There was a knock on the girls door. Kali looked at James then to Brnadon and went to the door to answer it. She wasn't expecting anyone since her brother and James was here already. When she opened the door a maid stood there with a letter and handed it to Kali. She read the name on the fron that had hers and her brothers name on it. She opened it up and began reading it and she turned white as a ghost.
Brandon looked at Elizabeth, he turned his head to watch his sister and saw her just stop and look like she saw a ghost. He stood up and went over to her "what is it?" he asked her
SHe handed him the letter and looked at James with tears in her eyes.
Brandon read through the letter "shit" he muttered under his breath.
James took a breath. "I sense that he is coming to test me, to see me for himself. my mother warned me of this. it is the final step when the potential bride is from a wealthy family. first is to make sure they come from good stock, despite parentage. I know I passed that one. secondly, I have to obtained my own wealth and be independent to ensure I can be a good provider, not just of children of course. I most likely passed that as well. third step would be seeing how easy I am to scare off, and the fourth would be to size me up, make sure I am as good as others claim me to be. I suspect those last two steps are why he is coming here." He put on a brave face for kalis' sake.
Elizabeth sighed. "I overheard my father planning to do the same should I find a suitor of my own."
Brandon nodded "yes thats about right" he says. "My father is a prick" he says "He also stated that he has someone lined up for Kali" he says "whether that is true or not i dont know, it might be his way of getting to you" he says. He looked at Elizabeth "and have you told him you were being courted?" he smiled at her. He wasnt afraid of her father, because he had one that was the same way.
Kali hoped it was a test for James. She doesn't like her father's taste in men.
"good" he says "you need to stand your ground to him, so him no weakness" he says. he walks over to Elizabeth and takes her hands and kisses them. "and you will give me a heads up that he is coming right?" he smiled at her.
Kali looked at James "i dont think he is joking" she says to James. "he would rather pick my suitors then me find one i really liked" she told him.
James looked at kali. "my mother told me about that. Her father had the same plan. if the suitor selected by the bride gives up or just bails, then they have the right to pick their suitor, not trusting their taste in men. it will not come to that for I plan to stick around."
she shook he head "no James you dont understand" she says "my father gets what he wants he always does" she says "he will win this and push you out" she says "all this, you what freedom i have had, is all his game" she says "he can take it all away if he wants" she says and wiped tears away.
he kissed her lips "good" he says "though i wont be mad if you forget" he winked at her. He heard his sister and pained him to know she was right about it all. "i love you Liz"
James narrowed his eyes. "It is like my father says the bigger they are, the harder they fall. The king always looses his crown in the end. The harder you hold onto something, the more it fights. He needs to learn that lesson before it is too late. Besides, I am more valuable than most realize." He showed her a photo of the five star restaurant he owned. "It is part of a whole chain, the most famous one in the entire land. My family is in the top three wealthy families. As for which, I'll leave that to be a surprise. Most importantly, I will not back down. He will see that for sure."
Elizabeth sighed with a faint smile. She saw the photo and gasped. "Is that la délicatesse de la fleur d'or?! That's the current top French restaurant chain in the land!" She looked at Brandon.
James hugged Kali. "I love you too." He looked at Elizabeth and Brandon. He nodded. "It's why so many wealthy girls flirted with me in the past. If anyone knew that I owned that place, they'd be trying to get me to marry their daughters left and right."