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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:22 pm

Chapter 25

---- Paris ----

It was almost 8pm in Paris when Sheena and Juliette had finished cooking a late dinner. Just as they were about to sit down in the dining room, the doorbell rang and the two ladies looked at each other.

“Are you expecting visitors?” Juliette asked Sheena.

“Patrick told me that he would drop by to talk about the funeral,” Sheena replied.

“I’m not really in the mood to talk to him but I guess it would be rude not to let him in,” Juliette looked at Sheena.

“Yes it would,” Sheena agreed as she walked to the door.

“Bonsoir mademoiselle,” Patrick said with a smile as she opened the door.

“Bonsoir. Come on in,” Sheena stepped aside.

“Thank you. I hope I’m not interrupting anything,” Patrick took off his jacket.

“We’re just having dinner,” Sheena told him.

“Oh. I thought you would be done by now. I’m sorry,” Patrick said.

“It’s ok. You didn’t know,” Sheena told him.

“How are you doing?” Patrick asked as they walked to the dining room.

“I’m fine. My mom and my daughter will be here tomorrow and I can’t wait to see them,” she answered.

When they walked into the dining room, Patrick greeted Juliette and Claude before he took a seat across from Sheena. Juliette offered him a glass of wine and Patrick accepted the offer. As he sipped his wine, he informed them that everything regarding the funeral had been taken care of.

After dinner, Juliette and Sheena cleared the table while Claude and Patrick were in the dining room. Patrick didn’t like Claude and the reason was that his ex was dating Claude. She had left Patrick at the altar because she had fallen in love with Claude and Patrick had never forgiven Claude for stealing his fiancé. They were staring at each other in silence when Sheena and Juliette returned with coffee and they sensed the tension between the two men.

“I’m sorry but I can’t stay for coffee. I have to meet someone,” Claude said to Juliette.

“You do have time for one cup of coffee and you know that I won’t take no for an answer so drink up,” Juliette said and poured coffee for him.

“Are you meeting my fiancé?” Patrick asked.

“She is not your fiancé Patrick! She is my girlfriend and you just have to accept that,” Claude replied.

“And if I don’t want to accept that?” Patrick looked at him.

“That’s your problem, not mine,” Claude said.

“That’s enough,” Juliette raised her voice.

“I’m sorry mom but I think I should leave now,” Claude finished his coffee.

“I will walk you to the door,” Juliette stood.

They left the dining room and Sheena stared at Patrick. She wanted to say something but she didn’t know Patrick or Claude well enough to share her opinion. But if he was still in love with his ex, then why was he hitting on her? It didn’t make much sense at all. Sheena felt relieved when Juliette returned and they talked more about the funeral as they drank their coffee.

---- New York ----

Séb was in his room, staring at the phone in his hand. He wanted to call Sheena but he wasn’t sure of what to say to her. What do you say to a woman who has lost her dad? Séb never knew what to say in situations like this but he also knew that he had to call Sheena. He took a deep breath and dialed Sheena’s number and it seemed to take forever for her to answer the phone. Séb was just about to hang up when he heard Sheena’s voice say hello.

”Hi, it’s me,” Séb said.

“I know. The caller ID said so,” Sheena told him.

“I spoke to your mom earlier and she told me about Pierre. I’m really sorry to hear that he is dead and I also want to apologize for not calling earlier but I didn’t know what to say to you,” he said.

“Thanks. Don’t worry about it. I don’t know what to say either when someone dies. What made you change your mind about calling me?” Sheena asked.

“Actually I wanted to make sure that you’re ok,” Séb said.

“That’s so sweet of you. I’m ok and I’m really glad that I don’t have to worry about the funeral. Pierre has planned his funeral down to the last detail and Patrick is in charge of everything so I can just relax,” Sheena explained.

“Who is Patrick?” Séb asked.

“Patrick is or was my dad’s doctor. He is here now to talk about the funeral,” Sheena answered.

“Oh. Did I interrupt something?” Séb wanted to know.

“No you didn’t. I’m glad you called. I had to get out of there for a while. The guy makes me feel really uncomfortable,” Sheena told him.

“Why is that?” Séb asked.

“I think he has a crush on me,” Sheena replied.

“Well, I’m not surprised to hear that. I would have been more surprised if he didn’t have some kind of crush on you,” Séb said.

“Is that a compliment?” Sheena asked him.

“Yes it is. You’re beautiful and you just have to accept that men fall in love with you the first time they see you,” Séb answered.

“That’s not true,” Sheena told him.

“Yes it is. I fell in love with you when you sat down at my table 7 years ago and I never stopped loving you. I never believed in love at first sight until that day,” Séb said.

“Please don’t do this to me Séb,” Sheena begged him.

“Don’t do what? Talk about love and feelings? I’m sorry. I completely forgot that you don’t like to talk about those two things,” Séb raised his voice.

“It’s not that I don’t want to talk about love and feelings but I just lost my dad and right now I have to deal with that. We can talk about love and feelings when I get to London but not now and don’t you dare raise your voice at me,” Sheena told him.

“I’m sorry for raising my voice. I’m just a bit frustrated but you’re right. This is not the time to talk about us,” Séb apologized.

“Apology accepted. I should get back to my guests,” Sheena said.

“Yes you should. I will call you tomorrow. Bye Sheena,” Séb hung up.

After hanging up, Sheena stared at the phone in her hand. She wanted to tell him how she felt but saying I love you on the phone seemed wrong. Those 3 words should be said face to face. Sheena walked back to the dining room where Patrick and Juliette were talking. Patrick turned his attention to Sheena and she felt uncomfortable with all the questions Patrick was asking her. She felt like she was being interrogated and it wasn’t a nice feeling. Some of his questions were too personal and she told him that. Patrick apologized and stopped asking personal questions but he still had one big question to ask her.

After finishing his coffee, Patrick announced it was time for him to leave because he had a meeting early the next day. Sheena didn’t want to be rude so she walked him to the door. As Sheena opened the door, Patrick took her hand and looked at her. The look in his eyes made her feel uncomfortable and she wondered what was going on.

“I’ve been thinking about something. Would you like to go out with me when all of this is over?” Patrick asked.

“Why would you ask a girl out when you’re still in love with your ex?” Sheena answered with a question.

“I’m not in love with my ex. I just don’t want her to date Claude. So do you want to go out with me?” Patrick repeated his question.

“I’m sorry but I can’t go out with you. I’m sure you’re a nice guy but I’m in love with someone and I will see him next week. Going out with you would be a mistake,” Sheena replied.

“At least you're being honest with me. Well, you can’t blame a guy for trying. I will see you Wednesday for the funeral. Goodnight,” Patrick said and left.

Sheena closed and locked the door behind him before she leaned against the door. She couldn’t believe that Patrick had asked her out on a date and she was both stunned and flattered at the same time. If Séb hadn’t walked back into her life, things would have been different and maybe she would have said yes to Patrick’s invitation but she would never know now. Sheena walked back to the dining room to help Juliette clear the table.

As soon as they had done the dishes, they walked into the living room and talked. It was almost midnight when Sheena went to bed. Lots of thoughts were running through her head as she stared at the ceiling. Soon she would have to make some life changing decisions and she really had no idea of what to do. Hopefully Séb and her mom could help her out because right now she was completely lost.

---- Los Angeles ----

Millie and Amanda were on their way to the airport. They had just finished checking in and were on their way to security check when Millie’s phone started ringing. She looked at the caller ID and when she saw Séb’s name on the display, she handed the phone to Amanda and told her it was her dad.

Amanda told Séb that she was at the airport with Millie and that they were going to Paris. Séb could hear the sadness in Amanda’s voice when she told him the reason for the trip and it made him sad. He wanted so badly to be there for Amanda and Sheena but he had an obligation to the guys and the fans.

When Millie and Amanda reached security check, Millie took the phone and she spoke to Séb for a few minutes before hanging up. For once the security check went smoothly and shortly after Millie and Amanda were on their way to the gate. Amanda complained about being hungry and they walked into a small restaurant to get something to eat. Millie ordered two sandwiches and two sodas before they found a table and sat down.

The two of them were having a great time and before they knew it, they were called to the gate for boarding. Ten minutes later they were on the plane to Paris and Amanda was just as scared as she was when she flew to Paris the first time with her mom and Rebecca. Amanda grabbed Millie’s hand and she didn’t let go until they were in the air. Shortly after Amanda was sleeping and Millie asked for a blanket and a pillow. She covered Amanda with the blanket and removed a strand of hair from Amanda’s face. Millie closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:39 pm

Chapter 26


Sheena was at Charles De Gaulle airport, waiting for Amanda and Millie to arrive. The plane was about 15 minutes delayed and Sheena bought a cup of coffee. She found a table and sat down, letting out a deep sigh. Sheena’s fingers played with the cup as she thought of everything that had happened in her life within the last two months. It had really been a rough time for her but there had been a few bright moments too, like meeting Pierre and Séb meeting Amanda.

She sipped her coffee as she looked at people walking by. The people who caught her attention were happy families going on vacation. It brought back memories to a conversation with Séb a few months before she left Paris. They had talked about kids and all of the places they wanted to see together. She still wanted to see those places and she wanted to see them with Amanda and Séb. Sheena looked at the screen with arrivals and the plane from Los Angeles had landed.

Sheena finished her coffee and walked closer to the arrival hall. It seemed to take forever for Amanda and Millie to walk through the door but suddenly Sheena noticed both of them. With a big smile on her face, Amanda let go of Millie’s hand and ran towards Sheena with open arms.

“Hey pumpkin,” Sheena picked up Amanda.

“I’ve missed you mommy,” Amanda said.

“I’ve missed you too pumpkin. Have you been nice to grandma?” Sheena asked.

“She has been a really nice girl. Hi sweetheart,” Millie hugged Sheena.

“Hi mom. Did you have a nice flight?” Sheena looked at Millie.

“Yes we did but it was a long flight and I’m looking forward to a few days of relaxing before I go back to LA on Friday,” Millie told her.

“If you want to relax then let’s get out of here,” Sheena suggested as she took Amanda’s hand.

They walked out of the airport and over to the car where Claude was waiting for them. After the introduction, Claude put the suitcases in the trunk and they drove off.

*******

At the hotel in New York, Séb was looking out of the window. He thought of the conversation he had with Sheena the night before and he knew that if he kept pushing her, she would distance herself from him and that wasn’t what he wanted. He wanted to be with Sheena and Amanda, to be a family and do things that families do. Séb knew he had to let Sheena come to him and he would do that. She would come to him when she was ready to talk.

Séb turned and walked into the bedroom where he changed his clothes. Only two more concerts and he would be on his way to Paris. He was looking forward to seeing his two girls again and it would be a big surprise for them when he showed up at the mansion and he couldn’t wait to see their reaction. Hopefully Sheena wouldn’t be upset about him showing up and hopefully she would agree to go with him to the birthday party Saturday night.

After changing his clothes, Séb went for a walk in New York. He had to meet the guys for lunch later and he had a soundcheck after lunch but right now he just wanted to be alone. Séb passed a toy store and he went inside to buy something for Amanda. After spending almost 20 minutes in the toy store, he finally found something he hoped she would like. As he left the toy store, he wondered if he should get something for Sheena too. It didn’t have to be anything big but he just wanted to give her something.

Suddenly he noticed a dress in a store and even though he knew it was stupid to buy a dress, he walked into the store and took a closer look at the dress. He knew Sheena’s measurements and she didn’t look like she had been gaining weight so he decided to buy the dress and hoped she would be wearing it at the birthday party.

Séb looked at his watch and it was almost time for him to meet up with the guys so he walked to the restaurant. Urs and Miki were already at the restaurant when he walked in but that didn’t surprise him at all. He greeted both of them and placed the two shopping bags on the table as he took a seat.

“What did you buy at a woman’s clothing store?” Miki asked him.

“I bought a dress for Sheena,” Séb replied with a smile.

“Have you lost your mind? You bought a dress for Sheena? Can I ask why?” Urs looked at Séb.

“She needs a dress for the birthday party on Saturday and I know that she hasn’t brought a dress,” Séb answered.

“So you’ve asked her to go with you?” Miki looked at Séb.

“Not exactly. I will ask her when I get to Paris,” Séb answered.

“You bought a dress for Sheena but you don’t know if she will join you at the party. You really are crazy,” Urs shook his head.

David and Maggie walked over to the table, followed by Carlos and Rebecca. They had seen how Urs shook his head and of course they wanted to know what was going on. Urs told them what Séb had done and they all looked at Séb.

“I know what you’re thinking and maybe I am crazy but I love her and if I want to buy Sheena a dress then I will buy her a dress. It’s a big risk because I haven’t even asked her to the party yet but it’s a risk I’m ready to take,” Séb explained.

“What kind of party is it?” Rebecca wanted to know.

“It’s a birthday party for my cousin Jean-Luc,” Séb told her.

“Wait a second. You want to ask Sheena to your cousin’s party? A party his wife will be at too? Are you nuts?” Carlos looked at his friend.

“To you it might sound nuts but I’m hoping Bianca will be able to convince Sheena that nothing happened between Bianca and me that night,” Séb told him.

“Oh my God. You want Sheena to join you at a birthday party, hosted by the woman she hates more than anything? You’re a brave man,” Rebecca said.

“Maybe I am but I can’t think of any other way to make Sheena see that I never cheated. She doesn’t believe me but maybe she will believe Bianca,” Séb sighed.

“Just be prepared for a fist fight at that party because things could get ugly,” Rebecca told him.

“I know that. Sheena’s temper is one of the things I love about her,” Séb said with a smile.

“Good luck. Now let’s order something to eat,” Rebecca said.

They ordered lunch and as they were eating, they talked about their plans for their time off. After lunch the girls went back to the hotel and the guys went to the venue for a soundcheck.

******

The car pulled up in front of the mansion and everyone got out. Millie stared at the mansion and a lot of memories entered her mind. She had been spending a lot of time in that mansion when she was dating Pierre and it was strange being back after all these years. They walked into the mansion and were greeted by Juliette.

“You haven’t changed at all Juliette,” Millie said with a smile.

“That is nonsense. I’ve gotten older but you still look like you did back then. Let me show you to your room,” Juliette picked up the suitcase.

Sheena watched as Juliette and her mom walked upstairs and a big smile appeared on her face. She knew her mom would have a great time at the mansion because her mom and Juliette had a lot of catching up to do.

“Will daddy call me tonight?” Amanda asked Sheena as they walked upstairs.

“Of course he will call you pumpkin,” Sheena answered.

“But he doesn’t know that I’m here,” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“Yes he does. I spoke to your dad yesterday and I told him that you would be staying with me until we meet up with him in London. Don’t worry pumpkin. Your dad loves you very much and he will call you to say goodnight,” Sheena smiled as she stroked Amanda’s head.

“I love you mommy,” Amanda said with a smile.

“And I love you. You can undress while I prepare a bath for you,” Sheena smiled and walked to the bathroom.

Amanda undressed and joined Sheena in the bathroom. She loved baths, especially when there was a lot of foam she could play with. After a long bath, Sheena dried off Amanda and while her daughter was getting dressed, Sheena went downstairs to make some hot chocolate for all of them.

Juliette and Millie were talking about the old days when Sheena walked into the kitchen. She listened to their stories and it helped her to understand what kind of man Pierre was. Hearing stories about Pierre made Sheena wish that her parents had told her about him before but she wasn’t mad at her parents. They had done what they thought was best because Christopher didn’t want to lose his daughter.

Sheena was preparing hot chocolate when Amanda walked into the kitchen. She sat down next to Millie and Sheena placed a mug of hot chocolate in front of her. Sheena asked her mom and Juliette to tell more stories about her dad and they did. They had so many stories to share and they had a good time.

******

“Please sit down David. You will ruin the carpet if you keep pacing up and down the floor. She promised to call us and she will. Just relax,” Maggie said.

“How can you be so calm? This is about our future. Carrie promised to call us at 11am and she hasn’t called us,” David looked at Maggie.

“I know it’s about our future but I trust Carrie and she will call us,” Maggie walked over to David and wrapped her arms around him.

“I’m sorry baby. It’s just that I really want this to happen, especially since it’s my fault that we have to do it this way,” David turned and looked at her.

“It will happen,” Maggie touched his cheek.

“How can you be so sure?” David wrapped his arms around her.

“I can feel it. Carrie will call us so let’s just relax and get some rest,” Maggie looked at him.

“Have I told you today that I love you?” David asked her.

“No you haven’t,” Maggie replied with a smile.

“I love you Mrs. Miller,” David touched her face.

“I love you too. Now let’s get some rest,” Maggie kissed him.

David broke the kiss and led her into the bedroom, closing the door behind them.

******

In another hotel room, Carlos and Rebecca were cuddled up in bed after a heated love making session. Rebecca rested her head on Carlos’ chest and his fingers played with her long, dark hair. A deep sigh left Rebecca’s lips and Carlos wanted to know what was wrong.

“I was just thinking of Séb’s great idea of bringing Sheena to the birthday party. I understand why he wants to do it but things could get ugly and it could backfire on him. I’m not sure he has thought this through,” Rebecca told him.

“It could backfire on him but I think it is a chance he is ready to take. He loves Sheena and he is ready to do anything to win her back. She might not be happy about it but she will forgive him because she loves him,” Carlos said.

“I really hope you’re right because they are perfect for each other and they do have a beautiful daughter who needs both of her parents,” Rebecca looked at him.

“Well, I know that I’m right about Sheena and Séb and you’re right about Amanda. Some day we will have a daughter like her,” Carlos said with a smile.

“That sounds good to me,” Rebecca smiled back.

Carlos kissed her lips softly and one thing led to another.

*******

“What are you doing?” Urs asked Miki.

“I’m just looking at baby stuff. I know our baby isn’t due for a long time but you know me,” Miki replied with a smile.

“Yes I do because you’re just like me. Can I see?” Urs sat down next to her.

“Sure,” Miki smiled.

Miki had found a few websites with baby stuff and she showed Urs what she had found. He was just as interested as she was and he liked the same things she did. It didn’t take long for them to find everything they needed for the baby and Urs made a list. After looking at baby stuff, Urs closed the laptop and pulled Miki close.

“Our baby will be the most perfect baby in the world,” Urs said.

“Of course. He or she will look just like you,” Miki smiled, gently touching Urs’ chest.

“What are you doing?” Urs asked.

“Isn’t it obvious? I want to spend some private time with my husband before he has to leave in a few hours,” Miki replied.

“I like the way you think,” Urs smiled as he rose from the couch.

He reached out his hand to Miki and she placed her hand in his. Urs gently pulled her up and he picked her up and carried her into the bedroom.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:39 pm

Chapter 27


---- London ----

It was almost 5am in London when Virginia woke up with a terrible headache. It felt like 200 people were having a party inside her head and she tried to remember what had happened the night before. When Virginia turned onto her side, she noticed a young man sleeping next to her and suddenly she remembered everything. She had met the young man in a bar and he offered her a lot of drinks. He had escorted her home and one thing had led to another.

Virginia slowly rose from the bed and walked into the bathroom to get some water and aspirins, hoping it would make the party stop. She was about to go back to the bedroom when there was a knock on the door and she wondered who would visit at 5am. The person kept knocking on the door and the noise was making her headache worse so she walked to the door and opened it to see a familiar face.

“What are you doing here?” Virginia asked.

“Well, business is slow in Los Angeles and I had some things to take care of before Amanda and Sheena arrive on Monday,” Tim replied.

“That’s not what I meant. What are you doing here in this building at 5am?” Virginia looked at him.

“I came to see you and I brought some breakfast. We need to talk more about the plan and we can do that over breakfast. Can I come in?” Tim asked.

“It’s not really a good time. I’ve got company and it’s too early for breakfast. Come back later,” Virginia answered.

“No. Get rid of the guy and let’s talk business,” Tim told her.

“Fine. You can wait in the kitchen if you make some coffee,” Virginia looked at him.

Tim smiled at her and stepped into the apartment. Virginia closed the door behind him before she went into the bedroom to wake up the sleeping man. After the young man had left, Virginia joined Tim in the kitchen and he poured some coffee for both of them.

“You look like you could use this,” Tim placed a mug in front of her.

“Thanks. Ok, I’m listening,” Virginia looked at Tim.

“We need Sheena, Amanda and Séb to be in the same place at the same time and I know just the way. I will ask Sheena to meet me for lunch on Tuesday and you ask Séb to meet you for lunch the same day. Séb will be so mad at Sheena when he sees Amanda and the two of us can get what we want,” Tim explained.

“Are you kidding me? How on earth do you expect me to get him to meet me? I’m not exactly his favorite person right now,” Virginia told him.

“Just tell him that you have some stuff of his from the apartment,” Tim suggested.

“That could work. It’s worth a try,” Virginia agreed.

“Good. All we need now is a place to meet. Do you have any suggestions?” Tim asked.

Virginia mentioned her favorite diner and Tim agreed to it. They would be meeting for lunch and a fancy restaurant wouldn’t be right for that so a diner was better. He would take Amanda and Sheena to a restaurant after he had won Sheena’s heart. He had no doubts that his plan would work and soon he would be holding Sheena in his arms.

“Are you still with me?” Virginia asked him.

“Yes I am. I was just thinking about Sheena,” Tim replied with a smile.

“I really don’t know what you guys see in her. When I met her in Los Angeles I couldn’t believe that Séb had been in love with her. She is not that special,” Virginia told him.

“You have to be a man to understand what’s so special about her and I guess you have to be a woman to understand what is so special about Séb,” Tim said.

“Maybe you’re right about,” Virginia sipped her coffee.

“I know I’m right. Now let’s eat our breakfast,” Tim suggested.

Virginia nodded her head in agreement and they discussed the plan further during breakfast.

******

The Divos had finished the concert and were on their way back to the hotel for a late dinner. It had been an amazing night and the audience had loved every minute of it. When they arrived at the hotel, they were met by the hotel manager who informed them that their dinner was ready for them in the hotel restaurant.

“I can’t believe that tomorrow will be our last concert for a long time but I’m glad we’re getting a break,” Séb said.

“I think we all are. Not that I don’t like spending time with you guys but it will be nice to spend some time with Rebecca,” Carlos looked at his friends.

“We all want to spend some time with the people we love,” David agreed.

“I just hope the woman I love wants to spend some time with me,” Séb sighed.

“She agreed to visit you in London, didn’t she?” Urs asked.

“Yes but she agreed because she wants Amanda to spend some time with me, not because she wants to spend time with me,” Séb answered.

“You never know what will happen,” Maggie said with a smile.

“That’s true. Now let’s eat,” Séb smiled back.

They talked about the concert as they enjoyed their dinner and they hoped tomorrow’s concert would be just as amazing. After finishing their dinner, they all said goodnight and went to their rooms to get a good night’s sleep.

“Did you check your voicemail when we left the venue?” Maggie asked David.

“No I didn’t. I will do it right now,” David replied and looked at his phone.

He had two missed calls from Carrie and a new message on his voicemail. David hoped the new message was good news and he took a deep breath before listening to the message. A big smile appeared on his face as he listened to the message and he was on the verge of tears when he turned around to look at Maggie.

“Is it a yes?” Maggie looked at him.

“No it’s a big yes. Carrie has taken care of everything and all we have to do is call her when we get back to Denver,” David smiled.

“I can’t believe it. Our dream is really coming true,” Maggie said with tears in her eyes.

“I know it is and I’ve never been happier,” David gently pulled Maggie into his arms.

He touched her face before he captured her lips in a soft kiss. Both were looking forward to going back to Denver and start a new life together.

******

Sheena woke up to the sound of falling rain and raging thunder outside of her window and she turned to look at her watch. It was a little over 6am and she let out a sigh as she turned onto the other side. Suddenly she heard the door open and Amanda’s face appeared in the doorway. Amanda looked at Sheena with pleading eyes and Sheena nodded her head to let Amanda know it was ok for her to climb into the bed.

“I had that dream again mommy,” Amanda said as she cuddled up to Sheena.

“What dream pumpkin?” Sheena asked, stroking Amanda’s head.

“The one with the wedding. You looked like a Disney Princess and daddy looked like the prince from Cinderella,” Amanda replied.

“Oh I see. Well, I’ve always wanted to look like a princess at my wedding and there was a time when I thought that your daddy was my prince,” Sheena told her.

“Would you marry daddy if he asked you?” Amanda surprised Sheena by asking.

“I don’t know,” Sheena replied.

“But you like daddy,” Amanda said.

“Yes I do but your daddy and I have a lot of things to talk about and he might not want to get married,” Sheena said.

“He wants to marry you,” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“How do you know that?” Sheena asked.

“Daddy loves you,” Amanda answered.

“I know he does but loving someone doesn’t mean that you want to marry this person. Some people live together without being married,” Sheena explained.

“I know that but I want you and daddy to get married and I want a baby sister or brother that I can play with,” Amanda smiled.

“Hold on young lady. One step at the time,” Sheena said with a smile.

Amanda giggled and closed her eyes. Sheena looked at Amanda with a smile and she thought of what Amanda had told her. Having another child was a wish but she didn’t want to raise a child on her own again. It hadn’t been easy for her to raise a child on her own, especially when she had a business to take care of but she believed she had done a great job with Amanda. Sheena let out a yawn as she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

Sheena woke up a few hours later and it was still raining. Amanda was still sleeping next to her and even though Sheena didn’t want to wake her up, she had no other choice. The funeral was at 11am and they had some things to take care of before the funeral.

Amanda opened her eyes and let out a big yawn as she stretched her body. Sheena told her it was time to get up and Amanda groaned as she rose from the bed. Amanda didn’t want to use her own bathroom so she walked into Sheena’s bathroom and turned on the water.

“What is wrong with your own bathroom?” Sheena looked at her.

“Nothing,” Amanda took off her nightgown.

Sheena watched as Amanda stepped into the shower and a scary thought entered her mind. If Amanda was acting like this at the age of 5 then how would she act as a teenager? Sheena just shook her head to remove the images from her mind before she joined Amanda in the shower.

After getting dressed for the day they walked downstairs where Juliette and Millie were waiting for them. Breakfast was already on the table and they didn’t talk much during breakfast. It was a sad day and Sheena just wanted it to be over soon. She hated funerals and this funeral was the second funeral in a short period of time.

It was almost 10:30am when Sheena, Amanda, Juliette and Millie arrived at the chapel. Pierre’s coffin was in the middle of the room and flowers were everywhere. Amanda was standing next to the coffin and her fingers gently touched the cross on the lid. It seemed like Amanda was talking to the coffin but Sheena couldn’t hear what she was saying. Suddenly she reached into her pocket and pulled out a piece of paper. Amanda unfolded the paper and placed it on the coffin. Sheena walked over to the coffin and looked at the paper. It was one of Amanda’s drawings and it was Amanda’s way of saying goodbye to her granddad. Amanda looked up at Sheena as she took Sheena’s hand.

“Do you think he likes my drawing?” Amanda asked.

“I’m sure he does pumpkin,” Sheena replied as she stroked Amanda’s hair.

People started to arrive and Sheena greeted all of them. Some people she didn’t know but they all knew who she was because Pierre had told them all about his daughter. As the bells started to ring, people found their seats and it was time for the funeral to start. Sheena had asked for permission to say a few words at the funeral and it was time for her to do that.

Sheena spoke about Pierre and even though she hadn’t known him for long she had a lot to say about him. After Sheena’s speech some of Pierre’s friends said a few words and Sheena learned a lot of things about her dad. They sang two of Pierre’s favorite songs and before they knew it the time had come to say goodbye.

The coffin was carried outside and placed in a hearse that would take the coffin to be cremated. People put roses on the coffin as they said their last goodbye to Pierre. After about five minutes the hearse drove away, taking Pierre on his last journey to the final destination.

Once the hearse had disappeared, people got into their cars and drove to the mansion where Sheena had arranged for some food and drinks. People shared stories about Pierre and Sheena appreciated all of the stories. It was nice to know different sides of her dad and she knew that he had been a good friend to all of them.

It was almost 4pm when the last guests left the mansion. Amanda was sleeping in her bed and Claude and his girlfriend were helping Juliette and Millie in the kitchen. Sheena was in Pierre’s office with the lawyer and they were talking about the will reading which would take place at 3pm on Friday.

After the lawyer left the mansion, Sheena joined the others in the kitchen and they talked about the funeral and all of the stories they had heard during the day. While Juliette and Millie had fun cooking dinner, Sheena woke up Amanda and gave her a bath before it was time for dinner.

Séb called as promised and Amanda spoke to him for 10 minutes before she gave the phone to Sheena. They talked for almost 20 minutes but Séb never told her that he would be in Paris the next day. He wanted it to be a surprise and he really prayed that she wouldn’t be upset to see him. After they said goodbye, Sheena joined Juliette, Amanda and Millie in the living room and on Amanda’s request, they spent the evening watching Cinderella.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:35 pm

Chapter 28


The plane from New York landed in Paris on time and Séb left the plane with a good feeling. It was good to be back in Paris and he couldn’t wait to see Amanda and Sheena again. He walked to the baggage reclaim and it seemed to take forever for his bags to arrive. After waiting for 10 minutes the bags finally arrived and Séb hurried out of the airport. He hailed a cab and shortly after he was on his way

Amanda was in the living room watching Beauty and the Beast when suddenly she heard the doorbell. Shortly after she heard a familiar voice coming from the hallway and she completely forgot about the movie and ran into the hallway to greet her dad.

“Daddy,” Amanda yelled as she ran over to him.

“There’s my princess,” Séb said as he picked her up.

“I’ve missed you daddy,” Amanda hugged him.

“I’ve missed you too sweetheart. I think you’ve grown since the last time I saw you,” Séb told her.

“Yep,” Amanda flashed her smile.

“Where’s your mom?” Séb looked at Amanda.

“She is in the studio, talking to a man on the phone,” Amanda replied.

“Thanks. I will talk to your mom and then I’ll be back,” Séb said and put down Amanda.

Amanda disappeared into the living room and Séb walked down the hall to the studio. He could hear voices coming from the studio and he wondered who Sheena was talking to. Sheena didn’t notice him and Séb watched her closely as she walked around. She looked so beautiful and he felt a strong urge to walk over to her and pull her into his arms but he didn’t do it. He had to wait no matter how difficult it was for him.

“Bonjour Cherie,” Séb greeted Sheena as she took a seat behind the desk.

“What on earth are you doing here? I thought you were going to London after the tour,” Sheena looked up.

“Well, I’ve been invited to a birthday party on Saturday and I thought I would drop by to check up on you and Amanda while I'm here,” Séb explained as he closed the door.

“Why didn’t you tell us you were coming?” Sheena asked.

“I wanted to surprise you and I wasn’t sure if you wanted to see me,” Séb replied as he took a seat.

“It was a surprise and of course we wanted to see you. You’re Amanda’s dad,” Sheena said.

“I know,” Séb looked at her.

“Where are you staying?” Sheena asked.

“I don’t know yet but I think I will go to my mom’s and stay there,” Séb told her.

“Well, you could stay here. We’ve got more than enough rooms and Amanda would love to have you here. She has missed you so much,” Sheena said.

“I’ve missed her too so I accept your offer,” Séb smiled at her.

“Great,” Sheena smiled back.

“What is that?” Séb pointed at the painting on the easel.

“That is my dad’s final painting,” Sheena answered.

“May I take a look?” Séb asked.

“Sure,” Sheena rose from her chair.

Séb walked over to the easel and removed the cloth from the painting. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the painting. Sheena walked up to him and Séb turned his head to look at her.

“We look like a real family in that painting,” Séb said.

“Yes we do,” Sheena agreed.

They were interrupted by Juliette who announced that lunch was ready. Séb excused himself and walked upstairs to his room with his bags and he returned with the present he had bought for Amanda. He wanted to wait until later to give Sheena her present and he hoped that she would love it.

During lunch they talked about the funeral and after lunch Séb gave Amanda her present. She loved the painting kit that he had gotten for her and she wanted to get started on a painting right away. Suddenly she remembered the painting she had made for Séb and she went to her room to get it.

“This is for you daddy,” Amanda gave him the painting.

“Thank you, sweetheart. Is that me?” he pointed at the painting.

“Yes that is you and mommy at your wedding,” Amanda replied with a smile.

“Our wedding?” Séb looked at Amanda.

“Yes. I had a dream that you and mommy got married and it was a nice dream so I decided to make a painting of it. Mommy is dressed like a princess and she looks beautiful in her dress,” Amanda said.

“She does look beautiful,” Séb agreed, looking at Sheena.

“Thanks Séb,” Sheena said.

Millie looked at Sheena and Séb, then at Juliette who send her a smile. They were both thinking the same thing and it was only a question of time before Sheena and Séb would be together as a couple again. It was easy to see that the love was there and it seemed to grow deeper as the two of them were spending time together.

“Can I speak to you in private?” Séb asked Sheena.

“I should really help mom and Juliette,” Sheena replied.

“We can manage on our own,” Juliette looked at Sheena.

Sheena let out a sigh and left the room with Séb. He showed her into the living room and asked her to take a seat. Sheena did as he said and Séb disappeared without a word, returning a few minutes later with a big box. He sat down and looked at her, not knowing where to start. Asking Sheena to join him at the birthday party was risky but he had to try.

******

“Next stop Madrid,” Carlos said to Rebecca as they walked into the airport.

“I know. I can’t wait to meet your parents and I really hope they will like me,” Rebecca looked at Carlos.

“They will love you. I’ve already told you that so stop worrying about meeting them,” Carlos took her hand.

“I’m sorry,” Rebecca apologized,

“You’re forgiven but trust me on this one. I know my parents,” Carlos kissed her.

They walked to the check in counter and within 10 minutes they were on their way to security check. After waiting in line at security check for almost 20 minutes, they were finally on their way to the gate. Once they had found a place to sit down, Rebecca took out her laptop and checked her emails.

She found an email from a company who was interested in some of her collections and she sent an email back to company. After sending the email, Rebecca opened the folder with her Fall and Winter Collection and looked at it. Carlos was curious and he watched as Rebecca found another folder and opened it. The folder contained some drawings and one drawing caught his attention.

“Is that your wedding dress?” Carlos asked her.

“No it is not my wedding dress. It is just a drawing. Some time ago Sheena and I were bored and we decided to design some dresses, just for fun,” Rebecca replied.

“Did you design it?” Carlos looked at her.

“No I didn’t. This is not a Torres design. It is a very special Halliwell design,” Rebecca told him.

“Sheena designed the dress? For herself?” Carlos wanted to know.

“It was just for fun. Can we leave it at that?” Rebecca asked.

“If it was just for fun then why did you keep the drawing?” Carlos looked at Rebecca.

“This is what Sheena wants her wedding dress to look like and I will design it when it is time for her to get married. Please keep this between us,” Rebecca said.

“I won’t say a word to anyone,” Carlos promised.

“Thanks. Sheena would kill me if she found out that you know about the dress,” Rebecca looked at him.

“Your secret is safe with me querida,” Carlos kissed her.

They looked at more designs and collections until they had to board the plane to Madrid.

******

Maggie and David were on a plane to Denver and they couldn’t wait to get back. After being on the road for a long time they could finally relax and just be a normal, married couple.

“I can’t wait until we’re back in Denver,” Maggie said to David.

“I know. Something special is waiting for us in Denver and it will be the best thing that has ever happened to me…after meeting you of course,” David smiled at her.

“Nicely saved Miller but I know what you mean. It was a really nice surprise, especially since we didn’t want to hope for anything. Our life will never be the same again after we talk to Carrie,” Maggie looked at David.

“No it won’t. It will be better,” David squeezed her hand.

“It sure will be and I can’t wait. Now we just have to finish the room and then everything will be ready,” Maggie agreed.

“The room is ready. I spoke to my parents and they’ve finished the room. I don’t know why but I just had a feeling that everything would be ok,” David confessed.

“You’re just full of surprises and that’s one of the reasons why I love you,” Maggie smiled.

“I guess I do have a few bright moments,” David laughed.

“I’ve actually made of list of what we need and I thought we could go shopping tomorrow. I just want everything to be ready as soon as possible,” Maggie told him.

“Shopping sounds like a good idea but do we really need a lot of things?” David asked.

“This is my list of things we need,” Maggie handed him a list.

“I see what you mean. We will go shopping tomorrow after we call Carrie. And tomorrow night I will take you out to dinner to celebrate,” David looked at her.

“That sounds good. It will be nice to have dinner alone, just the two of us,” Maggie said with a smile.

“It’s a date then,” David kissed her cheek.

Maggie rested her head on his shoulder and closed her eyes. She had the best husband in the whole world and soon her life would be just as she had always wanted it to be. David watched his wife and the smile on her face made him smile too. He knew exactly what she was thinking of. David closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep.

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Urs and Miki had decided to spend a few more days in New York before going to Switzerland to see Urs’ parents. They hadn’t had much time to take a look at New York because of a busy Divo schedule but now they had two days to enjoy New York. Miki and Urs were getting ready to go out when Miki suddenly ran into the bathroom.

“You don’t look so well,” Urs said when Miki came out of the bathroom.

“I don’t feel well at all but it will be worth all the pain and the morning sickness when I hold our baby in my arms for the first time,” Miki sat down on the bed.

“I think you should get some rest,” Urs looked at her.

“I’m sorry Urs. We were supposed to go sightseeing today and now I’ve ruined our plans,” Miki apologized.

“We can go sightseeing when you feel better. Your health is more important than sightseeing in New York. Now get some rest,” Urs smiled.

“I will. Hopefully we can go out to dinner tonight,” Miki said.

“We will go out to dinner tonight if you feel better,” Urs walked over to her.

“I love you Urs,” Miki looked at him.

“And I love you. Now get some rest,” Urs kissed her and left the bedroom.

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“I’m waiting,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“Ok. As you know I’m going to a birthday party on Saturday and I was just wondering if you would like to join me at that party? Your mom is here and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind looking after Amanda,” Séb said.

“Mom won’t be here Saturday. She is going back to LA tomorrow afternoon,” Sheena told him.

“Well, then we can ask Juliette to look after Amanda,” Séb suggested.

“We could do that but I’m not sure it’s a good idea. It’s not that I don’t want to go with you but I don’t have anything to wear. I didn’t bring a dress,” Sheena explained.

“No but I did,” Séb smiled as he handed her the box.

“You brought me a dress?” Sheena asked.

“Yes I did. Now you don’t have an excuse not to go,” Séb replied.

“You’re crazy,” Sheena said as she opened the box and took out the dress.

“Do you like it?” Séb asked.

“I love it but you shouldn’t have bought me a dress. How did you know my size?” Sheena asked him.

“You may not remember this but we did go out for two years and I just bought a dress in the size you used back then,” Séb replied.

“I do remember and we’ve got a five year old daughter to prove it. Now I will try on the dress,” Sheena told him.

“Ok,” Séb said and leaned back on the couch.

“In private if you don’t mind,” Sheena looked at him.

“I do mind. I’ve seen you in less than that,” Séb smiled at her.

“Yes but if you don’t leave now, I won’t go with you to the party,” Sheena said.

“Fine,” Séb stood and left the living room.

Sheena watched him leave and as soon as the door closed, she changed into the dress he had bought for her. It seemed to be a perfect fit and she was impressed that he could remember her size. She didn’t have a mirror so she didn’t have any idea how the dress looked on her and she needed an opinion.

She called out to Séb and asked him to come in. Séb entered the living room as requested and he couldn’t believe his eyes. Sheena looked stunning and he was lost for words. His silence was making Sheena nervous and she wondered if something was wrong with the dress.

“How do I look?” she asked him.

“You look stunning and you will definitely turn some heads at that party,” Séb answered as his eyes scanned her body.

“Stop drooling Sébastien,” Sheena said.

“I’m sorry but you do look stunning in that dress. Will you go with me to the party now that you have a dress?” Séb looked at her with pleading eyes.

“Yes I will go with you and thanks for the dress,” Sheena kissed his cheek.

“You’re welcome. I will leave you alone to change,” Séb turned and left the living room.

Sheena took off the dress and changed into her own clothes. She put the dress back in the box and went upstairs to her room. Séb sure did have great taste and she couldn’t believe that he had bought her a dress. He wasn’t a bad guy and he deserved to know that she loved him but she had to find the right time to tell him. She took out the dress and placed it on the bed before she went downstairs to spend some time with her family and friends.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:38 pm

Chapter 29

On the day of the will reading Sheena woke up after another restless night. She knew the will reading could mean that her life had to change and she wasn’t sure of where to start. Letting out a sigh, Sheena rose from the bed and put on a robe before walking downstairs to start breakfast. She had given Juliette the day off and Sheena wanted to make a nice breakfast for the family.

A smell of freshly brewed coffee and pancakes tickled her nose as she got closer to the kitchen and suddenly she could hear Séb singing one of the songs from his album. He was singing her favorite song from ‘Libre’ and she slowly approached the door. She stood in the doorway and watched him closely, wondering if she should say anything. Suddenly Séb noticed her and he immediately stopped singing.

“Don’t stop because I’m here,” Sheena said.

“How long have you been standing there?” Séb asked as he walked over to her.

“Long enough. It’s still my favorite song from that album,” Sheena reminded him.

“Mine too and you know why,” Séb looked at her.

“I know why but please don’t look at me like that,” Sheena said.

“Like what?” Séb moved closer to her.

“I should wake up Amanda and mom,” Sheena turned and left the kitchen.

Once she was gone, Séb ran his fingers through his hair. He wasn’t sure of how much longer he could do this and day by day he got more frustrated. Séb returned to the stove and he had just finished the pancakes when Amanda came into the kitchen, followed by Millie but there was no sign of Sheena.

“Where is your mom?” Séb asked Amanda after greeting both of them.

“She is in her room,” Amanda replied.

“You stay here with grandma and I will get your mom,” Séb left the kitchen.

Séb walked upstairs to Sheena’s bedroom, not really knowing what to expect. Was she mad at him for what happened in the kitchen? He hoped not because that would mean Sheena wouldn’t join him at the birthday party and he would have blown his last chance of convincing her that he never cheated on her.

He finally reached her bedroom and he wasn’t sure of what to say to her but he hoped it would come to him. Just as he was about to knock on the door, Sheena opened the door and she was stunned to see him.

“What are you doing up here? I thought you would be in the kitchen with Amanda and mom,” Sheena looked at him.

“Well, you didn’t come down so I just thought I would check on you to see if you were ok,” Séb said.

“I had to use the bathroom. Why wouldn’t I be ok?” Sheena asked.

“Maybe you were upset about what happened in the kitchen,” Séb replied.

“I’m not upset but I am hungry. Can we have breakfast now?” Sheena looked at him.

“After you,” Séb smiled.

Amanda and Millie were already eating pancakes when Séb and Sheena walked into the kitchen. Millie poured coffee for them as they sat down and they enjoyed their breakfast. After breakfast Sheena and Millie went to their rooms to get ready for their meeting with the lawyer while Séb and Amanda cleared the table. Séb was looking forward to spending some time with Amanda, just the two of them and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in the DVD player.

Amanda was cuddled up to Séb on the couch when Sheena walked into the living room and it was a perfect father/daughter moment. Sheena noticed the DVD on the table and she shook her head as she picked it up.

“Don’t you ever get tired of this movie pumpkin?” Sheena asked as she waved the DVD in front of Amanda.

“No never,” Amanda replied with a smile.

“I knew you would say that. Well, it’s time for us to leave. Be nice to daddy and give mommy a big kiss,” Sheena said to Amanda.

“What about me? Don’t I get a kiss?” Séb asked as Amanda kissed Sheena

“Give your daddy a kiss pumpkin,” Sheena said with a smile.

“That’s not what I meant,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“I know that. Have fun,” Sheena turned on her heel and left the room with Millie.

Séb let out a deep sigh when he heard the front door close. He looked at Amanda who had a big smile on her face and he knew what she was thinking. Even though she was only 5 or almost 5, she was a smart kid. Séb started the DVD player and it was time for him to enjoy a movie with his daughter.

They had been watching the movie for about an hour when Amanda suddenly slipped out of her dad’s embrace and looked at him. Séb could see there was something she wanted to ask him and she looked really serious so he started to wonder if it was something bad. He stopped the movie and waited for her to ask her question.

“Do you want to marry mommy?” Amanda asked him.

“What?” Séb was stunned.

“Do you want to marry mommy?” Amanda repeated.

“It’s not that simple sweetheart. A marriage is between two people who love each other but at the moment your mom doesn’t love me. Your mom and I need to talk about a few things but your mom doesn’t have time to talk to me right now,” Séb tried to explain.

“Would you marry her if she loved you?” Amanda looked at him.

“Yes I would. I love your mom very much and I hope that someday she will love me too,” Séb answered.

“I hope so too. I want a baby brother or sister,” Amanda said.

Séb wasn’t sure of how to react to that. Of course the thought had crossed his mind, especially after meeting Amanda and seeing Sheena again but it seemed like an impossible dream. He had missed out on a lot with Amanda and he really wanted to experience what it was like to become a dad. Yes he was a dad now but he hadn’t been around during the pregnancy, the birth, baby’s first steps or words and so on. Just once he wanted to experience all of that.

“Are you ok daddy?” Amanda asked.

“I’m fine. Let’s watch the rest of the movie,” Séb said and started the movie again.

******

“That was your dad’s last will and testament. Do you have any questions?” Alain asked.

“Not at the moment,” Sheena replied.

“I’m just shocked that he left the summer residence in Tuscany for me. I thought he had sold it a long time ago,” Millie said.

“That’s what he was doing in Tuscany. When I came here for the first time, he told me that he had some business to take care of in Tuscany but he never mentioned what kind of business it was,” Sheena looked at her mom.

“Now we have a place to spend our summer holidays and you will love it,” Millie smiled.

“I do have one more thing to add. Your dad left this for you Sheena. I know what it says but I think you should read it yourself,” Alain gave her an envelope.

Sheena took the envelope from him, wondering what it could be. She slowly opened the brown envelope and looked inside. The envelope contained a letter from Pierre and she looked at Alain and her mother before she took out the letter. She unfolded the letter and let her eyes scan the text.

‘Dear Sheena,

If you’re reading this letter now, it means that I’m dead but being dead doesn’t mean that I’m not with you. I want you to know that I’m proud of you and what you’ve achieved in your life. You’ve raised a child on your own and you’ve managed to create a successful business. That makes you special to me.

I’m glad we had a chance to meet before I died but I’m sorry we didn’t have more time to get to know each other. I see a lot of myself in both you and Amanda and I’m glad that I was able to pass on some of my genes to you and her.

Before I died you made a promise to me and I hope you keep that promise. You deserve to be happy and there is only one man who can make you happy. We both know his name and I know deep in my heart that the two of you will end up together. When that happens, a wedding is a must and I want you to have the wedding of your dreams even though I won’t be there on your wedding day.

I’ve made a wedding fund for you and Sébastien so you can have the wedding you’ve always wanted. Alain can tell you more about the wedding fund and I really do hope that you will allow me to give you a dream wedding.

That was all I had to say and I wish you all the best.

Love always,
Dad'


Sheena stared at the letter and she had to read it again to make sure it wasn’t her imagination. It was real and she couldn’t believe that her dad had done something like that for her. She just sat there without saying anything and Millie asked her what was wrong. Sheena handed her the letter and Millie read every word. She didn’t seem surprised at all and it made Sheena wonder if Millie knew about the wedding fund.

“Did you know about this?” Sheena asked Millie.

“No, I didn’t but I’m not surprised at all because it’s something he would do,” Millie smiled.

“Do you accept it?” Alain asked Sheena.

“Of course I do. I would be an idiot not to accept it,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“Good. When are you leaving Paris?” Alain looked at Sheena.

“I don’t know. It depends on when my boy…….I mean Amanda’s dad has booked tickets back to London,” Sheena answered.

“Will you give me a call when you know something?” Alain handed her his card.

“Of course I will. Thank you Alain,” Sheena rose from the chair.

“You’re welcome,” Alain smiled as he stood too.

Millie and Sheena said goodbye to Alain and left the office. As they walked down to the car, lots of thoughts were running through Sheena’s head. It was time for her to make those decisions that would change her life forever and she knew it. They climbed into the car and drove back to the mansion. A silence filled the car as they drove through the countryside and Millie knew that Sheena had a lot to think about now.

As the car drove up the long driveway to the mansion, Sheena looked out of the window and she no longer had any doubts. She knew where her home was. Her home was at the mansion in front of her eyes.

“We need to talk,” Sheena looked at Millie.

“I know we do and I know what you’re going to say. You want to live here with Amanda,” Millie smiled at her.

“Yes I do,” Sheena smiled back.

“You’re making the right decision Sheena. Let’s go inside and talk about this over lunch,” Millie said.

Claude stopped the car and they all got out. They walked into the mansion and after they took off their coats, they went into the living room to see what Séb and Amanda were up to. A smile appeared on both of their faces when they saw Séb sleeping on the couch with Amanda cuddled up to him. Sheena walked over to the table and grabbed the remote control. She turned off the TV and walked back to Millie.

“Let’s start lunch,” Sheena suggested.

“Good idea,” Millie agreed.

They walked into the kitchen and prepared lunch for all of them. Fifteen minutes later, Sheena returned to the living room to wake up Séb and Amanda. She looked at Séb sleeping and she had to admit that he looked very handsome. Sheena gently woke him up and when he opened his eyes a big smile appeared on his face.

“Now this is a nice way to wake up,” he said.

“I’m sure it is. Lunch is ready,” Sheena woke up Amanda.

Amanda rubbed her eyes and let out a yawn. She walked into the kitchen with Sheena, followed by Séb. After lunch Amanda went upstairs to her room to take a nap and Sheena informed Séb and Millie that she wanted to talk to them. Millie poured coffee and joined them at the table.

“Is this about the meeting?” Séb sipped his coffee.

“Yes it is. This mansion is mine and I don’t know why but I feel like this is where I belong. I’ve decided to accept the part time job here in Paris and that means Amanda and I will be moving here. I will of course take over the galleries here in Paris but I want to make some changes to my galleries in LA,” Sheena told them.

“What kind of changes?” Millie asked.

“First of all I want to change the name of one of the galleries to ‘Galerie Dubois’ and maybe add some of dad’s paintings so people can see and buy them. I need someone in LA to manage the galleries and only one person comes to mind,” Sheena looked at Millie.

“Me? I don’t know anything about running a gallery,” Millie said.

“No, but you know a lot about art. I could ask the girls to manage the galleries but I want you to do it. Dani and Kate will give you all the help you need. Please do this for me,” Sheena said.

“You’re my daughter. How can I say no?” Millie smiled at her.

“Thanks mom. It’s a big step for me and for Amanda to leave LA but I think this is something I just have to do,” Sheena explained.

“I understand. It will be a lot easier for Séb to see Amanda if you live in Paris. And since you now own a private jet, you won’t have to worry about plane tickets,” Mille added.

“True. That’s one of the good things about owning a private jet,” Sheena laughed.

“Maybe we can use it for Il Divo,” Séb winked at her.

“Now there’s an idea,” Sheena smiled.

“Not sure Simon will approve unless we can use it for free,” Séb said.

“That will never happen,” Sheena looked at him.

“She is a tough business woman,” Séb looked at Millie.

“Yes she is. I think I will go upstairs and pack my suitcase,” Millie said and left.

“Are you sure you want to move to Paris?” Séb asked.

“Yes I am and nothing will make me change my mind. Amanda needs to learn French and I will need you to help me with that,” Sheena answered.

“I’m here for you and Amanda and I always will be. Il Divo is on a break and I don’t have any plans for the summer. Just let me know when and I will be there,” Séb promised.

“Thanks. The lawyer wants to meet me before I leave and I promised to let him know when we are leaving,” Sheena finished her coffee.

“We’re leaving Monday afternoon,” Séb said.

“Good. I can’t wait to see London,” Sheena smiled at him.

“I can’t wait to show you and Amanda around in London,” Séb smiled back.

“I should probably call the lawyer now,” Sheena said and left the kitchen.

Séb watched her leave and he couldn’t stop smiling. He knew that he was getting to her and he felt good about that. It wouldn’t be long now before he could take her into his arms and kiss her the way he used to do. With a big smile on his face, he brought the mugs to the sink before leaving the kitchen.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:53 am

Chapter 30

David and Maggie had finally arrived at their apartment in Denver. While David carried their suitcases into the bedroom, Maggie couldn’t resist taking a look at the new room. She slowly opened the door and she couldn’t believe what she saw. The room was just perfect and she couldn’t have done it better herself. David joined her and he was just as stunned as she was.

“They did a great job and I love the colors,” David looked at Maggie.

“Your mom has great taste,” Maggie smiled at him.

“Yes she does. We need to thank them for their help. Maybe we could invite them over when everything is settled?” David suggested.

“I like that idea. Let’s call Carrie right now,” Maggie smiled at David.

“I’m right behind you,” David closed the door to the room.

They walked into the living room and made themselves comfortable on the couch. David found his phone and took a deep breath before he dialed Carrie’s number. As he waited for Carrie to pick up, thoughts kept running through his head. He let out a sigh of relieve when he heard a familiar voice answer the phone with hello.

“Hello Carrie. It’s David Miller,” he said.

“Hi David. I’m so glad you called me. Are you in Denver?” Carrie asked with excitement in her voice.

“We just walked through the door and we couldn’t wait any longer. In the voicemail you left on my phone, you said that you had some good news for us,” David replied.

“Yes I do and I really need to see you both as soon as possible. How soon can you be here?” Carrie wanted to know.

“We need to freshen up but I would say in about 15 minutes or so,” David told her.

“Let’s say 20 minutes. I will see you soon. Bye,” Carrie hung up the phone.

“If you need to freshen up and change your clothes it is time to do so. We have a meeting with Carrie in 20 minutes,” David looked at Maggie.

Maggie rose from the couch and hurried into the bedroom to pick out some clothes before she ran to the bathroom. Five minutes later she returned to the bedroom. David disappeared into the bathroom as Maggie got dressed. After another five minutes they left the apartment and drove off to meet Carrie.

As the car pulled up in front of the building, Maggie could feel her heart beating faster and she wondered why Carrie wanted to see them right away. Was it possible that today could be the day they had been waiting for? No, she didn’t want to hope for anything because she would be disappointed if she was wrong. Suddenly she felt David’s arm around her and they walked into the building, not knowing what would happen next.

---- Paris ----

Sheena was in her bedroom getting ready for the birthday party. Amanda was stretched out on the bed and she watched closely as Sheena put on some make up and did her hair. Séb hadn’t given her any information about where they were going and Sheena wondered why. Was he up to something? Sheena’s mind was working out different scenarios but she was brought back to reality by her daughter.

“Why don’t you love daddy?” Amanda suddenly asked.

"Who told you that I don't love him?" Sheena sat down on the bed.

"Daddy did. Did he hurt you mommy?" Amanda continued her questions.

"I don't want you to think that your daddy is a bad person because he is not. Something did happen between us before you were born but it wasn't your daddy's fault. I am the one who made a big mistake and it’s something your dad and I need to talk about but with grandpa dying and the funeral, I haven't had the time to talk to him," Sheena explained.

"Will you talk to him?" Amanda said.

"Yes I will talk to him later tonight. I promise you that," Sheena stroked Amanda's hair.

"Pinky swear?" Amanda reached out her finger to Sheena.

"Yes," Sheena replied as she took Amanda's finger.

“I love you mommy,” Amanda hugged Sheena.

“And I love you. Now it’s time for me to put my dress on,” Sheena smiled.

Sheena walked over to the closet and took out the dress. She put on the dress and looked at herself in the mirror. Suddenly she began to wonder if she was a bit overdressed for a birthday party but she knew that Séb wouldn’t have bought her this dress if it wasn’t right for the party.

“How do I look?” Sheena turned towards Amanda.

“You look beautiful mommy,” Amanda replied with a smile.

“Thanks pumpkin,” Sheena kissed her cheek.

Sheena and Amanda left the bedroom and walked downstairs. Séb was waiting for them at the bottom of the stairs and he couldn’t stop staring at Sheena as she walked down the stairs. She looked stunning and he reached out his hand to her when she was at the bottom of the stairs. Sheena placed her hand in his and he softly kissed her hand.

“You look stunning,” he said with a smile.

“Thanks. You don’t look so bad yourself,” Sheena told him.

Séb helped Sheena put on her coat and they said goodbye to Amanda and Millie before they left the mansion. Claude opened the door and they climbed into the car. Soon after, they were on their way. Sheena noticed that Séb seemed a bit nervous and it seemed to be getting worse all the time. She began to wonder again if Séb was up to something because his behavior was rather unusual.

“Are you ok?” she asked him.

“I will let you know when we arrive at the party,” Séb answered.

“Why? What will happen at the party?” Sheena looked at him.

“Nothing,” Séb replied, hoping she would believe him.

“Sébastien,” Sheena said.

“That’s my name,” Séb said with a smile.

“That’s not funny. What is going on? What is it that you’re not telling me?” Sheena asked.

“Nothing but I do want to apologize in advance because you might not want to talk to me after the party,” Séb told her.

Before Sheena could say anything, the car stopped in front of the venue and Séb quickly got out of the car. He walked to the other side and opened the door for Sheena before he offered his hand to her. Sheena placed her hand in his and he helped her get out of the car. They said goodbye to Claude and walked into the venue.

---- Denver ----

“Thank you for coming on such short notice,” Carrie said as she greeted David and Maggie.

“No problem,” David smiled.

“Good. Let’s take a seat and I will tell you the reason for this meeting,” Carrie suggested.

David and Maggie sat down and Carrie offered them something to drink. They both asked for water and Carrie grabbed two bottles of water from the fridge before she joined them at the table.

“I’ve already mentioned to you that you’ve been approved as Victoria’s adoptive parents and yesterday I received a phone call from the hospital. Victoria is ready to meet her new parents,” Carrie replied.

“Does that mean that we can take her home today?” David looked at Carrie.

“Yes it does. She is healthy and ready to leave,” Carrie smiled at them.

“I can’t believe it,” Maggie looked at David as tears ran down her cheeks.

“It’s really happening now. We’re actually Victoria’s mom and dad. I don’t know what to say,” David hugged his wife.

Carrie looked at the couple and a tear left the corner of her eye. She could tell that David and Maggie were beyond happy to receive the news and watching the scene in front of her made her happy. This was the best part of her job. After a few more minutes they left the office and drove off to meet Victoria Miller.

David stopped the car in front of the hospital. Maggie’s heart was beating faster than normal when she got out of the car. David took her hand in his as they walked into the hospital with Carrie by their side. They were greeted by a young woman who asked them to follow her into a private room. She gestured for them to take a seat and informed them that she would be right back with their daughter. The woman left the room and David looked at Maggie.

“This is it,” David said as he squeezed Maggie’s hand.

“I know it is. The moment we have been waiting for,” Maggie smiled at him.

The door opened and the young woman returned with baby Victoria in her arms. She walked over to Maggie and gently placed the baby in her arms before she left the room again. Carrie left too because she thought they could use some time alone with their little bundle of joy. David softly kissed Victoria’s forehead before he placed a kiss on Maggie’s lips. Maggie stared at the baby and she couldn’t believe that she was finally holding her daughter in her arms. She placed the baby in David’s arms and he looked at his beautiful daughter. Holding his daughter was the most amazing feeling and it was love at first sight.

Carrie and the young woman returned to the room and the woman asked Maggie and David to join her in the office. She had some papers for them to sign before they left the hospital. They followed her into the office and she asked them to sit down. She found the papers and Maggie had a question she wanted to ask about Victoria’s birth mom.

“What happened to Lynn?” Maggie asked.

“She died last night. A few days after Victoria was born, Lynn caught an infection and we had it under control until last night. She started to feel worse and we tried to get the infection under control again but we couldn’t,” the young woman answered.

“That’s so sad. I think we should thank Lynn for giving us Victoria by calling her Victoria Lynn. What do you think David?” Maggie looked at him.

“I think it’s perfect. We wouldn’t have Victoria if it wasn’t for Lynn. Let’s do it,” David replied.

“Victoria Lynn it is,” Maggie smiled.

“Do you have any questions?” the young woman asked.

“Not right now,” David said.

“Then I suggest you go home and enjoy your little bundle of joy,” the young woman smiled.

David and Maggie said goodbye and left the hospital with baby Victoria, followed by Carrie. After dropping off Carrie at her office, David and Maggie drove home with their daughter.

---- Paris ----

After leaving their coats in the wardrobe, Séb and Sheena walked into a small room where the other guests were. A man came towards them and Sheena knew that she had seen him before but she couldn’t remember where. Suddenly Bianca walked towards them and Sheena instantly knew who the man was. Her blood was boiling and she couldn’t believe that Séb had asked her to join at a party hosted by that woman. Sheena wanted to yell at Séb but she had to be nice and smile. The yelling would have to wait until they were alone and Séb was in so much trouble. Jean-Luc and Bianca both greeted Séb and Sheena wanted to punch Bianca when she kissed Séb.

“Who is your lady friend?” Bianca asked Séb as she looked at Sheena.

“This is Sheena,” Séb replied.

“I’m Séb’s cousin Jean-Luc and it’s a great pleasure to meet you,” Jean-Luc kissed Sheena’s hand.

“It’s pleasure to meet you too,” Sheena said.

“I’m Bianca and I’m sure you and I will be best friends,” Bianca hugged Sheena.

Sheena didn’t know what to say. The last thing she wanted was to be Bianca’s best friend. She already had a best friend, a best friend who hadn't slept with her boyfriend. Séb looked at Sheena and he knew it was time for him to get Sheena away from Bianca before things got ugly and he informed Jean-Luc and Bianca that he would introduce Sheena to some of the other guests.

“I want to talk to you outside,” Sheena said to Séb.

“Now is not the right time to talk about this,” Séb told her.

“Yes it is,” Sheena walked out of the room.

Séb had no choice but to follow her and he knew that it was time for him to get yelled at. He just hoped that he could convince her to stay there because he wanted to fix this. Once they were outside, Sheena looked at Séb and if looks could kill, he would be dead.

“How could you do that to me?” Sheena asked, not hiding that she was hurt.

“I’m sorry but it was the only way I could think of to make you realize that I never cheated on you. You don’t believe my version of what happened but I hoped that after hearing Bianca’s version, you would believe me and maybe even love me again,” Séb replied.

“You brought me here so Bianca could tell me her version of what happened?” Sheena looked at him.

“Yes but also because I wanted to spend some time with you alone. Please, talk to Bianca and hear what she has to say,” Séb begged.

“I will listen to her but don’t expect me to be her best friend,” Sheena told him.

Séb and Sheena returned to the party and Séb introduced Sheena to some of his old friends. Jean-Luc welcomed all of the guests and informed them that dinner was ready to be served in the other room. All of the guests went into the other room and once everyone was seated, the food was served. Sheena wasn’t happy about being at a table with Bianca but she couldn’t do anything about it.

After a dinner that seemed to have lasted forever, the tables were cleared and it was time to start the real party. Sheena excused herself and went to the bathroom. When she came out of the bathroom, Bianca was waiting for her. Bianca took Sheena’s hand and as they walked back to the dining room, Bianca asked questions about Sheena and Séb.

“How long have you known Séb?” Bianca wanted to know.

“Séb and I dated for two years but it just wasn’t meant to be so I went home to L.A,” Sheena replied.

“Oh my god! You’re the one who left him without a reason,” Bianca said.

“I had a good reason to leave and I don’t think you should judge me at all. If it wasn’t for you, Séb and I would probably still be dating,” Sheena told her.

“What do I have to do with you leaving him?” Bianca asked.

Sheena told her everything. Bianca listened to Sheena’s story and she was really surprised to hear that Séb had cancelled the anniversary dinner to go to a night club with them. Séb had never mentioned that to her and Bianca wondered why. When Sheena told her about seeing the two of them leaving the night club together, Bianca felt bad and she had to tell Sheena her version of what happened.

“Nothing happened between us. I was engaged to Jean-Luc and I would never cheat on him, especially not with his cousin. Séb escorted me home and when I walked into the apartment, Jean-Luc greeted us. We said goodbye to Séb and he left. That’s all that happened. I swear,” Bianca told her.

“He said the same thing to me,” Sheena said.

“It’s the truth. Séb would never cheat on you. He loved you and he was devastated after you left him. We tried to figure out why you had left but we couldn’t imagine what had happened to make you leave him,” Bianca said.

“You must think that I’m a bad person,” Sheena looked down at the table.

“No I don’t think you are. I think you’re woman, deeply in love with a man who looks like he needs to be rescued,” Bianca said as she pointed towards Séb.

Sheena turned and noticed three women talking to Séb and Jean-Luc. The women seemed to have problems keeping their hands to themselves and Sheena could feel her blood boiling as she watched them. She would not allow those women to touch Amanda’s dad. Sheena excused herself and walked over to them.

“Hey blondie. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sheena and I’m an artist. I paint and I am really good at it so I suggest you take your hands off my man and get out of here before I redecorate your pretty little face and turn it into a new masterpiece,” Sheena told her.

The women looked at Sheena before they turned and walked away. Sheena felt good and she couldn’t stop smiling. Suddenly Séb took Sheena’s hand and dragged her out of the room. He didn’t say a word to her and she wondered why he was upset. All she did was save him from those crazy women.

“What was that about?” Séb asked when they were alone.

“Oh no. Did I ruin your chance of a date with one of them?” Sheena looked at him.

“Give me a break. I do have better taste than that. I’m talking about the take your hands off my man part,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Oh that. I had a conversation with Bianca and she explained what happened in Paris. I also made a promise to Pierre before he died and seeing you with those women made me realize that it’s time for me to admit how I feel about you,” Sheena said.

“And how do you feel about me?” Séb asked.

“I love you. You’re the only man I’ve ever loved,” Sheena replied.

“Let me get this straight. You talk to Bianca and she confirms my version of what happened in Paris and suddenly you love me,” Séb looked at her.

“No. I’ve loved you since I sat down at your table 7 years ago and I never stopped loving you. Deep down I knew that you never cheated on me but I was hurt and angry. What I did was wrong and I know that. I’m sorry for leaving you, I’m sorry for not replying to your letters and I’m sorry for hiding your daughter from you,” Sheena looked at him, biting her lower lip.

“Apology accepted,” Séb said.

“That’s all you have to say?” Sheena was shocked.

“Yes it is. You didn’t believe me but you believed a complete stranger. That hurts Sheena and I’m not sure that I want to be with someone who doesn’t believe me,” Séb answered.

“Oh. Well, if that’s the way you feel then there is nothing I can do about it. Just promise me that it won’t destroy your relationship with Amanda. You’re her dad and she loves you. It will break her heart if you refuse to see her because you and I are not together,” Sheena said with tears forming in her eyes.

“She is my daughter and I love her. I won’t hurt her,” Séb promised.

“Good. I should probably leave now. I will see you back at the mansion,” Sheena turned away from him.

She didn’t want him to see the tears running down her cheeks and she was just about to walk away when Séb stopped her. He stepped in front of her and he gently wiped the tears away before he softly placed his lips on hers.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:10 am

Chapter 31

Feeling Séb’s lips on hers was making Sheena’s head spin and her legs felt like rubber. If Séb hadn’t had his arm around her back, she would have fallen because his arm was the only thing that kept her on her feet. The kiss was deep and intense and when Séb broke the kiss, Sheena tried to think straight.

“What was that?” Sheena asked.

“Most people call it a kiss,” Séb replied with a smile.

“I know it was a kiss but why did you kiss me? You just said that you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t trust or believe you,” Sheena looked at him.

“I know what I said but I had to make sure that you really meant what you said. My words did upset you and that tells me that you really do love me. I’m sorry but I just had to be sure,” he said as he touched her cheek.

“It’s ok. I guess I deserved that. So what happens now?” Sheena wanted to know.

“We could leave the party and go back to the mansion,” Séb winked at her.

“Be serious,” Sheena said.

“I am serious,” Séb laughed.

“Stop that and answer my question,” Sheena pleaded.

“Ok. The answer to that question is that we start dating again. We both made mistakes five years ago but what happened back then belongs to the past and there is no need for us to talk about it anymore. It’s time for us to look forward and I want to know what the future holds for us. We love each other and we have a beautiful daughter who needs both of her parents. And I do find her wishes for the future very appealing,” Séb said with a smile.

“She told you about her dream, didn’t she?” Sheena asked.

“Yes she did. She told me about the wedding and also her wish of getting a brother or sister,” Séb laughed.

“Oh no,” Sheena covered her face with her hands.

“Is that bad?” Séb removed her hands from her face.

“No, it’s not bad and I admit that I’ve had those thoughts too but it’s just weird hearing a five year old girl say that. We just got back together and I don’t want to move too fast. We were together for two years but that was five years ago and it feels like I’m meeting you again for the first time. I don’t want anything to go wrong this time. Do I even make any sense at all?” Sheena looked at him.

“You make more sense than you know. I don’t want to rush things either and I’m completely satisfied with just holding you in my arms and kiss you again. At least for now,” Séb smiled.

“I’m glad you agree with me. Let’s go back to the party and celebrate your cousin,” Sheena suggested.

“Not yet. There is something I need to do first,” Séb moved his head closer to hers.

Their lips met in an intoxicating kiss and once again Sheena lost control of her legs. ‘He sure can kiss’ Sheena thought to herself as she locked her hands around his neck. Séb broke the kiss and they walked back to the party hand in hand.

---- Madrid ----

Carlos and Rebecca had arrived in Madrid but it was too late for them to go to the Marin house so Carlos brought Rebecca to his apartment in Madrid. Well, it wasn’t really his apartment but he stayed there when he was visiting Madrid. The apartment belonged to Antonio Carrera and he was one of Carlos’ closest friends. Actually they were more than just friends. Antonio was 7 when his parents died and he had no other family to take care of him. The Marins adopted him and raised him as their own son.

“Welcome to my home,” Carlos said as he opened the door.

“Thank you,” Rebecca entered the apartment.

“Let me show you around,” Carlos took her hand.

The apartment wasn’t big but it had everything you needed to make yourself at home. Carlos showed Rebecca the apartment and she loved it. The place was cozy and Rebecca felt at home in the apartment. After giving Rebecca a tour of the apartment, Carlos picked up the suitcases and brought them to the bedroom.

“Are you hungry?” Carlos asked.

“I’m starving,” Rebecca replied.

“I know a small restaurant down the street and it’s still open,” Carlos told her.

“Let’s go then,” Rebecca said with a smile.

They left the apartment and walked down to the restaurant. As they walked down the street, Carlos told her about the buildings they passed and he had a lot of stories to tell. After walking for about 10 minutes, they arrived at the restaurant. Carlos opened the door and they walked inside where they were greeted by Guillermo who owned the restaurant.

Guillermo was 60 years old but you couldn’t tell that by looking at him. He had brown eyes and dark hair with some hints of grey. For his age he looked handsome and he was very charming. Carlos introduced Rebecca to him and Guillermo instantly took her hand and led her over to a table in the back of the restaurant. He pulled out the chair and waited for her to sit down.

“Are you done now?” Carlos asked him with a smile.

“Yes I am. The menus are on the table and I will be right back to take your orders,” Guillermo said and left.

“He is nice,” Rebecca looked at Carlos.

“Yes he is. The women love him and it has always been like that. I don’t know his secret but it works,” Carlos told her.

“Women love you too. It must be a Spanish thing,” Rebecca smiled.

“I don’t think so because a lot of women love the other Divos and the guys are not Spanish,” Carlos looked at her.

“I see your point,” Rebecca said.

Carlos and Rebecca looked at the menus and after placing their orders, Carlos waved Guillermo over to the table. After taking their orders, Guillermo left and Rebecca asked Carlos to tell her more about Antonio and the Marin family. Rebecca listened as Carlos told her stories from his childhood and it was interesting to learn more about Carlos’ family.

Guillermo brought them their food and as they enjoyed their dinner, Rebecca told Carlos some stories from her childhood. After a nice dinner, Carlos paid the bill and they walked back to the apartment. Once they were back at the apartment, Rebecca kicked off her shoes and walked into the bedroom to get ready for the night. She let out a yawn as she climbed into bed and shortly after, Carlos joined her. He pulled her close and kissed her softly before whispering goodnight.

---- New York ----

Miki woke up with a strong urge to use the bathroom. She tried to get out of bed but Urs was holding her really tight. When she tried to remove his hand, he just held her tighter and even though she didn’t want to wake him, she had no other choice. She managed to turn a little so she could touch his face. Urs began to stir and he opened his eyes to see Miki smiling at him.

“What’s wrong?” Urs asked.

“Bathroom time for me,” Miki replied.

“Oh ok,” Urs said as he let go of her.

Miki rose from the bed and walked into the bathroom. She was feeling a lot better and she was ready to go out. Urs had turned onto the other side when Miki returned to the bedroom so she decided to take a shower and get dressed for going out. She picked out an outfit and returned to the bathroom. Urs turned when he heard the bathroom door close and a few seconds later he heard the water being turned on. With a smile on his face, Urs rose from the bed and went into the bathroom to join his wife in the shower.

After an exploring shower, Urs and Miki got dressed and fifteen minutes later, they walked out of the hotel. They walked around in New York, enjoying being just the two of them and looking at stores. After walking around for half an hour, Urs noticed the time and it was time for them to find the restaurant.

“Are you ready to eat?” Urs asked.

“Yes I am and I’m cold too,” Miki replied.

Urs wrapped his arm around her and pulled her closer as they walked to the restaurant. At the restaurant they were greeted by a young man who introduced himself as Paul and he informed them that he would be their waiter for the night. He escorted them to their table and as he gave them their menus, he told them that he would be back shortly to take their orders.

After placing their orders, Urs and Miki were talking and laughing. They talked about their baby and how much they were looking forward to becoming parents. Paul returned with their drinks and informed them that their food would be ready soon.

“I’m glad we did this,” Miki said with a smile.

“So am I and I’m glad you’re feeling better. My parents called and they asked if we could leave New York tomorrow instead of the day after,” Urs looked at Miki.

“Of course we can. I miss Switzerland and our families,” Miki told him.

“Me too. It has been a hectic tour and I just want to relax and ride my motorcycle,” Urs smiled at her.

“You will have plenty of time for that,” Miki said.

Paul brought them their food and they enjoyed a nice dinner, talking about the baby and going home to Switzerland.

---- Paris ----

“I see that the two of you worked it out,” Bianca said with a smile.

“Yes we did. I want to thank you for your help,” Sheena smiled back.

“It was my pleasure. Now I will excuse myself and ask my husband to dance with me,” Bianca turned and left.

“May I have this dance?” Séb held out his hand to Sheena.

“Yes you may,” Sheena placed her hand in his.

Séb led her to the dance floor and pulled her close. As he held her tight, he swore to himself that he would never let her get away again. He looked into Sheena’s eyes as he wondered if they should tell Jean-Luc and Bianca about Amanda. A part of him wanted to share his good news but the other part didn’t because he knew that Jean-Luc wouldn’t approve of Sheena’s actions. Sheena could see in Séb’s eyes that there was something on his mind and she knew that it had something to do with her.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I want to tell Jean-Luc and Bianca about Amanda but I’m afraid that Jean-Luc will give you a hard time,” Séb replied.

“You can tell them if you want. I’m a grown woman and I know that I was wrong. I’m sure I can handle your cousin’s accusations,” Sheena said.

“Are you sure?” Séb looked at her.

“Yes I am. Let’s tell them,” Sheena smiled at him.

When the music stopped, Séb and Sheena walked back to the table where Bianca and Jean-Luc were sitting. Jean-Luc looked at them as Séb pulled out a chair and waited for Sheena to take a seat. Once Sheena was seated, Séb sat down next to her and took her hand in his.

Jean-Luc wanted to know more about Sheena and how long she had known Séb. Sheena told him what he wanted to know and Jean-Luc couldn’t believe that the woman sitting across from him was the girl who had broken Séb’s heart five years earlier. Séb was devastated after she left and now he was dating her again. What was wrong with his cousin?

“It’s really good to see you happy again Séb and you look perfect together,” Bianca said with a smile.

“Thanks. There is something else I want to tell you. I have a daughter named Amanda,” Séb said to them.

“What?” Jean-Luc asked.

“I have a daughter and her name is Amanda,” Séb repeated.

“You’re a dad? I can’t believe that you have a daughter. How old is she?” Bianca was stunned.

“She is five years old,” Séb answered as he held Sheena’s hand.

“Wait a second! You have a five year old daughter? How is that possible?” Jean-Luc looked at Séb, then at Sheena.

“Sheena was pregnant when she left Paris but she didn’t find out until she was back in L.A. I found out when I met Sheena and Amanda at the charity concert at the Dubois Manor,” Séb explained.

“Let me get this straight. You never told Séb that you were pregnant? What kind of woman are you? How could you hide his daughter from him for five years?” Jean-Luc asked Sheena.

“I had my reasons for doing what I did and yes, it was wrong of me to do it but I was hurt and angry. It’s no excuse but I did what I thought was best for Amanda,” Sheena answered.

“How can hiding a child from her dad be the best for her? I don’t get it and I don’t understand why he wants to be with you again. You’re a bad person and I think it’s time for you to leave,” Jean-Luc told Sheena.

“You can’t be serious,” Sheena was stunned.

“I am serious. Please leave now,” Jean-Luc said.

“Sheena isn’t going anywhere,” Séb looked at Jean-Luc.

“It’s ok Séb. I know when I’m not welcome. I will see you back at the mansion,” Sheena said as she rose from her chair.

“No. If you leave then I leave too,” Séb rose from his chair.

“You don’t have to leave Séb. I just don’t want her at my party,” Jean-Luc told him.

“Sheena is my girlfriend. Don’t make me choose between you and her because you will lose. I love Sheena and my daughter and I’ve forgiven Sheena for what she did. I think it’s better for all of us if we leave now. Goodnight,” Séb took Sheena’s hand and walked out.

Jean-Luc couldn’t believe that Séb had chosen Sheena over him. He was family and blood is thicker than water. He looked at Bianca and she didn’t hide that she was very disappointed in him.

“We will talk about this later,” Bianca whispered and rose from the chair.

Séb had called Claude and they were now waiting for him to pick them up. Sheena felt bad and she wanted to tell Séb to go back to the party but she knew that he wouldn’t do it. She let out a sigh as she looked at the stars above and suddenly she felt Séb’s arms around her.

“I’m sorry Séb,” Sheena apologized.

“It’s not your fault,” Séb said.

“Yes it is. He is right. I am a bad person,” Sheena turned, still locked in his embrace.

“No you’re not. You’re the woman I love and Jean-Luc just has to accept that and he will. He doesn’t want to lose me as a friend,” Séb touched her face.

Sheena closed her eyes as Séb’s lips made contact with hers. They broke the kiss when Claude pulled up in front of the venue. Séb opened the door and shortly after they were on their way back to the mansion. When they arrived at the mansion, they said goodnight to Claude before they walked into the mansion.

They walked upstairs to check on Amanda. She was sleeping like an angel and Sheena gently closed the door. Séb escorted Sheena to her room and he felt a strong need to be with her but would she let him stay with her?

“What?” Sheena asked.

“There is something I want to ask you and I won’t get upset if you say no,” Séb looked at her.

“Ok,” Sheena said.

“Would it be ok if I stayed in your room tonight?” Séb asked her.

“I thought we agreed on waiting,” Sheena replied as she opened the door.

“We did and I’m not talking about that. I just want to be with you and hold you close tonight. I swear that nothing will happen,” Séb said.

“Come on in,” Sheena said and closed the door behind them.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:38 pm

Chapter 32

It was almost 9am when Séb woke up and he looked at Sheena sleeping in his arms. Sheena looked like she was smiling but maybe it was just his imagination. As Séb gently removed a strand of hair from her forehead, Sheena began to stir and she slowly opened her eyes. The first thing she noticed was Séb’s smile and she couldn’t think of a better way to wake up.

“Good morning Cherie. Did you sleep well?” Séb asked.

“Yes I did. I haven’t slept this good in five years,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“I’m pleased to hear that. We should probably get out of bed,” Séb said.

“No. I’m too comfortable,” Sheena cuddled up to Séb.

“That’s exactly why we should get out of bed because I’m getting too comfortable too,” Séb told her with a smile.

“Oh. Let’s get out of bed then. I will check on Amanda,” Sheena rose from the bed.

She put on a robe and left the bedroom. When Sheena walked into Amanda’s room, she found her daughter sleeping peacefully. Sheena was surprised to see Amanda still in bed because she was usually up at this time. With a smile on her face, Sheena walked over to the bed and sat down. She gently stroked Amanda’s hair and waited for her to wake up. Amanda began to stir and she stretched her tiny body as she slowly opened her eyes.

“Good morning pumpkin,” Sheena said.

“Morning mommy,” Amanda let out a yawn.

“It’s time for you to get up young lady,” Sheena smiled at her.

“You look happy this morning mommy,” Amanda sat up.

“I am happy. Get out of bed and come with me downstairs for breakfast. Your dad and I have something to tell you,” Sheena told her.

Amanda jumped out of bed and put on her robe. She flashed her smile at Sheena and ran out of her bedroom, followed by Sheena. When they walked into the kitchen, Juliette had already made breakfast for them and Sheena was grateful to her for that. Sheena was pouring a glass of milk for Amanda when Séb walked in.

Amanda almost knocked over the glass when she rose from the chair. She ran over to Séb and he picked her up. He carried her back to the table and put her down on the chair. Sheena was pouring coffee when suddenly Séb walked over to her and asked her if he could talk to her for a minute. They left the kitchen and walked into the hallway.

“Don’t look so scared,” Séb said with a smile as he held her hand.

“I’m sorry. What’s on your mind?” Sheena asked.

“When do we tell Amanda that we’re together?” Séb wanted to know.

“I told her upstairs that you and I had something to tell her so I guess we could do it now if that’s ok with you,” Sheena answered.

“Now works for me. Let’s do it,” Séb kissed her.

Séb held Sheena’s hand as they walked back to the kitchen. Amanda didn’t notice that they were holding hands because she was too busy eating her breakfast. Séb and Sheena decided to enjoy their breakfast and tell Amanda the good news after breakfast. Juliette noticed how Sheena and Séb were looking at each other during breakfast and it made her smile. She was happy for them and she knew that Amanda would be thrilled too.

After breakfast, Juliette and Séb cleared the kitchen while Sheena went upstairs with Amanda to give her a bath. Sheena and Amanda were having a good time, talking and laughing and in the kitchen, Juliette and Séb were talking.

“I’m happy for you and Sheena. It’s easy to see how much you love each other and I know one person who will be thrilled to hear that mom and dad are together again,” Juliette said.

“She told you about the dream too?” Séb asked.

“Yes she did and I think it’s a wonderful dream. Judging by what I saw at breakfast, I think her dream will come true,” Juliette replied.

“Can I tell you a secret?” Séb looked at Juliette.

“Of course,” Juliette answered.

“A few weeks before Sheena left me I went out and bought an engagement ring. I wanted to propose to her but I was afraid to do it. When I had finally found the courage to do it, Sheena left Paris and went back to L.A but I kept the ring,” Séb told her.

“Why did you keep it?” Juliette looked at him.

“I don’t know. Maybe I hoped that she would come back to me and I would be able to propose to her,” Séb sighed.

“Well, she did come back to you so maybe you will get your chance,” Juliette smiled at him.

“I hope so,” Séb said.

“What are you two talking about?” Sheena suddenly asked.

“We were just talking,” Juliette replied.

“Ok. Well, I need to talk to you Juliette. You’ve done so much for dad, me and Amanda and it’s time for me to give something back to you. That’s why I’ve arranged for you to spend a week at a spa where you can just relax and be pampered,” Sheena said.

“You didn’t have to do that,” Juliette looked at Sheena.

“Yes I did. You deserve a vacation and since we won’t be here, it’s the perfect time for you to relax and enjoy a vacation. Amanda and I will spend a week in London and then we go back to Los Angeles to take care of everything there. It could be a month before we return to Paris,” Sheena told her.

“I don’t want you to think that I’m ungrateful but I hate going on vacation alone,” Juliette said.

“I know that and I’ve already spoken to Claude. They will join you at the spa so you don’t have an excuse not to go,” Sheena smiled at her.

“Thank you. When do I leave?” Juliette asked.

“Claude will pick you up in an hour,” Sheena answered with a smile.

“An hour? What about lunch and dinner for you?” Juliette looked at Sheena.

“I do know how to cook and so does Séb. Don’t worry about us,” Sheena replied.

“Ok. I will start packing right now,” Juliette smiled and left the room.

“That was nice of you,” Séb said to Sheena.

“It’s the least I could do for her. Why should she stay here alone when Amanda and I have fun in London with you?” Sheena asked.

“You’ve always been generous and it’s one of the reasons why I love you,” Séb pulled Sheena close to him.

Sheena closed her eyes as Séb moved his head closer to hers. Just as their lips were about to meet, they heard someone clapping. They both turned their heads to see Amanda standing at the bottom of the stairs with a big smile on her face.

“I think we’re busted,” Sheena said to Séb.

“Yes we are but it makes it easier for us to tell her that we’re back together,” Séb agreed with a smile.

“You and mommy are really back together now?” Amanda asked with excitement in her voice.

“Yes we are and we will never split up again,” Séb promised as he kneeled down.

“Is that true mommy?” Amanda asked.

“Yes it’s true,” Sheena smiled as she kneeled down too.

Amanda ran over to them and gave both of them a big hug. She was excited and seeing her parents together made her smile because it meant that her dream could come true. The dream meant a lot to her and her parents had now taken the first step.

“I see that you told her,” Juliette suddenly said.

“She walked in on us when we were about to kiss and she is a bright girl so she figured it out on her own,” Séb laughed.

“I’m happy for you and you look great together. Too bad I don’t have my camera with me at the moment,” Juliette smiled at them.

“Thanks Juliette. I think Claude is here,” Sheena told her.

A few minutes later, Claude walked into the hall and greeted all of them. While Claude carried the bags out to the car, Juliette said goodbye to Sheena, Séb and Amanda. Claude returned to say goodbye and shortly after they both left the mansion.

“What should we do now?” Séb asked as the car drove away.

“I want to go swimming,” Amanda replied with a big smile.

“That sounds good to me,” Sheena agreed.

“Ok then. Let’s get changed,” Séb said.

******

“Can I get you anything sir?” the flight attendant asked.

“No thanks,” Tim replied.

“If you change your mind, just push the button,” she smiled and walked away.

Tim couldn’t believe that he was finally on his way to London. Only a few more days and the moment he had been waiting for had arrived. Tuesday would be the day when Séb would find out that he had a daughter. Tim couldn't wait to see Séb’s reaction and it would be a priceless moment. Leaning back in the seat, Tim took out his wallet and found the picture of Amanda and Sheena. He ran his finger over the picture before he tore the picture into two pieces.

He put the piece with Sheena back in his wallet and curled up the piece with Amanda. Looking at Amanda made him sick because she looked like Séb and looking at her reminded him of the Frenchie. Tim knew that if he wanted Sheena in his life, he had to take Amanda too but there was no way that he would ever love her. When the flight attendant was collecting trash, Tim threw the curled up picture into the bag. With a smile on his face, Tim drifted off to sleep.

******

After spending a few hours by the pool, Sheena left to start packing for the London trip. Séb and Amanda stayed at the pool and enjoyed some father/daughter time. Sheena found some clothes for Amanda to wear the next day before she packed the bag. After packing Amanda’s things, Sheena walked into her own bedroom to pack. As she was looking for an outfit for the trip, Séb suddenly showed up.

“Are you ok?” he asked.

“I’m fine but I can’t choose an outfit for tomorrow. Where is Amanda?” she looked at him.

“She is in her room. Swimming made her tired and she wanted to take a nap,” Séb answered.

“But she hasn’t had lunch yet,” Sheena said.

“I know but she wasn’t hungry. She will be hungry when she wakes up and I suggest we let her choose dinner tonight,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Then it will be pizza because that’s her favorite food,” Sheena sighed.

“There’s nothing wrong with pizza,” Séb walked over to Sheena.

“You’re dripping on my carpet,” Sheena pointed at the carpet.

“So I am. Is that your way of telling me to get out of your room?” Séb moved closer.

“Yes it is. Get a towel and dry yourself off. After that, get dressed,” Sheena looked at him.

“I do believe that I’m making you nervous,” Séb teased her.

“Yes you are making me nervous. Please get dressed,” Sheena begged him.

“Anything for you cherie,” Séb winked and left the room.

Sheena watched as Séb walked out of her room and she couldn’t believe that she had asked him to leave. She knew it was the right decision but that didn’t make it easier. Sheena turned her attention back to her clothes and she finally found an outfit to wear to London. After she had finished packing, she left the room and went downstairs to prepare a light lunch for her and Séb.

After changing into some casual clothes, Séb packed his suitcase before he walked downstairs. Sheena had finished preparing the lunch and she was waiting for him on the terrace. Séb sat down and as they had lunch, they talked about what to see and do in London.

They had just finished their lunch when dark clouds began to cover the sky. It only took a few minutes before rain was pouring down. Sheena looked out of the window and she jumped up when thunder and lightning filled the sky.

“I can see that you’re still scared of thunder,” Séb said as he walked up to her.

“I’m terrified. Look at my hands,” Sheena showed him her hands.

Séb looked at her hands and they were shaking really bad but from what he could tell, it was not just her hands shaking. He wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her close, hoping it would stop her from shaking. Feeling Séb’s arm around her made her relax and she couldn’t think of a better place to be.

The rain continued to pour down all evening but that didn’t stop the family from having fun. As predicted by Sheena, Amanda wanted pizza for dinner and she was a great help to Séb in the kitchen. The two of them were having lots of fun making pizza and Sheena couldn’t decide who had more fun. As soon as the pizza was in the oven, Sheena walked over to them.

“You both look like you could use a bath,” Sheena laughed.

“It will have to wait until after dinner. I can’t leave the pizza now,” Séb said.

“I know that. Dinner first, bath later,” Sheena removed some tomato sauce from Séb’s cheek.

“How does it taste?” he asked.

“It’s delicious,” Sheena replied after tasting the sauce.

“I think so too,” Séb smiled at her.

When the pizza was ready, the family sat down and enjoyed a family dinner. After dinner and baths, they were relaxing in front of the TV but it didn’t take long before Amanda was sleeping in Sheena’s arms. Séb picked up his daughter and carried her upstairs while Sheena turned off the TV and the lights. She checked the door to make sure that it was locked before she walked to her own room.

After getting ready for the night, she climbed into bed. She stared at the door, hoping that Séb would join her. Nothing would happen but she loved being in his arms because it made her feel safe. A few minutes later Séb walked into the room and climbed into bed. Sheena made herself comfortable in his arms and it didn’t take long before they both drifted off to sleep.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:06 pm

Chapter 33

Rebecca was standing on the balcony in Carlos’ old bedroom, staring into the night. A breeze played with her long hair as she looked at the stars above. She couldn’t believe that they had spent the entire day with Carlos’ parents, Jose and Consuela. It had been a good day and his parents had accepted her, just as Carlos had told her lots of times.

She turned around when she heard snoring coming from the bedroom and a smile appeared on her face. It was the first time she had ever heard Carlos snore but it just proved to her that he was just like any other man. Rebecca turned her attention back to the stars and she thought of the conversation she had with Consuela earlier that night in the kitchen.

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“What is it?” Rebecca asked Consuela who was smiling.

“Do you know that you’re the first girl that Carlos has ever introduced to us?” Consuela looked at Rebecca.

“I’m not the first girl. He has had two girlfriends before me,” Rebecca said.

“Yes but we never met any of them. We knew their names and he showed us pictures of them but we never met them in person. He never talked that much about them so we didn’t really know any of them,” Consuela told her.

“That sounds strange,” Rebecca grabbed a chair and sat down.

“I know but I have an idea why he never introduced them to us. Of course I can’t be sure but I don’t think he could see a future with any of them,” Consuela smiled at her.

“Oh. Well, it does make sense. I guess that makes me special,” Rebecca said.

“Yes it does and you are special. Never before has my son talked so much about his girlfriend. He loves you very much and he has loved you since the first time he saw you. I can’t think of a better girl for my son and I know that Jose feels the same way,” Consuela touched Rebecca’s cheek.

“Thank you and thank you for welcoming me into the family. It means a lot to me,” Rebecca stood.

“You’re welcome. You make my son happy and every mother wants her son to be happy. Let us go back to the living room and see what our men are doing,” Consuela suggested.

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Rebecca walked inside and closed the balcony door behind her. She walked over to the bed and gently climbed into bed next to Carlos. As she stared at the ceiling, she smiled to herself. It had been a great day and she couldn’t wait to go sightseeing with Carlos and his parents the next day. Rebecca gently kissed Carlos’ cheek and closed her eyes.

---- Denver ----

In Denver, David and Maggie had adjusted to their new roles as parents and they both enjoyed every moment of it. Having a baby in the house was a big change but they didn’t have regrets at all. Baby Victoria was their pride and joy and now they had everything they wanted.

They had invited the closest family to dinner because it was time for them to meet the newest member of the Miller household. Maggie was in the shower and David was changing Victoria’s diaper or he was trying to change it. Diaper changing was a skill that David hadn’t mastered yet but he was getting better. He didn’t know that Maggie was watching him.

“Do you need any help?” Maggie asked with a smile.

“Nope. I can do it,” David replied.

“I know you can and you are getting better. We still have a lot to learn though,” Maggie said.

“Yes we do. I’ve never been this tired on tour. I wonder how Sheena managed to take care of Amanda on her own. She must have been wonder woman,” David looked at Maggie.

“I don’t think it was easy for her but she is a stubborn lady and I think that might have helped her,” Maggie told him.

“Well, Victoria now has a clean diaper and it’s time for me to take a shower,” David picked up Victoria.

He kissed Victoria’s forehead and placed her in Maggie’s arms before he disappeared into the bathroom. Maggie walked into the kitchen to prepare a bottle for Victoria. Once the bottle was ready, Maggie walked into the living room and sat down with her daughter. It didn’t take long before the bottle was empty and Victoria let out a small yawn. Maggie couldn’t stop staring at the baby in her arms and she gently stroked Victoria’s cheek.

David had finished in the bathroom and after getting dressed, he joined Maggie and Victoria in the living room. He looked at his wife and daughter and his thoughts went to Séb. All of the things David was now experiencing with Victoria were things Séb never had with Amanda. Séb had missed out on so much in the last five years.

“Are you ok?” Maggie asked.

“I was just thinking of Séb. He has been missing out on so much with Amanda,” David replied.

“I’m sure Séb will get another chance. Sheena and Séb are meant to be together and they will get back together. Just wait and see,” Maggie smiled at him.

“I hope you’re right,” David looked at her.

The sound of the doorbell alerted them that their guests had arrived and David walked into the hallway to open the door. Maggie was in the living room with Victoria and she could hear David greeting the guests. Shortly after, David and the guests walked through the door. Maggie rose from the couch and introduced them to Victoria.

Everyone was taken by the beautiful baby girl and Victoria got a lot of attention. David found his video camera and he recorded a video of the family meeting. After the introduction, Maggie carried a sleeping Victoria into the nursery and gently placed her in the crib. Once Victoria was tucked in, Maggie returned to her guests and they enjoyed an evening with the family.

---- New York ----

Urs and Miki were at the airport, waiting in line to board the plane. They had been lucky to get two tickets for Switzerland and now it was finally time for them to go home. Miki couldn’t wait to see the family and just relax. They would be spending a week with Urs’ parents and then a week with her parents. She knew that her mother in law and her mom would pamper her and she was really looking forward to that. Two weeks of pampering. Who could say no to that?

Miki’s mom had made a doctor’s appointment for her because it was time for a check-up to see if everything was ok. The only problems she had encountered so far was morning sickness and being more tired but she knew that was part of being pregnant. It would all be worth it in the end.

Ten minutes later they were in their seats, waiting for the remaining passengers to board the plane. Of course a few passengers were late and the plane only had five minutes to leave the gate before it would miss its spot. If that happened, the plane would have to wait another hour before it could take off and none of the passengers or the captain wanted that to happen.

Three minutes before the time was up, the two missing passengers boarded the plane but that didn’t mean that everything was ok. They didn’t seem to worry about the plane being delayed and they certainly took their time in sitting down. Suddenly the flight attendant walked up to them and told them to take their seats now or they would have to face a whole bunch of angry passengers.

The two passengers looked around and noticed that everyone was staring at them and finally they got the picture. They sat down and fastened their seatbelts without saying a word. The flight attendant informed the captain that all passengers were now onboard and shortly after, the plane left the gate.

“Did your parents say why they wanted us back in Switzerland earlier than planned?” Miki asked Urs.

“No and I didn’t ask. Maybe they just miss us,” Urs smiled at her.

“What is it that you’re not telling me?” Miki looked at him.

“Why do you think that I’m hiding anything from you?” Urs wanted to know.

“I know you. You have that expression on your face so you might as well tell me right now what is going on,” Miki smiled.

“Fine but you have to promise me that you will act surprised. There will be a surprise party for you at my parents’ house,” Urs told her.

“What’s the occasion?” Miki looked at Urs.

“Your birthday,” Urs answered with a smile.

“Oh, right. I completely forgot about that. That is really embarrassing,” Miki looked at him.

“Don’t worry about it. You’re just getting older,” Urs teased her.

“That is not funny,” Miki told him.

“You’re right. It’s not funny. It’s hilarious,” Urs laughed.

“Stop that,” Miki gently hit his arm.

“Ok. I won’t say another word about your age. Let’s relax and enjoy the flight,” Urs smiled.

Miki kissed his cheek and leaned back in her seat. Urs reached for her hand and he held her hand as the plane took off.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:07 pm

---- Paris ----

It was early morning in Paris when Sheena woke up to the sound of rain and thunder outside of her window. She turned her head and looked straight into Séb’s eyes. His eyes still had the same hypnotizing effect on her and she simply couldn’t stop staring into them.

“Are you still with me or did you disappear into another dimension?” Séb asked with a smile.

“I guess I disappeared into another dimension called Séb’s eyes,” Sheena gently touched his face.

“I’ve never heard of that dimension. What do you see in that dimension?” Séb was curious.

“I see a handsome, sexy man with a big heart and amazing eyes. I see my daughter’s dad and the man I love in that dimension. And the best part is that it’s the same man,” Sheena replied.

Séb smiled at her as he moved his head closer to hers. He gently placed his lips on hers but soon after he intensified the kiss. Both of them knew where that kiss was leading to but they didn’t try to stop it from happening. Séb broke the kiss when there was a knock on the door. Shortly after, Amanda’s face appeared. She looked at her parents with pleading eyes and Séb nodded his head to let her know that it was ok for her to join them. Amanda ran over to the bed and quickly climbed into bed. Sheena looked at Séb with a smile and he just shook his head.

“Saved by the bell,” he said.

“Perfect timing,” Sheena told him.

“Bad timing if you ask me,” Séb said with a smile.

“Let’s see if we can get a few more hours of sleep,” Sheena suggested.

“We can’t do much else,” Séb looked at her.

Séb pulled Sheena closer to him and the family drifted off to sleep, waking up a few hours later. It was still raining but the thunder had stopped. Sheena was the first to leave the bed and she went downstairs to make breakfast for all of them. Séb and Amanda stayed in bed until Sheena called for them. Just as they were about to sit down and enjoy their breakfast, there was a knock on the door. Séb walked into the hall to open the door and he was stunned to see Bianca and Jean-Luc on the other side.

“What are you doing here?” Séb asked.

“Jean-Luc has something to say,” Bianca answered.

“And what could that be?” Séb looked at his cousin.

“I want to apologize to you for saying what I did at the party,” Jean-Luc said.

“Thanks but I’m not the one you should apologize to,” Séb told him.

“I know. Can we come in?” Jean-Luc asked.

“Sure,” Séb stepped aside.

Jean-Luc and Bianca walked into the hall and Séb led them into the kitchen where Sheena and Amanda were having fun. Sheena wasn’t pleased to see Jean-Luc at all but she didn’t want to be rude so she greeted him and Bianca. Séb introduced them to Amanda and they were taken with her right away. Séb offered them a cup of coffee and they both accepted.

“Don’t you have something to say to Sheena?” Bianca looked at her husband.

“Yes I do. I want to apologize for the way I behaved at the party. It was wrong of me to say what I did and I hope you can forgive me,” Jean-Luc said to Sheena.

“Apology accepted,” Sheena said.

An hour later, Jean-Luc and Bianca said goodbye and left the mansion. Once they were gone, Sheena, Séb and Amanda went upstairs to take their showers. After showering and getting dressed, they grabbed their suitcases and walked downstairs where a cab was waiting. Sheena and Amanda got into the car while Séb was helping the cab driver put the suitcases into the trunk. Five minutes later they were on their way to the airport.

******

It was 2pm when the plane arrived at Heathrow Airport in London. Amanda had fallen asleep and Séb had to carry her off the plane. When they reached the baggage reclaim area, Sheena woke up Amanda while Séb waited for their suitcases to arrive. Sheena’s suitcase was the first to arrive and Amanda’s suitcase arrived shortly after.

“I have to pee,” Amanda said to Sheena.

“Can’t you wait until your dad gets his suitcase?” Sheena asked.

“No I can’t,” Amanda replied as she jumped up and down.

“It’s ok. There is a toilet in the arrival hall. I will meet you there as soon as I get my suitcase,” Séb told Sheena.

Sheena and Amanda walked into the arrival hall and straight to the toilet. After Amanda had taken care of her business and washed her hands, they returned to the arrival hall. Séb wasn’t there, so they just had to wait. Suddenly Sheena heard someone calling out her name and she turned around to see Tim standing there.

“Hello Sheena,” he said with a smile.

“Tim! What are you doing here?” she asked nervously.

“I told you that I would be in London this week,” Tim answered with a smile.

“I know you did but I didn’t expect to see you here at the airport,” Sheena told him.

Tim smiled at her without saying a word and Sheena couldn’t stop wondering if Tim had been checking flights from Paris to see when Sheena would arrive in London. It was too much of a coincidence that Tim was at the airport at the same time as her and she knew that she had to do something to get him to leave before Séb showed up. She was afraid of what Tim would do if he saw Séb and her together.

“You seem a bit nervous. Are you alright?” Tim looked at Sheena.

“Yes I’m fine,” Sheena replied.

“That’s good. Do you need a lift to your friend’s house?” Tim asked.

“No thanks. I met a friend on the plane who will give us a ride. Well, I assume you’re busy and I don’t want to keep you from your business,” Sheena told him.

“I’m not in a hurry. I will stay here and wait with you until your friend gets here. If she doesn’t show up, I will take you wherever you want to go,” Tim said with a smile.

“You don’t have to do that,” Sheena said to him.

“It’s really not a problem,” Tim looked at her.

Sheena wanted to leave with Amanda but she had to wait for Séb. She knew it was a bad thing to wish for but she really hoped there was a problem with Séb’s suitcase. Unfortunately for her she wasn’t that lucky and suddenly she heard Séb’s voice behind her before she felt an arm around her waist.

“Sorry I’m late but my suitcase was the last one to arrive,” Séb kissed her cheek.

“That’s ok,” Sheena looked at him, then at Tim.

“I don’t think we’ve met. I’m Tim Michaels,” Tim reached out his hand to Séb.

“Sébastien Izambard. I’m Amanda’s dad and Sheena’s boyfriend,” Séb shook his hand.

“You’re Sheena’s boyfriend?” Tim looked at him.

“Yes I am,” Séb answered with a smile.

“I see. Well, this is a surprise,” Tim told him.

“Well, we have been together for a few days now,” Séb explained.

“That’s good. I should probably leave now. It’s was nice to meet you Sébastien and I will see you and Amanda back in L.A,” Tim turned his attention to Sheena.

Tim left without saying another word to them and once he was out of sight, Sheena let out a sigh of relief. Séb wondered what was going on because Sheena seemed really upset about meeting Tim.

“What is going on Sheena? Who is that guy?” Séb asked.

“I will tell you later. Let’s just get out of here,” Sheena looked at him.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:53 pm

Chapter 34

“Amanda is sleeping. She tried to convince me that she wasn’t tired but she fell asleep when her head hit the pillow,” Séb walked into the living room.

Sheena was standing by the window and she seemed to be in another world, a world far away from London. She hadn’t said much since they left the airport and Séb was getting worried. He walked over to her and placed his hands on her shoulders.

“Did you hear what I said?” Séb asked even though he already knew the answer.

“What?” Sheena turned and looked at him.

“I told you that our daughter is sleeping. I will make some coffee and then we can talk. How does that sound?” Séb asked.

“It sounds like a good idea,” Sheena replied.

Séb turned and walked into the kitchen to make some coffee. Sheena walked to the couch and made herself comfortable. She found a pillow and snuggled up to it as she looked around the living room. It reminded her of her own living room in L.A and suddenly she remembered all of the things she had to take care of in L.A before she could move to Paris. Sheena let out a deep sigh just as Séb returned with two mugs of coffee.

“That doesn’t sound good,” Séb placed the mugs on the table.

“I was just thinking of all the things I have to take care of before Amanda and I can move to Paris,” Sheena said.

“You will get it done. Now I want to hear more about Tim,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“I’ve known Tim all of my life. His dad and my dad were best friends and my dad hired Peter as the family lawyer. Tim and I grew up together and he was my best friend until we became teenagers. His feelings changed and he declared his love for me but I told him that I didn’t feel the same way about him. After Peter died, Tim took over as family lawyer and he is still in love with me but I don’t feel anything for him. I’m just afraid of what he will do now that he knows we’re together,” Sheena explained.

“We found our way back to each other and nothing can ruin what we have. Do you really think that he will do something?” Séb sipped his coffee.

“I don’t know. I rejected him again before I went to Paris and now I’m with you. I might just be paranoid but I don’t like the look he had in his eyes at the airport. I don’t want anything to happen to you or Amanda,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“Nothing will happen to us. Let’s relax and enjoy our time together in London,” Séb pulled her close.

“You’re right. I’m just being paranoid,” Sheena smiled at him.

“Yes you are but I still love you,” Séb kissed her.

******

“What happened to you? You look like a thunder cloud,” Virginia said to Tim.

“I need a drink,” Tim pushed Virginia out of the way.

“This is my apartment. Who do you think you are?” Virginia closed the door.

“I’m sorry Virginia,” Tim apologized as he poured himself a whisky.

“That is not good enough. You can’t just push me out of the way and expect me to accept your lousy apology,” Virginia raised her voice.

“I really am sorry. It’s just been a frustrating trip and I’m sorry for taking it out on you,” Tim said.

“What happened?” Virginia asked.

“I met Sheena and Amanda at the airport,” Tim told her.

“What’s so bad about meeting Sheena and Amanda at the airport? I thought you loved her,” Virginia looked at him.

“They were not alone. Séb was there with them,” Tim finished his drink.

“What? You’re telling me that Séb knows about Amanda?” Virginia sat down.

“Yes and Séb is now dating Sheena. My plan is falling apart and I don’t like it. I had the most bulletproof plan and now it’s been ruined,” Tim refilled his glass.

“Well, I told you that it was a bad plan but you wouldn’t listen,” Virginia reminded him.

“Doesn’t it bother you that Séb and Sheena are together?” Tim sipped his drink.

“Yes it does but I can’t say that I’m surprised. Séb and Sheena used to date and they have a daughter. You knew there was a chance of them getting back together so it can’t come as a total surprise to you either. If Séb and Sheena are together then there is nothing you can do,” Virginia sipped her coffee.

“I will come up with another plan. I refuse to give up. Sheena will be mine. You can count on that. Now I will go to my hotel and get some rest. I will talk to you later,” Tim said and left, slamming the door behind him.

After Tim left, Virginia wondered what kind of crazy plan he would come up with now. It made her realize that Tim would never give up and that he would do anything to get Sheena. Would he hurt Séb to get what he wanted? If Tim’s plan was to get rid of Séb, he would have to do it without her because she didn’t want to be a part of it. Maybe she didn’t love Séb but there was no way that she would help Tim hurt him.

*****

Tim had arrived at the hotel and as he was sitting on the bed with a beer in his hand, his brain was working on overtime to come up with a plan. His dad had taught him never to give up and he had never given up before so why should he give up now? He would do whatever he could to get everything he wanted and right now he wanted Sheena.

He finished his beer and placed the bottle on the table next to the bed. Suddenly the perfect plan popped into his head and he couldn’t wait to tell Virginia about it. He knew there was a small chance that she didn’t want to help him but he couldn’t do it without her. All Tim knew was that nothing could go wrong with this plan. Now he just had to figure out how and when to put his plan into motion. He was too tired to do that now so it would have to wait until after his nap. With a smile on his face, Tim drifted off to sleep.

*****

It was almost 5pm when Amanda woke up from her nap. Her stomach was making noises and she needed something to eat. She walked into the living room and found her parents sleeping on the couch. Amanda didn’t want to wake them so she went into the kitchen to look for some kind of snack but there was nothing to eat. She walked back to the living room and woke up her parents.

“I’m hungry but I can’t find any food,” Amanda complained.

“I should have asked my neighbor to buy some food but I didn’t think of that. Guess we have to go shopping for groceries,” Séb said.

“Good idea because I’m hungry too,” Sheena agreed.

Ten minutes later the family walked to the grocery store down the street. Séb walked in the middle, holding hands with both of his girls and he felt good. It occurred to him that he had never walked down the street hand in hand with Virginia. Whenever he tried to hold her hand or wrap his arm around her in public, she pulled away from him. He never found out why but he didn’t want to think about that. Now he had a woman who loved him and wasn’t afraid of walking hand in hand with him.

After buying groceries, they walked back to the apartment and Séb started preparing dinner for the family. As he was cooking, he felt like a real family man and it was a new experience for him but he loved every minute of it. While Séb was cooking, Sheena helped Amanda with unpacking but Sheena could tell that Amanda wanted to be in the kitchen with Séb.

“Go on. Help your dad in the kitchen,” Sheena said to Amanda.

“Thanks mommy,” Amanda ran out of the room.

Sheena continued to unpack Amanda’s suitcase and after that was done, she walked into Séb’s bedroom to unpack her own suitcase. After unpacking, she walked into the kitchen and waited for Amanda and Séb to finish dinner. Sheena watched Séb and Amanda and she loved to watch them cooking together. Amanda was really helpful in a kitchen and she loved to taste things.

“Can I help with anything?” Sheena asked.

“No. Amanda and I have got everything under control. Relax and enjoy the view,” Séb winked at her.

“What view? Are you talking about you wearing an apron?” Sheena looked at him.

“I will get you for that comment. Just wait and see,” Séb walked over to her.

“Now I’m scared,” Sheena said.

“You should be scared because I’m serious,” Séb told her.

Séb smiled as he kept staring at her and Sheena had a bad feeling. She knew that look and he was serious. Séb returned to his cooking, leaving Sheena wondering what was going on inside his head. Sheena had to admit that she was a bit nervous but she had to act like she wasn’t. A few minutes later Séb announced that dinner was ready. The family sat down at the table and enjoyed their dinner, talking and laughing.

****

After he woke up from his nap, Tim made a phone call to a friend in London. He needed help with his plan and Virginia wouldn’t be able to help him with this part. Tim asked his friend to meet him for dinner half an hour later in his hotel room. The friend agreed and after hanging up, Tim walked to the bathroom to take a shower.

As Tim was waiting for his friend to arrive, he made sure that he had all of the information his friend needed. He knew that his friend would agree to anything if the price was right and there was no way his friend would say no. A knock on the door told Tim that his friend had arrived. He opened the door and stepped aside.

“Thanks for coming, Gordon” Tim closed the door.

“No problem. It’s not like I had other plans. Mary left me,” Gordon said.

“I’m sorry to hear that. Let’s order some food and then we can talk business,” Tim suggested, leading Gordon into the living room.

“That sounds good to me. Do you have a beer?” Gordon asked.

“Help yourself,” Tim pointed at the minibar.

Tim ordered roomservice as Gordon made himself comfortable on the couch. His eyes fell on the picture Tim had left on the table and he picked up the picture to take a closer look at it. As he was looking at the picture, Tim sat down across from him.

“Who is she?” Gordon asked.

“Her name is Sheena Halliwell and she is the woman I love. Unfortunately she doesn’t love me and I want to change that,” Tim replied, taking the picture from Gordon.

“And how exactly will you do that?” Gordon sipped his beer.

“I have a plan but I need you to do something for me and if you do as I say, Sheena will be mine. Are you interested?” Tim looked at him.

“I’m always interested if the price is right,” Gordon said.

“Everything you need to know is in this folder. Take a look at it and tell me what you think,” Tim handed him the folder.

Gordon was reading the content of the folder when someone knocked on the door. He didn’t even notice that Tim excused himself and left the living room. Shortly after Tim returned with the food and the two friends could start their meeting.

“What do you think of my plan?” Tim asked.

“I like your plan and the price is just right. When do we start?” Gordon looked at Tim.

“We start tomorrow. Now I will tell you more about Sheena, her little brat and the jerk she is dating,” Tim said.

*****

In Séb’s apartment, the family was relaxing in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate. It was past Amanda’s bedtime but Séb and Sheena had agreed on letting her stay up a little longer because they were watching a movie. As soon as the movie came to an end, Sheena told Amanda that it was bedtime.

“She is a great kid,” Séb said as Amanda left.

“Of course she is a great kid. How could she be anything else with your looks and my brain?” Sheena asked with a smile.

“You’re right,” Séb agreed.

“Of course I’m right. I’m smart,” Sheena said.

“Smart and beautiful,” Séb pulled her close and kissed her.

They broke the kiss when Amanda called out to them. They walked to Amanda’s room and said goodnight to her before returning to the living room. Séb excused himself and disappeared into the kitchen, returning a few minutes later with two glasses of wine. He joined Sheena on the couch and handed her a glass of wine.

“What are we celebrating?” Sheena asked, taking the glass.

“We’re not celebrating anything but if you need an occasion then let’s celebrate that we’re back together,” Séb replied.

“I’ll drink to that,” Sheena kissed him.

Séb and Sheena enjoyed their private time, talking about Amanda, Paris and the future. They finished their wine and went to bed, unaware that something bad was about to happen.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Chapter 35

After a long flight from New York, Urs and Miki had finally reached their destination. Miki was tired and she wasn’t really in the mood for a surprise party but it was her birthday and it would be rude of her not to attend the party.  Fifteen minutes after landing at the airport, Urs and Miki walked into the arrival hall where Urs’ dad, Nico, was waiting for them. He greeted both of them with hugs.

“Happy birthday Miki,” Nico kissed her cheek.

“Thank you,” Miki said with a smile.

“Let me take that. You shouldn’t be carrying anything heavy in your condition,” Nico took the bag from Miki.

“I’m pregnant, not sick,” Miki reminded him.

“I know that but you’re my favorite daughter in law and you’re carrying my grandchild. In our family we take care of each other,” Nico told her.

“I’m your only daughter in law,” Miki said.

“Yes and that makes you my favorite,” Nico winked.

They left the airport and walked to the car. Urs helped his dad put the bags in the trunk and Miki climbed into the car. Shortly after, they were on their way to the Buhler home. Nico wanted to hear all the news and Urs gave him a full report while Miki was staring out of the window. It felt good to be home and she couldn’t wait to see her family and friends again.

The car pulled up in front of the house and Urs helped his wife get out of the car. Urs’ mom, Dara, and Miki’s parents, Eliane and Constantin, were all waiting for them. After exchanging hugs and kisses with their families, Urs and Miki walked into the house.

“You look tired,” Eliane looked at her daughter.

“I am tired but I have two weeks to relax and regain my strength,” Miki said.

“Your mom and I will make sure that you get a lot of rest. We will take good care of you,” Dara smiled at her.

“Thanks. I could use a hot bath if you don’t mind,” Miki stretched her body.

“Of course we don’t mind.  You know where the bathroom is and you will find some clean towels in the bedroom. We have to leave now but we will see later. Enjoy your bath,” Dara said with a smile.

Urs and Miki watched as their parents left the house and drove away. As soon as the car was out of sight, the couple walked upstairs to the bedroom to unpack. Miki went straight into the bathroom to fill the tub and Urs started to unpack the bags. Once he had finished unpacking, he joined Miki in the bathroom.

“Do you need any help?” Urs asked with a smile.

“Well, I can’t reach my back so if you could wash my back, I would really appreciate it,” Miki answered, giving him the sponge.

Urs took the sponge and washed his wife’s back. He wanted to join her in the tub but they had to leave for the party soon. After he had finished washing Miki’s back, Urs left the bathroom to get away from all of the temptation. Five minutes later, Miki walked into the bedroom wearing only a towel and Urs quickly disappeared into the bathroom.

While Urs was taking a shower, Miki got dressed for the party. As soon as she was dressed, she walked over to the window and opened it. The mountains looked so beautiful and Miki couldn’t wait to get close to them again. When she was a little girl, her grandfather had a cabin in the mountains and she thought back to all of the wonderful memories she had from that cabin.

“Are you ok?” Urs suddenly asked.

“I’m fine. I was just thinking of grandpa’s cabin,” Miki replied.

“We could go up there tomorrow if you want. Maybe we could go on a picnic if the weather allows it. I am sure my mom will prepare a picnic basket for us if we ask her,” Urs wrapped his arm around her.

“That sounds like a good idea,” Miki turned around.

“It’s a date then. Now I have to get dressed,” Urs kissed her softly.

He let go of Miki and got dressed. Ten minutes later, they were ready to leave to the house. Miki was in a good mood when they drove off and Urs knew it had to do with the cabin in the mountains. They arrived at the restaurant and Urs held Miki’s hand as they walked through the door to the restaurant. Urs led her into the main restaurant and as promised, Miki acted surprised.

After congratulations and unwrapping presents, they all took their seats at the tables and it was time for the food to be served. Seeing all of her friends and family enjoying themselves made Miki forget about being tired. She couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her birthday and she was having a good time.

---- Madrid ----

“Are you sure that you want to spend the day with my mom?” Carlos asked Rebecca.

“Yes I am. Your mom is amazing. It sounds like you don’t want me to bond with your mom,” Rebecca looked at him.

“I do want the two of you to bond but I wanted to spend time with you today,” Carlos said.

“I promise you that we will spend time together but today I will go shopping with your mom. It will give you some time alone with your dad and I know you want that. Your mom and I will be back in time for dinner,” Rebecca told him.

“Fine but tomorrow you and I will spend the entire day together,” Carlos kissed her.

“I can’t wait,” Rebecca smiled.

They went downstairs where Consuela and Jose were waiting. The four of them left the house and said goodbye in the street before they went their separate ways. Consuela and Rebecca went to a restaurant to meet up with some of Consuela’s friends while Carlos and Jose went to a café down the street. It had been a while since Carlos had spent time with his dad and he couldn’t deny that he had missed it. With a busy Divo schedule it wasn’t easy for him to spend time with his dad but here they were and Carlos was curious to find out how his dad felt about Rebecca.

“If you have something to ask then ask,” Jose looked at his son.

“What do you think of Rebecca?” Carlos asked his question.

“I like her. She is an amazing woman and beautiful too. Her designs are great and she is really talented. She knows exactly what she wants in life and that is important. You’ve got a great girl and your mom and I both know that you’re serious about Rebecca. It’s easy to see that the two of you are in love with each other and nothing would make us happier than to see you marrying her,” Jose answered.

“Thanks dad. It feels right and I do want to marry her,” Carlos said.

“You have our blessings to do so. When will you propose to her?” Jose asked.

“I am not sure. Maybe I will do it tonight,” Carlos answered.

“Good. I will tell you a little secret. Your mom never thought that you would get married but it makes us happy to see that you’re with a woman with a career instead of some gold digger. Rebecca loves you for you, not your fame or money. We know that one of your group mates is engaged to one of those and he isn’t happy,” Jose told Carlos.

“Sébastien called off the engagement,” Carlos informed his dad.

“Good for him. What happened?” Jose asked.

Carlos told his dad everything, including Séb’s meeting with Amanda. Jose was surprised to hear that Séb had a daughter but he was happy for Séb. They continued to talk over lunch and they enjoyed their time together. After lunch, they went back to the house to talk some more before Rebecca and Consuela came back from their shopping trip.

Once they were inside, Carlos excused himself and disappeared while Jose went into the kitchen to get something to drink. Carlos took a seat on the couch next to his dad and placed a small box on the table in front of his dad. He couldn’t explain why but he wanted Jose to see the ring before proposing to the woman he loved.

“What do think of the ring?” Carlos asked his dad.

“I think it’s perfect. Rebecca doesn’t seem like a woman who wants her jewelry to be too flashy. I think she wants to keep the jewelry simple,” Jose replied with a smile.

“When I saw that ring, I just knew it was the right engagement ring for Rebecca. Do you have any ideas of how to propose to her without her suspecting anything?” Carlos looked at Jose.

“You want the proposal to be a surprise and I think I have just the way to make it a surprise. I suggest you make dinner reservations for four at Guillermo’s. After dinner, you take her to the Parque Del Buen Retiro and after walking around the pond, you propose to her,” Jose said.

“I like that idea. Thanks dad. I will call Guillermo right away,” Carlos picked up his phone.

Carlos had just finished the call when Consuela and Rebecca returned from their shopping trip. He quickly put the ring box in his pocket and leaned back on the couch. Carlos informed the ladies of the dinner plan he had made for them and the ladies couldn’t wait. After spending about half an hour with Consuela and Jose, Carlos and Rebecca went to their room to rest before they had to get ready for dinner.

---- Denver ----

It was almost 8am when Maggie woke up. She stretched her body and turned to look at David but there was no sign of him. Calling out his name, she rose from the bed and put on a robe before she walked into the nursery to check on her daughter. She found David sleeping on the couch with a sleeping Victoria on his chest. It was the perfect father/daughter moment and it brought a smile on her face.

Maggie couldn’t find it in her heart to wake them up so she walked to the kitchen and started breakfast. She made pancakes and eggs for her and David and she prepared a bottle for Victoria. When the coffee was ready, she returned to the nursery to wake up David.

“Breakfast is ready,” she whispered in his ear.

“What time is it?” David asked, letting out a yawn.

“It’s 8am. You’ve been sleeping in the nursery all night but I really don’t know how you managed to sleep on that small couch all night. It doesn’t look comfortable,” Maggie replied.

“I can sleep anywhere if I’m tired enough.  This little one has been sleeping since I came in here,” David gently touched Victoria’s head.

Victoria began to stir and Maggie picked her up. After changing Victoria’s diaper, Maggie walked into the kitchen to feed her daughter. David joined them a few minutes later and he poured coffee for him and Maggie.

“Are we having lunch at my parents today?” David asked.

“Yes we are. I was thinking of calling the guys to tell them about Victoria but they are on vacation and I really don’t want to interrupt whatever they are doing,” Maggie answered.

“I want to tell them too but I think we should wait until the end of the week. How do you think they will react to our news?” David looked at Maggie.

“They will be shocked but happy for us because they know how much we wanted a baby,” Maggie said with a smile.

“You’re right. She looks happy today,” David looked at Victoria.

“Of course she is happy. She spent the entire night sleeping on her dad’s chest. Who wouldn’t be happy after doing that?” Maggie smiled.

“Do I detect some jealousy?” David asked with a smile.

“Well, she did have your attention all night while I was alone in the bed,” Maggie told him.

“I promise you that you will have my full attention as soon as Victoria is sleeping. How does that sound?” David sipped his coffee.

“It sounds perfect and I can’t wait. Will you give her a bath while I eat my breakfast?” Maggie asked.

“Of course I will,” David finished his breakfast.

He picked up his daughter and went to the nursery. Maggie watched him leave and she was proud of her husband. He was an amazing dad and an amazing man. She knew there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his daughter. As Maggie was eating her breakfast, she thought of how lucky she was. She had a beautiful daughter and an amazing husband. What more could a woman ask for?

After finishing her breakfast, she stood and cleared the table before joining her husband and daughter in the nursery. David was having a good time in the nursery, goofing around like a big kid and Victoria was giggling. He was really enjoying his role as a dad and it made Maggie love him even more. She decided to let David finish up what he was doing and walked into the bathroom to take a shower.

When she walked into the living room after getting dressed, she found David on the couch with Victoria. He was singing to her and Victoria seemed to love it. She had a big smile on her face and Maggie walked over to them. She sat down next to David and rested her head on his shoulder. He kissed the top of her head and they enjoyed the family time.

---- Paris ----

After spending most of the day sightseeing, Séb, Sheena and Amanda had returned to Séb’s apartment. Amanda and Sheena were tired and Séb told his girls to take a nap. He had some things to take care of and he didn’t want Sheena to find out what he was up to. As soon as Sheena and Amanda were gone, he picked up his phone and made a few calls.

An hour later, Séb walked into his bedroom to wake up Sheena. He walked over to the bed and sat down next to Sheena. Séb bent down and kissed her softly on the lips, causing her to stir. She stretched her body and opened her eyes.

“It’s time for you to get ready,” he told her.

“Get ready for what?” Sheena asked.

“I’m taking you out to dinner tonight,” Séb answered with a smile.

“What about Amanda? She can’t be alone,” Sheena sat up in bed.

“She won’t be alone. I’ve already arranged for Julia to babysit,” Séb smiled.

“Who is Julia?” Sheena looked at him.

“Julia is the neighbor’s daughter. She is great with kids and she has been babysitting for almost everyone in the building. Trust me, she knows what she is doing,” Séb explained.

“Ok then. I will get ready. What should I wear?” Sheena asked.

“That is up to you but I would prefer you in a dress,” Séb winked and left.

Sheena rose from the bed and walked to the closet to pick out an outfit for the night. She found an outfit she hoped that Séb would like and placed it on the bed before she walked into the bathroom. When she returned to the bedroom after her shower, Séb was in the bedroom. He was wearing black pants, a white shirt and a black jacket. He looked very handsome but something wasn’t right. Sheena walked over to him and unbuttoned a few buttons on his shirt.

“That’s better,” she smiled at him.

“Maybe we should stay here and let Julia take Amanda out to dinner?” Séb winked.

“No way! We’re going out to dinner as soon as I am dressed,” Sheena kissed him.

“Okay. I will be waiting for you in the living room,” Séb sighed and left.

Sheena got dressed and put on a light make-up before she walked into the living room. She saw a young girl on the couch next to Amanda and they seemed to be getting along great. After a brief introduction, Séb and Sheena said goodbye and left the apartment. The weather was nice and the restaurant wasn’t far away so they decided to walk instead of driving. Ten minutes later, they arrived at the restaurant and the waiter showed them to their table. After placing their orders, Séb reached for Sheena’s hand. She looked stunning in her outfit and he only had one thing on his mind.

“Are you listening to me?” Sheena asked.

“What?” Séb said.

“Nothing. You’re obviously somewhere else,” Sheena laughed.

“I’m sorry. I was just thinking of how incredibly beautiful you look tonight. Your outfit blows me away,” Séb smiled at her.

“Thank you. You don’t look so bad yourself,” Sheena smiled back.

The waiter brought them their food and drinks and left the table. Sheena and Séb enjoyed their dinner and their time together. They were talking, laughing and holding hands all through dinner and there was no doubt that they were deeply in love. Some people were dancing and Séb stood as he reached out his hand to Sheena.

“Would you like to dance?” Séb asked her.

“Yes,” Sheena placed her hand in his.

Séb led her to the dance floor and pulled her close to him. He looked at her and he could see all the love she had for him right there in her eyes. She was the only woman who had ever looked at him with so much love and he had so much love to give her. He wanted to show her how much she meant to him and he couldn’t wait any longer.

“I think we’ve waited long enough. Let’s pay and get out of here,” Séb whispered.

“That sounds like a good idea,” Sheena agreed.

They walked back to the table and Séb asked for the bill. Once he had paid, they left the restaurant and walked back to the apartment, wrapped in each other’s arms. As they got closer to the apartment, they a police car in front of the apartment building and their hearts began to race. They walked into the building and saw a police officer standing outside of the apartment.

“What happened?” Séb asked.

“Do you live here?” the officer looked at him.

“Yes I do. Our daughter was in there with the babysitter and I demand to know what happened,” Séb told him.

“Maybe we should go inside,” the officer suggested.

Séb and Sheena followed him into the living room where Julia was sitting on the couch with tears running down her cheeks. She was wrapped in a blanket and she was shaking. Sheena sat down next to her and held her hand. Julia turned her head and looked at Sheena.

“I’m sorry,” Julia whispered between sobs.

“Sorry for what? What is going on here? Where is Amanda?” Sheena looked at the officer.

“Your babysitter was attacked by an unknown man and your daughter is…….……well, missing,” the officer replied.

Sheena felt her heart being ripped apart and she couldn’t stop the tears from falling. Séb walked over to the couch and kneeled down in front of her. He wrapped his arms around her and held her tight as he felt his own tears falling.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:17 am

Chapter 36


After having a nice dinner with Jose and Consuela, Carlos and Rebecca had left the restaurant. The sky was covered in stars, a gentle breeze caressed the tree tops and the moon was bright. It really was a perfect night for a proposal. Carlos was nervous but he tried really hard not to let it show because he didn’t want Rebecca to know. It wasn’t like him to be nervous but this was something special and he believed that he had every right to be nervous.



“Look at how the moon reflects in the pond. Isn’t it beautiful?” Rebecca asked, pointing at the pond.

“Yes it is but not as beautiful as you. Let’s sit down for a moment. There is something I want to talk to you about,” Carlos led her over to a bench.

“You sound so serious,” Rebecca looked at him.

“I am serious and what I have to say is serious. I never thought that I would meet a woman who would change my life as much as you have. Ever since I met you at the concert, I knew that you were the only one for me and I can’t imagine not being with you for the rest of my life,” Carlos said as he took out the ring box.

“Oh my God,” Rebecca managed to say.

“Will you marry me?” Carlos asked as he revealed the ring.



“Oh yes I will,” Rebecca replied with tears in her eyes.

Carlos took out the ring and placed it on Rebecca’s finger. It was a perfect fit and as he stood, he took her hands and pulled her up. He pulled her into him and kissed her deeply. They didn’t even notice that Consuela and Jose were watching the scene. In fact they had witnessed it all and they were happy for both Carlos and Rebecca.

“It looks like our son is getting married,” Jose whispered to his wife.

“Yes it does. He has found his true soulmate and it is not easy to do that. Let’s get out of here before they see us,” Consuela suggested.

Jose nodded in agreement and they hurried back to the house. They had to make it look like they had been at the house since they left the restaurant. Twenty minutes later, Carlos and Rebecca arrived at the house and shared the good news with them. Jose opened a bottle of
his best wine and Consuela prepared some snacks for them. After celebrating the engagement for a few hours, Carlos and Rebecca said goodnight and went upstairs. They were happy when they climbed into bed, unaware that in London, their friends were going through every parent’s nightmare.

******

“Mr. and Mrs. Izambard. I know this is a very difficult time for you but do you have any idea why someone would kidnap your daughter?” the officer asked.

“I can’t think of anyone who would do something like this. I live in Los Angeles and I really don’t know anyone here in London,” Sheena replied.

“You live in Los Angeles? Oh, I thought you were married. I’m so sorry,” he apologized.

“It’s ok,” Sheena said.

“What about you? Any enemies or maybe a crazy fan?” the officer looked at Sébastien.

“It can’t be a fan because my fans don’t even know that I have a daughter and even if they did know, I don’t think any of them would do something like this. Our moms, my cousin, his wife, the Divos, their partners and Sheena’s housekeeper in Paris are the only people who know that Amanda is my daughter,” Séb answered.

“I doubt any of them would do something like this. It really is a mystery but we will find your daughter. I give you my word,” the officer promised.

“Wait a minute! There is someone else who knows about Amanda,” Séb suddenly said, looking at Sheena.

“Tim wouldn’t kidnap Amanda. He would do a lot of things but kidnapping is not one of them. I don’t see any reason why he would kidnap her,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“I could be wrong but I would feel a lot better knowing for sure that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping. Wouldn’t you?” Séb asked Sheena.

“Who is Tim?” the officer wanted to know.

“His name is Tim Michaels and he is a lawyer from Los Angeles. He is actually my lawyer and he is here on business,” Sheena explained.

“Why do you suspect him?” the officer looked at Séb.

“He is in love with Sheena and he saw us at the airport when we arrived in London. Tim wasn’t happy to see us together. I’m not saying that he did it but I would definitely add him to the list of suspects,” Séb replied.

“Where can I find this Tim?” the officer asked Sheena.

“I don’t know where he is staying in London but I do have his phone number,” Sheena replied as she reached for the phone.

She quickly went through the numbers and found Tim’s number. The officer wrote it down and excused himself. He disappeared into the hallway to make his call and they could hear some of the conversation. The officer returned a few minutes later.

“We found out where Tim is staying and two officers are on their way to the hotel. Would it be possible for all three of you to spend the night somewhere else? We still have a lot of work to do here,” he looked at Séb and Sheena.

“I have an idea. I’ll be right back,” Séb said and left.

Julia had stopped crying but she still felt guilty. Sheena and Séb had left Amanda in her care because they trusted her and she had messed up. Amanda was missing and it was her fault. She couldn’t understand why Sheena was being so nice to her after what had happened.

Séb returned to the living room after his phone call and he informed the officer that Simon had agreed to let them stay at his place. An officer escorted Julia to her room so she could pack an overnight bag and as soon as she returned, the officer drove them to Simon’s place.

*****

“What can I do for you?” Tim gestured for the officers to sit down.

“Do you know Sheena Halliwell?” the female officer asked.

“Yes I do. We grew up together and I’ve been working for the Halliwell family for a long time. I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question,” Tim looked at her.

“Miss Halliwell’s daughter is missing and we assume that she has been kidnapped,” the officer explained.

“Amanda has been kidnapped? That’s terrible. Who would do something like that and why? It doesn’t make any sense. Wait! Am I a suspect?” Tim asked.

“Where were you tonight?” the male officer asked.

“I was having dinner here at the hotel. Then I went into the hotel bar to get a few drinks and I was in the bar when you called me. You can check with the hotel restaurant and the bar if you don’t believe me. I would never do anything to hurt Sheena or Amanda,” Tim replied, rather offended.

“We’re not accusing you of anything. Our job is to question everyone who knows Miss Halliwell and Mr. Izambard,” the officer told him.

“I understand that but I had nothing to do with Amanda being kidnapped,” Tim said.

The officers said goodbye and left the hotel room. They went downstairs to get confirmation on Tim’s story. The waiters and the bartender all confirmed that Tim had been there all night and the officers had no other choice but to go back to Séb’s apartment and tell their boss about the alibi.

******

Séb, Sheena and Julia were on their way to Simon’s house. Sheena didn’t say anything as the car drove through the streets of London and it was driving Séb crazy. Séb wondered if Sheena was blaming him for Amanda being kidnapped. The dinner had been his idea and leaving their daughter in Julia’s care had also been his idea. He couldn’t stand the thought of Sheena hating him.

When the car pulled up in front of Simon’s house, Séb felt relieved. It had been the longest drive ever and he was happy that it was over. They got out of the car and walked to the door where Simon was waiting for them. After a brief introduction, they stepped into the house and Simon closed the door behind them. He showed them to their rooms and informed them that he would be in the living room if they wanted to talk.

“I am really sorry,” Julia apologized to Séb and Sheena.

“Listen to me. We don’t blame you for what happened and you shouldn’t blame yourself. It wasn’t your fault,” Sheena told her.

“I know but she was my responsibility,” Julia looked at Sheena.

“Sheena is right. Stop blaming yourself. Now get some sleep,” Séb said.

“Goodnight and thank you for not being mad at me,” Julia smiled and closed the door.

After saying goodnight to Julia, Séb and Sheena walked to their bedroom. Sheena walked over to the window and looked out into the night. Her daughter was out there in the dark with some maniac and she had no idea why someone had kidnapped her.

“Do you blame me for what happened to Amanda?” Séb asked as he joined her.

“No! Why would you think that?” Sheena looked at him.

“You have hardly looked at or spoken to me since we found out about Amanda being kidnapped,” Séb said.

“I am sorry. I don’t blame you for what happened and I’m sorry if it seemed that way. It’s just that our daughter is out there alone with some maniac. She is probably scared and crying and there is nothing we can do to help her. I just want her back,” Sheena touched his cheek.

“I know Cherie and I want her back too. The police will do whatever they can to bring her back to us and they will bring her back. We have to believe that,” Séb pulled her close.

“I do believe that,” Sheena said.

“Simon is waiting for us downstairs. He might be able to help us if we tell him everything,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Let’s go then,” Sheena agreed.

They walked downstairs and found Simon in the living room. He offered them a glass of chilled white wine and they couldn’t say no to that. Simon poured wine for them and leaned back on the couch, waiting for Séb to tell him what was going on.

“I don’t know where to start and what I have to say might shock you but Sheena and I have a five year old daughter named Amanda. Sheena and I went out to dinner tonight but when we came back to the apartment, our babysitter had been attacked and Amanda was missing. We don’t know who took her or why they took her,” Séb explained.

“I am shocked to hear that you have a daughter but I am even more shocked to hear that she has been kidnapped. Did you call the police?” Simon sipped his wine.

“Julia called them and they were at the apartment when we returned from dinner. We haven’t received any phone calls or ransom notes from the kidnapper and that seems a bit strange to me,” Séb replied, holding Sheena’s hand.

“Do the police have any suspects?” Simon asked.

Before they could answer that question, Séb’s phone started ringing. He excused himself and walked into the hallway to take the call. When Séb returned to the living room, he walked over to the couch and sat down without saying a word. He reached for the wine glass and drank it all before he looked at Sheena.

“Tim didn’t kidnap Amanda. He has an alibi for the whole evening. I was so sure it was him,” Séb informed her with anger in his voice.

“That means they don’t any suspects. I don’t know how much more I can take. I’ve lost two dads this year and I can’t lose my daughter too,” Sheena said.

“You won’t. I will do whatever I can to help the police. You have my word on that. I will offer a reward if necessary. Have you told the guys?” Simon asked.

“No and we won’t tell them. They are on vacation and if we tell them anything about this, they will cancel their vacation and jump on the first plane back to London. We don’t want that,” Séb answered.

“I understand that. It’s getting late. Maybe we should get some sleep,” Simon suggested.

Sheena and Séb said goodnight to Simon and walked to their room. As soon as they were out of sight, Simon poured himself another glass of wine. He knew Séb didn’t want the other Divos to know about the kidnapping but he also knew that Séb and Sheena would need the support of their friends. Simon knew that going against Séb’s wishes was wrong but he was prepared to deal with the consequences. As he went to bed that night, his mind was made up.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:10 pm

Chapter 37

Sheena and Séb had gone to bed but they couldn’t sleep. No parent could just turn over and sleep, knowing their child was out there with strangers. Séb and Sheena were no exceptions and they lay in the darkness, staring at the ceiling. How could they sleep when they had no idea where their daughter was or how she was doing? Was she crying? Was she calling for them? Was she cold? Was she being fed? They had so many questions but no answers.

Letting out a deep sigh, Sheena rose from the bed and walked over to the window. The moon was bright and full and the stars were twinkling in the sky. As she looked out into the night, she wondered if Amanda was staring at the moon too. Sheena wiped away a tear, not knowing that Séb was awake and watching her. Séb rose from the bed and walked over to Sheena. He wrapped his arms around her and held her tight. They just stood there, staring into the night.

“I don’t think we will get any sleep tonight so how about a cup of hot chocolate?” Séb asked.

“That sounds good to me,” Sheena turned around and looked at him.

“I will be right back,” Séb left the bedroom.

Sheena returned to the bed and waited for Séb to return. As she sat there, she wondered why they hadn’t heard anything from the kidnapper. If this wasn’t about money then what was it all about? Who in their right mind would kidnap a child for fun? It made no sense to kidnap a child and not ask for money. Séb returned with the hot chocolate and he climbed into bed.

“What are you thinking of?” he sipped his chocolate.

“I was just wondering why the kidnapper hasn’t asked for money or hasn’t tried to contact us,” Sheena said.

“It does seem strange. The police told us that Tim had an alibi but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t kidnap her. He could have paid someone to do it for him,” Séb looked at her.

“Why would Tim do something like that?” Sheena asked.

“I don’t know. You know him better than I do. All I know is that he didn’t look happy to see us together. Think about it Sheena. Tim is the only one outside of Divo world or family who knows that Amanda is my daughter,” Séb replied.

“I know but I just don’t think that Tim would do anything to hurt me or Amanda,” Sheena told him.

“Maybe not but he wouldn’t have any problem hurting me,” Séb said.

“That’s true but he would know that kidnapping Amanda would hurt me too,” Sheena reminded him.

“You’re right about that but I still think Tim is behind this,” Séb looked at her.

“Right now I really don’t care who kidnapped her. All I care about is getting our daughter back safely,” Sheena said.

“Me too Cherie. Come here,” Séb told her.

Sheena made herself comfortable in Séb’s arms and he softly kissed the top of her head as he caressed her shoulder. They spent most of the night talking about what to do if the kidnapper didn’t contact them and Séb could only think of one option. Sheena was against it but she also knew it could be their only option. As the night turned into morning, Séb had fallen asleep and Sheena was struggling to stay awake.

*******

“Good morning Sheena. Pardon me for saying this but you look like you could use some sleep,” Simon said.

“It’s not a good morning and I know that I don’t look my best but sleeping when your child is missing is not easy. I keep asking myself why Amanda was kidnapped but I have no answers,” Sheena joined him at the table.

“You will get the answers you’re looking for and I can imagine it’s not easy but you really need some sleep. Being exhausted doesn’t help Amanda,” Simon poured a cup of coffee.

“I can sleep when Amanda is back,” Sheena looked at him.

“Drink this. You look like you need it,” Simon said, placing the cup in front of Sheena.

“Thanks. Have you seen Julia this morning?” Sheena asked him.

“She will be down shortly,” Séb walked into the kitchen.

Séb greeted Simon and kissed Sheena before he poured himself a cup of coffee. He too looked tired and Simon wondered how long the two of them could go on without sleep. Simon wished there was something he could do to help them but he knew that Scotland Yard would do what they could to find Amanda.

After Simon had finished his breakfast, he informed his guests that he had some phone calls to make and excused himself. Simon met Julia in the doorway and he told her to pretend like she was home. Julia thanked him and joined Sheena and Séb for breakfast.

“Did you sleep well?” Séb asked.

“Better than I thought I would. You both look tired,” Julia answered, pouring a glass of juice.

“We didn’t get much sleep,” Sheena told her.

“I can imagine. How long are we going to stay here?” Julia looked at Séb.

“I don’t know. Hopefully we can go back soon but I think it’s better for you to stay here with us than back at the apartment. Your parents won’t be home until next week and it would me feel a lot better if you’re here with us,” Séb told her.

“Séb is right. We don’t know if the guy who took Amanda will return,” Sheena agreed.

Julia knew they were right. It was better to stay with them than to stay alone in an apartment and how many people could say that they had been staying at Simon Cowell’s house? Not a lot of people and she couldn’t help but feel a little special.

Simon had gone to his home office to call the other Divos and inform them of the situation in London but he was having doubts as he stared at the phone. The guys were on vacation and they deserved to spend time with their loved ones. He knew that telling the guys would make them jump on the first plane to London to support Sheena and Séb but he also knew that they would be upset with him if he didn’t make the call. After thinking it over, Simon picked up his phone and dialed the first number.

*****

In another part of London, Tim was packing his things. Gordon had offered Tim a room at his house and Tim couldn’t turn down an offer like that. It was a big house and with Gordon’s wife gone, there was more than enough room for Tim to stay there. He was just about to close the suitcase when there was a knock on the door. Tim walked to the door and opened it.

“What are you doing here?” Tim asked.

“I just came to see if you were ok. You didn’t contact me as promised and I don’t like it when people don’t keep their promises,” Virginia pushed the door open.

“You can’t just walk into my room,” Tim was angry.

“Oh yes I can. Are you going somewhere?” Virginia noticed the suitcase.

“A friend of mine owns a big house and he offered me a room there so I’m leaving this hotel. I will stay with my friend until the end of the week,” Tim told her.

“Does that mean that you’ve given up your quest for Sheena’s heart?” Virginia asked.

“Yes it does. She is with Séb and she seems to be happy with him. You were right. She doesn’t love me and she never will. It’s time for me to move on,” Tim replied.

“I’m glad you finally came to your senses. Well, I will let you continue. Goodbye Tim,” Virginia said and left.

Tim closed the door behind her and he couldn’t believe how stupid she was. Virginia actually believed that he had given up. He closed the suitcase and checked the hotel room once more to make sure that he hadn’t forgotten anything. Tim grabbed his coat from the hanger in the hallway and left the hotel room. After check out, he got into a cab and drove off.

Fifteen minutes later, the cab pulled up in front of Gordon’s house. Tim paid the driver and got out of the cab. He couldn’t believe that he had managed to fool both the police and Virginia but it felt good. His plan was working and how could he not feel good about that? Tim knocked on the door and waited for Gordon to open.

“Welcome to my house. Breakfast is almost ready,” Gordon said.

“Great. I am hungry. Where is the little brat?” Tim walked into the hallway.

“She is locked up in a room upstairs. I am glad you are here because her crying is driving me crazy,” Gordon replied.

“Well, you can’t blame her for crying. You did take her away from her parents,” Tim reminded him.

“I did that because you paid me to do it,” Gordon said.

“I know. Let’s get some breakfast,” Tim suggested.

The two men walked into the kitchen and Gordon prepared a tray for Amanda. He hoped that she would stop crying once she got something to eat. As Gordon prepared the tray, he thought of how to tell Tim that he would be leaving at noon. He had an important meeting in New York and he couldn’t miss it. Gordon knew that Tim would get mad but he really couldn’t care less. He had already been paid for the job so why should he even care?

“Don’t spoil her,” Tim said, looking at the tray.

“I am not spoiling her but I will do whatever it takes to make her shut up. She has been crying since we got here last night so don’t tell me what to do,” Gordon said and left.

Amanda was sitting in bed with tears running down her cheeks. She held on tight to her teddy because he made her feel safe. The walls and the ceiling were white and reminded Amanda of a hospital. The room had limited furniture and no decorations on the walls. The red lamp on the table next to the bed and the black curtain, covering the window, were the only colored items in the room.

She was scared and she had no idea why she was locked up in the room. What had she done wrong? When she heard footsteps on the stairs, she hoped that someone was coming to take her away from this place. She was disappointed when Gordon walked into the room and she tried so hard not to cry.

“Eat your breakfast,” Gordon placed the tray on the table.

“I am not hungry. I want my mommy and daddy,” Amanda told him.

“I told you to eat your breakfast. If you don’t eat your breakfast, your mommy and daddy will be very mad at you,” Gordon said.

“No they won’t. Mommy and daddy love me,” Amanda turned away from him.

“I will leave the food here and you can eat if you get hungry,” Gordon turned around.

“What are you doing?” Tim asked.

“I just brought her some breakfast. There is nothing wrong with that. You don’t want her to go back to mommy and daddy and tell them that she didn’t get any food, do you?” Gordon looked at him.

“Go downstairs. I will take care of this,” Tim told him.

“Fine,” Gordon left the room, closing the door behind him.

“Hello! Do you remember me?” Tim sat down on the bed next to Amanda.

“You are mommy’s friend,” Amanda replied.

“That’s right. Your mommy asked me to look after you for a few days because she wanted to spend some time with your daddy,” Tim explained.

“You are lying. Mommy would never do that,” Amanda said.

“Yes she would and she will be very angry if you don’t eat your breakfast,” Tim told her.

“I am not hungry,” Amanda looked at him.

“Listen to me you little brat. If you don’t eat your breakfast, I will force it down your throat,” Tim raised his voice.

Amanda was shaking as she picked up the fork. As soon as she was eating, Tim left the room. He locked the door behind him and walked downstairs. Gordon was eating his breakfast when Tim walked into the kitchen.

“She is eating now,” Tim said.

“Did you threaten her?” Gordon asked.

“It was the only way I could make her eat,” Tim replied.

“Now is a good time to tell you that I am leaving in a few minutes. I have a meeting in New York and I can’t postpone or cancel,” Gordon said.

“Are you leaving me alone with the brat? You can’t do that. I have a meeting tomorrow,” Tim raised his voice.

“This was your idea. I am sure you know someone who can help you take care of her while I am gone. It is time for me to leave. I hope your plan works out. Goodbye Tim and good luck,” Gordon left the kitchen.

Tim watched Gordon leave and he didn’t know what to think. Shortly after, he heard the door close and Tim was now on his own.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:43 pm

Chapter 38


Carlos was shocked as he walked back to the kitchen after the phone call from Simon and he wondered how to tell Rebecca that her goddaughter had been kidnapped. He tried to appear happy and cheerful as he walked into the kitchen but both Consuela and Rebecca could sense that something wasn’t right.

“Who was on the phone?” Rebecca looked at him.

“It was Simon,” Carlos replied without looking at her.

“Simon? The man knows that you’re on vacation so why is he calling you? Don’t tell me that he has a gig for you,” Rebecca was upset.

“The phone call had nothing to do with Il Divo, at least not as a group. It had to do with one of the members of Il Divo and Simon thought that we should be told,” Carlos managed to say.

“Now you’re scaring me. What is going on?” Rebecca asked.

“He wanted to tell us that Amanda has been……kidnapped,” Carlos replied.

“Kidnapped? How? When? Why?” Rebecca was shocked.

Carlos told her everything that Simon had told him and Rebecca couldn’t believe it. Why would someone kidnap a child and not ask for money or anything? It made no sense at all. And why Amanda? Yes, her mom had money and her dad was a Divo but only a few people knew that Séb was Amanda’s dad and Sheena didn’t know anyone in London. It was a big mystery.

“I’m sorry but I want to go to London as soon as possible,” Rebecca told him.

“Simon told me that Séb didn’t want us to know about the kidnapping because he didn’t want to ruin our vacation,” Carlos explained to her.

“I don’t care what he wants or doesn’t want. Sheena is my best friend and that little girl is my goddaughter. I am going to London with you or without you,” Rebecca drank her orange juice.

“Hey. I’m coming with you. Séb is my friend and they will need all of the support they can get. Simon promised to call Urs and David and I know they will be on the first plane to London. We are family and we stick together,” Carlos took her hand.

Carlos and Rebecca finished their breakfast and Rebecca went upstairs to pack while Carlos booked the plane tickets. They hoped to be back in Madrid soon but right now they wanted to go to London and support their friends. As soon as the bags were packed, Jose drove them to the airport. Once they were at the airport, they said goodbye to Jose and walked to the check in counter. An hour later they boarded the plane to London.

*****

Urs was singing as he came out of the bathroom but he stopped when he saw his wife, sitting in the bed with his phone in her hand. She looked like she was in a world far away from his or maybe another galaxy and it made him worried. He had never seen her like this and he knew that something wasn’t right. Urs walked over to the bed and took the phone from her as he sat down.

“What’s wrong?” Urs asked.

“Simon called,” Miki replied without looking at him.

“What did he want?” Urs continued.

“Who?” Miki turned her face.

“Simon. You just told me that he called. You’re beginning to scare me. Tell me what is going on,” Urs cupped her face.

“He told me that Amanda had been kidnapped in London. Séb and Sheena had been out on a date yesterday and when they returned to the apartment, Amanda was gone,” Miki told him.

Urs was shocked and he pulled Miki into his arms and held her tight. He thought of Sheena and Séb and the pain they were going through. Of course he couldn’t know how they felt but he knew how he would feel if it had been his child. They were on vacation and he had promised to take Miki to see the old cabin but he felt like he had to be in London, supporting his friends in their time of need.

He didn’t want to hurt Miki but his friends needed them and he couldn’t turn his back on them. Séb and Sheena would have done the same for him because that was the right thing to do. Urs let go of Miki and as he was thinking of a way to tell Miki that he wanted to go to London, she spoke up.

“I know what you want to say and I am thinking the same thing. We should be in London. This will still be here when we come back,” Miki touched his face.

“If you take a shower, I will pack a bag for us,” Urs kissed her.

Miki walked into the bathroom and Urs booked plain tickets before packing a bag for them. As he was packing, he thought of how to tell his parents that they had to leave again. He knew they would be disappointed but hopefully they would understand their reason for leaving when they heard the news.

When Miki came out of the bathroom, Urs had finished packing and after getting dressed, they walked downstairs with the luggage. Urs didn’t want his parents to see the bag so he left it in the hallway before they entered the kitchen.

“Good morning you two or should I say three,” Dara smiled.

“Good morning. Well, we are three,” Miki touched her belly.

“Yes you are and I can’t wait to meet my grandchild. Breakfast is almost ready,” Dara said.

“You look like you have something to tell us,” Nico looked at Urs and Miki.

“We do. Simon called us and we have to go back to London right away. It’s not Il Divo related but Séb needs us in London,” Urs explained.

“What happened?” Dara asked.

Miki told them everything Simon had said and both Nico and Dara were shocked. They didn’t ask any questions about how Séb could have a five year old daughter because they didn’t feel like it was any of their business. Nico promised to drive them to the airport and they left the house right after breakfast.

*******

Sheena was yawning as she prepared a cup of tea for herself. She hadn’t slept in more than twenty-four hours and she was beyond exhausted but she refused to get some sleep. Once the tea was ready, she picked up the cup and walked over to the table but she dropped the cup on the floor. Simon and Séb came running into the kitchen where Sheena was on the floor, trying to pick up the broken pieces.

“What are you doing?” Séb kneeled down next to her.

“I just dropped the cup,” Sheena replied.

“That’s it! You need some sleep and it is not up for debate,” Séb told her.

“I can sleep when Amanda has been found,” Sheena stood.

“No! Either you go upstairs yourself or I will carry you upstairs. It is your choice,” Séb stood too.

“Séb is right. You need some sleep and we will wake you up if we have any news. You have my word on that,” Simon promised.

“You win but God help you if you don’t wake me up,” Sheena looked at Simon.

“We will wake you up. Now go upstairs,” Simon said.

Sheena walked out of the kitchen but she walked really slowly. She was too tired to move her feet and Séb followed her out of the kitchen. It didn’t take him long to catch up with her and without saying a word, he picked her up and carried her upstairs. As he put her down on the bed, she was already sleeping and he gently covered her with a blanket before he kissed her forehead. He left the bedroom and closed the door behind him.

He walked into the living room and sat down on the couch. Simon joined him shortly after and Simon wanted to know more about Sheena and Amanda. Séb told him everything and Simon could tell that Séb loved both of his girls more than life itself. He was happy for Séb because Virginia had been all wrong for him and their marriage would have ended in a bad divorce after a few weeks.

“She is a beautiful woman and she loves you very much,” Simon told him.

“I know and I want to do something special for her when Amanda is back with us. It has to be something romantic for just the two of us,” Séb said.

“I might have an idea,” Simon smiled.

“Tell me more about that after we find my daughter,” Séb looked at Simon.

“It’s a deal,” Simon agreed.

The two men continued to talk and Simon wondered if he should call David now. It would be around 3am in Denver but on the other hand, he knew that David would want to know. Simon excused himself and left the living room. He walked straight to his home office and picked up the phone. As he dialed David’s number, he prayed that David wouldn’t be upset about getting a call in the middle of the night.

*****

David woke up to the sound of his phone ringing. He reached out his hand but let out a groan as he knocked the alarm clock over. Picking up the phone, he looked at the caller ID and let out another groan.

“Who is it?” Maggie asked.

“It’s Simon. It’s 3am and he knows that,” David replied.

“He wouldn’t call at this hour unless it was important. If you don’t answer the phone, I will,” Maggie told him.

“I really hope for his sake that it is important or I will kill him the next time I see him,” David answered the phone.

“I’m sorry for calling you in the middle of the night but we have a crisis situation here,” Simon said.

“What kind of crisis?” David asked, letting out a yawn.

“Amanda has been kidnapped and we have no idea who took her or why,” Simon answered.

“You got my attention. When did this happen?” David turned on the light.

“It happened last night,” Simon told him.

“We will be there as soon as we can,” David said.

“You should know that Séb doesn’t want you to come because you’re on vacation. I’ve called the others and told them. Not sure if they will come but at least they know,” Simon explained.

“It sounds like you don’t know us as well as you think you do. We stick together and if one of us is having problems, the rest of us will be there for support. Maggie and I will be on the first plane out of here. I will see you soon” David hung up.

“What was that about?” Maggie looked at David.

“Séb and Sheena need us. Amanda has been kidnapped,” David replied.

“Oh no! When do we leave?” Maggie asked.

“I want to leave as soon as possible. I will check for flights now. I can’t sleep anyway,” David got out of bed.

He walked into the living room where his computer was. While he was checking flights, Maggie was packing. After she had finished packing, she joined David in the living room and she found him in front of the computer. He just sat there, staring at the screen and Maggie knew that he was worried about Amanda. She wasn’t his daughter but she had captured his heart from the moment he saw her.

“Did you book the tickets?” Maggie wrapped her arms around him.

“Yes I did. We have to leave in half an hour. Are you sure you want to come?” David turned his head.

“I am sure. I know travelling with a baby won’t be easy but our friends need us and you told Simon that we all stick together,” Maggie reminded him.

“You’re right. I did say that. Let’s check on Victoria and get her ready for the trip,” David said.

He turned off the computer and they both went into the nursery to get their daughter ready for the trip to London. It would be a long trip but hopefully they would be able to rest a few days at Simon’s house. Half an hour later, David and Maggie drove off to the airport.

*****

It was two hours later when Sheena woke up to the sound of a doorbell. At first she thought she was dreaming but then she heard voices coming from the hall. She couldn’t hear what was being said but she could hear that Séb was angry. Sheena got out of bed and put on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt before she left the bedroom. As she reached the top of the stairs, she saw Séb with two police officers.

“Mr. Izambard. You are under arrest for kidnapping your daughter. Please come with us,” the police officer said as he cuffed Séb.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:43 am

Chapter 39

Sheena had reached the bottom of the stairs and she couldn’t believe her eyes as the police officer cuffed Séb. Not only was Séb her boyfriend but he was also the father of her missing daughter; the missing daughter that the police had done nothing to find. She was furious and she could feel her blood boiling.

“What do you think you’re doing?” she asked.

“Mr. Izambard is now a suspect and we’re taking him down to the precinct for interrogation,” the officer replied.

“You can’t do that,” Sheena said.

“Yes we can,” the police officer pushed Séb through the door.

“You should be out there looking for our daughter, not arrest her dad,” Sheena yelled.

“Please calm down. We’re only doing our job, Miss Halliwell,” the female officer said.

“Don’t Miss Halliwell me and don’t tell me what to do! From my point of view you’re not doing your job because if you were doing your job, you would be out there looking for our daughter,” Sheena told her.

The female officer left the house and even though she could see things from Sheena’s point of view, she had a job to do. Sheena followed the police officer outside and she watched as they climbed into the car and drove off with Séb in the backseat. Sheena wasn’t sure of how much more she could deal with now. Amanda was missing and now Séb had been arrested for something he had nothing to do with. She couldn’t figure out why the police had taken a sudden interest in Séb because Séb had an alibi for last night, just like Tim.

“What happened? Where is Séb?” Simon joined Sheena.

“He is in the back of that police car,” Sheena pointed at the car.

“What?” Simon asked.

“They’ve arrested him for kidnapping his own daughter. He has an alibi for last night but for some reason they think he had something to do with it,” Sheena explained.

Simon couldn’t believe it. How could they even think that Séb would kidnap his own child? It made no sense at all because Séb had no reason to kidnap Amanda. Simon had no doubt that Séb loved Amanda very much and with Séb and Sheena dating again, Séb could see Amanda whenever he wanted to. He knew Séb well enough to know that he would never do anything to hurt the woman he loved and kidnapping Amanda would do just that. Why would he risk losing Sheena?

When the police car was out of sight, Simon wrapped his arm around Sheena’s shoulder to let her know that he would do whatever he could to help. They turned around and walked into the house. Just as Simon was about to close the door, a cab came up the driveway and as the cab came closer to the house, Sheena could see that it was Rebecca and Carlos. Sheena was a bit surprised to see them because Séb had made it clear to Simon that he didn’t want the other Divos to know about Amanda.

“I called Carlos and Rebecca and told them about Amanda. In fact, I contacted all three Divos. I know Séb told me not to call them but I thought you could use the support of your friends,” Simon told her.

“Thanks Simon. I could use some support right now. My daughter is missing and my boyfriend has been arrested for something he didn’t do. Now I have to tell Camille that her son has been arrested and her granddaughter is missing. How do I do that?” Sheena looked at him.

“Do you want me to make the call?” Simon wanted to know.

“Thanks but I think I should do it,” Sheena sighed.

The cab stopped in front of the house and the driver removed the bags from the trunk while Carlos and Rebecca got out of the car. Carlos picked up the bags and Rebecca walked up to Sheena and hugged her friend tightly. When Rebecca pulled away, Carlos joined them and he greeted Sheena with a hug.

“Was that Séb in the backseat of that police car?” Carlos asked as he pulled away.

“Yes. They’ve arrested him for kidnapping Amanda even though he was in a restaurant with me last night when Amanda disappeared. A friend of mine from Los Angeles is in London too and he doesn’t like that Séb and I are together. Séb suspected that my friend had something to do with the kidnapping and the police went to talk to the guy. He had an alibi for last night too but he didn’t get arrested,” Sheena explained.

“That is ridiculous. Séb would never do something like that. He loves and adores Amanda,” Carlos said.

“I know but try telling the police that. I tried but they didn’t listen. My guess is that they just need a suspect because an arrest looks good when you don’t have any clues as to where our daughter is. Séb just happened to be the suspect. Excuse me but I have to call Camille and my mom,” Sheena said.

Rebecca followed Sheena into the living room and she watched as Sheena called Camille and Millie. Both Camille and Millie were shocked to hear about the kidnapping and Séb’s arrest and both of them wanted to fly to London but Sheena told them no. There was no reason for them to come to London and Sheena promised to let them know when she had any news, good or bad. After hanging up, Sheena turned to look at Rebecca.

“This is like a bad dream. My daughter is missing and my boyfriend has been arrested and the police don’t have a clue what they are doing,” Sheena sighed.

“You mentioned a friend from Los Angeles. Who is this friend?” Rebecca asked.

“Well, I wouldn’t call him a friend. It’s Tim. He is here in London on business or so he says. We met him at the airport when we arrived in London and he wasn’t happy about seeing me with Séb. I am not saying that he did it but he is the only one outside of Divo world or family who knows that Amanda is Séb’s daughter,” Sheena replied.

“I think we should pay a visit to the police because this whole thing stinks worse than a pig sty in summer,” Rebecca said.

“I totally agree with you on that. Let’s find Simon and Carlos,” Sheena suggested.

Rebecca nodded in agreement and the two friends left the living room. They found Carlos and Simon in the kitchen. Simon was talking to a man on the phone so the girls just sat down and waited for him to finish the call.

“We need your car Simon,” Rebecca said to him.

“May I ask why?” Simon looked at her.

“We just want to pay a visit to the police. You can come with us or you can stay here but we’re going now,” Rebecca replied, holding out her hand.

“You can take the car but I have to stay here because Urs and Miki might show up,” Simon said as he gave her the keys.

“I’m coming with you. Leaving you two alone in London is not a good idea,” Carlos rose from the chair.

They said goodbye to Simon and left the house.

******

The police officers and Séb had arrived at the police station and Séb was shown into a small room with four grey walls and no windows. Shortly after, the police officer who had been at the apartment when Séb and Sheena returned from their dinner walked into the room. He took a seat in front of Séb and folded his arms across his chest.

“It is time for you to give some information. Where is your daughter?” the officer asked.

“I wish I knew. Why don’t you tell me where she is? I didn’t kidnap her and I had nothing to do with the kidnapping. Why would I kidnap my daughter?” Séb looked at the officer.

“That is what we hope to find out. An anonymous caller told us to turn our attention to you. It seems like there is something you forgot to tell us about your relationship with Miss Halliwell,” the officer said.

“What do you mean?” Séb was confused.

“According to our source, Sheena left you two years after you met and didn’t tell you that she was pregnant. It must have made you angry when you found out that you had a daughter,” the officer answered.

“I was shocked when I found out but I’ve forgiven Sheena for what she did and we’re dating again. I love Sheena and I love my daughter and I would never do anything to hurt Sheena or Amanda,” Séb told him.

“Mr. Izambard. It has been a long night and I would really like to go home to my family. Why don’t you just confess to kidnapping your daughter?” the officer looked at Séb.

“I didn’t kidnap my daughter and I have no idea where she is. Why don’t you question Tim or arrest him?” Séb raised his voice.

“Tim Michaels is no longer a suspect. He had an alibi for last night,” the officer reminded Séb.

“I had an alibi too but you arrested me. That is the part I don’t understand,” Séb said.

“You have a motive for kidnapping your daughter, Mr. Michaels doesn’t,” the officer told him.

Séb knew there was nothing he could say or do to convince the officer that he was innocent. It seemed like they needed a suspect and he was the “lucky” one. The officer continued to ask the same questions over and over and Séb could on repeat what he had said before. Hopefully the officer would realize that he was innocent in all of this.

Carlos, Sheena and Rebecca had arrived at the police station and they were now waiting for someone to come and talk to them. Sheena was calm for the moment but Rebecca knew that it could change within a few seconds. After waiting for about five minutes, an female officer walked up to them and asked them to follow him.

“I’m sorry Miss Halliwell but we still haven’t found your daughter,” the officer said.

“Of course you haven’t found her. How do you expect to find a five year old child when you’re not even looking for her?” Sheena raised her voice.

“Miss Halliwell. We’re doing what we can to find your daughter and I think we’re getting closer. Our best officer is in another room with our suspect and he can make anyone confess,” the officer smiled.

“He must be good if he can make an innocent person confess. How does he do that? By using force? Let me tell you something. If anything happens to Séb, I will make sure that the entire city hears about it,” Sheena told the woman.

“Is that a threat Miss Halliwell?” the officer asked.

“Not at all. I’m just telling you what will happen if you force Séb to confess to something he didn’t do. Séb and I had dinner last night and when we got back to the apartment, our nanny had been attacked and our daughter was gone. How did Séb kidnap his daughter if he was in a restaurant with me?” Sheena wanted answers.

“He could have paid someone to do it while he was having dinner with you,” the woman said.

“Séb doesn’t have any reason to kidnap his daughter. He can spend time with her whenever he wants and he knows that. Something does puzzle me about this whole thing. If Séb could have paid someone to kidnap Amanda, then why couldn’t Tim Michaels have done the same? You never arrested him so why did you arrest Séb?” Sheena asked.

“I shouldn’t be telling you this but we’ve received an anonymous call from a person who told us that you and Mr. Izambard broke up five years ago and that you never told him about his daughter,” the woman replied.

“Wait a second. How is that possible? Only a small amount of people know about our past,” Sheena was shocked.

“With the right connections, anyone can find out about your past,” the officer explained.

“A lawyer perhaps?” Rebecca looked at the officer.

“That is possible. He would know how to get information,” the officer said.

“Thanks for your time,” Rebecca said.

“You’re welcome. After talking to you, I don’t think your boyfriend did it. I will do whatever I can to help you. Wait here,” the officer said and left.

“Maybe there is hope after all,” Rebecca said to Sheena.

“I hope so,” Sheena looked at her friend.

Five minutes had passed since the officer left and Sheena was getting impatient. She wanted to leave the police station with her friends and Séb right now. Rebecca tried to calm her down but it wasn’t easy. Sheena had a limit and Rebecca knew that the limit had been reached when the police arrested Séb. If the police didn’t want to see Sheena at her worst, they had to let Séb go.

After another few minutes, the officer returned with some good news. Séb had been released because they didn’t have enough evidence to keep him. Rebecca let out a sigh of relief and Sheena thanked the officer for her help. Séb, Carlos and the officer who had questioned Séb were in the other room waiting. Sheena looked at the officer with anger in her eyes.

“Please understand that we’re only doing our job,” the officer said.

“Your job is to find our daughter and the man who took her from us, not arresting innocent people. Goodbye,” Sheena told him.

Just as they were about to leave, a police officer told them that the press was waiting for them outside of the building. Sheena couldn’t believe it. Tim had called the press. He had taken this whole thing too far and it was time to end it. As she took the keys from Carlos, she asked the officer if there was a back door. The officer showed Carlos and Séb to the back door while the girls walked out of the police station.

The press didn’t pay any attention to them as they climbed into the car and they didn’t react when the girls drove off. Séb and Carlos were waiting for them in the alley behind the police station and Sheena stopped the car. Carlos told Sheena to sit in the back with Séb and let him drive the car. Sheena agreed and soon after, they were on their way to Simon’s house where a surprise was waiting for them.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:34 pm

Chapter 40


When they returned to Simon’s house, they found Miki and Urs in the living room with Simon. Séb was surprised to see them there and suddenly it occurred to him that Carlos and Rebecca had been at the police station with Sheena. He didn’t know why he hadn’t thought about it but maybe his mind just had other things to deal with. Séb looked at his friends, then at Sheena.

“Don’t look at me. I had nothing to do with them being here but I am glad they are here with us,” Sheena hugged Miki and Urs.

“It was you,” Séb looked at Simon.

“I called them but I didn’t tell them to cancel their vacation and come here. I only told them about Amanda,” Simon told Séb.

“That’s right. Simon didn’t ask us to come to London. The decision was ours because we are family and support each other,” Urs told him.

“You’re right. We are family and it is good to see you. Sheena and I need all the support we can get,” Séb greeted Miki and Urs.

“I am sure David and Maggie are on their way too,” Carlos added.

“From what I could understand, they would be here as soon as possible,” Simon told them.

“That is good. If they can get a direct flight, they should be here tonight,” Carlos said.

“Tell us what happened last night when Amanda disappeared,” Urs looked at Sheena and Séb.

As Séb was telling his friends everything that had happened, Sheena’s phone started ringing and she looked at the caller ID. It said unknown and her heart began to race. Could it be the kidnapper? Had the time come for him or her to ask for money? Sheena excused herself and left the kitchen. Séb didn’t like the look Sheena had on her face when she left and he followed her outside. He watched as she answered the phone.

“Hello Sheena. I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Amanda. It came as a shock to me when the police showed up and told me,” Tim said.

“Thanks. It came as a shock to me too,” Sheena tried to stay calm.

“If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I really want to help you,” Tim told her.

“If you really want to help then tell me where Amanda is,” Sheena said.

“How would I know? I didn’t hear about it until the police told me that Amanda was missing. I am not a kidnapper and I don’t know where she is. Maybe you should ask your boyfriend. I am sure he can tell you where she is,” Tim said.

“Séb doesn’t have anything to do with the kidnapping. He was with me last night and for your information, the police let him go today so your little plan didn’t work,” Sheena informed him.

“What plan? I have no idea what you’re talking about. I didn’t even know that Séb had been arrested. It sounds like you are accusing me of kidnapping Amanda,” Tim raised his voice.

“I am not accusing you of anything Tim. I have to leave now,” Sheena hung up.

“What did he say?” Séb asked.

“He denies everything,” Sheena replied.

“Do you believe him?” Séb walked over to her.

“No I don’t. He is lying but I can’t prove it,” Sheena sighed.

“Do you think he will hurt Amanda now that you suspect him for kidnapping her?” Séb looked at her.

“No. He wouldn’t do that,” Sheena answered.

“What do we do now?” Séb asked.

“We ask the public for help,” Sheena touched his face.

“But I thought you were against going public. What made you change your mind?” Séb wanted to know.

“The police are doing nothing to find Amanda. They just arrest innocent people because then it looks like they are doing something. Our only option is to ask the public for help,” Sheena said.

“Let us talk to Simon. He knows people who can help us,” Séb suggested.

Sheena nodded her head in agreement. Séb pulled her close to him and held her tight. He was happy that she had finally agreed with him about asking the public for help and he felt relieved that she too believed that Tim was behind it all. They walked back inside and told Simon about their plan.

He wasn’t happy about the plan but he knew that it could be the only chance to get Amanda back so he agreed. He walked to his office to make the calls and returned ten minutes later with good news.

“They will be here in an hour,” Simon informed.

“Good. Let us hope it works,” Sheena said.

“It will work. Amanda will be back with us before we know it and we can enjoy the rest of our time in London,” Séb took Sheena’s hand.

*****

At Gordon’s house, Tim was angry. His plan was falling apart again and he was running out of ideas. Gordon had left him alone with Amanda, Sheena knew that he was the brain behind the kidnapping and Séb had been released. He had so many problems now and he wasn’t sure of how much longer he could keep up this charade. On top of all of this, he needed someone to watch Amanda the next day and the only person he could think of was Virginia.

Tim grabbed a cold beer from the fridge and took a seat on the couch. Thoughts were running through his head and he wasn’t sure about asking Virginia to watch Amanda. He wasn’t sure if he could trust her but he knew that she was his only chance. Tim was about to turn on the TV when he heard Amanda screaming.

He ran upstairs and found Amanda on the bed, crying. Her hand was shaking and tears were streaming down her cheeks as the pointed on a big spider on the floor next to the bed. Tim stepped on the spider and left the room without saying a word to Amanda. He didn’t even try to comfort her. Once he was gone, Amanda hugged her teddy as she continued to cry.

As he walked downstairs, Tim could hear Amanda crying and it was driving him crazy. Why did she have to cry all the time? He was taking good care of her so why was she crying? She had a bed and food. What more could she ask for?  Once he was back in the living room, Tim took a sip of his beer before he called Virginia.

******

At Simon’s house, Sheena and Séb were getting ready to ask the public for help. They talked about what to say and how to say it. Sheena agreed to let Séb do most of the talking because she wasn’t sure if she could do it without breaking down.

“We are ready now,” Simon announced.

“Thanks Simon,” Séb said.

“Let us do this,” Sheena looked at Séb.

Séb touched her face before he softly placed his lips on hers. They broke the kiss and walked to Simon’s office where Simon and his friend were waiting. After a brief introduction, Simon let in a few members of the press but only people he trusted not to write any lies about the whole thing. Sheena and Séb sat down at Simon’s desk and shortly after, Pete signaled to them that it was time.

“My name is Sébastien Izambard and this is my girlfriend, Sheena Halliwell. This beautiful little girl is our daughter. Her name is Amanda and she is almost five years old,” Séb said as he held up Amanda’s picture.

“Amanda was kidnapped yesterday and we don’t know who took her or why. We haven’t heard anything from the kidnapper and so far we have received no help from the police. They are too busy arresting innocent people,” Sheena added.

“That is why we are now pleading for the public to help us find her. If you have seen Amanda or know where she is, please contact the police right away. We want her back, so please help us,” Séb struggled to get the words out.

Simon gestured for Pete to move the camera away from Séb and Sheena and focus on him. He had something to say to the public and hopefully his plead would make people react.

“My name is Simon Cowell and on behalf of Sheena and Séb, I am offering a reward to the one person who can lead us to Amanda. If you know anything, please contact the police as soon as possible. Thank you,” Simon said.

Pete turned off the camera and his crew was already taking down the equipment. Sheena left the office, followed by Miki and Rebecca while Séb, Carlos and Urs stayed in the office with Simon and Pete.

“I am sure it will work,” Urs patted Séb on the shoulder.

“It has to work because if it doesn’t work and we don’t find Amanda, I will lose both Amanda and Sheena,” Séb said.

“Why do you think that you will lose Sheena? She loves you and she knows that you are not involved in kidnapping Amanda,” Carlos looked at Séb.

“I know that but I invited them here. If we don’t get Amanda back, Sheena might blame me,” Séb explained.

“She won’t blame you for what happened and you will get Amanda back. We will find her,” Urs told him.

Séb had no idea that Sheena, Miki and Rebecca had heard everything. They had been in the hallway and it was impossible for them not to hear the conversation between the Divos. She walked into the office and asked if she could speak to Séb alone. He walked over to her and they left the office.

“I heard what you told the guys and you have got nothing to worry about. We will get Amanda back and no matter what happens I won’t blame you for anything. There is only one person to blame for all of this and that person is the person who kidnapped Amanda,” Sheena touched his face.

“I know but I feel responsible. If I hadn’t asked you to come to London, none of this would have happened,” Séb avoided looking at her.

“Look at me. I could have said no to the invitation but I didn’t because we both wanted to be here. Don’t blame yourself for what happened. It wasn’t your fault,” Sheena told him.

Séb looked at Sheena and he knew that she meant every word. She didn’t blame him for the mess they were in and it meant a lot to hear her say that to him. He pulled her close and held her tight. As they stood there, both of them prayed that Amanda would be found soon.


******

Virginia had been watching TV and she couldn’t believe what she had just witnessed. Séb and Sheena were asking the public for help to find their daughter. She immediately thought of Tim but she couldn’t believe that he would do something that, especially when he had told her that he no longer wanted to pursue Sheena’s heart.

Seeing Séb and Sheena together on TV made her realize that Séb would never take her back and to her own surprise, it didn’t really bother her. Séb was looking at Sheena in a way that he had never looked at her and she hoped that someday she would find a man who looked at her like that. She felt sorry for Sheena and Séb and she wished there was something she could do to help them.

She turned off the TV and leaned back on the couch. Virginia couldn’t shake the thought of Tim being involved in the kidnapping but why would he do something like that? If he loved Sheena that much then why would he do something that would hurt her? It made no sense at all. Why would you hurt someone you love? As she closed her eyes, her phone started ringing and the caller ID said unknown.

“Virginia Parker,” she answered the phone.

“It is Tim. Could you do me a favor tomorrow morning?” Tim asked.

“It depends on what it is,” Virginia replied.

“Well, as you know I am staying with my friend and his daughter is visiting. He needs someone to watch her while we are gone. We both have meetings and we can’t cancel or postpone our meetings,” Tim lied.

“What about her mom?” Virginia wanted to know.

“She is on a romantic vacation with her new boyfriend,” Tim explained.

“What is the address and what time do you want me to be there?” Virginia asked.

“I will call you tomorrow morning and tell you the address. Thank you for doing this Virginia. I owe you big time. See you tomorrow,” Tim hung up.

After hanging up, Virginia wondered why Tim wouldn’t tell her the address. It seemed strange and the fact that he had called her was strange too. She didn’t know Tim’s friend or the child. Wouldn’t it have been better to let a family member watch her instead of a complete stranger? Suddenly a scary thought entered her mind. What if the child wasn’t his friend’s daughter? Could it be Amanda? It would explain why Tim had called her instead of asking family to watch her.

Virginia’s mind was working on overtime because something wasn’t right. She couldn’t shake the thought of Amanda being the child Tim was talking about but there was nothing she could do about it because she had no address and the phone number was unknown. She just had to wait and see but she was convinced that something wasn’t right.

******

It was past eight in the evening when David and Maggie arrived at Simon’s house. Maggie and David couldn’t wait to introduce Victoria to their friends but they still had some concerns now that Amanda had been kidnapped. Their friends were going through a nightmare and here they were, showing off their daughter.

“It will be fine. Séb and Sheena will be happy for us,” David said to Maggie.

“I know they will but I still feel bad,” Maggie admitted.

David was about to speak when Simon opened the door. He stared at the baby in David’s arm, then at David.

“Surprise,” David said.

“It sure is that. When did that happen?” Simon was confused.

“We will tell you everything. Can we come in?” Maggie asked.

“Of course,” Simon stepped aside.

Simon closed the door behind them and he was a bit shocked when David placed Victoria in his arms. He wasn’t sure of what to do with her and he was relieved when Maggie reached out and took her daughter.

“She is adorable,” Simon told Maggie.

“Yes she is. How are Sheena and Séb?” Maggie asked.

“Not so good but let us talk about it in the living room,” Simon suggested.

They walked to the living room and everyone stopped talking when Maggie walked in with the baby in her arms. After greeting their friends, Maggie and David sat down and Simon offered them something to drink. Maggie and David told their friends about the adoption and everyone was happy for them. They all knew how long Maggie and David had tried to become parents and now their dream had come true.

Sheena was happy for them and seeing Maggie with Victoria brought back memories to the time when she became a mom. She was trying to stop the tears from falling but she knew that it was useless. Sheena excused herself and left the living room. Leaving was rude but she had to get some fresh air.

She walked into the garden without putting on a jacket or a coat and sat down on a bench. It was a chilly night but she didn’t seem to pay much attention to the wind. Suddenly someone put a blanket around her and she turned to see Maggie standing behind her.

“I am sorry Sheena. I didn’t mean to make you sad,” Maggie apologized.

“You didn’t. Seeing you with Victoria just brought back some memories to when Amanda was born. I miss her and I want her back,” Sheena looked at Maggie.

“I know you do and I wish there was something I could do to help,” Maggie said.

“We asked the public for help today. Hopefully someone knows something,” Sheena explained, letting out a sigh.

“I am sure someone does know and Amanda will be back before you know it. Are you ready to go back?” Maggie asked.

“Yes. It is rather chilly out here,” Sheena replied.

They walked back inside and Sheena sat down next to Séb. He wrapped his arm around her and pulled her close as he asked her if she was ok. Sheena nodded her head yes and Séb looked at Maggie, whispering thank you. Maggie smiled at him as she stood and asked Sheena if she wanted to hold Victoria. Sheena couldn’t say no to an offer like that and as she sat there with Victoria in her arms, she knew that everything would be fine.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:19 pm

Chapter 41

Sheena was standing by the window, watching the dark clouds that covered the sky. Raindrops were cascading down the window as the thunder seemed to be coming closer and the sky was lit up by lightning bolts. She jumped up when she felt a hand on her shoulder.

“It is only me,” Séb whispered.

“Please, don’t do that again,” Sheena turned around.

“I am sorry. Are you ok?” Séb asked.

“No I am not ok. I am thinking about Amanda. She is terrified of thunder,” Sheena replied, looking at him.

“Just like her mom,” Séb touched her face.

“I am not afraid of thunder,” Sheena said.

“Since when? I remember one night in Paris about seven years ago when a certain someone climbed into my bed during a massive thunderstorm,” Séb smiled.

“It had nothing to do with the thunderstorm. The bed in the guestroom was not comfortable and I needed a good night’s sleep,” Sheena told him.

“As far as I remember, we didn’t get much sleep that night. In fact, we didn’t get any sleep that night,” Séb reminded her.

“I remember that,” Sheena let out a yawn.

“Let us get some sleep,” Séb led her over to the bed.

“Not sure I will be able to sleep. The thunder is coming closer,” Sheena climbed into bed.

“I knew you were scared of thunder but you are safe here with me,” Séb joined her in the bed.

“Yes, I am scared and Amanda is still out there with that idiot. Who knows what that idiot is doing to her?” Sheena cuddled up to Séb.

“If that idiot does anything to hurt our daughter, I will personally make him suffer when I see him,” Séb told her.

“Well, you will have to get in line for that because I want to hurt him first,” Sheena said.

“Now I feel sorry for him,” Séb laughed.

“You feel sorry for him? Why would you feel sorry for him?” Sheena asked, raising her voice.

“Calm down. I just meant that I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes when he runs into you,” Séb replied.

“Oh. Sorry for raising my voice,” Sheena said.

“It's ok. You’re worried about Amanda and so am I. And now we both need some sleep,” Séb pulled her close.

The rain was still pouring down but the thunder and lightning seemed to be moving on as Séb and Sheena drifted off to sleep.

******

The thunder had stopped but it was still raining when Virginia woke up. It had been a restless night for her, not because of the thunderstorm but because of Tim’s phone call. Ever since she hung up the phone, she had been wondering if there was a connection between Amanda being kidnapped and the phone call. She had thought of contacting the police but what would she tell them? She had no proof that Tim was involved in the kidnapping or where he was staying.

Virginia stretched her body before she rose from the bed. She put on her robe and walked over to the window. As she stood there, watching the rain, she wanted to return to the bed but she knew that she had to meet Tim. She had to find out if Amanda was being held captured by Tim and there was only one way for her to find out. Virginia walked to the kitchen to make herself a cup of tea.

After drinking her tea and eating a light breakfast, Virginia went to the bathroom to take her shower. She had come out of the bathroom and was in the middle of getting dressed when her phone started ringing. The caller ID said unknown and she knew it was Tim. He quickly gave her the address and told her to be on time before he hung up again.

Virginia finished getting dressed and ten minutes later, she was ready to leave the apartment. As she climbed into her car, she wondered what to expect at Gordon’s house. Would she find Gordon’s daughter or would she find Séb’s daughter?

“Ok Tim. Let’s see what you are up to,” Virginia said as she drove off.

******

At Gordon’s house, Tim was getting ready for his meeting and Amanda was eating breakfast. Tim had allowed Amanda to eat downstairs because he wanted Virginia to think that he was taking good care of her. He had no idea that Séb and Sheena had been on TV or that Virginia knew about the kidnapping.

“My friend will be here soon so remember what I told you yesterday,” Tim looked at Amanda.

“When can I go home to mommy and daddy?” Amanda asked.

“Not until I say so,” Tim answered.

“I want to go home now,” Amanda said.

“Listen to me you little brat. When the time is right, I will take you back to your precious mom. After that happens, your mom and I will raise you together and we will be a family. Your daddy will be gone from our lives. Doesn’t that sound good?” Tim asked her.

“No!” Amanda yelled and left the table.

Tim was just about to follow her when he heard a car pull up in front of the house. He walked to the window and saw Virginia get out of the car. Tim took off his apron and walked into the hallway to open the door.

“Rough night?” Virginia asked.

“You can say that. The girl wouldn’t stop crying last night because of the thunderstorm and she can really cry,” Tim replied as he stepped aside.

“Her dad left you alone with her?” Virginia walked into the hallway.

“Yes he did. It’s time for me to leave but the girl is upstairs and I will be back in a few hours,” Tim grabbed his briefcase and left.

Virginia closed the door behind him and locked it before she walked upstairs. As she reached the top of the stairs, she could hear someone crying in one of the rooms. She opened the door to the room and found a little girl on the bed, crying into the pillow. Virginia walked over to the bed and sat down next to the girl.

She couldn’t tell if the girl was Amanda but she could tell that the little girl wasn’t there of her own free will. No loving parent would allow their child to live in a room like that. Virginia gently stroked the little girl’s hair and when Amanda turned her head, Virginia could tell that the girl was Amanda.

“Oh my God,” Virginia said.

“Who are you?” Amanda asked between sobs.

“My name is Virginia and I am a friend of your dad’s. Your parents miss you very much and they want you to come home,” Virginia replied.

“Did they send you to pick me up?” Amanda’s eyes lit up.

“No, they didn’t but I will bring you to them. Tim will be back in a few hours so we have to get out of here now. It is raining outside. Do you have shoes or clothes to put on?” Virginia asked.

“No. All I have is this,” Amanda pointed at her nightgown.

“That is ok. We will find a blanket in the living room and then I will carry you to the car. Come here,” Virginia reached out her hand to Amanda.

Amanda grabbed her teddy before she placed her hand in Virginia’s. They walked downstairs and once they were in the living room, Virginia grabbed a blanket from the couch and wrapped it around Amanda. Virginia quickly put on her coat and grabbed her purse before she picked up Amanda and left the house. A few minutes later, Virginia and Amanda drove off.

“Are we going to see mommy and daddy now?” Amanda asked.

“Not right now, honey. I am taking you to a special place and then I will call the police to tell them where you are. I promise you that you will be with your mom and dad soon. I just don’t want them to think that I had anything to do with the kidnapping,” Virginia told her.

“They won’t think that,” Amanda looked at Virginia.

“I can’t take that chance. Just do as I say and everything will be fine,” Virginia said.

“Ok,” Amanda agreed.

Virginia pulled up in front of an abandoned building and stopped the car. She got out of the car and walked to the passenger side to help Amanda get out of the car. Virginia carried Amanda into the building and placed her on a couch. As soon as Amanda was comfortable, Virginia said goodbye and left the building. She returned to the car and called the police to tell them where they could find Amanda Halliwell.

After making the call, she drove home to her own apartment. She knew that Tim would come after her as soon as he returned from his meeting but she didn’t care. Amanda would be safe and at home with her parents by then and that was all that mattered. Virginia locked the door and waited for the inevitable to happen.

*******

At Simon’s house, Julia was getting ready to leave. She would be staying with her boyfriend and his family until her parents returned. Simon had told her that she was welcome to stay at his house but she didn’t want to be a burden and she would be safe with her boyfriend. When she said goodbye to Séb, he promised to call her when they had news about Amanda. Julia left the house and climbed into the car. Séb and Sheena watched as the car drove away and as soon as the car was gone, they walked into the house and closed the door.

The Divo couples were in the living room and Simon was in his office. He was waiting for news about Amanda and he couldn’t understand why they hadn’t heard anything. Could it really be possible that nobody in London had seen anything? His plan about offering a reward seemed to have failed and that was a mystery to him. Simon rose from his chair and walked towards the door.

As he reached for the door handle, his phone started ringing and Simon’s heart stopped for a few seconds. Could this be the call he had been waiting for? Had the police found Amanda? Was she ok? Thoughts were running through his head as he quickly walked over to his desk and answered the phone. A smile appeared on Simon’s face and he thanked the police officer for calling. Simon left the office and he couldn’t wait to tell Sheena and Séb the good news.

When Simon walked into the living room, the Divo couples were talking and they didn’t notice him standing in the doorway. Simon cleared his throat to announce that he was there and they all stopped talking and turned to look at him. The big smile on his face told them that he had something to tell them and Sheena reached for Séb’s hand.

“Did they find her?” Sheena asked.

“Yes they did. She was found at an abandoned building, wrapped in a blanket. The police took her to the hospital to make sure that she is ok and she is there now,” Simon answered.

“I want to leave right now,” Sheena said with tears in her eyes.

“We have to pick up some clothes at the apartment first,” Séb rose from the couch.

“Let’s go then,” Sheena said.

Simon, Sheena and Séb left the house and drove to Séb’s apartment to pick up some clothes for Amanda. It only took a few minutes for Sheena to find shoes and clothes for Amanda and soon after, they were on their way to the hospital to see their daughter.

It had stopped raining for now but the dark clouds indicated that more rain would fall. The sky was covered in dark clouds and from a distance the thunder was slowly building up for a new attack. A new storm was brewing in more ways than one.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:58 pm

Chapter 42


When they arrived at the hospital, a nurse showed them to Amanda’s room. Amanda was sleeping when Sheena and Séb walked into the room and a young nurse was sitting next to the bed. She smiled at them as they walked over to the bed.

“Are you the parents?” she asked.

“Yes we are. How is she?” Séb looked at his daughter.

“Amanda is fine, considering that she has been locked up in a room without any heat. All she had was a few blankets to keep her warm,” the nurse explained.

“I swear that I will hurt him when I see him again,” Sheena said.

“Do you know who kidnapped her?” the nurse wanted to know.

“We have an idea but we can’t prove it,” Séb replied.

“I’m sure they will find whoever did this to her. I will let you have some private time with your daughter,” the nurse left.

Sheena and Séb sat down next to the bed and they held Amanda’s hands as they watched her sleeping. The doctor interrupted them and asked if he could speak for Séb for a few minutes. Séb left the room with the doctor and Sheena wondered what was going on but right now she just wanted to focus on her daughter. As she stroked Amanda’s cheek, the little girl began to stir and Amanda opened her eyes to see her mom next to the bed.

“Mommy,” Amanda cried.

“I am here pumpkin,” Sheena hugged her daughter.

“Where is daddy?” Amanda asked between sobs.

“He is talking to the doctor right now but he will be here soon. Who did this to you?” Sheena wanted to know.

“Your friend from Los Angeles was at the house but I don’t know who the other guy was. The guy from Los Angeles called a woman and asked her to watch me because he had a meeting,” Amanda explained.

“Are you talking about Tim?” Sheena looked at Amanda.

“Yes. He was mean to me and he threatened me. He told me that you had asked him to watch me because you wanted to be alone with daddy,” Amanda replied.

“I never asked him to watch you and you will never see him again,” Sheena promised.

“The woman said that her name was Virginia and she told me that she knew my daddy. I think she was surprised to see me there and then she told me that she would bring me back to you and daddy. When we left the house, she said that we only had a few hours before Tim would return so we had to leave right away. She dropped me off at that building and she was the one who called the police to tell them where I was,” Amanda continued.

Séb returned to the room and Amanda’s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. She reached out her arms to Séb and he hugged his daughter. When Séb pulled back, Amanda let out a yawn and leaned back in the bed. She was struggling to stay awake and after a few minutes of fighting, she had to give up. Sheena knew that she had to talk to Séb but she didn’t want to leave their daughter alone. She excused herself and went outside to call Rebecca.

After making the call to Rebecca, Sheena returned to Amanda’s room. Amanda was sleeping peacefully and Séb was standing by the window. Sheena walked over to him and stepped in front of him. He looked at her before he pulled her into his arms and held her tight as he hid his face in her hair. Sheena wrapped her arms around him, not sure of what was going on. His silence and actions scared her and she wasn’t sure of how to react. Did the doctor give him some bad news? His reaction was a big mystery and she wanted answers. Suddenly the door opened and Rebecca’s face appeared. She walked into the room, followed by Carlos.

“What are you doing here?” Séb asked.

“I called them. We need to talk and I don’t want Amanda to wake up alone or with strangers,” Sheena replied.

“You’re right. Let’s get some hot chocolate,” Séb agreed and took Sheena’s hand.

They left the room, leaving their daughter with Rebecca and Carlos. Rebecca sat down next to Amanda’s bed and took Amanda’s hand. Carlos looked at Rebecca and he knew that someday she would make a great mom. He joined Rebecca by Amanda’s bed and they both sat there without saying a word.

******

“Open up you witch. I know that you’re in there. Open the door now or I will break it in,” Tim yelled as he knocked on Virginia’s door.

“Go away and leave me alone,” Virginia said.

“I am not leaving until you tell me where Amanda is,” Tim kicked the door.

“She is safe and I have no intention of telling you where she is. Leave me alone,” Virginia told him.

“Did you bring her back to her parents?” Tim asked.

“No, I didn’t do that. I took her to a safe place and called the police. I have no idea where she is now but I hope that she is back with her parents where she belongs,” Virginia replied.

“I am telling you to open the door right now. You have to the count of four before I break this door down,” Tim yelled and started counting.

Virginia knew that he was serious and she had no choice but to call the police. She had just dialed the number when the door flew open and a few seconds later, Tim was standing in the hallway. He had anger written all over his face and Virginia was terrified. She couldn’t escape because Tim was blocking the doorway and she had nothing within reach to help her defend herself.

Tim slowly walked towards Virginia and her heart was beating faster with each step Tim made. She started to walk backwards but suddenly she hit the wall and Virginia knew that she was trapped. Suddenly she felt a punch to her stomach, followed by a punch to her face. She fell to the floor and when she tried to get up, she felt another punch and then it all turned black.

******

“What did the doctor tell you?” Sheena asked, sipping her chocolate.

“He just told me that Amanda was ok. She was wrapped in a blanket and she was cold when the police found her. The police tried to get information from her but she refused to tell them anything,” Séb answered.

“Maybe they didn’t ask the right questions or maybe she was afraid to tell them. They were strangers to her,” Sheena looked at him.

“You know something. Did she tell you anything?” Séb wanted to know.

“She told me that Tim was there at the house and that he was being mean and made threats. He even had the nerve to tell Amanda that I had asked him to watch her because I wanted to spend some time with you,” Sheena replied.

“I don’t believe this. Did she tell you how she got away?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Tim called someone to watch Amanda while he was in a meeting. When the woman arrived, she introduced herself as Virginia and she told Amanda that she knew you,” Sheena said.

Séb almost choked on his chocolate and he didn’t know what to say. He was shocked by what Sheena had just told him and he couldn’t decide if he should be grateful to Virginia for saving his daughter or be mad at her for being involved with a man like Tim.

“I don’t know what to say,” Séb ran his fingers through his hair.

“Then you can imagine how I felt when our daughter told me that Virginia saved her from Tim. She saved our daughter and I will be forever grateful for that. I don’t think she had anything to do with the kidnapping,” Sheena said.

“What makes you say that? She could have known about it and then decided to save Amanda to save her own skin,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“It was something Amanda said to me. She told me that Virginia was surprised to see her at the house and she told Amanda that she would bring her back to us,” Sheena said.

“I do agree that it sounds like she didn’t know about the kidnapping but it can’t hurt to ask her about it. Can it?” Séb asked.

“I guess not but I think you need to hurry. Amanda told me that Tim would be gone for a few hours and when he finds out that Amanda is gone, he will come after Virginia,” Sheena replied.

“I will be back as soon as possible,” Séb promised.

“Be careful. I don’t want to lose you,” Sheena looked at him.

“Don’t worry. I will be careful,” Séb kissed Sheena and left.

Sheena had a bad feeling as she walked back to Amanda’s room. It wasn’t a secret that she didn’t like Virginia but she truly hoped that Virginia was ok. She had seen and felt Tim’s rage a few weeks before she went to Paris to study but she had never told anyone about it. Sheena stopped in front of the door to Amanda’s room and she took a deep breath before she opened the door.

When she entered the room, Amanda was awake and she was having a lot of fun with Carlos. The doctor arrived shortly after and told them that they could take Amanda home. She was doing just fine and there was no need for her to stay at the hospital. Sheena found Amanda’s clothes and shoes and it didn’t take long for Amanda to get dressed.

“Where is Séb?” Carlos asked.

“He had to leave but he will be back soon,” Sheena replied.

“Do we wait here or go back to Simon’s house?” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“Let us give him fifteen minutes. If he is not here by then, we go back to Simon’s house,” Sheena said.

After waiting for fifteen minutes, Sheena decided it was time for them to leave the hospital. She would call Séb as soon as they were outside and hopefully he would answer his phone. Sheena held Amanda’s hand as they walked towards the main door. When they stepped outside, they saw an ambulance and a police car coming towards them at high speed, followed by a car. As the car came closer, Sheena could tell that it was Séb and she instantly knew that Virginia was in the back of the ambulance.

Without saying a word, Sheena gestured for Carlos and Rebecca to take Amanda out of there. She didn’t want Amanda to see Virginia, especially since she didn’t know how badly Virginia was hurt. Rebecca and Carlos did as Sheena requested and shortly after, Virginia was brought into the hospital.  

“What happened?” Sheena asked Séb.

“I was too late. Tim had already been there. When I arrived at the apartment, Virginia was in the ambulance and two police officers were questioning the neighbors,” Séb replied.

“I’m sorry,” Sheena hugged him.

“It’s not your fault. Tim is to blame for all of this,” Séb told her.

Two police officers approached them and Sheena couldn’t believe it. One of them was the one who had arrested and questioned Séb and Sheena felt her blood boiling. She really wanted to smack him but she couldn’t do that because she didn’t want him to arrest her.

“I’m sorry for interrupting but I do have a few questions to ask you,” the officer said.

“We want to spend some time with our daughter so if you have any questions, you can find us at Simon Cowell’s house,” Sheena told him.

“Miss Halliwell. We’re just trying to figure out what happened to Miss Parker. There is no need for you to get rude,” he said.

“Rude? I’m not being rude. I can tell you what happened but I doubt that you would listen to me because you didn’t listen the last time I told you something,” Sheena defended herself.

“We will be happy to answer your questions but not here. We want to go back to Simon’s and spend time with our daughter. You can find us there,” Séb explained.

“Why didn’t you just say that to begin with?” the officer asked Sheena.

“I did say that but you didn’t listen. I need some fresh air,” Sheena left the hospital.

After Sheena left, Séb continued to talk with the officer but he excused himself when he saw the doctor coming out of the examination room. Séb walked over to the doctor and he hoped that he had some good news.

“Miss Parker is in surgery right now. We found internal bleedings when we examined her and we had to rush her down to surgery,” the doctor told him.

“Will she be ok?” Séb asked.

“That is impossible for me to say but we’re doing what we can,” the doctor replied.

“She is in surgery now because she saved my daughter,” Séb said.

“I know that. One of the nurses told me. Go home and spend some time with your daughter. I will keep you informed of Miss Parker’s condition,” the doctor promised.

Séb thanked the doctor and left the hospital. The last few days had been a nightmare and now he just wanted to spend some time with his family. He walked over to the car and climbed into the backseat with his family. Amanda had fallen asleep and Sheena was watching over her as she gently stroked her hair. As the car drove off, Séb looked at his family and at that moment he made some life changing decisions.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:31 pm

Chapter 43


After arriving at Simon’s house, Séb carried his sleeping daughter upstairs and gently tucked her in. He sat down on the bed next to Amanda and just watched her. His little princess looked like an angel and he couldn’t imagine not having her in his life. The events of the last few days had made him think about his future and even though he knew that he was Amanda’s dad, he felt like something was missing.

Séb had been gone for almost ten minutes and Sheena was wondering what was keeping him. He had been really quiet since they left the hospital and Sheena had to admit that she was a bit worried about him. She excused herself and walked upstairs to see what he was doing. As she stepped into Amanda’s room, Séb was standing by the window.

“You have been gone for a long time. Are you ok?” Sheena asked as she walked over to him.

“I am fine. I just needed some time to think. We need to talk,” Séb turned to look at her.

“I really hate it when people say those words to me,” Sheena said.

“Don’t worry. I am not dumping you or anything like that. I want to talk about Amanda,” Séb took Sheena’s hand.

They left Amanda’s room and walked to their own room. Séb closed the door and led Sheena over to the bed. He was still holding her hand as they sat down on the bed. Séb had so many things that he wanted to say but he had no idea where to start.

“The events of the last few days have made me think about my future. I know that Amanda is my daughter but I am not her dad on paper and it worries me. If something happened to you, I would have no legal rights because I am not listed as her dad. I want to change that if it is ok with you,” Séb told Sheena.

“I never really thought about that but you are right. Of course it is ok with me that you want to be listed as her dad because you are her dad and you are a great dad,” Sheena said.

“So you really don’t have a problem with it?” Séb asked.

“Why would I have a problem with it? I love you and I don’t want you to lose your daughter if anything was to happen to me. Both you and Amanda would be suffering from it and I can’t let that happen. We will get it done as soon as possible,” Sheena replied, touching his cheek.

“Thank you. I do have one more thing that I would like to talk about. It is something that has to do with the three of us. You and Amanda will be moving to Paris soon and it will be easier for me to travel from London to Paris than from London to Los Angeles to see you but there is one problem. I want to spend every day with my girlfriend and our daughter, not travel back and forth between two destinations. Maybe it is too early for us to be talking about this but it would be easier for me to live in Paris with you and Amanda. What do you think about that?” Séb asked.

“I think it is a great idea and I know someone who will be very happy to have you around all the time,” Sheena replied.

“What about her mom? Will she be happy too?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Yes, she will be happy too,” Sheena confessed.

“Good. Now let us join our friends,” Séb stood and held out his hand.

Sheena placed her hand in his and Séb pulled her up. They walked downstairs and joined the others in the living room. Simon had arranged for some lunch and he told them that he had made dinner reservations for all of them at his favorite restaurant. Sheena wasn’t sure of how to feel about that. As long as Tim was still out there, she didn’t feel like having dinner at a restaurant in London.

She didn’t want to be rude and it was nice of Simon to offer to take them out to dinner but she had to think of Amanda. The others would probably think that she was crazy but she couldn’t change how she felt. Before she had a chance to tell Simon that she wasn’t going, the doorbell rang. Simon excused himself and left the living room, returning a few minutes later.

“That was the police. Virginia is doing fine and she was able to speak to the police. She told them everything and they arrested Tim at his friend’s house. He will no longer be a problem,” Simon informed them.

“Will they keep him here in London or send him back to Los Angeles?” Sheena looked at him.

“They didn’t say but he won’t cause any problems for you. Even if they send him back to Los Angeles, he will be out of your way,” Simon answered.

“I hope so for his sake because if I ever see him again then I will hurt him for what he did to Amanda,” Sheena said.

“Calm down Cherie. He won’t bother us again,” Séb told her.

“Séb is right. You are safe from him now and it is time for you to focus on your new life in the City of love,” Rebecca agreed.

“Speaking of that, I have something to tell all of you. After talking to Sheena about it, I have decided to move to Paris with Sheena and Amanda,” Séb announced.

“That is good news. What about your apartment in London?” David asked.

“I will keep the apartment because I need a place to stay when I am in London for Divo work,” Séb answered.

“That sounds like a good idea,” David agreed.

“Yes and I will have a private jet to take me back and forth,” Séb said.

“That is not true. I have a private jet,” Sheena corrected him.

“Ok. Can I use your private jet when I have Divo business in London?” Séb looked at her.

“I will have to think about that,” Sheena smiled at him.

“You sound like you have been married for 20 years,” Maggie added with a smile.

Everyone was laughing at Maggie’s remark and Séb realized that he could have been married to Sheena if he hadn’t messed up five years ago. His eyes met Rebecca’s and she knew what he was thinking.

“Didn’t you have some news to share with us?” Simon looked at Carlos and Rebecca.

“Yes we do. Rebecca and I are engaged,” Carlos announced.

The Divos and their partners were happy for Carlos and Rebecca and after exchanging hugs, the couples and Simon enjoyed a glass of champagne. After lunch, the couples split up and went their separate ways. Miki wanted to get some rest before dinner, Urs wanted to check out Simon’s gym, Maggie and David wanted to spend some time with their daughter, Carlos and Rebecca wanted to go for walk, Sheena wanted to check on Amanda and Séb wanted to talk to Simon.

The two men walked to Simon’s office and Simon gestured for Séb to sit down. Simon knew what Séb wanted to talk about and he turned on his laptop as he sat down across from Séb. After his previous conversation with Séb, Simon had done some research and he had found the perfect place for Séb and Sheena’s romantic weekend getaway.

“What do you think of this?” Simon asked as he showed Séb some pics.

“That is perfect. Can you make the reservation for me?” Séb looked at Simon.

“I already did. You and Sheena will be leaving right after breakfast on Saturday. Urs and Miki will leave tomorrow afternoon, David and Maggie will leave Saturday morning and I don’t know about Rebecca and Carlos,” Simon told him.

“I will talk to them when they get back from their walk. Thanks Simon,” Séb left Simon’s office.

Séb walked upstairs to find Sheena and he found her in their room, lying on the bed. She was staring at the ceiling and he wondered what she was looking at. He walked over to the bed and lay down beside her. Sheena turned her head and looked at him. The smile on his face told her that he was up to something.

“What?” she asked.

“We are going away for the weekend. Simon has made reservations for us at a B&B and I will talk to Rebecca and Carlos about babysitting Amanda,” Séb replied with a smile.

“Where are we going?” Sheena wanted to know.

“You will have to wait until Saturday to find out,” Séb kissed her.

“That is not fair. You know that I am impatient,” Sheena complained.

“Yes I do know that but you still have to wait,” Séb said.

“I hate you,” Sheena pouted.

“No you don’t,” Séb laughed as he turned onto his back.

Sheena let out a sigh and cuddled up to Séb. He wrapped his arm around her and pulled her closer to him. It didn’t take long before they both fell asleep.

******

It was about an hour later when Sheena woke up when she felt something touching her face. She opened her eyes and turned her head to see Amanda sleeping between her and Séb. The little girl was lying on her stomach with her right hand resting on Séb’s chest, the other hand resting on Sheena’s face and her head resting on Séb’s shoulder. Sheena gently removed the hand from her face and got out of bed. She left the bedroom and walked downstairs.

“I thought you were resting,” Rebecca said.

“I was but my daughter had other plans. She is now sleeping in our bed, cuddled up to her dad and I am down here,” Sheena sighed.

“She just wants to be close to you and Séb. The events of the last few days have been hard on her and you,” Rebecca told her.

“I know that and I am not upset. Séb has arranged for a romantic getaway this weekend and I can’t wait. We just need a babysitter for Amanda,” Sheena looked at her friend.

“All you have to do is ask,” Rebecca smiled.

“I know but you and Carlos are on vacation and I don’t want you to give up your vacation just because we need a babysitter,” Sheena said.

“You and Séb deserve some time alone and I am sure that Carlos doesn’t mind staying here a few more days,” Rebecca winked at her.

“Thanks Becca. You can stay at Séb’s apartment if you want to. Amanda has got all of her stuff and clothes there and she might feel more at home there than here,” Sheena explained.

“I think you’re right about that. When are you leaving?” Rebecca asked.

“Right after breakfast on Saturday and we will be back around noon on Sunday,” Sheena said.

“Great. So, do you know where he is taking you?” Rebecca was curious.

“Nope. All I know is that he has booked a room at a B&B somewhere in England. He wants to surprise me and I love it when a man surprises me. Well, except for when it involves hurting the people I love and care about,” Sheena answered.

“I think it is time for us to get ready for dinner,” Rebecca looked at her watch.

“You’re right but I have few phone calls to make first. I want to let mom and Camille know that Amanda has been found and is safe,” Sheena told her.

“Ok. See you soon,” Rebecca left the living room.

Sheena called Millie and Camille to tell them the good news and both of them were happy to hear that Amanda was now safe and back with her parents. After hanging up, Sheena walked to the bedroom to wake up Amanda and Séb. She found both of them still sleeping and she felt bad about waking them up but they had to get ready for dinner.

An hour later they all left Simon’s house and drove off to have dinner.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu May 01, 2014 8:59 am

Chapter 44

After spending a great evening at the restaurant, they all returned to Simon’s house. Amanda was exhausted and Sheena told her to get ready for bed. When Séb and Sheena went upstairs to say goodnight to their daughter, Amanda was already sleeping peacefully. Séb and Sheena left the bedroom and walked downstairs to spend some time with their friends. Urs and Miki were leaving the next day and David and Maggie were leaving the day after.

It was almost midnight when the girls said goodnight and went to their bedrooms. Sheena was staring out of the window, thinking of everything that had happened. She was trying to figure out why Tim had kidnapped Amanda but she couldn’t come up with a reason. It didn’t make any sense for him to do something like that. Sheena knew that she wouldn’t be able to put all of this behind her until she knew the reason why Tim had done it and the only way to find out was to talk to him.

“Are you ok?” Séb suddenly asked.

“I want to see Tim,” Sheena replied.

“Have you lost your mind? Why do you want to see him? He kidnapped our daughter. It makes no sense for you to see him,” Séb said.

“Don’t you want to know why he kidnapped her?” Sheena looked at Séb.

“Yes I do but there has to be another way to find out. Let the police handle it,” Séb walked over to her.

“The police? The same police who did nothing to find Amanda? Do you really think that Tim will tell them why he kidnapped her? I know Tim and believe me, he will never tell them,” she said.

“Maybe you are right. I think we should visit Virginia before we talk to Tim,” Séb suggested.

“I don’t think you should be there when I talk to Tim. He doesn’t like you and if you are there, he might not say anything. I have to face him alone,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“I know. Maybe you don’t have to talk to him at all. Virginia might know something,” Séb told her.

“Ok. We will visit Virginia and if she doesn’t know anything then I will talk to Tim. I don’t like the woman but Amanda is back with us because of her and I want to thank her,” Sheena said.

“Good. Let us get some sleep. We have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow,” Séb kissed her and led her over to the bed.

*********

“What are your plans for today?” Simon asked at breakfast.

“Sheena and I have talked about visiting Virginia in the hospital and then Sheena wants to see Tim,” Séb told them.

A silence filled the kitchen and everyone was staring at Sheena like she was crazy. She knew what they were thinking but she didn’t really care. It was her decision and if they didn’t agree with her then that was their problem.

“Don’t look at me like that. I know you all think that I am crazy but he kidnapped our daughter and I want to know why,” Sheena explained.

“We understand that but seeing him is a bad idea. How can you be so sure that he will tell you anything?” Rebecca asked.

“I can’t be sure but I have to give it a try,” Sheena replied.

“I don’t approve of it but it is your decision and Séb will be there with you,” Rebecca said.

“He will be with me at the police station but he won’t be in the room when I talk to Tim. I have to face Tim alone,” Sheena told her.

“Is there anything I can say to make you change your mind?” Rebecca looked at Sheena.

“No but maybe I don’t have to talk to Tim at all. Hopefully Virginia can tell us something and I won’t have to meet the creep,” Sheena sipped her juice.

“Can I come with you?” Amanda asked.

“No sweetheart. It is better if you stay here but you could always make her a drawing if you want. I am sure that she would like that,” Séb smiled at her.

“I will do that,” Amanda smiled and finished her breakfast.

Amanda wanted to get started on the drawing for Virginia and she left the kitchen. Sheena and Séb didn’t want Amanda to see Virginia in a hospital bed, especially not when they knew how Virginia looked when she was brought in the day before. They didn’t want Amanda to see her like that.

After breakfast, Urs and Miki went upstairs to pack for the trip back to Switzerland. They had to leave right after lunch and Miki wanted to rest a bit before that. David and Maggie went for a walk with Victoria and Carlos and Rebecca wanted to do some shopping. Sheena had a few calls to make and Séb was spending time with Amanda.

******

“Call us when you get to Switzerland,” Sheena said to Miki.

“We will do that. I hope you find out why Amanda was kidnapped but don’t hurt the guy. Your daughter needs both of her parents,” Miki said with a smile.

“Don’t worry. I won’t hurt him even though I want to. I have got a lot of things to take care of and I don’t have time to go to jail,” Sheena promised.

Urs and Miki said goodbye to the others and climbed into the cab. As soon as the cab was out of sight, Sheena and Séb went into the living room where Amanda was and told her that it was time for them to leave. Amanda had finished her drawing and handed it to Sheena.

“We will be back soon. Be a good girl,” Sheena said as she took the drawing.

“I am always a good girl mommy,” Amanda flashed her smile.

“Except when you kick mommy out of the bed because you want to be close to daddy,” Sheena told her.

“She just loves her daddy,” Séb said with a smile.

“We have to leave now,” Sheena said.

Séb and Sheena said goodbye to Simon and the other two Divo couples before they left. Once they were gone, Carlos turned his attention to Amanda and suggested that they should try out Simon’s pool.

“I don’t have a bathing suit,” Amanda looked at Carlos.

“I am sure that we can find a t-shirt for you to wear. Come with me,” Rebecca took Amanda’s hand.

They walked upstairs, followed by Carlos, David and Maggie. Simon was watching Victoria and he looked like he was having a good time doing so. Ten minutes later they were having a good time at the pool.

*******

“Are you sure that you want to see her?” Séb asked Sheena.

“I may not like the woman but she saved our daughter and I want to say thank you. I have got a lot of questions and I want answers,” Sheena replied.

Séb smiled at her as he took Sheena’s hand and opened the door to Virginia’s room. The nurse was in there with her but she left when Sheena and Séb arrived. Virginia smiled at them but it was easy to see that she was in pain.

“How are you feeling?” Séb asked.

“I probably look worse than I feel. Hello Sheena. I am surprised to see you here,” Virginia tried to sit up.

“I wanted to say thank you for saving Amanda and she made this for you,” Sheena said as she gave Virginia the drawing.

“I love it. She is very talented. I am glad that I could help. It was a coincidence that I found her. If Tim hadn’t called me then I wouldn’t have found her,” Virginia explained.

“Would you mind telling us how you got involved with Tim?” Sheena asked.

“I met Tim when he showed up at Séb’s apartment. Tim had a folder with information about you and Amanda. He showed me a picture of you and Amanda and I was surprised to see how much she looked like Séb. At that time we didn’t know that Séb already knew about Amanda. Tim hoped that Séb would get mad at you when he found out that you had been hiding a child from him. He hoped that you would come running to him and I hoped that Séb would come back to me. Tim got angry when he found out that Séb knew he had a daughter,” Virginia said.

“What about the kidnapping?” Séb asked.

“I didn’t know anything about that. After Tim met you and Sheena at the airport with Amanda, Tim came to me and told me that you were back together. He was angry and very determined to make Sheena his but suddenly he just changed his mind. Tim told me that he had accepted that Sheena would never love him and I believed him. He seemed sincere,” Virginia replied.

“When did you find out that he had kidnapped Amanda?” Sheena wanted to know.

“I saw you and Séb on TV and when Tim called me later that day, I had a bad feeling. I couldn’t prove anything and I didn’t know where Tim was staying. When he asked me to babysit, I said yes but I was surprised that he wouldn’t give me an address. Tim didn’t give me the address until a few minutes before I had to be at the house and that made me even more suspicious. When I got there, Tim left and I walked upstairs where I found a little girl on a bed, crying her eyes out. It was Amanda and I brought her downstairs, wrapped her in a blanket and carried her to the car. I dropped her off at the abandoned building and called the police,” Virginia told her.

“So you don’t know why he did it?” Sheena asked.

“No I don’t. I am sorry but I would like to get some rest,” Virginia answered.

“No problem. We have to leave anyway. Thank you again,” Sheena said.

“You’re welcome. I am glad she is back where she belongs,” Virginia smiled.

Séb and Sheena left the hospital and got into the car. Without saying a word, Séb started the car and they drove to the police station. It was time to have a little chat with Tim. Sheena was furious and Séb decided not to say anything. He knew that she had a bad temper and he didn’t want to experience it. As he pulled up in front of the police station, he felt sorry for Tim. The man was about to face his worst nightmare.

“Are you sure that you want to do this alone?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“If I want answers then I have to do it alone,” Sheena replied.

“I will be here when you back,” Séb kissed her.

Sheena got out of the car and walked into the police station. She was met by the female officer she had spoken to the last time she was there.

“I don’t think this is a good idea,” she said to Sheena.

“The man kidnapped my daughter and I want to know why. Tim and I have been friends since we were kids and I want to know how he could do something like this to me. What kind of man would do something like this to the woman he loves?” Sheena looked at her.

“Follow me,” the female officer said.

Sheena followed her to the back of the police station and she was led into a small room. Tim was at the table when Sheena walked in and he had a smile on his face. Sheena wanted to hurt him but she had to behave herself. She sat down across from him.

“Hello beautiful. I wasn’t expecting to see you here. Where is your boyfriend?” Tim wanted to know.

“He is not here. I wanted to see you alone. I want answers and I want them now. Why did you do it?” Sheena asked.

“Why should I tell you?” Tim leaned back.

“You once told me that you were in love with me and you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. It doesn’t make any sense because kidnapping Amanda did hurt me. Why did you do it?” Sheena raised her voice.

“Do you have any idea how much it hurt me to see you and Séb together? You want to know why? Ok, I will tell you why. My idea was to kidnap her and keep her hidden for a few days. I wanted you to blame Séb for what happened and dump him. As a backup plan I told the police to focus on him as the kidnapper. A few days later I would show up with Amanda, claiming that I had found her and with Séb out of the way, you would be thankful. I never expected you to defend Séb and I never expected Virginia to turn on me. She got what she deserved,” Tim explained.

“That is the stupidest plan I have ever heard. Did you really think that I would throw myself at you for bringing back Amanda? What world do you live in? A kidnapping brings parents closer together. I love Séb and I have always loved him. I hope you rot in jail,” Sheena said and left.

Séb was waiting for her outside of the police station as promised and Sheena walked over to him. She was on the verge of crying and Séb pulled her into his arms. He could feel that she was shaking and he wondered if Tim had done something to her.

“Did you get the answers you wanted?” Séb asked, still holding her tight.

“Yes I did and I will tell you everything when we get back to the house,” Sheena answered.

Séb let go of Sheena and they walked over to the car. Ten minutes later they pulled up in front of Simon’s house and once they were inside, they were met by Maggie. She informed them that Amanda was sleeping upstairs with Victoria. Sheena and Séb asked her to tell the others to join them in the living room. A few minutes later, Sheena explained everything to her friends.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Thu May 01, 2014 9:04 am

Chapter 45

“The man is crazy. He is obviously living in a fantasy world,” Carlos said after Sheena had told them everything.

“I can’t believe that he would do something like that just to get you to love him. He really has changed a lot since we were kids,” Rebecca sipped her iced tea.

“I know and it is kind of scary. We have changed too but we didn’t turn into freaks,” Sheena agreed.

“He will get what he deserves. Not only did he kidnap Amanda but he also beat up Virginia. I won’t let Amanda testify in court so we have to put all of our faith into Virginia,” Séb added.

“Do you think that we can trust her?” David asked.

“We can trust her. She saved Amanda, knowing that Tim would come after her if she did. Virginia is in the hospital because of Tim and I doubt that she will defend him. She is on our side,” Séb replied.    

“Good. Guess she wasn’t a bad person after all,” David said.

“I guess not. Let us talk about something else,” Sheena suggested.

The group changed the subject and started talking about the upcoming Marin wedding. Rebecca and Carlos had agreed on a summer wedding but they hadn’t planned anything. Both of them had a lot of ideas for the wedding and they had to start planning now if they wanted a summer wedding. Hearing Carlos and Rebecca talk about their wedding made Séb think of the ring he had been keeping for the last five years. Maybe it was time for him to do what he should have done five years ago.

After talking about the wedding for a while, they talked about their plans for the summer. Sheena told them that she was thinking of spending the summer at Pierre’s house in Tuscany. She had never seen the house and it was the perfect place for a vacation. When Séb heard those words, he had an idea and he asked the guys if he could talk to them in private. The guys followed Séb and the girls just stared at each other, wondering what was going on.

“That was strange,” Sheena looked at the girls.

“It sure was but those four guys act strange some times,” Maggie said with a smile.

“I have noticed that,” Sheena agreed.

“Well, we still love our men,” Rebecca added.

“Yes we do even though it took some time for me to admit it.  I think I will check on Amanda,” Sheena left the living room.

******

“It sounds like a good plan and I am sure that Maggie would love it. I will talk to her when we get back to Denver,” David said to Séb.

“I know that Rebecca will agree to it,” Carlos added.

“Good. I will talk to Urs and Miki. They promised to call as soon as they were back in Switzerland,” Séb told them.

“Sheena will be surprised,” David looked at Séb.

“That is the idea. I will give you more details when I know more,” Séb said.

Just as the guys were about to walk back to the living room, Séb’s phone started ringing. The caller ID said Urs and Séb answered the phone. David and Carlos stayed with him and after a few minutes, Séb hung up the phone. He told Carlos and David that Miki and Urs had agreed to Séb’s plan. Now they just had to wait for summer to arrive and they were all looking forward to it.

******

“Did you sleep well?” Sheena asked Amanda who was standing by the crib.

“Yes I did. Victoria is awake but I can’t reach her,” Amanda looked at Sheena.

“Let me do it,” Sheena picked up Victoria.

“She is so cute,” Amanda gently touched Victoria’s tiny hand.

“Yes she is. When I look at you now it is hard to believe that you were once this small,” Sheena looked at Amanda.  

“Can I have a baby sister like her?” Amanda asked.

“We should go downstairs,” Sheena tried to avoid answering the question.

“You didn’t answer my question,” Amanda pointed out as they walked downstairs.

“I know pumpkin. Maybe one day you will have a brother or sister but we just have to wait and see,” Sheena told her.

When Sheena and Amanda walked down the stairs, Séb and the guys walked into the hall. Séb’s eyes instantly fell on Sheena holding Victoria in her arms and a smile appeared on his face.

“Don’t get any ideas Izambard,” Sheena said to him.

“What?” Séb asked.

“I know what you are thinking,” Sheena smiled at him.

“Then you know more than I do,” Séb winked at her before he walked into the living room.

Sheena shook her head as she walked into the living room with Victoria in her arms. Amanda ran over to Rebecca and sat down next to her. Sheena walked over to Maggie and placed Victoria in her arms before she joined Séb on the couch.

“You look very comfortable with a baby in your arms,” Maggie said with a smile.

“I am comfortable holding a baby and Victoria reminds me of Amanda when she was a baby,” Sheena smiled back.

“Would you mind watching her while we pack for the trip?” Maggie asked.

“Not at all,” Sheena replied.

David and Maggie left the living room, leaving their daughter in Sheena’s hands. Séb asked if he could hold her and Sheena gently placed Victoria in Séb’s arms. He seemed very comfortable with Victoria and Sheena thought of what Amanda had said in the bedroom. Both Séb and Sheena wanted a baby but the time wasn’t right. They had too many things going on in their lives right now but maybe they could talk about it when things had settled down. First step was to move to Paris and be a family.

That evening Simon ordered Chinese food for everyone and it was almost midnight when the couples went to their rooms.

******

After breakfast the next morning, David and Maggie said goodbye to their friends and headed for the airport. The remaining two couples said goodbye to Simon and drove to Séb’s apartment. After picking up some clothes and other accessories at the apartment, Séb and Sheena were ready to start their little getaway. After saying goodbye, Séb and Sheena left the apartment and climbed into Séb’s car. Amanda waved as they drove away.

“What do you want to do now?” Carlos asked Amanda.

“I want to watch a Disney movie,” Amanda replied with a big smile.

“Ok.  Which one do you want to watch?” Carlos picked her up.

“Beauty and the Beast,” Amanda said.

“Good choice. If you find the movie, I will get us something to drink,” Carlos left the room.

“Amanda loves Beauty and the Beast and she has seen it more times than I can count,” Rebecca told Carlos.

“It’s a great movie,” Carlos grabbed three sodas from the fridge.

“Yes it is,” Rebecca agreed.

They walked into the living room where Amanda was waiting for them. She had already put the DVD in the DVD player and as soon as Rebecca and Carlos were seated, Amanda hit play on the remote. Carlos opened the sodas and Amanda made herself comfortable between Carlos and Rebecca. It was easy to hear that Amanda had seen the movie a lot because she knew all of the dialogues and songs.

If it had been any other person, Carlos would have asked the person to be quiet and watch the movie but he couldn’t tell Amanda to be quiet. She was just too adorable and Carlos had to stop himself from laughing. Rebecca was having the same problem and she was afraid of looking at Carlos because she knew that looking at him would make her laugh.

Amanda was having a great time and when the movie ended she took the DVD out of the DVD player and replaced it with another DVD. She returned to the couch and made herself comfortable before she hit play.

“I suggest we get some lunch before we watch another movie. How does that sound?” Rebecca asked as she rose from the couch.

“That sounds good. My tummy is making noises,” Amanda looked at Rebecca.

“Was that the reason why you kept singing out loud during the movie? Were you trying to hide that your stomach was making noises?” Carlos asked with a smile.

“No. I just love to sing. Just like daddy,” Amanda proudly said.

“You have a great voice,” Carlos wiggled his eyebrows at her.

Amanda giggled as she left the living room and ran into the kitchen to help Rebecca with lunch. After lunch they watched another movie and after the movie, it was time for Amanda to take a nap. Carlos and Rebecca were enjoying their alone time and they decided to continue planning their wedding. The couple had booked the perfect venue in California and Rebecca had designed the suits, the bridesmaid dresses and of course the wedding dress. They were looking for wedding invitations and it didn’t take long for them to find the right ones.

“I think that was it. Can you think of anything else?” Rebecca asked Carlos.

“Nope. I think we’re done. Now we just have to wait for summer to arrive,” Carlos kissed her.

“I can’t wait,” Rebecca said as her hands unbuttoned Carlos’ shirt.

******

“Where are we going?” Sheena wanted to know.

“Patience is definitely not a word in your vocabulary,” Séb laughed.

“No it’s not. I hate not knowing where we are going,” Sheena pouted.

“I love it when you pout. We will reach our destination in a few minutes,” Séb told her.

A few minutes later they pulled up in front of a B&B called Mill Hay. It was a magnificent Country House Bed and Breakfast nestled between the beautiful Cotswold town of Broadway and Snowshill village. The house and gardens combine pure English elegance with character and Cotswold charm.



Séb and Sheena got out of the car and they walked into the house where they were greeted by the owners. They were an elderly couple who had lived in the Cotswolds all of their lives. Lucy and Mark Andrews had been married for almost fifty years and they had two sons.

“Welcome to Mill Hay. I have reserved the Balcony room for you and I hope you will enjoy your stay here with us. This leaflet contains all the information you need to know.  Follow me and I will take you to your room,” Lucy said with a smile.

As they walked to the room, Lucy explained to them that the B&B had three rooms; the Rose Garden room, the Balcony room and the Garden suite room.  The Garden suite room was occupied by another young couple who had arrived the day before. Séb and Sheena would be staying in the Balcony room and they couldn’t complain about that.

The Balcony room had a king-size bed and as the name said it had a balcony. From the balcony you could see the immaculate lawns and rolling Cotswold Hills. It was the perfect setting for a romantic dinner and hopefully a passionate night. Séb had planned everything down to the last detail and he couldn’t wait to surprise Sheena.

“I will leave you now. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask,” Lucy said and left.

“This is great,” Sheena stepped out on the balcony.

“Yes it is. Let us get out of here and do some sightseeing,” Séb suggested.

“Good idea,” Sheena walked back inside and closed the door.

Séb held Sheena’s hand as they left the B&B. After spending a few hours looking at castles and gardens in the area, they had lunch at Russell’s Fish & Chips in the village Broadway. After lunch, they continued their sightseeing and it was almost 6pm when they returned to the B&B.

“I have some things to take care of so why don’t you go upstairs and take a shower?” Séb asked Sheena.

“Sure,” Sheena replied and went to the room.

Once Sheena was out of sight, Lucy informed Séb that she had arranged for a drink and some snacks in the dining room and while they were enjoying that, she would set the table on the balcony. Séb smiled and thanked Lucy before he walked upstairs to take a shower. Sheena came out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her body when Séb entered the room. He looked at her and he really hoped the towel would fall off.

“Get your eyes back in your head,” Sheena smiled at him.

“I will take a shower,” Séb said and disappeared into the bathroom.

As Sheena was getting ready, she could hear Séb singing in the bathroom. He was singing ‘Pour que tu m’aimes encore’ and Sheena listened closely to the lyrics. Séb turned off the water and Sheena finished getting ready. She stepped out on the balcony and enjoyed the view. Séb got dressed and joined Sheena on the balcony.

“You look beautiful,” he pulled her close.

“Thank you. You look extremely handsome,” Sheena looked into his eyes.

“Why don’t we skip dinner and go straight to dessert?” he whispered in her ear.

“It does sound tempting but I’m hungry. If you are a good boy, you might get your dessert later,” she said with a smile.

“Let’s go to dinner,” Séb took her hand.

When Séb and Sheena walked into the dining room, Lucy excused herself and left. She walked upstairs to the Balcony room and set the table for the romantic dinner. Once everything was ready, she walked downstairs and announced that dinner was ready. Séb and Sheena returned to their room and Séb led Sheena out on the balcony.

Sheena couldn’t believe her eyes and she was touched by what Séb had done to make it a perfect and romantic evening. Séb pulled out a chair and waited for her to take a seat. Once she was seated, Séb placed a soft kiss on her neck before he took a seat across from her. They enjoyed the dinner and each other and it was almost like being on a first date.

“That was the best food I’ve had in a long time,” Sheena said.

“I agree with you on that. Would you like to dance?” Séb stood and held his hand out to her.

“I would love to dance,” Sheena placed her hand in his.

Séb pulled her up and they danced in the moonlight. The stars were twinkling in the sky and it was a bit chilly but Sheena didn’t want to ruin this perfect moment by telling him that she was cold. Séb was aware of it and he told Sheena to go inside while he cleared the table. After clearing the table, he joined Sheena and closed the door to the balcony. He placed the cart in the hallway as agreed and locked the door. Séb pulled Sheena into his arms once again and they continued their dance. Feeling Sheena’s body this close was driving him crazy and without any warning, Séb kissed her passionately on the lips as his hands unzipped her dress. Sheena’s hands found the buttons on his shirt and she pulled the fabric off his shoulders.

Sheena’s dress fell to the floor and so did Séb’s shirt. Shortly after, his pants and the remaining clothes joined the pile of clothes already on the floor. Séb picked Sheena up and carried her over to the bed. He laid her down on the bed and placed more kisses on her neck before he found her lips. The desire was building up and Séb deepened the kisses. They made love slowly and it felt like they were making love for the first time. After a passionate love making they fell asleep in each other’s arms.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Tue May 06, 2014 6:35 pm

Chapter 46

It was just after 5am when Sheena woke up to the sound of thunder and her heart was beating faster. She hated thunder and she was terrified. Her entire body was shaking and even though she woke up in Séb’s arms, she was terrified. Sheena looked at Séb and she was surprised to see him staring at her. He had a big smile on his face.

“Lovely weather we have this morning,” he touched her face.

“I can accept the rain but not the thunder,” Sheena said.

“Why are you so terrified of thunder?” Séb wanted to know.

“When I was ten years old, mom and dad decided to go on a picnic. It was a sunny day and the sky was blue. The weather forecast promised sun and high temperatures and it started out that way but shortly after we had finished our lunch, the sky turned grey. Suddenly it started raining and shortly after that, we heard thunder. We ran back to the car and drove off but after driving for a few minutes, a tree was hit by a bolt of lightning and it fell onto the street right in front of the car. Dad turned the car around and we took another road back to the house. Since that day I have been terrified of thunder,” Sheena told him.

“I didn’t know that but now I understand why you are scared of thunder. Let me see if I can make you forget about the thunder,” Séb moved his head closer to hers.

When Séb’s lips made contact with Sheena’s lips, she forgot about the thunder. There was something in his kisses that made her forget everything around her but she wasn’t complaining. She closed her eyes and welcomed the feelings that rushed through her body as they were making love again. After making love, Sheena cuddled up to Séb and he held her close.

“Are you still scared?” Séb asked.

“Not at all. Your therapy really works,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“Maybe I should offer therapy for other people with your problem,” Séb teased her by saying.

“No way! They can find their own therapist because they can’t have mine,” Sheena looked at him.

“Don’t worry Cherie. There is only one woman for me,” Séb smiled at her.

“I can’t believe that we’re going back to Los Angeles tomorrow. We will miss you,” Sheena sighed.

“I have been thinking about that and I have decided to go with you to Los Angeles. The guys won’t be in London so I can’t hang out with them and I don’t have any other plans. You will be very busy when you get to Los Angeles and I want to help you get everything ready. I want to see your galleries and I want to see your apartment,” Séb surprised her by saying.

“You are just full of surprises Mr. Izambard but I love surprises. I will need all the help I can get so you can come with us to Los Angeles,” Sheena smiled at him.

“Great,” Séb kissed Sheena and pulled her closer.

Sheena made herself comfortable in Séb’s arms and shortly after, she heard snoring. ‘That didn’t take long’ Sheena thought as she closed her eyes and slowly drifted off to sleep.

******

Amanda woke up to the sweet smell of pancakes. She quickly got out of bed and walked to the kitchen where Rebecca was making pancakes. Amanda sneaked up behind Rebecca and when she reached for a pancake, Rebecca turned and looked at her. Tilting her head and flashing her smile, Amanda hoped that Rebecca would give her a pancake.

“I hate it when you do that,” Rebecca said.

“Why?” Amanda wanted to know.

“I can’t say no to you when you do that. I will give you a pancake if you wake up Carlos,” Rebecca said to Amanda.

“I am awake,” Carlos walked into the kitchen.

“Now I won’t get my pancake,” Amanda pouted.

Carlos walked over to Rebecca and grabbed a pancake from the plate. He walked over to Amanda and gave her the pancake and Amanda’s face lit up as she took the pancake from Carlos. Rebecca looked at Carlos and he just smiled at her.

“Don’t look at me like that. You would have done the same if it had been you,” Carlos kissed Rebecca’s cheek.

“You don’t know me as well as you think you do,” Rebecca said to him.

“Yes I do,” Carlos laughed.

“Let’s eat our breakfast. We have a busy day ahead of us. Sheena and Séb will be back around noon and we have to pack before they get here,” Rebecca sipped her orange juice.

“It’s only 9am. We’ve got plenty of time,” Carlos said.

“You’re right. Let’s enjoy our breakfast,” Rebecca agreed.

They enjoyed their breakfast and after clearing the table, they got ready for the day.

*******

It was still raining so breakfast on the balcony was out of the question for Sheena and Séb. They had to eat breakfast in the dining room with the other couple. Sheena noticed that the woman kept staring at them and when Sheena looked at her, she looked away. The couple kept whispering and Sheena could hear the word Divo being mentioned a few times and she knew that the woman had recognized Séb. It didn’t bother Sheena because she knew that it was part of being involved with a Divo. The couple had finished their breakfast and as they were leaving, the woman walked over to Séb.

“I’m sorry for disturbing you but aren’t you Sébastien from Il Divo?” the woman asked.

“Yes I am,” Séb replied with a smile.

“I saw you on TV the other day. I don’t know if it is inappropriate for me to ask you this but did you find that beautiful daughter of yours?” the woman continued.

“Yes. Our daughter is safe. She was found by a friend of mine,” Séb told her.

“I am so pleased to hear that. You are a very lucky woman,” the woman looked at Sheena.

“I know,” Sheena said with a smile.

“Well, I should let you enjoy your breakfast. Have a nice day,” the woman said and left.

“I am sorry about that,” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Sorry about what?” Sheena sipped her coffee.

“About our breakfast being interrupted by a fan,” Séb replied.

“You are a Divo and I doubt this will be the last time it happens. It is ok and it is something I have to get used to,” Sheena said.

“So you won’t mind when fans want autographs and pics taken with me?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“No, I won’t mind because I know that you are mine. Besides, you will be going home with me,” Sheena smiled at him.

“That is true and you are the only woman I have ever loved,” Séb finished his breakfast.

“What about Virginia? Didn’t you love her? You were engaged to be married. Would you have married her if I hadn’t walked back into your life?” Sheena was curious.

“I loved Virginia and I thought that I was in love with her but when I saw you in Los Angeles that night after the concert, I knew that I wasn’t in love with her. I didn’t call off the engagement because of you and I don’t want you to feel responsible. Virginia is the reason why I called it off,” Séb explained.

“I am glad you called off the engagement because if you hadn’t done that, we wouldn’t be here today,” Sheena told him.

“If you have finished your breakfast then I would suggest that we go back to the room. We still have a few hours before we have to leave,” Séb winked.

“Just lead the way,” Sheena rose from her chair.

Séb and Sheena left the dining room and went to their room. As soon as they were inside, Séb locked the door and pulled Sheena close. He touched her face as he looked deep into her brown eyes. Cupping her face in his hands, Séb lowered his face and gently brushed his lips against hers. As he deepened the kiss, he could feel the desire burning inside of him and he couldn’t wait any longer. Shortly after, they were making love.

*******

“It is so good to be back. Can we visit grandpa’s cabin tomorrow?” Miki asked Urs as they were in bed.

“Sure. We could bring some food and make it a picnic. How does that sound?” Urs looked at his wife.

“It sounds good to me. I can’t wait to see the cabin again. Mom told me that nothing has changed. It still looks like it did when grandpa was alive,” Miki replied.

“I wonder if he ever found the secret compartment behind the board in the bedroom,” Urs laughed.

“I hope not,” Miki laughed too.

“We will find out tomorrow,” Urs said.

“Yes we will. It will be strange to see the cabin again. I haven’t been back there since he passed away,” Miki looked at Urs.

“It will be fine. Now let us get some rest. We have a dinner party to attend tonight,” Urs pulled Miki closer.

“I can’t wait to see our old friends again,” Miki exclaimed, resting her head on Urs’ chest.

“We haven’t seen them since their wedding and that was before the tour started. Did they get a boy or a girl?” Urs asked.

“I think it was a boy but I am not sure,” Miki answered, letting out a sigh.

“We will find out tonight. Now let us rest,” Urs kissed Miki and closed his eyes.

******

Séb and Sheena had left the B&B just before noon and were on their way back to Séb’s apartment. As they drove through the country side, Sheena sent a text message to Rebecca informing her that they were on their way back and Rebecca replied back that Amanda and Carlos were preparing lunch for them.

“I hope you are hungry. Our daughter is preparing lunch for us……with a little help from her uncle,” Sheena told Séb.

“Lunch sounds good. She is a very talented young lady,” Séb proudly said.

“Yes she is,” Sheena agreed.

“We did a good job on creating that one. I hope the next one will be just as great as Amanda,” Séb told Sheena.

“The next one?” Sheena was shocked.

“Yes. I want one more just like her. Don’t you?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“I do but it is a too early for us to talk about having child number two,” Sheena expressed her opinion.

“I didn’t mean right now,” Séb laughed.

“Then we agree,” Sheena let out a sigh of relief.

Séb looked at Sheena and he couldn’t stop smiling. He couldn’t wait to start his new life with Sheena and Amanda in Paris and he was anxious about what the future would bring. Tim was out of their lives now and Séb hoped that Tim would be in jail for a very long time.

They pulled up in front of the apartment building and when they entered the apartment, they were greeted by Amanda. She hugged Sheena and Séb and told them proudly that she had made lunch for them. Sheena and Séb followed Amanda into the dining room where Rebecca and Carlos were waiting. Rebecca informed them that Amanda had been a good girl and both Séb and Sheena were proud of their daughter.

After lunch, Rebecca and Carlos said goodbye and left the apartment. Amanda waved as the cab drove off and once the cab was out of sight, the family walked back into the apartment to pack for their own trip to Los Angeles the next day.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Wed May 14, 2014 9:30 am

Chapter 47

After a hectic month in Los Angeles, Sheena was finally able to relax and enjoy her new life in Paris. She and Amanda had been living at the Dubois mansion for almost a week and Amanda seemed to be enjoying her new life. Thanks to Camille, Amanda had made a lot of new friends in Paris and Amanda was spending as much time as possible with her friends.

After two weeks in Los Angeles, doing some sightseeing with his family and helping Sheena get everything ready, Séb had returned to London. He hated leaving his girls but he had some things to take care of in London before he could move to Paris but he had promised to be back as soon as possible.

While in Los Angeles, Sheena changed the name of one of her galleries to Galerie Dubois and most of the paintings in Galerie Dubois were painted by Pierre. Dani and Kate were managing the galleries but Millie was the one who took care of the big decisions and finances.

Millie had sold the house and was now living in Sheena’s old apartment. With Christopher and Sheena gone, the house was too big for Millie and she had offered to buy Sheena’s apartment. It had everything she needed and most of her friends lived in the area so it was perfect for her.

After being released from the hospital, Virginia made a life changing decision. She had moved to Dublin to start over and she was now living there with her boyfriend. He had two kids from a previous relationship and it was quite a change from Virginia’s party life in London but she didn’t miss those times. She loved the kids and they loved her.

Tim was still in jail but he wasn’t in London anymore. He had been transferred to America to stand trial there. A few days after the decision was made, Tim’s lawyer had contacted Sheena and asked her to say that the kidnapping had been a huge misunderstanding. Sheena told him to forget it and the lawyer promised her that he would do anything to get Tim out of jail.

It had been three weeks since Séb left Los Angeles but it seemed like a lot longer. Before he went back to London, he promised to call every night to say goodnight to Amanda and he had kept his promise. Of course it wasn’t the same as having him around but it had to be that way until he was ready to move to Paris.

Séb had promised to call as soon as he was in Paris and Sheena was just waiting for that call. Sheena was relaxing in the garden, watching Amanda ride her new pony. A pony had never been a part of the plan but one day in Los Angeles when they were talking about horses, Séb told Amanda that he would buy her a pony when they moved to Paris. Starburst was a black pony with a white bliss that looked like a starburst and that is how he got the name. Amanda loved the pony and the feeling seemed to be mutual.

“She looks so happy on that pony,” Juliette joined Sheena.

“Yes she does. Her dad is spoiling her rotten but I have to admit that Starburst was a good investment,” Sheena agreed.

“He has got every right to spoil her. I know he has been Amanda’s dad since she was born but now he is listed as her dad and it means a lot to him,” Juliette said.

“I know. It means a lot to all of us,” Sheena smiled.

“Have you heard from monsieur Izambard?” Juliette asked.

“No. I am still waiting for him to call me. Amanda hasn’t said anything but I know she misses him a lot. And I have to admit that I miss him too,” Sheena replied, letting out a sigh.

“He will be here before you know it,” Juliette said with a smile.

“She is right,” Séb’s voice suddenly said.

Sheena turned her head to see Séb standing there with a big smile on his face. He looked like he hadn’t shaved in days but Sheena didn’t mind. She loved the scruffy look on him. Sheena rose from the chair and walked over to him. Before Séb could say or do anything, Sheena gave him a very passionate kiss.

“I assume you have missed me?” he asked when she broke the kiss.

“More than you know. I love the scruffy look. You should keep it like that all the time,” Sheena said as she touched his face.

“Thanks but I am not sure it will fit my image on stage. This look is for your eyes only Cherie,” Séb kissed her softly.

“I can live with that,” Sheena looked at him.

“Where is Amanda?” Séb looked around.

“She is in the garden with Starburst,” Sheena told him.

“Great. I will just carry my bags upstairs and then we can go for a walk in the garden,” Séb said with a smile and disappeared.

Sheena watched him leave and shortly after Séb had left, Amanda came walking towards the terrace with Starburst by her side. She had a big smile on her face and her green eyes twinkled with joy.

“When will daddy get here?” Amanda asked.

“I don’t know pumpkin but if you close your eyes and wish really hard, your dad might be here when you open them,” Sheena answered, trying not to laugh.

“Ok mommy,” Amanda said and closed her eyes.

As Amanda stood there with her eyes closed, Séb reappeared and wondered what was going on. Sheena whispered to him what was going on and Séb also had to try hard not to laugh.

“I’m done wishing. Can I open my eyes now?” Amanda wanted to know.

“Yes you can,” Sheena replied.

Amanda opened her eyes and as soon as she saw Séb, she let go of Starburst and ran over to Séb. Starburst got a little scared and Juliette quickly grabbed the reins to stop Starburst from running away. Amanda kept hugging Séb and she wouldn’t let go of him.

“Do you want me to take Starburst back to the stable?” Juliette asked.

“I will do it,” Amanda finally let go of Séb.

Amanda mounted Starburst and they rode back to the stable as fast as Starburst’s tiny legs could run. Juliette excused herself and walked into the house to get some refreshments for them. Séb and Sheena stayed in the garden and after being parted for weeks, Sheena had some things she wanted to tell Séb about Tim and the trial. She was trying to figure out how to tell him about it but before she could say anything to him, Séb opened the conversation.

“Do you have any news about the trial?” Séb asked Sheena.

“No but I did receive another call from Tim’s lawyer. He still wants me to say that it was all a big misunderstanding and that I had asked Tim to watch Amanda. The man is just as crazy as Tim. Amanda was locked up in a room. What kind of mother would ask someone to do that to her child? I told him to forget it and stop calling me or I would contact the police,” Sheena raised her voice.

“You don’t have to get mad at me,” Séb smiled as he took her hand.

“Sorry but this whole thing just makes me so angry. I wish it was all over,” Sheena apologized to him.

“It’s ok. It might be over before you know it,” Séb said, trying to calm her down.

“I hope so. I just want to live a normal life with you and Amanda here in Paris,” Sheena said.

“Don’t worry. You will,” Séb kissed her hand.

“When will Christine’s mom pick me up?” Amanda asked when she returned from the stable.

“In one hour. Your bag is packed but you need a bath before she gets here,” Sheena replied.

“I will do it right now,” Amanda disappeared.

“Where is she going?” Séb was curious.

“She is going to a sleep over at Christine’s tonight. Christine’s mom asked me yesterday if Amanda could come and I said yes. Amanda has been looking forward to it since last night,” Sheena explained.

“That means it will only be you and me tonight. I have got an idea. Do you want to hear it?” Séb asked.

“Sure,” Sheena nodded her head.

“We give Juliette the night off and then we go out to dinner,” Séb told her his idea.

“I agree with giving Juliette the night off but I don’t want to go out. Can’t we just stay here and cook something? Or we could order something?” Sheena suggested.

“Your idea is more appealing than mine. Let us go with your idea,” Séb agreed.

“Great. I should probably check on Amanda,” Sheena rose from the chair.

Séb watched her leave and he couldn’t wait to spend some alone time with Sheena. They had been apart for three weeks and it had been the worst three weeks of his life. Of course they had been talking on the phone but it wasn’t the same. Juliette returned with the drinks and Séb informed her that she could take the night off. She laughed and when Séb asked her why she was laughing, Juliette told him that she wanted to ask them if she could have the night off. She told him that Claude and Claire were back in Paris after spending two weeks in Las Vegas. They had some kind of surprise for her and they wanted to see her for dinner. Séb joked and said that they had probably gotten married in Las Vegas.

“Claude wouldn’t do that. He knows that I want to be there for his wedding,” Juliette was a bit stunned by Séb’s joke.

“Maybe they just got caught up in the moment. They are young and they were in Las Vegas. It’s a possibility,” Séb said.

“I will be happy for them if they did get married but I will also be a bit disappointed. Well, I just have to wait and see,” Juliette sighed.

“Who got married?” Sheena suddenly asked.

“I don’t know for sure but Claude and Claire are back from Las Vegas and they wanted to see me tonight because they had something to tell me,” Juliette replied.

“It does sound like they might have gotten married in Las Vegas,” Sheena looked at Juliette.

“I am beginning to think that you are right. Well, I should probably get ready,” Juliette walked into the house.

Amanda arrived shortly after and she still had some time before Christine’s mom would pick her up. Sheena poured a glass of lemonade for Amanda while Amanda proudly told Séb that she had been helping Sheena at the galleries. She also told him that two of her paintings had been on display in the gallery but now they were gone because someone had bought them.

“I am not surprised. You are talented just like your mom,” Séb said to her.

“Mommy gave me the money and they are now in my piggy bank,” Amanda said with pride in her voice.

“That’s good,” Séb looked at Amanda.

Amanda nodded her head and flashed her smile. The sound of the doorbell announced that it was time for Amanda to leave. Sheena, Séb and Amanda walked into the hall where Christine’s mom was waiting. She greeted Séb and Sheena as Amanda picked up her bag. Amanda hugged her mom and dad and said goodbye before leaving the mansion with Christine’s mom.

Juliette was ready to leave and she said goodbye and climbed into her car. She drove off as Séb and Sheena closed the door and walked back to the garden. Now it was just the two of them. Séb suggested a swim in the pool and Sheena couldn’t say no to that. They went upstairs to change and five minutes later they were swimming in the pool.

“You have no idea how much I have missed you,” Séb said as he held Sheena in his arms.

“No, I don’t but you could show me how much you have missed me,” Sheena smiled at him.

“As you wish,” Séb kissed her deeply.

“Wow. You have missed me a lot,” Sheena giggled.

“Of course I have. I love you,” Séb told her.

“And I love you,” Sheena said.

Séb placed a soft kiss on her lips before he swam away. After spending about ten minutes in the pool, Séb and Sheena got out and walked over to the table and sat down. Séb took a sip of his lemonade before he turned his attention to Sheena.

“I am curious. Who bought Amanda’s paintings?” Séb wanted to know.

“Mom did. Amanda was so proud of the paintings that she wanted to show them to my mom. One of mom’s friends saw the paintings too and she wanted to know if she could buy them. I said yes and mom transferred the money to me and I gave them to Amanda. Your daughter is a rich girl,” Sheena replied.

“How much did she pay? Five dollars? Ten dollars?” Séb asked.

“You are not even close. She bought the paintings for one hundred dollars,” Sheena told him.

“Are you kidding me?” Séb was in shock.

“I am serious. It sounds crazy and I told her it was too much but she wouldn’t listen. She got the paintings and Amanda got her money,” Sheena said.

“I am shocked but proud,” Séb smiled.

“Me too and now it is time for me to get out of the bathing suit,” Sheena rose from the chair.

She picked up the tray with lemonade and walked inside. Séb grabbed the towels and followed Sheena, closing the door behind him. They went upstairs to change into some casual clothes. After changing her clothes, Sheena went downstairs and she was getting comfortable on the couch when her phone started ringing. The caller ID said mom and Sheena wondered why her mom would call her twice in one day. She answered the phone and listened to what Millie had to say. Sheena couldn’t believe what Millie was telling her and Sheena wasn’t sure of how to react to the news.

“Tell Margaret that I am sorry for her loss but I can’t go to the funeral. Rebecca and Carlos are getting married on Saturday,” Sheena told Millie.

“I know they are getting married and I don’t expect you to come to the funeral. I just wanted to tell you the news,” Millie said.

“Thanks mom. I should be happy about the news but I am not. He got off to easy,” Sheena told her mom.

“I agree with you. I have to leave now. Margaret invited me to dinner,” Millie explained.

“I will call you tomorrow. Bye mom,” Sheena hung up.

“What was that about?” Séb walked into the living room.

“Tim is dead,” Sheena answered.

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PostSubject: Re: From Paris with love   Sun May 25, 2014 6:53 am

Chapter 48


”What did you just say?” Séb looked at Sheena.

“Tim is dead,” Sheena repeated.

“What happened?” Séb sat down next to Sheena.

“I am not sure but according to my mom, he was attacked by a guy in jail. It doesn’t surprise me one bit though because Tim has made a lot of enemies as a lawyer and I guess one of them just decided it was time for payback,” Sheena explained.

“How do you feel about him being dead?” Séb asked.

“I should be happy about it but I’m not. He deserved to be punished for what he did and death is just not punishment enough for him. I know it makes me sound like an evil person but that is how I feel,” Sheena replied.

“I agree with you but I guess we just should be happy that he can’t hurt us again. Now we won’t have to worry about Tim anymore. And you are not an evil person for saying that,” Séb said.

“I guess you’re right. Let’s not think or talk about Tim tonight,” Sheena suggested.

“Tim who?” Séb smiled at her.

“Right! I’m hungry,” Sheena looked at Séb.

“Me too. I know we agreed to stay here and order some food but this will be our first night in Paris as a real couple and I want it to be special. Let’s have dinner at a restaurant in Paris and after dinner we go for a walk along the Seine before we return to the mansion. How does that sound?” Séb asked.

“I would be a fool if I said no to that,” Sheena replied with a smile.

“Good. Let’s get ready,” Séb stood.

Sheena stood too and they walked upstairs to get ready. Fifteen minutes later they left the mansion and drove off to have dinner.

******

David and Maggie were getting ready for their getaway. It was their wedding anniversary and David had booked a room at ‘Adagio Bed and Breakfast’. Victoria would be staying with David’s parents and they both knew that she was in good hands with the Millers. Maggie made sure that she had packed everything for Victoria and she double checked the bag before she joined David in the nursery. David was making faces at Victoria and the little girl was smiling at her dad.

“Are you ready to leave?” Maggie asked with a smile.

“Yes we are. Let’s go,” David replied.

They picked up their bags and David locked the door behind them. David placed the bags in the trunk of the car while Maggie placed Victoria in the car seat. They drove off and ten minutes later they pulled up in front of the Miller estate. David grabbed Victoria’s changing bag from the trunk and Maggie took her daughter out of the car seat.

“There she is,” Doreen Miller said as she reached for her granddaughter.

“Thank you so much for doing this,” Maggie smiled.

“It’s our pleasure to do it,” Doreen smiled back.

“We should get going,” David looked at Maggie.

Maggie nodded in agreement and they said goodbye to Victoria and David’s parents. They drove off and it was time for them to enjoy their private time. The car pulled up in front of the Bed and Breakfast and David hoped that Maggie would love what he had planned for them. They grabbed their bags and walked to the front door where they were greeted by the owner. She introduced herself to them and they followed her into the reception area. As she showed them to the room, she gave them information about the place.

“Here we are. I hope you will enjoy your stay here with us. Everything has been arranged just as you wanted and if you need anything else don’t be afraid to ask,” she said as she handed David the room key.

“Thank you,” David smiled at her.

He opened the door and led Maggie into the room. Maggie couldn’t believe her eyes when she walked into the room. It was perfect and she was surprised to see what David had arranged. Champagne was chilling in an ice bucket and chocolate covered strawberries were placed carefully on a plate next to the ice bucket. David walked over to the table and poured two glasses of champagne.

“Happy anniversary Mrs. Miller,” David handed her a glass.

“Happy anniversary Mr. Miller,” Maggie took the glass.

They sipped their champagne and Maggie reached for a strawberry. She closed her eyes as she took a bite and when she opened her eyes, David was standing right in front of her. He took the champagne glass from her and placed it on the table before he pulled her close to him. Maggie looked into his eyes as his face came closer to hers.

“We still have a few hours before dinner is served,” he said before his lips made contact with hers.

*******

“I wish we could stay here all night,” Miki said as she cuddled up to Urs.

“Who says we can’t stay in bed?” Urs looked at her.

“I’m hungry and I need food. We need food,” Miki gently touched her belly.

“You’re right. What do you want?” Urs asked.

“I don’t know. Surprise me,” Miki replied.

“As you wish. I will be back soon. Don’t go anywhere,” Urs got out of the bed.

“Don’t worry. I’m too comfortable to leave the bed,” Miki turned onto her side.

Urs put on some sweatpants and left the bedroom. Miki snuggled up to Urs’ pillow and she closed her eyes as she inhaled the scent that still clung to the pillow. He had been so sweet and caring since they returned to Switzerland and Miki had enjoyed every minute of it. Ten minutes later, Urs returned to the bedroom and announced that dinner was ready.

“Do you really want me to get out of bed? Why can’t we have dinner in bed?” Miki questioned him.

“I don’t want to sleep in a messy bed,” Urs replied.

“You’ve served me breakfast in bed. That can be messy too,” Miki reminded him.

“That is different. If you get out of bed now then I will prepare a nice bath for you after dinner. If you are a good girl then I might even wash your back, rub your feet and give you a massage,” Urs told her.

“Can I get that in writing before I get out of bed?” Miki asked.

Urs excused himself and left the bedroom, returning a few minutes later with a note. He gave the note to Miki and she read it out loud:

I, Urs Buhler, hereby promise to prepare a bath for my wife after dinner. I also promise to wash her back, rub her feet and give her a massage.

Urs Buhler

“You’re crazy,” Miki laughed.

“You wanted it in writing. Now get out of bed before dinner gets cold,” Urs smiled and left.

Once he was gone, Miki rose from the bed and put on some comfortable clothes before she walked downstairs to have dinner with her husband. She was looking forward to being pampered after dinner.

*******

Carlos and Rebecca were enjoying a romantic dinner at a restaurant in Los Angeles. The wedding was only a week away and they wanted to get everything ready for the arrival of the other Divo couples a few days later.

“Have I told you today that you look beautiful?” Carlos held Rebecca’s hand.

“No, you haven’t told me that,” Rebecca smiled at him.

“Well, you do look beautiful and I can’t wait until you become Mrs. Marin,” he softly kissed her hand.

“Mrs. Marin. I like the sound of that. I can’t wait for you to see my dress. I really hope you will like it,” Rebecca said.

“I’ve loved all of your designs so far and I am sure that I will love your wedding dress. Our wedding is going to be perfect. With your lovely designs and our friends and family around us, it can’t be anything but perfect,” Carlos said.

“I am a bit concerned about Miki’s dress. She might have gotten bigger since I measured her,” Rebecca confessed.

“She might have but I don’t see why that is a problem. Didn’t you take that into consideration when you measured her?” Carlos wanted to know.

“Yes I did but I am still concerned,” Rebecca answered.

“You have got nothing to worry about. It will be just fine. Let’s finish our dinner and get out of here,” Carlos suggested.

Rebecca nodded her head in agreement and finished her seafood lasagna. Once they had paid the bill, Carlos and Rebecca left the restaurant and walked back to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening in private.

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