Chapter Seven – Love Rules

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A gnome is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story tellers, but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that lives underground.Gnomes are a small people, smaller than dwarves and certainly more nimble and delicate by far. They have large eyes, and some may have oversized noses or ears as well. Their hands and fingers are nimble and quick, making the more industrious quite good at building things, and the more larcenous quite good at picking pockets .

In this chapter everything will be revealed already, whats really happening behind the scenes. All I can say is “You really cant fake feelings”

XOXO I will be back again in my studies tomorrow and I probably slow down for a bit with the translation. 🙂 Bear with me? Hehe

So here it is 🙂


Chapter Seven

Sonya was walking down the bus station when a metallic blue car caught her attention, halting her steps she looked at it. The tinted glass window rolled down, revealing the executive producer of Fantastic TV.
“We have to talk.”

“You have heard of Marshall and Romina?”

“Get in the car.” The woman said with a serious voice.

She went to the passenger’s seat. Sonya got worried on how Brenna was acting. When she contacted Brenna asking her to do something for Marshall and Romina to meet, the woman rejected her saying it was too expensive.

That’s why she had no other choice but to threaten her. She used the information she discovered about what Brenna did to eliminate one of her teammates on the reality game show.

“Are you still angry? Come on, it’s not really called a blackmail. That calendar job those two did gave Caitlin a profit. And if there love story ended up in marriage you can have the copyright to make their wedding a TV special. You are going to earn money.”

“Besides I will have to confess to him sooner or later that you aren’t really the promoter. That I was never in danger of being sued for millions of pesos because I slipped to a journalist who won the game. I will tell him that I only said that to make him agree to that photo shoot at the same time to finally learn what he really feels for Romina and have a date with her.”

Brenna smiled knowingly. “Marshall is either a good actor or he’s really enjoying her time with Romina. On the footage’s of the hidden cameras around them, he looked smitten with her, those feelings are hard to fake. Hell, he didn’t even for a bit look like he was forced being there. ”

Sonya agreed.

“The first time he saw Romina, she totally got his interest. And I know him, his behaviors when a woman gets his interests. And that attraction has only deepened when he watched the episodes of Fantastic TV.  ”

“Based on my information, Marshall had a lot pasts and he easily tires in a relationship. If ever those two gets into a relationship, I doubt it would last. Buts there’s a big possibility of Romina’s feeling to develop further. And that’s the reason I didn’t want to be a matchmaker for them. Once Marshall tires of Romina’s beauty-”

“Maybe, maybe not.” Sonya interjected. “Happily ever after or not, at least, Romina experienced being loved by Marshall. He is kind, caring, has a godlike patience and –”

“You still love him.” Brenna stated.

“Sometimes, I wish I were Brenna. When I came back to the Philippines he wanted us to start over. I think he tried to convince himself that I am the right woman for him. Unfortunately, I have learned a lot of lessons on FTV. One of them is to take what is rightfully mine. You cannot take what is not yours, it will only give you sorrow. Marshall’s love is not mine.”

“Did you hear that from Gareth McGuirre along with the info how I used him to eliminate one of your members?”

“No, I learned this from that person you had removed.”

Brenna face contorted in anger. “Let’s not talk about that person.”

“Alright, what do you want?”

“Do you know where the Gareth is?”

“No, after FTV we cut our communication. Besides why are you asking me, you have all files and information of all the players, right?”

“All information he gave me is fake. He doesn’t live in the address he gave, his phone is disconnected. The passports and IDs that he used are all fake. That why I had him investigated, do you know what they found out? There never was a person named Gareth McGuirre in the US. No one knew him or has seen someone like him. In fact, as far as the US is concerned, there is no Gareth McGuirre that ever set foot on its soil. He’s more like a figment of the imagination, no trace of him is ever to be found. As if he vanished onto thin air after Fantastic TV.

Sonya sat there silent. Who really is he then? Is that even his real name?

“Why did you want to see him anyway?”

“I will kill that man, strangle him. It was clear in our agreement that he would tell no one of our deal. In exchange of that I would own him a favor. This is a violation.”

“Brenna I think he told me that so you do not have to own him.”

Brenna looked at the road dumbfounded.

“That man is simply……” She shook her head in disbelief. “Enigmatic.”

Then Sonya saw her smile.

“I wonder who he really is.”

Brenna’s phone rang, answering it her smiled shone further more.

“Good! Just record everything. Wait, those camera installed, are they with night visions? …… Okay then. I’ll review tapes personally.”

Hearing that, Sonya had a bad feeling about it. “What did you do, Brenna? Don’t tell me even there room is hacked with cameras. That is not part of our contract.”

“Of course not, on our contract is intact. But on Marshall’s contract he agreed, it was clearly stated that whatever happens can be filmed.”

“He wouldn’t do that!”

“He did, Sonya. For you.  To prevent you from being jailed he sacrificed his privacy. He would also force himself to make love to a woman he doesn’t love just for you.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You really are dense, you know. Marshall is attracted to Romina that is true, but he doesn’t love her. He won’t be able to love another woman because the truth is you are the only woman he would ever love.”


When they entered the suite, Romina thought they would continue what they were doing on the front door. But Marshall went directly inside and to his bags.

Her phone rang.

“Romina this is Aurelia, I hope I’m not interrupting you with Marshall”

Looks like everybody knew they were staying in a room.

“But enough of that, did you know that most of TV audience are waiting for the news about you two in real life? The pair of you is one of the favorite couple in FTV. ”

“For goodness sake, you’re a part of Caitlin’s schemes?”

The first born Hawkins laughed. “No, I just heard from her, but when I heard that you are in Hawaii, I just had to call you up. I knew a well- known OB-GYNE, this doctor had helped a lot of women before. And guess what? He lives here in Hawaii. Do you want me to accompany you to see him, he can help you.”

Romina glanced at Marshall, she breathe a little when he went to bath. She didn’t want him to know of her condition.

“Thanks Aurelia but I have checked already with a lot of doctors-”

“Come on! This one is an expert really. Don’t lose hope.”

“I have a photo shoot tomorrow.”

“No problem. A dear friend of mine owns that calendar contract. And it’s okay with Kyle to delay it for a few hours. I will explain everything to him.”

With that Romina agreed. “Alright, I’ll just have to think of a reason for Marshall.”

“Oh, that’s easy. If he learns that I dragged you with me, he won’t ask anymore. He’ll just think we went on shopping or something.”

“Aurelia thank you.”

“This? It’s nothing. It’s just this pregnancy thingy, that’s why I’m quite fond of you.”

Aurelia? Pregnant? Who’s the father? Wait, is she married? Romina realized there are a lot of things she does not know when it comes to the Hawkins sisters who are weaving her fate.


Romina was disappointed on what happened between them that night. It’s because nothing happened. Nada. The man was a perfect gentleman. Yes they shared the same bed, but all he did was embrace her. He kept to his words.

When Marshall has fallen asleep, Romina snuggles up close to him remembering the first time they were together in that forest. Protecting her, shielding her from the harsh weather. But that is because he is Marshall; he would do that to anyone, so long as that person needed help.

But now he was doing it because he loves her. Romina smiled blithely. Her heart is so happy right now, a little more it would jump right of her chest. Romina couldn’t sleep.  A lot of good things happened to her that day.

First, meeting Marshall.

Second, his confession of his feelings to her.

Third, the kiss they shared

Fourth, the promise brought by the OB-GYNE,

And lastly, her enclosed in his arms at this moment.

If that doctor could help her, she had nothing to be afraid or worry of anymore. She can give up her teaching career in Caracas and live in the Philippines.

Her thought were interjected by Marshall’s mumbling.

“I promised your parents….” He whispered. Romina knew he was dreaming. “I won’t leave you… will protect you Sonya”

Hearing this, jealousy seized her chest tightly. Marshall doesn’t love that woman, but she would still be a part of her life. A rival she has be equal to.

No.

She have to be better, raise higher than Sonya, unequal, unrivaled on his heart. Romina will follow her mother’s decision.

She would never let Marshall go.


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