The Billionaire's Baby (The Full Series)By: Helen Cooper
“Come on Sophie,” Ella called out to her friend. “We can’t miss the train. Maxwell will kill me if we do.”
“I’m coming. I’m coming.” Sophie grabbed her backpack and chased after her friend. “You didn’t really give me much time to get ready.” She was breathless as she ran down the path to the train tracks. She looked down at her shoe and saw her laces were untied but she didn’t dare stop to tie them. “Don’t fall, don’t fall,” she mumbled to herself as she followed her best friend.
Sophie and Ella had been best friends for fifteen years, ever since their first day at boarding school when they were seven years old. Ella had marched up to Sophie and linked her arm through hers and that was all it had taken. They had been inseparable ever since. Unfortunately for Sophie, she was still treated like the lost little girl she had been when they first met and Ella bossed her around like nobody’s business.
“Run Sophie. Run!” Ella screamed at Sophie as she jumped onto the train, her blonde hair flying. She reached her hand out to Sophie and grabbed her arm as she came running up to the train. “Jump.”
Sophie ran and jumped into the train, tripping over her shoes and falling into the carriage. She stood up as gracefully as possible and saw the other passengers in the train looking at her as if she were an alien from outer space. She grabbed her bag from the ground and sighed when she saw three more people get on the train casually.
“The train wasn’t leaving Ella,” she hissed at her friend embarrassed.
“Well, it might have started to leave and you’d be stuck here if you hadn’t run.” Ella spoke matter of factly and walked into the main carriage. “Let’s find our seats. I hope Maxwell hooked us up.”
Sophie sighed and followed her friend. She hadn’t wanted to come home with Ella for the break. In fact, she never wanted to go to Ella’s home again but she had found herself emotionally blackmailed into accompanying her friend to her childhood home in Iowa, instead of going to stay with her uncle and aunt in Florida. It had become a tradition for Sophie to stay with Ella’s family every Spring Break and sometimes in the summer as well. They had grown up together and after high school, they had both gotten into Columbia University in New York. Ella’s family had been kind enough to rent Ella a beautiful apartment in the Upper West Side and allowed Sophie to live there for free.
Sophie loved Ella’s parents as if they were her own but she was dreading seeing Maxwell, gloriously handsome and brilliant Maxwell. He was Ella’s older brother, by 8 years and Sophie had been in love with him for years. Only he didn’t know. And she wanted to keep it that way. He looked at her as his younger sister’s annoying best friend and Sophie knew she had no shot with him. He was the heir to a billionaire’s fortune, handsome as a model and as intelligent as Einstein was. He was also the one who had provided comfort to Sophie as a youngster, when she had been homesick. She smiled to herself thinking about their midnight snacks and scary story nights. What she wouldn’t do to get him in her bed now. She laughed to herself; mocking her fantasies and sat down next to Ella.
“What were you laughing at?” Ella looked at her curiously, twirling her long blonde hair in her hands.
“Nothing,” Sophie sighed. She wanted to ask Ella if Maxwell had a girlfriend but she didn’t want her friend to know about her crush.
“Sophie, thanks so much for coming home with me. It just wouldn’t have seemed right without you there. You know you are more like my family, than just a friend.” Ella clasped her hands and brought them towards her. “I am so lucky to have a best friend like you.”
Sophie’s heart warmed and she felt her eyes moisten. Ella really knew how to make her all warm and fuzzy inside. “It’s okay Ella. It will be a Christmas to remember I’m sure.” She checked the latest text message from her aunt and smiled. “And it will allow my uncle and aunt to go on that cruise that they have been talking about for years.”
“Yay. I am so excited. Let’s go shopping tomorrow. We only have a few days left until Christmas. I hope Maxwell talks my parents into buying me a new car.”