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The Boss's Proposal (Billionaire Bad Boy BBW Romance)

By:Amanda Horton

The Boss's Proposal (Billionaire Bad Boy BBW Romance)
Amanda Horton

Marriage of Convenience Romance

Lily Day's breath became labored as she looked at the notice that hung  on her bookstore's glass door. Large red letters were scrolled across  the top of the page, screaming at her. Her gaze was iron, and her body  was buzzing. Lily felt as though she was going to fly apart from the  inside out. EVICTION NOTICE

Her chestnut brown hair thrashed in the wind, hitting her peachy skin  and getting caught in her umber eyes. Her delicate hand met her thin,  pink-lipped mouth as a tight gasp escaped her violently. She felt her  breath get caught in her chest, and refused to allow her to breathe. She  could hear her own devastation.

She had fought so hard for this store. She had worked every day since  high school to buy it, and now, here it was, about to be taken from her.  Taken like a security blanket from a reluctant child with a  misunderstood parent. The loss cut her deep. She was at a loss for a  reaction, and also for words.

She had known that her rent had gotten a bit behind, but she could not  have guessed that it had gotten to this point. She had emptied all of  her accounts, sure that sales would pick up. After all, the store had  only been open for a few months. She thought the sales had been  impressive and had hoped her landlord would understand and give her some  extra time to pay rent. No business owner was successful in their first  year, at least, that's what every magazine and article that she had  read had said. Didn't they understand that?

She felt as though she was being taken on by a power much too powerful  for her. An entity that was much larger and greater than she could hope  to be. She felt like a child on a playground being bullied. Helpless.

Lily did the first thing that she could have thought to do; she called  her sister, Holly Day. Holly had been there for Lily since she was born.  After their mother died, Holly had taken over the family. She was the  only person who would have been able to do it anyways. Their father  quickly fell into a deep pit of alcohol and verbal abuse, and Holly did  all that she could to shield Lily from the pain that entailed for the  two of them.

Lily thought back to those late nights where Holly held her tightly as  she cried while their father screamed in the living room, complaining  about his life and their bank account. Holly would sing Lily lullabies  that their mother had taught them. She would rock her and tell her  stories about how one day it would be all right. That's what this  bookstore meant; it was her all right. It was her happiness that she had  been deprived of for so long.

Holly had also invested all her savings in the bookstore so Lily was  scared to see her reaction. She began to sweat as the other line rang.  She remembered the day that her sister had emptied out her savings  account with a smile, happy to help her sister. Holly's husband James  had been resistant to the entire idea. Lily understood why, but a small  amount of her resented him for it.

After Holly got married to James, Lily felt truly alone. Holly was busy  being a newlywed and planning for children, and their father was little  more than a ghost that occasionally needed bailed out of jail or bill  money.

"Lily?" The mellifluous voice on the other line asked.

Her sister's sweet and kind voice had Lily erupt in tears that refused to stop.

"Honey, what's wrong?"

Her words were comforting and loving, just as they had always been. Rain  began to pour, and Lily worked her key in the door with a shaking hand  as she grabbed the now wet and curling piece of paper.

"My shop … they want to take it." Lily choked out, her words stuttering.

"Be right there." There wasn't a trace of annoyance or anger in her sister's voice, something she was thankful for.

Lily fell into the nearest chair as she dropped her heavy head in her  hands. Her heart throbbed and her throat clenched. She didn't have too  much time to fall into a nadir of despair as Holly came running in. She  had Lily's nephew, Bryce, sitting on her hip, the three year old in the  same miserable state that Lily was in. She must have woken him up  earlier than his usual time.

Lily imagined her sister waking up Bryce and dressing him quickly as she  put him in his car seat, and listened to him wail as she drove all the  way down to the store in the wind and the rain. She hated herself for  it.

Holly handed her sister her God Child, who seemed to calm down in the  arms of despondent company. He began to play with her owl-figure locket,  bringing a smile to Lily's face.

Her nephew had brought her joy. She was so excited when Holly had called  her, telling Lily that the countless attempts of Inv-tro Fertilization  had finally worked, and she was pregnant. Since then, Bryce had been  dear to both of their hearts. For Holly, he was a prayer come true, for  Lily, he was the person that had made her sister happiest. When Holly  told her that she was Bryce's God Mother, it blew her away.

"I knew he would make you feel better." Holly said as she reached for  the eviction notice. Lily gave it over as she looked at her dear nephew.

Holly read over the paper, and cocked her mouth to the side as she thought.

"You have thirty days, so we need to think of a plan." Lily looked thankfully at her sister.

She had been too panicked to even read what the notice had to say. She  cursed herself for being so reactive. She could have avoided this entire  fiasco if she had only calmed down enough to read what the paper had to  say.

Holly walked to the back of the bookshop and began to make the two of  them a cappuccino. The soft aroma of coffee lulled Lily even further.  She looked around at her second home. It had been everything that she  had dreamed of. She had even planned every book that would line its  shelves. The day she paid for the shop was the best day of her life. The  day she sold her first book was remarkable. Today compared to those had  been the most depressing day of her life. Her heart was in pain, and  she felt like a failure.

" If you get a job, you will make enough to pay rent and manage expenses," said Holly after thinking for a few minutes.

They decided on this plan as a way to save the store. Holly would run  the store while Lily was at work and Lily would take over for the last  few hours after her work ended. They knew it was going to be tough but  it was the only 'plan' they could come up with.

Lily was eighteen, and had just graduated high school, and was in her  first semester of college. In other people's eyes, she had the perfect  life. She had a full ride into college, and she was dating someone that  she cared about deeply. Lily and Alec Cross had been together since they  were fifteen. She was euphorically and deeply in love with Alec. He was  handsome, caring and unbelievably intelligent.

Besides Holly, Alec had been the person that had been there the most for  her. Whenever her father would start in on her, and Holly was at work,  Lily would climb out her window and would run to Alec's home. It blew  her mind how different their worlds were. His mother and stepfather had  loved and supported him no matter what. They never screamed at him or  got drunk and took their day out on him or his younger sister. They had  dinner each and every night, and expressed their love for them  constantly.

The fight hadn't exactly come out of nowhere. It had been the fifth time  that Lily had come home from working a five-hour shift at the Cookie  Hut, just to find Alec lounging on the couch, playing video games. Lily  had gone to school full time, worked part time, and had to study for  finals. All the while, Alec had yet to find a decent job. He had yet to  even look.

Lily threw down her book bag, and the screams just came rolling from her mouth.

"Alec what the hell!?" Her words made him jump.

"Hey baby. What's wrong? Bad day?" He asked in a warm voice.

Lily looked around. The apartment was a mess, and it had all been his. She had left it clean when she left before dawn.

"It wasn't until I came home! Alec, what the hell is all this? Why is  the sink full, why are you just sitting on your ass?" Her words were  bitter and acidic, but she couldn't stop herself.

Her feet were killing her, she was exhausted and she was irritated.

"Babe, I'll clean it up, I just haven't had time."

Lily ran to their room and locked the door as she slammed it. She yelled  while she beat her fists into a pillow. The tears came rolling from her  eyes, and her stomach hurt.

She leaned down onto the mattress and allowed the anger to wash over  her. Eventually, the exhaustion took her over, and she fell asleep.

As a few hours passed, she woke up, groggy and feeling pitiful. She knew  what she had to do, and she knew that she had to do it now.

Lily liked to have her life planned out to perfection. She had always  wanted to own a bookshop and was focused on that goal. She needed  someone who felt the same sense of purpose. She was looking for drive  that would motivate her. Unfortunately she did not find it in Alec.

As she made her way out of the room, the smell of cleaner rushed her.  The apartment had been spotless, and Alec stood doing the dishes. Lily  bit her lip as she looked at the man that she loved as she shook her  head.