I was woken up by the sunlight. I stretched my limbs and got up. I went to my bathroom and took a cold shower. After taking a shower, I wore my blue jeans and white blouse. I fixed my hair and put on some make-up. As soon as I knew I was ready, I got my things and went to start my car.
This is it! I can do this! I'll make Josh proud.
I arrived at Collins Designs exactly at 7:40 am. I entered the building and entered the elevator. The elevator was about to close when someone said "wait". I quickly press the open button and wait for the person to come in.
"Oh good morning, Ms. Jones." Mr. Collins said.
"Good morning, Mr. Collins." I said shyly.
The elevator closes and we stand there in awkward silence. Well, he broke the silence.
"So, you ready for hell, Ms. Jones?" He asked. I just rolled my eyes.
"Yes, I am. In fact, I've gone through hell already. I'm more than ready." I said in a proud tone.
"If you say so, Ms. Jones."
The elevator opened slowly while I was eager to go to my desk.
"After you.." He said softly.
I smiled and walked out of the elevator. I greeted Carla and smiled at her.
I went to my desk and waited for somebody to assist me. Moments later, a girl with blonde hair approached me.
"Hello! I'm Stella, you must be Kate." She said cheerfully.
She's pretty and young. She might be older than me by a year or two. Her eyes were hazel brown. She looks familiar though. And then it hit me. It's Mr. Collins' sister.
"Ah yes. I'm new here."
"Well, I'm your chief fashion designer. I'm well, of course, Marc's sister."
"Yeah, I figured that out. You look alike."
"Yeah I know, shall we start?"
I nodded and she told me the importance of fashion.
"Ok, Kate, I want to see your sketches before the day ends. Maybe two sketches at least."
"Don't have to be formal here. Call me Stella."
I smiled and nodded. As soon as she left, I grabbed my sketch pad, pencils, and eraser. I sketched one of my favorite designs. I didn't realize what time it was when Stella asked me to lunch.
"Ok, I'll be there in a minute."
She came near me and saw my sketch. She looked shocked. Oh my gosh...is it bad? I hope it isn't. I don't want to be scolded on my first day.
"Kate, you've such great talent! I can't wait to let my brother see this. Anyway, have lunch with us."
I hesitated but nodded shyly. I mean it's the first day and they treated me like I've worked here for years.
We went out for lunch. I got to know the staff. There was Bianca, the noisy and loud girl. Jaime, the crazy one. Carla, Mr. Collins' secretary, was very kind and polite. She said she worked for Theodore, Marc's father, he wanted her to stay loyal and work for his son. She said he's been kind to her ever since she applied there. There were a few more staff but I forgot their names. After finishing our food, we walked back to the building and back to our designated desks.
I continued my sketch and used my colored pencils. I was about to do the final touches when I felt someone staring at my work.
I slowly looked behind me and saw Mr. Collins.
"Oh, good afternoon, sir." I said.
He nodded and said, "I like your work, Ms. Jones."
"Thank you, Mr. Collins. Very nice of you." I said and smiled.
I noticed him staring at me so I looked away.
"I'm gonna do the final touches. I have to give them to Stella."
"Oh so you've met my jolly and annoying sister."
I just giggled and got back to work.
I finished everything before the day ended. I went to see Stella and gave her my sketches. I actually finished four sketches. I was surprised. I thought I wouldn't be able to draw two designs. Maybe I was inspired. Yeah, inspired by Mr. Collins. No I'm not. Maybe it's my first day so I'm determined. I'm never falling in love again. Ever.
"Stella, here are my sketches." I said as I handed her my sketches.
"Oh hey Kate! Thanks. I..um heard that my brother came to you earlier. What did he say?"
"Oh nothing serious. He just said he likes my work. And he said you're jolly and annoying." I giggled as I remembered that.
"I don't think you're annoying. I mean, you're cheerful but not annoying."
"You know Kate, I like to annoy my brother. I'm actually disappointed in him. He never brought home a girl. A really nice girl. A decent girl. All he brings home is his bunch of bitches."
I thought he was a decent guy. Well, I guess not. By the looks he has, lots of girls drool over him. I mean, even some of the girls here.
"Ok.." I whispered.
"I'm sorry to say this. But I fucking hate my brother. My stupid, idiot, butthead brother!" Stella said sobbing. I hugged her and gave her a tissue.
"Hey, don't worry. Maybe Mr. Collins is just finding the right girl." I advised her.
"Yeah maybe. But it's just not right. He just keeps on bringing other girls every week. He never settles with one girl. You know I mean?"
Gosh. It's harder than I thought. I mean...maybe Mr. Collins is just trying to have fun. Most boys do that, right?
"Yeah. Maybe give your brother time. Maybe he's just getting used to reality. You know, like working and family stuff."
Stella nodded and smiled at me.
"You know, I like you. You're kind, beautiful, and like a sister."
I smiled and hugged her. I never thought I would be friends with my boss's sister.
Someone cleared his throat. Both Stella and I turned around to see Mr. Collins.
"What's happening here?" He said in a serious tone.
"Oh, don't bother, Marc. Kate and I are just talking." Stella said, winking at me.
"Talking about what?"
"Oh you know...some girl stuff..and you."
Mr. Collins turned to me and asked,"Kate, what did she say about me?"
I looked at him nervously and said, "Well, Stella told me you were a playboy."
"Did she say something else?" He asked.
I looked at Stella and turned back to Mr. Collins. I shook my head no and smiled. He grinned and smirked at me. I blushed. Like really blushing
He asked Stella if she wanted to join him. Stella said she wants me to go with her.
"I think my brother likes you." She said after Mr. Collins left.
"Oh...well, I don't believe in love already. After the incident, I never accepted suitors in my life again."
"Why? What happened?"
"I'm sorry, I don't want to talk about it."
"Oh ok. Well, if you need a friend, I'll be here. Ok...enough with the drama, and let's see your sketches." She looked at them and smiled.
"Wow! I really like your designs. It's different and stunning. You know what? I'm gonna ask my brother about doing a fashion show. I hope these designs will be out as soon as possible."
"Thank you so much!" I'm so happy that Stella likes them. I mean, I have lots of ideas.
"Come on, let's go." Stella grabbed my hand and head off. She knows where.
"Stella, where are we going?" I asked breathlessly.
"It's a surprise! We're gonna have fun!"
"What?!? But I have to go home."
"No. My parents died weeks before my graduation."
"Oh..I'm so sorry to hear that."
"Oh don't be. They never loved me anyway. That's why I moved here. I want to get over the past."
"Oh...well now's the time to enjoy. Well, here we are!"
We stopped in front of a bar. Blue Bar. Looks like I'm gonna get myself drunk. We entered the bar and saw Mr. Collins near the bar. He spotted us and walked towards us.
"Hello, Ms. Jones. Nice to see you here with my sister."
"Oh..no need to be formal when we're out of the office."
"Well, let's party then!" Stella shouted.
Stella and I went to the bar and got our favorite drinks. I don't remember how many I drank but I'm so hyper. Stella dragged me to the dance floor and we danced and danced until I felt hands on my butt. I turned around to see some drunk dude. I pushed him but he grabbed my waist. Stella didn't seem to notice. I struggled but he's too strong. He keeps on touching me everywhere. He's molesting me. I want to punch him but my arms are trapped. My eyes blurred and tears trickled down my cheeks. Then I noticed we're not on the dance floor. He pinned me on the wall near the restroom.
Oh no. I'm in trouble. Fuck that dude.
I was already crying for help. I heard someone call out my name but I couldn't say who.
"Hey! Get your hands off of the lady!"
That's when I realized it's Mr. Collins.
"No can do. She's mine." The dude said while holding my butt.
"I'll give you three seconds to run or else you will never see the light again." Mr. Collins said in a scary tone.
"No! I want her! You, go away!"
"You want this." Mr. Collins punched him straight in the face. The dude's nose bled. He stood up and punched Mr. Collins' face but missed. Mr. Collins punched again and this time, the security came.
"What's happening here?" One of the securities asked.
"This guy was harassing the lady. I just defended her." Mr. Collins informed the security. He turned to me and helped me up.
"You okay?" He asked.
"Yeah, thank you sir." I told him.
"Call me Marc. We're not in the office. No need to be formal."
"Thank you, Marc." I sincerely thanked him. If it wasn't for him, I would've been naked already.
"Let's get you home. Let's get Stella."
We went to find Stella and spotted her at the bar. Getting wasted.
"Stella! Come on! Let's go home!" Marc shouted.
Stella just followed and walked towards us. We were about to reach the exit when I felt dizzy. The sound disappeared and I could see circles around me. I fell to the ground and blackness surrounded me.
Marc's POV "Kate! Kate!" I shouted when I saw her on the ground. She looked lifeless. I think she drank too much. I carried her and headed to my car. Greg, my driver, opened the car and Stella slid in. "Greg, I want you to ask Wes to bring Ms. Jones' car to her apartment. And can you buy some clothes for her tomorrow morning?" I told Greg. "Yes, sir. I'll call Wes now. Oh can I see Ms. Jones? I have to know what will fit her." I nodded and slightly helped Kate stand up. Greg estimated everything. "Stella, help Kate get in the car." She nodded and helped me get Kate in the car. "Ugghh...I feel...so..so weird...." Kate suddenly said in the middle of silence. We all just ignored her and
I arrived in the office just in time. Stella's waiting for me and I handed her my portfolio. "Oh Kate, my brother's calling everyone for a meeting. I think he wants to see all the designs." Well...fair enough. Mr. Playboy is here. "Good morning, everyone. Meet me in the conference in five minutes. Bring all your designs." I fixed my things and got ready. Stella, Bianca, Jaime, and I entered the conference room together. I sat between Bianca and Stella. We all waited for Mr. Collins to enter. "Ok. Let's start. Bianca, your designs." She handed her portfolio and waited nervously.
Stella's POV Two weeks later.... I've been so busy with the preparations for the fashion show. I called the caterer, the DJs, and the deco committee. I've been arranging the place. Marc says we should do it at Crightons Hotels. It's our family friend's hotel. He says the function rooms there are quite big. They called me an hour ago to confirm. And they're schedule is clear. We got the slot. I'm just waiting for the caterer, DJs, and the deco team. They're still checking their schedules. "Stella, I brought you some bagels and a cup of coffee." I heard Kate say while setting the food on the other side of my desk. "Thank you, Kate. Really kind of you." I smiled at her sincerely. Kate's POV Mid afternoon... It's been three weeks and I'm stressed. The fashion show is just two weeks away. I'm not complaining if that's what you think. I like my job. I'm just tired from thinking of new designs. Stella and I were barely talking. I think almost all the employees. I haven't seen Mr. Collins' girlfriend for a while. I don't know if he's finding a new one or he's just busy. Just at that thought I remembered that Stella told him to make me fall for him. Uh-uh. I'm not gonna fall for him. I repeated that in my mind. "Kate!" Ugh. Speaking of the devil. I turned around to see Mr. Arrogant. Kate's POVI'm currently in my room, laughing. I can't stop laughing at Marc's antics from a few weeks back. I'm having a good time with him. Actually, I don't believe I am. As I previously stated, I do not believe in love. So what's the point of kissing me?I made the decision to contact Stella.Me: Hi Stella!I waited, and she responded in a matter of seconds.Stella: Hey! How are you?Me: I'm fine.Stella: So, wat did my bro ask u?Me: he asked me out…Stella: omg...it's his 1st move..so how was it?Me: well..it's ok. That's not the good part actuallyStella: something happened between u two?!?!?
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Kate's POV Mid afternoon... It's been three weeks and I'm stressed. The fashion show is just two weeks away. I'm not complaining if that's what you think. I like my job. I'm just tired from thinking of new designs. Stella and I were barely talking. I think almost all the employees. I haven't seen Mr. Collins' girlfriend for a while. I don't know if he's finding a new one or he's just busy. Just at that thought I remembered that Stella told him to make me fall for him. Uh-uh. I'm not gonna fall for him. I repeated that in my mind. "Kate!" Ugh. Speaking of the devil. I turned around to see Mr. Arrogant. Kate's POVI'm currently in my room, laughing. I can't stop laughing at Marc's antics from a few weeks back. I'm having a good time with him. Actually, I don't believe I am. As I previously stated, I do not believe in love. So what's the point of kissing me?I made the decision to contact Stella.Me: Hi Stella!I waited, and she responded in a matter of seconds.Stella: Hey! How are you?Me: I'm fine.Stella: So, wat did my bro ask u?Me: he asked me out…Stella: omg...it's his 1st move..so how was it?Me: well..it's ok. That's not the good part actuallyStella: something happened between u two?!?!?
Kate's POVI'm currently in my room, laughing. I can't stop laughing at Marc's antics from a few weeks back. I'm having a good time with him. Actually, I don't believe I am. As I previously stated, I do not believe in love. So what's the point of kissing me?I made the decision to contact Stella.Me: Hi Stella!I waited, and she responded in a matter of seconds.Stella: Hey! How are you?Me: I'm fine.Stella: So, wat did my bro ask u?Me: he asked me out…Stella: omg...it's his 1st move..so how was it?Me: well..it's ok. That's not the good part actuallyStella: something happened between u two?!?!?
Kate's POVShe responded to my message within seconds. I can't believe the fashion show is taking place the next day. Time really does fly by at breakneck speed. While Bianca is preparing an alibi for Marc, Stella, Jaime, and I went out to get some snacks for ourselves. We were unable to obtain permission for the three of us. We went to a nearby coffee shop and bought cookies, muffins, and cups of coffee right then and there.Stella was a bundle of nerves. Actually, we're all a little stressed out. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. No, I haven't seen the gown Stella designed for the event. I'm curious as to what it looks like. Since the incident, I've avoided exposing a lot of my body to the public. We were in the elevator, and I was feeling a little anxious. I advised Stella that leaving the office during working hours was not a good idea. It isn't even our lunch break.We entered the o
Kate's POVThis is it! Today's the fashion show! I'm so excited! I can't believe it. I'm just new here and then I'm already the designer for this fashion show. Here I am in the dressing room, preparing myself for the show. I wore my green gown and silver stilettos. I was about to put makeup on when someone knocked. "Kate!" Stella shouted. Behind her were Carla and Bianca, smiling and giggling. I put down the make up and stood up. "Woah..." All of them said, gazing at my whole body. I cleared my throat to snap them out and smiled."Kate...you look amazingly beautiful. Men will definitely drool over you." Bianca said."What are you guys doing here?""We're here to see you if you're done. Looks like you need help." Stella said.<
I woke up with a start. I was sweating and my eyes were wet from the tears. Omg....this is the first time I had a nightmare."'You seriously thought he loved you?' Isabel said. 'We made a deal. If you fell for him, he should break up with you and date me in return for giving him money for saving their family's company.'"That day haunted me. I cried as I remembered that day. I remembered the pain in my heart. And then I realized that it's useless to cry over that. It's in the past now. I stood up and washed my face. I stripped naked and was about to take a shower when the doorbell rang.Who could this be? It's weekend. Josh? Nah. Wonder who.I wrapped myself in a towel and walked to the door. I ope