"Hey! Miss! Calm down. It's just me." I suddenly heard a deep voice say, stopping me from screaming and thrashing around. I slowly opened my eyes and was in total shock to see a handsome face in front of me. His features are very defined like they were sculpted by one of the most talented sculptors in the world. His eyes were slender but very expressive, I could see the genuine worry in his eyes as he looks down on me. His nose is pointed with just the right height to them. And finally, his lips! Oh, his lips! They look thin, delicate, and soft with a slight pinkish tinge in them.
"Are you okay?" I was snapped out of my daydream and realized how close my new boss and I were. I scooted away from him a bit as I tried to get back to my feet, trying not to embarrass myself even more. A hand then, extended in front of me, I looked up at him and he just smiled at me urging me to take his hand. Although a bit reluctant, I took his hand and he immediately pulled me back to my feet.
"Thank you, Sir." I managed to say as I tried fixing myself and gathering my things that are now littered on the floor.
"No problem. We should head down. It's already so late." he replied to me while grabbing his things then went straight to the elevators as I quietly followed him.
The elevator ride was a bit suffocating, to be honest. I didn't know to act around our new boss and I guess he felt the same way because we both remained silent for the whole ride down. The elevator door opened as we reach the ground level and I went out while Mr. Mitchel stayed, I guess he was heading for the basement parking.
"Thank you again, Sir. Good night." I said to him and he gave me a slight nod and smiled as the elevator doors began closing.
"Cath. I didn't know you were still up there." Luigi, one of the guards, said as I exited the building. I just brushed off what he said and went straight out through the main door.
I hailed a taxi right outside the building and was lucky enough to get one right away. It was only a fifteen-minute ride to my apartment and as soon as I set foot inside, tiredness and fatigue washed over me immediately. I took a quick shower, put on my PJs, and finally flopped down on my bed cuddled my blanket as I slowly drifted off to sleep.
I woke up with the sun piercing through the curtains of my bedroom, temporarily blinding my eyes in the process. I slowly got up and rummaged around my bed for my phone. I finally found it under my pillow, so I checked the time immediately. My eyes widened in disbelief as soon as the time displayed on my screen, it was already thirty minutes past seven.
I went straight to the bathroom and took the fastest shower I ever had. Got into the first clothes I laid my hands on and started fixing myself the best I could. I grabbed my phone again and booked a taxi. I made sure that I have all the documents I need to finish up my work and headed out of my apartment. It's a good thing that the taxi was already there when I got out of the building.
I'm so going to be late. I don't even know what time I ended up sleeping this morning. I have to tell Andrea that I'm running late and maybe ask her to buy me breakfast. I opened my bag and rummaged for my phone, but it wasn't there. Maybe it's buried under all the things that I shoved in it. I'll just look for it when I get to work, I guess no breakfast for me.
"Thank you!" I said to the driver and started sprinting to the elevators.
"You look like a mess." Andrea greeted me as soon as I got into the office.
"Trying a new approach to seducing Sir Mitchel?" Bell asked as she was walking past us to her cubicle. Andrea made a couple of threatening gestures behind her back before pulling me to the comfort room.
"I overslept!" I said to her shyly as she was trying to fix my hair while I did my best to do a decent job on my make-up.
"What time exactly did you go home last night?" She asked me, finally getting the last knot out of my hair.
"I finished around midnight. I had a run-in with Sir Mitchel last night as I was heading out." I said to her as I finished putting on my lip gloss.
Her eyes grew wider with malice and I could tell what exactly is going on inside her head.
"Before you say anything else, nothing like whatever you're thinking happened. Do you really think that I'd go for my boss?" I asked her.
"What? Look. We both know that those rumors are not true. All I'm saying is, Sir Harley is worlds away different from Sir Mitchel. That old pervert couldn't even be compared to Sir Mitchel's toenail. And besides, it's been a while since you dated someone or even liked someone, Cath. Honestly, you and Sir Mitchel look good together." She said to me, making finishing touches on my hair and giving me a wide smile.
I just rolled my eyes at her and took my bag and went out of the restroom followed by my best friend. She gave a tap on my bum before rushing off to her workspace as I headed to mine.
It was almost lunch and I finally finished verifying all the work I was supposed to overlook. I tidied everything up and placed them in folders accordingly, before heading to Mr. Mitchel's office.
"Can I help you, Miss?" asked Sir Mitchel's secretary.
"Hi. I'm Cath. I need to show these templates to Sir Mitchel. Is he in the office?" I asked her and she just smiled at me.
"Hi, Cath. I'm Kyla. Yes, Sir Mitchel is inside, I'll just check if he's busy right now." She said and pressed her intercom.
"Sir Mitchel? Miss Cath is here. She said she needed to show you some templates." She said and we both waited for Sir Mitchel to respond. And after a few seconds, he did.
"Sure, let her in." We both heard him say.
"You heard the boss." Kyla said to me with a bright smile.
I took a deep breath before knocking on the glass door waiting for any sign of recognition from the man inside.
"Come in." I heard a deep raspy voice say from inside the office and so I did.
"Good morning, Sir. Here are the templates of our new comic book series, for your approval." I said to him while handing the folders. He looked up at me with a serious look on his face making me a bit conscious of how I looked.
"Is anything wrong sir?" I asked a bit awkwardly but he just shook his head and proceed on skimming through the templates that I gave him.
"No, nothing's wrong. Anyway, when do you need the approval for this?" he asked focusing his attention back on what he was doing after placing the folders I gave him on the side of his table.
"I need to review everything thoroughly just to make sure that everything is done properly and up to standard." He said that took me by surprise.
"Preferably, before Monday, Sir. Our target is to get the final templates to production by Monday so we can start the distribution by the following week." I answered him and he just nodded at me, he looked back at me and was about to open his mouth to say something when the door to his office suddenly opened. Both of our attention was focused on the door, waiting for whoever opened it.
"Gav. Why aren't you answering my calls? Come on, I'm hungry. Let's have lunch to..." said a beautiful woman in a red dress as she entered the office. She stopped in the middle of her sentence as she saw me.
"Oh, sorry. I didn't know you have company." she said with a beautiful smile on her face.
"No. It's okay ma'am. I was just about to head out myself." I said to her, returning her smile before turning back to Mr. Mitchel.
"Just call me if you have any questions regarding the templates, Sir. I'll be waiting for your approval on this. Thank you. I'll leave you two alone then." I said.
"Sure thing Cath. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. You can have your lunch now too." She said to me.
"Ok, Sir. Have a great lunch." I said to them, then head out of the office. I honestly felt like I was intruding on something while I was inside with the two of them. I guess she's Mr. Mitchel's girlfriend, right? He's so perfect to not have a girlfriend and honestly, I think they suit each other very well.
I was bombarded with questions from my female co-workers, the moment I sat back down on my cubicle. At first, they were very discreet and hushed with their interrogation, but as soon as Mr. Mitchel and the woman in red left the office, they began crowding at my desk like moths to a flame. "Who is she?" Belle asked pushing her chair from her desk to mine, acting like we were close. "I don't know." I quickly answered her without taking my eyes off the sketches I was working on. "Is she Mr. Mitchel's girlfriend?" asked another one who just popped out of nowhere in front of my cubicle. "I don't know!" I answered again as I saved the files and started taking out my wallet from my bag. "Can you guys quit bothering Cath? Clearly, like us, she also doesn't have a clue on who she is." Andrea said then she started pulling me away from the crowd to have our lunch out of the office. "Thanks, Dre. I needed the help." I said to her as I was munching
I turned my attention to the entrance of the office and saw a dark looming figure enter the doorway. I squinted and tried my best to get a clearer view of the man but he already spotted me before I even realized who he was. A creepy and unsettling smile appeared on his face when his eyes landed on me and that's when it hit me. The two of us are alone, not only on my floor but probably the whole building. "You're still here, Cathy." his deep raspy yet chilling voice said, making all the hairs at the back of my neck stood up. A sudden nervousness washed over me, my heart started ringing in my ears, my legs began to wobble and my palms became all sweaty. I swallowed a bit, trying to muster up enough courage to reply to him, but my throat and my mouth has become as dry as a desert. "Ah. Lu-Luigi. What are you doing here? I'm about to head down myself." I said stuttering a bit, trying my best to hide the fact that I am creeped out. Instead of answering me, he slowly walked towards me and
I hesitantly followed Sir Mitchel to his car after I got discharged. I kept telling him that I can go home by myself but he still insisted on taking me home himself so I let him. "Where to Catherine?" he asked as he got inside the driver's seat. "Just to the nearest terminal, Sir. I can find my way home from there." I said to him and he turned to look at me with a vague expression on his face. "I insist Ms. Aragon. I'll drive you home. It's already the early hours of the morning, we don't want a repeat of what happened earlier, right?" He reasoned out, so I reluctantly told him my address. We drove through the city quietly, but something keeps bugging me and I just can't control my curiosity anymore. "Sir? Thank you for lending me your shirt and for... Uhm... saving me earlier." I shyly said with my head down, not knowing how to start the conversation with him. I couldn't remember anything after I passed out but I woke up wearing his polo shirt.
I really couldn't get used to having all this free time to myself. I couldn't do anything strenuous because of my hand so I just spend the rest of the weekend cuddled up in bed under my favorite blanket, watching one of my favorite series. Monday rolled in faster than I expected or wanted to. What Andrea said the other night really messed up my head. I can't help but feel nervous at the thought of seeing Sir Mitchel, I didn't want to feel awkward around him, and because of my overthinking brain, I hardly had enough sleep. I got in the office quite early, and as my co-workers started to arrive I feel relieved that none of them gave me unwanted attention. "So it was really serious." Axel said to me as soon as he saw my hand. He was followed by the rest of the team, and I immediately saw the worry in their faces. "This is nothing. I'm just sorry that I wasn't able to do the final revisions." I said to them apologetically. "No wo
I was so shocked by Axel's sudden character change that all I could do was stare at him. His small eyes screamed desperation, his thin lips pouted as he pleaded for me to grant a favor that he want so badly. I took a deep breath to regulate my breathing and finally asked him a question that I might regret asking."Help with what exactly?" I finally asked, still a bit suspicious. His whole face lit up as soon as he heard what I just said.He then leaned in and told me his request. My eyes widened as he finished everything he has to say. It took some time for my brain to process what I just heard, and when it finally dawned on me, I can't help but smile at him. We then left the fire exit together and as soon as we went through that door, I realize that I'm in so much trouble. Andrea just peeked out of the door leading to our office, in time to spot me and Axel, exit the fire exit.I watched as her face turned sour at the sight of me and Axel together. She's been m
"Catherine. Are you okay?" I heard Sir Mitchel's voice ask me suddenly. I looked around and saw the rest of the team, including Belle, looking at me curiously and with displeasure."Ah. Yes, sir. I'm completely fine." I answered Sir Mitchel, not wanting to cause any more delay in the meeting."Are you sure? You look so out of it, today." he asked again, and this time, I heard an annoyed snort from the person in front of me, none other than Belle. I turned to look at her and she just shrugged at me with that despicable smile of hers. I brushed it off and focused my attention back on Sir Mitchel."Don't worry about me, Sir. Just a slight headache, other than that I'm fine. Let's just proceed." I answered and the meeting started again."Can she be more unprofessional?" I overheard Belle say as soon as Sir Mitchel's door closed behind us."I know right. She just had to space out in the middle of a brainstorming meeting. You know Belle, I've been notici
"Zab!" Andrea screamed as soon as the door of my apartment opened. She grabbed my sister into a tight hug which my sister gladly returned."Dre! I missed you!" She screamed while the two of them twirled around the living room. I can't help but laugh at the sight of my best friend and my sister acting like they're the ones who are related. It's been so long since I had the two by my side at the same time.The three of us ended up having dinner together just like old times. I miss being surrounded by these two, specially Zabrina. I miss sharing a room with her, waking up, and going to sleep together. I love being with her again, but I still can't shake off the feeling that she's still hiding the truth of her unexpected visit. I want to say something about it, but she looks so happy that I can't bring myself to ask her again and ruin the mood."I'll be staying here for the night." Andrea suddenly declared and by the looks of it, I don't think I have any say in this
My face heated up every time I remember what just happened inside Gavin's office. And it doesn't help that I actually left my phone inside. I feel so embarrassed that I don't even know how to face him next time. I've been avoiding him for the rest of the day, but I can't avoid him forever. He's my boss for Pete's sake, but every time I see even just a glimpse of him, my face would turn tomato red and I just want to hit myself in the head with a rock to make me forget what just happened.I felt his breath closer to my face, the air between us seems to go thinner by the second. I closed my eyes unconsciously, and I still can't move of my own accord. I can't help but swallow my saliva due to nervousness and honestly, excitement."Sir, your next meeting..." Kyla's voice rang through Sir Mitchel's office, but she was stopped mid-sentence by something. Then I was reminded of what our position might look like from someone else's point of view. My eyes sprang open