The Surrogate CEO's Child
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The story begins with the desire of a wealthy businessman, Alexander Prakarsa, to have offspring. Alexander has been married to Cesilia Chandra Wijaya, a famous model, for over five years, but they have not been able to conceive. The cause is not their health, but Cesilia's unwillingness to get pregnant out of fear that her slim and sexy body would change and stretch during pregnancy and childbirth. To protect her career as a model, Cesilia always refuses Alexander's wishes in various ways, even resorting to threats of divorce and self-harm if Alexander continues to insist. Alexander's love for Cesilia makes him yield, and without realizing it, five years pass by. However, on their sixth wedding anniversary, Cesilia and Alexander can no longer postpone having children. Meri, Alexander's biological mother, urges them to give her grandchildren. At the age of sixty, Meri is afraid of passing away before getting a chance to hold her grandchild from her only child, Alexander. Trouble arises when Meri continues to pressure Alexander, while Cesilia remains firm in her decision. Cesilia doesn't want to get pregnant, especially since she has just received an offer to become a brand ambassador for a popular body slimming product in Indonesia. She is expected to maintain her slim figure for the next two years. Alexander can't accept this because his mother keeps pushing him to have a child and asks him to divorce Cesilia if she doesn't want to get pregnant soon. Feeling pressured by Meri's demands, Cesilia finally asks Alexander to marry someone else so they can have a child, even if it's not from Cesilia's womb. However, Alexander refuses because he wants to have a child with Cesilia. Nevertheless, Cesilia persuades him to do it only temporarily, so that Meri will no longer disturb them or demand a grandchild. Cesilia also promises to quit being a model and focus on being a housewife once her contract ends. Reluctantly, Alexander agrees to this request for the sake of their marriage's integrity and to fulfill his mother's wishes. The woman chosen by Cesilia is Casandra, the daughter of a household assistant who has been serving Cesilia for a long time. In fact, since Cesilia was young, Lastri, Casandra's mother, has been working alongside her own parents. Cesilia chose Casandra because she appeared outdated and uncultured in Cesilia's eyes. Casandra, although beautiful, neglected her appearance due to working in the fields every day to help support her father's medical expenses and her younger siblings' education. Since Cesilia's parents passed away, only her mother was accepted into their home. Casandra, her siblings, and her father had to return to the village and live modestly, relying on farming and support from Cesilia's mother. It was easy for Cesilia to ask Casandra to become Alexander's contract wife and give birth to a grandchild for Meri. By simply recalling their gratitude and offering a sum of money to Lastri, Casandra could marry Alexander. The marriage would only last until Alexander had a child, after which Casandra could divorce him. After the marriage, Cesilia asked Alexander and Casandra to sleep in the same room whenever she was out of town or came home late. Alexander and Casandra agreed, although they never exchanged a single word. Casandra even slept on the floor while Alexander took the bed. However, Casandra took care of all of Alexander's needs, from clothing to food, and even the smallest details. This way, Cesilia no longer had to bother waking up early to attend to Alexander, who never liked being taken care of by domestic helpers. Two months into Casandra and Alexander's marriage, Cesilia became busier and rarely returned home, creating more distance between her and Alexander. Even when Alexander was hospitalized due to an accident and temporarily unable to walk, it was only Casandra who patiently took care of him, despite his constant refusal and disdain towards her. However, Casandra's persistence and innocence melted Alexander's heart, especially when the doctor announced that his leg had fully recovered thanks to Casandra's dedication in helping him learn to walk again. As a sign of gratitude, Alexander took Casandra shopping and transformed her into a stunning young woman. Day by day, Casandra's transformation and her endearing nature melted Alexander's heart, to the point that on Casandra's birthday, he gave her the gift of their first night together in a five-star hotel. While Casandra and Alexander's marriage seemed to thrive like any other, Alexander's relationship with Cesilia grew more distant. Casandra fulfilled all of Alexander's physical and emotional needs, gradually eroding Alexander's love for Cesilia, which remained untouched and distant. The distance grew even wider when Casandra became pregnant, and Meri showed more attention to her. At first, Cesilia paid no attention to it all, but when she discovered that she was also pregnant, Cesilia wanted to separate Casandra from Alexander. The news of Cesilia's pregnancy surprised everyone. However, they weren't happy but rather suspicious, as it was believed that the child was not Alexander's. Since Alexander and Casandra became a married couple, Cesilia had not fulfilled her duties as a wife. What's more, Cesilia's pregnancy was even younger than Casandra's. It was revealed that all this time, Cesilia had been using her own body to secure contracts in the modeling industry, her lifelong dream. The child in Cesilia's womb was confirmed to be from the owner of the well-known product that had made Cesilia their brand ambassador. With a heavy heart, Alexander let go of Cesilia and focused solely on Casandra. Although he still had feelings for Cesilia, she could no longer show her face to the public due to the shame of her lies being exposed. Cesilia became stressed and was admitted to a mental health facility. However, Alexander and Casandra remained by her side as close friends, helping Cesilia recover. They also helped raise Cesilia's child until she regained her strength and returned to her previous self.
Chapter 1 Part 1
"I'm disappointed in you, Cesilia!"
A man threw a magazine at his wife, who was in the midst of applying makeup to her beautiful face. Alexander Prakarsa, a thirty-five-year-old man, seemed unable to contain his emotions after seeing Cesilia's face featured in a beauty magazine.
"Why disappointed again, Lex?" Cesilia sighed, glancing briefly at her husband. "That shouldn't be the words coming out of your mouth. You should be proud of me instead of cursing like this."
"Proud, you say?" Alexander pointed to the magazine on the vanity. "You want me to be proud of all this? No! After you promised me to give up your entire career and focus on our pregnancy program on our sixth wedding anniversary. But instead, you accepted this offer, even though tomorrow is our anniversary!" he retorted, his face turning red and his jaw clenched.
Alexander felt the urge to vent his anger towards Cesilia even more, but he managed to maintain his composure for the sake of their marriage.
"Alexander, listen." Cesilia rose from her seat. "It's just a two-year contract. And becoming the brand ambassador for this product is the pinnacle of the modeling world. It has been my dream since forever. Didn't you promise to support all my dreams, Lex? So, this is the time." She straightened Alexander's disheveled appearance.
"But you promised me that you would let go of all this on our sixth wedding anniversary. And you also know that my mother is demanding a child from us." Alexander closed his eyes. "And you know that my mother is not young anymore, Cesilia."
"I know that. And I think two years will be enough for Mama to wait. Six years have gone by so quickly. Two years should be even easier."
"Alexander, let it go. I don't want to argue with you anymore." Cesilia covered Alexander's mouth with her palm. "Just two years, my love. I beg you." She gently caressed Alexander's firm jaw, persuading the man who always granted all his desires.
Alexander let out a heavy sigh. He pushed away Cesilia's hand that was dancing on his jaw.
"I can't give you any certainty!"
Unable to stop him, Alexander walked away, closing the door with a forceful bang.
Cesilia merely smiled, letting her husband depart. There was no ounce of her desire to follow in Alexander's footsteps. Instead, she reached for her bag on the vanity and decided to leave for work.
"Alexander, is this true?" an middle-aged woman confronted him, holding a magazine in her hand. Without any preamble, she approached Alexander, who had just descended the stairs.
Alexander nodded. His handsome face looked weary now.
"Cesilia took the contract with that product. So..."
"That means Mama has to wait again?" she interjected quickly.
"How many more years, Lex? Huh, how many more years? Mama is getting older, and so are you. Do you want your child to be born while Mama is already dead and you're using a cane? Is that what you want?" She struck Alexander with the magazine.
Did it hurt? Not at all. Alexander didn't feel anything as the magazine landed on his body multiple times. But his heart ached deeply seeing his mother starting to sob, crying upon learning that his wife, Cesilia, had once again postponed pregnancy.
Again and again. After six years of waiting with hope and dreams of having grandchildren, everything vanished. All crushed because of Cesilia's ambition, never satisfied with her career. Meanwhile, Alexander had everything that could guarantee their lives for generations to come.
"Two years," Alexander whispered softly. If he could be honest and be himself, Alexander wanted to cry. To release his disappointment over Cesilia's unilateral decision.
The sixty-five-year-old woman shook her head. "That's too long. And Mama isn't sure if she can wait. As you know, Mama isn't young anymore. Mama has been ill, Alex. So Mama begs you, persuade your wife to cancel that contract. And Mama is certain that, as a wife, she will follow what you want. The money you have is more than enough to pay the penalty."
Alexander simply nodded, forcing a smile so his mother wouldn't know that he could only comply with whatever Cesilia wanted. Afraid that Cesilia would ask for a separation, following her ambitions and desires was his solution.
"Don't worry. Mama will help you talk to her," Meri continued before she stood up and sat on the sofa. Seeing that Cesilia's car wasn't in the garage, she was sure the woman hadn't returned home yet.
That's alright. Waiting for an hour or two was better than waiting for another two years to have grandchildren.
However, Meri's patience was tested once again. Until midnight struck, Cesilia hadn't shown her face. Meri became more and more annoyed with her daughter-in-law.
Frustrated, Meri decided to rest in the guest room. Maybe she would talk to Cesilia in the morning to improve her mood from today.
At exactly two in the morning, Cesilia, who had just returned from a photo shoot session, snorted in annoyance upon seeing her mother-in-law's car parked in her house's garage. She could already guess why Meri had come all this way to her house.
"Is Mama here?"
Instead of greeting Alexander, who was sitting leaning against the bed, she asked. The man sat there, holding a laptop, waiting for Cesilia's return.
Alexander raised his face. "Why so early in the morning? Usually, you come home at the latest by midnight."
"This is a very famous beauty product. So, it's only natural that it took longer because there were so many preparations to be done. The photo shoot was the same. It couldn't be done haphazardly," Cesilia replied indifferently, placing her bag on the nightstand. "You haven't answered my question. Is Mama here? What's going on? Is she asking for a child again?"
"As a daughter-in-law, you shouldn't speak like that." Alexander finished his work. Aware that arguing with Cesilia would consume time and energy, he had to focus only on their conversation.
"As a mother-in-law, Mama also shouldn't force me to have a child. Because I have dreams I want to achieve. So I beg you, tell Mama that I can't get pregnant in the near future."
"What, Alex? If you want to make Mama happy, go ahead. I don't mind. As long as it doesn't involve me." Cesilia's voice grew louder. Everything she had received erased any goodwill she had toward Alexander.
Cesilia also forgot who she was and who Alexander was to her. Thus, she failed to maintain the commitment they had.
"If not you, then who else? I can't possibly give birth to my own child!" Alexander retorted, desperate due to Cesilia's constant conflicting desires.
Cesilia smiled. "That's a good idea, Alex." She approached and hugged Alexander. "You can have a child without me giving birth."
"What do you mean?"
"I will find you a wife so you can have a child without waiting for me. How about that?" Cesilia's eyebrows raised.
"Who's more insane, me or your mother, who always insists that I get pregnant when I'm not ready!" Cesilia burst out right in front of Alexander's face. "If you continue like this, it's better to divorce me right now, Alex!"
"I don't care what you want to say. If you want to have a child, go ahead. I'll find a wife for you. But if you don't want to remarry, be patient and wait. Or you can just divorce me if you think I'm crazy and can't obey what you say!"
Silence. Alexander tightly sealed his mouth shut. Cesilia's response was far from his expectations all this time.
"Is your wife that busy working? To the point that she doesn't have time to meet Mama? Mama has been here for two days," Meri grumbled, reaching for the tea in front of her.
No one knew how many times the woman had complained to Alexander because she couldn't express her desires to Cesilia. As a result, Alexander became the easy target for him to vent his heartache
"She said she's running out of time. The new product will be launching soon, so she's required to finish the photoshoot. Besides, tonight is our anniversary event. So Cesilia has to adjust her schedule entirely," Alexander explained lazily.
Honestly, he had no interest whatsoever in discussing Cesilia, who stubbornly clung to her desires.
Cesilia had even threatened Alexander several times with divorce if he continued to bring up the topic of having a child. Rather than destroying their marriage, Alexander might just follow
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