Blackmailed For Vengeance(5)

By: Marie Kelly

Yanis had given a small throaty chuckle

“You’re a very bright young woman Lee” he said softly “And yes, I do have a proposition for you….The cheques need never come to light if you do exactly what I tell you to do”

Lee sat silently her face grave

“Go on” she said

“I was wondering how I could make you suffer the way you made Jim suffer and then I realised that the only thing your type of women ever wants is money…so I am going to make sure that you have the life style you have always dreamed of, with access to as much money as you can spend”

Lee frowned, her face showing not only confusion but grim determination “Firstly Mr Demitri…You don’t know anything about me..” she began

“Oh I have met enough gold diggers in my time Lee to recognise one when I see it… so what happened did you find out that although Jim’s father owns a chain of restaurants he wasn’t really ever going to have enough for you to live the life you wanted”

Lee held back the retort which sprang to her lips, instead continuing in the same controlled tone

“Secondly how would that teach me a lesson?”

Yanis’s lips had curled as he smiled again, an unpleasant smile which made her shiver slightly

“I’m glad you asked….Then I will take it all from you and return you back to your old boring life and you will once again have nothing…only the memory of what it was like…and the desire to get it back… maybe then you will see what it’s like to play with peoples emotions, because a woman like you Lee will never have any more than this glimpse of the good life”

Lee had held his gaze, refusing to rise to the bait in his words “And for how long will I have to endure your privileged lifestyle” she had asked, her voice as contemptuous as his, as she had emphasised the word Your, seeing how his eyes had flashed angrily

“Well, you will never know…one day you will just be asked to leave in the clothes you first arrived in.. I will of course have them dry cleaned” he had added with a touch of disdain

“How very thoughtful of you” she had replied, her voice clipped and as cold as his before giving a short laugh devoid of any humour

“Wow is that your big plan Mr Demitri..” she had flicked her eyes over him, seeing how his face grew darker at the obvious sarcasm in her tone “so how will this all work?”

He had looked at her with eyes narrowed

“You are going to move in with me as my fiancée” he said, finally gratified at the sudden look of shock which filled her face

“You are blackmailing me to sleep with you” she cried in horror, her eyes staring at him

He had frowned angrily

“I didn’t say anything about you sharing my bed” he replied “I have never had to force a woman to sleep with me, and I certainly don’t intend to start with you” he said with complete contempt in his voice “Please don’t flatter yourself”

Lee had closed her mouth tightly at his rejection of her and sat glaring at him, before finally saying in a softer voice

“You are making a terrible mistake Mr Demitri. As I have told you all along that letter is about something completely different. It has nothing to do with any suicide attempt…why can’t you understand that Jim simply had an accident, a terrible tragic accident”

“OK, Lee” he said with the softness of a crouching tiger “then enlighten me. If it is really something else then tell me what that letter refers to”

Lee opened her mouth wanting desperately to tell him what she knew, to save herself from his plans, but had just as quickly closed her soft lips again sighing as she had known that she couldn’t betray the trust which Jim had given her, swearing her to secrecy. When everything had gone so wrong in her life, it had been Jim who had been there for her and who had helped her with his emotional support. If she told the man before her what she knew, then she would be betraying that trust and he would never forgive her and Lee knew that there was no way she could break her promise to Jim.

Lowering her eyes she had quietly whispered

“I promised that I wouldn’t tell. Only Jim can tell you”

“How very convenient” he said his tone dripping with sarcasm

“Well what is it to be. Do I call the police or should I start to make appointments for you to update your wardrobe”

Lee glared at him her eyes not even attempting to conceal the hatred she felt, making him laugh softly in triumph as he had picked up the phone

“Stacey, could you go ahead with the appointments we discussed for Lee Andrews” he said before sitting back to look at her

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