Oh, I see we have company. I’m Virginia, Séb’s fiancé,” Virginia said with a smile.

Sheena didn’t know why but if felt like someone had just stabbed a knife into her heart. She had to get some air and she excused herself before she left the bar. As soon as she stepped outside, she remembered that she had forgotten her coat but she would rather freeze than watch Séb with that woman. She knew she had no right to be jealous because she had left him but it only proved to her that she still had feelings for him. Why was she still having feelings for him? He was a part of her past and he had found someone else to love and he was marrying that woman. Sheena was miles away in her own thoughts and she jumped when she felt someone placing a coat on her shoulders.

“I didn’t mean to scare you but I thought you might be cold,” Séb’s voice said, sending shivers down her spine.

While Séb was outside with Sheena, Virginia was busy telling everyone about the wedding. She told them about her plans for the wedding and how excited she was about marrying Séb and becoming Mrs. Izambard. Rebecca was not impressed with the woman sitting across from her and it sounded like Virginia didn’t love Séb. She was only interested in his name, not him and she felt sorry for him.

“Speaking of the wedding, when can we expect our invitations?” Urs looked at Virginia.

“Well, you won’t get an invitation to the wedding,” Virginia replied with a smile.

"What do you mean we won’t get an invitation? Are you telling us that we aren't invited?" Urs wanted to know.

"Yes, that is what I am saying. I want my family and friends to be there on my big day and none of you are my friends," Virginia told them.

“We are Séb’s friends,” David reminded her.

“That’s true but this is MY wedding and I decide who gets invitations. I’ve already discussed this with Séb and he agrees with me,” Virginia smiled at him.

"Your wedding? It takes two to get married," Rebecca looked at her with disgust.

"Who are you?” Virginia looked at Rebecca.

"Rebecca Torres, Carlos' girlfriend," Rebecca said.

"Carlos' girlfriend? When did this happen?" Virginia was shocked.

Carlos quickly told Virginia about how he and Rebecca met after a concert a year ago, and why they kept their romance a secret. He knew that Virginia didn’t really care but he felt it was better to tell her.

"Whatever. What I do with my wedding is none of your business Miss Torres. This wedding is all about Virginia Parker becoming Mrs. Izambard,” Virginia yelled.

"Golddigger," Rebecca said looking at her.

"Pardon me?" Virginia asked.

"You don't care about Séb. All you want is his name and all the money that goes with it," Rebecca said.

“I don’t have to listen to this. Tell Séb that I went to bed. Goodnight,” Virginia said and left.

The Divos and the girls looked at each other and they were stunned to hear that they were not invited to Séb’s wedding. They had been friends for a long time and Séb wouldn’t get married without his friends and family. It had to be a mistake and they had to find out what was going on. Something didn’t add up at all.

“I know this is none of my business but what does Séb see in that woman?” Rebecca looked at the others.

“It’s a mystery to all of us. I don’t believe a word she is saying. Séb would never agree to something like that,” Carlos sipped his coke.

“We have to talk to him about it,” Urs suggested.

“I agree but we should wait until tomorrow. It’s Sheena’s birthday and I don’t think we should ruin her birthday,” Miki looked at him.

“I have a wise wife,” Urs kissed Miki on the cheek.

Meanwhile, outside of the hotel, Séb was still trying to find out why Sheena had left Paris and him but Sheena refused to tell him anything. It wasn’t the time or the place to be talking about that but that was not good enough for Séb. He wanted answers and he wanted them now.

“Would it kill you to tell me why?” Séb raised his voice.

“Don’t raise you voice, Sébastien. I don’t owe you an explanation. You’re a smart guy and you should be able to figure it out on your own,” she snapped at him.

“I’m sorry for raising my voice but I deserve to know why you left me without a word. All I’m asking for is for you to tell me why. Meet me tomorrow for lunch,” Séb pleaded.

“That’s impossible. I’m leaving for Paris tomorrow,” Sheena turned and walked into the hotel.

Séb ran his fingers through his hair like he always did when he was frustrated. He had forgotten how stubborn Sheena was and he smiled to himself as he walked back into the bar. As he watched Sheena with his friends, talking and laughing, it occurred to him that he had never seen Virginia do that with them. It made him wonder if he was doing the right thing about marrying Virginia. Well, he couldn’t marry Virginia until he had settled things with Sheena and with Sheena leaving the next day, it would be difficult for him to settle things.

He sighed as he walked over to the table and sat down across from Sheena. Séb tried to get eye contact with Sheena but she ignored him and it was making him even more frustrated. The others looked at each other and they could all see that Séb and Sheena still had feelings for each other but if Sheena refused to talk to him, they would never get back together. They needed some way to get rid of Virginia because she was one of the things standing in the way of a reunion between Séb and Sheena.

“It’s almost midnight and we have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow,” Sheena looked at Rebecca.

“You’re right. We should leave. I will go outside and call for the limo to pick us up,” Rebecca smiled and left the bar, followed by Carlos.

“Will you be at the concert tomorrow?” Maggie asked Sheena.

“Rebecca and I are leaving for Paris tomorrow. I have a personal business to take care of in Paris and Rebecca will be there for support,” Sheena explained.

Séb looked at Sheena and it seemed like he would get another chance to talk to her. The Divos had business in Paris too and they would be leaving Los Angeles right after the concert. She couldn’t hide from him forever and she would have to talk to him whether she wanted to or not. They had been together for two years and it wasn’t just something you could throw away like that. He was getting married to Virginia. Suddenly he noticed that she wasn’t there and he started laughing.

“What’s wrong with you?” Urs looked at him.

“I just noticed that Virginia isn’t here,” Séb managed to say.

“She left shortly before you and Sheena returned. In fact she asked us to tell you that she went to bed,” David said.

“Thanks,” Séb smiled.

----- Outside of the hotel -----

“Can’t you stay with me tonight?” Carlos pulled Rebecca close.

“Sheena has to meet her dad tomorrow in Paris and I’m going with her for support,” Rebecca told him.

“I thought her dad had died,” Carlos looked at her.

“He did but she found out that Dr. Halliwell wasn’t her real dad. His name is on the birth certificate but he is not her biological dad. Her real dad is a famous painter in Paris. His name is Pierre Dubois,” Rebecca explained.

“Pierre Dubois as in ‘Galerie Dubois’?” Carlos wanted to know.

“Yes. Do you know him?” Rebecca asked.

“Not in person but he is hosting a charity event at his mansion in Paris and we are performing at that event. It seems like Séb and Sheena will meet again,” Carlos laughed.

“When do you leave?” Rebecca questioned.

“We leave after the concert tomorrow and we will be staying at the mansion for a week,” Carlos told her.

“That means we have a week together in Paris. I look forward to that,” Rebecca looked into his eyes.

“Me too. I don’t think you should tell Sheena that we will be in Paris too. We both know that Sheena and Séb have to settle this,” Carlos kissed her.

“I won’t say a word but you do know that she will hate us for not telling her,” Rebecca smiled at him.

“Well, there’s nothing we can do about that,” Carlos laughed.

Sheena, the girls and the Divos joined them outside and as the car pulled up in front of the hotel, Sheena and Rebecca said goodbye and climbed into the car. As the car disappeared, the Divos and their partners walked back into the hotel where the two Divo wives said goodnight before heading upstairs to their rooms, leaving the guys alone to talk.

“I think it’s bedtime for us too,” Séb turned to leave but David stopped him.

“No. We need to talk,” David told him.

The Divos ordered something to drink and walked back to the table. David filled him in on the conversation they had earlier with Virginia about the wedding and Séb was furious. The agreement was that his friends would be at the wedding too and he had even told her that the wedding would be off if she didn’t invite them.

“I’m sorry guys. You know that I would never get married without you, right?” Séb looked at his friends.

“We know that and none of us believed a word she said. Don’t you think it’s time for you to end it? The woman is not good for you and you know that, as well as we do,” Carlos spoke.

“I know that. In fact there is only one woman for me,” Séb sighed.

“There is only one man for her and that’s you. Just be patient with her,” David smiled.

The Divos continued to talk and after half an hour, they left the bar and walked to their rooms to get some sleep. After saying goodnight to his friends, Séb walked to his own room and stopped in front of the door. He took a few deep breaths before he opened the door and walked into the room, closing the door behind him. Séb turned on the lights and Virginia woke up and stared at him. He had anger written all over his face and Virginia swallowed hard because she knew the guys had told him everything.

“We need to talk now,” Séb said with anger in his voice as he walked towards her.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:37 pm

Chapter 8

”Are you nervous?” Millie asked Sheena as they were having breakfast.

“Not as much as I thought I would be but I’m not in Paris yet,” Sheena answered.

“True. Have you told Amanda anything?” Millie asked, sipping her coffee.

“Only that we’re going on vacation. I’m afraid she will start asking questions about her own dad if I tell her that we’re visiting my real dad,” Sheena sighed.

“You can’t hide it from her forever. At some point you have to tell her that Sébastien is her dad and he deserves to know too,” Millie looked at her.

“I can’t tell him now. He is getting married and his fiancé doesn’t exactly look like a woman who has any interest in kids,” Sheena explained the situation.

“That certainly does complicate things but he still has a right to know about Amanda,” Millie told her.

“I know that but how can I tell him now?” Sheena played with her mug.

“That I don’t know the answer to,” Millie said.

“Thanks. You really helped me a lot,” Sheena looked at her mom.

“You’re a grown woman, Sheena. You don’t need me to tell you what to do anymore. Search your heart and you will find the answers you are looking for,” Millie smiled.

“I don’t think I have a heart anymore. It broke the night I went back to Los Angeles and it hasn’t healed at all. It will never heal and I just have to live with that. Well, it’s time for us to get ready,” Sheena finished her coffee.

Sheena took her mug and placed it in the sink before leaving the kitchen and Millie watched her leave. Letting out a sigh, Millie placed her own mug in the sink and walked out of the kitchen. Millie could see a change in her daughter but it wasn’t a good change and she knew it had to do with Sébastien. After all these years, he still had the same effect on Sheena and it made Millie smile. She hoped that Sheena and Sébastien would be able to put everything behind them and become friends again, at least for Amanda’s sake. The chances of the two of them getting together as a couple again seemed out of the question because Sébastien was getting married but there was always hope.

“We are ready to leave,” Sheena suddenly said.

“Have a great time and tell Pierre I said hello,” Millie hugged Sheena.

“I’m sure we will have a great time and I will tell him hello,” Sheena told her.

“Will you be ok without us?” Amanda asked Millie.

“I will be just fine. Don’t worry about me,” Millie smiled.

“I will call you from Paris,” Sheena said to Millie before leaving the house.

They climbed into the car and waved goodbye to Millie as the car slowly made its way down the driveway. To Sheena it felt like she was about to start a new life and it was a scary feeling. She looked at Amanda and once again her mind drifted back to Paris and her time with Sébastien. After meeting Sébastien again, she couldn’t stop thinking about him and their time together and she wondered what she had done to make him do what he did.

“Are you ok, mommy?” Amanda suddenly asked.

“I’m fine. Just a little nervous about the trip and what will happen when we get there,” Sheena smiled, running her hand over Amanda’s dark hair.

“I understand. I’m a bit nervous too,” Amanda looked at her.

“Why are you nervous?” Sheena questioned her daughter.

“I’ve never been on a plane before and it’s scary,” Amanda confessed.

“Everything will be fine and you have aunty Rebecca and me to protect you. We won’t let anything happen to you,” Sheena kissed her forehead.

“That makes me feel better but you still have to hold my hand when we take off,” Amanda said.

“Both of us will hold your hands. Don’t worry,” Sheena smiled.

Amanda let out a sigh of relief and smiled back at Sheena. Ten minutes after leaving the Halliwell house, the car pulled up in front of Rebecca’s place and Rebecca joined them in the car. The three of them had lots of fun in the car and twenty minutes later, the car pulled up in front of the airport. Sheena took Amanda’s hand and they picked up their bags and walked into the airport where they were met by a young man.

“Miss Halliwell?” he asked Sheena.

“Yes, that’s me,” Sheena replied.

“My name is Matthew and I will escort you to the plane,” he explained to her.

Rebecca, Sheena and Amanda followed him to a remote part of the airport where Pierre’s plane was waiting for them to arrive. Matthew introduced them to Olivier Durand who would fly them to Paris and he offered Amanda a chance to sit with him in the cockpit as soon as they were in the air. Amanda tilted her head as she looked at Sheena and as usual Sheena couldn’t say no to her. As soon as they were onboard, Olivier disappeared into the cockpit as they all took their seats. Sheena helped Amanda with the seat belt before she fastened her own seat belt.

As the plane took off, Sheena and Rebecca held Amanda’s hands as promised and as soon as the plane was in the air, a young woman walked up to them. She introduced herself as Patricia before informing Sheena that she would escort Amanda to the cockpit where Olivier was waiting. Amanda had a big smile on her face as Patricia took her hand. When they disappeared into the cockpit, Rebecca turned towards Sheena.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you like this before. Who would have thought that the amazing Sheena Halliwell could get nervous,” Rebecca laughed.

“It’s not funny. Meeting Pierre could change my life forever and I really don’t know if I am ready for that change. I don’t know if I am doing the right thing or not but I know that I would regret it for the rest of my life if I don’t do this. It’s difficult to explain but I’ve always felt like a part of me missing and maybe Pierre is that part. Do I even make any sense at all?” Sheena looked at Rebecca.

“You make more sense than you think,” Rebecca took Sheena’s hand.

“Thanks. I’m glad you’re here,” Sheena smiled.

“Now that we’ve got that covered, I think we should just relax and enjoy the flight,” Rebecca suggested as she sipped her champagne.

“To new beginnings,” Sheena raised her glass.

“I will drink to that,” Rebecca smiled.

When Amanda returned to her seat, Sheena fastened the seat belt and it didn’t take long before Amanda was sleeping. Sheena closed her eyes and once again her thoughts brought her back to her time with Sébastien in the city of love. She still had no idea what went wrong between them back in 2002 because she couldn’t really remember doing anything that would have caused Sébastien to do what he did. Sheena knew that the only way she could find out the truth was to talk to him but it just seemed impossible now that he was getting married.

It was a mystery to her that a man like Sébastien could be in love with a woman like Virginia because she was nothing more than a gold digger. Suddenly it occurred to her that maybe that had been the problem. Maybe this Virginia was the kind of woman that Sébastien wanted all along. If so, then everything made sense to her now. Well, if that was the kind of woman he wanted, then she wouldn’t waste her time thinking of him and she didn’t want him to know that he had a daughter.

Suddenly she felt a tear rolling down her cheek and she felt an anger burning inside of her. What was he doing to her? Why did he have to come back into her life and ruin everything? She was doing well before he returned. She couldn’t think or make decisions since he had returned and she hated herself for letting him do this to her again. Seeing Sébastien again had brought back some of the old feelings but she couldn’t and wouldn’t allow herself to fall in love with him again. She had been down that road once before and she didn’t want to make that same mistake again. Sheena drifted off to sleep, wondering what would happen in Paris.

---- Paris ----

Pierre Dubois had just finished a meeting with the people behind the charity event and everything was ready for the big day. As he drove back to his mansion, he thought of what would happen when Sheena arrived later that day. He couldn’t wait to meet his daughter and grandchild after all of these years. Of course he knew a lot about Sheena because Millie and Chris had kept him informed of what was going on in her life but it wasn’t the same as meeting her in person.

The car drove up the driveway and stopped in front of the Dubois mansion. Pierre got out of the car and he just stared at the mansion in front of him. He had already made a will and his biggest wish was that Sheena would accept his final decisions about her taking over the galleries and the mansion. She was his daughter and there was no way that he would let some stranger take over everything he had worked hard to build.

Pierre walked inside and was met by the maid who informed him that all of the rooms had been prepared for the guests. He thanked her before making his way to his home office. There were still some personal things he had to take care of before Sheena arrived in the evening, things that had to do with her, Amanda and their future. If Sheena accepted his offer, he could die with the knowledge that everything he had built up from scratch would be in safe hands.

He opened the computer to check his emails and he found one from Simon regarding the guys’ performance at the charity event. Simon informed him that the guys would leave Los Angeles right after the concert. As long as there weren’t any delays the guys would arrive at the mansion around noon but he would keep him informed in case they had to change the plans. Pierre sent a quick reply to Simon, informing him that everything was ready for their arrival. A smile appeared on his face when he closed the computer. He had no doubts that the charity would be a success.

After leaving his office, Pierre walked into his studio to finish his surprise for Sheena and Amanda. It had been a challenge getting everything right but he loved challenges. As he added the final stroke to the painting, he knew that this was his best painting to date. He smiled to himself when he left the studio.

----- Paris, later that evening -----

It was almost 8 pm when Pierre’s private jet landed in Paris. Sheena held Amanda’s hand as they left the plane and made their way to the baggage reclaim. After retrieving their baggage, they left the baggage reclaim area and entered the arrival hall. They were met by a young man who introduced himself as Pierre’s driver and they followed him to the car that would take them to the Dubois mansion. Sheena tried to hide that she was nervous but Rebecca wasn’t that easy to fool. Rebecca sent her a smile as she took Sheena’s hand and squeezed it softly.

“Just relax. Everything will be fine. I know it will,” Rebecca tried to tell her.

“That’s easy for you to say. You are not the one who is about to meet your biological dad, the man who is partly responsible for your existence,” Sheena said.

“You’re right and I don’t know what you’re going through emotionally. All I know is that you would regret it for the rest of your life if you didn’t meet him,” Rebecca reminded her.

“Don’t you hate being right?” Sheena looked at Rebecca.

“Not really,” Rebecca smiled.

Sheena shook her head without saying anything. For some reason Rebecca always managed to make her relax and forget about her worries, at least for a while. The two friends continued to talk, mostly about Rebecca and Carlos. After seeing the two of them together, Sheena knew that Rebecca had found the special man in her life that made her happy. Hopefully one day Sheena would find a man who made her feel happy.

Before they knew it, the car stopped in front of a white mansion. Sheena could feel her heart beating faster as she got out of the car, followed by Amanda and Rebecca. They picked up their bags and made their way to the front door but Sheena stopped just as she was about to knock on the door. She wanted to turn around and walk back to the car but it almost felt like a voice was telling her to continue. Sheena closed her eyes as she knocked on the door, not sure of what to expect.

Sheena was surprised when the door was opened by the man she had seen in the picture she had found in her dad’s files. She couldn’t believe that she was standing there in front of her real dad. It should have been kind of scary but for some reason, she forgot all about being nervous. She couldn’t explain it but there was something about him that made her feel comfortable. None of them were sure of how to approach the other person. Pierre finally took the first step when he reached out his hand to her. Sheena shook his hand and introduced him to Amanda and Rebecca.

“Welcome to my mansion. I hope you will have a good time here with me. I will do what I can to make you feel at home,” Pierre said.

“Thank you. I already feel at home,” Sheena smiled.

“You must be tired from the trip. Come with me,” Pierre said to them.

They followed him upstairs to their rooms. Before he left, he informed them that dinner would be served twenty minutes later in the dining room. All of the rooms were kept in a French style which made them romantic. There was nothing about this place that didn’t have some kind of magic over it. Sheena walked into the bathroom to freshen up before she went to Amanda’s room next door. The two rooms were separated by a door which made it perfect in case Amanda had a bad dream.

Twenty minutes later they were all sitting in the dining room, talking and enjoying a nice dinner. Rebecca looked at Sheena and Pierre during dinner and it was easy to see that they were father and daughter. They had a lot in common and Pierre was really interested in seeing Sheena’s paintings. After dinner it was bedtime for Amanda. When Rebecca offered to tuck her in, Sheena accepted with a smile. She knew that Rebecca was giving her a chance to speak to Pierre in private, something they both needed. Rebecca said goodnight and walked upstairs with Amanda.

After Amanda fell asleep, Rebecca walked to her own room. As she got ready for bed, she thought about Carlos and the other Divos. They would be arriving the next day and she was nervous about the Divos coming to Paris, especially because she knew that Sheena would be upset. Virginia being there with Sébastien wouldn’t help the situation. No matter how much Sheena tried to deny it, she was still in love with Sébastien. Rebecca sighed as she climbed into bed. Tomorrow would be a challenge for sure, mostly for Sheena.

Unaware of what would be expecting her the next day Sheena had joined Pierre in his office. Her gallery had its own website where most of her paintings were listed and she borrowed Pierre’s computer to show him most of her paintings. Pierre was surprised when he saw the paintings because her style reminded him of his own style.

“You’ve got talent. Those paintings are amazing,” he proudly said.

“Well, it is all in the genes,” Sheena smiled.

“Maybe you’re right about that. Now I want to show you one of my paintings. I think it’s my best one to date,” Pierre told her.

Sheena followed him into the studio and she was surprised to see his paintings. She never imagined that their paintings were so much alike. Pierre told her to take a seat while he would get the painting. Sheena watched as he walked into another room, returning a few minutes later with a large painting in his hands.

“I hope you like it,” Pierre said, revealing the painting.

Sheena was speechless because the painting was her favorite picture of her and Amanda together. The picture was taken shortly after Amanda was born and it showed a mother’s love towards her newborn baby. Memories of the best day of her life entered her mind.

“Thanks. I love it,” Sheena walked over to him.

“I’m glad you do,” Pierre looked at her.

Sheena smiled at him as they left the studio. Once they had returned to the dining room, Sheena told him it was time for her to say goodnight. Pierre told her that he had some things to do before the other guests arrived the next day. After saying goodnight to her dad, Sheena checked on Amanda before she got ready for bed. When she climbed into bed, she knew that coming to Paris to see Pierre was the right decision.  With a smile on her face, she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:40 am

Chapter 9

The birds were singing outside of the window and the sun was shining from a clear, blue sky. A light breeze was playing with the tree tops as a few swans were swimming in the lake below. It was a beautiful morning in Paris and Sheena couldn’t wait to take a closer look at the mansion and the surroundings. She let out a yawn as she rose from the bed. Walking into the bathroom to have her shower, she had a weird feeling that something was about to happen. Sheena turned on the water in the shower and removed her robe.

After having her shower and getting dressed, Sheena walked to Amanda’s room to check on her. Amanda was still sleeping when Sheena walked into the room. Sheena just stood there, watching her daughter sleeping and she couldn’t find it in her heart to wake her up. Slowly she left the room, closing the door behind her. As Sheena walked down the hallway, she let her fingers gently touch the paintings on the walls. Each painting seemed to have its own story that was only waiting to be told. When she took a closer look at the paintings, she noticed her dad’s name was on every painting.

“He is amazing, isn’t he?” Juliette suddenly asked.

“Yes he is. These paintings are just perfect,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“Pierre has put a lot of work into each one. I’ve never seen a bigger devotion in a person,” Juliette told her.

“At least I know where I got that from. Looks like we have a lot in common,” Sheena said.

“You may have more in common than you think. Where is Amanda?” Juliette looked around.

“She is still sleeping. I didn’t want to wake her up but I expect her to wake up soon. I have to meet my dad so would it be possible for you to take care of her when she wakes up?” Sheena looked at Juliette.

“I will take care of her. You go ahead and spend some time with your dad and your friend. The guests should be here soon,” Juliette smiled.

“Thanks,” Sheena turned and walked downstairs.

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The plane with the Divos, Miki and Maggie had finally arrived in Paris after a long trip. Virginia wasn’t with them and Séb had been in a bad mood since they left Los Angeles. He hadn’t said much on the flight and his brothers were worried about him but when they asked him a question, he refused to answer. Even though he didn’t want to talk about it, they all knew that something had happened between him and Virginia but they also knew that he would tell them more when he was ready to do that.

Once they had gotten their suitcases, they left the airport and climbed into the car that was waiting for them. All of them were looking forward to spending a week at the Dubois mansion. Especially Carlos was looking forward to it because Rebecca would be there with him. He was the only Divo who knew that the girls would be there.

The car pulled up in front of the mansion and all four Divos, Miki and Maggie were impressed as they got out of the car. The white mansion with the lake in front of it looked really romantic and they couldn’t wait to spend the next week there. David picked up his suitcase and wrapped his arm around Maggie as they walked to the front door, followed by Urs and Miki. Carlos looked at Séb and he wanted to say something but he didn’t know what. He wondered if he should tell him about Sheena being there but before he could say anything, Pierre came out of the door and greeted them all.

“It’s a great honor to have you guys and your partners here and I hope you will enjoy your stay here. I should inform you that my grandchild, my daughter and her friend are here too. Hopefully it won’t cause any problems for you. I suggest that I show you to your rooms before you meet them,” Pierre looked at them.

The Divos nodded their heads in agreement and followed Pierre upstairs to their rooms. He told them that they could freshen up before joining him downstairs in the garden. After leaving the Divos upstairs, Pierre returned to the garden where he informed Sheena and Rebecca that the guests would be down soon. Sheena looked over at Rebecca and seeing the smile on Rebecca’s face made her nervous. Before she could ask any questions, a familiar voice made her turn around and she looked straight into Séb’s eyes.

Séb was just as surprised to see her as she was to see him. Pierre noticed the tension between the two of them but before he could say anything, the other Divos and partners made their appearance. Rebecca walked over to Carlos while Sheena just stared at all of them. It was like a bad dream because she couldn’t break her promise to Pierre about staying for a week. She knew that Séb would have a lot of questions when he met Amanda and she would be forced to tell him the truth.

“I get the feeling that you know each other already,” Pierre spoke up.

“Rebecca has been dating Carlos for a year and I know Séb from when I was studying in Paris. I met the others two days ago at a concert,” Sheena explained.

“The Divos are here to perform at the charity event and I’ve asked them to stay for a week since they have two weeks off before they have to go back on tour,” Pierre told his daughter.

“Now that you know why we are here, then I think you should tell us why you are here,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“It’s a long story but the short version is that Pierre is my biological dad,” Sheena told him.

“What? I thought Christopher was your dad,” Séb was shocked.

“Christopher’s name is on the birth certificate and he is the one who raised me but Pierre is my real dad. I told you it was a long story,” Sheena looked at him.

“I would like to hear it someday,” Séb said.

“Then you will have to wait a long time because I don’t want to tell you about it. It’s none of your business,” she rose from the chair.

“I don’t want any arguments while you are here,” Pierre raised his voice.

“I’m sorry but he just makes me angry,” Sheena apologized.

“Even a blind man can see that. Lunch is not yet ready so I suggest that I give you a tour of the mansion before we eat,” Pierre looked at them.

Sheena told him that she would stay and wait for Amanda to come down and Pierre accepted that. Séb and the others followed Pierre into the park and Sheena let out a sigh of relief. Suddenly she heard Séb’s voice behind her. His voice sent shivers down her spine and she wanted to scream.

“Don’t you think it’s time for us to talk about what happened?” Séb asked.

“There is nothing to talk about. It didn’t work out between us. Can’t you just accept that?” Sheena pleaded.

“No, I can’t and won’t accept that. You owe me an explanation. I need to know what I did wrong,” Séb took a step forward.

“Please don’t do this to me,” Sheena felt the tears in her eyes.

“Do what? I just want to know what I did wrong. Is that really too much to ask for?” he looked at her.

“We can talk later. I can’t do it right now,” Sheena told him.

“You can't run away forever,” Séb said.

Sheena knew he was right. She couldn’t postpone it any longer even though she really didn’t see any reason why she should tell him. He was the one who messed up back then so why was it so difficult for him to understand why she had left him? Séb took a seat across from her and the two of them just sat there without saying a word. Sheena could feel him looking at her but she tried hard not to look at him. It was an impossible task because his eyes were like a magnetic force that you just couldn’t resist.

When she finally gave up and looked at him, she noticed that he had a stunned look on his face and it made her a bit worried. It seemed like he was staring at the door and it wasn’t until she heard a voice behind her that she knew the reason why he was stunned. She turned her head to see Amanda standing there in her new red dress and the moment she had hoped would never come, was about to happen.

“Who is he mommy?” Amanda pointed at Séb.

“His name is Sébastien. He is an old friend of mine,” Sheena smiled at Amanda.

“Hi. I’m Amanda,” she said as she reached out her hand to him.

“Hello Amanda,” Séb took her tiny hand and kissed it.

After letting go of Amanda’s hand, Séb looked at Sheena and she knew what that look meant. Sheena asked Juliette if she could look after Amanda for a while because she had to talk to Séb. Juliette nodded her head and took Amanda’s hand. As they walked into the park, Amanda waved at Séb before they disappeared behind one of the hedges.

“How old is she?” Séb questioned.

“Amanda will be five in October,” Sheena responded.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” Séb wanted to know.

“Tell you what?” Sheena looked at him.

“That I have a daughter,” Séb replied.

“What makes you think that she is yours? You are not the only man in the universe,” Sheena told him.

“Don’t give me that. It was like looking at my own reflection in a mirror. Didn’t you think I had a right to know?” Séb raised his voice.

“I didn’t see any reason to tell you about Amanda. You made it clear that you didn’t want me so I didn’t think you wanted her either,” Sheena walked into the park.

“What do you mean by that? Of course I wanted you. What made you think that I didn’t want you?” Séb couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

“I saw you that night,” Sheena sighed.

“What night?” Séb was completely lost.

“The night we were supposed to celebrate our two year anniversary. Do you remember that night when you cancelled our dinner because you were sick?” Sheena reminded him.

“Of course I remember that night but what has that got to do with you hiding that I have a daughter?” he wanted to know.

“You don’t get it. After you cancelled our date, I contacted some friends and asked them if they wanted to go out and have a good time. One of them suggested this new hot nightclub in Paris called ‘Bounce’ and the four of us went there. Can you imagine how surprised I was to see my sick boyfriend there? Seeing him surrounded by a lot of women who had their hands all over his body? On top of that, he actually looked like he was enjoying it,” Sheena angrily said.

“You were at the nightclub? Ok, I shouldn’t have lied to you but hiding my child from me because I lied seems a bit drastic,” Séb told her.

“Cancelling the date and lying doesn’t really bother me. What does bother me is the blonde woman you left the nightclub with. I saw the two of you on the dance floor, having a good time and I watched the two of you leave, wrapped in each other’s arms. I followed you outside and watched as you climbed into a cab and drove off. Was she worth it? If you didn’t want me, you could have just told me. I hope she was worth it,” Sheena turned on her heel and walked away.

Séb wanted to go after her but he thought it would be better to wait until later. Sheena was upset and she had to calm down before they could continue this conversation. He knew he had to tell her the truth about the girl in the nightclub but how? Séb knew Sheena really well and there was a good chance that she wouldn’t believe a word he said but somehow he had to try.

He ran his fingers through his hair as he walked back to the mansion and shortly after the other Divos and their partners joined him. Sheena came back to the mansion with Amanda by her side and she knew by the looks on their faces that they all could see the resemblance between Séb and Amanda. She couldn’t deal with any more questions right now so she just walked into the mansion, pretending like everything was fine.

The lunch went ok but Sheena hadn’t really been involved in the conversations. Rebecca had an idea of what was going on but she needed to hear it from Sheena. After lunch, Rebecca pulled Sheena aside and asked her what was happening. Sheena told Rebecca of her conversation with Séb and she also mentioned that Séb hadn’t tried to defend himself at all. Rebecca listened to what Sheena said but she had her doubts about Séb and the blonde woman because Séb wasn’t the kind of man who would do something like that. He was the faithful type, not the cheating type.

After talking to Rebecca, Sheena tried to avoid the Divos and the girls but it was impossible because she was Pierre’s daughter and she didn’t want to be rude. All she could hope for was that they would wait with all of the questions until later that day or maybe the next day. She just wasn’t in the mood to answer any questions about her and Séb, especially not when she knew that Séb was engaged to Virginia. Suddenly it occurred to her that Virginia wasn’t there with Séb and as crazy as it seemed, she wanted to know why.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:57 am

Chapter 10

After lunch, Séb had gone to his room. He needed some time to think about everything that had happened at the mansion since their arrival. Amanda was his daughter and he couldn’t believe that Sheena had kept her away from him for so long. Maybe he hadn’t been honest with her about the club back then but from his point of view that wasn’t enough reason for her to keep his daughter away from him.

Séb opened the window and looked out into the garden. He saw Sheena playing with Amanda and he wanted to be a part of that but Sheena would never let him be involved with his daughter. As long as Sheena believed that something happened between him and the blonde woman at the club, she wouldn’t let him spend time with Amanda. He had really made a mess of things, hadn’t he?

He was so deep into his own thoughts that he didn’t hear someone knocking on the door. It wasn’t until David’s voice called out his name that he returned to the real world. He really wasn’t in the mood to talk to the guys right now because they would ask a lot of questions. Questions he wasn’t sure he had all the answers to. David kept calling his name and Séb had no choice but to open the door. Sighing the walked over to the door and opened it to see his friends standing there.

“I guess that telling you to come back later is out of the question?” Séb looked at them.

“Yes it is. May we come in?” David asked.

Reluctantly Séb stepped aside and let the guys enter his room. He closed the door as he gestured for them to take a seat. Séb walked over to the bed and sat down, waiting for one of them to speak. The Divos looked at each other like they hadn’t really planned who would say something first.

“Guess I should start then. Yes, she is my daughter and no, I didn’t know about her until today,” Séb spoke up.

“That is really not what we want to talk about. Well, yes it is but before we get to that, we were wondering what happened to Virginia. She was supposed to be here,” David looked at Séb.

“Virginia is somewhere in London. I don’t know where in London and I really don’t care. After our dinner in New York on Sheena’s birthday, Virginia and I got into an argument. I confronted her with what you had told me and she didn’t deny it. She told me it was her wedding and she had been generous enough to allow my mother to attend the wedding and in her opinion I should be grateful for that. I asked her to give me back the ring and then I told her to go back to London and pack her things,” Séb explained to them.

“I bet she didn’t like that. Did she give you the ring back?” Urs asked him.

“Yes she did. I’m glad I didn’t get this engagement ring engraved,” Séb answered, not thinking about what he had said.

“Wait a second. What do you mean by this engagement ring? Do you have more than one engagement ring?” David looked at him.

“Oops. Forget I said that,” Séb said to his friends but he knew they wouldn’t let it go.

“Did you buy an engagement ring for Sheena?” Carlos questioned his friend.

“Yes I did. I was going to ask her to marry me but before I had the chance to do it, Sheena left Paris and me. I don’t know why but I kept the ring. Maybe I was hoping that she would come back to me,” Séb sighed.

“Well, she is here and you’re here. Maybe the two of you can make it work,” Carlos told him.

“I don’t think so. She hates me,” Séb reminded him.

“Now that we are on that subject, what did you do to make her hate you enough to hide your daughter from you for so long?” Urs continued with the questions.

“I didn’t know what I had done to make her do that but now I know why she left me and why she hid Amanda from me. As you already know I went clubbing with my friends instead of having dinner with Sheena. Today I found out that she was at the club too. I was there with my cousin and his fiancé and some of their friends. My cousin had way too much to drink and we thought it would be better to put him in a cab and send him home. His fiancé didn’t want to leave so she stayed with me and a few other friends. I danced with her and a few other ladies but suddenly she wanted to go home. She had been drinking a lot and I had my arm around her as we left the club because she could hardly walk. We climbed into a cab and after dropping her off at her place, I went home,” Séb explained.

“I assume Sheena saw the two of you leaving the club together?” Urs asked him.

“Yes she did and she thinks that I slept with my cousin’s fiancé,” Séb sighed.

“Why didn’t you tell her the girl was your cousin’s fiancé?” Carlos looked at him.

“Even if I told her, she wouldn’t believe me. In her eyes I cheated and unless I come up with some kind of proof that I didn’t cheat on her, she will never believe me,” Séb replied as he rose from the bed.

“Getting some kind of proof can’t be that difficult. Both your cousin and his fiancé/wife could confirm the story,” Carlos told him.

“That won’t be enough. I need some kind of proof in my hand and I don’t have that,” Séb walked to the window and looked out.

The guys joined him by the window and they saw Sheena and Amanda by the lake, feeding the swans. They all knew that Séb wanted to be down there with his daughter and the woman he was still in love with. Amanda was a sweetheart who knew how to charm her way into a man’s heart and she had already managed to charm her way into their hearts.

“You still love her, don’t you?” Urs asked as he patted Séb on the shoulder.

“I never stopped loving her,” Séb looked at Urs.

“If you really love Sheena, then you need to find a way to prove to her that you didn’t cheat although your word should be enough,” Urs said.

Séb knew that Urs was right. Sheena should know that he would never cheat on her but they had both been so wrong. He should have been honest with her and he should have asked her to join him at the club but he hadn’t thought of that at the time. If he had, then he would have been married to Sheena and the two of them would be raising Amanda together.

“Are you ok?” Carlos asked Séb.

“I’m fine. I was just thinking of what my life would have looked like if I had made a different choice back then,” he answered, looking at Carlos.

“Well, you can still have that,” Carlos told him.

“I'm not so sure about that. Well, we should get to work,” Séb turned and walked towards the door.

The other Divos followed him and they went downstairs where Pierre was waiting for them. They had to decide on which songs to sing the next day at the charity concert and Séb told them that he only had one request. He left it to the other Divos and Pierre to choose the other songs. Once they had chosen the songs, Pierre showed them a sketch of the stage and asked them for their opinion. David had a few changes to the stage and Pierre told him that he would take care of that.

After the meeting ended, Pierre asked Séb if he could have a word with him. The other three Divos left the room and Séb wondered why Pierre wanted to talk to him. Could it have something to do with Sheena? She was his daughter and maybe he wanted to know what was going on between them but Séb didn’t know what to tell him. He wasn’t even sure of what was going on. All he knew was that Sheena hated him and the reason why. Pierre looked at Séb and he could tell that Séb was nervous.

“Don’t be nervous Sébastien. I won’t hurt you,” Pierre smiled, hoping Séb would relax.

“I’m relaxed. You want to talk about Sheena, don’t you?” Séb looked at him.

“Yes I do. I know that you and Sheena were involved and that you’re Amanda’s dad. I sense a lot of tension and I don’t like to see that kind of tension between two people who love each other,” Pierre told him.

“Sheena doesn’t love me. She hates me,” Séb said and told Pierre everything.

Pierre listened as Séb told him the story and it reminded him of what had happened between him and Millie. He couldn’t imagine Séb cheating on Sheena because he had seen the way Séb looked at Sheena and it was love. Séb was deeply in love with Sheena and even though she didn’t want to admit it, Sheena was in love with him. It was written all over her face when she looked at him but Sheena was stubborn like her mother.

Séb poured his heart out to Pierre and it was a bit surprising to him because Pierre was a stranger. Pierre was easy to talk to and Séb felt really comfortable talking to him. Maybe Pierre was easy to talk to because he could relate to what Séb was feeling. Of course it wasn’t the same situation because Pierre had been allowed to be a part of Sheena’s life, even if he hadn’t been there in person. Séb hadn’t been involved in the first five years of his daughter’s life and he didn’t even know what she looked like as a baby. He had missed out on a lot in those five years and it made him sad.

Pierre knew that he couldn’t give Séb the five years he had missed out on but he could give him something that would help him see what had happened in those five years. He excused himself and walked to his desk where he opened the top drawer and took something out.

“This might give you an idea of what has been going on in your daughter’s life,” Pierre said as he handed Séb a photo album.

“Thanks,” Séb took the photo album and smiled at Pierre.

Séb left the office and walked to his room. He wanted to look at the photo album in private. Once he was in his room he sat down on the bed and opened the photo album. It had pictures of Amanda as a newborn baby and she looked so much like he did when he was born. He flipped through the pages of the photo album and he felt sad when he saw how his daughter had changed over the years. Séb knew he had to do whatever he could to make Sheena believe him because he didn’t want to miss out on more years.

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While Séb was in his room, Rebecca and Sheena were walking in the garden. Carlos was busy in the kitchen, helping with dinner and it gave the two friends some time to talk. Rebecca didn’t hide that she wasn’t pleased with the way Sheena was handling the situation and hopefully she could beat some sense into her friend.

“When will you admit that you still love him?” Rebecca asked Sheena, sipping her water.

“I don’t love Séb anymore. He killed that love when he cheated on me,” Sheena looked at her friend.

“Do you really believe that he would cheat on you? Séb is not the kind of man who would cheat on the woman he loves and deep down you know that too. You’re just too stubborn to admit that because that means you were wrong back then and you left him for the wrong reasons,” Rebecca said.

“I know what I saw that evening,” Sheena raised her voice.

“You saw him get into a cab with a blonde woman. That doesn’t mean that he cheated on you and don’t raise your voice at me,” Rebecca said to Sheena.

“Sorry Rebecca but you don’t know what went on in that club. I was supposed to have a nice, romantic dinner with my boyfriend to celebrate our two year anniversary but instead I ended up in a club where I had to watch my boyfriend on the dance floor with a bunch of women, running their hands all over his body and he looked like he was having a good time,” Sheena told her.

“I can understand your anger and I would have been angry too but you should have talked to him instead of leaving,” Rebecca looked at her.

“Talking to him wouldn’t have changed anything. I have to check on Amanda,” Sheena stood and walked inside to check on her daughter.

Rebecca let out a sigh and she really had no idea how to get through to Sheena. It was like talking to a brick wall and no matter what she did, the wall wouldn’t move. She was joined by David and Maggie who had been out for a walk in the area.

“You look a bit upset,” Maggie said as she sat down.

“I am. My friend is impossible to talk to,” Rebecca sneered.

“Ouch,” Maggie smiled.

“I’m sorry Maggie. Sheena just makes me so angry. I’ve never met a person who was more stubborn than her and it’s really annoying,” Rebecca apologized.

“It’s ok. No harm done,” Maggie said.

“Séb is still in love with Sheena. He told us that he never stopped loving her and he hopes that she will give him another chance. Séb still has the engagement ring he bought for her,” David looked at Rebecca.

“Did you say engagement ring?” Rebecca asked.

“Yes I did. He was planning on proposing to her but she left him before he had the chance to do it,” David told Rebecca.

“We have to do something. They love each other and they have a daughter who deserves to have both of her parents around,” Rebecca voiced her opinion.

“I agree with you but what can we do? Sheena needs proof that Séb didn’t cheat on her but Séb doesn’t know how to prove it to her. They can’t work things out as long as she thinks he cheated on her,” David said.

“We will think of something,” Rebecca said with confidence.

“You’re right. We will and hopefully soon,” David agreed and turned to Maggie.

She just nodded her head in agreement. They had to talk to Miki and Urs too because maybe they had some ideas of how to bring Séb and Sheena together. Urs and Miki had borrowed one of Pierre’s motorcycles and when they returned to the mansion, Rebecca informed them of the conversation with David and Maggie. They both agreed to help if they could.

Later that day, they all met in the dining room for dinner. Sheena and Séb didn’t speak to each other at all and the other couples knew that getting the two of them together would be a challenge but it was a challenge they were ready to accept.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:22 pm

Chapter 11

After dinner, Séb excused himself and walked to his room to call his mother. She would be at the concert the next day but Séb wanted her to come earlier because they needed to talk. Well, he needed someone to talk to and his mother was the only one he could talk to about this mess with Sheena. He dialed her number and as he waited for her to pick up, he wondered what to say to her.

“Hello Sébastien,” Camille Izambard said as she answered the phone.

“Hello mom. Would it be possible for you to get here earlier tomorrow?” Séb asked her, hoping she would say yes.

“You sound upset. Is everything ok?” Camille asked with concern in her voice.

“I will tell you everything tomorrow. Can you be here earlier?” Séb repeated his question.

“I can be at the mansion at 10 am,” Camille replied.

“Thanks. I have to get back to the others. I’ll see you tomorrow. Goodnight,” Séb said.

“Goodnight Sébastien,” Camille hung up the phone.

After hanging up the phone, Séb walked downstairs to spend the evening with his friends. As he walked into the living room, Sheena walked out with a sleeping Amanda in her arms. It looked to him like Amanda was a heavy girl and he wondered if he should offer to help carry her upstairs. But would Sheena let him do it? Well, he had nothing to lose by asking and Amanda was his daughter.

“Do you need some help with her?” Séb asked.

“No thanks. I’ve managed on my own for almost five years,” Sheena replied.

“If you had told me about her, you wouldn’t have had to manage on your own. No matter what happened back then or whether you like it or not, she is my daughter,” Séb said.

“This is not the time or the place to discuss this,” Sheena told him.

“When is the time? You’re avoiding talking to me about this but we need to talk about this,” Séb looked at her.

“I have to carry our daughter upstairs and she is getting really heavy. Can we talk about this later?” Sheena pleaded.

“We can talk about it while I carry our daughter upstairs,” Séb took Amanda from Sheena and turned around.

He walked upstairs with Amanda in his arms and as he was halfway up the stairs, he turned around and looked at Sheena. She let out sigh as she joined him on the stairs. They walked towards Amanda’s room and Séb put his daughter in her bed and tucked her in. Sheena watched him closely and seeing Séb like that with Amanda made some of her old feelings reappear.

Once Amanda was safely in her bed, Séb turned around and looked at Sheena. She looked so beautiful as she was standing there and he wanted to take her into his arms and show her how much he still loved her. Yes, a lot of people would say that he should be angry at her for what she had done but he loved her too much to be angry at her.

They walked downstairs and as they were about to join the others in the living room, Séb took Sheena’s hand in his and asked her to join him for a walk in the garden. Sheena agreed and the two of them left the mansion. It was a rather warm evening and the lake looked so quiet and peaceful. They sat down on the bench by the lake without saying a word to each other.

“I know you hate me but you hate me for something I didn’t do. Nothing happened between me and that blonde woman in Paris. She was my cousin’s fiancé and I would never cheat on you with my cousin’s fiancé or anyone else for that matter. I’m not a cheater and somewhere beneath your stubbornness you know that too,” Séb said.

“Don’t tell me what I know or don’t know. I know what I saw that night and why are you being so nice? I left you and I hid your daughter from you. You should be angry,” Sheena glanced at him.

“I’m hurt and disappointed that you kept my daughter hidden from me for 5 years but life is too short to stay angry and all I want is to get to know my daughter. You’ve allowed me to spend time with her here but I want more than that. Is there any chance of the two of you coming to London after the tour? You can stay with me at my place,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“I’m not sure Virginia would like that,” Sheena replied.

“Virginia won’t be there. We’re not together anymore. I dumped her because she didn’t want the guys or their partners at our wedding. She allowed my mother to be there but not the rest of my family or my friends. On top of that she told the guys that they were not invited to the wedding. I told her to give me back the ring and go back to London to pack her things,” Séb explained.

“I’m sorry to hear that but it sounds like you did the right thing,” Sheena said.

“Don’t be sorry. I’m not. I don’t know what I even saw in her,” Séb told her truthfully.

“When I met her in Los Angeles, I was thinking the same thing,” Sheena looked at him.

“So, will you visit me in London?” Séb repeated the question.

“Can I think about it?” Sheena asked.

“Sure. I don’t want to force you into anything. I think we should go back,” Séb rose from the bench.

“Don’t be mad,” Sheena rose too.

“I’m not mad. I’m just very disappointed,” Séb walked away from her.

Sheena looked at him leave and she felt like a witch. All he wanted was to spend some time with his daughter after they left Paris and she couldn’t even allow him to do that. As she walked back to the mansion alone, she knew that she was wrong. Amanda was innocent in all of this. She never asked to be born and she shouldn’t be punished because her parents didn’t get along.

Sheena returned to the mansion and the tension between her and Séb was thicker than ever. The others knew that they would have to work a lot harder on getting Séb and Sheena back together than they first thought. Séb and Sheena were not making things easy but everyone was determined to make it work even if they had to go to desperate measures.

After spending a few hours talking, the couples and Séb went to their rooms while Sheena stayed with Pierre. He hadn’t been looking well all evening and she was worried about him. Pierre told her not to worry because he was just tired. Sheena didn’t believe him but she didn’t say anything. After walking Pierre to his room, she went to Amanda’s room to check on her and she was surprised to see Séb in the room.

He was just standing next to Amanda’s bed, looking at her sleeping and Sheena knew she had to do something to make up for the years he had missed out on. She slowly walked over to the bed and stood next to Séb. As he looked at her, she saw a sadness she had never seen before in his eyes. It broke her heart to see him like that and she decided to accept his offer.

“We will visit you in London if you still want us to,” Sheena whispered to him.

“Of course I still want you to come to London. Thank you,” Séb whispered back with a smile.

“Don’t look at me like that,” Sheena said before she turned and left the room.

Séb bent down and gently kissed Amanda’s cheek before he left the room. As he walked down the hallway to his own room, he couldn’t believe that Sheena had agreed to come to London but it made him happy and he would do whatever he could to win Sheena back while they were there. Séb walked into his own room and got ready for bed. As he climbed into bed, he wondered what would happen the next day when his mother would come face to face with her granddaughter. Hopefully his mother would fall in love with Amanda, just like he had. Séb drifted off to sleep, thinking of Sheena and Amanda.

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It was 9.45 am when Séb’s mother arrived at the mansion and she was greeted by Séb. He showed her into the garden where Pierre, Carlos, Rebecca, Miki, Urs and Maggie were talking. There was no sign of David, Sheena or Amanda but Séb didn’t mind because it would give him some time to prepare his mother for her meeting with Amanda. Camille sat down after greeting the others and Pierre poured a cup of coffee. Just as she was about to take a sip, David appeared followed by Amanda.

“Bonjour Camille,” David smiled at her.

“Bonjour David. You’re looking like you’re having,” Camille started to say but she never finished the sentence.

Her eyes were glued to Amanda and the little girl reminded her so much of Séb when he was that age. She had no doubt that the little girl was her granddaughter but she needed Séb to confirm it. Camille turned to Séb.

“Is that my,” Camille started to say but she was interrupted by Séb.

“I need to talk to you in private,” Séb rose from his chair.

Camille nodded her head and rose from her chair. She followed Séb into the garden and they took a seat in a remote part of the garden. Séb knew that his mother had a lot of questions but he didn’t want to talk about it in front of his friends. They all knew that Séb was Amanda’s father but he just wanted to talk to his mother alone.

“Is she my granddaughter?” Camille looked at her son.

“Yes she is. Her name is Amanda and she is almost five. I didn’t know about her until we arrived here and it was a big shock for me to see her,” Séb ran his fingers through his hair.

“I can imagine that. Why is she here and who is her mother?” Camille continued with the questions.

“She is here with her mother. Her mother is actually Pierre’s daughter,” Séb explained, not mentioning Sheena’s name.

“Does this woman have a name?” Camille asked him.

“Sheena Halliwell,” Séb sighed.

“Your Sheena?” Camille was stunned.

“My Sheena yes,” Séb said.

“Why is Sheena here?” Camille looked at Séb.

“Sheena is Pierre’s daughter,” Séb told her about Pierre and Chris’ death.

“I’m sorry for her loss. How are the two of you getting along?” Camille questioned her son.

“Well, there is a lot of tension because Sheena thinks I cheated on her with Jean-Luc’s wife. Remember I told you about going to a club instead of celebrating my two year anniversary with Sheena?” Séb looked at her.

“I remember and I still think you made a mistake by doing that,” Camille firmly stated.

“I agree with you. Anyway, it turns out that Sheena was in the club too and she saw me in the club. She also saw me leave the club and get into a cab with Bianca. Sheena jumped to conclusions and went back to Los Angeles,” Séb said as he ran his fingers through his hair.

“That is quite a mess. What are your plans now?” Camille asked.

“Well, I was hoping for your help. Sheena thinks that I cheated on her and she doesn’t believe me when I tell her that nothing happened with Bianca. I was hoping that you would tell Sheena who Bianca is and that nothing happened between us,” Séb pleaded.

“I don’t believe I’m hearing this. The girl left you and she hid your daughter from you for five years and you’re asking for my help to clear things up between the two of you? I won’t help you with that,” Camille told him.

“I’m begging you to help me,” Séb went down on his knees.

“I’m sorry but I can’t and won’t help you. Why are you not furious? She kept your daughter, my granddaughter hidden from us and you act like it is nothing at all. You act like everything is ok but it’s not ok. You should be mad at Sheena for doing that to us,” Camille raised her voice.

“Don’t you understand that I still love Sheena?” Séb asked her.

“No, I don’t. How can you still love her after what she did?” Camille looked at her son.

“I don’t expect you to understand,” Séb sighed.

“This is what I think you should do. Contact a lawyer and fight Sheena for custody of Amanda. We can win if we stick together,” Camille said.

“What? You want me to do what?” Séb asked Camille.

“I want you to fight Sheena for custody. You’re Amanda’s dad and you’ve got rights too,” Camille answered with a smile.

Séb couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He never thought that his mom would suggest something like that. It was out of the question. There was no way that he would ever do that to Sheena. If he did that, he could lose both Sheena and Amanda and he couldn’t risk that.

“I’m hurt and disappointed but fighting Sheena for custody is completely out of the question. Don’t you see that if I do that, then I will lose both of them? I don’t want to lose them. All I want is to spend time with my daughter and be a part of her life,” Séb explained.

“And if Sheena doesn’t want you to be a part of Amanda’s life?” Camille looked at Séb.

“Sheena has already agreed to visit me in London after the tour. She wouldn’t have agreed to that if she didn’t want me to spend time with my daughter,” Séb replied.

“I hope you’re not making a mistake,” Camille said as she rose and walked back to the mansion.

Séb sighed and followed his mother. He couldn’t believe that she had refused to help him but there was nothing he could do to change her mind. His mother was stubborn, just like Sheena. When Camille and Séb arrived at the terrace for brunch, there was no sign of Sheena and the looks of his friends’ faces told him that something wasn’t right.

“Walk with me please,” Rebecca said to Séb.

Séb looked at his friends one more time before he followed Rebecca into the garden. As they walked through the garden he wondered what was going on. The anger in her voice told him that it was something serious and he had a bad feeling in his stomach. When they were far enough away from the others, Rebecca stopped and turned to look at Séb with anger in her eyes.

“Do you still love Sheena?” Rebecca questioned him.

“Yes I do,” Séb confessed.

“If you love Sheena then why do want to fight her for custody of Amanda? It doesn’t make any sense,” Rebecca looked at him.

“I’m not going to fight her for custody. It was just one of mom’s ideas but I told her I wouldn’t do it. How do you even know about that?” Séb asked.

“Sheena told me. She was passing by when your mom mentioned it,” Rebecca explained.

“I would never do something like that. Please believe me,” Séb pleaded.

“I believe you but I’m not the one you need to convince. Let’s go back and get some brunch before you have to perform,” Rebecca suggested.

They walked back to the terrace to get something to eat and have a good time with their friends before the guys had to go on stage. Sheena and Camille completely ignored each other and Séb remembered how close his mother and Sheena had been when they were a couple. He loved both women and he hated being caught in the middle. It wasn’t a nice feeling and he just wanted brunch to be over.

The Divos excused themselves as soon as they had finished brunch because they had to get ready for the concert. Rebecca, Amanda, Miki and Maggie left the terrace to give Sheena and Camille some time alone to talk. Once they were gone, Sheena rose from her chair and walked over to Camille.

“I know that keeping Amanda from Séb was a bad decision and I know you hate me but if you try to get custody of my daughter, I will fight you and I swear that you will lose the fight,” Sheena said and left.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:51 am

Chapter 12

----- London -----

“Welcome to The Soho Hotel Mr. Michaels. Gary will show you to your room and lunch will be served in a few minutes,” the young woman at the reception desk said to Tim.

“Thank you,” Tim smiled at her as he took the key card.

“This way sir,” Gary, the bellhop said, gesturing for Tim to follow him.

Tim followed Gary into the elevator and shortly after the elevator stopped on the third floor. Gary showed Tim to the room and Tim thanked him as he gave him some tips. Tim closed the door behind Gary and then he took a closer look at the room. He ended up in the bathroom where he freshened up before changing his shirt. The trip from Los Angeles had been long and he couldn’t wait to get something to eat. Tim picked up the key card and went downstairs to the restaurant and sat down. Shortly after a waiter walked over to him and took his order.

As he waited for his food and his beer, he took out his wallet and looked at the picture he carried around with him. He smiled to himself as he gently ran his fingers over the picture and he didn’t notice that the waiter had returned with his beer. The young woman looked at the picture in his hand as she placed the beer in front of him.

“Beautiful family you have there,” she smiled at him.

“Thank you. They mean everything to me,” Tim smiled back.

The young woman left and Tim looked at the picture again. Well, they were not his family yet but if his big plan worked, then it would only be a matter of time before they were his family.

********

In another part of London Virginia was enjoying a glass of wine on the balcony of Séb’s apartment. She hadn’t even started packing because there was no rush. Séb wouldn’t be back in London for at least 3 weeks and she hadn’t found another place to live. She was convinced that he would forgive her once he returned from the trip. He just needed some time to think things over and then he would see that he was wrong. Once he had realized that, the wedding was on again and it would be the wedding she wanted. She smiled to herself as she refilled her glass.

Virginia looked at the black box she had found in Séb’s closet and she ran her fingers over the lid. She was very tempted to open the box and look at what was inside but it would be intruding on Séb’s privacy. Virginia sipped her wine as she kept looking at the box. She finished the wine and placed the glass on the table before she opened the box to find a lot of pictures of Séb and Sheena. As she looked at the pictures of Séb and Sheena together, she felt an anger burning deep inside of her. Watching the two of them together made her realize that Sheena could be a threat to her happiness and she had to get rid of that threat somehow. Virginia threw the pictures back into the box and poured herself another glass of wine. As she sipped the wine, she tried to come up with an idea of how to get Sheena out of Séb’s life for good. She wouldn’t let an old girlfriend stand in her way of marrying Séb.

----- Paris -----

“We need to talk,” Camille said to Séb.

“I don’t have time right now. We’re about to go on stage for the final rehearsals before the concert,” Séb told her.

“This is important. It’s about Sheena,” Camille looked at him.

“We can talk about it after rehearsals,” Séb walked over to the guys.

“What was that about?” David asked.

“You’re not going to believe this. My mom has this idea that Amanda should be with me and she wants me to fight Sheena for custody,” Séb explained.

“What? You didn’t say yes, did you?” David looked at him.

“No I didn’t. I want to spend time with Amanda and get to know her but I would never take her away from her mom. Sheena raised Amanda to be who she is and she did a great job. What kind of life could I offer Amanda? I’m on the road most of the year, travelling from country to country and that is not a life for a five year old child,” Séb answered.

“It’s time,” Carlos told his friends.

Camille left as the guys started rehearsing and she wasn’t sure of what to do next. She knew that she had been wrong in telling Séb to fight Sheena for custody but she had missed out on five years of Amanda’s life and she was afraid that she would miss out on more years. Maybe she needed a private talk with Sheena before talking to Séb again. They all needed to sit down and talk about things like adults, without yelling or hurting each other.

As Camille walked back to the mansion, she thought back to all of those wonderful times with Sheena when she was dating Séb. The shopping trips, the lunches and all of the other things they did together back then. Camille imagined what it would be like to do all of those things again with both Sheena and Amanda and she had to find out if Sheena was even interested in getting that kind of relationship again.

When Camille returned to the mansion, the Divo girls and Amanda were talking and laughing but there was no sign of Sheena. Rebecca told her that Sheena and Pierre were greeting the guests and Camille decided to find out more about her granddaughter. Amanda gladly answered Camille’s questions and talking to Amanda made Camille realize that there was no reason to fight Sheena for custody. Sheena had been doing a great job raising Amanda and Camille couldn’t remember ever meeting a more polite child than Amanda. They hadn’t noticed that Sheena had returned.

Sheena cleared her throat and announced that it was time for them to find their seats. The guests had arrived and the concert was about to start. They walked into the garden and quickly found their seats. A few minutes later, Pierre entered the stage and welcomed everyone to the charity concert. He introduced the Divos and as soon as he had left the stage again, the Divos appeared.

“We’re honored to be here and thank you Pierre for inviting us to sing. Our first song is from our very first album and it’s called ‘Nella Fantasia’. We hope you like it,” David said.

The music started playing and over the next half hour they gave everything they had. The final song of the day was ‘Pour que tu m’aimes encore’ and for Sébastien it was a special song. It mentioned all of the things he was prepared to do to make Sheena love him again and he hoped that she would understand what the song meant. He looked at her several times during the song to see how she reacted to it but it was harder to read her than he had thought it would be.

Sheena listened to the words and she knew what Séb was trying to tell her and there was a big battle going on inside of her. She still had feelings for him but she couldn’t forget what happened that night in Paris. Maybe she shouldn’t have left like that but Séb had been the first man she had ever loved and his actions had hurt her a lot more than they should have. Looking back she should have stayed and talked to him but at the time she just had to get away from Paris and him.

She didn’t notice the song had ended until Pierre appeared on the stage. He thanked the Divos and introduced the next group. They also performed for about half an hour and then it was time for the big auction. Pierre had 7 paintings listed for the auction and people were really interested in them. When the auction came to an end, the pictures had brought in 100,000 dollars which was more than Pierre had hoped for. He thanked everyone and informed them that food and drinks were now served in the tent.

As people made their way to the tent, Camille took Sheena’s hand and asked her to stay for a while. Sheena wasn’t in the mood to talk to Camille but she didn’t want to be rude with all of these people around. After all, she was Pierre’s daughter and these people were his friends. Once everyone had left, Sheena turned to Camille.

“We don’t have anything to talk about,” Sheena said.

“Yes we do. I’m not going to fight you for custody of Amanda. I said that out of anger and I’m sorry. The truth is that I’m afraid of not being a part of Amanda’s life. I’ve missed out on 5 years of her life and I don’t want to miss any more years,” Camille truthfully said.

“I know you hate me for leaving Séb but Amanda shouldn’t pay for that. You’re Amanda’s grandmother and she deserves to get to know you,” Sheena looked at her.

“Thank you. What about Sébastien?” Camille asked.

“He is Amanda’s dad and I won’t stop him from seeing his daughter,” Sheena replied.

“That’s not what I meant,” Camille smiled.

“I know that but I don’t have an answer to give you,” Sheena sighed.

“Do you love him?” Camille asked.

“I don’t know. I admit that seeing him again has brought back some of the old feelings but I’m not sure it’s love. It’s not the kind of love I had for him once,” Sheena confessed.

Camille looked at Sheena and she could tell that Sheena wasn’t being honest with her. She knew Sheena was a stubborn lady and she also knew that deep down Sheena knew that Séb would have never cheated on her. But if she admitted that, then she would have to admit that she had been wrong and it was something Sheena wouldn’t admit to. Camille wanted to tell Sheena about the woman in the night club but she knew that her words would never be enough to convince Sheena. The only option was to contact Jean-Luc and Bianca and ask them to send some of their wedding pictures but unfortunately they were on vacation and couldn’t be reached.

“I will not give up hope of the two of you getting back together. You’re the best thing that has ever happened to my son,” Camille said as she touched Sheena’s hand.

“I’m sorry Camille but I think my love for Séb died that night,” Sheena told her.

“No it didn’t die that night. The love is still there but you’re afraid to admit it,” Camille smiled and walked away.

Sheena let out a sigh as she made her way to the tent to get something to eat. When she stepped into the tent, she heard Amanda’s voice calling for her. Séb was sitting next to his daughter and the only seat available was on Amanda’s left side. Sheena made her way over to the table and sat down and Pierre instantly picked up the camera and took a picture of Sheena, Amanda and Séb.

“This would look good as a painting,” he smiled at his daughter.

“You’re kidding me right?” Sheena asked him.

“No I’m not. It will be my best painting to date,” Pierre said and returned to his seat.

Sheena looked at her friends and they were all laughing. She knew that she had been set up and she didn’t like the feeling. Why couldn’t they just stay out of it? Her mind was made up and nothing would make her change her mind.

----- London ----

At the Soho Hotel, Tim had finished his lunch and he decided to take a closer look at London. One of his friends had made him a list of things to see in London and Tim found the list and stared at it. He hated sightseeing but he had some time to kill before taking care of the business he had in London. Tim paid the bill and left the hotel. Once he was outside, he found a map of London and started walking down the street.

After two hours of sightseeing, Tim returned to his hotel room and found the folder he had brought with him from Los Angeles. He looked at the folder one more time to make sure he had everything he needed before he left the hotel room. As he walked towards the elevator, he felt good about what he was about to do. Once he had taken care of his business, he could go back to Los Angeles and hopefully things would turn out just the way he was hoping for. Tim left the hotel and hailed a cab. He gave the cab driver a note with an address on it and then he was on his way.

Meanwhile at Séb’s place, Virginia was enjoying her fourth glass of wine. She was bored and she wanted some action but all of her friends were working and they couldn’t go out with her. They had made plans to meet later for dinner but she couldn’t wait that long. Virginia was about to take a sip of the wine when there was a knock on the door. She let out a sigh as she rose and walked into the hallway. Virginia looked at herself in the mirror to make sure she looked good before she opened the door to see a handsome man standing there.

“Can I help you?” she asked with a smile.

“I hope so. My name is Tim Michaels and I’m here to see Sébastien Izambard,” Tim replied with a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:48 pm

Chapter 13

----- London -----

“I’m so sorry Mr. Michaels but Sébastien isn’t here. It will be at least 3 weeks before he is back in London. He is spending a week in Paris and then he is off to America for 2 weeks,” Virginia explained with a smile.

“Oh I see. That is unfortunate but I guess it can wait until he is back. Who are you if I may ask?” Tim looked at Virginia.

“Virginia Parker. I’m Sébastien’s fiancé or should I say ex-fiancé. He called off the engagement because I made a few demands for my wedding. A wedding is all about the bride and he didn’t agree with me on that,” Virginia answered.

“What a jerk he is. Of course the wedding is all about the bride and you would have made a stunning bride. Just like the woman I will marry,” Tim told her.

“Well, he has called off the engagement but I will make him marry me. I’m not giving up my chance to become Mrs. Sébastien Izambard, at least not without a fight,” Virginia said with a smile.

“I think you and I can help each other get what we want. Are you interested in hearing what I have to say?” Tim asked.

“Come on in Mr. Michaels,” Virginia stepped aside.

Tim stepped into the apartment and Virginia closed the door behind him. She showed him into the living room and offered him something to drink. He told her that he could use a cold beer and Virginia excused herself and returned a few seconds later with two cold beers. She gave him the beer before she sat down across from him.

“Now tell me what this is all about,” Virginia looked at Tim.

“This is what I want to talk to Sébastien about,” Tim said, placing the folder on the table.

Virginia picked up the folder and opened it. She flipped through the papers but stopped when she saw a picture of Sheena with a child. Virginia placed the folder on the table and rose from the couch without saying a word. She walked over to the black box and picked it up, then returned to the couch and sat down as she opened the box. Virginia found a picture of Sheena and Séb together and she compared the picture to the one in the folder.

“He never told me that he had a child,” Virginia looked at Tim.

“Sébastien doesn’t know. Sheena never told him about the child,” Tim explained.

Tim told Virginia everything he had learned about Sheena’s time with Sébastien and Virginia listened carefully to what Tim was telling her. She had seen the way Sébastien had looked at Sheena in LA and she knew that he still had feelings for Sheena but if he found out that she had been hiding a child from him then he would be mad at Sheena and forget all about her. This could be the chance she had been waiting for and if everything worked out, she would become Mrs. Sébastien Izambard after all.

“Where do we start?” Virginia asked as she sipped her beer.

----- Paris -----

It was almost 4 pm when the last guests left the Dubois mansion. Pierre had retired to his room to get some rest before dinner and Sheena had a feeling that he was hiding how sick he really was. The Divo couples, Amanda and Sheena were relaxing by the pool while Séb was driving his mom home. After the conversation earlier, Séb thought they needed to talk in private and he had asked Pierre if he could borrow a car. Pierre had given him the keys to his own car and now they were on their way.

“Sheena confronted me about the custody thing. Did you tell her about it?” Camille looked at Séb.

“No I didn’t tell her about it. Sheena heard our little conversation and she told Rebecca about it. Rebecca asked me if it was true and I told her that I would never do that to Sheena,” Séb answered.

“We had a pretty good conversation after the concert and she has allowed me to be a part of Amanda’s life too. You do know that Sheena still loves you, don’t you?” Camille asked.

“She doesn’t love me. I heard her say to you that the love she had for me died that night in Paris. She wouldn’t lie about that,” Séb replied.

“I guess you don’t know her as well as you think you do. The girl is still deeply in love with you but she is just too stubborn to admit it. You hurt her that night but deep down she knows that you never cheated on her,” Camille said.

“What would you suggest I do?” Séb asked her.

“Well, I know you still love her. It’s written all over your face when you look at her but my suggestion is to give her time. Show her that you’re a good dad and show Sheena that she can trust you and you’ll always be there for her and Amanda,” Camille responded with a smile.

“I will give her time but it won’t be easy. Whenever I see Sheena, I want to pull her into my arms and kiss her. It sounds stupid, doesn’t it?” Séb sighed.

“No it doesn’t sound stupid at all. I remember how happy the two of you were and the love you shared was very special. The love is still there but for Sheena it’s buried under a lot of emotions and it will take some time for her to dig through those emotions,” Camille told him.

“I hope you’re right,” Séb looked at her.

“Trust your mother on this. I hope you will visit me before you go back to London,” Camille said to Séb.

“Don’t worry. I will and if Sheena agrees to it, I might bring Amanda,” Séb smiled.

“She will agree. You should get back,” Camille said.

“Thanks for the talk mom,” Séb kissed her cheeks.

Camille got out of the car and Séb waited until she was inside the house. As soon as Camille had disappeared, Séb drove back to the mansion. He thought a lot about what she had told him and he prayed that she was right. There was only one woman for him and that woman was Sheena. He would do whatever he could to win her heart again.

----- London -----

“So what do you think of my plan?” Tim asked Virginia.

“I think it’s the worst plan I’ve ever heard,” Virginia laughed.

“Don’t laugh at me. I don’t like it when people laugh at my plans,” Tim raised his voice.

“Do you really think your plan will work?” Virginia asked.

“I know it will work. If we do it right, then it can’t go wrong. Are you in or out?” Tim questioned.

“I’m in. I will do anything to get Séb back,” Virginia answered.

“Good. I have to leave now,” Tim rose and grabbed his coat.

“I will be at 'Club One' if you get lonely tonight," Virginia said as she showed him to the door.

Tim looked at her without saying a word. What was wrong with that woman? He had just told her that he was in love with Sheena and now she was coming on to him. Tim left the apartment and returned to his hotel. He had to go over his plan once more to make sure that he hadn’t forgotten anything. Failure was not a word in his vocabulary and he would do whatever he could to make this plan a success.

After Tim had left the apartment, Virginia walked into the bedroom to take a nap. The bottle of wine had made her sleepy and she had big plans for the evening, plans she couldn’t be tired for. Virginia climbed into bed and it didn’t take long for her to fall asleep.

------ Paris -----

Séb had returned to the mansion and he found his friends by the pool. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and he decided to join them. He could use some fun so he went to his room to change and returned a few minutes later. Urs and David were playing with Amanda, Carlos and the girls were enjoying the sun. Sheena watched Séb as he jumped into the pool and she seemed to have a problem keeping her focus on the girls.

Rebecca, Maggie and Miki looked at each other and they were all thinking the same thing. They now knew that Sheena was still in love with Séb. She could deny it all she wanted but her eyes didn’t lie. Her eyes were glued to Séb as he had fun in the water with the guys and Amanda.

“He does have a great body,” Rebecca whispered to Sheena.

“Who does?” Sheena asked her friend.

“The man you keep staring at. The man you love,” Rebecca replied as she looked towards Séb.

Sheena looked at Rebecca before bursting out in laughter. She shook her head, indicating that Rebecca was so wrong and Rebecca knew that it was Sheena’s way of reacting when she was busted so it only confirmed that she was right.

Amanda seemed to be enjoying herself and Séb did what he could to make his daughter happy. Even though Sheena didn’t want to admit it, he was really doing a good job and it was easy to see that Amanda felt really comfortable around Séb. As she watched the two of them having fun, she wondered if she had been wrong about the blonde woman. She had been wrong about Séb not wanting Amanda so maybe she had been wrong about other things as well? No, that was impossible. She couldn’t have been wrong about Séb and the woman.

It was almost 5:30pm when Pierre joined them by the pool. He informed them that he had made reservations at his favorite restaurant in Paris and they had to leave the mansion at 6:30pm. The Divos and the girls decided to leave the pool and get ready for dinner. Sheena watched as Séb got out of the pool and her eyes locked on the water droplets that were clinging to his chest hair. She brought herself back to reality and dried off Amanda before leaving the pool area.

It was just after 6:15pm when Sheena and Amanda walked into the living room where Pierre, Rebecca and Carlos were talking. A few minutes later, the rest of the group joined them and Séb’s eyes instantly fell on Sheena. She looked beautiful and he couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Sheena felt his eyes on her and when she looked at him, Séb smiled at her and she wasn’t sure of how to react. The only thing she was sure of at that moment was that she had a very rough week ahead of her.

About 10 minutes later, the cars pulled up in front of the mansion and everyone got into the cars. Pierre, Sheena, Amanda and Séb climbed into the first car while the others climbed into the second car. A strange silence filled the first car and Pierre looked at his daughter and Séb. Sheena was staring out of the window while Séb was showing Amanda pictures on his phone.

In the other car there was no silence at all. The other Divos and their partners were talking about Sheena, Séb and Amanda and how to get them to be a family. Séb had already admitted to still being in love with Sheena but Sheena needed a push to admit her feelings for Séb. Rebecca knew they had to be careful about pushing her friend because if they pushed too much, it would have the opposite effect.

Both cars pulled up in front of the restaurant and everyone got out. Sheena watched as Amanda slipped her hand into Séb’s before they walked into the restaurant and she knew that Séb would be a part of their lives from now on. Amanda and Séb had only known each other for a few days but the bond between them was strong and Sheena didn’t want to break that bond. Amanda needed her dad.

“Are you still with us?” Rebecca suddenly asked her.

“Yes I am. Let’s get something to eat,” Sheena replied with a smile.

----- London ------

After finishing a large pizza Virginia was getting bored and wanted some action. She made some phone calls to her friends and a few of them agreed to join her for a night out. Virginia walked into the bedroom and found the top Séb had told her looked like something a lady of the night would wear. Well, she was a lady and it was night and it would look good with a pair of tight jeans. Once she was dressed, she put on her make-up and looked at herself in the mirror. She loved what she saw and as a final touch, she put on her long black boots.

Smiling she picked up her jacket and her purse before she left the apartment to have a night of fun with her friends. She hailed a cab and told the driver where to take her. When the cab pulled up in front of the club, her friends were already there. She greeted them with hugs and kisses and they walked into the club. Virginia loved the attention she got from the men in the club and she felt like a queen. The three girls ordered something to drink before they sat down in one of the booths. Shortly after, the drinks arrived and the girls could start their night of fun.

“Where is your engagement ring?” Jill looked at Virginia.

“I lost it. I took it off a few days ago but I dropped it and it went down the drain. It’s ok because I don’t need a fancy ring to know that Séb and I are engaged,” Virginia lied to her friends.

“You’re so lucky. Sébastien is so hot,” Jill sighed.

“I know he is and I can’t wait until he is back with me,” Virginia said.

“Why aren’t you in Paris with him?” Joan asked.

“I had some wedding stuff to take care of so we agreed that I should stay here and get things done. I miss him of course but he has a job to do and I don’t want to stand in the way of him doing what he loves. After Paris they are going to back to America to finish the tour,” Virginia replied.

“He will be back in London before you know it,” Joan smiled at Virginia.

“Yes he will and everything will be great,” Virginia sipped her drink.

The girls continued to talk and they had a great time. They received drinks from different guys and Virginia loved all of the attention they got. Joan and Jill were surprised to see how Virginia was flirting with other guys but they didn’t say anything because they knew it would be a waste of time. Suddenly a young man asked Virginia to dance and she smiled at him as she rose from her chair. Her friends watched her closely as she danced with the guy and they had never seen Virginia like that. She was rubbing herself against the young man and he didn’t look like it was bothering him. Suddenly Virginia locked her hands around his neck and kissed him. He was a bit surprised at first but then he returned the kiss. The song ended and Virginia walked back to her friends.

“What is wrong with you?” Joan questioned Virginia.

“Nothing is wrong with me. I’m just having fun and I didn’t know it was illegal to have fun. Besides, it was only a kiss,” Virginia was offended.

“You’re engaged to a wonderful man. How can you do something like that?” Jill looked at Virginia.

“Well, I don’t know what he is doing in Paris. He might be having a good time with some woman in Paris so why shouldn’t I have some fun too?” Virginia said.

“You know Sébastien is faithful,” Jill firmly stated.

“How do you know that? Are you in Paris with him? No, I didn’t think so. Now I need a drink,” Virginia said and left.

Jill and Joan looked at each other and they agreed on finishing their drinks and get out of the club. As they walked to the exit, a man walked through the door. He was very handsome and he smiled as he passed them. The man made his way to the bar while the two ladies left the club. He walked straight up to Virginia and sat down next to her.

“The drink is on me,” he said to the bartender.

“So we meet again,” Virginia looked at the man.

“Yes we do. Let’s find a table and talk more business,” Tim said with a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:10 am

Chapter 14

----- Paris -----

“Good evening Mr. Dubois and welcome. Your table is ready for you and Maurice will show you to your table,” the hostess said with a smile.

“Thank you,” Pierre smiled.

A young man arrived and asked them to follow him. They followed him to a table in the back where they could have some privacy. As Maurice gave them the menus he informed them that he would be back in a few minutes to take their orders.

“You can order anything you want. This dinner is on me,” Pierre said as they looked at the menus.

“We can’t accept that,” Séb looked at him.

“Yes you can. It’s my way of saying thank you for an amazing concert. It was perfect and from what I could tell it was a huge success. Don’t argue with me,” Pierre told him.

“Now I know where Sheena got her stubbornness from,” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“I’m not stubborn,” Sheena said.

“Yes you are and I’m sure Séb will agree with me,” Rebecca looked at Séb.

Séb was about to say something when he felt Sheena’s eyes staring at him. He turned his head and looked at her. Her eye brows were raised, her hands were folded in front of her and he knew what it meant. It meant that she was really interested in hearing his reply and he wasn’t sure that he wanted to share his opinion. Séb knew that Sheena was stubborn but as strange as it may seem it was one of the things he loved about her.

“No comment on that,” Séb told Rebecca.

He turned to look at Sheena and he noticed the smile on her face. Séb smiled back at her and Sheena shook her head and started laughing. The others started laughing and they were all laughing when Maurice returned to take their orders. Once they had placed the orders, Pierre cleared his throat and rose from his chair.

“I want to inform you that I’ve got some business to take care of in Tuscany and I will be leaving tomorrow right after breakfast. I’ll be gone for a few days but I’m sure that you can find something to do while I’m gone. Feel free to borrow my motorcycles and my cars while I’m gone. Juliette knows where I keep the keys,” Pierre said.

Urs was happy to hear that because he wanted to borrow a motorcycle and take his wife for a ride. The country side was amazing and maybe they could find a place to camp for the night. They had done that in Switzerland on their first date and he wanted to try that again. He loved sleeping under the stars and feel like he was part of nature.

David and Maggie wanted to take a closer look at the areas and do some sightseeing. Both of them loved to see and explore new places. They would borrow a car and just drive around, hoping to see some interesting things and maybe find some place to spend the night.

Rebecca and Carlos just wanted to relax and enjoy each other. They hadn’t seen each other much lately and they wanted to spend as much time as possible together before Carlos had to go on tour again. The mansion had everything they needed and they didn’t see any reason to leave the mansion.

Séb had some plans of his own but he had to talk to Sheena in private first. He hoped that Sheena would agree to his plan because it meant a lot to him. Sheena had a plan too and her plan involved both Amanda and Séb. She thought it would be a good idea to show Amanda around in Paris and Séb had to be there as the tour guide because she knew that she would get lost in Paris without him.

They were talking about their plans for the rest of the vacation when Maurice returned with the food. The food was delicious and they enjoyed the dinner. They were talking and laughing and Pierre was happy to see that his daughter had such great friends.

Two hours later they were on their way back to the mansion. Amanda had fallen asleep and she was resting her head on Sheena’s shoulder. Séb looked at the two most important women in his life and he hoped they could become a real family but he knew there was a chance he would never get what he wanted. As things were at the moment, it seemed impossible for them to become a family but hopefully he could prove to Sheena that he had never cheated on her.

The cars pulled up in front of the mansion and Séb was surprised but happy when Sheena asked him to carry Amanda into the house. He smiled at Sheena as he picked up his daughter and walked towards the door. Séb and Sheena walked upstairs to Amanda’s room and Séb gently removed Amanda’s clothes and dressed her in her nightgown before he gently laid her in the bed. He softly kissed her cheek and whispered goodnight before he turned and walked over to Sheena.

“We need to talk,” Séb whispered to Sheena.

“Not in here. Let’s go to my room,” Sheena whispered back.

The left Amanda’s room and Sheena closed the door behind them. They walked to Sheena’s room and Sheena gestured for Séb to sit down. He sat down on the bed and waited for Sheena to join him. Sheena hesitated a bit but finally she sat down next to Séb.

“What do you want to talk about?” Sheena asked.

“I want to talk about Amanda. You may not like it but I want her to know who I am to her. I want her to know that I’m her dad,” Séb replied.

“I’ve been thinking the same thing but I don’t know what to tell her if she starts asking questions. What do we tell her if she wants to know why you haven’t been around? We can’t tell her that you cheated on me,” Sheena said.

“How many times do I have to tell you that I didn’t cheat on you? Are you going to hate me for the rest of your life because of something you think I did?” Séb wanted to know.

“I don’t hate you. You’re Amanda’s dad and you will always be a part of her life. If I hated you, I wouldn’t have allowed you to see her,” Sheena answered his question.

“Well, at least we got that sorted out. If Amanda asks why I haven’t been around, I will just tell her that it didn’t work out between us,” Séb rose from the bed.

“Good. I was thinking of taking her sightseeing in Paris tomorrow and if you come with us, we can tell her then,” Sheena said.

“That sounds like a good idea. Let’s go downstairs,” Séb walked towards the door.

Sheena followed him downstairs and they joined the others in the living room. Pierre was telling stories from his youth and some of the stories involved Millie. Sheena was very interested because she had never heard any of these stories before. He told them about his first meeting with Millie, how he felt when she turned down his first proposal and how he felt when he held Sheena in his arms for the first time. It had been the best day of his life and one he would cherish forever.

It was almost midnight when they said their goodnights and went to their rooms. Sheena and Séb checked on Amanda together before they went to their rooms. As she got ready for bed, Sheena wondered what would happen the next day. Hopefully Amanda wouldn’t ask any questions because Sheena wasn’t happy about lying to her daughter. After taking care of her needs and brushing her teeth, Sheena climbed into bed and closed her eyes. Séb’s face appeared before her eyes and she shook her head to make the image disappear. She didn’t want to think about him and she tried to force the image from her mind but it was useless. He was stuck there, whether she liked it or not.

------ London – the next morning ------

Tim woke up with a massive hangover and he couldn’t remember much from the night before. He remembered going to the club, meeting Virginia and having a few drinks with her but the rest was just a blur. Tim stretched his body and suddenly he had the feeling that someone was in the bed with him. He turned his head and saw Virginia lying next to him with her hair all messed up. Tim covered his face with his hands and he hoped that she would be gone when he removed his hands. When he removed his hands and turned his head, Virginia was still there in his bed and he freaked out.

He got out of bed and grabbed a pair of briefs before he walked to the bathroom to take a shower. Hopefully the shower would help him remember the night before. Tim turned the water on and as he waited for the water to heat up the tiles, he looked at himself in the mirror. He felt sick and he prayed that nothing had happened with Virginia but no matter how hard he tried to convince himself of that, he knew deep down that they had slept together. Tim stepped into the shower and let the water cascade down his body. How could he have been so stupid? Virginia was not even his type. As he reached for the shower gel, he heard a knock on the door but he pretended like he hadn’t heard it. He couldn’t deal with Virginia right now.

Tim turned off the water and grabbed a towel. He dried himself off and put on the briefs before he grabbed a bathrobe and wrapped it around his body. Virginia was walking around in her underwear as Tim stepped out of the bathroom and he had to admit that she had a gorgeous body but that was all.

“Good morning handsome and thank you for a wonderful night,” Virginia smiled at him.

“Maybe it was wonderful for you but it wasn’t for me,” Tim said as he got dressed.

“What is wrong with you this morning?” Virginia walked over to him.

“I’m in a bad mood. Whatever happened last night was a mistake,” Tim replied without looking at her.

“Whatever happened? Don’t tell me that you don’t remember anything,” Virginia laughed.

“I don’t even remember how I got back here,” Tim told her.

“You had too much to drink and I offered to escort you back to the hotel. I hailed a cab and when we arrived at the hotel, I escorted you to your room. When I was about to leave, you pulled me into a kiss and one thing led to another. That’s the story,” Virginia explained as she got dressed.

“It shouldn’t have happened and it won’t happen again. I love Sheena and you love Sébastien,” Tim said.

“If you loved Sheena, you wouldn’t have slept with me and I don’t love Sébastien. I just want his name,” Virginia told him.

“It’s time for you to leave. I will talk to you later,” Tim opened the door.

“Bye Tim,” Virginia kissed his cheek and left.

Tim closed the door behind her and he leaned against the door, wondering how things could have gotten so far. It wasn’t like him to sleep with women he hardly knew so what was so special about Virginia? She was a lying witch who didn’t care about anyone but herself. Letting out a sigh, Tim left his room and went downstairs to get some breakfast.

Once he was in the restaurant, he grabbed some breakfast and sat down. A waiter brought him a pot of coffee and Tim tried to enjoy his breakfast but he kept thinking of the mistake he had made with Virginia. One thing was for sure, he would never get that drunk again. He was still determined to go through with his plan and if he had to work with Virginia to make it work, then that was what he would do. Tim finished his breakfast and went to his room to get some rest. His head felt like 1,000 carpenters were inside, working on overtime.

----- Paris -----

Pierre had left the mansion early as planned and the others were enjoying their breakfast. They talked about their plans for the day and Sheena looked at her friends. They were really happy and she was happy for them. With the guys being on tour it had been really difficult for them to have some private time and they deserved some time alone.

After breakfast David and Maggie went to their room to pack a bag for their trip. David had been doing a search on the internet and he had found a small place where they could spend the night and Maggie was really looking forward to spending some time alone with David. She loved spending time with the other guys and the girls but sometimes she just wanted David to herself and with the guys being on tour it was difficult to find the time. She knew that Miki felt the same way and she knew Miki was looking forward to spending time with Urs.

David and Maggie said goodbye and left the mansion. Miki was packing while Urs went to the garage to get the motorcycle. Once everything was ready, they said goodbye and drove off. Sheena and Amanda had gone to their rooms to pick up their things and Séb was in the dining room with Rebecca and Carlos.

“Sheena and I have decided to tell Amanda that I’m her dad,” Séb told them as he sipped his coffee.

“I’m sure she will take the news well. You already have a special bond with Amanda,” Rebecca smiled at him.

“I’ve only known her for a few days but I love her with all my heart,” Séb said.

“And you love her mother too,” Carlos added.

“Yes I do. Sheena is the only woman I’ve ever loved and I will do whatever it takes to win her heart again. It will be a battle but I’m ready to fight and I will win,” Séb looked at them.

Carlos and Rebecca knew that Séb would win the battle because Sheena was still in love with him. He just had to be patient and things would turn out just the way he wanted them to. Séb had just finished his coffee when Sheena and Amanda returned. They said goodbye to Rebecca and Carlos and left the mansion. Rebecca and Carlos watched as they drove off and Rebecca turned to Carlos.

“Guess it’s just the two of us now. What do you want to do?” Rebecca asked him.

“I want to take you upstairs to our room and make love to you,” Carlos answered with a smile.

“Just lead the way,” Rebecca smiled.

Carlos took her hand and led her upstairs to their room. He closed the door and locked it before he pulled her into his arms and kissed her deeply. They undressed each other and soon after they were showing their love for each other.
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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:50 am

Chapter 15

David and Maggie had arrived at the B&B where they would be spending the night. It was a small but cozy place about an hour from the Dubois mansion and it was owned by an elderly couple, Denise and Didier Douville. The B&B had always been a dream for them and when their children left home, the couple decided to follow their dream.

“This is your room for the night. Dinner will be served at 6pm and everything has been taken care of. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am. When you’re ready, Didier will show you around. I will leave you alone to unpack,” Denise said and left the room.

“This was a great idea and they seem like a really nice couple,” Maggie looked at David.

“I agree. I’m sure we will enjoy our time here,” David walked over to Maggie and pulled her close.

“We will,” Maggie agreed.

“Why don’t we just stay in the room? I could think of something to do,” David smiled at her.

“I’m not surprised about that. Let’s change and go downstairs. We have all night to enjoy each other,” Maggie said.

David let out a sigh and kissed Maggie deeply. They changed their clothes and went downstairs where Denise and Didier were waiting for them. Denise offered them something to drink and they accepted the offer. As they were enjoying a glass of homemade ice tea, the two couples talked and Denise was curious to know more about the young couple in front of her.

They talked for an hour and Denise informed them it was time for her to start lunch. Maggie offered to help her but Denise told her it wasn’t necessary. While Denise was making lunch, Didier showed Maggie and David the the rest of the B&B and the outside areas. When they returned to the main building, Denise brought them the picnic basket that David had requested. He thanked Denise for her help and the couple left the B&B. Maggie was a bit surprised about the picnic but she loved the idea. David put his arm around Maggie’s waist as they walked towards a destination unknown.

Maggie and David arrived at a small lake and it was the perfect spot for a picnic. David reached for the blanket and put it on the ground right next to the lake. They sat down and Maggie opened the picnic basket and took out the food. It looked and smelled delicious and they couldn’t wait to taste it. David poured two glasses of wine and they enjoyed their lunch.

After lunch they put everything but the wine back in the basket and David pulled Maggie into a kiss. The wind was blowing gently in the trees and the sky was clear blue. A silence surrounded the area and it made you feel like you were the only person in the world. Maggie enjoyed the closeness and it felt really good to be alone with David like this. They cuddled up on the blanket and enjoyed their private time and each other.

*********

Carlos and Rebecca were all alone at the mansion because Pierre had told the staff to take the day off. Both of them were pleased with that because they wanted a Carlos/Rebecca day where they could just be themselves.

They were in the kitchen making lunch and they loved cooking together. Rebecca wanted to enjoy every minute of it because she knew that Carlos would be on the road again soon. He would be in America but they wouldn’t be seeing each other much because she had to work and couldn’t follow him on tour. After preparing lunch, the couple walked to the terrace and sat down.

“I want a place like this,” Rebecca said as she looked around.

“We can get a place like this but it would have to be in Spain,” Carlos looked at her.

“I guess I can live with that. As long as we’re together, I don’t really care where we live,” Rebecca smiled.

“We? Are you saying that you want us to move in together?” Carlos asked, sipping his coke.

“Well, don’t you want that?” Rebecca looked at him.

“Of course I want that but I didn’t want to suggest it because we’ve only been dating for a year and I thought that maybe it was too soon to move in together,” Carlos replied.

“I love you and I have no doubts that we will be together for the rest of our lives. And I didn’t say it had to be right now. We can talk about it after the tour,” Rebecca suggested.

“That sounds like a good idea. When the tour is over we will discuss the possibilities,” Carlos agreed.

Rebecca smiled at him and they continued their lunch. After lunch they cleared the table and decided to take a walk before relaxing by the pool. They had until dinner time to enjoy the privacy and they didn’t want to waste a single minute.

About half an hour later the couple was relaxing by the pool, drinking ice tea and enjoying the sun. Carlos took a sip of his ice tea before he jumped into the pool. The cool water was just what he needed and he after a few swimming a few laps he swam to the edge of the pool and looked at Rebecca who was just enjoying the sun.

“Care to join me?” he asked her.

“No, I want to enjoy the sun and I don’t want to get wet,” Rebecca replied without looking at him.

“You can enjoy the sun later. Aren’t you hot?” Carlos asked.

“I could do that but I want to enjoy it now and I’m not hot,” Rebecca told him.

Suddenly Carlos had an idea. Without any warning he splashed water on Rebecca and she jumped up with a scream. Carlos was laughing and Rebecca looked at him with a look that could kill. She tried to stay mad at him but it was useless and she started laughing too.

“You’re wet now so you might as well join me,” Carlos smiled at her.

“I will get you for this,” Rebecca said and jumped into the pool.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Carlos said as he swam over to her and pulled her into his arms.

*******

Miki and Urs had found a small restaurant where they could get something to eat. The restaurant only had five tables but it was cozy and very romantic. It was owned by a young couple, Alison and James Wilder, who had left behind a busy life in New York and replaced it with a relaxing life in France. There was only one available table in the restaurant and it was reserved for Urs and Miki.

After placing their orders, Urs and Miki talked about places to spend the night. They wanted to sleep under the stars instead of spending the night in a hotel. Urs asked James if he knew of any camp sites in the area where they could spend the night and James told them of a few places. Alison arrived with the orders and James left the table.

When Miki and Urs had finished their lunch, the other guests had left the restaurant. Alison asked if they wanted to join them for a cup of coffee outside and they couldn’t say no to that. Urs walked outside and joined James at the table while Miki helped Alison with the coffee. The two ladies joined their men and they had a good time.

“What on earth made a young, American couple move to France to open a restaurant?” Urs asked as he sipped his coffee.

“I was working as a doctor in New York but after a car accident where I almost died, I had to stop working as a doctor. It was difficult for me and I didn’t feel like I had anything left in New York. We went to France on vacation and we actually had lunch here on our first day. The owners told us that they were thinking of selling the place because they were getting too old and couldn’t take care of the place anymore. Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with my life but I didn’t tell James about it because he was a lawyer and I knew he wouldn’t leave the law firm,” Alison said.

“I knew Alison wasn’t happy in New York and to be honest, I wanted to get away too. Life was too hectic in New York and one night I asked her how she felt about moving to France. She told me what she wanted and the next day I contacted the couple in France and told them that we wanted to buy the place. Three months later we left New York and settled down here,” James added.

“That is so great. You have a great place here and it’s easy to see that you both feel at home here,” Miki smiled.

“Thanks. We love it here and we don’t have any regrets,” James kissed Alison’s cheek.

Half an hour later Urs and Miki said goodbye to the couple and continued their trip. They decided to check out the place that James had suggested and it was just perfect for their night but it was too early in the day to stop the sightseeing so they continued to check out the areas.

********

Sheena, Séb and Amanda were walking around in Paris. Séb took them to see Parc André Citroën, a 35 acres public park located on the left side of the river Seine.  It is embellished with two greenhouse pavilions (hosting exotic plants and Mediterranean vegetation) at the Eastern, urban end, which are separated by a paved area featuring dancing fountains. On the North side are two sets of small gardens: the six "Serial Gardens", each with a distinct landscape and architectural design, and a "Garden in Movement" that presents wild grasses selected to respond at different rates to wind velocity. A 630-meter diagonal path cuts through the park, which constantly changes in its nature.

The park is also home of a moored gas balloon which allows visitors to rise above the Parisian skyline. Seeing the balloon again brought back memories because on one of their dates, Séb had asked Sheena to join him for a ride but she had told him no. She was afraid of heights and there was no way that she would ever get into that balloon.

“Can we try it?” Amanda jumped up and down.

“I’m sure Séb would love to go with you,” Sheena replied, looking at Séb.

“But I want you to come too,” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“You mom is afraid of heights and I don’t think she will join us,” Séb said, looking at Sheena.

“Please mommy,” Amanda pleaded.

“Ok. I will go with you but I might throw up when we get up there,” Sheena informed Amanda.

“Don’t worry. I will be there with you,” Séb whispered in her ear.

Sheena looked at him and Séb smiled back at her. They walked over to the balloon and climbed into it along with two other families. Sheena took a deep breath and shortly after the balloon rose from the ground. She was extremely nervous and she had her eyes closed as the balloon kept rising above the ground. Amanda was busy looking at the view and Séb looked at Sheena. He couldn’t stop smiling when he saw her standing there with her eyes closed and her hands holding on tight to the railing.

Without knowing how she would react, Séb stepped in behind Sheena and place his hands on hers. Her entire body was shaking and Séb was surprised to find out how nervous she really was. He had expected her to react badly to his touch but she didn’t and it surprised him because she hadn’t exactly been happy to see him again. Sheena could feel her body relaxing and she hated herself for feeling what she did. Suddenly she felt his breath by her ear.

“Open your eyes,” he whispered to her.

“No way. I hate heights and I’m afraid that I will faint if I open my eyes,” Sheena told him.

“I will catch you if you faint. Now open your eyes and enjoy the view,” Séb said.

Sheena took a deep breath and slowly opened her eyes. The view was breathtaking and she completely forgot about being afraid of heights. She smiled as she looked at the view but was she smiling because of the view or because of Séb? Séb didn’t let go of her hands until the balloon landed safely on the ground and after they had left the balloon, Séb looked at her.

“Was it bad?” Séb asked with a smile.

“No it wasn’t bad. The view is amazing and I wouldn’t mind doing it again,” Sheena replied as a smile appeared on her face.

“Was that a smile?” Séb teased her.

“Yes it was. Now let’s get some lunch and prepare for telling Amanda the truth,” Sheena said.

Séb nodded in agreement and they walked to Séb’s favorite place and ordered something to eat. They talked about what to do for the rest of the afternoon. Sheena wanted to show Amanda where she went to school and Amanda was excited about that. After getting the food, they walked back to the park and found a place to sit down. It was time for Amanda to know the truth.

“I thought we were going to see your old school mommy,” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“We will go there but first we have something to tell you. As you already know I went to Paris to study and one evening I had made reservations for two in a restaurant in Paris. My friend cancelled dinner an hour before we had to be at the restaurant and I called the restaurant and asked them to change my reservation to one person. When I arrived at the restaurant an hour later, I was told that they didn’t have a reservation in my name and unfortunately they didn’t have any tables available. I got into an argument with the hostess but suddenly a waiter walked up to me and told me that a young man had offered me a seat at his table. I was starving so I accepted the offer,” Sheena said.

“That was nice of him,” Amanda smiled.

“Yes it was. The waiter showed me to the table and the young man was waiting for me. He was very handsome and he had the most amazing eyes I had ever seen. We had a good time and he walked me home after dinner. He asked me out to dinner the next day and since it was love at first sight for me, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to the offer. The next evening he picked me up and took me to another restaurant. After dinner we went for a walk and he kissed me for the first time in front of the Eiffel Tower,” Sheena continued, looking at Séb.

“And it was really a great kiss,” Séb added.

“How do you know?” Amanda asked him.

“Because I was the young man who kissed your mom in front of the Eiffel Tower,” Séb answered.

“Really? If you and mom were in love then why are you not together now?” Amanda looked at Séb.

“Sometimes good things come to an end and after two years in Paris, I had to go back to Los Angeles. A few months after I returned to Los Angeles I found out that I was expecting a baby and that baby was you,” Sheena said as she touched Amanda’s nose.

Amanda looked at Sheena and Séb as her mind was trying to put everything together. Sheena and Séb looked at each other and they wondered if they should just tell Amanda that Séb was her dad. She was only four years old and they didn’t want her to think too much about it. Without words, Sheena told Séb that it was ok for him to tell Amanda but he never had the chance because Amanda surprised him by asking a question.

“Are you my daddy?” Amanda asked him.

“Yes I am,” Séb replied.

Amanda looked at him, then at Sheena and they didn’t know what to make of the look on their daughter's face. Was she happy or sad? Both Séb and Sheena were waiting for some kind of response from Amanda but she just sat there without saying or doing anything.
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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:24 pm

Chapter 16

Five minutes had passed since Amanda had received the news about Séb being her dad but it seemed like a lifetime for Sheena and Séb. Amanda still hadn’t said anything and Sheena looked at Séb. He looked back at her and smiled like everything was fine but his eyes told her that he was nervous. Suddenly Amanda moved closer to Séb and without saying anything she placed her small arms around him and gave him a hug. Séb hugged her back and Sheena noticed a few tears forming in his eyes. Sheena wiped a tear away as she looked at the scene in front of her eyes.

Sheena could tell that Séb was relieved and she had to admit that she was relieved herself. It had been the worst minutes of her life ever but now she could relax and be happy. Amanda knew who her dad was and Séb had been so good with her. How could she not be happy? Amanda let go of Séb and she turned her attention to Sheena.

“I’m hungry,” Amanda said with a smile.

“I think we all are. Let’s eat,” Sheena took out the food.

While Sheena was taking care of the food, Séb served the drinks. Soon after they were enjoying their lunch and they were having a good time. As they were eating, Amanda wanted to know more about the two years Sheena and Séb had together in Paris and they told her almost everything. After lunch they left the park and made their way to Sheena’s old school. Amanda walked in the middle, holding hands with her parents. People were smiling at them as they walked through Paris because they looked like a real family.

When they arrived at the school, Sheena stopped and stared at the building. She had a lot of great memories from that school and it felt good to be back. They stepped inside and Séb noticed a painting of the Eiffel Tower on the wall in the main hall. It was a painting of the Eiffel Tower and it looked so real. It reminded him of the kiss they had shared in front of the Eiffel Tower on their first real date. He took a closer look at the painting and then he noticed the name written in the right bottom corner.

“Did you paint that?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Yes I did. It was actually the one that made me one of the best students to graduate that year. I had completely forgotten about that painting,” Sheena replied.

“It’s great. You should make a career out of it,” Séb suggested with a smile.

“Very funny Izambard,” Sheena said.

They kept looking at the other paintings on the wall and Sheena recognized a lot of the names. One painting on the wall caught her attention. The woman in the painting looked a lot like her mother but she wasn’t sure until she saw a familiar name at the bottom of the painting. The name was Pierre Dubois and as far as Sheena could tell it was painted a year before Millie went back to Los Angeles. Sheena let her fingers touch the painting and a smile appeared on her face. As she touched the painting, she could almost feel the love her parents once had for each other and yes, it did sound weird and she couldn’t explain it.

“Let’s go see if Monsieur Beaumont is still working here and has time to show us around,” Sheena suggested.

Alex Beaumont had been Sheena’s favorite teacher but he talked about retiring when Sheena was in her last year. Sheena had no idea if he was still working at the school but she hoped he was. They walked down the hallway until they reached one of the class rooms. Sheena looked inside and there was Alex Beaumont, doing what he did best. She looked at the clock on the wall and it was almost time for the students to have a break.

Five minutes later all of the students left the room and Sheena walked into the room, followed by Amanda and Séb. Alex looked up and he couldn’t believe his eyes. He rose from his chair and walked over to her with a smile on his face.

“What on earth are you doing here Sheena?” he asked her.

“It’s a long story but the short version is that my daughter wanted to see where I went to school,” Sheena told him.

“What is your name Cherie?” he held out his hand to Amanda.

“Amanda and this is my dad Sébastien,” Amanda proudly replied.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you both. I will show you around but you have to wait a while because I do have one more class. You’re welcome to stay if you want,” Alex said.

“We’d like that. Being here sure brings back a lot of memories,” Sheena looked around.

“What have you been up to since you graduated?” Alex wanted to know.

“I’ve been pregnant and while I was pregnant, I painted a lot and I continued to paint after Amanda was born. I opened an art gallery in Los Angeles when Amanda was about one year old and now I own two art galleries and I still paint. After my dad passed away I found out that he wasn’t my real dad. My real dad is Pierre Dubois and it came as a big surprise to me. He wanted to see me so I decided to come here and I’m staying at his mansion,” Sheena told him.

“My old friend Pierre is your dad? I can’t believe it but of course it explains where your talent came from,” Alex said with a smile.

“Yes it makes sense now,” Sheena agreed.

The students returned to the class room and Alex explained to them who Sheena was and what she was doing there. He asked the students if it was ok for Sheena to take a look at their paintings and give some advice and all of the students agreed to it. Alex watched as Sheena looked at the paintings and gave advice to the students and suddenly he had an idea. He hoped that Sheena would like the idea and accept the challenge but he knew deep down that she would most likely say no.

“We need to talk Sheena. I have something to ask you and you can say no if you don’t like my idea,” Alex said to Sheena after class.

“What is on your mind?” Sheena asked him.

“One of our part time teachers is retiring after this semester and we are looking for someone to take his place. I saw you today with the students and I was wondering if you would accept the job,” Alex replied.

“Are you serious about this? I’m not a teacher and I don’t have any experience at all,” Sheena was stunned.

“I am serious. I saw you with the students and you may not have any teaching experience but you’re talented and you know what you’re talking about,” Alex told her.

“The job sounds great and so does living in Paris but I have Amanda to think about. She would have to attend a school here and her French is limited. Of course Sébastien, my mom and I could teach her but she is only four years old. I also have my art galleries to think about,” Sheena ran her fingers through her long, dark hair.

“I know it’s a big decision for you and I won’t force you into anything. You have until the middle of June to make your decision. It will give us time to find another teacher in case you say no but I really do hope that you will say yes,” Alex looked at her.

“I will think about it and I will let you know what I’ve decided,” Sheena said.

“That’s all I’m asking for. Now let’s take a look at the school,” Alex gestured for them to follow him.

Half an hour later Séb, Sheena and Amanda were on their way back to the mansion. The only sound was the sound of raindrops as they landed on the roof. Amanda had fallen asleep and Sheena was staring out of the window. She was miles away in her thoughts and Séb wasn’t sure of what to say to her. It had been a great day so far and he didn’t want to ruin the day with aguments. He knew that his opinion would cause an argument so it was better not to say anything.

Séb stopped the car in front of the mansion and they all left the car in a hurry. The rain was pouring down and even though they hurried into the house, they managed to get drenched. Séb helped Amanda take off her coat and he put it on a hanger before he took off his own. He looked at Sheena and a smile appeared on his face. Her long dark hair was clinging to her face and she looked like a drowned mouse but he still thought that she was beautiful.

“Is it raining?” Carlos asked with a smile on his face.

“Just a little,” Séb answered.

“Go get cleaned up and meet us in the kitchen. We figured you would be back sooner because of the rain so we’ve made some hot chocolate and brownies,” Carlos said and disappeared.

Sheena, Séb and Amanda went to their rooms to change their clothes and five minutes later they joined Carlos and Rebecca in the kitchen. Rebecca was dying to know if Sheena and Séb had told Amanda that he was her dad but she didn’t want to ask. When Rebecca looked at Amanda, she knew that they had told her because her eyes were beaming.

“Séb is my daddy,” Amanda happily announced.

“Is he? Wow, you’re a lucky girl to have Séb as your dad,” Rebecca smiled at her.

“I love my daddy,” Amanda smiled, looking at Séb.

“And he loves you too,” Séb smiled back.

“What about me?” Sheena asked.

“I love you too,” Séb replied without thinking.

*****

Urs and Miki had returned to the restaurant. The rain had ruined their plan about sleeping under the stars and they decided to get something to eat at the restaurant before they headed back to the mansion. Both of them were drenched when they walked into the restaurant and they were met by Alison. She wasn’t surprised to see them because she had a feeling they would return because of the rain.

“I’m sorry your plans were ruined but I think you can still have a romantic evening even if it isn’t outside under the stars. Follow me,“ Alison said to them.

They followed Alison through the restaurant and into the private area of the building. Urs and Miki wondered where she was taking them and they were stunned when she opened the door to a guest room. They stepped into the room and it was really romantic. Alison turned and looked at the couple.

“This is your room for tonight if you want it,” Alison smiled at them.

“How much is it for the night?” Urs wanted to know.

“You don’t have to pay for it. I will leave you alone now. Dinner will be served at 6:30 in the restaurant,” Alison replied and left.

“That was nice of them,” Miki smiled.

“Yes but I’m sorry we couldn’t sleep under the stars,” Urs said as he pulled Miki close to him.

“That’s ok. This will do just fine. Well, I don’t know about you but I would like to take a nap before dinner,” Miki smiled at him.

“A nap sounds good to me,” Urs kissed her deeply.

******

David and Maggie had made it back to the B&B before the rain started pouring down and they were in their room, continuing their picnic in front of the fireplace. They had been given the best room and they wanted to enjoy every minute of it. David looked at Maggie and he could tell that she wanted to say something. By the look on her face it seemed like it was very serious.

“What are you thinking of?” David asked.

“How do you feel about starting a family?” Maggie looked at him.

“I would love to have children but we’ve talked about this before and you always said that you weren’t ready to be a mom,” David replied.

“I know that but I think I’m ready to be a mom now. Seeing Sheena and Amanda together has done something to me. I can’t explain it,” Maggie said.

“Amanda is a great kid and Séb is lucky. If you’re sure that you’re ready, then let’s start a family,” David smiled at his wife.

“I love you Dave,” Maggie touched his face.

“I love you too,” David kissed her.

******

At the Dubois mansion an awkward silence had filled the kitchen. Séb’s words were hanging like a cloud in the middle of the kitchen and nobody knew what to say. Sheena didn’t know what to do. She hadn’t been prepared for those words coming from Séb and the words scared her. Her body was a battlefield and it felt like a world war was going on inside of her.

“I think it’s time to give Amanda a bath before dinner,” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“That sounds like a good idea,” Sheena agreed.

Sheena knew that Rebecca did it to give Séb and her some privacy to talk and that’s why she agreed. Rebecca took Amanda’s hand and they left the kitchen, followed by Carlos. When Séb was sure they were out of sight, he turned his attention to Sheena.

“I think we need to talk,” he said.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:42 pm

Chapter 17

----- London -----

Tim had spent the entire day in his hotel room. After the mistake he had made with Virginia, he wanted to be alone. He was sitting on the bed with a beer in his hand and the contents of the folder spread all over the bed. He looked at the pictures of Amanda and Sheena and it wouldn’t be long before they were his. His plan was bulletproof and he wouldn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of him getting what he wanted.

Tim finished his beer and put everything back into the folder and closed it. He walked over to the minibar and was about to grab another beer when there was a knock on the door. Tim hoped the person would go away but when he heard a female voice call out his name, he knew the person wouldn’t go away. He cursed as he made his way to the door.

“Are you avoiding me?” Virginia asked him.

“Yes I am. I needed some time alone to think about what happened last night,” Tim replied coldly.

“I really don’t understand why you’re so upset. It didn’t mean anything, at least not to me. Sheena won’t know about it so why are you angry?” Virginia looked at him.

“Sheena won’t know but it will always be printed in my memory. Tell me what you’re doing here,” Tim looked at Virginia.

“I just wanted to see how you were doing. Can I come in?” Virginia tilted her head.

Tim wasn’t really in the mood but he stepped aside and let her in. Virginia instantly took a seat on the couch and waited for Tim to bring her something to drink. She was a bit surprised when Tim sat down without offering her a drink. Without a word she walked over to the minibar and grabbed a beer before returning to the couch.

“What are your plans now?” Virginia wanted to know.

“I’m going back to LA tomorrow. Sébastien isn’t here and I have a job to take care of in LA. I will call you with more details about our plan when it’s time,” Tim answered.

“That sounds good. I just hope your plan will work,” Virginia sipped her beer.

“Don’t worry. My plan will work,” Tim told her.

“Good. Dinner is on me tonight. Meet me in the hotel restaurant in half an hour,” Virginia said.

“As long as we agree that nothing else happens between us,” Tim looked at her.

“You’re not my type. See you soon,” Virginia smiled and left the room.

Tim watched her leave and he couldn’t really figure her out. She was a strange woman and he wasn’t sure if she could be trusted but he couldn’t back out now. Virginia knew about his plan and he knew she would make his life a living hell if he didn’t involve her in the plan. He let out a deep sigh before he walked into the bathroom for a shower.

----- Paris -----

“Here you are,” Séb said as he placed a cup of coffee in front of Sheena.

“Thanks. After what you just said I really need some coffee. Listen Séb….we both know that you didn’t mean what you said,” Sheena looked at him.

“What makes you think that? You don’t know how I feel so how can you say that?” Séb sipped his coffee.

“You lied to me five years ago and if you love someone, you don’t lie to them,” Sheena replied.

“That was five years ago. Why do you have to bring that up all the time?” Séb looked at her.

“Because what you did hurt me and I’m not just talking about the blonde. Why didn’t you just tell me the truth? If you wanted to go out with your friends, then you could have just told me,” Sheena said.

“I admit that I should have told you the truth but I wasn’t sure of how you would react. It was our anniversary and I knew how much you were looking forward to it. I was afraid that you would be disappointed so I decided to lie instead. Not the best decision,” Séb admitted.

“I would have been disappointed but I wouldn’t have stopped you from going. If you felt bad about it, you could have asked me to join you but you didn’t and I know the reason why,” Sheena told him.

“Here we go again. How many times do I have to say that nothing happened with Bianca? I’m beginning to think that you were looking for a reason to leave me,” Séb said.

“What? Why on earth would I look for a reason to leave the man I could see myself being with for the rest of my life? The man I wanted to be the father of my children. Tell me why I would do that?” Sheena raised her voice.

“What did you just say?” Séb asked.

“You heard me. I had a dream that you and I would be together for the rest of our lives and that we would raise our children together in Paris. My perfect dream shattered at the club that night five years ago,” Sheena replied, letting out a sigh.

“You may not believe this but I had the same dream as you cherie,” Séb looked at her.

“Don’t call me that and don’t look at me like that. You’re making me very uncomfortable right now,” Sheena told him.

“So you do have feelings for me,” Séb winked at her.

“Stop doing that! I never said that I didn’t have feelings for you. I admit that seeing you again has brought back some of the old feelings but I don’t love you,” Sheena said without looking at him.

“If you don’t love me, then look me in the eyes and tell me that you don’t love me,” Séb requested.

“I don’t have time for your childish games,” Sheena rose and carried her mug to the sink.

Séb watched as Sheena left the kitchen and he knew there was still a chance for them. Sheena had proved it to him by running away and now he just had to be patient and wait. In time she would admit her true feelings and when she did, he would be there. Séb finished his coffee and cleared the kitchen before going upstairs to see how Amanda was doing.

Carlos came out of the bathroom just as Séb arrived and Carlos told Séb to join him downstairs in the kitchen because they were cooking dinner for the girls. Séb thought it was a good idea and as they walked downstairs, they talked about what to cook. They decided on lasagna and a salad and soon after the two friends started cooking.

Rebecca wanted to know about Sheena’s conversation with Séb and once Amanda was dressed, Rebecca told her to go downstairs and help with dinner. Amanda didn’t need to hear that twice and she hurried downstairs to help her dad and Carlos. Meanwhile Sheena and Rebecca talked about what had happened in the kitchen and Rebecca couldn’t believe that Sheena had just left the kitchen like that.

“So what happens now?” Rebecca wanted to know.

“Amanda and I will visit Séb in London after the tour as planned and I have to make a big decision about my future,” Sheena answered.

“What do you mean?” Rebecca continued.

“My old teacher offered me a part time job at my old school. Accepting the job means that I have to move to Paris and Amanda has to start school here. She doesn’t speak French and it’s not an easy language to learn. I know that she has got me, Séb, mom and Camille to help her learn but it’s still a big decision,” Sheena replied.

“How does Séb feel about this?” Rebecca looked at her.

“I don’t know. We haven’t really talked about it,” Sheena confessed.

“Well, I think you should talk about it. I know he spends most of his time in London but it would be easier for him to see Amanda if she is in Paris. It doesn’t take that long to fly from London to Paris,” Rebecca said.

“You’re right. I have to talk to both him and mom about it. If I move to Paris, she has to take over the galleries in America,“ Sheena sighed.

“I don’t think she will have a problem with that. Your mom wants what is best for you and Amanda,” Rebecca voiced her opinion.

“I know she does. Well, let’s go downstairs and see how the guys are doing in the kitchen,” Sheena suggested.

Rebecca agreed and they went downstairs to the kitchen where Amanda was having fun cooking with Séb and Carlos. Séb and Amanda were chopping ingredients for the salad and Carlos kept a close eye on the lasagna. Sheena watched Séb and Amanda together and it was just like her dream. Father and daughter cooking and having a good time doing it. An almost silent sigh left Sheena’s mouth and Rebecca looked at her friend. She knew what was going on in Sheena’s head and she hoped that Sheena would stop being so stubborn and just accept her feelings for Séb.

Rebecca asked if there was anything they could do to help and Carlos told her to set the dining room table. The two girls went into the dining room and after setting the table, they returned to the kitchen but Carlos told them there was nothing more they could do. Sheena and Rebecca did as Carlos said and while they were waiting for dinner to be served, they talked about Séb and Amanda.

Fifteen minutes later Carlos, Séb and Amanda joined them and it was time for them to have dinner. They talked and they were having a good time. One person had a really good time and that person was Amanda. You could tell she was having a good time because she had lasagna all over her face and everyone was trying hard not to laugh at her. After dinner Rebecca and Carlos offered to do the dishes while Sheena and Séb went upstairs to clean up Amanda and get her ready for bed.

“Have you made a decision about the job?” Séb asked Sheena as she cleaned up Amanda.

“No not yet. I have to admit that the offer is very tempting but I have to think of Amanda too. She would have to start school here and she doesn’t speak French,” Sheena answered.

“I know French is a difficult language to learn but she is young and it will be easier for her to learn the language. And she does have you, me and two grandmothers who speak French. Trust me…..she will learn French in no time and I have to admit that it would be easier for me to see her if you lived here,” Séb said.

“That’s what Rebecca said too. I still have a few weeks to make up my mind,” Sheena told him as they left the bathroom.

Once they were in Amanda’s room, Amanda climbed into bed and asked Séb to read her a story. Sheena took a book from Amanda’s bag and handed it to Séb. She kissed Amanda goodnight and left the room. This was a father/daughter moment and she didn’t want to intrude. She listened by the door and after ten minutes the door opened and Séb joined Sheena in the hallway.

“Thanks for letting me have some time with her alone,” Séb smiled.

“You’re welcome. You are her dad and I want her to spend as much time as possible with you,” Sheena smiled back.

Séb and Sheena walked downstairs to Rebecca and Carlos and the four of them had a good time.

*******

“It looks like it has stopped raining,” Maggie said as she looked out of the window.

“Good. Maybe we can go for a walk after dinner,” David suggested.

“I’d love that but I’m not sure those clouds will approve of that. It looks like it could start raining again,” Maggie turned to look at him.

“If we can’t go for a walk, then I’m sure I can think of something else to do,” David walked over to her.

“I’m not surprised about that,” Maggie smiled at him.

“Let’s get something to eat,” David kissed her.

David and Maggie left their room and went downstairs to have dinner. Denise showed them to their table and shortly after Didier brought them the food and drinks David had ordered earlier without Maggie’s knowledge. She was surprised but it was a nice surprise. The couple enjoyed their dinner and after dinner, a look out of the window told them that they could go for a walk. Dark clouds were still covering the sky but it wasn’t raining.

The couple left the dining room and went for their walk. It was chilly and David wrapped his arm around Maggie as they walked down the path to a small lake. When they arrived at the lake, they just stood there and enjoyed the view without saying anything. Suddenly it started raining again and they had to hurry back to the B&B. They returned to the B&B and went straight to their room. Once inside, David pulled Maggie close.

“I have a surprise for you babe. Give me a few minutes and then join me in the bathroom,” David whispered to her and disappeared.

Maggie watched him leave and she did as he requested. When she entered the bathroom a few minutes later, David smiled at her and told her to enjoy her bath. He had some things to take care of and he kissed her before leaving the bathroom. She undressed and stepped into the bath tub. The water was just right and it was just what she needed.

Meanwhile David was making preparations in the bedroom. Denise arrived with the champagne as planned and David sprinkled rose petals all over the bed. He could hear Maggie get out of the bath tub and he quickly lit the candles. When Maggie came out of the bathroom wearing a robe, David poured two glasses of champagne.

“What is all this?” Maggie asked as she walked over to him.

“It’s our romantic night,” David replied as he handed her a glass of champagne.

“I love you David Miller,” Maggie said as she took the glass.

“I love you too. Let’s enjoy our night,” David kissed her.

********

Urs and Miki had just finished dinner but it hadn’t been the romantic dinner Miki had hoped for. Urs had been in a bad mood since they woke up after their nap and he hadn’t said a word during dinner. She knew he was upset about not being able to sleep under the stars but it wasn’t her fault and she didn’t understand why he was taking it out on her.

“I’m going for a walk,” Urs said and rose from his chair.

“But it’s raining,” Miki looked at him.

“I don’t care. I need some fresh air,” Urs left the dining room.

Miki watched him leave and she didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t believe that their romantic getaway had been a complete disaster and she wished that she was back at the mansion. After spending a few minutes in the dining room, Miki contacted Alison and asked her for a favor. Miki had made a decision and she went to the room.

Ten minutes later she was on her way back to the mansion. She knew that leaving without telling Urs wasn’t fair but she just couldn’t deal with him and his mood right now. Miki had been looking forward to telling him the good news and now he had ruined the surprise. The car pulled up in front of the Dubois mansion and Miki hesitated before opening the door. She knew people would start asking questions and she wasn’t sure if she was ready to answer those questions.

Hoping nobody would pay attention to her she gently opened the door and stepped into the hallway. She could hear laughter coming from the main living room and as she stood there, it occurred to her that she needed her friends.  Miki removed her coat and walked into the living room. Carlos, Rebecca, Sheena and Séb stared at her and they all wondered what she was doing there.

Miki took a seat and she told them everything that had happened that day. They all listened to what she had to say and when she told them that she had left Urs at the restaurant, Séb looked at Sheena. The same thing had happened to him five years ago when Sheena had left him without a word. Suddenly they heard a motorcycle outside and they knew Urs was back. Miki said goodnight and went upstairs to the bedroom to get ready for bed.

“Hey. Is Miki here?” Urs asked his friends.

“Yes she is. She just went upstairs to your room,” Carlos replied.

“Thanks. I will talk to you later but right now I want to talk to my wife. Goodnight,” Urs said and disappeared.

The walk to the bedroom seemed to take forever and he wasn’t sure of what to say to her. He wasn’t pleased by the fact that she had left without saying anything but he couldn’t really be mad at her because he had been acting like a jerk. Urs wasn’t sure of what to expect when he walked through the door but he hoped that they could talk and work things out.

When he opened the door, he noticed Miki by the window. She just sat there, staring out of the window like she was in another world. Urs closed the door and walked over to her. He sat down next to her and took her hand but she didn’t respond.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:48 pm

Chapter 18

”You don’t want to talk to me and I accept that but I hope you will at least listen to what I have to say. I’m sorry for walking out of the restaurant like that but the night didn’t go the way I had planned and I was just frustrated. I never meant to take it out on you and I’m not mad at you for leaving. I just wanted us to have a perfect night,” Urs said.

“We could have had a perfect night without sleeping under the stars. Every night I spend with you is a perfect night,” Miki finally spoke.

“I know and I feel the same way. My behavior tonight was uncalled for and I hope that you can forgive me,” Urs kissed her hand.

“You’re right Urs. Your behavior was uncalled for but I forgive even though you managed to ruin the surprise I had for you,” Miki looked at him.

“Surprise? What surprise?” Urs asked.

“We’re having a baby,” Miki replied.

“A baby? That is great news. How long have you known about the baby?” Urs hugged her.

“I found out just before we arrived in Paris but I was waiting for the right time to tell you. Please don’t hate me,” Miki said.

“You’re my wife and I could never hate you. I love you and you’ve made me the happiest man on the planet,” Urs stood and pulled Miki with him.

“I love you too and I’m glad you feel that way about the baby,” Miki smiled at him.

“Looks like it turned out to be a perfect night after all,” Urs smiled back before placing his lips on Miki’s.

*******

Rebecca, Carlos, Sheena and Séb were still in the living room but both Rebecca and Sheena were yawning. It was almost midnight and they all agreed it was time to find their beds. Carlos and Rebecca went straight to their room while Séb and Sheena went to Amanda’s room to check on her. She was sleeping and everything looked ok so Sheena and Séb could get some sleep too. They said goodnight and went to their rooms. It had been a long and eventful day for Sheena and she couldn’t wait to relax and get some sleep. She got ready for bed and let out another yawn before turning off the light.

She closed her eyes but she couldn’t sleep. The events of the day and Pierre’s illness flooded her mind and it was difficult for her to relax. Sheena opened her eyes and stared at the ceiling. She could see the reflections from the lake as they bounced on the ceiling and she hoped that it could make her sleepy. After staring at the ceiling for ten minutes Sheena rose from the bed and put on a robe before walking downstairs to the kitchen. She turned on the light in the kitchen and prepared some water for a cup of tea because tea was the only thing that could make her relax. As she was making the tea she heard a noise behind her and she turned around to see Séb standing there.

“Can’t sleep?” he asked.

“Nope. I’ve got too many things on my mind. Do you want some tea?” Sheena looked at him.

“Sure,” Séb sat down.

“Here you are,” Sheena place a mug in front of him.

“Thanks. Are you still thinking about the job?” Séb wanted to know.

“Yes but also Pierre’s illness. I think he is sicker than he wants us to know and I don’t think he will be with us for much longer,” Sheena answered.

“You’re imagining things. I think you’re just scared of losing another dad,” Séb said.

“Maybe you’re right,” Sheena sighed.

“Did you date a lot of men after me?” Séb surprised her by asking.

“I had one date while I was pregnant and one date after Amanda was born. The first guy ran away when I told him that I was pregnant and the other one ran away when he found out that I was a single mom. So the answer to your question is no,” Sheena answered.

“I only dated one woman after you and that was Virginia,” Séb said.

“Guess we’re not lucky in love,” Sheena looked at him.

“We were lucky in love once,” Séb mumbled.

Sheena pretended like she didn’t hear that and sipped her tea but Séb was right. They were lucky in love once. What they had together was special and they had a daughter to prove it. Sheena wondered what her life would have been like if she hadn’t left Paris five years ago and a smile appeared on her face.

“What are you thinking of?” Séb looked at her.

“It’s nothing. Well, I think I will go back to bed. Goodnight Séb,” Sheena said and placed her cup in the sink.

“Goodnight Sheena,” Séb said and watched her leave.

He finished his tea and switched off the light before he walked upstairs to his bedroom. Séb climbed into bed and he wondered how he could win Sheena back. One thing was for sure. He wouldn’t let her get away again. Séb closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep.

********

Sheena woke up to the sound of thunder and lightning and she knew that Amanda would soon be joining her in the bed. A few minutes later, Amanda came running through the door and jumped into Sheena’s bed. Amanda was shaking all over and she cuddled up to Sheena. Sheena held her daughter close and it didn’t take long for Amanda to fall asleep again. Once Amanda was sleeping, Sheena closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

It was almost 8am when Sheena woke up. Amanda was still sleeping in the bed and Sheena slowly rose from the bed and walked over to the window. The rain was pouring down outside and it looked like they would have to spend the day inside. Sheena turned around and walked into the bathroom for a shower. While Sheena was in the shower, Amanda woke up and stretched her tiny body. She sat up in bed and waited for Sheena to come out of the bathroom.

“Good morning mommy,” Amanda said when Sheena opened the door.

“Good morning pumpkin. Did you sleep well?” Sheena asked as she walked over to Amanda.

“Yes I did and I had a dream. I dreamed that I was at a big wedding,” Amanda replied with a smile.

“That was a nice dream. Who were getting married?” Sheena sat down next to Amanda.

“You and daddy of course. It was a big wedding and you looked so pretty in your dress,” Amanda smiled at her.

“It was just a dream pumpkin. I’ve already filled the tub for you so let’s give you a bath before we go downstairs for breakfast,” Sheena smiled back at her.

Amanda left the bed and walked into Sheena’s bathroom and stepped into the tub. Sheena joined her and soon after the two of them had a good time. After the bath, Amanda got dressed and they walked downstairs to have some breakfast with the others.

In the kitchen Carlos and Séb were making breakfast for everyone and Amanda instantly ran over to Séb when she saw him. Séb picked her up and put her on the kitchen counter so she could help him make pancakes. She told him about her dream and Séb turned his head to look at Sheena. He smiled at her and winked and Sheena didn’t know how to react so she excused herself and left the kitchen.

She walked into Pierre’s office where her laptop was and she turned on the laptop before she took a seat at the desk. Once the laptop was ready, she checked her emails and she found three unopened emails. One email was from Tim and the other two were from one of Sheena’s employees, Dani, in LA. Sheena knew the emails from Dani were work related and both emails had good news for Sheena. Dani had received offers on two of Sheena’s paintings and she didn’t want to accept until Sheena had approved.

The offers were really good and Sheena wrote back to Dani that she could accept the offers and make the arrangements. She also told her that she would leave Paris in two days and get in touch when she arrived back in LA. After sending the email to Dani, Sheena opened the one from Tim. He wanted to know when she would be back because he had some things to discuss with her. Sheena quickly wrote back that she would contact him when she was back.

“Breakfast is ready,” Miki suddenly said.

“I’m ready,” Sheena closed the laptop and walked over to Miki.

Sheena and Miki walked back to the kitchen and just as they were about to take a seat, Pierre walked into the kitchen. He greeted everyone and joined them for breakfast. Pierre was in a good mood and he looked really well. They were curious to hear about his trip and Pierre told them briefly about the trip but not the real reason for the trip. Sheena told them her own good news and hearing that his daughter had sold two paintings made Pierre proud.

“How much did you get for them?” Séb asked.

“More than I expected,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“That calls for a celebration. I will make reservations for dinner at my favorite restaurant,” Pierre said.

“Dad, you don’t have to do that,” Sheena looked at him.

“You called me dad. That’s the first time you’ve called me that,” Pierre looked at Sheena.

“Well, you are my dad,” Sheena smiled.

“Yes I am and I’m still taking all of you out to dinner tonight. End of story! Would it be possible for me to spend some time with Amanda today, just the two of us?” Pierre asked Sheena.

“I don’t see why not. We don’t have any plans,” Sheena answered.

“Good. After breakfast Amanda and I will go to my studio and maybe we can make a few paintings,” Pierre said, looking at Amanda.

Amanda’s eyes lit up and a big smile appeared on her face. She loved to draw pictures and sometimes Sheena allowed her to use her easels, paint and brushes. One of Amanda’s paintings was hanging on the wall in their living room and another painting was on the wall in Sheena’s office at the gallery.

Sheena could see that Amanda was getting impatient and she told Amanda it was ok for her to leave. Pierre smiled at Sheena before he left the kitchen with Amanda. Seeing them leave together made her both happy and sad at the same time. Happy because Amanda got to spend some time with Pierre and sad because she knew that Pierre wouldn’t be around forever and his death would be hard on Amanda if they got too close.

After clearing the kitchen, the two Divo couples, Séb and Sheena went into the living room. Séb sat down at the piano and started playing some of Il Divo’s songs. Carlos and Urs joined him at the piano and the three of them performed a few songs.

“Are you guys singing without me?” David suddenly walked into the living room.

“Well, you weren’t here,” Urs reminded him.

“That’s true. Well, I’m here now so let’s sing a few songs,” David said and joined the guys.

Maggie joined the girls and they enjoyed the private concert. After singing a few songs, the guys walked over to the girls and sat down. They talked about their plans for the last two days in Paris and the tour. The guys were looking forward to perform again but they were also looking forward to a break. They enjoyed being on tour but it was always nice to be back home and just be themselves.

“Miki and I have some good news. We’re having a baby,” Urs proudly announced.

“That is great news. Congratulations. When is the baby due?” Maggie asked.

“From what the doctor said we can expect a baby around Christmas and it will be a great Christmas present,” Miki beamed.

“I still have all of Amanda’s baby stuff. Everything is still in perfect condition and you can borrow it if you want,” Sheena told them.

“That would be great. Thanks,” Miki hugged her.

“You’re welcome,” Sheena said.

“What are the plans for tomorrow?” Carlos asked his friends.

“Miki and I will just stay here and relax,” Urs replied.

“Maggie and I don’t have any plans so we might stay here at the mansion too,” David said.

“I promised my mom that I would visit her before I left Paris and I want to take Amanda with me if it’s ok with you,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“It’s ok with me and I’m sure Amanda will love it,” Sheena smiled.

“Great,” Séb smiled back.

“Where is Amanda?” David looked at Sheena.

“She is having some quality time with granddad in his studio. I’m sure she is covered in paint and looks like a rainbow by now,” Sheena answered.

“Do we have any plans for dinner tonight?” Maggie questioned her friends.

“My dad is taking us out to dinner,” Sheena replied.

“He is a great man,” David said.

“Yes he is,” Sheena sighed.

“Is everything ok?” Séb asked her.

“I can’t stop thinking that Pierre is hiding how sick he really is. It’s not a secret that he is dying but I think it will happen sooner than expected,” Sheena responded, letting out another sigh.

“He looked fine today,” Séb told her.

“I know he did and maybe I’m just worrying too much,” Sheena said.

“Yes, I think you are,” Séb looked at her.

Sheena changed the subject and they spent the rest of the afternoon talking. Pierre and Amanda joined them and Amanda looked like she had been having fun in the studio. Sheena excused herself and brought Amanda upstairs to get her cleaned up for dinner. The others went to their rooms too to get ready and they all met in the hall an hour later.

They left the mansion and drove to the restaurant to have dinner.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:12 pm

Chapter 19

They all woke up to a beautiful and sunny morning and Pierre had arranged for them to have breakfast outside. Sheena’s plans for the day had been changed a little because Pierre had arranged for a meeting with his lawyer and he wanted Sheena to be there. After the meeting he wanted to show her the galleries. Sheena told Amanda that she would meet her and Séb at Camille’s house for lunch.

Amanda and Séb left the mansion right after breakfast and Sheena drove off with Pierre. Sheena wondered why he wanted her to be there for a meeting with his lawyer and the only reason she could think of was that it had something to do with the will. Maybe she had been right about Pierre hiding how sick he really was and he wanted to deal with the will before he became too sick.

They arrived at the law firm and Sheena followed Pierre into the building. They were greeted by a woman about Sheena’s age and she told them that the lawyer was in a meeting but should be done in a few minutes. Sheena and Pierre sat down and waited for the lawyer to join them. A few minutes later the doors opened and a young man left the office, followed by a man about Pierre’s age. He greeted both of them and gestured for them to follow him into his office.

“You’re even more beautiful in real life,” Alain said as he looked at Sheena.

“Thank you,” Sheena smiled.

“You’re probably wondering why we’re here and I can tell you that it has to do with your dad’s will,” Alain told her.

“I had a feeling about that,” Sheena said.

“I want to add Amanda and Millie to the will but since you’re the sole heir to my fortune, I wanted to talk it over with you before I did anything,” Pierre explained to her.

“It’s your will and if you want mom and Amanda to be in it, then that should be your decision. I think it’s a good idea and you have my permission to do it,” Sheena looked at him.

“Thank you,” Pierre smiled at her.

“I’ve already made the will and if you both agree, then I just need a signature,” Alain said to Pierre.

After signing the will, Pierre and Sheena left the law firm and drove to one of Pierre’s galleries. He introduced her to the two ladies who worked there and they were pleased to meet Sheena. Pierre’s gallery was twice as big as her gallery in LA and she thought that her gallery was big. Pierre gave her a tour of the gallery and he showed her into his office.

“What do you think of ‘Galerie Dubois’?” Pierre asked her.

“It’s bigger than my two galleries put together. Are all of the paintings yours?” Sheena looked at the paintings on
the walls.

“No. I do have a few of my own here but most of my paintings are at the other gallery. Most of these paintings are made by friends and I hope you will leave them up when you take over,” Pierre answered.

“Don’t worry. I won’t change anything except for adding a few of my own paintings and maybe a few of mom’s paintings,” Sheena smiled.

“Good. Now let’s go to the other gallery,” Pierre suggested.

Sheena and Pierre left the gallery and soon after they were on their way to the other gallery. The gallery wasn’t as big as the other gallery but it was about the same size as Sheena’s smallest gallery. When they walked into the gallery, they were met by a middle aged woman. She explained that she had been working for Pierre since he opened the gallery and she knew every painting down to the last detail.

The woman was nice and she made Sheena feel welcome. They hit it off right away and the woman hoped that Sheena would allow her to stay when she took over the gallery. Sheena liked the woman and she informed her that she had no intention of changing anything so there was nothing to worry about. After spending an hour at the gallery, Pierre and Sheena drove to Camille’s house so Sheena could meet up with Séb and Amanda.

Fifteen minutes later, Sheena knocked on the door to Camille’s house and shortly after Camille opened the door. She greeted Sheena with a hug and Camille explained to her that they were baking a chocolate cake for later. Sheena instantly knew that she would find her daughter with chocolate all over her face and when they walked into the kitchen, she found Amanda with chocolate all over her face as expected.

“It looks like you’re having fun,” Sheena looked at Amanda.

“Yes I am and the cake will be yummy,” Amanda licked her lips.

“Your dad should have paid more attention to what you were doing,” Sheena said to Amanda.

“He is just as bad as her,” Camille said and pointed towards the table.

Sheena turned her head to see Séb with a spoon in his hand and chocolate all over his mouth. He was even worse than Amanda. She knew that she shouldn’t be laughing but she just couldn’t help herself.

“I thought you were supposed to be the adult,” Sheena laughed.

“What can I say? I love chocolate. You’re more than welcome to come over here and lick it off,” Séb winked at her.

“I love chocolate but I think I’ll pass on this one,” Sheena said and turned her attention to Amanda.

“The cake is in the oven so you’re welcome to give her a bath before lunch,” Camille smiled.

“Thanks Camille. I think that’s a good idea,” Sheena smiled back.

“Can you give me a bath too?” Séb asked as he walked over to them.

“No. You’re old enough to do that yourself,” Sheena replied and walked to the bathroom with Amanda.

“What am I doing wrong?” Séb asked Camille as he wiped his face clean.

“You’re pushing too hard. Give her time like I told you and let her come to you. I know it’s difficult for you to do that because you love her but if you keep pushing her, she will distance herself from you,” Camille answered.

“It’s just so frustrating,” Séb ran his fingers through his hair.

“I know it is but if you truly love her, then you will give her time,” Camille smiled at him.

“Thanks mom,” Séb kissed her cheek.

“I have something for you from Jean-Luc and Bianca. It’s on the dining room table,” Camille told him.

Séb walked into the dining room and on the table he found an envelope with his name on it. He opened the envelope and looked at what was inside. The content of the envelope made him smile and if he was lucky it could help him prove to Sheena that he hadn’t been cheating on her. He put the letter back in the envelope and folded the envelope before he put in his pocket. Séb had a big smile on his face when he walked back to the kitchen.

Camille and Séb talked about the letter and Camille was happy for her son. Hopefully this was the only thing he needed to win Sheena’s heart again. She knew how much Séb loved Sheena and the two of them were perfect together. As they talked, Sheena and Amanda returned to the kitchen and Camille asked them to take a seat because lunch was ready. They sat down and Séb took a seat across from Sheena.

“Do you want to stay for dinner too?” Camille asked.

“Amanda and I are leaving tomorrow morning and I have some packing to do but thanks for the offer,” Sheena answered.

“That’s ok. We can have dinner the next time you are here. I assume you’re going back to LA?” Camille looked at Sheena.

“I have to. One of my employees is going on vacation next week and she has to brief me on what has happened in my absence,” Sheena explained.

“When is your flight?” Séb wanted to know.

“The plane is scheduled for takeoff at 11am,” Sheena replied.

“Our plane leaves ten minutes later so you can go with us to the airport if you want,” Séb looked at her.

“Sounds good to me,” Sheena smiled.

They continued their lunch and talked about the rest of the tour. Séb invited Sheena and Amanda to one of the concerts but Sheena told him that she would have to check her calendar before she could give him an answer. She promised to call Dani at the gallery and ask her to look at her calendar when they returned to the mansion. After lunch Séb and Sheena cleared the table while Camille and Amanda were in the living room looking at old pictures of Séb when he was a child.

Séb made coffee and they joined Camille and Amanda in living room. Amanda was having a good time looking at pictures and Camille was enjoying her time with Amanda. Camille looked at Sheena and smiled at her like she was saying thank you. Sheena smiled back and Camille turned her attention back to Amanda. After having coffee they said goodbye to Camille and drove back to the mansion.

“I think mom had a good time today,” Séb said.

“So did Amanda. Your mom is a wonderful lady and I’m glad she had a chance to spend time with Amanda before we go back to LA,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“I’m glad too,” Séb said with a smile.

It was almost 5:30pm when they arrived at the mansion. Carlos, David, Urs and Pierre were busy in the kitchen making dinner and the girls were talking in the living room. Séb and Amanda walked to the kitchen to help with dinner and Sheena walked into Pierre’s office to call Dani in LA. After her phone call she went upstairs to pack for the trip back to LA the next day. After packing she joined the girls in the living room.

Carlos announced that dinner was ready and they all gathered in the dining room. During dinner Séb wanted to know if Sheena and Amanda would be at any of the concerts but Sheena had to tell him that her schedule was too busy for her to leave LA. Séb wasn’t pleased to hear that but he knew how important the galleries were to Sheena.

After dinner and the dishes were put away, they all went to the living room to relax. They had a busy day ahead of them and they all needed to relax. Amanda had fallen asleep on the couch and Séb carried her upstairs and tucked her in. Séb watched her closely as she was sleeping and he couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t be seeing her for two weeks. He knew it would be difficult not having her around and he really hoped that Sheena wouldn’t change her mind about coming to London.

“Are you ok? You’ve been gone for a long time,” Sheena suddenly asked.

“I’m fine. I was just thinking of how much I will miss her,” Séb turned and looked at Sheena.

“Amanda will miss you too but you will be together again when we’re coming to London. You’re a great dad and she loves you,” Sheena said.

“I love her too. She is a great kid and she is just as beautiful as her mother,” Séb walked towards Sheena.

“We should go downstairs,” Sheena said and turned around.

“Yes we should,” Séb sighed and left the room, closing the door behind him.

When they arrived downstairs, coffee was on the table and they enjoyed their last night in Paris. It was almost midnight when they said goodnight and went to their rooms.

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After having breakfast the next morning they all said goodbye to Pierre before getting into the cars. He wasn’t feeling well that morning so he couldn’t go to the airport with them. Sheena wasn’t happy about leaving him when he wasn’t doing well but she couldn’t stay. She promised to call him as soon as they were back in LA and she had a strange feeling when the cars drove off. Something told her it was the last time she would see Pierre again.

They arrived at the airport and after checking in they spent ten minutes at security. After getting through security they found a place to get something to drink before they had to board their planes. Before they knew it, the time had come for them to say goodbye.

“I wish I could go with you,” Rebecca said to Carlos.

“So do I but we will be together again in two weeks. I will call you every day until we see each other again.” Carlos promised.

“I can’t wait. I love you Carlos,” Rebecca touched his face.

“And I love you,” Carlos kissed her deeply.

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“Promise me that you will be a good girl until we see each other again,” Séb looked at Amanda.

“I will daddy,” Amanda promised.

“That’s my girl. I will see you soon and remember that I love you very much,” Séb said as he touched her face.

“I love you too daddy,” Amanda hugged him.

“Can you say goodbye to the others while I talk to your mom?” Séb asked her.

Amanda nodded her head and walked over to the others to say goodbye. Séb stood and looked at Sheena. He had so many things that he wanted to say to her but he had to follow his mom’s advice and give her the time she needed.

“I just want to say thank you for introducing me to my daughter,” Séb said.

“You’re welcome. I’m sorry for hiding her from you. I never should have done that but I was just angry at you and I thought you didn't to know her. It is not an excuse for doing what I did but I thought it was for the best,” Sheena told him.

“Apology accepted,” Séb smiled at her.

“We should probably go to the gate. I will see you in London after the tour,” Sheena looked at him.

“I can’t wait. Goodbye Sheena,” Séb reached out his hand to her.

“Goodbye Séb,” Sheena kissed his cheek and walked over to the others.

Séb watched Sheena as she said goodbye to her new friends and he couldn’t stop smiling. She had kissed him on the cheek and he knew it didn’t mean anything to her but it did mean something to him. As soon as Sheena, Amanda and Rebecca were gone, he joined the others and they walked to the gate. Only two more weeks of concerts and he would see his daughter and the woman he loved again.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:36 pm

Chapter 20

The Divos, Miki and Maggie were staying at a hotel in New York and in one of the rooms Séb was standing by the window, staring at the clouds that covered the sky. The clouds were dark, just like Séb’s mood and he had been like that since they left Paris. It had only been two days but he was already missing Amanda and Sheena. He couldn’t believe how attached he had gotten to Amanda in one week and not being with his daughter was making him sad.

A knock on the door and David’s voice calling out his name told him it was time for them to leave the hotel and go to the venue. Séb let out a sigh and picked up his coat on the way to the door. He opened the door and he joined the Divos in the hallway without saying a word to them. They went downstairs and climbed into the car that would take them to the venue. A silence filled the car as they drove to the venue. Séb was staring out of the window and the other three Divos looked at each other. They didn’t say anything because nothing they had to say would make Séb feel better.

At the back entrance a lot of fans were waiting for the guys to arrive and when the cars pulled up, fans gathered around the cars. The Divos got out of the car and walked over to the fans to spend some time with them before they had to go inside. Séb wasn’t in the mood to meet fans but he didn’t want to be rude. After spending about ten minutes with the fans, the guys went inside where they were met by a young woman. She introduced herself as Charlotte and told them that she would show them to their dressing rooms.

“I couldn’t help but notice that you seem a bit sad,” Charlotte said to Séb as they reached his dressing room.

“I’m fine. I just have a lot to think about,” Séb told her, feeling a bit uncomfortable.

“Well, if you don’t have any plans after the concert we could go back to my place and talk,” Charlotte smiled at him.

“I do have plans. Sorry. If you don’t mind I would like to change,” Séb looked at her.

“Well, let me know if you change your mind,” Charlotte left the dressing room.

Séb closed the door behind her and locked it because he didn’t want to risk her walking through the door. Right now he just wanted to be alone and make an important phone call. He picked up his phone and dialed Sheena’s number.

“Hello Sébastien,” Sheena answered the phone.

“Hey. How are my two favorite girls doing?” he asked her.

“We’re doing fine. Amanda is watching Cinderella and I’m enjoying a glass of wine with Rebecca,” Sheena told him.

“That’s good. I’m about to get changed for the concert but I just wanted to say goodnight to Amanda before the concert as she will be in bed when the concert is over,” Séb said.

“Ok. Hold on,” Sheena said and handed the phone to Amanda.

“Hi daddy,” Amanda said.

“Hi sweetheart. Did you have a good day?” Séb asked.

“Yes I did. I went shopping with grandma and she bought me a new dress. Then I was at the gallery with mom and with mom’s help I painted something for you,” Amanda proudly replied.

“I’m sure you look very pretty in your new dress and I can’t wait to see the dress and the painting,” Séb said.

Séb could hear Amanda giggle and it made him smile. He wished that he could be there with her and Sheena but he had to wait two weeks. It would be the longest two weeks of his life. They talked for another five minutes and then it was time for Séb to say goodbye. He had to get ready for the concert.

“I wish we could talk more but it’s time for me to say goodnight to you. I have to get ready for the concert but I promise to call you again tomorrow,” Séb told her.

“Ok. I love you daddy,” Amanda said with sadness in her voice.

“Goodnight and sweet dreams. I love you too. Let me talk to your mom for a minute,” Séb said.

“She misses you,” Sheena told him.

“I miss her too. It’s amazing how attached you can get to someone in just one week. The next two weeks will be hell for me,” Séb sighed.

“I know. Will you call us tomorrow?” Sheena wanted to know.

“I made a promise to Amanda and I will keep that promise. Is it ok for me to call every night until the two of you visit me in London?” Séb asked, hoping Sheena would say yes.

“Yes it is. I would be very disappointed if you didn’t call,” Sheena replied.

“Really? That’s good to know,” Séb said.

“I meant for Amanda’s sake,” Sheena told him.

“Yes of course. Well, it’s time for me to leave. Goodnight Sheena,” Séb hung up the phone.

Sheena hung up and let out a sigh as she sat down on the couch next to Rebecca. Without saying a word she reached for the wine glass and sipped it. She knew that Rebecca would start asking questions as soon as they were alone and Sheena wished that time would stand still but she wasn’t that lucky.

“Bedtime for you,” Sheena told Amanda when the movie ended.

“Ok mommy,” Amanda said and let out a yawn.

Sheena and Amanda left the living room and suddenly Rebecca remembered what she had done in Amanda’s room. Rebecca knew that she wouldn’t be able to change what she had done so she just had to wait for Sheena to yell at her. She didn’t regret doing it because she felt it was the right thing to do but she knew Sheena would disapprove of her actions. Well, she was ready to deal with anything Sheena would throw at her. She leaned back on the couch and waited for Sheena to return.

Amanda had finished brushing her teeth and she had changed into her nightgown. She jumped into bed and as Sheena sat down on the bed, she noticed a picture on Amanda’s night table. It was the picture of her and Séb in Paris and Sheena wondered how Amanda had gotten that picture. The picture had been hidden in a drawer in Sheena’s night table and she hadn’t shown that picture to anyone.

“Where did you get that picture?” Sheena asked Amanda.

“Aunty Becca gave it to me earlier today when you were on the phone with Tim,” Amanda replied in a low voice.

“Oh I see. Well, I guess it doesn’t hurt that you have it so you can keep it,” Sheena said with a smile.

“Thanks mommy. I love you,” Amanda smiled back.

“I love you too pumpkin. Now get some sleep,” Sheena said as she tucked Amanda in.

Sheena kissed Amanda goodnight and left the room, closing the door behind her. She waited for a few minutes before she joined Rebecca in the living room. Rebecca smiled at Sheena and Sheena just shook her head as she sat down.

“I’m sorry but I thought it was a good idea to give Amanda the picture,” Rebecca apologized.

“Giving her the picture is not the problem Becca. You went through my personal stuff,” Sheena looked at her friend.

“I know and I’m sorry but she talked about Séb and the painting she had made for him and she looked sad. She misses him a lot and I remembered the picture in your drawer. While you were talking to Tim I put the picture in a frame and gave it to Amanda,” Rebecca said.

“Well, I can’t be mad at you for doing that. I should have thought of that myself,” Sheena smiled.

“So we’re still friends?” Rebecca asked.

“Of course we’re still friends. Just stay away from my stuff,” Sheena replied.

“It’s a deal. Now let’s talk about you and Séb. Carlos called me earlier today and he told me that Séb had been in a bad mood since they left Paris. Séb misses Amanda and you. Don’t you think it’s time for you to admit that you love him?” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“I don’t love him. I have feelings for him but I don’t love him,” Sheena answered without looking at Rebecca.

“Look at me when you say that,” Rebecca said.

“Not again. Séb asked me to do the same thing in Paris and I don’t have time for your childish games,” Sheena told her.

“Well, you can deny it all you want but your eyes don’t lie,” Rebecca smiled at her.

Sheena didn’t say anything and the two friends changed the subject. It was almost 11pm when Rebecca said goodnight and went home to her own apartment. Sheena brought the wine glasses to the sink before turning out the lights in the living room. After getting ready for bed, Sheena walked into her living room and climbed into bed. She turned out the lights and placed her head on the pillow. As soon as her head hit the pillow, she drifted off to sleep.

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The next morning Sheena and Amanda had breakfast before Sheena drove Amanda home to Millie. She had a meeting with Tim and she couldn’t bring Amanda to work when she had meetings. Of course Tim was a friend and Amanda knew him but to her it was still a meeting. When she arrived at the gallery, she poured herself a cup of coffee and walked into the office. A few minutes later Kate, another of her employees, arrived and joined Sheena in her office.

“Good morning boss,” Kate said with a big smile.

“Someone is in a good mood today. How did it go last night?” Sheena asked.

“He proposed,” Kate beamed and showed her ring to Sheena.

“Wow. He has got great taste. Congratulations,” Sheena smiled at her.

“Thanks. I’m so happy,” Kate smiled back.

“After work we will have a glass of champagne and celebrate. How does that sound?” Sheena asked.

“It sounds good to me,” Kate replied.

“Good. Now let’s get some work done,” Sheena smiled.

Kate left the office and Sheena wrote a few emails to some people in Paris. She was thinking of opening a new gallery in Paris and Pierre had given her some names, numbers and email addresses of people he knew would help Sheena with the business. After writing the emails, a knock on the door alerted her of Tim’s arrival.

“Hello beautiful,” Tim said as he walked through the door.

“Good morning Tim. What can I do for you?” Sheena gestured for him to sit down.

“Someone is in a bad mood today,” Tim looked at her.

“What do you want?” Sheena asked again.

“I just wanted to hear about your trip to Paris,” Tim replied.

“My trip was great. I met my dad and he is a wonderful man. We hit it off right away and he was really showing Amanda a lot of attention. It was nice to meet him and I wished I could have stayed a little longer but I have two galleries to run,” Sheena told him.

“That’s good. I want to ask you something and I hope you will say yes,” Tim said.

“Ok. Ask away,” Sheena leaned back and looked at him.

“I’m going on a business trip to London next Monday and I wanted to know if you and Amanda would like to join me,” he said.

“We can’t join you. Amanda and I have already made plans for that week but thanks for the offer,” Sheena told him.

“Where are you going?” Tim asked.

“We’re going to visit an old friend of mine,” Sheena answered his question.

“Who is this friend and where does this friend live?” Tim continued to ask questions.

“Her name is Louise and we met in London in 2000 before I went to Paris. She invited us to London to visit her and we’re going. Anything else you want to know?” Sheena asked, rather annoyed.

“No need to rip my head off. I care about both of you and I want to make sure that you’re safe,” Tim told her.

“We will be just fine. Now I have some work to do,” Sheena looked at him.

Tim left the office and he wasn’t sure of what to think. A part of him believed Sheena but the other part didn’t. He had learned one important thing though. Amanda and Sheena would be in London and it would make it a lot easier for him to go on with his plan. Tim got into his car and drove back to his office to make a phone call.

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Virginia was busy moving into her own apartment in London. She had been offered an apartment in the building where her best friend lived and she couldn’t say no. Virginia took one final look around Séb’s apartment before she closed the door and locked it behind her. She put the key in his mailbox and left the building. Her friend, Liz, was waiting for her and together they made their way to her new place.

“Welcome to my apartment. The champagne is chilled and ready to drink so take a seat and make yourself very comfortable while I get the champagne from the fridge,” Virginia smiled and disappeared into the kitchen.

She returned a few minutes later with the champagne and two glasses. Virginia had just poured two glasses when her phone started ringing. She looked at the caller ID and told her friend that she had to take this call. Virginia left the living room and walked into the bedroom.

“Hello Tim,” she said, answering the phone.

“I have some news for you. Sheena and Amanda will be in London next Monday and it will be the perfect time to put our plan into motion. You have to convince Séb to meet you at a restaurant in London and I will make sure that Sheena and Amanda will be there too. I will call you when I have more details,” Tim said and hung up.

‘Goodbye to you too’ Virginia thought to herself as she stared at the phone. As Virginia walked back to the living room she wondered if Tim’s plan would work. She had her doubts but she just had to wait and see. If everything went well, she would be back with Séb in no time and that was all she cared about. She couldn’t care less about Sheena and the little brat she called Séb’s daughter.

Virginia returned to the living room and she joined Liz on the couch. She picked up the champagne glass and finished the drink. Liz looked at her, wondering what was going on. Normally Virginia wouldn’t finish a glass of champagne like that so something had to be up with her. Virginia poured herself another glass and she didn’t say anything.

“Are you ok?” Liz asked with concern in her voice.

“Yes I’m fine. I just received some good news and I feel like celebrating. Let’s order some pizza and enjoy our evening,” Virginia suggested.

“That sounds good to me but would you mind telling me what we’re celebrating?” Liz looked at Virginia.

“I can’t tell you yet but I will tell you soon. Trust me,” Virginia smiled.

“Ok. I will find a movie for us to watch and you can order the pizza,” Liz rose from the couch.

Virginia smiled at Liz as she picked up her phone and called her favorite pizza place. Liz looked at Virginia’s selection of movies and she had some problems deciding which movie to watch. She picked up three movies and walked back to the couch. The two friends discussed the options for a few minutes before deciding on all of the movies. About twenty minutes later the pizza arrived and the two friends had a great time eating pizza and watching movies.

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Over the next few days Séb kept his promise and called every night. Amanda loved talking to her dad on the phone and they were talking and laughing. She didn’t want to go to bed until he had called. Sheena talked to him too and the two of them made a lot of plans for the visit in London. Even though she didn’t want to admit it, she was looking forward to visiting Séb in London. Little did she know that something bad was about to happen.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:59 am

Chapter 21

Weekend had finally arrived and Sheena woke up with a desire to make a mother/daughter day for her and Amanda. She stretched her body and put on a robe before she walked to Amanda’s room to check on her. Amanda was still sleeping so Sheena decided to go downstairs and start breakfast. She hadn’t made pancakes for breakfast since Amanda’s birthday but today seemed like the perfect day to make pancakes.

After she had finished making breakfast, Sheena walked upstairs to wake up Amanda who was still sleeping. Sheena walked over to the bed and sat down. She gently removed a strand of hair from Amanda’s face and she watched as Amanda began to stir. Amanda let out a yawn and opened her eyes. She flashed her smile and Sheena just looked at her daughter.

“Are you ok mommy?” Amanda asked.

“I’m fine pumpkin. I was just thinking of how much you look like your dad when you smile,” Sheena replied.

“Do you still like daddy?” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“Yes I still like your daddy. Now it’s time for you to get out of that bed and walk downstairs before your pancakes get cold,” Sheena said.

Amanda jumped out of bed and hurried downstairs. Sheena looked at the picture of her and Séb before she followed Amanda downstairs. Amanda was already at the table when Sheena walked into the kitchen. Sheena poured some milk for Amanda and coffee for herself before she joined Amanda at the table.

“I’ve got a surprise for you,” Sheena told Amanda.

“Are we going to see daddy?” Amanda asked.

“No we’re not. I know you miss your dad and I know he misses you too but you have to be brave. We’re going shopping for new clothes for you to wear in London when we visit your dad and then we will have lunch at your favorite diner. After lunch we can do whatever you want,” Sheena answered.

“Can we watch Disney movies and eat pizza?” Amanda wanted to know.

“If that is what you want, then that’s what we will do,” Sheena smiled.

Amanda smiled back as she reached for another pancake. As they were eating breakfast, Sheena mentioned the plans she had made with Séb for their trip to London and Amanda couldn’t wait to see her dad again. The two of them were enjoying their breakfast and after breakfast they got ready to leave the apartment.

Half an hour later they were on their way to the store where they always shopped for clothes for Amanda. The saleslady was one of Sheena’s friends and she knew exactly what Amanda liked. Sheena parked the car and they walked to the store where Serena greeted them both with hugs and kisses.

“What can I do for you two?” Serena asked with a big smile.

“I need clothes. Mom wants me to look good when we see daddy again,” Amanda replied.

“When you see daddy again?” Serena looked at Sheena.

“It’s a long story but yes. Amanda and I are going to London to visit Amanda’s dad,” Sheena answered.

“I see. Well, let’s see what we can find for you,” Serena suggested.

Amanda had a big smile on her face as they walked to the children’s department and as expected it didn’t take long for Serena to find a lot of nice clothes for Amanda. As Amanda was trying on clothes with help from one of Serena’s employees, Sheena told Serena the story of how Amanda met her dad. Sheena only told her what she thought Serena needed to know. Serena didn’t need to know the name of Amanda’s dad. Only a few people knew that Séb was Amanda’s dad and Sheena wanted to keep it that way.

“How did he react to the news?” Serena asked.

“Better than I expected him to. He was disappointed of course but he wasn’t angry and I’m really happy about that,” Sheena replied.

“He must be special. I mean most men would be angry to learn that they had a five year old daughter,” Serena said.

“I know and he is special,” Sheena told her.

“How do I look mommy?” Amanda asked as she stepped out of the dressing room.

“You look beautiful as always pumpkin. Your dad will love it,” Sheena smiled.

“Thanks mommy,” Amanda said and returned to the dressing room.

“She is so adorable,” Serena smiled at Sheena.

“I know she is. She is my gem,” Sheena said.

“Let’s talk some more about her dad. Did you forgive him for what he did to you?” Serena looked at Sheena.

“I’m not sure if he did anything or not. He keeps telling me that he didn’t do what I think he did and I don’t know if he is telling me the truth,” Sheena explained.

“What will happen if it turns out that he never did anything wrong? Will the two of you get back together or will you go on like you do now?” Serena asked.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Sheena answered truthfully.

“Ok. Let me rephrase that question. What do you want to happen?” Serena questioned her friend.

“Same answer as before. I don’t know at the moment,” Sheena replied.

Amanda kept trying on clothes and she looked very pretty in everything she put on. After trying on about 10 different outfits it was time for Amanda to choose 5 outfits. It wasn’t easy for Amanda to choose but she finally decided on 5 outfits and Sheena paid for the clothes. They said goodbye to Serena and left the store. Sheena placed the shopping bags in the trunk of the car before they continued their shopping spree.

After a few hours of shopping and having lunch at Amanda’s favorite diner, they drove back to the apartment to spend the rest of the day doing nothing but watch Disney movies and have fun. As soon as they were back at the apartment, Sheena walked upstairs to put Amanda’s new clothes into the closet and Amanda was busy finding her favorite Disney movies. When Sheena returned to the living room she found Amanda sleeping on the couch and she picked up a blanket and covered Amanda with it. She gently removed a strand of hair from Amanda’s face before she walked into the kitchen to make some coffee.

She poured herself some coffee and walked into the living room. After placing the cup on the table she walked over to the bookcase and took out a photo album. As she flipped through the pages of the album she thought of her time in Paris. She had a lot of nice memories from Paris and most of those memories involved Séb and their time together.

Sheena let out a deep sigh as she closed the album. She leaned back on the couch and she couldn’t believe how much her life had changed in a month and soon she would have to make a decision that would change her life even more. Could she leave LA and start a new life in Paris? Was she even ready to make that kind of change in her life? She remembered Serena’s questions about Séb and it occurred to her that she had a lot of questions but no answers. Sheena finished her coffee and closed her eyes, hoping to get some answers.

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“Someone is in a good mood,” Urs said to Carlos as they were getting ready for a soundcheck.

“Rebecca called and told me that she would join me on Monday and stay until the tour is over. How can I not be happy?” Carlos looked at him.

“It sounds like you’re really serious about her,” Urs looked at his friend.

“I am serious about her. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I can’t imagine not being with her. We’ve talked about moving in together but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Carlos explained.

“It’s a big decision to make but I’m sure you will both make the right decision. The love is definitely there,” Urs smiled.

“Yes the love is there. I hope Séb finds the same kind of love that we have,” Carlos said.

“He will as soon as he has proved to Sheena that he didn’t cheat on her. It’s wrong that he has to prove it to her but it’s the only way he can find the kind of love we have. Once he has proved it to her she will admit that she still loves him. I’m sure of that,” Urs told him.

“I hope you’re right,” Carlos opened the door.

They left the room and met David and Séb on stage. After the soundcheck they went back to the hotel to relax before they had to get ready for the concert. The hotel was next to the venue so it didn’t take long for them to get to the venue. The guys joined the girls in the hotel bar and they talked about their plans after the tour.

“Rebecca and I are going to Spain to visit the family. They’ve seen pictures of Rebecca but they’ve never met her in person so it will be a bit special. She is actually the first woman I’ve brought home to meet my parents,” Carlos explained.

“Meeting the parents for the first time is always special but it can also be a bit scary. I still remember my first meeting with David’s parents but I really wish I didn’t,” Maggie said, looking at David.

“So does my dad. He remembers it too and something tells me he will never forget what happened that night,” David laughed.

“Now that sounds interesting. What happend?” Urs asked.

“I was really nervous about meeting David’s parents and when I stood face to face with Mr. Miller something happened. I accidently threw up on him,” Maggie replied.

“You threw up on David’s dad? That must have made quite an impression,” Urs laughed.

“It did but he has forgiven me,” Maggie said.

“Did you do anything weird when you met Miki’s parents?” David looked at Urs.

“No. I showed up with flowers for both Miki and her mom and a bottle of wine for her dad. They loved me right away,” Urs answered with a smile.

“And they still love him like a son,” Miki added.

“My parents love you too,” Urs kissed Miki’s cheek.

Séb watched his brothers and he was happy for them but he wished that he had what they had. They all had the love of a beautiful woman and he would give anything to have that too. If he had only done certain things differently five years ago, he would have been married to Sheena now.

“Are you still with us?” David asked Séb.

“Yes I am. I was just thinking,” Séb answered.

“Did you do something stupid or weird when you met Sheena’s parents for the first time?” David sipped his water.

“No I didn’t but I admit that I was nervous about meeting her dad,” Séb said.

“Why is that?” Carlos asked.

“Christopher had big plans for Sheena and one of those plans was for her to marry a doctor or a lawyer. I was just a French pop singer and that didn’t fit into his plans so we kept our relationship a secret. We did tell Millie, Sheena’s mom, that we were dating and she promised not to tell her husband. We had been dating for about two weeks when Sheena had to go home to attend her dad’s birthday and she asked me to join her. I wasn’t happy about that but she told me it was the perfect moment to tell him that I was her boyfriend so I agreed to go with her,” Séb explained.

“How did he take the news?” Maggie was curious.

“Better than expected. Millie had invited us to dinner the day before his birthday and she had told Christopher that Sheena was bringing a friend who was a French pop singer. Sheena introduced us and we hit it off right away. At dinner he surprised us by asking Sheena why she hadn’t told him that she was dating a French pop singer and Sheena told him the reason why. He told her that he wanted her to be happy and if I was the one who made her happy then he didn’t have a problem with us dating,” Séb replied with a smile.

“Who told him that you were dating?” David asked.

“Nobody did. He was a heart surgeon and he was good a noticing details. I assume he noticed the way we looked at each other during dinner and he just put two and two together,” Séb finished his water.

“Smart man. I hate to be the party killer but it’s time for you guys to leave,” Maggie pointed at her watch.

“You’re right. We should leave,” David agreed.

The Divos left the hotel bar to go to the venue and the girls went upstairs to their suites to get ready for the concert. An hour later the girls left the hotel and walked to the venue. They met the tour manager, Tony, at the back entrance and he made sure that they slipped into the venue without being spotted by fans. He escorted the two ladies to the dressing rooms so they could see their husbands before the concert.

Séb had finished getting dressed and he picked up his phone to call his daughter. Amanda told him about the shopping, the lunch and the movies and he told her he couldn’t wait to see her new clothes. A knock on the door told him it was time for him to say goodnight to Amanda and he briefly spoke to Sheena before hanging up.

He left the dressing room and joined the guys backstage. Ten minutes later the music started playing and it was time for the concert to begin.

*******

Ten minutes after talking to her dad on the phone, Amanda was sleeping peacefully in her bed. Sheena was in the living room. It had been a long day and she could finally relax with a movie and a cup of tea. Suddenly her phone started ringing and she stopped the movie before looking at the caller ID on her phone. When she saw Juliette’s name on the display, she knew the phone call had something to do with Pierre and she feared the worst. Sheena’s heart was beating fast when she answered the phone.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:39 am

Chapter 22

“Bonsoir Juliette,” Sheena answered the phone.

“Bonsoir Sheena. I’m sorry for calling you at this hour but I think you should come to Paris immediately,” Juliette said.

“How bad is it?” Sheena asked.

“It’s bad. The doctors have given him a week to live,” Juliette replied in a shaky voice.

“I don’t understand. He was fine last week when we said goodbye. What happened?” Sheena wanted some answers.

“He has been sick for a long time but he has been hiding how serious it really was. After dinner he got up and walked to his bedroom to rest but he collapsed just before he reached the stairs,” Juliette explained.

“Where is he now?” Sheena asked.

“He is at the mansion. Pierre is stubborn and he doesn’t want to go to the hospital. He wants to die at home in his own bed,” Juliette answered.

“Ok. I will check for flights to Paris and I will get back to you as soon as I have some details,” Sheena said.

“That sounds good. I want to check on your dad before I get some sleep. Goodbye Sheena,” Juliette hung up the phone.

Sheena was trying to process the information she had just received from Juliette. She knew that Pierre was dying but she had hoped for some more time with him before he died. Sheena turned off the TV and picked up her laptop. She found a flight to Paris the next day at 11am but she had to call Millie before booking the ticket to make sure that she would be able to take care of Amanda.  Picking up the phone, Sheena wondered how her mother would react to the news.

*******

Millie was shocked to hear how sick Pierre really was and she couldn’t believe that he only had a week left. It seemed so wrong and Millie was concerned for Sheena. She knew that Sheena was a strong woman but was she strong enough to deal with losing another dad? It made Millie regret that they hadn’t told Sheena about Pierre earlier so she could have built a relationship with him.

“I will call the girls and tell them to call you in case they need help at the galleries and I will call Séb too and tell him to call your number if he wants to say goodnight to Amanda. I don’t know if I should tell him why I’m going to Paris,” Sheena said.

“I think you should tell him. You don’t have to tell Amanda but you should tell Séb,” Millie advised her.

“He is still on tour and I don’t want him to worry about me when he is on stage and I know he will worry,” Sheena sighed.

“He worries because he cares about you,” Millie said.

“I know he does but if he worries too much it could mess up a concert and I don’t want to be responsible for that happening,” Sheena told her.

“Well, I still think you should tell him but it’s your decision. Now make your phone calls and I will be there in the morning to drive you to the airport. Try to get some sleep,” Millie said.

“I will see you tomorrow. Love you mom,” Sheena hung up the phone.

Millie hung up too and she leaned back on the couch. She wished there was something she could do to make Pierre’s death easier for Sheena but she couldn’t think of anything. Millie turned her attention the movie she had been watching but her mind was elsewhere. After looking at the TV screen for 10 minutes, Millie turned off the TV and went to bed.

********

After speaking to her mom, Sheena called Kate to inform her of what was going on. Kate was shocked about the news and she told Sheena not to worry about the galleries. Since Dani was still on vacation, Sheena had no way of contacting her employee and Sheena asked Kate to contact Dani as soon as she was back from her vacation. Sheena hung up the phone and booked the plane ticket for Paris.

With the plane ticket being booked, she only had one thing left to do before she could start packing. Sheena looked at her watch and she knew the concert had to be over by now so she picked up her phone and dialed Séb’s number. There was no answer and Sheena left a message on his voicemail, asking him to call her back as soon as possible. She walked into the kitchen and placed her empty mug in the sink before she turned out the lights.

Sheena  walked upstairs to her bedroom to pack for her trip but it wasn’t easy. How long would she be gone and how much clothes should she bring? Questions kept popping into her head and she closed her eyes to clear her mind. She ended up packing clothes for a week and after packing she got ready for bed. As she was about to climb into bed, her phone started to ring and the caller ID told her it was Séb.

“Bonsoir Cherie. I just heard message. What’s going on?” Séb asked.

“I have to go to Paris tomorrow,” Sheena replied.

“Is it Pierre?” Séb questioned.

“Yes it is. The doctor has given him a week and I want to be there with him. I just called to tell you that I’m going and that I won’t bring Amanda with me,” Sheena answered.

“Why not bring her with you? I’m sure she would love to see him one last time,” Séb said.

“I saw my dad before he died and seeing him in that hospital bed, looking really sick really shook me up and I don’t want Amanda to remember Pierre like that. I want her to remember Pierre the way he was when she met him,” Sheena told him.

“That sounds like a good idea.  Will she be staying with your mom?” Séb wanted to know.

“Yes she will so you will have to call her there if you want to say goodnight to her. I will text you the number if you don’t have it,” Sheena replied.

“I have a pen and paper next to me,” Séb told her.

Sheena gave him the phone number and they talked for about ten minutes before saying goodnight. As she turned out the lights, Sheena hoped that she would make it to Paris before Pierre passed away. She let out a yawn and closed her eyes.

******

“What is up with you?” Carlos asked as Séb joined him for breakfast.

“Sheena called me last night. Pierre is dying and she is going to Paris to see him,” Séb took a seat.

“We all knew that he was dying,” Carlos sipped his coffee.

“You don’t understand. The doctor has given him a week. Sheena sounded so sad on the phone and I wanted to get on the first plane to Paris,” Séb looked at Carlos.

“I understand. It must be difficult for you to be here, knowing that Sheena needs you but we need you too,” Carlos said.

“I know that and that’s why I didn’t leave,” Séb told him.

Carlos and Séb were talking when the others joined them and Séb filled them in on what was happening in Paris. They were all shocked to hear about Pierre and they all wished there was something they could do. It was Sunday and the last concert wasn’t until Wednesday. It meant that Séb couldn’t leave until Wednesday after the concert and they all hoped that Séb would get to Paris before Pierre died.

After breakfast, the two Divo couples said goodbye to their friends and left the hotel. They had the day off and they wanted to do some sightseeing. Séb wasn’t in the mood to do anything so he just wanted to spend the day in the hotel. Carlos decided to stay with Séb because he thought that Séb could use someone to talk to.

“I thought of checking out the indoor pool. Want to join me or do you have other plans?” Carlos asked as they walked to their rooms.

“I don’t have any plans for today so I will join you,” Séb replied.

“Good. We will meet downstairs in 10 minutes,” Carlos said and disappeared into his room.

Séb unlocked the door to his own room and he was happy that Carlos had decided to stay at the hotel and keep him company. He needed someone to talk to and Carlos was that person. After changing Séb walked downstairs and found Carlos by the pool.

“I’ve ordered something to drink,” Carlos told him.

“Great. Thanks for staying with me,” Séb looked at Carlos.

“That’s what friends are for,” Carlos said as the waiter brought them the water bottles.

“You look like you want to ask me something,” Séb sipped his water.

“I’m just curious to know more about you and Sheena. How did you meet?” Carlos asked.

Séb told him the story of how he met Sheena and that it was love at first sight for him. Carlos looked at Séb as he talked about Sheena and it was easy to see that he was still deeply in love with her. His entire body language changed and his eyes were twinkling whenever he mentioned her name. He seemed much happier than he did at breakfast.

“Can I ask you a question?” Carlos looked at Séb.

“Sure,” Séb said.

“If you loved her that much then why did you lie to Sheena that night?” Carlos asked.

“That is a good question and I wish I had an answer but I don’t,” Séb replied.

“You should have told her the truth,” Carlos said.

“I know that. Ever since Sheena walked back into my life, I’ve been trying to imagine what my life would have looked like if I hadn’t lied to her that day and I liked what I saw,” Séb sighed.

“Lying to your partner is never wise and I hope you’ve learned your lesson,” Carlos looked at him.

“I have and I will never lie to her again. I’ve lost five years of my daughter’s life because of it and I don’t want to lose more years,” Séb said.

“That will never happen. You and Amanda have a strong bond already and I doubt Sheena will do anything to destroy that bond. We both know that,” Carlos said.

“You’re right. She won’t do that to me or Amanda,” Séb agreed.

“Sheena is a wonderful person and I think she is really trying to make up for the five years you’ve lost. Deep down she knows that you never cheated on her but I think she is afraid to admit it,” Carlos told him.

“You’re right about Sheena. She is wonderful in every way. If she knows that I never cheated, why does she act like I did cheat on her? It makes no sense,” Séb looked at Carlos.

“This is what I think is going on. She knows you never cheated on her but if she admits to that it means that she left you for the wrong reason five years ago and it’s embarrassing to her,” Carlos explained.

“I didn’t think of that but it does make sense,” Séb agreed.

“Well, enough about that. Let’s jump into the pool,” Carlos stood and jumped into the pool.

Séb followed his friend and they were having a great time.

******

At the airport, Sheena had just said goodbye to her mom and Amanda and as she walked towards security, she could hear Amanda crying. Sheena felt miserable because she felt like a bad mom. She was leaving her daughter behind and what kind of mother would do that? After getting through security, Sheena bought a cup of coffee and called Juliette. Sheena told Juliette what time she would be in Paris and of course she asked for news about Pierre. Juliette told her that Pierre was getting worse and Sheena prayed that she would be able to see him before he died.

They talked for about 10 minutes and half an hour later Sheena was on a plane to Paris. She had a long flight ahead of her but she had been wise enough to bring her iPod with her. Sheena closed her eyes and listened to the voices of Il Divo. When she heard Séb’s voice, a smile appeared on her face and suddenly she realized that her feelings for him were stronger than she thought. She was still in love with Séb but right now she had other things to think about.

*******

Amanda had fallen asleep in the car and Millie carried her granddaughter into the house. She couldn’t carry her upstairs to the bedroom so she carried her into the living room and placed her on the couch. Millie took a blanket and covered Amanda with it before she walked into the kitchen to make some tea. Millie returned to the living room and she placed the cup on the table before she reached for her book.

Millie looked at the pages but she couldn’t focus on reading.  She was thinking of Pierre and Sheena and she hoped that Sheena would make it to Paris on time. She knew her daughter really well and she knew that Sheena would hate herself if she didn’t see Pierre before he died. Millie sipped her tea and looked at Sheena’s list of things to do.

Sheena had asked Millie to pack a bag for Amanda with everything she needed for the trip to London. They all knew that a funeral was inevitable and Sheena wanted Amanda to be there for the funeral. The plan was for Millie to bring Amanda to Paris and after the funeral Sheena and Amanda would visit Séb in London.

Millie had finished her tea and she was just about to take the cup into the kitchen when there was a knock on the door. She wasn’t expecting any visitors and she had no idea who was at the door. Millie walked into the hallway and opened the door to see Tim standing there with a big smile on his face. She couldn’t explain why but him being there made her feel uncomfortable. He was the family lawyer but she hadn’t sent for him so why was he there?

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:58 pm

Chapter 23


“You look surprised to see me,” Tim said with a smile.

“I am surprised to see you. What are you doing here?” Millie asked him.

“I tried to call Sheena but she didn’t answer and she wasn’t home so I thought she might be here,” Tim answered her question.

“Sheena is not here. She had to go to Paris to see her dad. He is very sick,” Millie explained.

“I’m sorry to hear that. What about Amanda?” Tim asked.

“She is here with me,” Millie replied.

“That’s good. Can I come in? I have something I want to talk to you about,” Tim looked at Millie.

“Sure. We can talk in the kitchen,” Millie stepped aside and let him in.

They walked into the kitchen and Millie offered him something to drink. Tim wanted coffee and Millie made a fresh pot for them. She had a feeling that Tim was up to something and she really felt uncomfortable having him around. Chris had always trusted him but after Chris’ death Tim had changed. She couldn’t put her finger on what it was but she knew something had definitely changed. Millie poured two cups of coffee and joined Tim at the table.

“You said you wanted to talk,” Millie looked at him.

“I do. The thing is that I will be in London next week and Sheena told me that she would be in London too. I thought it could be nice to meet up with her but she didn’t tell me where she would be staying during her visit. She only mentioned that she would be staying with a friend and I thought that maybe you had more information,” Tim said.

“I’m sorry but she has only mentioned that they are going to London. I don’t know even know where her friend lives,” Millie lied, hoping he would believe her.

“That sounds a bit strange to me,” Tim looked at Millie.

“Are you accusing me of lying to you?” Millie asked him.

“No of course not but you have to admit that it is strange that she hasn’t given you any information,” Tim answered.

“It’s not strange at all. She hasn’t left yet and I’m sure she will tell me more before she leaves. She does have a lot of things going on in her life right now,” Millie explained.

“Maybe you’re right. Will you please contact me when you have more information about her stay in London? I want to surprise her with dinner while she is there,” Tim smiled at Millie.

“I will let you know,” Millie told him.

“Well, I should be on my way. I have a meeting. Thanks for the coffee. I will let myself out. Goodbye Millie,” Tim rose from his chair and left the kitchen.

Millie let out a sigh of relief when she heard the door close. She was finally able to relax and she finished the rest of her coffee. Tim had really made her feel uncomfortable but she was happy that she hadn’t told him anything about the trip to London. Millie knew how Tim would react if he knew who Sheena and Amanda would visit in London. She knew that Tim had a huge crush on Sheena and she feared that he would do something bad if he found out that they were visiting Séb.

She looked at the clock on the wall and it told her that it was lunch time. Millie carried her cup to the sink and then she started lunch. While Millie was in the kitchen making lunch, Amanda woke up and stretched her body. Her stomach was making a lot of noises and she walked into the kitchen to get something to eat.

“My tummy is making noises,” Amanda said to Millie.

“Mine too. Do you want to help me with lunch?” Millie asked.

Amanda nodded her head eagerly and Millie grabbed a chair for Amanda to stand on. They were preparing lunch and had a great time doing it.

******

“What are you thinking of?” Maggie asked David as they were having lunch.

“I’m just thinking of how much I want to make love to you,” David whispered before he nibbled her ear.

“Please stop! Some of us are trying to eat,” Urs said to David.

“Sorry! I was actually thinking of Séb. Do you think he would have left if Carlos hadn’t stayed with him?” David asked Urs.

“No. Séb is devoted to Il Divo and he wouldn’t turn his back on us. He loves Sheena very much and he wants to be with her in Paris but he would not do that,” Urs said.

“Urs is right. Séb will be on the first plane to Paris right after the concert on Wednesday but not before that,” Maggie added her opinion.

“I guess you’re right. Well, let’s finish our lunch and check on Séb and Carlos. They might have gotten themselves into a mess with a couple of charming ladies,” David laughed.

“I doubt that. They don’t cheat on their girlfriends,” Miki said.

“Séb doesn’t have a girlfriend,” David reminded her.

“Not yet but he will. I’m sure Sheena and Séb will be together the next time we see them,” Miki smiled at him.

“Listen to my wife. She is usually right about stuff like that,” Urs kissed Miki’s cheek.

“Let’s eat,” David looked at them.

They all continued their lunch and half an hour later they went back to the hotel to check on the flirty Spaniard and the charming Frenchie.  Carlos and Séb had just finished their lunch and they were on their way back to their rooms when the couples walked into the hotel.  David called out to them and they all agreed on getting something to drink in the hotel restaurant.

******

After lunch Millie and Amanda went horseback riding. Just like her mom, Amanda was an excellent rider and she loved horses. Millie hoped it would keep Amanda from missing her mom too much and it seemed to be working. Watching Amanda on a horse brought back memories to when Sheena was a child. Whenever Sheena wasn’t busy drawing or painting, she spent a lot of time on a horse.

They spent a few hours with the horses before returning to the house to relax before dinner. Amanda wanted to paint and Millie couldn’t deny her that. Millie found an apron for Amanda to prevent stains on her clothes and shortly after Amanda was having fun painting. It had been a while since Millie had touched a paintbrush but seeing Amanda having fun made her grab a paintbrush.

The two of them were having a good time painting and talking and Millie almost lost track of time. When she looked at her watch it was almost time for Amanda’s bath. They left the studio and went upstairs to the bathroom. After giving Amanda a bath, Millie went downstairs to start dinner and Amanda went to her room to put on her nightgown.  Once she had changed, she joined Millie in the kitchen. Amanda sat down at the table and fifteen minutes later dinner was ready.

******

The Divo couples, Carlos and Séb had finished their dinner in hotel restaurant. They had talked about going out to dinner but they decided to stay at the hotel. The next day would be busy with a soundcheck after breakfast, a meeting with Simon after lunch and a concert in the evening. Rebecca would arrive a few hours before the concert and Carlos was excited about seeing her again.

They left the restaurant together and went upstairs to their rooms. As soon as he was in his room, Séb took off his shirt and grabbed a bottle of water from the minibar before he sat down on the bed. He opened the bottle and took a sip before picking up his phone. It was time for him to say goodnight to his daughter. It seemed to take forever for Millie to answer the phone and he let out a sigh of relief when he heard her voice.

“Good evening Sébastien,” Millie said.

“Bonsoir Millie. Is she still up or am I too late?” Séb asked.

“We lost track of time so we just finished dinner. She is coming now,” Millie said.

“Hi daddy. Grandma and I went horseback riding today and it was fun. I love horses and after that we painted,” Amanda told him.

“That’s great sweetheart. Are you being a good girl?” Séb asked.

“Yes I am but I miss you and mommy,” Amanda replied with sadness in her voice.

“I miss you too sweetheart and I’m sure that mom misses you too. Just remember that it won’t be long until we’re all together again and we will have so much fun in London,” Séb told her.

“I can’t wait,” Amanda said before letting out a yawn.

“It sounds like it’s bedtime for you little lady,” Séb said.

“I’m not tired daddy,” Amanda let out another yawn.

“Bedtime young lady. Now say goodnight and go to bed,” Séb told her.

“Ok. Goodnight daddy. Love you,” Amanda said.

“Goodnight sweetheart. I love you too. Let me speak to grandma,” Séb said.

Amanda handed the phone to Millie before she went upstairs to her room. After spending a few minutes on the phone to Séb, Millie went upstairs to say goodnight to Amanda. She found a book in Amanda’s bag and sat down on the bed next to Amanda. As Millie was reading a story, Amanda’s eyes became heavier and within a few minutes Amanda had fallen asleep. Millie kissed Amanda’s forehead before turning out the lights. She went downstairs to make herself a cup of tea before bedtime.

******

Sheena arrived safely in Paris and while she was waiting on her luggage, she picked up her phone and called Juliette to tell her that she was at the airport. Juliette told her that a car was waiting for her outside of the airport and breakfast would be ready when she arrived at the mansion. Those words sounded good to Sheena because she was hungry and she was tired too. The flight was long enough for her to get some sleep but Sheena couldn’t sleep on a plane. Hopefully she would be able to get some sleep after seeing Pierre.

She picked up her luggage and left the airport. Her eyes fell on a young man holding a sign with her name on it. Sheena walked over to him and introduced herself. He introduced himself as Claude and he told her that he was Juliette’s son. Claude gestured for Sheena to climb into the car before he put her suitcase into the trunk of the car. Shortly after he climbed into the car and they drove off.

“My mom has told me a lot about you. She really likes you,” Claude told Sheena.

“Your mom is a great woman and she really made me feel welcome the first time I came here. She has also been really good with my daughter,” Sheena said.

“You have a daughter?” Claude asked.

“Her name is Amanda and she is five years old. She is my pride and joy,” Sheena replied.

“You don’t look old enough to have a five year old daughter,” Claude smiled at her.

“Thank you,” Sheena said.

Sheena was shocked. A complete stranger had just told her that she didn’t look old enough to have a five year old child. Nobody had ever said that to her before and she wasn’t sure of how to react. It was a relief to her when the car pulled up in front of the mansion. While Claude was getting her suitcase from the trunk, Sheena walked towards the door. She was just about to knock when Juliette opened the door.

“It’s good to see you again Sheena. I just wish it could have been under more pleasant circumstances,” Juliette said as she hugged Sheena.

“I feel the same way,” Sheena took off her coat.

“The doctor is with your dad now so I suggest we get some breakfast and talk before you see him,” Juliette looked at Sheena.

“That sounds like a good idea. I’m starving,” Sheena smiled.

They walked into the kitchen and Juliette finished making the breakfast as Sheena poured coffee for both of them. As they were enjoying their breakfast, a young man walked into the kitchen. His eyes instantly fell on Sheena and Juliette introduced them to each other. The young man’s name was Patrick Delon and he was Pierre’s doctor. Juliette offered him a cup of coffee and Patrick pulled out a chair and took a seat across from Sheena.

Patrick couldn’t take his eyes off Sheena as they were eating breakfast and he was really flirting with her. His actions made her feel really uncomfortable because she wasn’t interested in him. He was very charming and handsome but Sheena’s heart had already been taken by another French guy who was currently on tour with Il Divo.

“How is my dad doing?” Sheena asked, hoping to take focus away from her.

“Not so good I’m afraid. He spends most of the time sleeping. The medicine makes him sleepy and weak so he is not easy to talk to,” Patrick replied.

“Will he know that I’m here?” Sheena looked at him.

“Yes he will,” Patrick told her.

“That’s good,” Sheena sipped her coffee.

“Can I say something?” Patrick asked.

“Of course you can,” Sheena replied.

“Pierre is really fighting and I think he is holding on because of you. He won’t let go until he sees you one last time. I know it may sound strange but that is my opinion,” Patrick said.

“It doesn’t sound strange at all. I think I will go to him now,” Sheena rose and left the kitchen.

She walked upstairs to Pierre’s bedroom and with each step she knew that she was getting closer to saying goodbye to her dad. The walk to the bedroom seemed to take forever and a lot of thoughts were running through her head. When she reached the bedroom, she took a deep breath before knocking on the door.

When there was no reply from the other side of the door, her heart started beating faster and she had no other choice but to open the door. As she reached for the door handle, images from visiting her dad in the hospital flashed before her eyes. She shook her head to erase the images before she slowly opened the door and walked into the bedroom, closing the door behind her.

Pierre seemed to be sleeping and Sheena wondered for a few seconds if she should leave but she chose to stay when she heard him say her name. His voice was low and he looked really pale. He reached out his hand to her and Sheena walked over to the bed and placed her hand in his. She sat down next to him and a smile appeared on Pierre’s face.

“I’m glad you’re here,” he said to her.

“Me too,” Sheena smiled at him.

“Where is Amanda?” Pierre asked.

“She is in Los Angeles with my mom. I want her to remember you the way you were when we left. There is no need for her to see you like this,” Sheena answered.

“Thanks. How are things with you and Séb?” Pierre looked at her.

“Well, we’re talking but that’s all,” Sheena replied.

“He told me about what happened between the two of you and I don’t think he ever cheated on you. Deep down you know that too but you’re just too stubborn to admit it. What I don’t understand is why you won’t admit it,” Pierre said.

“You wouldn’t understand it,” Sheena sighed.

“Try me,” Pierre looked at her.

“I’m ashamed. If he didn’t cheat on me then I left him for the wrong reason and I’ve been hiding his daughter from him for five years. I’m a horrible person,” Sheena explained.

“Listen to me. Séb loves you very much and he doesn’t think that you’re a horrible person. He has already forgiven you for hiding Amanda from him,” Pierre told her.

“I know he loves me and I know he has forgiven me but it doesn’t change anything,” Sheena said.

“Do me a favor. Remove the curtain from that painting on the easel over there,” Pierre pointed towards an easel.

Sheena walked over to the easel and removed the curtain. It was a painting Pierre had made from the picture he took of Amanda, Séb and her after the charity concert. It was one of his best paintings and Sheena wasn’t sure of how to react. They looked like a real family in that painting and it made her smile. She turned around and walked back to the bed.

“Do you like it?” Pierre asked.

“I love it. The painting is amazing and I think it’s one of your best paintings ever,” Sheena smiled at him.

“I’m glad you like it. I want you to do something for me,” Pierre said as he took her hand.

“Ok. What do you want me to do?” Sheena asked.

“Promise me that you will Séb that you love him and promise me to take good care of Amanda and your mom,” Pierre answered.

“I will do that,” Sheena promised, knowing it was time to say goodbye.

“Thank you. You’re the most perfect creation I’ve ever made in my life and I love you very much. I’ve always loved you and don’t ever forget that,” Pierre kissed her hand.

“I love you too dad,” Sheena said as the tears started to fall.

She watched as Pierre closed his eyes and she could hear his breathing slowing down. Suddenly his breathing stopped and he let go of her hand. Sheena placed his hands on his chest and softly kissed his cheeks. She let the tears flow and she just sat there, looking at him sleeping so peacefully.  After sitting with him for what seemed like a lifetime, Sheena stood and left the bedroom.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:04 pm

Chapter 24

Sheena tried to stop her tears as she walked downstairs to tell Patrick and Juliette that Pierre was dead but it was useless. The tears just kept streaming down her cheeks and there was nothing she could do about it. She walked into the kitchen and both Juliette and Patrick looked at her. They knew that Pierre was dead and Juliette let the tears fall. She rose and walked over to Sheena and hugged her.

Patrick left the kitchen and walked upstairs to Pierre’s bedroom. When he walked into the room he thought that Pierre was just sleeping but when he got closer to the bed he knew that Pierre was dead. He checked Pierre’s body to make sure he was dead before returning to the kitchen. It wasn’t the best moment to talk about the funeral but Patrick had information about Pierre’s wishes for the funeral.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” Patrick said as he sat down.

“Thank you,” Sheena wiped a tear away.

“I know this is a bad time to bring this up but Pierre gave me this after the doctors had told him that he only had a week left to live,” Patrick handed Sheena a document.

“This is a plan for his funeral. Does this mean that I don’t have to do anything?” Sheena asked him.

“Your dad has planned most of it but there is one detail he couldn’t plan. He couldn’t choose the date so that is up to you. Once you’ve decided on a date, I will make a few phone calls,” Patrick replied.

“I will have to call my mom before I decide anything because she is in LA with my daughter and I want both of them to be here for the funeral. As soon as I know when they can be here, I will call you,” Sheena told him.

“I understand that. Right now I have some phone calls to make and you can call me when you have a date,” Patrick looked at Sheena.

“Thanks for your help,” Sheena said.

“You’re welcome. I will let myself out,” Patrick said and left.

Sheena had to call her mom and Séb but it was too early for her to call them. She let out a yawn and Juliette told Sheena to go upstairs and get some sleep but Sheena told her that it would have to wait.

“This is not up for discussion. You need some sleep young lady. Upstairs now,” Juliette said to Sheena.

“Ok but don’t let me sleep all day,” Sheena looked at her.

“I won’t,” Juliette promised.

Sheena rose and walked upstairs. She wanted to see Pierre one more time before they came to take his body away. Taking a deep breath, Sheena opened the door to Pierre’s room and walked inside. She walked over to the bed and looked at him. He looked so peaceful and maybe it was just her imagination but it looked like he was smiling. Sheena let out another yawn and she had no other choice but to get some sleep.

She whispered goodbye before she left the room, closing the door behind her. Sheena walked to her own room and after changing into a nightgown, she climbed into bed. Shortly after placing her head on the pillow she fell asleep.

*****

“Can we call mommy today?” Amanda asked Millie at breakfast.

“Your mom will call us. She promised to call us every day,” Millie replied with a smile.

“I can’t wait,” Amanda smiled back.

Half an hour later they had finished their breakfast and it was time for them to get ready for the day. Amanda was in the bathtub, playing with one of her dolls and Millie was watching her but her thoughts were elsewhere. She couldn’t stop thinking of Tim and why he was so interested in knowing where Sheena would be staying. Was he up to something? If so then what was he up to? Was he up to something that could hurt Sheena, Séb or even Amanda? No, Tim wouldn’t do anything to hurt Sheena or Amanda.

“I think I’m done now grandma. My fingers look like prunes,” Amanda showed Millie her hands.

“Yes they do. Let’s dry you off and get you dressed,” Millie helped Amanda get out of the tub.

Millie dried her off and they walked into Amanda’s room. Amanda picked out her outfit for the day and Millie watched her as she got dressed. She reminded her of Sheena when she was that age and it made her smile.  

“Your phone is ringing grandma,” Amanda suddenly said.

“What?” Millie asked, looking at Amanda.

“The phone,” Amanda repeated.

“Oh. I guess I was far away,” Millie said and answered the phone saying hello.

“Hi mom. How are things in LA?” Sheena asked.

“Great. Amanda just came out of the bathtub and we’ve got lots of plans for later. How is your dad doing?” Millie asked her daughter.

“He passed away this morning Paris time,” Sheena answered with sadness in her voice.

“I’m so sorry honey. Did you get a chance to see him and talk to him before it happened?” Millie wanted to know.

“Yes I did. The doctor believed that Pierre was holding on because he wanted to see me before he died and I think he was right. I was with Pierre when he died,” Sheena explained.

“When is the funeral?” Millie asked.

“I don’t know yet. It depends on how soon you and Amanda can be here. I want both of you here for the funeral,” Sheena replied.

“I will find out and get back to you. Amanda wants to talk to you,” Millie said.

“Hi mommy. I miss you. When are you coming home?” Amanda asked.

“I miss you too pumpkin but you and grandma will come visit me in Paris. There is something I want talk to you about. It’s about grandpa Pierre. Is grandma still with you?” Sheena asked her, trying to be strong.

“I can’t wait to see grandpa Pierre again and grandma is next to me,” Amanda said.

“I’m afraid you won’t be seeing him again pumpkin. Grandpa Pierre was very sick and he died this morning. You and grandma will be joining me soon for the funeral,” Sheena explained.

Sheena could hear Amanda crying and it broke her heart not being able to be there and comfort her daughter. Once again she felt like a bad mother and she regretted telling Amanda about his death before the funeral but Millie told her that she did the right thing. Sheena and Millie agreed that Millie should comfort Amanda and call back as soon as she had checked flights to Paris.

After hanging up, Sheena looked at her phone and she wondered if she should call Séb and tell him. She began to dial his number but then decided against it. He would know soon enough and she wasn’t feeling up to it. Letting out a sigh, Sheena went downstairs to the living room where Juliette and Claude were waiting for her. Juliette had made coffee for them and they talked a bit about Pierre’s plans for the funeral.

As they were talking, Millie called Sheena to inform her that she had booked the tickets for Paris and they would be arriving the next day at 5pm. Sheena asked about Amanda and Millie told her that Amanda had stopped crying and was now sleeping.

“Did you call Séb?” Millie asked.

“No I didn’t. I wanted to do it but I chose not to. He is still on tour and there is nothing he can do from wherever he is right now,” Sheena told her.

“I guess you’re right. Well, I have some things to do before we leave LA,” Millie said.

“Ok mom. I will see you tomorrow afternoon. Give Amanda a hug and a kiss from me,” Sheena said.

“I will do that. See you tomorrow,” Millie hung up.

After talking to her mom, Sheena called Patrick and told him that her mom and daughter would be there the next day so he could arrange the funeral for Wednesday. Patrick told her that he would take care of it and that he would drop by a few hours later to talk more about Pierre’s funeral. Even though Sheena wasn’t in the mood to talk to him, she agreed to it. She hung up and informed Juliette of her conversation with Patrick. Juliette didn’t seem like she was in the mood to talk to Patrick but it was better to get it done as soon as possible.

******

After a perfect soundcheck and a great lunch, the Divos were now in a meeting with Simon. The meeting was about 15 minutes old when Séb’s phone began to vibrate in his pocket. He knew how much Simon hated being interrupted but something told Séb that he had to take this call. Séb quickly looked at the caller ID and then he knew that he had to take the call.

“I thought we had an agreement about phones and meetings,” Simon looked at Séb.

“We do but it is Sheena’s mom and it either has to do with Amanda or Pierre,” Séb explained to Simon.

“Ok. Take the call,” Simon said.

Séb answered the phone and left the room, returning five minutes later. The look on his face told his friends that something bad had happened. He sat down at the table without looking at his friends or saying anything.

“When did he die?” Urs asked.

“This morning but how did you know that it was about Pierre?” Séb looked at Urs.

“I know you Séb. We all know how you feel about Amanda and Sheena and if it had been about them, you wouldn’t have been so calm,” Urs told him.

“You’re right about that. They mean everything to me,” Séb said.

“Did Sheena make it to Paris before he died?” David looked at Séb.

“She was with him when he died and I think it meant a lot to both of them. The funeral will be held on Wednesday so Millie and Amanda are leaving LA tonight,” Séb replied.

The other Divos and Simon looked at Séb and they were all worried that he would jump on the first plane to Paris to be with Sheena. Séb looked at his friends and he instantly knew what they were thinking and he had to ease their minds.

“Stop looking at me like that. I know what you’re all thinking and you don’t have to worry about me jumping on a plane. Yes, I want to be there for Sheena but right now I have a job to do and I will do that job. I will be on the first plane out of here after the concert on Wednesday but not before that so let’s get on with the meeting,” Séb said.

Simon continued with the meeting and after an hour, the Divos left the meeting. Carlos had to get ready for picking up Rebecca, David and Urs wanted to spend some time with their wives and Séb just wanted to relax.

******

After spending 15 minutes waiting for her suitcase, Rebecca could finally leave the baggage reclaim area and join Carlos who was waiting for her in the arrival hall. Rebecca couldn’t wait to see Carlos again and she was looking forward to the concerts and the vacation in Spain. When she walked through the door to the arrival hall, she spotted Carlos and he was holding a rose in his hand. He walked towards her and he gave her the rose before he pulled her into a deep kiss.

“That’s what I call a nice welcome,” Rebecca said after they broke the kiss.

“Well, I do have more planned but I don’t think this is the right place to show you,” Carlos said, wiggling his eyebrows.

“Now that sounds interesting. Let’s get out of here,” Rebecca smiled at him.

Carlos nodded his head and picked up Rebecca’s suitcase. They left the airport and climbed into the car as the driver put the suitcase into the trunk. As they drove to the hotel, they discussed the last concerts and the trip to Spain after the tour. In what seemed like no time at all, the car pulled up in front of the hotel. The driver took out the suitcase while Carlos and Rebecca walked into the hotel.

As they passed the hotel bar, Rebecca spotted Séb at one of the tables. He had a drink in front of him and he seemed to be miles away. Rebecca wondered why Séb would be drinking in a bar before a concert and she asked Carlos about it.

“He is worried about Sheena,” Carlos told her.

“Why? What’s wrong with Sheena?” Rebecca looked at Carlos.

“Pierre passed away this morning. Sheena is in Paris now and the funeral is Wednesday,” Carlos replied.

“Pierre is dead? Poor Sheena. She was devastated when Christopher died and now she has to go through it all again. I wish I could be there for her,” Rebecca said.

“Séb wishes he could be there for her too. It’s not a big secret that he loves her very much and I can understand why he wants to be there for her,” Carlos told Rebecca.

“I understand that too but he shouldn’t be drinking. You have to talk to him and I have to call Sheena. I will join you in the bar when I’m done,” Rebecca said and walked away.

Carlos watched as Rebecca walked towards the elevator and after the elevator doors closed, he turned and walked into the bar. He walked over to Séb and sat down across from him. A waiter joined them and asked Carlos if he wanted something to drink.

“What are you drinking?” Carlos asked Séb.

“Ice water,” Séb replied.

“Oh ok. I’ll have that too,” Carlos told the waiter.

“You should know me better than that Carlos. I don’t drink before a concert,” Séb reminded his friend.

“I didn’t say anything,” Carlos said.

“No you didn’t but you were thinking it,” Séb sipped his water.

“I’m guilty and I’m sorry,” Carlos looked at him.

“You’re forgiven. I thought you had to pick up Rebecca,” Séb said.

“She is in our room. I told her about Pierre and she wanted to call Sheena. Did you call Sheena yet?” Carlos asked as the waiter brought him his water.

“Not yet but I’m going to,” Séb told him.

As they were talking, Rebecca walked into the bar. She ordered a coke before joining the guys at the table. Rebecca greeted Séb and she told them that Sheena said hi and wished them good luck with the concert. Séb finished his drink and stood without saying a word.

“Where are you going?” Carlos asked Séb.

“I think it’s time for me to call Sheena. Enjoy your drinks,” Séb replied and disappeared.

“Let’s finish our drinks and go to our room,” Carlos suggested.

“That sounds like a good idea,” Rebecca smiled.

After finishing their drinks, they went upstairs to their room to spend some time alone before they had to go to the venue. As soon as they were inside, Carlos pulled Rebecca close to him and kissed her deeply.

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