The Beautician and the Billionaire Episode 5: Scene 6b


Conor heard the line go dead. Why the hell would everything be okay after one night of solitude? Part of his mind said to let Charisse be, let her have her one night and everything would be fine like she said.

But the part of his mind that had made him his billions wanted him to push. Something was going on that Charisse wasn’t telling him about. He never trusted things to work out in his favor if he just sat back and watched. He’d watched Elise do whatever she wanted, and their marriage had unraveled.

He put his smartphone on his desk, leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. The memory of Elise’s first taste of extreme sports played out in his mind. They were parasailing on their honeymoon together, side by side. With cool ocean air hitting their faces as the boat picked up speed, they’d both laughed and held hands tighter and tighter. Her thrill and delight had been contagious and intoxicating.

But when they returned home, he worked long hours and she sought out riskier and riskier things to do. He went rock climbing or bungee jumping or whatever she wanted with her when he could, but other than the parasailing, he never caught the adrenaline high that she did.

She wanted to do more and more dangerous things like free climbing a cliff and hiking Mount Everest. By the time he cut back his hours to start a family like they’d planned all along, she was no longer interested.

Jack cleared his throat from the doorway.

Conor opened his eyes and pushed aside thoughts of Elise.

“Tomorrow’s schedule is done. I was going to head out. Is everything all right?”

Jack was probably the number one reason why Conor didn’t need to do much work anymore. Someday he was going to realize he could be a lot more than just an assistant.

Conor said, “If your boyfriend told you he just needed one night by himself and then everything would be okay, what would you do?”

“Take a freaking cab to his apartment and see who he was screwing. Why?”

Conor sighed. “That’s what I was afraid of. But I don’t think she’s screwing anybody. I just don’t know what’s going on. Unless…” A horrible thought occurred to him. Maybe Josh was coming by to see her tonight.

He stood up and shoved his phone in his pocket. “Could you do one more thing and tell Raul to pull the car around now?”


He didn’t wait for Jack to say anything else. He ran out the door and down the hall to the elevator. If he got to her salon while she was still working, he could find out about Josh before he arrived and get her out of there. She probably thought she could handle seeing him again on her own, but yesterday morning told him otherwise.

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