Amy stood in front of the fire, the flickering light dancing around her body as she gazed down intently at Nicholas. His eyebrows furrowed for a fraction of a second, then he chuckled and ran a hand through his wavy brown hair.
“You’ve got spirit, I like that.” Nicholas laughed. “A proposition, huh? Well let’s hear it, I’m intrigued.”
Amy did not enjoy being talked down to.
“You owe over 100,000 dollars,” she said coldly. “I don’t think the people looking for it will be satiated with your little grin.”
His smile faltered slightly, the joking in his eyes wavering as he looked at her warily.
“You have no way of getting that much money,” she continued. “I can offer it to you, plain and simple. Not now, but soon…sooner than anyone thinks,” she added, almost to herself. “All you have to do is a small favor for me first.” Amy licked her lips. This was her chance. She could see it all so clearly, laid out in her mind as if planned out by God himself.
“I need you to convince everyone that you are in love with Tanya. You’re crazy about her. Love at first sight. Charm her, go after her one hundred percent. It won’t be easy, but I think you can do it.”
Nicholas raised an eyebrow. “This is interesting,” he commented dryly. “Tell me why I need to waste my time on some sisterly prank?”
“Do you think I’m stupid?” Amy tossed her hair impatiently. “One, because you need the money. And it’s not a sisterly prank. It’s about much more than that…how do you think I’m going to get that much money? This is about my entire future, the future of this family…” Her eyes snapped back to his. “But you don’t need to know all that now. All you need to know is how to convince this family that you and Tanya are made for each other.”
He crossed his arms and smirked. “And what if I actually fall in love with her?”
Nicholas grinned again. “Sorry, no deal.”
“Take as long as you like,” Amy said coolly. “We both know you’re going to say yes eventually. You need it too much to -“
“Don’t tell me what I need, as if you have any idea.” Nicholas cut her off, eyes flashing suddenly. “Silly little girl, I don’t know what you’re plotting in that twisted mind of yours but nobody tells me what to do.” He took a breath and seemed to regain composure. Slipping back to his old charming self, he continued. “I’m sorry I can’t help with your sister. Maybe I could pretend to fall in love with you.”
Amy regarded him silently. This response was unfortunate and to be honest, she had expected more of him. But she could move on to plan B. Amy had done her research. The minute she had clapped eyes on him at Thanksgiving, she had known that there was more to his charming, easy smile than met the eye. All it took was a little digging to find exactly what she needed.
“It’s too bad you feel that way.” She sat down on the couch next to him and looked earnestly into his eyes. “I thought we could be real partners in this Nick, but apparently that’s not in the cards. So I guess we have to do it this way.” She smiled, almost despite herself. This was too much fun. She leaned over and whispered something in his ear.
A few minutes later, they re-entered the library to join the rest of the family. Nicholas, looking tired, but charming as ever, slipped into a chair next to Tanya.
“Tanya,” he said in a defeated tone, “I must say you look beautiful tonight.” Does he effectively convince the family he’s in love with Tanya? Please return to the top of this episode to vote on what happens next!