"Romance is just a sugar coated word for being an idiot and doing idiotic things".
I screamed to my friend who was in my bedroom, snooping around. Trying to find some evidence of anyone spending the night there. She always wanted to find out and in the end she was always disappointed.
I was in my bathroom taking a quick shower as I woke up late. I had to get to the office to finish my work and meet Mr. Red.
Mr. Red is my boss and he called me yesterday saying that a new guy was going to come today. And I was to show him around.
"Well sometimes being an idiot is important and also fun" said Jenna.
She is such a hopeless girl, well a hopeless romantic girl. She always thought that there is good in everyone and she knew that anyone could love. She would date as many guys so that she can find the 'one', whatever that is. So she has 4 exes and is currently dating her 5th boyfriend whose name I cannot remember.
I get out of the shower and tread on the tiles to avoid slipping on the puddles that I made while showering.
I pick up my blue towel, my friends had gifted me when I first moved here, and it had my name in silver written on it. I take another smaller towel and dry my hair. I wrap the blue one around my body and looked at the mirror to check my curves. I step out of the bathroom.
I notice Jenna who was staring at me like a drunk guy at bar staring at a beer.
I just smile at her and open my closet and rummage through my clothes till I find clothes that are a bit professional.
I take out my white shirt and black skirt and my black stockings. I walk over to makeup table and pick up my mascara and start makeup.
"You don't have to put on makeup, you know? You are so pretty without makeup" says Jenna.
I look at her and roll my eyes. I think she is right. I continued putting my mascara.
I only look pretty because of my genes, my mom had beautiful features and my dad had good height and I inherited both. While my brother inherited my father's intelligence and my mother's charisma. I got my father's humor and my mother's creativity.
Now I am glad that I am creative, me being the head of design of the company ZigZag.
I comb my long, brown and wavy hair and ask Jenna, "Hey should I tie my hair or let it hang loose?"
Jenna looks up from her phone and stares at me for a minute and finally says, "Let it down, it frames your face better."
I let my hair down and Jenna comes over to the makeup table and takes my comb and begins combing her short and blonde hair.
I step out and see my small cat, Felix, being lazy and laying on the couch. I go up to him and rub his head a bit and then go to get my heels that were for some reason in the kitchen, as I put on my heels.
I see Jenna coming out of my room and going up to my cat and brushing its tuxedo fur. I take out a bottle of water and sip. Finally after Jenna wore her sandals which matched her yellow and white sundress. I ask her,
"Hey do you want anything to eat or drink?"
She turns to me and tells me,
"Nah, I had breakfast at my house earlier."
I nod and put the bottle back in the fridge. I put some cat food in the bowl for Felix and then take my bag and keys and we leave the house.
I lock my door and we both go to the elevator and I press the button and wait for it to come up.
"So does that mean you will never get married?" Jenna says.
I turn to her and think about it for some time and then smirk and say,
"Most marriages don't have romance in them."
Jenna seems stunned and she smacks me and we both laugh and get into the elevator and we wait to get to the parking lot.
As we wait, we talk about dinner plans and I say that we should go out and take the new guy with us. When reach parking lot we walk to my car. I unlock it, Jenna gets into the front seat and I put out bags in the backseat.
As I sit in the driver's seat and hit reverse. Jenna turns on the radio and the song 'Love like fools' begins to play.
Jenna looks at me. She says,
"This is a great song for you."
I look at her and say, "Oh shut up."
She laughs and I just look at her and roll my eyes and we drive out of the apartment parking lot.
Jenna looks out the window and says "Isn't Seattle just a beautiful city, I am so glad we moved here."
I smile and say, "Yes I am glad we thought of it."
Jenna and I have been friends for a long time and when we left college. We thought that it would be a good idea to move to Seattle together. We thought that we would be roommates but then Jenna met her first boyfriend. He would keep coming over so Jenna bought a new apartment which was close to mine.
After about 15 minutes we reached the company parking lot and I parked the car and Jenna got out and picked up her bag. I picked up mine.
On the way to the reception Jenna noticed a guy waiting inside and said "Hey isn't that guy hot?"
I look up to where the guy was and saw that he had brown hair and had a cute smile. So he wasn't that bad looking.
"Yes he's okay."
Jenna giggles and says "I think that's the new guy."
I think about it.
Well Mr. Red didn't give me a detailed description, but since he was the only guy in the reception and he looked a bit nervous.
I nod. It could be the new guy.
I think about what Mr. Red had told me earlier that week.
I had received a mail from my boss, Mr. Red, in which he told me that a new employee was joining and that I had to be his guide. He was in my area of expertise but he didn't tell me the joining date until yesterday.
When we finally get into the lobby the guy looks up from his phone and smiles. Jenna and I smile back and he walks towards us.
"Hi, I'm Matthew, I am new here."
The guy said with a way too cheery tone. I put my hand out for him to shake. He takes my hand in both of his hands and says "I am so excited to be finally meeting you!"
I just stare at him and say,
"Welcome to ZigZag, my name is Catherine Chapman, and this is my assistant, Jenna Olive."
I pull my hand and the guy goes over to Jenna to shake her hand. They exchange greetings.
I walk over to the elevator. I wait for Jenna and Matthew to finish chatting. So we could get back to work.
I don't want my boss to shout but these two were taking their sweet time.
Elevator finally arrives. I turn to them, "Hey! Can you guys hurry up?"
I guess they both realize that they were chatting for way too long and we all get into the elevator.
I peek at Jenna from the corner of my eye and notice she was smiling at Matthew. I realize that this guy was most likely going to be her 6th boyfriend. I decide to ignore them as they start to chat again.
When we reach our floor. I walk straight to my office and shut the door.
I put my bag on my desk and take out my laptop and notepad. I begin to check my e-mails for any updates on the website.
I check the inventory are we full or still have space left?
After, what feels like 2 hours, Jenna opens my door and asks, "Hey Mr. Red and Matthew are here to see you, are you free?"
I close my laptop and say "Yes I am free, let them in and also order some coffee for us."
I take my credit card out from my purse and hand it to Jenna. She thanks me and leaves.
Door opens again and Mr. Red and Matthew walk in. I stand up and greet them. We all take our seats.
Mr. Red is short and plump, he is almost bald with a snobby face. Looks can be deceptive at times. He is actually a kind man and never gets angry and shouts at anyone unless they deserve it.
Matthew looks calm for someone who is sitting next to the head of the company and keeps smiling at me.
Mr. Red looks at Matthew and then me and says "Ms. Chapman, this is my son Matthew Red"
I feel my eyes go wide, as I think, "What the hell?! Matthew is Mr. Red's son? I had no idea.
Mr. Red continues by saying, "Yes I know you might be in shock since no one knows about him but you. See, he is unemployed and needs a job but I can't get him to do anything so I was hoping you could take him under your wing as a favor to me."
I look at Matthew who is still smiling at me and turn to Mr. Red and say "I can keep him as a second assistant, if that's okay with you?"
I look at them, Matthew nods and Mr. Red has a relieved expression "Thank you so much Catherine, it means a lot to me."
I smile and hope that I didn't just make a huge mistake.
After drinking some coffee and chatting a bit, Mr. Red leaves.
I get up from the chair and go up to my desk. I sit down on my reclining chair and watch as Matthew gets up from a nearby sofa. He sits right across my desk, in front of me and says "So you are my new boss, huh?"
I smile "Yes I am, I hope we get along well."
Matthew says "It would be hard not to get along with such a beautiful woman."
I just stare at him and think "I'm not getting paid enough for this."