"I'm glad boss broke up with Katie Mckinzee, now we can finally be together," Mandy said after I told her about the roses.
"Very funny, you barely say two words to the man," I rolled my eyes. "Why send roses though? Isn't it kind of cruel?"
"I don't know. It's kind of....poetic," Mandy said.
Poetic...somehow, I'm having a hard time picturing him as a poet. I wondered what kind of man he really is.
Office hours were over, so I followed him to his car. My job requires me to spend an extra two hours with him after office hours end to help him with various errands. This time, it was shopping.
"What do you think of this tie?" he held up a red tie and asked.
"Hmm, it's pretty, but this pale blue one will compliment your eyes more," I said, holding up the tie.
"I see...do you like my eyes, Miss Young?" he asked suddenly, catching me off guard.
"I'm sorry? I mean, who doesn't?" I said awkwardly.
"I wasn't asking if anyone else likes them. I'm asking you. What do you think of them?" he asked and leaned down closer.
"Um...I...they are very nice, sir," I stammered. He was standing too close. His eyes were unusually bright today, or am I imagining it?
"Call me Ivan," he said. "Stop calling me sir. Or Mr. Adams. You've been with me for 2 years now. No need to be so formal anymore."
I was surprised. I didn't expect that to happen.
"Yes, sir...I mean Ivan," I said. It felt awkward to call him by his first name. His aura was so formal and sophisticated that it didn't feel right. But if that's what he wants, I'll have to comply with his wish.
I thought I saw him smirk for a brief second, and then his face went back to neutral.
"I don't believe I have anything else on the agenda after this, do I?" he asked.
"You do not," I replied.
"Good, then how about you accompany me to dinner tonight?" he said.
Whoa...that was unexpected. Is he trying to ask me out? That can't be right, he was probably just hungry, and I'm as good company as any.
"I can't...I have plans with my boyfriend," I said quickly.
"I see...boyfriend, huh?" I may be mistaken, but I thought I saw a flicker of something in his eyes.
After I was done helping him with shopping, I headed outside to call a cab. His car pulled up beside me, and the door opened.
"I'll drop you off," he said.
"What? Oh no, sir, I mean, Ivan! I can take a cab. It's only a couple of miles away," I protested.
"If it's that close, you shouldn't have any problems with me dropping you off then. Get in," he said.
I went in without arguing. I didn't want to irritate him. He is my boss, after all. We rode in silence.
We finally reached my apartment, and I sighed with relief. That felt like the longest car ride of my life. His icy cold aura was driving me nuts. I needed to get back into the warmth, aka Mark's embrace.
"Thank you so much for the ride! I'll see you at the office tomorrow. Have a great day," I said.
"Goodbye, Miss Young," he said.
"Oh, if I'm calling you Ivan, you should call me Ariel," I smiled.
"Ariel," he repeated. "Like the mermaid. It suits you."
I blushed. Was he trying to flirt with me? "Uh...yea...thank you. I'll go now, bye," I said and left hurriedly.
Something felt different about him, and I'm not sure why. He seemed a lot more...friendly? I wonder what changed. Maybe he is in a good mood because he won't have to deal with Katie Mckinzee anymore. She was kind of annoying now that I think about it.
I took a quick shower to get ready for my date with Mark. I put on a light pink bodycon dress and paired it with some silver earrings that he gave me for my birthday. It was time to spend time with someone who doesn't bark order every chance he gets.
"Wow, you look gorgeous, babe!" Mark exclaimed when he saw me coming in.
"Thank you," I smiled.
We ordered some food and talked for a bit. He brought up the subject of moving in together again, which I was not particularly eager to talk about. We've been together for 6 months, and it was way too soon to take that step.
"Look, I know you think it's too soon, but I don't see what the problem is. We already know each other well enough to try it. This way, we might get to see each other a lot more," Mark said.
"I know...I just feel like I need to wait longer. My career is still in the beginning stage, so it seems a bit risky," I said. I knew I was just making excuses since money was not the issue. Moving in with another person just seemed like a huge step. I needed more time to think about it.
"We both know you get paid really well, so what's the issue here? Is it me?" he asked. His eyes were turning sad.
"Of course not. I don't know... I just love the independent woman's life, and I'm not ready to give it up yet. I'm sorry," I said. "please, can we just drop it?"
"Fine, just promise me you will think about it," he said.
"I promise," I smiled.
The rest of the dinner went well, so I decided to spend the night at Mark's house. It has been a while since I did that because I was too busy working. He pressed his lips against mine and gently kissed me. Our bodies were so compatible with each other, and when we made love, I felt a sense of comfort. He truly was the ideal boyfriend.
Maybe it is time I should stop being difficult and move in with him already. What was the harm in that?
I quietly worked on some paperwork for the meeting that would take place later in the day. Ivan's mother was supposed to visit the office today, which put him on edge. They don't exactly have a close mother and son relationship. I don't understand why because she was a delightful person. She always treated me like I'm her daughter. Not to mention she was incredibly beautiful. Beauty must run in that family.I went to his office when his mother arrived to let him know. I tried to leave after announcing her arrival, but he stopped me midway."No, stay here with me," he said, almost desperately.
I prepared myself for the trip to Paris. I didn't understand why he insisted that I go with him. It was a conference, and he definitely didn't need me there, so what was the point?Oh well, I should stop overthinking and just go with it. I've always wanted to go to Paris anyway. I mean, hello! It was Paris!Mark was not happy about me going away for an entire week, just as I suspected. But I promised I'd call him every day and we will video chat. It was just a week, right?I laid back on my plane seat. It would be a long flight, but it w
"I am sorry, Ivan, I must've misheard you. I thought I heard you say you were hitting on me," I said and smiled awkwardly."You heard correctly. I think you are gorgeous, so I want to offer you a chance to be my woman," he said with a straight face."I didn't realize you had such a great sense of humor, but haha, you got me," I said."I am not joking. I never joke about things like these. I have been very pleased with you these past couple of
The next day, he acted as nothing happened. He was back to his stoic and no bullshit attitude. I was more than okay to avoid that type of conversation, so I sure as hell didn't bring it up. I decided to stop thinking about it and focus on work. These documents aren't going to prepare themselves.I had some time after the presentation, so I decided to go shopping. I am in Paris, after all. The concierge recommended a boutique that was apparently super trendy and affordable, so I decided to give it a try.It really was a beautiful store. Dozens of beautiful dresses and outfits were displayed, and I was having a hard time picking. I decided to go wi
The next couple of days were spent following him around and then going sightseeing. I helped him with the conference during the day, and in the evening, I was free to do whatever I wanted. I was having a great time shopping.I confronted Ivan about the roses, but he just kind of shrugged."I told you I was going to keep trying. I meant every word I said," he said.This man is infuriating. I couldn't wait to get away from him once our plane landed. But unfortunately, I ended up accepting a ride from him from the airport to my apartment because I was exhausted from the long flight and didn't feel like arguing against him.After awkwardly saying goodbye, I went inside, then laid down on my bed. I decided not to text Mark right away because I wanted to surprise him. I decided not to tell him that I was arriving a day earlier. I figured it'd be a nice surprise for him since we haven't had the chance to spend time together lately.I took a shower and put on my favorite dress that he loved on me. Better look good for my man, right? I threw the
My Boss Is Clueless 10. The Incredible Proposal
I couldn't wait to get away from him once our plane landed. But unfortunately, I ended up accepting a ride from him from the airport to my apartment because I was exhausted from the long flight and didn't feel like arguing against him.After awkwardly saying goodbye, I went inside, then laid down on my bed. I decided not to text Mark right away because I wanted to surprise him. I decided not to tell him that I was arriving a day earlier. I figured it'd be a nice surprise for him since we haven't had the chance to spend time together lately.I took a shower and put on my favorite dress that he loved on me. Better look good for my man, right? I threw the
"I will be turning in my resignation letter then!" I declared."And throw away your chance to move up in your career? You wouldn't dare," Ivan said.He was right. That wouldn't be smart considering he hasn't physically harmed me in any way.I stormed out of the room and sat down in front of my computer. That's it. I am done with this. I am reporting him to HR. I don't care if he is the owner of this company, and it could potentially cost me my job.
I decided to start my day by doing little things to inconvenience him. I came in extra early and rearranged his entire room. This may seem like no big deal to most people but not him. He was Mr. Perfect. The pencil holder's placement on the left side of the desk instead of the right will drive him nuts. There were many other little things I rearranged oh so slightly, so it'll take him all day to figure out what was wrong in his room.Rest assured, I was right. He was fidgeting all day since he got in. He called me into his office."Did you summon me, Ivan?" I asked, pretending to be oblivi