They would be married within the next two weeks. Any longer would risk her backing out. Duncan had everything prepared. Once their meeting was over he’d phone Mark to give him an update. Soon after his signature was taken on the wedding certificate, he would have the family estate that he’d waited so long to possess. The only other problem in his path was getting Tess to bear him a child.
The only solution he saw would be to make her fall in love with him. He would spend a great deal of time to make certain Tess Williams wouldn’t be able to leave him. Duncan knew she’d never leave a child. She had that maternal instinct he’d heard Mark talk about. He knew he could do it, and within no time he would have her in his bed, and then before she knew what was happening they could conceive his first child. All parts of his father’s will would be met.
His heir would be the final condition in his father’s terms of his will. Duncan would have full control over the family estate and business. He knew the first thing he’d do and that would be to cut off his money-grabbing stepmother. Once Miranda was out of the picture his mother would be back in her rightful place, where she belonged. Plans of his future began to map out.
The dreams he’d held onto for so long were so close to coming true he could almost taste it. Tess had no choice.
Duncan looked forward to getting Tess to fall in love with him. Her seduction would provide him with so much pleasure. The anticipation alone was enough to make him yearn for her.
Spending time with her wouldn’t be a hardship. She was sweet, beautiful, and it was his pleasure to bring her closer to him. Tess didn’t need to know what he wanted from her. He’d make sure she never doubted her position at his side. She’d be perfect as the woman by his side and the mother of his children. Once his place in her life, and the fulfilment of his father’s will, was guaranteed he would proceed with his own life. Duncan would take a mistress like his father had done before him, a woman to sate his appetite while Tess graced his own bed. She’d stay at home, and he’d be free to lead a life separate from the family. His plans were suitable to him and easily achieved.
The more he thought about them, the more he liked his plan. Tess need never know of his intent. He’d treat her with the utmost respect and care.
Everything sounded so clear to him.
He waited for her answer.
“Yes, I will marry you.”
He nodded, containing his smile. An hour ago it had seemed all hope was lost to him. Tess was about to make it all happen. The revenge he’d wanted for the last ten years was firmly within his grasp. For that he’d be deeply indebted to the woman before him.
“Excellent, I will get my secretary to contact you with the details.”
Duncan moved round the desk to stand before her. He noticed she took a step back.
“You don’t have to be scared of me, Tess. I’m not going to bite unless you want me to.” He leaned against his desk staring at her.
The drab suit did nothing for her curves. He’d make it his mission to fit her in the finest fabrics and silks. She had a body he craved to know every inch of.
“I’m not afraid of you.”
“Then why are you walking away from me?” he asked.
She stopped. Her hands fisted at her sides. “There, I’m not going anywhere.”
Duncan took a step towards her. She stood her ground. Her gaze dropped to her feet. In no time at all he’d closed the distance between them. He placed a finger under her chin and lifted her head up to face him.