Missing Heiress (Chapter 4, page 1 of 19)


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Austin was exhausted when he returned to his spacious two-bedroom penthouse apartment on the top floor of the Gladstone Building. Living right upstairs from his office made it easy to get to work in the mornings and home at night. As it always was, the suite was immaculately clean, but then he had a cleaning woman who came in twice a week, did the shopping, cooked enough meals for a few days, and left them in the freezer for him to heat up.

His apartment took up half of the top floor, faced the front of the building, and had large, floor-to-ceiling windows. It held the usual living room furnishings with the exception of the large oak desk that faced his bedroom wall. The desk was a graduation present from Nick, as was the apartment, and Austin had added little in the way of decoration except for the life-size portrait of Nick that hung on the wall. It also came with piped-in classical music that went a long way toward relaxing him in the evenings.

The task of taking over the corporation without Nick's direction was overwhelming, especially at first, and Austin tried not to bring his work home. Yet, there was always something that needed his attention, even after he hired two more corporate lawyers to help him.

He didn't have much of a social life either, aside from riding his horse on Saturday mornings. He didn't go to bars, even the one downstairs, and had few single friends. He tried a dating service for a couple of months, which produced a disaster he would rather forget.

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