Someone Else's Shadow by Monica James

Someone Else's Shadow by Monica James

Author:Monica James [James, Monica]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Monica James
Published: 2018-08-09T00:00:00+00:00

One Week Later

This is a bad idea.

My week was spent working alongside Cayden as he exercised his notable dominant nature not only in the office but at home as well. Once our day finished, I was surprised when he came over after dinner to work on the house. I told him not to worry, as I saw how hard he worked during the day, but no matter how exhausted he was, he came over without fail.

Since that night on the balcony, the night of our sort of kiss, he’s been a little distant, so I haven’t spoken about it. Or the fact that I have my own private surveillance. I can’t help but feel he’s making himself scarce because he needs space, so I don’t push. Instead, I enjoy his company and focus on work.

The deliverymen, who Cayden knew on a first-name basis, came with endless supplies for my home and weren’t even bothered by having to make numerous trips back and forth each time. Most of it was wood, plaster, and roofing materials—the essentials to get this show up and running.

I did what I could, and I couldn’t help but notice how pleased Cayden was when I asked continual questions. He suggested we work on the bathroom first. He noted that the plumbing could stay where it was, which meant it just needed a cosmetic renovation.

That sounds easy enough until we began ripping out the tiles, which was a backbreaking job. Even though I managed to use every swear word under the sun, it felt liberating to destroy something, knowing it was for the greater good. Cayden remarked that once we were done, I wouldn’t recognize this place as the outdated, derelict shack it currently is.

He said it would take a week or so to get the bathroom back to pristine condition. In the meantime, he offered his home as an alternative whenever nature called. We only stopped to gulp down bottles of water as we were both eager to get back to our project.

As we were ripping out the sink, he suggested we do the kitchen next. This was going to be the most expensive room to remodel, he said. I told him he’d better give me a pay rise then.

We worked alongside one another as a dynamic force, and I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was a fast learner.

Everything was going great, better than great, but when he mentioned my bedroom, dread churned in the pit of my stomach because touching it almost felt sacrilegious. Like I was disturbing a holy place. The moment he saw my hesitation, we came to a compromise. His priority would be to fix the balcony after he confirmed my fears that it was seconds away from collapsing.

Even still. The thought of him tearing up the place I know every night for the past twelve days he’s kept under watch punches a hole straight through me. But eventually, I agreed.

The day was turning out to be the best I’d had in a long time, and with my mind distracted, I didn’t realize how late it was.


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