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Chapter 7 DISTRACTION

  • Still in a haze of desire, I step back into
  • the elevator to my office.
  • Leaning against the wall, I think back to
  • what happened in the parking lot.
  • Dordrich is really a warlock, never before
  • has a man robbed me of my senses, aroused my desires with a snap of his hand.
  • When I open my door I see Kaylah standing by my bookcase.
  • "Back already, Loraine? Didn't your appointment go through?".
  • I look at her sideways. "Go do your job, please. Try to get Danner on the phone and bring me the file of the new mall," I command her. Unfazed, she leaves to return later with the
  • requested file in her hands. I go through them with her and set up a staff
  • meeting for two hours later. When Kaylah is out of my room, I open a
  • well-concealed door on the side. It goes to my private penthouse, where I
  • usually stay overnight when I work late.
  • After a refreshing bath, I change into a new
  • suit and am ready for the meeting.
  • Sitting at the head of the table and looking
  • over the staff present, I notice that it is ninety percent male. How did it
  • come about, I wonder. I look questioningly at Kaylah who is sitting next to me,
  • she has followed my gaze and understood where my concern is. She shrugs and
  • begins preparing the file in front of me.
  • This
  • bitch! Isn't she in charge of the final endorsement when hiring staff, so why
  • is she pretending not to know? My eyebrow goes up as I stare at her. Again she
  • pretends she doesn't understand what I mean and starts the meeting.
  • An hour into the gathering and someone goes
  • off-topic.
  • "Loraine, remember you have to be at the
  • mall opening tomorrow morning. Don't forget, it's important for us. You're one
  • of the guests of honor and you can't cancel it". It’s Aziel, one of my top
  • advisors, reminding me. Aziel was my sex partner for a couple of months until
  • Danner found out and cut him off. To avoid an unpleasant atmosphere at work, I
  • let Danner have his way and Aziel drop out. I was surprised when he later
  • proposed to me, infuriated Danner and nearly lost his job.
  • "Now that Danner doesn't want to talk to
  • you, take him with you," Kaylah whispers in my ear, impossible for the
  • rest of the audience to hear. "Teach Danner a lesson, he'll be green with
  • envy." Aaahhh, so this Kaylah isn't as innocent as she pretends to be, so
  • she really knows some tricks.
  • I first think this isn’t a good move. My plan
  • is to fend the men off, so I can focus more on Dordrich. My previous resolve to
  • stay away from him has completely disappeared after the heavenly kiss he gave
  • me a few hours ago.
  • But then my thoughts go to all the comments
  • under the post on Facebook about Dordrich and me. Aziel can indeed be a welcome
  • distraction, I'm sure there will be plenty of press in attendance tomorrow.
  • Yes, I think I'll take Kaylah's proposal.
  • "Aziel, will you join me tomorrow, then?
  • I'm without a date and this is a business event". He can hardly hide his
  • happiness, the rest of the staff looks at him teasingly. Almost everyone at the
  • top knows about his marriage proposal. That day, after my rejection, he drank
  • himself to death and flew into a fence with our brand-new company car. Of
  • course, everyone wanted to know the details of the case, the police report with
  • his statement came into the hands of every staff member.
  • That idiot had honestly admitted to the
  • police that he had been rejected by me and got drunk because of it. "I'll
  • pick you up. Don't worry about your transport, I'll take you home tomorrow
  • afternoon too," he offers eagerly. A suppressed laughter sweeps through
  • the conference room, but Aziel doesn't seem to care.
  • "It's a pity I'm already married,
  • Loraine, otherwise I would have offered to accompany you myself", said
  • someone at my far right, Damian, one of the promising managers. A burst of
  • laughter goes through the hall, no one can suppress it anymore. Aziel turns
  • red, but it doesn't seem to bother him.
  • "Okay, agreed then. Don't be late",
  • I say, rescuing him from the awkward situation. The men leave the room except
  • for Aziel. When the three of us, including Kaylah, are left in the room, he
  • comes up to me and takes my chin between two fingers.
  • "Shall we leave together now?", he
  • asks ambiguously, looking longingly into my eyes. It has never been different
  • with him, although he has kept a safe distance for the past few months, his
  • burning gaze has always followed me when we met. I knew what that means, but I
  • didn't want to cause him any trouble with Danner, so I always ignored that. Now
  • that the latter is playing hard to get, I'm coming with the trump card, knowing
  • that he will burst out of his skin with jealousy when he sees Aziel standing
  • next to me. Tomorrow, I know for sure that the cameras will be pointed at me,
  • and show me in the company of Aziel. I also expect to make headlines in the
  • gossip machines again.
  • Some things never change!..