"How did you find me Tom and how did you get in ? What did you do to the door ?" Ella looked at Tom, then the brooken door hanging of one of the hinges, then back to Tom.
He smiled sheepishly. "I kind of kicked it, I knew something was wrong when you didn't answer, and I didn't have the time to get someone to open it, so I kind of thought that it always worked in movies".
"You could have hurt yourself and what is the hotel going to say ?" She looked at him.
He startede giggling and she looked at him like he was going crazy. "Sorry, I think it is the chok, but are you worrying that I could have hurt myself ? You know we are on the 14th floor right ? Don't you think you would have hurt yourself just a bit more ?"
She looked at him with wide eyes, the she started giggling to, she might have to stop worrying so much about the little things.
"And Luke helped me find you, he put out his feelers, we knew the press was looking for you to, and luckily someone spotted you entering the hotel". Tom said.
She sighted and looked at him. "Then what now Tom, what about the press and your career ?"
"Luke has a great idea and I actually don't think it will do any big difference to my career, and should there be someone out there who wont give me a part because of your past, I don't want to work with them anyway". He said.
"There is going to be photographers outside, but Luke is waiting with a car, and we go to his office and put together a statement and when we are ready we call for a press conference". Tom told her in the elevator.
She grabbed his hand and held it very tightly. "And Luke thinks that itbos going to help ? To have a press conference ?"
"He thinks that they will stop pressing for answers if we put out there that we know everything about your past and that we don't want to discuss it". He leaned in and kissed her hair.
When the walked out into the lobby she spotted the crowd outside and gasped. "Tom I am scared".
"I am right here darling, I promise that nothing will hurt you, ignore them they are nothing". He put his arm around her shoulder pulling her to his side.
They walked out the door, the noice was deafening and Ella hid her face against Tom, afraid to look, he walked briskly toward the waiting car.
"Tom how do you feel about the pictures of Ella ? Someone shouted, Tom just ignored him.
Someone else pressed himself forward asking. "Ella you claim you never did any drugs, is that true ?"
"Tom do you think it will hurt you career to be seen with Ella ?" Several of them were shouting.
Theynwere almost at the car, when someone asked. "Ella, Ella are you trying to use Toms fame to get back into the limelight ?"
Ella started crying, she couldn't handle this, Tom opened the car door and helped her i , he looked at Luke, who was sitting in the car. "Can you please take care of her, there is a slight change of plans".
Luke tried to protest, but Tom just closed the door, Luke pulled Ella into,his arms and padded her gently on the back, as she cried on his shoulder.
Tom turned to look at the crowd, they seemed surpriced he hadn't just fled, his eyes was ablaze with anger and his voice was trembling. "This circus stops right now".
"I know all about Ellas past, I have done for a long time and I don't freaking care, she is the most amazing woman I have ever known and she has done nothing to deserve your belittlement". He was almost yelling know and they seemed to be listening.
Tom was getting warm now and his presence was demanding everyones attention. "I have spend so very much time to get her to trust that she is save, to trust that I can protect her, and hell no if I will allowe you to break that trust".
"So I do not want to discuss Ellas past with you, I love her and I plan on marrying her, so you just have to accept it". Tom opened the door and got into the car.
Both Ella and Luke stared at him in disbelief, the Luke sighed and said drily. "And that is also a way to do it Tom".
"Sorry, I just got so angry, I really don't hope I made it worse". Tom looked apologetic at both of them, pulling Ella into his arms.
Ella rested her head against Toms shoulder, she was speechless, not only by the way the had defend defendedher so passionately with no concern for himself, but he had said he wanted to marry her.
"Well no reason to go to the office now, lets go to your place and see what happens, I call the office and make them send out something official". Luke said telling the chauffeur where to go.
Tom kissed Ellas hair and whispered in her ear. "I hope you are okay with it, I kind of lost it a bit".
"Did you mean it Tom, the last thing you said ?" She looked at him unsure of what to feel.
His cheeks were getting i bit red. "I kind of just flew out of me, I know it is kind of early to say something like that, but yes I meant it, and don't worry, that wasn't a proposal, when that happens you will know".
Ella hid her blushing face against his shoulder, butterflies going crazy in her stomach.