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Ian was also glad that
Tori had brought in a lot of
new business and they could finally catch up on all the work that had backed
up. Ian and Richard discovered that
Through all of this, a very proud Richard Hull watched as his daughter captivated the board and assumed the position of the future CEO of Hull Enterprises. His daughter was back and she was better than ever.
She met with an interior designer. Every piece was chosen with her tastes in mind, and a little consideration was paid as to what Brett might like. She knew it was wishful thinking but a girl could dream, right?
With her plans for Hull Enterprises in place, her home found and furnished, the next step was decided.
With everything now in place, she decided to cut out of work early on Friday and go shopping. She treated herself to a new haircut and clothes ending the afternoon at the spa. Feeling absolutely spoiled, she went to the club. She was dressed in a pair of black leather pants, a blue silk blend low cut V-neck sweater that matched her eyes, black Bandolino leather boots, and a floor length leather jacket. She entered the club and scanned the area. It was an old converted warehouse on the pier. Tori had never seen anything like it. The dance floor was huge. Surrounding it were strategically placed bars. Above the dance floor were three other levels all looking down onto it. Two wide spiral staircases were located on opposite corners of the club and two glass elevators balanced the other two corners leading to the upper levels. The theme was tropical in nature with waterfalls cascading down the walls. There were tall coconut trees, other tropical plants, and quaint bridges that spanned over little ponds. Filtered jungle sounds and light misting all over the club completed the mood. When you looked up you found a skylight that covered the whole ceiling allowing you to have an incredible view of the sky. The second level had an arcade, ping pong and billiard hall, a bowling alley, and a skating rink.
The third floor held a food court and "Cornucopia", an upscale restaurant featuring an array of palatable feasts. The fourth floor had various intimate lounges where people could sit and enjoy a quieter atmosphere. VIP rooms were available as well for private functions.
French doors and windows ran from floor to ceiling along each level allowing you to venture outside and look out onto the river. The first floor opened onto a deck allowing you to walk along the boardwalk.
Tori was amazed with the place. It had every kind of entertainment that you could possibly want under one roof. And it only catered to adults at night. Looking around, she knew there was no way she would be able to find the girls in this place. Pulling out her cell phone, she pulled up Lauren's number and tried to track them down that way.
Lauren had tried for weeks
to get Tori to come out with them. But she was always told that she was too
busy. It was understandable. Their father, Gordon, had told them during the
After Lauren informed Brett
of how busy
Lauren, Brett, Alexi, and Adrian were upstairs just beginning to order their meal when Lauren's cell phone rang.
"Lauren? Hey- its Tori."
"Hey gorgeous! Where are you?"
"Well I'm at The Grove."
"No way! So are we." She looked around to see if she could spot Tori.
"Actually, I'm at the front door. Where are you?"
"We're on level three grabbing something to eat. You haven't eaten have you? The food here is incredible.", Lauren exclaimed.
"No, I haven't. Okay-well I'll be right up. See you in a minute." This was it. She was finally going to get to see Brett and hopefully spend some time with her. She excitedly made her way to one of the elevators.
Looking at everyone, Lauren told them that Tori was on her way and that she would be up in a minute.
Brett immediately felt her heart rate pick up. Tori's here? Okay- breath Brett- That right, nice- deep-. breath- Whew- That feels better. Okay you can handle this. "Oh my God-"
"Hey guys. How's it going?" Tori went around the table and gave everyone a hug, lingering a little longer when she reached Brett.
The waiter quickly came over, obviously in lust. "Miss, will you be joining us this evening?"
Tori nodded and waiters everywhere came running over to set a place for her.
Tori let out a little laugh and thanked everyone for their hospitality. Sitting down, she met four smirking faces.
"What?" asked Tori.
Lauren spoke first. "You know Brett is absolutely right. You are a heartbreaker."
Tori in all seriousness turned towards Brett, took her hand in hers and looked her straight in the eyes. "You know baby-If I was ever given a chance with you- there is absolutely no way I'd ever break your heart." With a wink and a smile, she placed a tender kiss on Brett's hand and then let go. Without another word, she nonchalantly picked up her menu and picked something to eat.
The waiter came over and asked if everything was all right. When he received an appropriate answer, he turned to Tori and asked if she was ready to order. Calmly placing her order, she waited until he was far enough away and fell into a fit of uncontrolled laughter. The laughter was so infectious that everyone else joined in.
When they finally calmed down, Tori apologized for what she had done. She didn't notice the look of disappointment in Brett's eyes. Brett had hoped that Tori was flirting with her. Instead she took the apology as Tori just being playing and not meaning a word of it.
After dinner was over, they
went down to the dance floor. They found a table and ordered another round
of drinks. Lauren had spotted a group of friends and said she would be right
back. Alexi and Adrian got up to dance because they were playing
"Look Brett, I'm really sorry for what I said up there. I didn't mean to embarrass you."
Brett looked at Tori. "Look it's okay. I understand. Can we just drop it please." There was a definite hint of irritation in her voice.
Tori lifted Brett's chin making sure she had Brett's complete attention. She tried again. "No Brett. I don't think you do understand. Yes, I am sorry I picked that moment to tell you. But I don't regret a word of what I said."
Tori moved her hand to Brett's cheek and moved in a little closer. "You have always meant the world to me." Brett tried to move away not wanting to hear the little girl speech again. However, Tori stopped her.
"Listen to me. I love you Brett...I've always loved you-I would do anything and everything to make sure your heart was never ever broken." Tori watched as a single tear made its way down Brett's cheek.
Thinking this was not where she wanted to have this conversation, Tori looked around the club and spotted what she was looking for. She grabbed their coats, got up, and took Brett's hand in hers. "Come on. Let's go outside and talk."
TO BE CONCLUDED in Installment Thirteen