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The Billionaire's Dance

By:Melody Anne

 "Alex, what are you doing here?" she finally asked after composing her features.

He chose to ignore her question and repeated his, "I asked you, where's  my son?" He wasn't the kind of guy to have any patience and he'd already  missed out on her entire pregnancy as well as first three months of his  son's life. He wasn't going to stand in the doorway and miss another  moment.

Before she was able to say anything more, he heard a cry from inside the  apartment. His eyes rounded with wonder, at the first sound he heard  from his son. He was done standing in the doorway, so he grabbed Jessica  by the waist and physically removed her from his path.

Jessica let out a shocked gasp and chased after him as he followed the  sound of his son's cry. "Alex, I did have a son but he isn't yours," she  tried to lie to him. He'd reached the swing his son was in by that  moment, staring in fascination at the tiny human in there.

The baby was wide awake and staring at his father, momentarily  distracted from his angry howls at being left alone. At her words, Alex  whipped his head around to glare at her. She took a step backwards at  the violence in his expression.

"Do not lie to me for one more second. You've already stolen three  months of my son's life from me. You will not deceive me anymore," he  spat, with venom dripping in his tone.

She knew to try and deny it again would only unleash more of his anger  so she sank to the couch, as her knees would no longer hold her up. She  said nothing else, just watched as he stared at his son. The baby  finally got tired of the staring game and let out a cry of displeasure.  He wanted to be picked up.

Jessica started to rise to grab her son but Alex was already taking care  of it. "Hey little guy, you want your daddy to pick you up?" he  lovingly spoke to his son. The adoration in Alex's voice brought tears  to her eyes. He unlatched the safety belt and gently pulled Jacob from  the seat.





Prologue





"That's grandpa's sweet baby girl," Joseph whispered as he nuzzled his  only granddaughter, Jasmine. She coo'd up at him, while gripping his  finger and tugging at his heart.

"Now that grandpa got your daddy and mommy married and gave grandpa you  as an added bonus for Christmas last year, we have to start working on  getting Uncle Alex a wife," he continued talking, while tickling her  tummy.

"I love you to pieces, Princess and I want a lot of cousins for you  running around the house." He continued talking to her as if she  understood each and every word he was saying.

"I sure didn't get any thanks from your mom and dad for their marriage  but of course I'm not looking for a bunch of praise. My boys finding  good women and giving me many grandkids to spoil is thanks enough," he  said. He smiled with pure joy while looking at Jasmine.

"Of course, a little thank you wouldn't be so bad," he muttered quietly.

"Well, I guess I'm going a bit off course here, aren't I? I've found the  perfect bride for your Uncle Alex and I have a feeling we'll see a  cousin for you in a year or so." He chuckled as he pictured Alex and  Jessica together.

Joseph had known Jessica since she was a newborn. He knew she and Alex  would be perfect together. It was simply a matter of getting them in the  same room so nature could take its course.

Joseph thought about Alex's playboy lifestyle. It was time that boy settled down and got married.

Joseph loved his first granddaughter so much. His heart felt like it  would burst when she was in his arms. He wanted that feeling with many,  many more grandchildren.

"Joseph, did I just hear you plotting with your granddaughter about  meddling in our son's life?" Katherine said from outside the room,  catching him off guard. He could hear the clear disapproval in her tone  and knew he'd been caught.

"No, not at all dear," Joseph said, as innocently as he could. "Jasmine  and I were just discussing what a blessing she is in our lives," he  finished.

Katherine shook her head at her husband as she reached down to take  their granddaughter into her arms. "Joseph, Jasmine is only three months  old and isn't discussing anything with you. She's just happy to hear  the sound of your voice, no matter what nonsense you're spouting." All  sternness fell from her voice as she held the precious bundle close to  her.

Katherine didn't approve of her husband interfering in their children's  lives but she had to admit the end result of Lucas and Amy getting  married and having precious little Jasmine was worth the troubles.

Joseph sighed at the sight of his beautiful wife holding their  granddaughter. Life was certainly good. "Lucas will be back in a few  minutes so help me get the baby changed," Katherine said as she walked  from the room.         

     



 

Joseph stood and looked at the picture on his wall. "Alex my boy, you  are in for a surprise," Joseph whispered to the frame so his wife  wouldn't overhear. He quietly chuckled to himself as he walked out of  the door.





Chapter one





"Alex, good to see you," Joseph said. He wrapped his arm around his son's shoulders while leading him into the den.

"Hi Dad, sorry I haven't made it home in a while. That contract in Spain  took a lot longer than I thought. Of course, I'm not complaining  because those beaches are hot and the women are even hotter," he said  with a laugh.

"Now son, there's more to life than going out all the time and picking  up pretty ladies who don't have a lick of brains or an ounce of heart,"  Joseph admonished.

Alex gave a hearty laugh. He knew his father wanted him and his brothers  all married. He was more than a little suspicious Joseph had something  to do with Lucas's recent marriage. Lucas wasn't complaining though. His  wife, Amy was a true gem and their precious daughter was about the  cutest thing there ever was.

"Dad, you know I'm far too young to tie the knot. I don't need some  woman in my life telling me what to do. I like having a lot of ladies to  wine and dine. You don't want to break the hearts of all the single  ladies in Seattle, now do you," Alex asked with far too much confidence,  in his father's opinion?

Joseph knew it would take a very strong woman to bring his middle child  to his knees. Luckily, he figured, the right woman wasn't far away.

"Okay, I get it, you like the single life but you should know you're  breaking your mother's heart. She wants many grandkids running through  these cold hallways but children never think of their poor parents.  After all, parents only sacrifice everything to raise their kids and  bandage their wounds and love them unconditionally. There wouldn't be  any reason to want to give back to them, I guess," Joseph said with a  dramatic sigh.

Alex smiled at his father's antics. He and his brothers were used to the  whole guilt trip charade since Joseph had perfected it. "You know I  appreciate everything you and mom do for me. That doesn't mean I'm going  to let you guilt me into getting married. I'm smarter than Lucas," he  said with a wink.

Joseph chuckled to himself. The harder they fought, the more satisfying it was when they fell, he figured.

"All right then, enough of this marriage talk," Joseph conceded. "We  have that fundraiser banquet this weekend and I need you to attend. Both  of your brothers can't because of previous engagements and it would  look really bad for the company if at least one of my sons didn't show  up to our own fundraiser," Joseph said, while acting like a martyr.

Alex hated going to those things. The people were boring with a capital B  and it was all about being seen. He wished they could just give the  money away without having to go through all the motions of a fundraiser.  But he also knew millions of dollars could be raised in one night  because the rich liked to be seen giving their money away. It made them  feel self-important, he supposed.

"Just let me know when and where. You know I'll go." He sounded more  like he was headed to the guillotine, instead of an evening with great  food and dancing. On a positive note, he would most likely take a lady  home for a steamy night of lovemaking. That was something to look  forward too.

"It's being held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Friday night, starting at nine," Joseph told him.

"Well, at least if I have to go out and act like I actually care about  the newest and greatest fashions, I'll be in a great place," Alex said.

The Fairmont was spectacular inside and out. It was listed on the  National Register of Historical Places and they'd done a fantastic job  of bringing in the new designs without taking away from the old history.  Alex enjoyed doing business there and he knew the food was going to be  top quality. His mouth started watering a bit at the thought of having  some Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon, one of their specialties.

"Oh, and keep an eye out for Jessica Sanders. She's the daughter of my  dear business associate John Sanders and she's going to be there alone,  as her father's out of town."

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