Henrik is off of me faster than me finding the cake at a birthday party. I turn to see him lifting his zipper and adjusting himself. Oh, and he isn't looking at me. I push down my skirt and fix my bra and blouse. Still not looking at me.
He sits back at his desk and turns on his computer. And yet, still no eye connection. Seriously? This man has issues. “You are just now figuring this out Morgana?” My Brain chimes in. “If you aren't going to help me Brain then I suggest you leave your snarky comments to yourself.” I hear her huff and shove more popcorn in her squiggly mouth.
“So, that’s it? Like nothing happened, same as usual.” I’m still standing beside his chair, the one he just turned away from me.
“What do you want me to do Morgana? The head of HR just found us in a very compromising position. I’m going to get as much work done as I can before they come in here with a cardboard box and security guard and ask me to clear out my desk.”
He stops clicking away at his mouse and brings his hand up to his brow to wipe in frustration. Well if he’s sacked so am I. Perhaps I can talk to Evaleen and save his job at least. No! Screw that. He’s a millionaire, he’ll be fine. I’m going to try to keep my job.
“Fine. You sit there and accept defeat, but I’m going to at least attempt to save my job.”
I make my way around the desk and am just at the door when he stops me. His hand wraps around my arm halting my progress so I turn to face him and am shocked by what I see. He’s nervous. I have never seen him this vulnerable before. Henrik expresses a cool and sometimes hostile confidence, but right now he is actually gnawing on his bottom lip. He looks...cute.
“Wait. Um...how are you going to do that?”
“Aww, Mr. Payne are you worried?” I bring my hand up to his lip and give a good tug. He smacks my hand away and groans at me.
“Ms. Drake I’m not your puppy dog. And last I checked I’m still your boss so if you could please just answer the question.”
This is my stand now. I cross my arms in front of me and puff out my chest.
“You are, well a moment ago you were much more than my boss which is why we are in this predicament. If I may quote the great classic Raising Arizona: ‘H.I., you're young and you got your health, what you want with a job?’”
Mr. Payne’s eyes widen and the biggest smile I have ever seen him spreads across his face. I am afraid his face might break with the unusual expression.
“I’ll come with you. We will talk to her together.” Henrik reaches for my hand knitting his fingers with mine. I cast my gaze down at them confused by his affectionate move. When I look back up his eyes have turned a deep ocean blue as his fingers come to my chin to tilt my face up. I realize he’s about to kiss me and as much as I can’t keep my eyes from his lips we need to focus on not losing our jobs. I put my hand to his chest and push.
“Mr. Payne the only way we can even hope to keep our jobs is by talking to Ms. Bechmann and not making out.”
He peers into my eyes as if searching for something. A moment passes before he lets go of my hand and walks over to the door to open it.
“After you Ms. Drake.” Henrik waves his arm and I make my way to the hall.
As we enter Evaleen’s office I see her eyes pop up to meet mine, widen and then her head drops as if trying to hide.
“I can see you Bechmann. There’s no point in hiding.”
I take a seat on the other side of her desk as Mr. Payne sits in the one beside me. Evaleen gets up pointing to the door and walks toward it.
“I’ll just shut the door then.”
As she returns to her chair there is a long minute of silence. She flickers her gaze between me and Mr. Payne. Then more silence.
“Ms. Bechmann, I would just like to say it was...”
Evaleen hold up her hand stopping Mr. Payne instantly.
“No. Don’t try to tell me it wasn't what it looked like because that’s a load of bull and you know it. It was very much what it looked like Payne. You had your hand down her shirt and your tongue on her neck. Was she choking and that is some new maneuver that I don’t know about?”
Evaleen squints and tilts her head to him as Mr. Payne starts running his fingers through his hair in frustration. The Spanish have the running of the bulls, Mr. Payne has the running of the fingers.
“Fine. It was what you saw. It was completely my fault. I took advantage of my position so if you are going to fire anyone, fire me.”
I turn to stare at Henrik in amazement that he would so easily walk away from a job I know he loves as much as I would love to have his job. The old me would hop at this chance and make a bee line for his position. I’m no dummy I understand an opportunity when I see one, but I know him now. In this moment my heart bleeds a little trying to grow to fit him inside. As much as I hate the hot/cold action he has been giving me lately, I can’t stop how I feel for him.
Oh no it’s happened. I have become one of those douche people who stay on the telephone with someone and they go back and forth with “No you hang up first....No you...No you...No...Hello?” I will now do something that I never thought I would do in my life...give up a job for someone else. I think I might need smelling salts after. “Morgana. Let’s talk about this for a second. Don’t do anything rash here.” My Brain looks at me nervously. “It’s okay Brain. I have always loved you despite our differences. Give my love to my heart and even my mouth, though I know she will be happy with my career suicide.”
“Mr. Payne didn’t force me to do anything. You know I have wanted his job for a long time. I knew you would walk in looking for me Bechmann. I used my physical power of persuasion to get him in that situation. It’s my fault. If you are going to fire anyone, ffff....ffff....fire me.”
I can’t bring myself to look at Mr. Payne though I can feel his penetrating stare. Evaleen’s mouth has dropped open and she has caught my blinking problem, apparently it’s contagious.
“Well, um...okay. If that is true Drake then I need a minute alone with Payne and then I will see you. Just wait outside for a moment.”
I get up and I feel all the blood draining from me. Where it has gone, I don’t know. I feel sick like I want to throw up, my ears are vibrating and my hands feel clammy. Time passes as I wait outside her office, how much time I couldn't tell you. Everything is a blur.
I see Mr. Payne emerge and he looks pissed. He is so angry he isn't even squinting. His eyes bore into mine and I back up against the wall as he comes at me. Henrik grabs my arms a little too tightly as he places his face only inches from mine.
“So you used me is that it? Just wanted my job. I should have known better. Everyone always wants something and they don’t care who they step on along the way. Well, I hope you get exactly what you want and you are very happy all alone at the top because no one wants to be friends with a heartless bitch!”
He lets go and walks away. I watch as he saunters off unable to pry my eyes away from his body shrinking from distance. I slide down the wall until my ass hits the carpet. My eyes are burning and I feel the first warm tear drift slowly down my cheek. I bury my head in my hands to hide the tears, but more importantly, my pain from someone who might walk by.
“You ready?” I hear Evaleen’s voice come from beside me.
Looking up I see the same sad smile she gave the first day I met her outside of Mr. Payne’s office. Sighing I nod my head and she helps me to my feet. I follow her through the door to meet my fate.
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10. THE New Year
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8. THE Holiday Party
7. THE Zipper Incident
6. THE Cake
5. THE Incident
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