The Billionaire's Love ChildBy: Cj Howard
He smiled. It was the first real smile she had seen since he saw her walking toward him when she came to the table. “I want to be there for as much of it as I am able to be. Obviously, I couldn’t be there every day, though I wish I could, but I would like to be involved as much as possible. I don’t want to miss anything.”
Marina nodded and smiled. “That sounds good. I like the plan you have. It fits well with my own goals.”
He looked intently at her. “What are your goals? What would make a beautiful young woman like you want to have a child on her own without a husband? May I ask?”
She looked down for a moment and then looked back up at him. “I haven’t been that lucky in love, to be honest. I was in love, yes I was. I loved that man with everything in me, and when he asked me to marry him and spend the rest of my life with him, I said yes, and I thought I was awake in a beautiful dream. But then my wedding day came and he left me at the altar, broken hearted and crying my eyes out.
“I wanted a family, too, Kevin, just like you, but those dreams were washed away with my tears when he left me there all alone.
“I’m focused on school and my career now, and I still want the family, but I decided that I don’t need the man to go with it. I would rather save myself the heartache, thank you very much, so I’m looking for an opportunity to have myself a baby and raise it on my own.
“Your situation appeals to me; I think it would be fine to have you around being a father sometimes. I think I would like to share the responsibility without having to be in the relationship. It seems like the best of both worlds to me, to be honest. I’m also glad to know that you would be taking care of all the expenses.
“That’s a huge relief to me, and something that I would really be grateful for. I wouldn’t get that benefit going through a sperm bank. You seem like a good man, Kevin, and you want your baby for good reasons, like me,” she said softly.
“Do you have any other questions for me?” he asked, leaving himself wide open.
“Not really. Not yet. I may later. Could I contact you anytime I need to?” she asked hesitantly.
“Yes, you could. I would hope that you would feel free to contact me anytime; you are certainly welcome to.”
“Then I have no questions. I would be glad to be the mother of your child.” She laughed at the silliness of her statement to this man she had just met, but she knew in her heart of hearts that it was the right choice and that nothing bad would come to her through him.
He stared at her for a moment, watching her blue-gray eyes, and her wide, warm smile, drinking her in, and then he nodded and leaned forward. “Okay, that sounds good to me. I’d like to be there for the obstetrician appointments, if that’s alright with you. As I said, I want to be there for as much of it as I can be.” He looked at her hopefully and she nodded.
“Of course. I’ll let you know when those come up,” she agreed.
Jacob pulled a thick stack of paperwork out of his briefcase and had them both sign two stacks worth of pages. There was one copy for each of them. They signed and sipped their coffees and made light conversation for a while, and after another half an hour, they were finished.
“Alright. I’ll head in to the clinic today to make the necessary deposit, and your procedure will take place a few days after that. Apparently, it takes a few weeks for them to come back with the actual results to let us know whether or not the procedure was a success, so I will expect to hear from you and I will be in touch with the physician that we have chosen for this project. She’s the best in the area. I have a good feeling about this.” He stood up and leaned in to hug her, feeling much more natural about it this time.
She wrapped her arms around him, closed her eyes and hugged him back tightly. “I think this is going to work out really well.” She released him, smiling up at him. She hugged Jacob goodbye and, as they were walking away, Kevin turned once to watch her as she strolled casually down the beach, her dress dancing around her in the wind, clinging to her curves, and her dark hair and skin shining in the sun. His heart felt warmer than it had in years, and he knew he had made the right decision.
Jacob thought the same thing and he said so. “You just did one of the smartest things I’ve ever seen you do, old friend. I’m so glad you did it.”
Kevin spent the next few weeks busying himself with his work and trying not to think about the procedure and how it had gone. He was working late in his office one night when there was a knock at the door. He looked up in surprise. He hadn’t been expecting anyone. “Come in,” he called out.