Thursday came sooner than expected and Andrea noticed that she was slowly getting used to the pattern. As monotonous as it seemed it was less stressful than her former job and she couldn't help liking it.
Dalton was beginning to be a major part of her day. He always came to get her during lunch and waved her goodbye as she left for the day. He was jolly and nice enough that she noticed she was beginning to enjoy his presence.
She heard the elevator open. It was break time already, she had hardly observed that time was fast spent. His footsteps hit the floor with a soft tap as he made his way to her. She thought it sounded a bit different but it wasn't enough for it to pique her interest.
Still typing away she called out, "Hello Dalton, I didn't think it was lunch already."
The footsteps stopped abruptly. "Dalton?" She heard.
Andrea jerked her neck upwards so fast her head spun but the spinning didn't prevent her from seeing who stood just a few feet from where she sat.
Her body froze and she would have sworn she saw stars but that was probably the dizziness from jerking her head too hard. Her breath caught and for a few seconds, she forgot who she was or where she was.
He was looking at her and Andrea could see the frown in his eyes but then he quickly turned his eyes away. His reaction snapped her out of the trance. "Mr. Lyc," she retorted but he was already heading to his office, even her call didn't slow him down.
She quickly got around the counter, rushing to keep up with him. She wasn't sure if it was okay to follow him but she didn't know what else to do. She managed to make it into the office just as the door was about to close.
"Mr. Lyc!" She repeated, standing inches from the closed door as she watched him take a seat. He looked so exhausted that she felt sorry for him.
"Lucian," he muttered as he sat down. He rubbed his forehead and ran a hand through his hair.
"What?" Andrea called out. His response had been so unexpected that her mind didn't register the meaning at first. He didn't repeat himself, just stared daggers at her as he once again rubbed his temples. "Oh, right, right! I-I'm sorry."
"Andrea, is there something that desperately needs my attention?" He asked.
It was the first time he was calling her so casually, she felt herself warm up. Andrea swallowed. What the heck is wrong with her? She didn't answer immediately but his gaze forced her to.
"N-no," she cleared her throat. When did it become this hard to speak? She wondered.
"Well then, if you would excuse me. I would like some time alone." He didn't even look at her as he spoke, just kept his gaze down staring at the screen of his phone. He loosened his tie around his neck, eyes still stuck to his phone's screen.
Andrea knew when she had been dismissed and she knew staying any longer would be to her own detriment. She puffed up in anger, annoyed that he couldn't have dismissed her in a less condescending way.
She left and practically slammed the door. Brooding all the way to her seat. She got behind the counter and brought out her phone. She texted Tracy but her best friend was too busy to reply.
She rolled her eyes and got back to work but there was really nothing that needed her attention. "Well, someone is in a terrible mood," Dalton said, jolting her from her thoughts.
She looked up to find Dalton's hand on the table, his head barely inches from her. She moved backward in shock and he threw his head back to laugh.
"I see you get a thrill from scaring me shitless." She said, smacking his arm.
"Well, what can I say? I am awesome." He replied, smirking immensely.
"How the hell does that answer anything? By the way, is it lunch already?"
Dalton wasn't dressed as a security guard today. He was dressed as a regular employee of the company. She had wanted to ask what he was exactly but the chance never arose.
"You know it. Also, you never said why you were all moody earlier, hectic day?" He asked, softly as he watched her get out of the chair and out the side of the counter.
"That's an understatement." She started to say but paused suddenly, she wasn't sure if she could say something bad about the CEO to Dalton. She barely knew him, he was just her lunch buddy.
"Okay? Worse than hectic." He added as they walked to the elevator.
"Close but not quite."
"Ugh! Hopefully, some food will cheer you up." He grinned, showing off his sparkling white teeth.
"I hope," she muttered and the elevator door closed.
Less than twenty minutes later, the door opened once again to reveal Andrea and Dalton. She was laughing hard at something he had said. "You can't be serious," she was saying. "That sounds too unreal."
"I am absolutely serious."
"Nah, I find that a little hard to…" She didn't finish. All of a sudden the phone went off with a loud ring. Instantly silencing whatever she wanted to say.
She literally rushed to the phone, picking it up as fast as she could. "Hello," she panted.
"My office, right now!" And the line went off.
She turned to look at Dalton who instantly got the idea. "I'll just go, later." He was off before she could stop him.
She took a deep breath and slowly began the treacherous walk to the door. She turned the doorknob gently, her mind spinning as to what this was all about. She couldn't think of anything she had done wrong.
She pushed open the door and swallowed, bracing herself for the worse. Less than forty minutes after his arrival and she was already hating this. She was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe the journey back was a little hectic.
"You called Mr. Lyc-Lucian." She muttered haphazardly, her nerves tied in a knot.
He raised his head, along with his brows, his lips a thin line and he spoke. "Where were you?"
It has been over three months since she started working for Lucian and it has been her worst time ever. From cleaning after him to making sure he attended meetings, to getting rid of the numerous girls he never seemed to run out of. The only moments of peace she had ever gotten were the first days she started working when he wasn't around.She sighed as she honked, barking curses at the driver who had abruptly stopped for no reason and she had almost hit him. He didn't even apologize as he drove away, flipping her off. "Ugh!" She yelled.She should be in her office typing away as usual but no, here she was driving through the freaking highway because some maniac had refused to show up for a meeting they had single-handedly set up.Less than five minutes to the meeting and she had not been able to reach him. His inco
The bedroom, like all rooms in the house, was huge with an even bigger bed. Everything was in place, only the bed and a few littered clothes were the only things out of place.Andrea tried hard not to think about the reason why clothes laid on the floor and tried to focus on the reason why she was in Lucian's house when should be having a peaceful time at the office, away from his antics."No?" She yelled back, her anger slightly sipping out. "You don't exactly have a choice in the matter. You're the one who set up the meeting, you can't just not show up.""No, I don't want to. I am sure you can make an excuse as to my absence." He mumbled and rolled on his front, planting his head sideways against the bed as he tried to cover his eyes with his hand."Oh no, you don't. G
She slowly made her way back to the room, worried that Lucian would still be in the same state that she left him. They were already twenty minutes late, she wondered how they were going to make it to the meeting without finding all the investors gone.She had told the Manager to try to stall long enough for her to get him to the company but she wondered how long he would be able to stall. She got to the door and carefully turned the knob, her heart in her throat.The sight before her left her stunned that all she could do was close the door as quietly as she could. She didn't want to make too much noise. The bed had been empty and there was only one reason for that, Lucian had gotten out of bed.She heaved a sigh of relief and leaned against the wall. Her legs slowly began to lose their grip and she sank to her butt
Andrea was grateful she was not the one driving; she would have been too edgy. However, getting a ride to the meeting also meant she would have to come back to get her car but it was better this way. She did not trust that Lucian would not ask the driver to take him elsewhere. It would not be the first time."Whatever memory you are thinking of, staring at me like that would not change it," Lucian said suddenly, his smirk wide.She raised her upper lips, sneering at him then scoffed and turned her face away. She wished the car would move even faster but she had already told the driver to speed up, any more speed and it would be illegal.She wondered what joy he got out of making this difficult for both of them. It was exhausting. A lot of times she had thought of giving up but the pay was too good and not to talk about the convention that was coming up in less than a month. No matter what happened, she had to make sure she attended. Lucian was a sure ticket to attend the convention s
Andrea squinted her eyes, here she thought she would finally get some time to rest before the jarring schedule of the day. She knew she had no excuse and even if there was any she could think of, the fact that Lucian wanted her to join the meeting was enough to scrap all her excuses.“Can I say no?”He shook his head, “Don’t be a sourpuss.” He muttered and threw the door open. “After you, miss.” He gave a mock bow as he held the door open.Andrea swore to the heavens but she took the step towards the conference room. What other option did she have? She walked past him through the open door and made her way into the conference room.“I heard you,” Lucian whispered directly into her ears as he walked past her towards the table.The room was mostly empty and the only occupants were two gentlemen, one looked relatively older than the other and they both stared at them as they walked in.“My apologies for keeping you waiting,” Lucian announced.“It is no problem,” the older of the gentleme
“I can be convinced to attend a total of three meetings.”As soon as the words left his mouth, Andrea knew the family was completely sold. She sighed, this was not the first time she had seen him in action but it was still mesmerizing to watch. His confidence was one of the things she loved about him. Not to mention, his quick decision-making. He knew exactly what he wanted and never bent for the other person.“Deal.” Mr. Pattinson yelled out.Andrea could not blame him, Lucian was a busy man and if there was anything he hated, it was meetings. Getting three out of him was unheard of.Lucian grinned and rose to his feet with his hands stretched out. “As soon as you have the contract ready, you may send it.”“Thank you, Lucian,” Felix said as he grabbed Lucian's open palm.“It was nice doing business with you,” Lucian muttered and began walking out, Andrea wasted no time in grabbing her phone and rushing after him.Lucian held the door open for her. “Thank you.” She mumbled and rushed
Lucian did not take his eyes off her, he did not want to miss any tell in her expression. Andrea was as open as a book though there were a few times he could not guess what was going in her head but one thing he was sure of was she sucked at lying. “I am not going to let it go Andrea and as you know I tend to get what I want.” At first, he had been teasing about wanting to know what she was thinking about but the longer this dragged on, the more curious he became. She had been quiet during the ride and he had wanted to have a conversation. At that moment he had not really cared what he had been thinking about but right now he was completely invested and he knew he would not let it go unless he found out. “Fine, I did promise and unlike you, I keep my word.” Lucian faked a gasp. “What does that even mean?” “You said you want to know what I was thinking about in the car.” “Exactly! So you did know what I was talking about?” “Well, I was thinking about the first time I saw Lillian