A young nurse meets her new patient.
"Would you like to order something to eat?" Zach asked when a waitress approached to them.
"No," Ciara said, "I'm not hungry." Her stomach chose that moment to let loose with a loud growl.
"Perhaps a hamburger, fries and a drink," Zach suggested.
"Perhaps," Ciara replied.
"What would you like to drink?" the waitress asked.
"Sprite," Ciara replied.
"Make that two of everything," Zach said. "One to go."
"What did you want to talk to me about?" Ciara asked anxious to get back to her daughter.
"I wasn't eavesdropping," Zach said beginning their conversation, "but I was sitting at the bar when I heard you talking to a woman that I'm assuming was your sister."
Ciara's eyes went dark and they started to fill with shame, she stood to leave.
"Please don't leave," Zach said reaching out and placing his hand on top of hers. "I really do think that what I'm about to propose will help both you and me."
"I'll listen but I can't think of anything you could come up with that could help me except a job," Ciara said sitting back down at the table.
"I think once you hear what I have to say, you'll change your mind," Zachary said.
Ciara sat in her chair not believing what she was hearing, not believing what Zachary wanted her to do and not believing that she was considering doing what he wanted.
"Where would we live?" Ciara asked.
"We would spend time both here and in the U.K.," Zachary said. "I'm an American citizen because I was born here, but I spend six months here and six months in the U.K."
"You do know that I have a daughter, she's eight years old," Ciara said. "And, she'll be starting school soon."
"She can go to school here or she can go in the England," Zachary said. "That will be totally up to you."
"Why don't you want to marry the woman, your mother wants you to marry?"
"I don't love her. She seems to think that I belong to her whether I like it or not and I can't deal with that attitude. I'm also doing this to shake my mother up. She needs to learn that she can't control my life."
"So, your marriage to me would serve two purposes," Ciara noted. "Fulfill the condition of your father's will allowing you to inherit and show your mother and this other woman, they can't control you."
"Yes," Zachary said. "And for you it would provide you and your daughter with a place to stay and financial security for the next two years because I will give you a monthly allowance and a bonus at the end of the two year term of our marriage. Allowing you and her the chance to start off with a better future."
"This marriage will be in name only," Ciara confirmed.
"Yes," Zachary replied. You and Emilee would have a wing in both my homes."
"What about dating?" Ciara asked. "I know that our marriage will be in name only, but I have a daughter. I'm not going to lie to her about why I'm marrying you but, people will talk, and they can be cruel and I don't want her to have to deal with gossip or to read about you and other women in the newspapers or to hear about it on the local news."
"I understand," Zachary said. "And I promise to be discreet."
"Why don't we agree that there will be no dating during the two years we're married," Ciara said.
"The entire two years?" Zachary asked visions of blue balls filling his head.
"I think that would be best," Ciara said. "That way we won't have to worry about anything being reported or printed. If you can't live with that, we shouldn't start this."
"Okay," Zachary said seeing Ciara's determination to protect her daughter. "What about Emilee's father? Will he go along with this and her being out of the country?"
"Her father is dead," Ciara replied not offering any more information about Emilee's father. "But, I'm not going to do this if Emilee doesn't agree to it."
"We also need to draw up and agreement and we both sign it," Ciara said, "so there will be no confusion about what's expected."
"I can arrange that," Zachary said pulling out his cell phone and dialing a number.
"Aren't we going to need passports to travel to Lon