Something about the tweeting of the birds and the rise of the sun above the horizon set Ruby in high spirits. She had spent the weekend tanning on the beach with Esme. During her little getaway, she skillfully avoided all Esme’s questions concerning how her date went and who her new boss was. It felt wrong hiding it from her but she wasn’t ready to tell anyone yet, Nate was a pain in the butt for her; at the same time, she wanted to be around him.
Having to see him all week was annoying enough.
She smiled as the elevator door opened, she was humming a song about the day going to be a good day.
“Why are you late?” A harried looking Maggie asked as she walked into the office.
Ruby frowned, work started by nine and she arrived half past eight so technically, she was very much early and had a good thirty minutes to herself.
“Nice morning to you too” Ruby replied sardonically
“Mr Jacobin has been in a bad mood all morning, he specifically asked that you make him a cup of coffee”
Ruby stopped in her tracks and she raised a confused brow. Nate hadn’t spoken to her in a while, why would he ask her to make him a cup of coffee all of a sudden?
Maggie had to be joking, she thought.
“Mr Jacobin wants a cup of coffee made by you” Maggie repeated
“Of course I heard you the first time” Ruby snapped, irritated
He wanted her to make his coffee because she worked for him? Ruby shook her head as she made her way to her office; this was pure torture for her. Why did her world have to revolve around this arrogant man? She was in a good mood and ready for work but as usual, Nate Jacobin had to ruin it.
She groaned as she walked to the coffee maker.
“How am I supposed to know how he likes his coffee?”
She poured the brewed coffee into a styrofoam cup and added some sugar and whipped cream.
She walked to his office feeling edgy.
“Mr Jacobin, your coffee is here”she said, her voice a little shaky
It felt like she was sixteen again, she could feel her legs go jelly.
Nate cleared his throat as he lifted his eyes from his computer.
He looked at her for a split second before deciding to speak.
“Place it on the table and leave” he said coldly and returned his eyes to the screen of his computer.
She let out a deep breath when she was out of his office, the tension between them could be cut by a blunt knife. She was expecting a ‘thank you’ from him as she was familiar with his rude behavior.
Once again, Nate Jacobin had successfully thrown her into a deep sea of thoughts. Questions like why did he want her to make his coffee all of a sudden, why was he so arrogant and handsome at the same time, was this the beginning of her torment? Nate felt like a mystery she needed to solve.
Her stomach growled as she poured what was left of the brewed coffee into a cup. It was now nine o’clock and most of the workers were coming in.
“Morning” Ethan smiled as he walked in and grabbed a bottle of water.
Over the course of the weeks, she had gotten more familiar with Ethan and some of her other coworkers; Cassie in her usual style would go off, looking for gossip.
“Hi Ethan” she replied, offering him a shy smile
“You look flustered, is everything okay?” He asked, his voice laced with concern.
She offered him a lopsided smile, she wanted to tell him how much of a jerk Nate was and how confused she was about him, alongside other things. It was difficult because she didn’t want to bother Ethan with her problems. He was one of the few people that showed genuine concern when she was sad
“I’m fine” she lied “I’m just having a slow day”
She was distracted by the shrill ringing of the telecom.
“Report to my office now” she heard the cold voice say at the end of the receiver.
She apologized to Ethan as she rushed to his office.
“What kind of coffee is this?”he bellowed, holding the styrofoam cup with disgust in his eyes
“Mr Jacobin, the coffee is just fine” she replied calmly
Her little weekend getaway with Esme had helped soothe her nerves and relieve some of the stress she was facing because of Nate, she didn’t want to mess it all up by picking a fight with her boss.
“I do not like the coffee” he glared at her
She found the look on his face amusing. It was the kind of look a spoiled child would give his mother when it was deprived of what he wanted.
“Respectfully, it’s not my job to make you coffee” she clapped back
“I pay you so much money, if I ask you to make me coffee then you should”
Ruby stared at him, he was unbelievable, arrogant and rude. His eyes were stone cold and looked like they could freeze up fire.
“I can see you want to pick up a fight with me but today is not your lucky day” she frowned
“If you want coffee, you can order it or make it yourself”
Nate’s mouth twisted into a grimace. She was right, making him coffee wasn’t a part of her job. All week, he had been looking for the best way to get back at her for being rude to him. He needed an excuse to get her attention.
He dumped the coffee in the trash can to her annoyance.
“Take these files and work on them” he said, handing over to her the tallest pile of files she’d ever worked on.
She gritted her teeth to keep the sardonic words she had in her head from leaving her mouth. Nate wanted a reaction from her and she wasn’t going to give him one.
Angrily, she took the files and left his office.
The angry growl of lightning pierced the air, what had promised to be a sunny day had now become a gloomy rainy day. Nate shifted his eyes from his screen to Ruby’s office. Her mass of mousey brown hair was now put in a ponytail as she typed away on her computer.Serves her right, he thought.With her around, he was always edgy. He had expected her to throw a fit and stomp into his office when he asked her to make him coffee or when he handed her the pile of files. She was suspiciously calm, too calm which irritated him. He frowned, he needed his daily dose of coffee but couldn’t get it because Ruby had ruined it for him. “Who the hell added so much sugar and whipped cream to their coffee ?” He asked himself Of course the answer was sitting right there in his company, the annoying brunette whose office was opposite his.He quickly cleared out his table and got rid of the paper he wasn’t using. His table was a mess as he had buried himself in work all week. “Why the hell have you
Ruby’s eyes lit up in recognition of the platinum blonde hair. She had seen a woman walk into Nate’s office, she couldn’t see the woman’s face but she was quite sure she was one of the prettiest women alive. She looked like she just walked out of the cover of a vogue magazine, the hair bore a striking resemblance with that of Taylor’s. Taylor had bullied her constantly that Ruby couldn’t forget the distinct color of her hair. She could feel the throbbing of her heart. Could it be that Taylor was still Nate’s girlfriend? She had heard Taylor moved to Beverly Hills and was pursuing a successful career as a model. She felt a sickening taste form at the back of her throat. It had been thirteen years since she was last bullied but the memories were still very fresh. She could remember how violently Taylor always yanked her hair even when she yelped in pain. One particular incident between them had scarred her for life. She couldn’t think of it without almost crying. Taylor was m
It was her first board meeting in attendance with other workers. Seeing Taylor after all these years had disoriented her so much that it felt like she had to withdraw to her shell again. She was well acquainted with some of the workers, most especially Ethan with Cassie by the side running her mouth as usual. The workers were seated in the boardroom as they waited for Nate. Ruby would have rather sat far from Cassie but she needed information on why Taylor was in the office so she took the seat between Ethan and Cassie The steaming mug of coffee in front of her warmed her up, lately, she had been feeling some type of way especially with the whole Taylor thing. “You look so pale”Cassie commented Cassie had now earned the name ‘hawk eye’ because she never failed to miss anything.Ruby ignored her comment as she sipped her coffee, just like Ethan, she had learnt to ignore and accommodate Cassie. “Did you hear about Mr. Jacobin's girlfriend?” Cassie said to Stacy who worked in th
The dinner table looked like it had been carefully put together by an artist. Grilled turkey sat right in the middle of the table. Mrs Wyatt had put together so much effort into the dinner. She ensured the expensive chinaware plates were placed carefully. The room was well decorated with candles lit in strategic corners of the room. A harper played at another corner, releasing soft melodious tunes. Nate overheard one of the servants say Mrs Wyatt flew the harper all the way from Ireland. That was how much extra she was.One Christmas when she was hosting a party, she invited ballerinas to grace the occasion and had real swans in the hall. One of the swans got flustered, causing a tray of food to topple over. Nate resisted the urge to laugh at Mrs Wyatt’s efforts. She was so extra when hosting dinners and made it look like she was hosting a royal event. Ever since he was in high school, it was always the same routine with Mrs Wyatt inviting his family over for fancy dinners. She
Ruby decided to spend her lunch with Ethan and Cassie at the cafeteria. She now enjoyed spending time with her colleagues and getting to know them. Some of them were impressed by how she won the contract and how she got the biggest office. For the first time, she didn’t feel left out or awkward, almost everyone got along with her or at least were formal with her.They were seated at a table at the corner of the cafeteria. They ordered a couple of burgers and soda “I heard Reynolds company and co is going bankrupt” Stacy said, bringing up a topic of discussion She was now used to the gossip girls of the office, she rather found them interesting and listened to them when they talked. “I heard so too” Cassie remarked“I heard Reynolds was jilted and duped by his soon to be wife which led to the bankruptcy”Ruby had heard about it from Esme, it was a sad story. Reynolds' company was doing just fine until the whole thing happened. It saddened her that people were heartless and were ou
After an eventful weekend with Taylor lashing out at him and him ruining dinner, Nate was back to work. He had sent flowers to Mrs Wyatt and Taylor, apologizing for ruining dinner. He was rather offended by their actions but brushed it aside. He didn’t believe in long term commitments or love and wished they could respect that. Taylor’s persistence over the years was the only thing that had kept their so-called relationship going.There was no actual bond between them. He pushed his thoughts of Taylor aside as he reread an email that caught his eye. He had received an invitation from an association of businessmen to attend a conference in Florida. He was asked to bring a plus one, preferably a coworker. He frowned, he couldn’t think of anyone. Taylor wasn’t an option because she was going to stir a lot of drama and he didn’t want unnecessary attention from reporters. As for the workers in his company, the only person he could think of was Ruby. There were other people who h
It was another sunny day at the office with Nate passing orders, Maggie running helter skelter looking disarrayed, the gossip trio laughing at something while Ruby sat at her desk, trying to finish working on a project. Ruby had little or no time to hang out with the girls and Ethan. For some sort of unknown reason, Nate kept loading her with work everytime. At first, she thought it was because he was angry she brought up his marriage with Taylor, then she realized he was just tormenting her even though he was going overboard. She hadn’t seen or heard about Taylor around the office which was a relief for her. The previous week, she had Cassie and Ethan help her clear some of her work but now Cassie was busy and Ethan took a two days leave because his pet was sick. Her stomach growled as she reminded herself she had nothing to eat all day. She had to live off coffee and junk food as she was always tired whenever she got back home from work.Her stomach let out a low grumble ag
Ruby applied another coat of lipgloss, she wished Nate had informed her about the meeting earlier on so she could put on one of her best blouses. She let her hair fall loosely past her shoulders as she assessed herself in the mirror and hoped Anderson didn’t find her glasses funny like other people.Talking to Nate had helped relieve almost all the stress she felt. She had seen a part of him she had never seen, a part that made him so sweet and vulnerable. She couldn’t control the butterflies that danced in her tummy, all her worries about Taylor were gone, at least for a moment. She packed up her things and moved to the limo Anderson sent. The fact that she was going to be the latest gossip in the office excited her a little. She had always worked extra hard and it was finally paying off. Nate paid her a very decent amount of money, with that, she refurbished her house and was able to support her parents' restaurant. Just two months ago, she was worried about how she was going