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Alex Smith; Billionaire Philanthropist
I was known for making money and then giving some of it away. I had enough, too much even. Too much money, women and cars, considering I didn’t drive most of the time. It was a perfect life on the outside, but I was holding some parts of it together with a thin piece of string.
In walked Betty Montae. I wasn’t even looking, but she quickly got my attention.
Poaching her from a business partner, but I didn’t need an assistant, I needed a nanny. Betty had a special touch and she was perfect for the job.
Then something changed. Her mousy get-up was blown when I saw her out at a party. The way I looked at her Betty permanently changed after that.
It was all in front of me and I hadn’t even seen it. I hadn’t seen the seduction in the demure. The need that she was afraid to show and hid so well.
It didn’t matter though. I could see compliance in her eyes and lust in her trembling body. I was paying attention now.
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“Did you see the papers?”
“It was scandalous, wasn’t it?”
“I wouldn’t go that far Leslie. It could have been worse.”
“I don’t see how. They are saying some very mean things about me, Alex.”
“I know Leslie. I’m sorry about that. I should have told you about my marital arrangement.”
“Wasn’t like we had much of a chance to go into all of that though.”
My mind flicked back to our shared moments in the empty hallway of the college gymnasium. She had been there to make a speech for the charity dinner and I was there to give money. Instead, I had gotten far more than I would have ever thought possible.
It was hard not to see how badly we needed this to go away. It was all over the front page of the papers. She had become an accused homewrecker, to a home that had been wrecked for a long time.
“When all of this settles down, I would like to see you again Leslie.”
“Really? I thought you were a one-hit wonder.”
Leslie giggled on the phone and told me to stop being coy.
“I know what kind of guy you are. Everyone knows.”
I didn’t like the sound of that at all.
“If you knew that it wasn’t going to last, then why did you agree to see me and do all of those naughty things with me?”
“Because I wanted to know if the rumors were true Alex.”
“And were they?”
She hesitated for a moment and then agreed.
“Yes, you were everything that I imagined you would be and more. You’re the kind of guy, that a girl could fall in love with.”
Alarm bells went off with the ‘L’ word and she must have seen it for what it was, because she snickered.
“Don’t worry Alex. I know that isn’t part of your DNA. Eyes were wide open and I still couldn’t say no. If you ever change your tune, you are going to make some woman, very happy.”
My phone was ringing, and I had a lot to do, but I knew that I had to take it. I knew that it was going to be about Ophelia and what she was doing or not doing. She had gone through five schools in the last few months and it seemed like she was about to need another. I don’t know what was going on in her head, but I knew that I was going to have to deal with it. It was most likely the reason that her mom left me to deal with it all, but Ophelia was never this rowdy before she left. It was worse now.
My daughter was almost nine and she was getting to this stage of her life where she knew best. I didn’t know anything and no other adult around her seemed to know anything that she did not already know. Ophelia was apparently a genius and I just didn’t even know about it. While that was a good thing for her, it was not a good thing for everyone else around her. She had been more than a little testy lately.
I picked up the phone and I didn’t even have to hear the voice to know that it was her school.
“Mr. Smith. I need you to come in right away and get your daughter. I don’t think she’s going to be able to matriculate anymore here with us. She has become too much of a handful and there is nothing else I can do about it. The board will be meeting in a few days to decide if she will be expelled from Ridgemont Junior High. I can tell you now, how I am going to vote about this.
I groaned inwardly and tried to imagine that there was some way I could make this work. The principle was looking for funding for the new library and I figured if I threw enough money at the problem, it would go away. That is what I usually did and it seemed to work most of the time. Ophelia seemed to be the only thing that I couldn’t throw money at to fix. I didn’t want her to go away to school, but I did want her to go back to the daughter that I loved.
“I will be there as soon as I can Miss Daisy. I’m afraid to ask what she did.”
“Well Sir, she pulled the fire alarm and made the whole school do a drill. It took almost thirty minutes to get everybody else back inside and we lost two seventh graders for a while. They were later found of course, but you can see why this would be a problem.”
I had to stop myself from chuckling because it is exactly what I would have done. She liked to cause chaos, almost as much as I did at her age. I knew that a lot of her antics came from me. I was a bit of a class clown when I was in school and she seemed to be following in my footsteps, far more than in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother was kind and quiet and always had something nice to say. Not to me of course, but everybody else does.