Never Never Man Series: Book #5
It seems as if the universe has conspired to keep Grey and me apart. With no end to the tragedies we’ve faced, I wonder if there’s any hope left.
Worse yet, I’ve made my feelings for him clear when I confessed my love. I’d do anything to be with him, if only he felt the same.
Will we make it?
This is the fifth, and final book, in a Billionaire Erotic Romance series presented in serial format. It is not a standalone.
An Excerpt from the Book…
A half hour and a dozen questions later, I stood outside of the office of the person who’d shuttered the movie. I drew my eyes up the length of the door until the name placard came into view. Through closed lips, I slid my tongue across the front of my teeth in disgust.
Trevor Mother Fucking Billings.
Okay, so I inserted the ‘mother fucking’ part in my head.
Keep it together, Maddie. Stay calm.
Reaching up, I rapped against the door for a moment or two.
As I entered, Trevor sat behind his desk, hunched over a pile of paperwork. He paused and looked up at me and his eyebrows tented with surprise.
“Hey,” I replied, as I closed the door.
As I did, he stood from behind the desk and circled around towards me. It looked as if he might be coming in for an embrace. I had no interest, so instead I stopped him cold with the reason I’d come.
“What’s going on with the movie, Trevor?”
He frowned as he looked back at me. “Nothing.”
“What do you mean? Nothing? I’m back and ready to work. When can we get started again?”
As I spoke, Trevor assumed a half-seated position on the corner of his desk crossing his arms and legs in the process.
“Not sure, Maddie,” he began, as he tilted his head at me. Smugness peppered each word coming from his mouth. “It’s going to be a while. If it were up to me…”
His voice trailed off.
Thinning my lips, I countered his closed off posture as I raised my arms and crossed them at my chest. “If what was up to you, Trevor?”
He nodded. His frown deepened, creasing across his forehead as his tone turned serious. “You really want to get into this with me, Maddie?”
“Get into what? I don’t know what you’re talking about, Trevor.”
“All right, okay,” he began. “Maddie, your flakiness and bizarre antics are the whole reason this thing ground to a halt. You up and disappeared without telling anyone what happened or why. The only person who had any inkling of where you’d gone was Susan, but you stopped returning her calls and texts. For some unknown reason, the owner of the studio chose to shelve the project until you decided to get your shit together. I have no idea why. I would have fired you and hired another actress in no time flat.”
As he finished speaking an urge overwhelmed me. I almost, almost, almost threatened to go over his head. I could take this to Grey in a second and get everything back on track but that would only reveal our relationship to Trevor and everyone else. I’d gotten this job based on my ability and I didn’t want to tarnish it. If I wanted to keep working in this town, I’d have to get there on my own and like it or not, there were always going to be men like Trevor in my way.
I spun away from him, walking towards the windows of his office. Just beyond them bright sunshine glinted off the chrome and windows of vehicles crowded in the studio parking lot. I exhaled as I stared blankly, hoping a persuasive thought would come to me. But, before I could say anything, Trevor spoke once again.
“Maddie, I’m disappointed in you. All this time, you finally get the opportunity to achieve your dreams and what do you do? Completely self-sabotage the whole thing. Some things never change do they?”
Bitterness gathered in the corners of my mouth as he rambled. My fingers started to curl under, threatening to take the shape of fists.
“Fuck you, Trevor.” I hissed as I glared out the window. As much as I hated to admit it, his words still hurt. Not as much as they used to but they did, nevertheless.
“Careful Maddie,” he warned. His tone carried a sinister intent. “Watch what you say to me.”
I grimaced as the skin across my knuckles tightened. “There’s a lot of things I never got to say to you that I should have.”
“Oh really?” he scoffed. “Like what? I mean, since we’re here, might as well get it all out there.”
I spun in place and focused my ire on him.
“Fine!” I exclaimed. “It’s simple, Trevor. You broke my heart. And you never even bothered, not once, since everything happened, to ask how I was. It’s like I never existed to you! Don’t you understand how terrifying it was for me to leave my family and come all this way? I worked and supported you for years while you struggled and then for you to just drop me like you did…”
He nodded as I spoke, but didn’t reply.
“I was too good of a girlfriend for you to treat me the way you did. I would have followed you anywhere, done anything to be with you. But you ruined it all with your cheating and lying and for what? Why? Were any of those girls any better than me? No! They weren’t! If they were, you’d still be with them.”
“Stop it, Maddie!” Trevor yelled as he banged his fist on the table. “Quit putting all of this on me!”
“Why, Trevor? It’s all on you! You did all of it! I’m not the one who cheated and lied. Am I?”
“No!” he fired back. “But your goddamn insecurities drove me crazy. Don’t you get that?”
“How would I ‘get that’, Trevor? When did you ever come to me? Talk to me? Tell me?”
He waved me off. “What’s the difference anymore Maddie? It’s ancient history.”
And then, in that instant, I realized something. Trevor was right. As his words came to an end, I stilled myself for a moment. The pain. I couldn’t feel it any longer. And why should I? I’d won. He’d lost. In the span of a second or two, I went from wanting to go over every last detail of our breakup to not caring at all.
In fact, I almost felt sorry for him.
“You know something, Trevor? You’re absolutely right.”
Trevor frowned at me. “What?”
I shook my head. “It’s nothing. Don’t worry about it.”
He shook as head as he tried to decipher the change in my demeanor. For several seconds he stared at me, wondering if I’d change my mind and begin lashing out once more. But I wouldn’t. I was over it.
As his suspicion left him, he changed the subject.
“Why did you do it, Maddie? Disappear from the movie? Not that matters anymore. Call it morbid curiosity on my part.”
“I’m not getting into my personal life with you, Trevor. You lost that privilege long ago.”
“Fine, don’t tell me,” he said, as he pushed himself up from his desk. Trevor brushed his hands together as he headed back towards his office chair. “It doesn’t matter anyway, Maddie. I’ve got the authority to keep your film on hold indefinitely. I’ve got enough in the pipeline now to put it off for a year, at least.”
“A year!” I yelled. “This is bullshit, Trevor. You’re doing this on purpose, I know it!”
He slithered into his chair and rolled towards his desk, sliding his legs under it as he did.
“Don’t flatter yourself, Maddie. It’s my call on the picture. This is a simple business decision.”
“Hah!” I scoffed. “Bullshit, Trevor. You never believed in me, the entire time we were together and now you’re just jealous I’ve got the opportunity in front of the camera you never had!”
Trevor leaned back in his chair and roared with laughter.
“Maddie,” he began. “Give me a fucking break. Why would I be jealous of you? You’ve failed at everything you’ve ever tried to do. This is just more of the same.”
I glared at him but before I could reply, he dismissed me with a curt hand gesture.
“When I’m ready to get the production going once again, I’ll let you know. Until then, run along back to your little business ventures. We’re running a serious film business here, Madds.”
“Ahhhh!” I yelled, as I covered my ears. “Don’t call me that!”
“Feel free to show yourself out.”
With that, he picked up the phone and began to make a call. As he did, I turned and marched towards the door. I might be over him, but this wasn’t over yet. Not a chance in hell.