After the talk with John. I couldn’t wait a minute longer to execute my plan. I told Claire to cancel my next appointment then I made my way to the elevator.
“Get the car Patrick” I told my driver when he picked my call.
“Right away sir” he said.
A minute and a half later the elevator dinged open into the lobby. I got out and made my way outside. All heads turned to my direction.
“Have a nice day sir” Clarence said as he opened the door for me.
I nodded at him and exited the building. I spotted Patrick and the car waiting for me in front of the building. He held the door open for me then closed it after I got in.
“Where to sir?” He asked after he got in and started the car.
“Freddie and Co.” I said.
A few minutes later we arrived at Freddie and Co. I got out of the car and made my way into the building. As I entered, the receptionist couldn’t utter a word, she just stared at me. I would never get tired of having that effect on people. Especially the ladies.
I pressed the button to the elevator and waited for it.
Oh, I hated waiting.
Well, today went well. During lunch, I went to pick Ivy up and headed to a nearby restaurant with ‘Miwanda’ and ‘Sofi’ as Ivy calls them. They had a number of assistants to help out in the daycare so they were excited to join Ivy and I for lunch.
Now the perfect day was over. Everything was great, Ivy was sleeping peacefully in my arms as I got into the elevator. Sofia and Miranda had taken great care of her, they didn’t call once to complain about Ivy. Well who would, she was just perfect like that.
My little girl.
The elevator finally dinged open to the ground floor. I waited for the ladies who were in the elevator to get out before I finally stepped out. I didn’t want to disturb Ivy. As I stepped out, someone else was about stepping in and we collided. Well our shoulders did.
My purse fell to the floor and I bent to pick it without looking at the person I bumped into.
“I’m sorry” I uttered to the person still trying to reach my purse without waking Ivy. I finally got it and placed it back on my shoulder. I looked up but found nobody and the elevator gone.
“Well at least she didn’t complain” I murmured as I exited the building and waited for Jerry – the valet – to bring my car.
I placed Ivy securely in the back in her seat. I thanked Jerry and got into the car and drove off.
I waited for the elevator and then let those ladies out of the elevator. Then I moved to go into it but then bumped into someone. Well technically, she bumped into me. I was already on edge cause of the wait and this lady had to make me more pissed by not watching where she was going. I was about giving her a piece of my mind when she bent to pick her purse but then the sleeping child she had in her arms caught my attention.
She had brown hair just like the woman carrying her. It wasn’t the same shade though. She was so adorable. I hated children but something about this child right here just made me melt at sight. I would have assessed her longer but the elevator was closing and I had to get in quick. Then I got into the elevator before it closed shut but not before I heard the lady carrying the child say “I’m sorry”.
Her voice was soft and low. Maybe she didn’t want to wake the child.
I finally made it to the top floor. The elevator dinged open and I got out. I walked into the lobby and spotted a lady. Probably his assistant or secretary. She was pretty with her blonde hair in a rough bun.
She saw me approaching and quickly got up
“Mr…Mr. Thompson” she stuttered, clearly shocked that I was here.
I’ve never had any dealing with Freddie and Co. So I’ve never contacted them for any reason. But now I wanted to make a proposal which he has to accept.
“Mr. Stroma around?” I asked her.
“Y-yes sir” she nodded “Let me inform him of your presence”.
She beeped him “Sir, Mr. Thompson is here to see you”.
“Mr. Thompson?” He sounded surprised.
Why wouldn’t he? I don’t blame him.
“Hm, let him in” he said.
“Yes sir” she said then smiled at me “Go right in Mr Thompson” she smiled seductively, flirting with me.
I smiled at her and made my way into Freddie Stroma’s office. He got up when I entered.
“Mr. Thompson” he called as he stood up. “What a surprise”.
I walked towards his desk
“Have a seat” he said.
I sat down.
“To what do I owe this pleasure?” He asked.
“I’m here for business Mr. Stroma” I said, now in my business like mood.
He looked confused “I don’t see how we can help you with that Mr Thompson. We’re not in the same line of work”.
“I know. But still, I have a proposal for you” I told him.
He clenched his jaw
“Let’s hear it” he said.
“I know Freddie and Co. has gone bankrupt and you need people to invest to help you out. I’d like to invest, but I’d love it more if you’re looking for a buyer.” I paused “So, name your price”.
“I’m getting lost here” he leaned forward and rested his elbow on the table. “You’re saying you want to buy the company”.
“That’s right Mr. Stroma” I also leaned forward.
“Why would you suddenly want to divert to my line of business. You own construction companies around the world and you want to buy my publishing company. Can I ask why?”
“Personal reasons” I said “So, what’s the price?”.
He sighed “I don’t think we’re ready to sell Mr. Thompson”.
“Your company has gone bankrupt and you still need investors but you don’t want to sell” I stated.
“Its not my call…”
“Of course it is. You’ll just have to pay back your investors to get the upper hand.” I paused “Mr Stroma, I’m willing to buy this company and pay your investors back, just name your price”.
He looked surprised, shocked and happy.
He smiled “We have a deal Mr Thompson” he stood up and stretched his hand.
I got up, buttoned my suit and shook his hand. I smiled at him and nodded
“I’ll have my lawyer draw up a contract and have it delivered to you. I want to end this as quickly as possible”.
He sighed “Your reason must be very important”.
“It is” I said and left.
I called my lawyer and told him to draw up a contract and have it delivered to Mr Stroma today. I wanted to end all tides by tomorrow.
The week went by in a blur. It was fun cause of lunch time but everything else was the same. Yesterday we were informed by the manager that we have a new CEO. Hopefully he won’t do anything irrational like fire people. Anyway he wasn’t around to give a speech.
Well today’s over and I’m finally going home and not coming back till Monday. I made my way to the ground floor.
Jerry told me my car won’t start so I went to the garage to start the darned car but it didn’t start. I finally gave up and picked Ivy from the backseat, took my bag and got out. I was on my way out of the garage when a car honked beside me.
The glass rolled down and I saw a god inside. I swallowed inaudibly at the sight of him. He was so…
“Need a ride?” He asked and my heart melted at his voice.
How could anyone be so hot. My heart did a double take.
I didn’t want to go for the stupid welcoming yesterday. So I stayed in my new office which I just had redesigned and redecorated. I finally decided to go home. I was leaving the whole Jules Jenna situation for next week.
I took the elevator straight to the underground floor. The garage. I drove today. Patrick had some important family business to deal with.
I got into my car and drove out of my spot. I was almost exiting the garage when I noticed a familiar figure walking out of the garage with that adorable baby in her arms. I stopped directly beside her and wound down. She looked at the glass and my breath caught. I didn’t see her face the other day at the elevator but now…damn!
I was in trouble.
“Need a ride?” I asked her instead of just staring at her.
She just looked at me. Like she was assessing me.
‘Uhmm,…” she wasn’t sure.
Who the heck is never sure to get into my ride with me? When ladies will nothing but beg to get in a ride with me. What was her deal?
“…I could walk” she said.
“With that child in your arms?” I asked her. Why was I pushing her. I could just speed off and never look back. I was asking for trouble…and I was gonna get it.
She was gonna say something else but she thought about it for a second and she sighed. She opened the door and gently got in, placing her hand on the child’s head trying to prevent her from hitting her head on the hood of the car.
I smiled at the gesture, she was caring and considerate. She shut the door and placed the sleeping baby on her lap with her arms supporting her head. Then she looked at me.
I smiled a little trying not to look like a douche. Then I drove out of the garage.
“Where to?” I asked…
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Jane Catherine Lanett is a first year engineering student in SHUATS, Allahabad. She dreams and makes up stories of hot American/British/Greek/Italian guys.
She is a music and book lover. Reader and Writer. Singer/Songwriter.
She wrote her first book when she was 8 years old. “The Beginning of The End” is the third book she’s written but the first one she published on wattpad.
Her books are based solely on her ideas and imaginations.