Chapter 25: [REMOVED]

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A/N: Only the chorus of this song fits with the chapter, but I used it anyway because it's pretty perfect lol

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

I can try to pretend, I can try to forget

But it's driving me mad, going out of my head

All the things she said, all the things she said

Running through my head, running through my head

~"All the Things She Said" T.A.T.U.


My blood ran cold, even as anger heated up my stomach at the sight of Lexi’s smug face.

I was so shocked and furious I was literally shaking, but my feet were rooted to the ground as she turned to walk away with the man by her side.

Probably another happily married man she’s seduced, I thought, clenching my hands into fists.

“Want me to go scare her a little?” Roman’s voice broke through my thoughts. “I can’t hit her, obviously, but I can be quite intimidating if I want to.”

I looked up at him, cracking a tiny smile at the serious expression on his face. “Thanks, but I can handle it,” I said, my voice hard. Without waiting for a reply, I stormed over to where she’d stopped at a food vendor. Resisting the urge to yank her around and bitch slap her, I settled for a rough tap, almost a push, on the shoulder instead.

Lexi whipped around, looking annoyed. “Oh, it’s you again. What do you want?” she asked.

“Why?” I demanded.

She stared at me like I was crazy, while her date just looked confused. She didn’t recognize me. Not that I should’ve expected her to, considering I’d only seen her once and she probably hadn’t gotten a good look at the crazy crying girl running out of the restaurant that night.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” she said coolly.

I crossed my arms over my chest. Bitch slap. Now! my mind yelled at me, but I held back. I felt Roman come up behind me, his scent calming me down a little, but to my surprise, the man Lexi was with broke out into a smile.

“Roman! How are you?” he asked jovially, holding out one hand.

Both Lexi and I turned to stare at Roman, who now had a polite smile on his face. It looked jarringly out of place with the giant pink pig in his arms. “Mr. Henderson, it’s a pleasure to see you again,” he said, reaching out to take the man’s hand.

Wait. He knew him?

“How is your father? I haven’t spoken to him since we had that business summit inSwitzerland,” Mr. Henderson said, shaking his head.

“He’s doing well, thank you for asking, though he’s busy as always.” Roman flicked his eyes toward me. “As a matter of fact, he wanted to ask you about the Wyatt-Triage merger last week…” He led Mr. Henderson to a bench out of earshot, talking about some business concerns the whole way.

Gratitude seeped into my pores. It was obvious he wanted me to speak to Lexi without an audience.

“I’m sorry, but I have no idea who you are,” she now said, tossing her hair over her shoulder.

Right. Back to the task at hand. I leveled her with a glare that could’ve slain a hundred dragons, had they actually existed. “No, but I know who you are. Lexi, right?”

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