Chelsey was coming down the stairs when she saw her step-father come in through the front door. She stopped and watched him as he paused to remove his jacket and read the mail. Roche’s words, “I wonder who your next unsuspecting victim will be” played in her head.
It still irked her that Roche had rejected her. So, what if she had sent a video of him and her having sex to his fiancée? She was just trying to get him to see that he belonged with her instead of that dull redhead.
Her mouth tightened when she remembered what he had called her. “You’re a twisted and disturbed little girl.” How dare he say something so wretched about her? If he were standing there in front of her now, she would scratch his eyes out.
Gideon looked up suddenly and was startled to see her standing there. “Chelsey? Is everything all right?”
She shrugged and came down the rest of the stairs. “Why shouldn’t it be?”
“It’s just that you looked a bit upset, that’s all.”
“Oh, it’s nothing. I ran into someone and we had a few words.”
“I see. Well, cheer up. It’s the season to be jolly.”
“I hope you and Mother weren’t terribly disappointed that I want to spend Christmas here instead of somewhere else.”
“No, not at all. We can always spend it somewhere else next year if that’s what you want, Chelsey. Your happiness matter a great deal to your mother and me, Chelsey.”
She smiled. “Thank you. I love spending Christmas here in England. I love going to the Christmas Markets, especially Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, ice skating at Somerset House and window shopping at Duke of York Square. This year, I’d like us to go to the Carnaby Christmas Festival.”
Gideon smiled. “You mentioned some of the many reasons why I love celebrating Christmas here too. Sure, we can go to the Christmas Festival and anywhere else you’d like to go.”
“Well, I’m off.”
“Where are you off to?”
“I’m going for a walk.”
“Are you going to be warm enough?”
“I’ll wear my coat which is very warm.”
“All right. Enjoy your walk.”
“Thanks.” And she walked past him.
He headed for the drawing-room where Ruth was relaxing on the sofa. “Hello,” he greeted her as he crossed the carpet to kiss her on the cheek.
“Hello. Did I just hear the door again?”
“Yes, that was Chelsey. She has gone for a walk.”
“How are things between you two?”
“Much, much better.”
“Yes. As a matter of fact she was just telling me that she wants to go to the Carnaby Christmas Festival.”
“She used to love going there with her father.”
“She wanted us to go there this Christmas.”
“That’s a great idea.”
“I think you and she should go.”
“Don’t you want to come too?”
“I think it would be better if it were just the two of you. It would give you a chance to bond more.”
“All right. Hopefully, she wouldn’t mind.”
“It’s an opportunity for the two of you to become closer so I don’t think she would mind. Besides, I can sit by the fireplace and finish reading my book or just listen to Christmas carols.”
“That sounds good. Well, It’s a good thing I finished wrapping my presents and putting them under the tree. There doesn’t look like there’s any room left.”
Ruth smiled. “We always did have a lot of presents under the tree. As a child, I loved to see mountains of presents, especially when most of them were for me.”
“Come to think of it, so did I and it always made me thankful that I had so many presents. There were lots of kids who didn’t.”
“Speaking of kids, I was thinking of doing a toy and clothing drive for mothers and kids living in homeless shelters. Chelsey has already given me her stuffed toys and clothes she has outgrown. When you get a chance, see what you can part with.”
“Sure. I’ll go and do that now.”
“There’s no rush. It can wait until after dinner, you know.”
“What’s for dinner?”
“Steak and Kidney Pie.”
“You’re right. It can wait until after dinner.” He sat down in the armchair beside the fireplace.
Half hour later, Chelsey returned from her walk and they sat down around the dining-table to enjoy the Steak and Kidney Pie which Ruth had prepared.
Source: Guide London