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The address was for a place a little outside of the city so it took him about fifteen minutes to get there

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The address was for a place a little outside of the city so it took him about fifteen minutes to get there. It brought him to an apartment building that looked like it had seen better days. Nicholas pressed the buzzer but got no answers so he slipped through the main door as soon as a couple came out.

"Apartment 123." he said as he knocked on the door and waited. He heard footsteps coming closer to the door then he heard children's voices and wondered if any of them was his child.

The door swung open and he was greeted by a young boy. Looks to be no older than seven years old.

"Tommy I told you never to open the door to strangers." said a middle aged woman as she gently pushed the little boy behind her.

"Are you Samantha McKenzie?" Nicholas asked

"No I'm not." she replied

He eyed her suspiciously.

"I was told I could find her here." he said

"There's no Samantha living here sir I'm sorry." she replied as she closed the door in his face.

"That girl moved out of four years ago boy. Pack up and left like the hounds of hell was chasing after her.” said an old man who was dragging a bag of trash down the hall which he handed to Nicholas without saying a word.

Nicholas stared at the garbage with disgust and made sure it got no where close to his suit.

"Do you know where I can find her?" he asked impatiently.

The old man looked at Nicholas like he was trying to figure him out. After a minute of starting at him he sigh and continued.

"I don't know her exact address but I know she moved back home to Oklahoma." he replied then he thanked Nicholas for helping him with his garbage then he turn and went back down the hall to his apartment.

Nicholas felt like he was losing his mind. This whole thing felt like he was on a treasure hunt. Each stop leading him to a next to find the clue for what he needed something desperately to find.

He got rid of the trash then drove back to the city. All the while making phone calls to have his people locate Samantha. He was glad he had connections in some very high places that prove to be quite efficient in important situations.

By the time he got  home to pack a overnight bag he was greeted by a very unhappy Penelope sitting on his living room couch.

"You've been avoiding my calls." she accused as soon as he closed the door and tossed his keys on the kitchen counter.

He poured himself a drink without addressing her. As he raised the glasses to his lips she released an annoyed screech that had him clenching his teeth to hid his own annoyance. He took a sip and turned and walked into his bedroom and of course she was right there when he turned around.

He walked to his closet and pulled out a small suitcase and threw a few items in before turning back to her.

“Nicholas!” she snapped

"I told you I'd call you Penelope, give me time to sort this out." he replied

"Sort what out? How do you plan to change what your doctor friend told you? Does he even know what he's talking about? Where exactly did he get his qualifications?" She asked

"Don't start alright. Sebastian is one if the best darn doctors there is. I trust him. I can't change what he said but there's a lot going on here that you don't know about." he replied as he pulled the zip and closed his bag.

"Like what!?" She asked angrily.

Just then his phone rang and he held up a finger and cut off whatever else she was about to say which she didn't look happy about.

"You found her? Awesome man I owe you guys big time, text me her address and fuel up the jet, I'm on my way to the airport right now." he said into his phone before hanging up.

"Found her? Who are you looking for?" Asked Penelope folding her hands.

Nicholas sighed and motioned for her to sit so he could fill her in on everything.

"Samantha McKenzie, she's the mother of my child, she lives in Oklahoma, I'm going to see if I can find her." he replied. He wanted so much for her to understand and show some form of empathy. He's not sure why he's surprised at her behavior though. They had never had that connection. They someone only came together because they walked in the same circles of life and neither demanded what the other couldn't or didn't want to give. Right now, he wanted the exact opposite.

"Your child? You don't have a child Nichols,with the news you got today that's one thing to cross off your bucket list.” she said drawing out his name in that annoyed way she does. “None of this is making any sense." she replied rolling her eyes.

Nicholas narrowed his eyes as he looked at her. Still he explained everything to her and watched as her face went from confused to disgusted.

"And you're just going to up and go find this woman and her child for what reason?" She replied

"How about the fact that that's also my child!" He replied in a cool tone.

"So what does that mean for me, for us? I'm suppose to sit here while you run off to Oklahoma to find some woman and what play family?" She asked getting up to glare at him.

"I'm not going to play family." he replied picking up his bag then walked out the room with her following close behind.

"Nicholas! I'm your fiancé and you're treating me like I'm a nobody in your life." she said as he grabbed his car keys and walked out the door.

"Maybe I'd have a different approach if for one minute you would have stopped to ask me how I'm feeling in all of this but instead from the doctor's office to this minute you've made everything about you!" he snapped as he threw his bag in the back of his car that was still parked in his driveway.

“But Nicholas!”

“I'll call you.” was all he said before he drove off and left her standing in his driveway.

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