Chapter 15 - It's His Betrayal

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Richard sat in his hotel room quietly as he stared at the uneaten food in front of him. He had been horribly lonesome throughout the evening, and he wished he had someone to share it with. The closest he had was his assistant next door, but he didn't want to disturb her knowing that she was going to have a long day with him tomorrow.

He wanted Mia; there was no one else in his mind. No one else who could make him happier at that moment. But then there it was: the unbearably loud voice in his head that screamed to the heavens that she was unavailable, and she was going to be for a very long time.

Forever, he realized as Brett's painstakingly annoying voice outdistanced his subconscious and reminded him of the damn round cut diamond ring planned for Mia.

Richard shoved the dinner cart away and grabbed his earphones. He indulged in his favorite music at considerably high volumes and closed his eyes. He imagined a different scenarios with each song, and for a while, he forgot about his angst.

He recalled the conversation he had earlier in the day, the one with Ines after his interview. He was grateful for her company, and he was glad that Mia had someone like her to lean on.


Ines closed her notebook and stopped the voice recorder. She smiled and extended her hand. "Thanks, Richard. I can't wait to watch it!"

He shook it. "Sure, anytime."

She stood up and gathered the rest of her things as she prepared to leave. Realizing that there was nothing else to do for the day, Richard decided to stall her.

He cleared his throat. "Ines?"

She turned around. "Yes?"

"Do you really have to go?"

"Um..." She checked her watch. "I have some time before I'm due back at work. What's up?"

He gestured her to sit back down and she followed, placing her things on the floor near her feet. "I just want to get to know Mia's other best friend," he said teasingly.

Most of the production staff had left within minutes, and the two sat mirroring each other; they were both interested to hear from the other, and neither could have been more eager to begin the questioning.

"Does Mia know that you interviewed me today?" he asked.

She shook her head. "She never knows anything. Always confused or too busy."

"What's new?" Richard poured himself a glass of water from a nearby table and made another for Ines. He took a sip.

"Thanks," she said, taking it from him. She placed it off to the side, for when she'd be parched from talking. "Honestly, I didn't even know you knew each other until I saw those photos of you guys." She bit her bottom lip when she realized which images she had referenced. "I mean, sorry. They were just everywhere."

He shook his head reassuringly. "That's nothing. No need to apologize. Did she not talk about me, or?"

Ines frowned faintly. She didn't want to break it to him, but his thoughts were correct. Mia never mentioned Richard to her once, and it was surely going to cause a stir if she admitted it to the stud. She held herself back. "She did in passing. I'd just never put the pieces together." Her hands spoke along with her; a habit. "She's not very open to a lot of people. I'm sure you know that. It took me a while to figure her out myself."

Richard found himself reflecting on the thought. There was an itch in him that made him prideful for being one of very few whom Mia felt comfortable opening up to, but then he also kept in the mind the time they reunited in Elderslie, and that hadn't been the easiest ride to conquer.

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