Her Russian Billionaires #3 NIKO(8)

By: Susan Westwood

Destiny almost choked. Attend to his needs? Nikolai turned a smile her way. That wasn’t helping. “I’m sure I’ll be better tomorrow. Sorry, I’m not at my finest.”

“Okay. So let’s get down to it. Destiny knows everything there is to know about the company. She also knows a lot about the personal life. Destiny, please close the door.”

Nikolai was on his feet. “I’ll do it.”

He returned a moment later. He stared at Yuri, not giving Destiny a glance, which she appreciated. Right now, all she could remember were the sounds she’d made as they had sex last night. She swallowed hard, dragging her concentration to the present.

What hellish thing did she do in a former life to have this happen?

“Nik, the part of this I haven’t told you, is that I have cancer. I will probably survive it, but I want to expend all of my energy fighting it. That’s why I called you back to take over the company.”

Nikolai’s mouth dropped open. That was pretty much how Destiny had felt yesterday. That’s what had her fleeing to a bar last night. That’s what had her fling herself into Nikolai’s arms last night. Again and again.

He hadn’t been kidding about doing nasty things either. She’d loved every one of them. They had all made her forget about how her life was going to change soon.

“Oh, my, Dad. I had no idea,” Nikolai said.

“I’ve just been diagnosed. I have a good prognosis, but you understand that I’d rather be at home with my wife than here.”

“Of course, Dad. I get it. I’ll do what I can to make this easier on you.”

At least Nikolai was a good son. He seemed as if he was willing to run Alman Enterprises for Yuri. Still, she wasn’t sure that she would still have a job at the end of this. Why would Nikolai want to keep her around? As a memory of their one night?

What a mess. The first time she sleeps with someone she’d picked up at a bar and he’s the boss’s son. Her new boss. What the hell? Yuri went on, talking about what he envisioned for the next few years of the company.

“Of course, when you run it, you can do what you want. It’s yours and I understand if this isn’t what you want to be doing.”

Nikolai frowned, then glanced at Destiny. “Let’s just say that I’m not sure what I want to be doing. I’m at a crossroads, so this might be good timing. I’ll find out if I can hack it as a CEO.”

That didn’t warm her heart. He was doing this out of duty and doing it because he had nothing better to do. Nice. Guess she better update her resume.

“I have the utmost faith in you Nikolai. With Destiny by your side, you can do this. She’s been invaluable to me and she’s the most loyal assistant I’ve ever had,” Yuri said.

She sounded like a puppy. Well, they had done it doggy style once last night. Will this day never end? Could she fake a seizure and get out of here? No, this was Yuri and she had to reassure him that she would work with Nikolai.


She smiled at Nikolai, her best fake smile. “I’m sure we’ll be fine, Yuri. I’ll do my best to make this transition smooth.”

Nikolai only glanced at her. Was he as uncomfortable as she was? She hoped. Finally she was able to leave the office. She went into the ladies’ room to splash some water on her face. She took a deep breath, trying to ground herself.

“You can do this, Destiny. You can do this and then find another job.”

Then someone knocked on the door.


Nikolai stood outside the ladies’ room door. Destiny had escaped into it after their meeting. He wanted to reassure her that he wouldn’t give up their secret.

Destiny opened the door, looking less harried than she had in Yuri’s office.

“You okay?” he said.

She nodded. “I need to get back to my desk.”

He put a hand out to stop her. “I’m not going to say anything.”


She brushed past him. He couldn’t blame her for being uncomfortable. He was a little nervous also, though if anyone knew, they would pat him on the back. Why was it such a double standard? Women should get high fives for the guys they bed also.

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