At the office, she couldn't look at him directly. But this time, it wasn't because he humiliated her. This time, she couldn't look at him without feeling flustered and turning beet red. Her body yearned for him. But he said it was over! She should just get over it. It's not like she can ever get a guy like that anyway.
"Faith, are you alright?" he asked her suddenly when she tried to leave quickly after dropping off some paperwork on his desk.
"Y...yes I'm okay," she said, all red-faced and shy.
"Come here for a second," he ordered.
Faith didn't argue and walked over to him. "Do I make you uncomfortable?" he asked.
"N...no...just a little...nervous," she tried to control her voice from shaking. Get it together, Faith, she scolded herself in her mind.
Anthony inched closer until their chests were almost touching.
He moved her hair aside and slowly trailed his fingers from her neck to her arm. She shivered.
Faith told Anthony the address, and he informed his driver. He ordered him to drive as fast as possible. Faith sat next to him, slightly shaking. What kind of trouble did Mary get herself into? Hope it wasn't too late, Faith thought.She felt Anthony taking her hand into his. He squeezed it gently as if to reassure her."Everything is going to be fine. Teenagers get into trouble all the time. We will handle it, don't worry," he said."I told her not to go to these parties, but she never listens to me." Tears rolled down her cheeks. She was trying her best to hold it together, but it was impossible."Shh...you are trying your best," he said gently and wrapped his arm around her, then pulled her into a hug.Despite sleeping with him previously, it felt weird to be held by her boss in the middle of the day like this. Faith thought about pushing him away, but his warm embrace felt too good. She started to feel calmer.It didn't take long for the
Mary didn't speak to them for the entire car ride and just quietly sobbed into her hands. Faith tried to touch her hair, but she snapped and turned away. Faith decided to deal with her later.She couldn't imagine why Anthony would go this far for her. It wasn't his problem to deal with. Faith should've acted stronger and be more assertive to Mary. She felt embarrassed for getting help from him, though she was very grateful.Mary got out of the car as soon as they arrived home then stormed inside the house. Faith sighed. This girl wasn't making things easier for her. She turned her attention to Anthony, who was just sitting there observing her."Thank you for helping me, sir. I couldn't have done it alone," she said quietly."I told yo
Faith tried to speak to Mary, but she refused to open her bedroom door. Faith sighed. Why couldn't this girl understand the position she was in? She didn't like to act like her mother any more than Mary did, but she had no choice. Their mother passed away years ago, forcing Faith to take on a mother's role and take care of Mary and her father.The next day, Mary went to school without telling her goodbye. Faith didn't have the time to argue with her as she was already running late for work.She was summoned to Anthony's office as soon as she arrived.Her heart stopped as she saw Diana standing next to Anthony's desk. "Diana! You're back," Faith said."Diana will be reclaiming her position, so you are no longer needed as my assistant," Anthony went straight to the point.Sadness enveloped Faith. Does this mean she won't get to be close to Anthony anymore? Despite everything that has happened between them, she felt a sense of comfort when he was near
Things were awkward at the office, to say the least. Faith avoided Anthony as much as possible, and it was easier since she didn't have to be his assistant anymore. After their argument at the hotel room, Faith announced that she wanted to end their 'arrangement.' It was supposed to be a one-time thing, and she didn't owe him anything anymore.Anthony, however, didn't feel the same. He refused to let her go.Faith came into the office one morning and heard her colleagues whispering."There you are, Faith. It looks like you have an admirer," one of the admin assistants, Sarah, grinned sheepishly."What do you mean?" Faith looked at her with confusion."Go to your desk, and you'll see what I mean," Sarah said.Faith hurried to her cubicle to see what the fuss was about. She gasped as she a massive bouquet of roses at her desk. "What's this?" she croaked."Someone delivered this to you," Sarah remarked behind her."There must be s
"Are you sure this is okay?" Faith looked around nervously. "Isn't it against the policy to go on dates with people you work with?" she asked."I won't tell if you don't," Mark smirked.They were at a restaurant Mark chose for their date. It was a bit fancier than she was used to. Faith smoothed out a wrinkle of her skirt and sat up straight. It wasn't like she saw Mark for the first time, so why did she feel so nervous?She kept picturing Anthony's disappointed face when she ended things with him. He looked almost angry. She should stop thinking about him and focus on Mark.They spent the evening chatting about work and getting to know each other. Faith never went on an actual date, so this felt nice. Mark was a nice guy. If only she
"I need hundred dollars."Faith looked up from her book and squinted her eyes. "I already gave you an allowance for this month. What happened to it?""It wasn't enough. I ran out," Mary shrugged."Ran out? What have you been doing with the money?" Faith inquired."What's with the third degree? Can you give me the money, or not?" The annoyance was apparent in Mary's voice.Faith looked at Mary, and the sadness overwhelmed her. Mary wasn't always like this. What did she do wrong that her once sweet little sister was now acting like a brat? And what exactly was she planning to do with the money?"You know I can't afford to give that mu
"You need fifty thousand dollars?"Anthony stared at Faith with surprise. He knew Faith always had money problems, but fifty thousand dollars was a bit much."Y...yes. This is kind of an emergency, and I'm willing to sleep with you again if that's what you want. But I really need your help," Faith said quietly. She didn't know how she managed to stay calm this whole time. She felt humiliated begging her boss for money and offering herself to him after boldly rejecting his advances."Faith, I need to know where the money is going before I just hand you a check," Anthony said firmly. He had a sneaky suspicion that this had to do with what Richie said about her sister.He got up from his chair and walked towards her. Then sat on the chair in front of her so they would be more up close and personal."My sister is in trouble again. She got involved with some dangerous men, and now I owe them fifty thousand dollars. Please, Anthony, I need the money. I'l
Faith looked around the bridal store. She felt like this was all a dream. Just the other day, she thought she would get murdered as those guys were holding her and Mary down, and today, she was shopping for a wedding dress. She had no idea what kind of emotion she was supposed to feel at this moment.Earlier that day, Anthony called her into his office. She walked in feeling nervous. It was way past the 48 hours she was given by Mike, but he hadn't come by and threatened her or called her. Anthony must've paid off Mary's debt as he promised. A surge of relief and gratitude washed over her."I took care of everything as I promised. I gave him the money. He will never bother you or Mary ever again," Anthony said. He didn't believe it entirely and decided to hire someone to keep an eye on Mike's gang, but he wanted Faith to stop worrying."Thank you. Thank you so much, Anthony. You have no idea how grateful I am to you!" Faith gushed. "I could never repay you for t